Stateside Saison | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Stateside SaisonStateside Saison
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79%
Liked This Beer
3.92 w/ 970 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,908
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
970
Liked:
766
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
9.95%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
124
Trade:
2
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Photo of errantnight
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

There are three ways you can ruin a saison (that I'm aware of): you can over-spice them, you can under-carbonate them, or you can under-attenuate them. Stateside Saison, despite lovely carbonation and a wonderful, yeast-driven flavor, falls short due to the last point, there.

A hazy golden straw, that moves towards a richer orange hue with the second pour and the addition of a touch of yeast, it pours with a huge, lustrous head... but has exceedingly disappointing retention, leaving just a thin ring around the glass with no real lacing to speak of.

Aroma is musty, yeasty, and floral, with notes of pepper.

On the palate, this is well balanced, firmly but not overly bitter... and disappointingly sweet and full bodied. The barest hint of wheaty twang combined with the fullness provides an appealing note of vinuousness, but even the robust carbonation can't overcome this rich, syrupy sweetness that leaves the beer full bodied. Further, there's notes of high alcohol present, truly unacceptable in a beer of this relatively benign strength (as modern-day saisons go). What flavor IS there is actually quite tasty, and this drinks as an ok sipper, so I'm loathe to drop the "taste" score here to a 2.5, but it probably deserves it.

Overall, there are some exceedingly pleasant notes present in this beer, and it's drinkable as-is. That's the polite side of things. The critical side says they really need to work on their fermentation practices. This beer isn't strong enough to be showing off high alcohols, and there's no reason, particularly when avoiding using the Dupont Saison strain, for this beer not to be far more attenuated.

Shows promise, but for now, entering the dustbin of mediocre American-made saisons. Sad, because the bottle alone makes me want to fall in love.

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Photo of castry01
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at Wild Tomato in Sister Bay, WI

Appearance: For better or for worse, my favorite part of this brew. Stateside pours a beautiful deep gold, certainly deeper in complexion than many other saisons, it teases at delicious things to come. Turns out Stateside can walk the walk, but not talk the talk.

Aroma: I could tell I was going to be let down almost immediately. A weak nose on this one, yeasty, with a tad bit of coriander and a black pepper punch at the back. Nothing offensive here, but nothing exciting either.

Taste: Here lies the real let down for me. The taste is just out of balance to my palate. Maybe I had a bum bottle, but I got this huge blast of black pepper with a hint of coriander on the back end of the taste. Whatever flavor are trying to be presented here are completely overwhelmed by the peppery character. To my taste buds, it had this metallic tinge that tasted like it had sat in a can for far too long. Again, not offensive, but not special either.

Mouthfeel: A fairly strong mouthfeel, silky and coating, if the flavors were better this would have been wonderful.

Overall: While I like the work Stillwater does (I like their Small Black saison quite a bit), this beer really let me down. Look elsewhere unless you get it free.

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Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle dated 14 June 2013 served in a pilsner glass.

Light golden body, slightly hazy, with an over-sized,creamy, off-white head.

Aroma: dank and herbal, with hints of soft, ripe fruits.

Flavor: usually not my style of beer but this is fairly easy to drink and near minimally funky. Good complexity. Lightly tart and bitter.

Feel: medium-high carbonation; near medium body.

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Photo of CHickman
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange in color with a creamy 1 finger off white head that faded quickly and left great lacing; the lacing stuck to the glass and slid down very slowly.

Smells of funky yeast, sweet malt, coriander, pepper, light spices, cinnamon, allspice and citrus hops; it was quite a funky aroma that was almost too much.

Tastes like it smells, with funky yeast, sweet malt, coriander, pepper, light spices, cinnamon, allspice, citrus hops, sour fruit like grapefruit and a slight alcohol twang; a very funky beer overall.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light and airy, with very light carbonation, a light body and funky dry aftertaste.

A very tasty beer, but way too funky to be a session beer. A bold beer for those with an adventurous palate, but just not my cup of tea. I'm glad that I tried this, but I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle with a foil top and rusted pry-off cap split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.8% ABV, no date.

Thanks to TheDTrain for choo-chooing this one over to my place!

A - Goldenrod and light apricot orange in color with a hazed-over clarity. After the gusher stopped spilling all over my legs, carpet, etc. it was topped by a loose white head in the glass. Good retention and patchy lace left behind.

S - Notes of lemon citrus and a unique spice aroma. Dusty dirt and clay with yeast is powerful. A very earthy nose with a pilsner malt backing and...maybe some coriander?

T - The different nuances all seem to blend together and get overshadowed by pesky carbonation. Very yeast-driven, it's got white pepper, coriander, earthy clay, and some citrus notes above the malt. Willamet hops provide an earthy backbone and finish to the yeast profile.

M - Extensively and annoyingly carbonated, it's got a bothersome champagne-like tickle in the mouth. Medium-light bodied and quite filling.

O - I'm struggling with this because a) it's way too carbonated and filling and b) it's overly yeasty. A solid attempt but it makes me weary of dropping the coin on their other offerings. Too earthy.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Goldish color...significant lingering head and lace. Aroma of minerals, liquorice, yeast, funk, anise, herbs, spice & fruit. Flavor also has a tongue piecing bitterness. I'm not noticing big hops but there's some there! Minimum malt or sweetness. Rich but some roughness.

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Photo of Eddiesbar
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle from Edgemont Beer and Cigars. Fruity aroma of spice, grain, malt, grass and other earthly components. Not sure what fruit pops...lime, lemon, tangerine and some berry. It’s malty and acidic and so very raw in every way. I like it because it feels well made and complex. I don’t like how it feels grainy and imbalanced.

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3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
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 JamieDuncan
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%

Wow, I am usually a fan of the style but not familiar with the brewer. But I had heard good things so I was optimistic. Bummer! Not a bad initial taste but very off on the finish. A metallic taste that lingers with something that was off. Had a decent saison smell, although still something off, overall barely got over a 3 from me who is generally over average and definitely for this style. Maybe it just caught me on a bad day but for me there was something off that I could not put my finger on.

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Photo of Dope
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Murky golden pour with a big fluffy white head. Lacing and head retention are excellent.

S: Pears and apples. Banana and cloves. A little bit of bread and some quite nice spicy pepper. Hint of citrus. Smell overall is surprisingly mild, otherwise it would have been a 4.5.

T: Taste is similar to the nose with some light citrus and apple flavors. Yeasty. Unfortunately about midway through there is some odd earthy funky taste that really disagrees with me. Kept trying it to see if I could get used to it but couldn't.

M: High carbonation keeps it fairly light. Quite drying.

O: Unfortunately I'm not a fan of funky beers so I couldn't rate it too highly here. I tried to be at least somewhat objective with my other ratings but this was over the top and I poured out most of it.

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Photo of LeRose
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into tumbler. It is a deep golden color - I think a bit too dark for the style. Minimal head, lively appearing carbonation.

Aroma - quite weak. Some bready aroma, yeasty and mild spiciness, barely detectable "funk", vaguely fruity. Somewhat undefined, but within the saison family overall.

Taste - a surprising level of bitterness that is noticeable and almost too much. Some sweetness initially, then a jumble of various fruit flavors and mild spice notes. A touch of the floral notes. A little acidity which was welcome, but the bitterness remains noticeable throughout.

Feel - light, not particularly drying, mildly refreshing. Carbonation about right for a saison.

Overall, this is an OK beer that I was glad to try but can't say I would seek out. There are better options more readily available to me which I would prefer. True enough to style, but for me this is not a "keeper".

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Tone
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of fresh malt, hint of hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hops, and slight yeast. Overall, not complex, decent appearance and aroma.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 79% out of 100 with 970 ratings
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