Stateside Saison | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

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.

Added by callmemickey on 03-31-2010

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962
Reviews:
319
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.87%
 
 
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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schaffer9252
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Spicy yeastiness with a spot of clove, white pepper and some pils malt. Spicy hoppiness also present with a touch of fruit, pear mostly. Some grass floral notes, wildflowers and mustiness as it warms.

L: Cloudy orangish yellow, huge white carbonated head, solid retention.

T: Semi-sweet belgian malt, some subtle clove and white pepper. Slight peppery bitterness leads to a semi-dry slight musty finish. Some soft honey notes as it warms.

M: Highly carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

Very solid, worth the price? Not sure. I'll definitely try a few more from them.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes.
Look: Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Color is a hazy peach with a large head. Large gobs of lasting lace are left behind.
Smell: Bread, lemon rind and pepper. There is a bit of funk in the background.
Taste: Wow, pale malts and spice are the first taste that comes forward. There is some horse-blanket funk and a plantain-like, dry finish. The mouth is a little thin, but it doesn't detract from the beer too much.
Drink: Grab one, very nice saison.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and rich farmhouse ale.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Brown and green-grey label with a griffin/vulture/dragon like creature resting over a scroll with the name of the brewer and brewing vegetation. Side narrative notes intent, main ingredients, and general characteristics. Lacks bottling or freshness date. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.8%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale gold pour with a nice head, moderate to short retention and lacing. It needs a bit more of memory to be a looker.

S - Nice aroma, a bit subdued but pleasing, light fruity and spicy touches with a yeasty touch.

T - Taste starts nicely but a bit generic and slow to finally grow into a rather rich saison. Citrus and floral hoppy touches woven with the yeasty profile. Little funk but more so of a nice tartness, with an apple earthy feel, picks the brew up in the second half, and gives it a nice final range.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. Pleasing hoppy and dry finish.

D - Very nice, works pleasantly and asks for more.

Notes: Great firs-offering from Stillwater. Welcome! I sure look forward to see the name hold itself, and have a chance to provide other brews in the future. Nice quality offering and addition to the beer landscape.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My two year anniversary on BA. I am so close to 400 reviews, I'm going to hold out to review a big one, but for now, this seems fitting. One of my favorite styles from a new never tried brewery. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with a hazy golden color and three inches of bellowing head that remind me of a Jolly Pumpkin brew. The head dissipates at a surprisingly quick pace, leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma is as one would expect from a great saison. Thankfully not too sweet - floral qualities, spicy hops, a hint of yeast and banana. Smells dry...inviting.

Taste - Similar to the nose, however, there is a definite leather, barnyard funk present in the flavor that is not so prevalent in the aroma. Not hugely noticeable (i.e. read not nearly as funky/sour as a JP saison) but still a nice touch. However, the sweetness is a bit more overpowering than initially thought. I wish the tartness from this was a bit stronger to overpower the sweetness. I suppose I am biased seeing as I was introduced to Saisons/Farmhouse Ales through JP, which is not typical for the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry, great for the style.

Drinkability - A quaffable saison for sure, however, as previously mentioned, this is just a hint too sweet and for the price, I would pick up a JP saison instead. I will say there is no alcohol in the flavor, though I do get a hint of warming in the throat from each sip. If a JP saison was not available, I do think I would pick this second from the others I have tried.

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Photo of Rope
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-
Burnt gold, none of that red I love in a beer as dark as this.

Smell-
Spicy with a little bit of lemon.

Taste-
Very fun, citrus hops up front, and ends relaxingly spicy.

Mouthfeel-
The best part about this beer... crisp, refreshing, and disappears.

Overall-
Almost like a bready champaign, probably the best saison i have had.

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Photo of yuno
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid, but not overly vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, pale tan colored, crown of froth. The beer is an amber / dark copper color that shows a lightly hazed, lighter version when held up to the light. Earthy, slightly musty Saison-yeast derived character leads the way in the nose with a dry grassy / herbal note in the middle and more musty, almost medicinal phenolics from the fermentation character closing out the finish. Hmm, after contemplating the aroma for a bit I am finally able to notice the hop character; it is not as aggressive as I might prefer, but ultimately does contribute to the aromatic profile of this beer quite nicely. The hops contribute accentuating herbal notes (which I noticed up front) as well as subtle sweet, almost floral grape notes, perhaps a touch of lime-zest, a characteristic musky grape quality. There is a soft honey like note here that makes this smell softly sweet and I wonder if this beer is actually sweet or if this is just from the hops. A malty, biscuit like, slightly whole grain spiciness, and just a rustic, rounded, wholesome grain character starts to become more noticeable as the beer warms up.

The beer tastes quite dry up front but finishes with a musky, light honey-like sweetness, some substantial biscuit like malt character and even a touch of crystal-malt like flavors. This has a substantial bite to it at the get go from the hops and this lingers through to a long, herbal, palate drying, bitter finish. This has the maltiness of a well made Bier-de-Garde, though the major level of hops keeps this from coming off as any-where near sweet. The hops are mainly herbal, sort of grassy in a weed-like way, with some softy Meyer-lemon like touches, a sort of Muscat grape like flavor, a sort of floral nectar not-quite-honey note, and some vaguely tropical fruit like flavors.

The yeast gets into the second pour and adds a definitely yeasty, raw-dough like quality to the nose, a rich haze to the appearance and an earthy bite to the flavor. It also accentuates the rustic fermentation character; notes of pepper, woody ginger, a hint of bell peppers and some clove and other phenolic spice notes. The malt character becomes quite a bit more noticeable in the flavor as well; complex, spicy, rustic and whole grain like in its chewiness, the grain / malt character really provides a richness to the flavor profile. The texture of this beer is not as light and refreshing as one might strictly expect from a typical Saison (the malt / grain adds some viscousness without much sweetness), but it is still quite drinkable. Light, but with some texture and heft so you can't just pound this.

This is a nice Saison; it certainly will be enjoyable to those that like all Saisons including American interpretations. Having said that, for some reason I was expecting something with a paler malt character and a little more hop aggressive; I really like Nelson Sauvin hops and was hoping this had this hop featured as a signature note. Instead the hops, while substantial, play on an equal footing with the yeast character and to a lesser degree the malt (which does actually become quite a bit more noticeable and complex as this warms). It is a bit weird that I feel a touch disappointed from this fantastically tasty brew, due to my preconceived notions on how I would have brewed this particular beer (meaning a Saison with Nelson Sauvin hops). In the end this is very enjoyable and I am quite happy to be polishing off a 750ml bottle of this.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice, long lasting lacing;

S: coriander; funk; citrus; a hint of pepper;

T: pretty much follows the nose - a bit less coriander and a bit more citrus; finish is mildly bitter and tart; pepper comes on strong at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not as effervescent as I would expect, but the flavor was great;

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it at Hickory Hollow Barbecue with great shanks. Deep yellow color. Pours with a half inch head. Sweet with a tartness and lots of fruit layers. A nice light alternative.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, steve's - mineral point

from notes

appearance: straw-orange body, agressive foamy white head - sticky sudsy lacing

smell: grassy, floral citrus - rather well hopped, zesty yeast, apple

taste: well hopped, citrus zest, fresh yeast, white pepper, a touch of spice, sweet apple and pear. stillwater makes some nice saison's - nothing too innovative here, but quite solid

mouthfeel: nice, foamy, fresh

drinkability: good

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy gold with an orange hue when held up. A white head quickly fizzles out into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, honey cracked wheat, spice, golden raisins, apricots, poached pears, and freshly baked bread.
Taste is of the aromas with a nice, fruity complexity with just a touch of funkiness and floral notes pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, and dry.

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Photo of harrymel
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: unk

Hazy golden with a couple fingers of lingering, wafty cream foam. Smells of co2, spice, a touch of citrus, some clay, a little bit of belgian yeast, and a good dose of light malts. Flavor is legit with yeast, creamed corn, sweet malt and a little touch of coriander and slightest hint of peppercorn. A little bit of herbal hops in there as well. Medium bodied with hi carb and a quick slick finish becomes slightly dry after a moments notice. Really good beer. Everything I've had from this brewer makes me happy.

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Photo of stompilator
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Poured a hazy gold, big thin head.

S - Fresh straw, funk, and a bit of citrus.

T - A prominent yet delicate malt flavor provides a nice backbone, adding straw, crunchy, almost bready notes. A lemon-y tartness leads the way, bringing a subtle fruitiness into the mix. A light funk builds up a bit and hangs nicely in the aftertaste, as does a spicy, fruity hop flavor.

M - Medium-light body, refreshing but fairly dry.

O - A well-balanced saison. A great showcase of the style's complex flavors.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a foamy, exciting head of froth, and a finely hazed orange body. Lace and head are both fine white, leaving some patchy lace. The body is pleasantly light and fluid, as a good Saison should be. Looks very decent for the style.

Nose is fresh and bright, but based almost entirely on the sharp and slightly funky saison yeast. This is a wonderful thing, giving tones of crushed vegetation, pepper, spice and green hay. It's a particularly "Belgian" saison character, despite the name, and a very good example of the art of the saison from a brewery not in the traditional Saison brewing area.

Taste is also good, although there are some oddities to it here. Bright and crisply light body gives a refreshing twang, but this is followed up by a rather nutty character, giving twinges of almond skin and marzipan. Definitely a touch of bitterness on the back, which is odd, but not unpleasant; it gives a clinging finish to an otherwise light and drinkable brew.

Feel is light enough and fluid enough, but the flavours tend to linger longer than you'd expect for a beer with such a slight body.

A pretty interesting saison from Stillwater, and an interesting introduction to the brewery. It has loads of character, and some interesting twists, but manages to keep it all well within the realms of the saison style. That's a hard ask any time, and to do it with such class is quite a skill.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Devil's Den

A: Hazy golden-orange body. One finger white fluffy head quickly receded before forming a frothy skim. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Dominated by a light tart-funkyness. Juicy notes of orange, lemon and honey are present as well as some light pepper and yeast.

T: Somewhat different from the nose... the juicy and funky notes really took a back seat to a dry hoppy bitterness. Lemon zest, pepper and yeast were most prominant ... smelled more like a fantome style beer, tasted more like hennepin.

M: Moderate carbonation keeps the beer moving on the tongue... light-medium bodied with a nice crisp, refreshingly dry finish.

D: All said, a very nice effort from Stillwater... impressive for a first release and one I hope to be able to enjoy for some time to come.

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Photo of ADZA
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey hue which leaves a creamy three finger head from a gentle pour and lots of lacing everywhere,the smell straight away is pineapple its really strong but i love pineapple so thats cool also some funky barnhouse aromas and a touch of bananna,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with tastes of lemon sherbet,pineapple,mandarins,dragonfruit and the finish being a mix of light citrus and candy and overall its definately an above average Saison and i would definately buy again cheers.

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Photo of impending
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy dull tang, frothy head, thick lacing.

Aroma is all yeasty goodness with lots of apricot and a hint of spicy citrus. Restrained old shoes funk.

Apples, pears, pepper & spice in that order. Aftertaste feels like it's about to turn dry but doesn't, has a surprising sweet upturn at the last moment.

Creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. Pairs well with food. So balanced the tip of the tongue doesn't react upon first sipping. Evolves significantly with warmth as the hoppy funk comes forward.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Poupae
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque honey color with thin red hues along the edges of the beer. There is a full finger of pure white head that takes a bit to settle.

S: The nose is packed full of earth (grass and dirt), spice (nutmeg and coriander), and citrus (lemon zest and orange peel). It's a nice mix of scents. It's sweet and spicy as well as being malty and astringent.

T: The beer has a nice start. It's sweet and drying with a wine like astringency. But as this beer lingers on the palate, the spice and earth shine through. The finish is pure citrus. I get tons of orange peel and a touch of lemon.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out wet and sweet, but finishes a bit dry. The flavors transition nicely, but an orange note lingers on the palate after the beer is gone.

O: This is a solid saision. I'm really enjoying it. The flavors are all over the place, but everything works nicely together. If this were available in my area I'd buy a bottle from time to time.

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Photo of dzni
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I might be totally off-base in what I was getting in this beer, but this is what I got:

A - Golden with a large, foamy head
S - Lemon / citrus, raspberries, cardamom spice
T - Hoppy, yeasty, creamy, hint of berry tartness
M - Medium-bodied, hops noticeable
D - I could drink this all night. Slightly heavier beer with an interesting nose/taste.

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Photo of papat444
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and shared with my wife. There's a code underneath(!) the wrapping that says 263 11 - September 20, 2011 bottling date?

Appearance: Gorgeous. Huge stark white head, whipped and mountainous. Smothers the glass with lacing. The light gold body is the right mix of hazy & clear with gusts towards hazy as the bottle empties.

Smell: Citrus, weathered apples, very floral, tiny bit cider-like with good spicing.

Taste: Delicate apples, honey, fruit slices. light spices (especially pepper), hints of crackers and hay.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of zest and carbonation, full body from start to finish and a strong spice-like finish.

Overall: A very good saison and worth every penny i spent on it.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a hazy gold with tons of apparent carbonation, fluffy white head with some large bubbles. Appeared lively and well carbonated throughout, not much for lacing.

S - smell is a sour, dirty malt character with a citrus hop bite, some nice pine and resin hop character as well.

T - Really amazing taste, nice cereal malt character with a dominating fruitiness, hints of banana and clove with a great hop finish. Bitter and dry on the end, very thirst quenching with a slight lingering sweetness. Nice clean yeast character with only the slightest of Brett funkiness at the end.

M - very light body with ample carbonation and dry finish. Makes a great thirst quencher, much needed sitting in my hot non air conditioned house. didn't read the abv until now, was thinking this was 4.5~ but at 6.8 it is doing a great job at keeping everything balanced, bravo.

O - Great refreshing brew to quaff in the summer, the hoppiness is much appreciated. I also appreciate the fruitiness, there is some mustiness but it is subdued. Will certainly reach for this again.

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.95 out of 5 based on 962 ratings.
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