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:
967
Reviews:
319
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.87%
 
 
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37
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Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of terence
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of NCStateAE
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy darker yellow with a white head.

Smell: Earthy and fruity notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves, a little fruity, and earthy tones.

Overall: Good saison, I would have again.

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Photo of deapokid
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's in Norristown (6/19/2010). Review from notes. Served in an extremely odd looking Kastell glass.

Liquid is a copper color with a thin head and passively calm carbonation. Lacing shows initially, but passes within seconds. Beer is so unmuddled that it's nearly translucent. I expected at least a touch of murkiness.

The aroma is faint, but hints of basement musk eventually surface. There's also some spicing, like a melange of dried fruit and ginger.

The flavor is tart with a mild funkiness. The opening seems a bit subdued, but the ending has a nice musky bite that is reminiscent of brie or an old sweat-sock (this isn't detrimental).

I did expect more spice notes and the "brett" flavor does take center stage, but for a one-trick pony, it does have a nice trick. It can also be quite refreshing, which is nice on a 90 degree day.

As it warms, more and more barnyard musk seeps in, which makes for an interesting, if not particularly ground-breaking, brew.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I open the cap I get worried... only a small whisp of carbonation ecscapes. It pours a nice orange that is crystal clear and has one finger of head that disapears quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is citrus (lemon) light black pepper and some pilsner malt. Some apricot and yeastiness are evident. The yeast is obviously WY3711.

Taste is quite fruity and mildly spicy. There is a hint of toastiness, light malts and a fruity yeast character. Toward the finish apricots, pears and hop bitterness dominate. Fairly acrid overall.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium/high carbonation.

Overall this beer is good and fairly well crafted but falls flat of many examples I have tried that posses much more rustic character, more fruity yeast notes and much higher carbonation.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep golden yellow body with a creamy beige head that last a good bit. There are tiny strands of carbonation that trail to the surface.

S- The dry buttery diacetyl aroma takes on a sweat sock quality as the beer warms and blends into a pear and apricot aroma in the finish.

T- The pear and apricot estery flavor has a soft diacetyl buttery note and a pleasant soft white cheese rind and saison yeast flavor to it. There are some grapefruit pith notes and a peppery hops bite in the finish that has a butter hint that lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a creamy texture in the finish.

O- Lots of pear and buttery flavors that dominate this beer. The fruity esters and saison yeast blend well together but they are not strong enough for the diacetyl that takes over. As the beer warms there is a nice pear and cottage cheese flavor underneath with the yeast and fruit.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coriander leads the way on this beer, and I am not a big fan of that spice. That being said, the body is right, the look is great. were it not for the coriander, this would have been a good to very good beer.

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Photo of Jstarr2517
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JB62
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: I fucked up pouring this beer, but for the sake of assessment I can say this: If I had in fact done a good job it would have poured with a rocky two-finger head, and a hazy, straw gold body, par for the course with excellent retention
S: Dank as hell, with immediate grainy qualities, and a clean hop bit following, some residual (tripel-like) sweetness here, and some earthiness and minerality as well
T: My immediate reaction to this beer is that there is a rather unpleasantly sweet caramel note that to me suggests an unbalanced grain bill, and an under-attenuated beer, that being said, following that there is a grainy profile, with spicy and peppery notes, along with hints of citrus, but that pesky, sugary quality will not subside.
M: dry, well done
O: fix the damn sweetness, this is so close to great, but it's just not, sorry, thanks for playing

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Photo of mdfb79
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a light orange/golden color with light carbonation evident. 3+ fingers of white head with great retention.

s - Smells of orange, citrus, apples, yeast, and spices.

t - Tastes heavily of spices. Also some bready malts, but not much else. No fruit or citrus hops like in the smell. A bit disappointing.

m - Light to medium body with low carbonation. Has a watery feel to it and a dry finish.

d - A decent saison but nothing special. I thought it had a nice smell to it, but not much to the taste or mouthfeel. Not bad at all and very drinkable, but nothing special and I wouldn't look to try again.

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Photo of champ103
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow color. A two finger white head forms and gently recedes. Good lacing is left behind.
S: Yeast up front and strong. Kind of a sulfur, mineral, and metallic aroma that I am not a huge fan of. Zesty lemon rind, herbal, lightly floral.
T: Follows the nose with a strong up front yeast component. The sulfur and metallic character is light, but still there. More bready malts, zesty lemons as well.
M/D: A medium body that is very carbonation. Almost too carbonated. Fizzy bubbles sting the tongue. Easy to drink. The sulfur character I get throughout takes away some of the enjoyment for me.

Not bad, I do get a sulfur character that does not mesh for me. I can see why people would like it, just not for me. Still interesting, and something I would recommend.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with light head.

Smells spicy and slightly citrusy .

Tastes of spices (clove, pepper) with some citrus with some slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Nice drinkability goes down easy.

Im a huge saison fan and this was a decent one.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent offering from a brewery I haven't been overly impressed with in the past.

A: cloudy golden yellow with a little lacing
S: citrusy and a little bit of yeast
T: lemony and tart, but with a hop back that makes the beer more drinkable than it would otherwise be. Decent carbonation. Taste belies a bit the almost 7% ABV.
M: light dry pull after the tartness that doesn't last too long.
O: not going on my must have again, but I wouldn't shy away from it either. Little too tart up front, but that fades quickly into a fine beer.

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Photo of craytonic
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is a cloudy orange-yellow, erupts out of the bottle into the sink. Fills the glass entirely with foam.

Smell: Lemon grass, oranges, earth/must, grainy malts, hay, spice

Taste: Similar to the aroma, hay, oranges, earth/must, grainy malts, hay, spice

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body leaning towards medium, touch too much carbonation.

Overall: Decent enough saison, nothing memorable.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colored pour with a small white head that fades quickly. Nice yeasty and farmhouse aroma. Taste is mostly grain and grass flavors. Kind of basic for the style but good.

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Photo of shivtim
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this in DC. Poured out into a pint.
Slightly hazy copper with orange/red tints. Huge billowey white head that gradually dies down. Lots of bubbles.
Nose is farmy with berry notes. Fruity and sugary. Euro hops typo.
Taste is wet hops, wild, yeasty. Ethanol, slightly chemicaley. Vague "green" flavors.
Nice mouthfeel and drinkability.

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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 BeerNemesis
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stateside Saison | 14 oz. on tap @ RnH | 6.8% ABV | Aug. 2010

Brewer: Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: Tulip

Appearance:
Light orange with a one-finger head. Forgettable.

Aroma:
Pepper, spicy yeast, cardamom, and other herbs.

Taste:
Caramel, yeast, pepper, lemon zest. There's a nice barnyard earthiness too.

Mouthfeel:
Crisp, clean, medium-bodied, otherwise unremarkable.

Harmony:
Average in just about every way.

Would I get it again?:
I imagine this being the very most average saison. Once I've tried its more impressive peers I'll consider coming around for another go.

Served on: August 20, 2010 @ Rattle 'N Hum

Price = $7.00

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Photo of gfreed
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a corrective saison: I split a large bottle with my wife after hacking through a Sam Adams saison earlier in the day. I'd give this an A if not for two things: the soda-poppy carbonation, which adds a needle-pointy edge to everything; and the over-hopping, which adds an acidy feel that belongs in an IPA, not in a saison. I like my saisons with fewer abrasives and a bit more of that pillowy, yeasty taste. If you like to belch, however, this beer will give you championship results.

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.95 out of 5 based on 967 ratings.
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