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%
 
 
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37
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Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy straw gold with orange hues. Fairly large, light, fluffy, cloud like, white head. Typical for a saison. Good retention leaving a nice sticky lace.

S - Yeast aroma jumps out. There is a slight funk and a nice spice to the beer. Nice hoppy fruitiness with lemon zest leading the way along with some golden and stone fruit. A strong malt backbone (biscuit and breadiness).

T - Similar to the nose. Strong malt backbone throughout. A touch of funk starts out the beer. Spice and yeastiness are pretty strong throughout. Nice fruity hops (lemon leading the way again with some apricot, apple, and pear). A touch of herbal/floralness toward the finish.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Pretty dry with just a bit of a zest on the tongue that makes me want to drink some more.

D - Pretty easy to drink with loads of different flavors. It's nice and has me wanting some more although everything just doesn't quite meld together as well as I would like.

Notes: A nice saison. Touch of funk, plenty of yeast and nice hoppiness. I kept going back and forth from really liking it to kind of liking it. It just couldn't hurdle that bar into really liking it for some reason, but I'd like to try it again some time.

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of PorterBoy14
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Straight pour from 750ml pry-off bottle to a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Not bottle dating evident

Appearance (4.0): This gives a beauuutiful burnished gold hue in the body, with a decent chill haze—nothing chunky or floaty here, just gorgeous. The head is fine and white, starts at two fingers and dissipates reasonably slowly to just a haze on the top. Head is okay, but the body’s gorgeous.

Smell (4.0): Very nice aroma here, part white wine / part fresh herbs and ground spice. Very light coriander and white pepper, maybe. The vinous aroma is stronger than you’d expect, and it’s quite nice. Can’t imagine what one of the wine barrel-aged versions smells like.

Taste (4.0): Floral, moderately citrusy, good dose of spice (pepper, clove, rosemary, damn), lavender (which I love), and a moderate honey sweetness in the back. The citrus note is like orange and passion fruit. Some nice biscuit / fresh bread character underneath. There’s a lingering herbal note, too, like parsley, but it works. And then there’s that lingering white wine character again. Subtle, but it lasts in the finish.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Excellent, excellent mouthfeel: soft and effervescent, slightly tingly with the carbonation, medium-bodied and dry—this is basically perfect, in my mind.

Overall (4.0): This is a very pleasant saison, and I wish there were more like it. I like saisons that are full-flavored, but not overbearing. Hennepin is great, but it’s like a saison balls-to-the-wall. This is elegant. I like this. Very glad to have tried, and looking forward to grabbing some more (a lot more) Stillwater in the future, when I can.

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Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mattafett
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of pinotboy007
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful, vigorous but puffy white head w/decent carbonation an off amber/gold/honey color w/some haze. Very nice.

S-Some limited barnyard funk mingled with fresh mowed hay and grass, with a citrus swing.

T-Nice, with a touch of Band Aid, grassy citrus and yeast.

M-Rich but not overly so with a bit of silkiness, too.

O-I'd buy it again - cool label with alcohol that's in check.

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Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of justiceavocado
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of SalMineo
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of sandy408
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright & rich honey golden. Uncountable streams of bubbles rapidly rising to a huge white head. A bit of haze (more so on second pour from bomber). Good retention & some alright lace.

S: Fruity citrus & tropical fruit. A bit juicy and sweet. Herbal & grassy behind that. Touch of lemony tartness. Hint of earthy spice. Crackery & biscuity malt background with a bit of aromatic malt sweetness. Just a ghost hint of Belgian / saison funk & phenolics. Sweetness really stands out with time. A bit light on strength and just barely okay for character.

T: big mix of lightly malty & firm sweetness, and herbal hops. There is a floral bit as well that is both honey sweet and oddly soapy. There is a fairly decent crackery pale malt base. Hint of fruits – tropical, stone fruits, & citrus. Lemony tartness mostly has vanished. Herbal aspect gets a bit medicinal middle to end. Some phenolics. Hint of earthy & peppery yeast / saison notes. Herbal, woody, slightly medicinal lingering finish.

M: Quite medium for body – a bit rich for the style actually. Carbonation is balanced fairly high and does lighten it a bit with some prickly lift. Start sweet and stays semi-sweet long into the finish. Finally some spicey bite and an herbal hops drying kicks in. Ghost hint of warming.

D: Most of the right parts are there, but the proportions are all FUBAR. Way too sweet and too herbal. Sort of oddly herbal as well. Not enough peppery / spicy / earthy saison character. Not attenuated and dry enough. Strength without the needed matching robustness and strength of flavor. Still interesting and fair overall.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque honey color with thin red hues along the edges of the beer. There is a full finger of pure white head that takes a bit to settle.

S: The nose is packed full of earth (grass and dirt), spice (nutmeg and coriander), and citrus (lemon zest and orange peel). It's a nice mix of scents. It's sweet and spicy as well as being malty and astringent.

T: The beer has a nice start. It's sweet and drying with a wine like astringency. But as this beer lingers on the palate, the spice and earth shine through. The finish is pure citrus. I get tons of orange peel and a touch of lemon.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out wet and sweet, but finishes a bit dry. The flavors transition nicely, but an orange note lingers on the palate after the beer is gone.

O: This is a solid saision. I'm really enjoying it. The flavors are all over the place, but everything works nicely together. If this were available in my area I'd buy a bottle from time to time.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Lots of head... three or four fingers. I tried a different glass with an even slower pour with the same result. It's a hazy, golden color.

Smells like honey, a flower bouquet, lemon and apricot.

Light malt taste with accompanying sweetness, ripe fruit (apricot and plum).

Lots of bubbles, crisp and smooth with medium body.

Besides all the foam in the pour it's a great beer. Bright and fruity, but not a fruit beer.

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Photo of spicelab
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle thanks to [email protected]

Cloudy apricot with an immense, fine bubbled and pillowy white head that falls fairly slowly with sparse lacing to a slightly raised ring.

Musty, floral nose with plenty of sour citrus, sweet malt and grassiness behind it. Dominant aromas of grapefruit and lemon pith with some pear and banana esters and everpresent but mild funkiness.

Sweeter initally, although there's still plenty of tart grapefruit, lemon and spicy phenolics. Green apple and wet hay join the esters from the nose.

Light to medium body with seriously busy carbonation that seems connected to a strangely unpleasant sour milk character. Lacks coherence and wrestles with the palate. Not a fan.

A huge Sasion fan, but this felt all over the shop to me. There's some promising elements but they seem to fight each other. Concur with a previous reviewer that there are some "off" elements.

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Photo of jisak74
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of cburns48
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of 6demonbag
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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