Stateside Saison | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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3.92/5
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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

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Reviews:
322
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981
pDev:
9.95%
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Saison yeast, citrus/lemon, bready malts and some peppery spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Saison yeast, citrus/lemon, floral notes, some breadiness and faint pepper.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautifully crafted saison, full of flavour.

aroma: artificial banana, bubblegum, clove with some tartness

taste: Bubblegum, clove, orange, spice, honey, artificial banana, slight lemon and a touch of grapefruit. A nice dry tartness to it with a good malt backbone.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium gold with a light haze and lots of chunky floaties hanging around. Effervescence is mild and the head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad, altogether.

Smell: quite sweet with a rather malty aroma and a bit of a floral character, but not much in the way of funk. Decent, but not great.

Taste: sweet and floral with a little bit of a funk and a tiny touch of sourness at the end. Bitterness is moderate, but overall the whole thing is quite balanced. Not bad!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge, well-integrated carbonation and a bodacious creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: this is a bit on the sweet side up front, and a bit on the harsher side at the end, but overall is a quite drinkable and appealing saison. Worth a try if you like the style.

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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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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 981 ratings