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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 PittBeerGirl
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #700. Intentional as I have had a lot of awesome super-hyped brews lately-and I wanted to have something I was personally excited for that isn't as well known-and this is it! 22 oz bottle poured into my large crazy french snifter.

Thanks Michael for introducing this and sending it my way!

A- Body is a pretty translucent medium amber hue. Fogginess is somewhat dynamic. Pours with a large 2+ finger foamy white head. Head has great retention at 1-2 fingers or so. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass. What is keeping me from the 5 is the amber hue-as this style is traditionally more blond-though there is nothing wrong with the amber.

S- Smell is prominently fruity. Peach, apple, pear, apricot, a hint of pineapple and mango. There is also a good amount of floral hops in the nose accenting it as well as a slight bready yeast backbone.

T- Taste is slightly more complex and balanced than the nose. The fruitiness (as described above) is there initially but there is a huge floral accent as well as a lot of peppery spice and prominent bready yeast backbone. The finish is surprisingly dry but the spiciness and floral hop bitterness are kicked up a notch. What lingers is a very mild floral hop bitterness and peppery spice flavor.

M- Body is light to medium weight and drinkable-yet not thin-with a high tingly carbonation.

D- This is an awesome local saison. Much like a hoppy belgian, amber ale. There could be more funk present to make this better for the style-but the beer as is is really good. Saison is one of my favorite styles-I've had the good, the bad, and the ugly... this is a VERY good brew...though a bit of a different example of the style.

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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 Zekezilla
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one at the recent City Paper Brew Fest in Baltimore. It was one of my favorites of the day. I believe this is one of the first Saison's I've tried. Beautiful orange in color, woody and spice in smell and taste. Highly recommended. Will definitely seek this out and other offerings from this brewery.

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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 ffejherb
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to akorsak for sharing this 750ml bottle on 4/3/10.

A - Poured a hazy golden/orange body with a fizzy white head that withered away to a thin ring of retention and a slim patch, leaving very little lace around the glass.

S - Earthy herbs and woody notes comprise the initial aroma, followed by toasted grains and seeds, as well as basement notes and a slight musty character. Some light citrusy hop notes also emerge.

T - Opens with sharp herbal notes with a woody character and hint of citrus hops. Some dankness emerges in the middle, suggesting musty basement notes. Finishes with a toasted grainy character and an earthy hop bite.

M - Medium bodied but ultimately pretty watery overall. Finishes rather dry with moderate earthy bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty decent farmhouse style ale, although I found it to be a bit heavy on the earthy notes. Still, this was pretty drinkable overall, though not one of my favorite saisons in the grand scheme of things.

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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 akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 mL bottle from the Wine Source.

A: The saison is a golden orange color, bright if not hazed over. A radiant glow, accentuated by the bright afternoon, emerges from the glass. A few stray patches of lace cling to my glass.

S: The nose is fresh, surprisingly hoppy, with enough wild-like aromas to keep me interested. Funk and anise, a powerful combination, start things off right. Citrus fruits follow, accentuating the hoppiness.

T: The funk is forward, leading things off with a bang. Behind it, anise, Belgian yeast, wildflowers and citrus follow (not necessarily in that order). Coriander adds a burst of flavor, followed by floral hops that stand out at the end. The whole time a pale malt base keeps things bready. The saison is very dry, the yeast having sapped the sugars of their strength. A close runner-up to the cask version.

M: The mouthfeel runs all over the place, with sweetness, tartness, citric hops, and bready malts taking turns at the wheel.

D: Very drinkable with a relatively low abv price tag. A serious saison (especially when you consider that it is Stillwater's first release) that I want to have more of.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ the Hulmeville Inn

Look: Bright golden/orange color, cloudy, medium head with decent retention & lacing

Smell: Lemon, spices, sweet malt

Taste: Up Front: Tart, mild funk, sweet malt. Finish: Pepper & spices

Mouthfeel: Medium body & carbonation, with a smooth, dry finish

Drinkability: I could quaff this down ALL day!

Overall Impression: I really liked this Saison. I'd have to say it is my favorite Non-Brett, American Saison I've had to date. It had a small batch hand crafted feel to it, which is a great thing. I'd take this over Hennepin any day!

After dinner I decided to try one of these. Shortly thereafter, I found out that the brewer was there and a Stillwater Event was taking place. I had a chance to chat with him briefly. It turns out that this is his brewery's very first product - how awesome is that! I wish them continued success and I hope all of their offerings are as good as this one! PROST!!!!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pint glass at the hulmeville inn in the evening.short review.

Stateside is a tangerine orange color with some weak foam off the top that leaves no lacing.

Smells like wheat oranges apricots and some honey. The sweet malt is pronounced yet muted under all of that.

Taste is pretty much the same but maybe not in that particular order. I know I'm getting honey suckles with apricots and hay with pale malt, not really giving off the usual caramel taste which I like. A yeast strain that's not all that bready.

Feel is lighter than medium with light carb, light pricks, smooth as silk. I will drink this again.

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

I had this on draft and on cask and the oak aged version.

The draft version was much much clearer than the cask variations of this beer. It is crisp straw yellow with a hint of the brown side. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Head is white and big but falls away and does leave some lacing on the glass. Looks nice.

There is a hint of some hop in the aroma but mostly its a kind of spicy Belgian yeast character of ether and pepper.

Beer is medium bodied and tastes really nice. There is a mild bitterness and the beer finishes cleanly. I enjoyed all three incarnations of this beer but the oak chip aged was slightly better IMO. I hope to get more of this beer.

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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 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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