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Stateside SaisonStateside Saison

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of elNopalero
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a simply fantastic saison, one of standouts.

It pours a vibrant golden straw color with a bold white cap of foam.

There’s a crisp, lightly estered aroma that carries across some spice and fruit mélange—citrus and summer stone fruits play off one another for a pleasing effect.

Wonderful flavor, with a crisp, clean taste of citrusy goodness and a mellow estery character. I loved it.

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Photo of timtim
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

burnt gold with a big white head that holds and leaves lots of lace. nose is traditional saison with hints of American-style hops popping up. flowers, fruit, spice (pepper), euro malty sweetness and a bit of country barn all ring out in balance. very impressive. medium body with lively carbonation makes for a nice, prickly, cleansing mouthfeel that goes down way too easy. one of my favorite saisons to date and definitely my favorite American made saison. avant guarde traditional? yum. finally, a breath of fresh air!!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-poured a gorgeous murky orange with a frothy foamy head and lively carbonation into my oversized snifter. looks like a day out in the fields. golden like a summer's day.

S-explodes with candied sweetness. complex smell bursting with candied hops.

T-bittery hop profile, but nicely balanced. rich in flavor and feel. sweeter saison taste - clove, banana, bubblegum, subtle spicing.

M-creamy and smooth. leaves a tingle and then a bittery dry after feel. definitely heavier than most other saisons, but nicer for the transition out of summer into fall.

D-this really is a fantastic beer. recently at a beer event in nyc i sampled some stillwater for the first time and was blown away. in a day of drinking dozens of different beers, the stillwater brew cut through as a clear highlight. stateside saison is a winner and a beer i will be looking for again and again.

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Photo of Ale-ienation
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Transparent orange amber with a frothy white head that retains well. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Very floral; lemongrass, thyme, rosemary. Prominent yeast notes abound with a perfect amount of brett funkiness. Very inviting.

T: Very complex yet cohesive. Dry up front with balanced floral notes; mint, rosemary. Piny hop flavors are present with subtle esters throughout, including lemon zest and some orange pith. Smooth, bitter finish where the funk really comes across. Spot on stylistically and delicious.

M: Light bodied and very effervescent.

O: A wonderful saison: dry, floral, complex and funky. Superb.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml crown capped bottle into a tulip. Pours a murky dark gold; opaque from the haze. Forms an enormous meringue-like head that continues to expand well after the pour; several inches follows the beer down the glass. Nose is pepper, crackers, apple skin, and a hint of banana. That all comes through in the flavor as well, with a noticeable graininess in the mid-palette, leading to a a very dry finish. A light hop bitterness is present toward the end. Light-bodied and spritzy, but not "delicate." An excellent saison; perhaps the best American version I've had.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy orange tinted gold pour topped by a quickly fizzling 1” off-white foam cap. S: Big fruity, yeasty nose with some American hops in the background T: Saison yeast flavors, pineapple to apricot, faint bubble gum, hints of biscuit, herbal notes with pepper on the end and an off-dry finish. F:Medium to medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation. O: A very fine, full flavored yet well balanced saison.

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Photo of alexkeil
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo. Poured what appeared to be a hazy light orange color. It was a little difficult to see in the light from the bar. It had a nice efferescent white head that lasted a good while. The aroma was grainy, yeasty, slightly citrusy. The flavor was a nice balance of yeast character, grainy malt backbone, enough hop bitterness to balance, some lemon and grapefruit citrus, light spiciness, and a wonderful tart dry finish. Light to medium body with lots of carbonation. Enjoyable throughtout with nice changes as the temperature warmed the beer. Would definitely recommend to have as soon as possible and often as possible.

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Photo of hdofu
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around a solid as far as this beer goes. The beer pours honeyish gold with a thick white head that evaporates fairly quickly. Smell is kind of like freshly cut bales of hay. Taste is somewhat sweet followed by a bitter taste with a flavor not unlike chamomile but stronger. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth with a bit of an alcohol burn in the finish. The beer goes down easy enough that going back for a second won't be hard to fathom at all. Another example of a good maryland brew

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a DFH wide stemmed snifter.

A: Absolutely gorgeous pour. Cloudy peach color with an incredibly dense and creamy, off-white head that reached about four finger inside the glass and climbed out about three fingers over the rim of the glass. Retention was fantastic and a beautiful lattice-work of sticky lace was left behind.

S: Slightly sweet nose. Big notes of tropical fruit and to a much lesser extent, banana. Around mid glass a big, herbal hop aroma floated up out of the glass that brought with it tangerines, fresh cut grass, toasty wheat, and maybe a hint of cardamom and white pepper.

T: Exactly as above.

M: The initial head generating effervescence calms considerably and leaves a slick and chewy mouthfeel behind. Equal parts sweet, spicy, and dry. As the fruity finish trails off, white pepper makes its' presence felt.

D: This was a wonderful american Saison. Honestly, the only reason it didn't score any higher was its' relative lack of rustic funkiness. Other than that (which isn't even a flaw for crying out loud!) I loved this beer!

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Photo of faernt
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I admit to Saison as being one of my favorite styles. I've been drinking it since DuPont and Silly were the about the only available versions to find here in the Chicago area. I bought this bottle on the recommendation of the beer guys in at Binny's South Loop.


This stuff is GOOD!

The guys told me they held it in high regard. Since I knew that this was not the last time we'd be discussing beer...I took their advice. It poured with a wheaty head that clung to the sides of the burgundy glass that I chose for the glass of the evening. The nose had a soapy tartness that was appealing and off-putting at the same time. Good perfume usually does the same thing.

Then I tasted it...and I've had quite a few versions of this style...and my eyes opened. This flavor was big! It's not too sweet...even though sweetness is part of the initial experience. It kicked in four flavors at once. I haven't had that many beers that have done that. (Hair of the Dog). The body of the beer was big...I think it's necessary to have a big body to deliver all four flavors at once ...Botero...
It coated my tongue and I have the pleasure of still drinking some now.

Based upon this beer I'll buy and try all the other Stillwaters on the shelf. Still waters do run deep. Gypsy brewing seems to be the domaine of the obsessed...thank you.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy deep golden amber color with tons of fluffy bubbly head, white in color.

S-doughy malts up front, saison yeast with that light barnyard funk quality, notes of orange peel and lemon zest, herbal spicy presence, a fair amount of peppery spice.

T-the taste follows the nose, a great doughy malt base, barnyard funky yeast, citrusy orange peel, a light herbal hop presence, peppery spice in the back.

M-medium syrupy body, soft and smooth on the palate, strong carbonation to balance and give a good crisp finish that is slightly dry.

D-great saison, everything you want to see, strong yeast presence, nice bit of hop balance with a solid spicy herbal showing accompanied by a nice peppery spice in the back. the doughy forefront and citrus afterplay give it the balance and complexity you want to see.

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Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a firkin at Loco Hombre in Baltimore, MD into a 16oz. shaker pint at the appropriate temperature (03/27/10).

A: Pours a nice burn orange/copper that is quite hazy. Capped with 2 finger of a fluffy white head with outstanding retention and sticky ringed lacing. Really a nice looking beer.

S: This Saison has a really powerful nose and it is extremely pleasant. A lot of citrus and funk going on with a bit of Belgian yeast and hops.

T: The flavor profile mirrors the aroma with layers of citrus, funk, Belgian yeast, and some rather aggressive hops. Really enjoyed the funk in this one as it is quite complex of lemon, pepper, orange, sweet malt, and some Belgian spice.

M: Medium to full-bodied with low and smooth carbonation.

D: I had several glasses of this and never felt really any of the effects of the alcohol. Went down extremely smooth and was so complex and rich, yet sessionable.

Overall this was perhaps that best Saison that I have had (but I am by no means an expert on the style) and the complexity was off the charts. Well done Stillwater. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy apricot with huge lovely merengue head
Smell: sweet floral, fruity
Taste: initially quite sweet with the floral and fruity aromas mirrored in the palate. Finish is dryer with a bit of tingling pepper and a mild to moderate bitterness and just a bit of lingering sweetness.
Feel: Effervescent and light

Overall: The Stateside Saison hits all the right notes - the light, effervescent mouthfeel, the initial floral sweetness followed by a drying, slightly bitter finish, and an explosive head. A great saison on the same level as Tank 7 and Ommegang Hennepin.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. First pour is a slightly hazy golden color with a huge frothy white head. Very strong and spicy aromas. Lots of fruit aromas; lemons and apricots. Citrusy, and floral hops. There's a lot going on there.

Onto the taste: At first you get the sweet fruity flavors. Lemons, citrus, and apricot with a mix of the hop for a little bittering effect. The finish is more spicy and peppery with a touch of the hops lingering through out. Quite complex and QUITE tasty Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Just overall a truly fantastic beer. Would def. purchase again.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour from the bottle is a clear copper gold and a huge head. The head takes quite awhile to settle down. Maybe I should serve this colder than 55 degrees, but this seems like a beer that is eager to be tasted.

Aromas are biscuity malt, and spice mainly coriander and ginger, and some tropical fruit, green grapes and green hops.

Taste is lightly malty and tart at first, with some citrus fruit, sauvignon blanc, and just a little funk. That is balanced nicely by a little caramel. There is some peppery spiciness in the finish, which is dry.

Body is light and carbonation is high, giving this a champagne-like refreshing, cleansing mouthfeel, with just a bit of creaminess.

This is a very enjoyable saison style beer, light in body, yet packed with flavor. When I let my first pour with the huge head settle down, the brew became kind of flat. But that served to highlight the wine-like, acidic quality of the beer. Next time, the beer was colder and I managed a better pour. In that pour, the flavors were much better integrated. Nevertheless, I think it is the citrus/wine acidity that makes this an especially different saison. Food pairers be on the the lookout, this will go with lots of good, spicy foods. Honestly, this could go with any dish that white wine (sauvignon blanc, chardonnay) goes with, and in my opinion, better.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to beandip for the brew.

A - It pours a fiery, burning peach-orange hue, slightly hazy, and is capped with a stratospheric ivory head that eventually recedes to a persistent soapy froth.

S - Before I even pour this, I know I am in for a treat; I smell the bready-grassy aroma as soon as it is uncapped. This smells as much like (an American) Tripel or BSPA as it does a Saison, which is just fine by me. As it airs out, and on subsequent pours, a floral-perfume lavender fragrance develops, and that knocks the aroma down for me.

T - Pale-Pils malt is strong, along with pristine hops, Belgian yeast-alcohol, and a Champagne-like sparkling dryness. This tastes phenomenal, though I am definitely having trouble tangibly articulating as to why that is. A flavor rundown is in order, regardless. There is bready-biscuity flavor which is balanced by some super-fresh grassy and herbal hop flavors, and there is also a slight nuance of white grape, lemon oil, and honey. Super-impressed with this one; beer tasting like this is what I crave.

M - Bigger than a Saison, more like the theoretical American Tripel style, still very refreshing.

D - Delicious brew, definitely ISO more (hint, hint Adam...)

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark haystack yellow with a bright white head that is foamy like a cloud. It's opaque, little hazy.

S: There is some fruit after you get past that leather shoe-strap scent. And don't get me wrong, that leather-like aroma is wonderful. The phenols are nice and blend well with that sweeter malty background.

T: Upfront there is a nice sweetness, similar to the nougat of a chocolate candy. There is a somewhat peppery taste that comes in on the mid palate and it finishes with some funky yeast characters. Bitterness is solid, and not overpowering - it's a great beer.

M: This one is highly carbonated - the head sticks around throughout the entire experience. It has a medium to medium full body which coats the palate and doesn't dry it out.

D: Highly drinkable, yet strong at the same time. This is a beer that I want to share with friends who have yet to experience the wonderfulness of Saison.

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Photo of philbe311
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've been eager to try this one for quite sometime... Two fingers worth of big fizzy slightly off white colored comprised of big and bigger chunky bubbles... Decent retention... The color is pale hazy lemony straw yellow... A light to moderate bit of carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass in small streaks... The aroma is led by a big punch of lemon zest at the forefront... Some hay and fresh cut grass... Some very subtle Belgian yeast undertones... The aroma is world class... The flavor profile is almost equally exquisite... The lemon zest is again at the forefront... There are rich layer or grassy and earthy notes... The faint Belgian yeast is also quite noticeable palate... There is a faint bit of candied sugars as well... The faintest hint of pepper on the deep finish... The end result is a very nice, deeply complex and world class flavor profile... The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light bodied... Spry with loads of prickly carbonation... A bit chalky throughout... Color me impressed by this offering... This is a top notch Saison that I would welcome in my glass anytime and one that I would also highly recommend...

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Photo of justintcoons
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Straw/gold with 3-4 fingers of white, fluffy head. Excellent retention and clarity. Low-moderate carbonation.

Very aromatic. Lemon, pear, golden apple, hay, pilsner malt, peppercorn and spelt.

Pear, golden apple and lemon juice. Pilsner malt, spelt and touches of rye. Dried hay, potpourri, pink peppercorn and earth.

Light bodied, crisp, dry, clean and refreshing.

Right on! ...And finally in a 12oz bottle. Thank you!

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Photo of horshack7
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden and cloudy with a frothy bright head two fingers thick.

Aroma: Yeasty esters, dates, golden raisins, faint pear,, apple, clove, cider, brown sugar.

Taste: Golden raisins, yeasty, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cider, and a nice dry finish.

Notes: Tasty from start to finish and quite drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big huge pour with a ton of bubbles and a massive frothy head. Big sweet yeasty notes on the nose, a ton of spice and banana. Taste was a typical saison, very earthy, but with a ton of carbonation that carries through to the finish. Very drinkable once it settles, as well as complex, picking up some funkiness on the end. Very good, glad i grabbed this from the bottom of the fridge.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is lemon peel, bready/grainy malt, peppery spice, and a bit of clove and grassy hops. I pick up a strong herbal flavor in this brew, along with some lemon peel, peppery spice, grain/bready malt, bananas, and some grassy hops. Very tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's dry and well carbonated. The soft carbonation makes this easy to drink, and quite refreshing. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of minterro
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought from a liquor mart store in Denver, CO on Colorado ave.

Bottled on 06/14/13. Pour into a snifter. Sunflowers seed in between sips

A&S: green grape sourness, orange zest, coriander spice, light bread tones. Crisp smelling lively looking light orange colored beer. Transparency turns from see-through to translucent as bottom yeast is added to the glass. Light fluffy head that retains extremely well at half finger increment.

T&M: surprisingly powerful upfront, BANG! Huge in your face flavors including citrus (orange and tangerine) and cloves. This upfront flavor becomes less intense as more yeast is added but it give way to a touch of funk. Earthy hops round of the beer nicely in a strong bitter finish. Crisp at first, but not as refreshing as the crispness would led you to believe (as the taste hangs around for a while). Low to medium bodied and on the higher side of medium for carbonation.

Overall: Bought off a store employee's recommendation. I'm loving this brewing company. It is astounding how much respect I have gained for this company in the limited beers I have tried (3 with a 4th in the fridge). Extremely affordable, sitting at 3 bucks a bottle. Very glad Crooked Stave and Stillwater formed this this beer trading alliance. I will promptly be snagging everything that I haven't tried from this company, they are that good!

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Photo of JLeege
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours clear golden color with lots of active carbonation. A huge clumpy white head, leaving good lace and permanent layer of foam atop the beer.

Smell- A peppery spice up front with some wet grass underneath. Belgian yeast, with pear and citrus fruits. A slightly doughy quality to this as well.

Taste- Dry throughout the drink, even more so than most saisons. The fruit notes start off, peach, pear, lemon. A bit grassy with light peppery spice in the middle, notes of clove, and a white wine like accent. A little prevailing yeast, and even more citrus on the finish. Tasty.

Mouthfeel- Light & crisp, higher carbonation, very refreshing.

Overall- My first offering from Stillwater Artisanal, had to pick this up after reading the article about Strumke in the BA Mag. This is almost IPA meets Saison and after further rereading the article, that seems to be the aim of this one; so nice job to me for identifying that, and a great job to the brewer for spot-on execution. So far so good, I will be keeping an eye out for more from Stillwater.

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft in a tulip glass from World of Beer in College Station, TX. Pours a wonderful golden orange with a nice head. This is a great saison. Highly complex with balanced spice, sweetness, and bitterness. Great medium-bodied frothy mouthfeel as well. Loved it, and will order it if I see it again.

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