Stateside Saison | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Stateside SaisonStateside Saison
BA SCORE
79%
Liked This Beer
3.92 w/ 970 ratings
Stateside SaisonStateside Saison
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,917
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
970
Liked:
766
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
9.95%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
124
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 970 |  Reviews: 320
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from some expensive NY place at $14. A farmhouse ale without the farm, nothing funky at all in the aroma. A tasty ale, overcarbonated but still fairly tasty and drinkable. Some orange citrus, some cola, all within some nondescript saison ingredients. Dark coloured with small white head.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a real nice light saison. wheat malt driven, with a great yeast strain happening. pours real cloudy and pale light orange, with a dying off white head and good lace. I smell grazing cattle and white wheat in equal proportion, nothing out of the ordinary, but some real creative stuff here too. almost a Belgian triple, with candy sugar and spunky yeast. I taste wheat malt on the lighter side and a flocculated yeast that just adds tannic funk and coagulated protein density to a beer that should be real delicate otherwise. not a brewers error, but a critique nevertheless. great carbonation and a medium body that would be heavy if it didn't work so damn well. overall a great first beer from this crew, and something I am real eager to get back into. special stuff, and being American made makes it epic compared to its peers. worth your hard earned shrappy!

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good Saison from Stillwater here. This brew poured out as a hazy yellow color with a good foamy head on top. The head settles and leaves some scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was floral and grainy. The taste was nicely balanced between some grainy malts and some smooth farhouse funk. Really an interesting brew. The mouthfeel was bubbly but smooth, overall very good stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Another sexy, slick label (once you look past the front and center weird-ass vulture-snake) from this gypsy brewer, at least for this amateur cartophile.

This beer pours a hazy dark golden yellow hue, with three flabby fingers of puffy, climbing, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few sudsy swaths of arc-weld lace around the glass as it quite slowly ebbs away.

It smells of spicy, zingy, meaty citrus - lemon, lemongrass, lime rind, coriander, a touch of cumin - grainy pale malt, a lightly musty yeastiness, and a further earthy, floral hoppiness. The taste is lightly honeyed, somewhat biscuity pale malt, overripe lemon and crisp, fresh apple, white pepper, faint metallic cilantro, subtle dry yeast, a mixed-bag of tropical fruit esters, and some mild savoury spices, blended insofar as I'm just happy to share in the experience. No evidence of the elevated alcohol whatsoever.

The carbonation is gently effervescent, and does well to keep it up, the body a pleasantly understated medium weight, and generally rather smooth, in a workaday sense. It finishes barely off-dry, the malt having to pull out all the stops in the face of an organized drying effort, courtesy of the yeast, fruit, and hops (and possibly the otherwise AWOL alcohol).

Saisons kind of come, and kind of go in my world, i.e., I don't really get a lot out of them, and don't find many embracing. That damning caveat out of the way, I have to say that I really like this one - the crazy amount of input flavours are deftly integrated - subdued, even, into a straight-ahead drinkable affair, one bereft of any extreme elements, which may be the one aspect of this style that I do wholly endorse, when suitably followed through with as it is here.

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip there's a sturdy, dense cylinder of foam that rises to the rim of the glass. Cloudy haze, bright orange like Sunkist soda. Uneven edges of lacing, solid long lasting retention. Soft pillowy texture to the foam.

A distinct minerality early on, with some herbal sweetness and lemony citrus. Somewhat phenolic, though it's sweetness tends to overpower the phenolic spiciness.

Flavor wavers between sweet and spicy bitterness. Dry grassy aftertaste with some dusty wheat and a touch of alcohol, though its not distracting. Pretty effervescent at first, though it settles down a bit after some time. Feels fairly creamy midway through the glass.

Overall very drinkable, a distinct American Saison.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a billowy "Belgian" head that webs the tulip with lacing

Smell: Toffee malt, with a range of spice (clove, apple/cinnamon, banana spice cake)

Taste: The toffee malt bursts forward, bringing the aromatic spice flavors along to build toward the middle; a touch of funk arrives, after the swallow, along with a vinous character the lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A Saison verging on a Dubbel, this beer has a lot of complexity; the more you contemplate it, the more it surprises you

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, caramel color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, thick head of egg shell white foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - Good estery aroma with apple and pear in the nose.

T - Fruity (apple and pear) and yeasty with a sweet caramel and grain backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had some bite. A light to medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty saison. I'm glad Stillwater finally made it to Missouri.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright light orangey color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with dry floral notes form the hops with some light funky yeast notes also discernable. Taste is also a nice mix between some funky notes with floral hops and dry aftertaste. I thought the malt bill was great if maybe a tad too sweet for my own taste. Body was full for style with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well brewed and something I would seek again fro sure.

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 79% out of 100 with 970 ratings
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