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:
952
Reviews:
315
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.87%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
115
For Trade:
2
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Photo of lovindahops
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This rainy April calls for a saison to position my mind towards aspects of a real spring. Stateside saison is up

A- a hazy darkened yellow with bumps of cake like lacing on the edges of the glass. Very fluffy and thick foam clings to the edges as a vibrant color still reflects off the white foam

S- musty farmhouse scents partners up with a clove and butter scent as anticipated. Completely spicy with a peppery type scent, stateside presents a Belgian saison representation with the scent profile

T- massive slap of cracked pepper and Belgian yeast... And I mean massive. Very forward and present as some fruit flavor shows up as well. A solid saison that delivers with Belgian properties and flavor

M- strong carbonation and slightly thick with flavor

O- stateside is an excellent full bodies saison that is drinkable and forward of flavor simultaneously. Very impressive and creates a mindset to come back for more

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Photo of od_sf
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Atomicskis5
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Bonis
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of CB_Crowe
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of greenmonstah
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into HF tulip

A - Pours a cloudy light orange-straw with three finger head that lingers for years.

S - Aromas of lemongrass, peppercorn, hay, clove. Plenty to choose from, but it smells just right.

T - Tart, with lemon, clove, yeast, some sweet fruit flavors such as pear.

M - Very effervescent, light body with a slight cloying sweetness. Lingers just long enough, tickling the tongue.

O - A very fine beer indeed. Excellent, standard take on the Americanized Saison. Complexity is there if you look for it, but you can simply drink and enjoy this one on a beautiful spring day and love it without thinking too much.

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

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 2/19/13 (1 1/2 months old)

A nice bright golden almost orange color, a bit of haze. A nice big fluffy white head of off the pour fades to a patchy retentive foam, no real lace to speak of.

Belgian yeast phenols, clove, slight hints of Belgian spice, a bit of under ripened fruits, some lemongrass citrus.

Spicey Belgian yeast phenols, clove, under ripened fruit, apple and pear, citrus, mostly lemon. Finishes with a bit more hop bitterness than expected for the style.

Easy drinking, medium to light in body, crisp carbonation, very slight tartness.

A solid Saison, good to style. Makes me look forward to try more from Stillwater.

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Photo of Nubicks
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT.

Pours a hazy golden orange color. 3 inch head, lots of lacing.

Smells include Belgian yeast, sweet floral aromas and oranges.

Similar flavor. Nice juicy citrus flavor to this one- some great orange in here. Bit of sweetness from the grains here as well. Some spicing- black pepper and coriander are what I taste. No real hop flavor that I can determine. Typical Belgian yeast flavors abound too.

Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated. Drinkable despite the ABV.

One of the best American made saisons, for sure.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Straw/gold with 3-4 fingers of white, fluffy head. Excellent retention and clarity. Low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Very aromatic. Lemon, pear, golden apple, hay, pilsner malt, peppercorn and spelt.

Taste
Pear, golden apple and lemon juice. Pilsner malt, spelt and touches of rye. Dried hay, potpourri, pink peppercorn and earth.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, dry, clean and refreshing.

Overall
Right on! ...And finally in a 12oz bottle. Thank you!

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of aranton
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of fpreh1957
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Ale-ienation
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Transparent orange amber with a frothy white head that retains well. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Very floral; lemongrass, thyme, rosemary. Prominent yeast notes abound with a perfect amount of brett funkiness. Very inviting.

T: Very complex yet cohesive. Dry up front with balanced floral notes; mint, rosemary. Piny hop flavors are present with subtle esters throughout, including lemon zest and some orange pith. Smooth, bitter finish where the funk really comes across. Spot on stylistically and delicious.

M: Light bodied and very effervescent.

O: A wonderful saison: dry, floral, complex and funky. Superb.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.95 out of 5 based on 952 ratings.
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