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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
957
Reviews:
316
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.87%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
116
For Trade:
2
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Photo of MaximalC
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, cloudy, golden amber color with an infinitely voluminous head of craggy, off-white foam. A torrent of frenzied carbonation populates the glass. The bubbles are surprisingly coarse for a head of this size, but they replenish quickly enough to prop it up for an extensive duration. The presentation is absolutely exquisite. The crisp aroma smells of coriander, clove, and lemon--very light and fresh.

The first thing you notice upon sipping is the searing carbonation that cuts through like a buzzsaw (that monster head had to come from somewhere). I don't know if this is the intended level of carbonation or a byproduct of having been aged nearly a year, but it's all there. The flavor features biscuity malt, grassy hops, and the aforementioned coriander, clove, and citrus twang. Abundant yeast adds a bright, chalky character as well. There are also some earthy notes (dare I say horse blanket?) that come through in the middle and linger into the finish. In taste and texture this is quite akin to a hefeweizen, and were it not for the earthier, grassier components, it could even be mistaken for such. Shades of bubblegum begin to emerge with a little warming, so I can't deny this has some complexity to it.

Over-the-top carbonation notwithstanding, this is one beautiful, tasty saison. There's plenty of complexity to keep the palate occupied, and few beers look prettier sitting in the glass on a hot day. It could probably benefit from a little restraint and refinement, but I like where Stillwater was going with this.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing, hazy golden orange with a mountainous, slowly receding white head.

S: Aromas of biscuit, crackers, minerals, spicy yeast, lactic funk, herbs, lemon, lime, and kumquats fill the nose.

T: Notes of biscuits, crackers, lactic funk, must, spices, grass, herbs, white pepper, bitter orange, kumquats, lemon, and lime fill the mouth. The finish provides a flourish of bitter orange, biscuit, cracker, and spice flavors.

M: Light-to-medium in body and dryish. Carbonation is very active, imparting prickly, tingling sensations in the mouth.

O: A very solid, very respectable saison that is nicely styled and confidently executed.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, dark gold in color, cloudy

Smell: honey, apple, dark wheat, Belgian spices

Taste: honey, apple, dark wheat, Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a dry bitter finish, light bodied and high carbonation

Overall: An above average saison that has nice crisp bitterness and good dryness. The smell and look were excellent however. Worth a try but I have had better in the style.

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Photo of gatornation
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazed light gold color with a white head slight lacing and alot of floaties
S-lemon and spice with light fruit yeast and funk
T-sweet and funky with notes of white fruit leather lemon and spice yeast and hops
M-lemon zest crisp and dry
O-delicious well represents the style nice barnyard fruity hoppy

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Photo of JayQue
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good one!!! It has the yeast and the funk. That's what I want in a Saison. Pours a hazy honey/straw color into a pint glass. Good size delicately bubbly white head with good retention. A little spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell is orange, lemon zest and plenty of yest and a little barnyard funk.

Taste is more of the same. Good funky yeasty flavor with lemon zest and orange. A very good Saison taste.

Mouthfeel is tart and rich enough for the style.

Very impressive. I would gladly buy this one again.

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of bruindre
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of HollyHops
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MacQ32
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Jeffh84
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mpenning13
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of alphagnome
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Murky, dirty yellow body hosts plenty of carbonation and a thin, white head that has mediocre retention and leaves no lacing. The rush of bubbles is actually audible.

Aroma:
Nice and spiced. It's nothing out of character for the style, but it is pleasant and your nose will thank you for this one. Fresh ground pepper and coriander, lemon zest, pungent Belgian yeast, and a hint of leather. Overall it's very sweet and earthy.

Taste:
Quite sweet and pleasantly funky. All attributes noted in the aroma are present in taste. Only the slightest tinge of bitterness immediately upon sipping.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and sweet medium(ish) bodied brew. Gobs of carbonation. Clean and dry finish.

Overall:
Fantastic example of one of my personal favorite styles. This will make a great grillin' companion. Easy to drink and refreshing, you definitely want to add this to your shopping list.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/4/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, hops, and light-moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, straw, grass, herbal, floral, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, straw, grass, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, hops, and moderate malt flavors; with a great yeast/hop flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, hops, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.95 out of 5 based on 957 ratings.
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