Stateside Saison
Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #663
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,595
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 9.92%
Reviews:
328
Ratings:
1,001
From:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  39
Gots
  127
SCORE
88
Very Good
Stateside SaisonStateside Saison
Notes: Stateside Saison pays homage to old world tradition while celebrating new world innovation. Naturally brewed with the finest European malts & fresh aromatic hops from the United States & New Zealand. It’s then fermented using a classic farmhouse ale yeast and bottle conditioned to enhance stability. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, showcasing some of the best attributes of modern-day craft brewing.
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malloyca from District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass stein, this has a pleasing, cloudy yellow-gold color with a thick head that settled to 2.5". Aromas of sour green apples, lemon, grains and yeast. This has nice yeasty flavors that combine with citrus and faint herbs. The bitterness and abundant carbonation provide a nice mouthfeel. This is a very refreshing saison.

Aug 19, 2010
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metter98 from New York

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that slowly died down but never disappeared.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy hops, lemon, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of herbs and white wine. Grassy hops dominate the taste, which has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate with a high amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of dryness.
D: This is a very interesting saison but needs to be sipped slowly given its intense flavors and the combination of bitterness and dryness.

Jan 23, 2011
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, slight spice, and lots of fruity aromas. Taste is the same with some perfume-like flavors. There is also a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with a nice fruity presence.

Apr 03, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly formidable as an authentic Belgian saison, but brewed in Maryland. Although the seemingly perverse juxtaposition, Stillwater delivers on the promise of authenticity when replicating those flavors that are so classic of traditional European farmhouse ales.

Burnish orange in color, and with a honey-amber hue, the beer casts a diffused glow in front of its yeasty haze. Capped by a creamy blanket of off white foam, the beer retains its foam stance through the last sip and laces with intermittent islands of foam along the way.

Spice and fruit captivate the nose with the very first aromatic draw. Dried oranges/orange peel, soft coriander, white pepper, and earthy aniseed balance perfectly against the fruity esters of peaches, pears, apples, and lemons. A smooth scent of biscuit lies just below the spice and fruit and seems to anchor the scent.

But its those bready-sweet flavors that rise first. A brief coating of honey and thinned caramel greets the taste buds first, but then all is washed away by the dry effervescence that carries with it the dry-fruit taste and peppery balance. There's an extended mid palate where the esters of pear, peach, mango, apricot, and apple mingle with aniseed, coriander, cumin, curry, and mustard seed for a delightful earthen spice that edges toward rye malt. Where hops are nowhere to be mentioned, it's the spice and dryness of the beer that carries its balance; and does so wonderfully.

Medium-light in body, the beer is stubborn in giving up all its dextrinous protein. It's creamy body extends well into the finish despite the eruptive carbonation that wants to usher in a quick and fleeting finish. But instead of conflict, this dialogue in body and bubbles provides another layer of complexity that extends beyond the beer's flavor alone. But alas- the alcohol warmth, peppery spice, light acidity, and fleeting malt textures provide the fruity and spicy-dry closure that all saisons deserve.

Where this beer remains creamy as most authentic versions would exhibit champagne-like dryness- this is where I struggle to find characterize the beer properly. As well as a stronger conversation between the fruit and spice would also elevate the beer to compete with classic DuPont examples, then these small details could propel this beer to the best of Belgium.

Sep 21, 2012
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shivtim from Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this in DC. Poured out into a pint.
Slightly hazy copper with orange/red tints. Huge billowey white head that gradually dies down. Lots of bubbles.
Nose is farmy with berry notes. Fruity and sugary. Euro hops typo.
Taste is wet hops, wild, yeasty. Ethanol, slightly chemicaley. Vague "green" flavors.
Nice mouthfeel and drinkability.

Oct 31, 2010
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vermilcj from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Aug 07, 2013
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Hopstout from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Dec 13, 2013
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SimcoeKid from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Sep 07, 2014
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL capped bomber poured into an oversize wine glass

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a huge, effervescent paper white cap that rose quickly to fill the glass and forcing me to slow my pour. A decent amount of spider web lacing.

There's a lot going on in this nose. Lemon zest, peppercorns, green apples and pears, oranges, undercooked bread, and a bit of earthiness for good measure. Nearly overwhelming.

The flavor follows the nose almost exactly. Undercooked bread with oranges and lemon peel, rounded out by peppercorns and tart fruity esters (green apple and pear). An underlying saddle leather type funk becomes more prevalent as the beer warms.

A light body that fills the mouth with a chewy body. If that makes any sense. It's light, but it has the billowy characteristic that makes it chewy.

Overall, I really enjoyed this saison. Wonderfully complex and drinkable. A perfect complement to a warm afternoon. And some pretty cool label artwork as well.

May 06, 2011
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brewerburgundy from California

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, Bruery tulip, and many thanks to drabmuh via Secret Santa 2010.

Superb very hazy orange gold colored beer and an equally great large bubbled head in almost perfect white. The beer has a soft glow and there are substantial blobs of lace.

This is one of the stronger Saison noses I've come across; vibrant light fruit, white grape, green apple, and peach, with lots of chalky yeast. Maybe there's some tangerine and white pepper.

To me this is what constitutes a good Saison; chalky yeast, light esters, a little pepper, a good dose of light fruits, and some light European malt. Stateside, however, is not dry enough. The malt is too sweet and fruity instead of dry and crackery.

Mouthfeel is very good, though again under attenuation denies a really high score. The massive dose of carbonation works well to moderate the fullish body.

If only this were drier it would be a great Saison. For me it checks all the other boxes. More pepper would be nice too, but this is not that variety of Saison.

Feb 03, 2011
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zapahoppa from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jun 09, 2013
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LightnerLiquorKS from Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Jun 25, 2014
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KDawg from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle. Pours a very light gold color that is clear as well. There is a very frothy and big head

very citrus based aromas of papaya, navel oranges, spices and lemons.

medium bodied with very good flavors of lemons, floral and oranges. There is maybe a bit too much carbonation on this but the feel is very good

A very good saison. Very citrus based as opposed to funky. Smooth with a good feel, this is very enjoyable

Dec 13, 2011
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MarioM from California

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Boulevard Tulip.

A: A hazy cloudy dark yellow almost light orange with a huge foamy sticky looking bright white head with great retention and lacing, medium carbonation.

S: Great citrus followed by a good phenolic aroma very characteristic to this style and very similar to Dupont, perhaps similar yeast strains, which is what they proably mean by "classic farmhouse ale yeast". Spicy as well as a tad bit sweet on the nose and also some orange peel sweetness.

T: Great tartness right at the start followed by a great bitterness. Its not sweet or as citrusy like the aroma but rather bitter with good yeasty spiciness. Also, can definitely get a little bit of that Farmhouse phenolic thing going on, which is what I was hoping for. Great beer and am loving the bitterness as well as the spice with just enough citrus. As it warms I also get some maltiness in the finish mixed with the bitterness ans also more citrus with the increase in temp.

M: Great bitterness lingers for days. Medium carbonation, starts a bit tart (not sour at all by any means) and finishes dry leaving you craving another sip. Yeasty spiciness also lingers with the bitterness, balance is slightly towards bitterness but regardless, still to style and refreshing.

O: I really enjoy this beer a lot and try to pick up a 4-pak whenever I see it on the shelves. I'm a big fan of the boys over at Stillwater and encourage everyone to try their stuff as they will not be disappointed. Balance is a bit bitter, which I like, and initial tartness is absolutely satisfying. Great yeast character that helps drive the entire beer. A must have Saison in my book and a go-to Saison, especially for the price when compared to some more popular imported examples. Great Beer.

May 24, 2013
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brutalist from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Jun 05, 2013
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dcmchew from Romania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 04, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice beer.
Hazy gold color, thick white head. A bit of delicate lacing.
Lemon aroma mostly. Spicy and peppery. Sweet malt in the background.
A lot more going on in the taste. Lemon first, then pepper and cloves. Bready. An earthiness from the yeast. And, to top it off, some late hops. The flavors all worked well with each other.
A crisp, refreshing beer.
If we ever get some warm weather up here, it would be a perfect beer for a summer day.

May 16, 2011
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ThaCreep from Belgium

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blonde pale and opaque. A slight decay in the nose but rather attenuated. Entry into mouth creamy, slightly fruity, with spices (though far from striking) and a subtle aftertaste of roasted malt, which is rather unusual and far from bad.

Unlike her sister, the Cellar Door, the body is more robust, fruity-style hop-edge of a season. One feels the bitterness from hops a good enough that persists in the mouth and the palate.

Drinked at Brian Stillwater Conference @ Delirium Village

Sep 23, 2011
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Giantspace from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

May 20, 2013
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TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 04, 2015
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david18 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Dec 29, 2013
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oline73 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 15, 2011
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bostonryan from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

May 04, 2013
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bareju from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Nov 22, 2014
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +27.2%

Nov 26, 2011
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1001 ratings