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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mikkel and Brian are two of the world's most unconventional brewers. By designing beers at various breweries around the globe, they have found the freedom to experiment and innovate, resulting in unique beers that often blur the lines of definition. After having met at a festival in Bodegraven, NL the two realized that their first creations both were called Stateside. It was then an obvious decision to make the two recipes into a new product, packed full of piney, resinous hops, and backed by the esters of a farmhouse yeast strain.

Added by tbrown4 on 01-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 292
Photo of JayS2629
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a semi-cloudy orange-amber with a fluffy white head that retained well and left sea foam lacing.

The aroma was amazing, full, rich, complex malt profiles of biscuit, sourdough, and a touch of caramel and honey. Some nice farmhouse funk and floral qualities peek through with estery, bright fruits of green apple and pear. This melts nicely and naturally into a spicy blend of citrus, orange, pineapple and a touch of pine and grass. Very complex and interesting hop profile rides on top of a rich, complex maltiness.

The taste follows the nose with sourdough, honey, caramel and other fresh baked bread qualities. A touch of sugar and funky yeast, floral and wet hey notes. Lots of bright fruit from apple, pear to orange and pineapple. Great citrus hop profile with a touch of pine sap blends beautifully. Nothing over the top or overly pungent, but great balanced blend.

Slighly creamy, smooth, rich and slightly oily. Crisp, refreshing and delicious. An awesome beer!

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Photo of augie1bs
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites. Recommend that you drink this one around 45 degrees - not too cold. Has a light belgium appearance with a smooth head when poured. Fruity taste, but not too much of a citrus finish. If you like belgiums, but not too light of a taste, then this is a great option.

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Photo of joecast
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

And another beer received from a generous Aussie BA, Mr Kennedy

Looks absolutely fantastic in a stemmed Mikkeller glass. Gorgeous white lacing, light reddish gold with medium high carbonation. Very inviting.

Very well managed yeast and hop character on the nose. Light peppery spice, a bit herbal, clove like, and some tangerine hops to finish. Each part plays well into the next.

Gentle Belgian yeast sits in the background. Light clean malt. Hop character is restrained and doesn't cloud the issues. Excellent.

Wow! Blown away. Leaves an impression on the scale of a big RIS.

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Photo of StaEva
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible hazy golden color with a decent 2 finger marshmallow head. Smells of beautiful citrusy-hops, extremely fresh fruity/bready yeast aromas, lots of clean citrus fruits, just a touch of grassy earth in the nose. When I drink this beer, I can't stop smelling it, the whole way through I never get tired of the aroma. One of, if not THE best smelling beers I've ever had.

Taste is parallel to the aromatic notes, but with more citrus-malt in the middle, and a touch of crisp pear or apple hidden in there as well...very faint. Incredible medium-light on the mouth, lots of effervescence to keep it crisp and refreshing on the palate—good clean mild hop finish. Easy to drink and smooth.

I love this beer. I don't know how to classify it, and like all Stillwater ales it has a hybrid quality to it. Almost like an earthy and mild IPA with more citrus-malt in the front . This might be my absolute favorite beer. Worth savoring and worth going out of your way to find.

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Photo of ccrida
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a goblet, Our Side is a hazy dull gold with a big frothy barely off-white head with nice last

Smell is great, wow! Classic mineral pith and lemon-lime esters accentuated by the hop citrus, a hint of spice.

Taste is really nice, I'm really liking this beer, a great balance of classic saison esters, yeasty, bready, citrus, with plenty of hops, oily, herbal, citrus, resin, a little peanut. Very nice take on the style.

Mouthfeel is slick, dry, medium-light.

Drinkability is high. I love this beer. Awesome, and not even that over-priced - for a gyspy collab beer bottled in 750s!

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the otherside- pouts. Hazy golden orange with a one finger head, nice retention, no lacing.

Smell is wonderful- some nice tart wild yeast smell, a little sweet pale malt and a little citrus hops (barely noticeable).

Taste is consistent with smell- nice tartness, well balanced with sweet pale malt, taken over by citrus hops towards the end; lemony.

Mouthfeel is also excellent- nice light body with exceptional carbonation. This is a great beer and you should get it if you can.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden amber color with a huge, towering head of white that refused to part ways no matter what you did. Really just superb looking with tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and a rich and proper looking appearence. Nice elements of light clove, peach, hints of grain and fresh grasses and a nice little spicey punch to it. Warming brings out the wonderful light tart notes through the air that carry over so well into the flavor. Not over done at all, in fact it seemed to fit perfectly as the mellow sourness played off of the rich grainy and frsh flavor. Smooth, subtle and soft, this just worked on every level it possibly could have.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cask only sneak peak tonight. hazy honey amber with a nice head that held and left very nice lace. nose is a stateside stateside hybrid as promised. big, floral, citric, fruity hop aroma with only the faintest hint of soft caramel on top of yeasty peppery spicy esters and toasty/biscuity/mild pilsnerish malt notes. this is the cask version, so the flavors are laid out pretty straightforwardly in the taste with spice, fruit, malt, and earth ringing out harmoniously. i can just imagine how yum the popping bubbly version will be. mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. this beer screams awesome. best collaboration so far in 2011.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

omg this is some! say the least!...from the guy that makes flawless beer....yet here is another one in that mold!

pours a huge over carbonated head, true to style, dark orange in color....

smells like maybe french saison yeast...i can smell a dry hop on this one too....

taste is hopped perfectly! sure thanks to mikkeller...almost an intense citrus taste...perfect!

feel is creamy slightly dry

overall this one lives up to expectation!....good job

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A mountainous, snowy white cloud overwhelms the tulip glass. Eventually, a hazed, honey gold begins to glow from below. The head slowly turns rocky as it deposits chunks of sticky lace.

Fragrant spices are held together by a yeasty funk and light floral aromas. Fermented apples and cloves are readily discernible.

Earthy and sweet, with spices and light bitterness followed by light tartness as well. There is some lemon and white pepper in the middle, while green apple comes out with warmth. The finish is long and subtle.

Our Side has a full body and vigorous carbonation. It is acerbic and very dry with a woolly texture.

This one deserves to be enjoyed while sitting back and relaxing. It is edgy and perhaps extreme for the style. I look forward to having more in the future.

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Photo of mmercede
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle at Teresa's Nest Door as well as a draft from Farmers Cabinet last week. Overall, the bottle has a more intense, saturated flavor and mouthfeel. I prefer the bottle, but both are great!

A: Transluscent Golden color with strong wheat starch haze. Pours a formidable head with some serious lasting power. Beautiful!

S: A perfect blend between floral/citrus American hops and a dominant yeast profile. A nice melon ester profile with bittering phenols.

T: Citrus, pine, and wine phenols up front. Many fruity flavors and esters on the finish. A very complex yeast character that few ales can achieve.

M: Full bodied with some nice strong hop bite. Strong level of bottle conditioned carbonation. Great!

O: The best American interpretation of a saison Ive ever had. A true treat.

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Photo of codsmith
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy/cloudy golden orange with a massive white foam head that stays around and laces the glass nicely

S: Nice subtle mixture of yeast and hops that really sets the tone for the overall beer. A slight spicyness

T: Good malt, hop and yeast balance. The hops have an earthy and spicy tone that really shine through with a very slight bitterness to finish it off.

M: Full mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O: A very flavorful and well rounded beer.

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Photo of drcarver
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy golden hue with a large off white fluffy head. head lasts for the duration and lacing covers the side of the glass.

S - sweet with a nice hint of farmhouse style funk

T/M - nice cheesy farmhouse funk with a bright hoppy finish. apricot like sweetness in the middle and pine notes at the end. little aftertaste but for a midtongue bitterness.

O - great, great, great.

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Photo of biga7346
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized Duvel tulip

A - Poured a big, creamy, coning head with soapy lacing along the side, a beautiful burnt crimson to orangeish hue, a firm lookng beer, no haze

N - Orange peel and zest, cotton candy, candi sugar, lime juice. A definite sugary sweetness is very well pronounced in the nose, reminds me like a fresh mango even backed with cedary hop aroma, wood chips, and a well pronounced chocolate malt character.

T - Dank, cellar-like funkiness, wet hay to grassy, fresh peaches, and comes the alcohol burn, makes sense after wafting all of that sugar in the nose. Love this beer and the warming finish lets you know it's putting hair on your nuts. A real chewy mouthfeel and oaky tannins in the finish. A very complex beer, almost like a cross between a saison and a scotch ale or a Belgian quad.

D - A great collaboration, good to know there are essentially new styles being created every day. Unlike other beers that do well to hide their ABV, this beer actually tastes like it has a higher gravity but only comes in at under 8 percent. If the warming alcohol in the finish was something intentional, that's pretty genius.

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Photo of Cadebro
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an enormous amount of head that fades to leave splotchy lacing and a hazy copper color.

S- Smells of yeast, citrus, bubblegum and saison funk.

T- Piney hop flavor with citrus and farmhouse yeast. The flavors are too many to capture leaving each taste an adventure.

M- A refreshing and crisp mouthfeel for a hoppy saison. The carbonation is high which balances out the dense flavor and medium body.

O- This beer has a crazy amount of flavors and aromas and the high carbonation, which makes pouring a challenge, brings up the drinkability.

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Photo of Ssomnoremac
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stillwater appears on the West Coast! (on-tap at Blue Palms)

Have to credit the HOPRY for introducing me to this brewery. Never thought it would get to the west coast this quickly!

Excellent, well balanced saison. Just what you want in terms of this kind of yeast; not too funky, as saisons go.

Lovely dirty orange haze. Nicely hoped and very drinkable.

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Photo of farrago
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a head that fills half the glass, very delicate froth of just off-white color, too fine to really dimple, surface looks more like sand dunes, minimal stickiness to the lacing. The liquid is translucent and close to opaque, heavy yellow to orange rust water hue, lots of active bubbles moving about within. The nose comes across as drying, lemongrass, straw, white grapefruit pith, black tea leaves, leesy yeasts, pressed flowers, snap peas, crisp apple, peach, pear skin scents, touch of banana alongside mocha powder, retains focus and sense of purpose well. Medium-bodied, high prickle factor from the carbonation breaks up the muscularity of the brew, still it flexes more than moves. Sweeter tangerine, grapefruit, lemon citrus here, leads the way for basil, pepper and pine sap accents. A bit too tangy for the chamomile-led florality to really soak in, however, the peach, apricot, nectarine, apple fruit able to maintain a steady presence. While leafy on the whole, nicely balanced by softer bread and pastry flake notes. Understated complexity, as if you’ll find in it what you individually seek.

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Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Public House, in San Francisco.

The beer looks like a ripe peach when held to the light, condensation on the glass even doubling for fuzz. Indeed, it looks like something I'd like to take a bit out of. The beer's complexion is transparent but foggy, owing, I imagine, to a protein haze on the behalf of an ample maltiness. Its head leaves lacing with bigger veins than a bodybuilder.

The beer smells like God's own secret batch of peach lemonade. Its bouquet has the super distilled essence of apricots, millions of them. I suppose that it's yeast and hops that account for this blossoming, slightly sour fruitiness and the floral overtones that pair with it. Assuming so, they've done their job perfectly. Heck, why drink it when I can keep smelling it?

Clean, toasty, Belgian-esque malts make up the foundations and they're instantly recognizable, even over-top the tart fruity notes. What takes more time to show is all the green, candied hoppiness. These ales that combine rich, quality continental maltiness with brazen, zesty American hops have become quite fashionable, and with good reason.

This relatively potent beer is disguised with a pleasant overall floral quality, akin to an herbal tea. There is some bitterness - which should be expected anytime the name Mikkeller is on the label - and what's there is surprisingly assertive. A rash of yeasty spice, subtle until this point, washes up on the finish with a hide tide of (well contained) alcohol warmth.

"Two Gypsies" refers to the fact that neither brewer - Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (Mikkeller – Denmark) and Brian Strumke (Stillwater Ales – Baltimore, USA) - actually has a brewing facility of their own. They're just a couple of mooches that go around the world borrowing other peoples' stuff. And it's a damn good thing they let them! It'd be a crime not to.

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Photo of oline73
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap in a pint glass at Max's

Appearance - There is almost no head from the start. This one pours a very cloudy golden with orange tint.

Smell - Sweet and mildly fruity with hints of spice from the yeast. Not much hops in the smell.

Taste - Bitter citrus peel hops hit the tongue first. Then there is a mild sweetness with hints of banana and spice. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation, which surprised me considering the lack of head.

Drinkability - This one is very good and I would definitely be interested in more.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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App- Its a mix of orange and amber with a nice bit of bubbles to it. Even in a taster it was nice and clingy.

Smell- Smelled like a very citrusy DIPA. I got more fresh squeezed oranger juice with a little hops than any of the yeast of the saison

Taste- This is where it shined. It was simple, balanced and flavoful. The two flavors were paired in a way that each one shined on their own but were harmonious.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. left that orange juice flavor on the aftertaste.

Drink- It was too bad, I didnt see a bottle on the shelf. I wouldve grabbed one. Was a very easy drinking beer. Ill have to have this again.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Barley's in Asheville a few weeks ago and the review is from my notes.

A-Honey with an off-white head. There is some lacing and cascading as well.

S-Piney, earthy hops as well as some citrus hops. Belgian yeast is present and caramel malt in the background.

T-Citrus and pine hop notes up front followed by a honey and caramel malt backbone. Delicious and fresh oranges flavor is present. The Farmhouse yeast strain becomes more present as it warms. Delicious and complex beer.

M-Thick with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-I could drink this all day. Truly delicious and complex.

Overall, this is a great beer and I'm glad I had I was able to try it.

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Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice beer collected from the taps of Deccico's in Brewster, NY, this one shows a slightly hazy yellow amber color with a decent white cover and a thin but thorough coat of lacing. The nose picks up a sour hay, vinegar toffee and maybe a slightly peppery wheat. The taste has a bright lemon grass with a lot of thick bubblegun hop and a touch of sweet clove. A very nice medley. It has a dry finish but the feel is near cloying with thick bittersweetness, a medium-plus body with modest but entirely adequate carbonation. A refreshing yet somewhat intensely flavorful brew. Very nice.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich hoppy saison, nice collaboration.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Dark cream toned label with baroque motives and brewer´s logos. Side narrative notes intent, main ingredients, and general characteristics. Lacks bottling or freshness date. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.8%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy gold pour with a nice head, good retention and lacing.

S - Nice nose, hoppy touches of resin of a yeasty fruity touch.

T - Piney and grassy hops are nicely woven with a yeasty profile. Spicy and earthy hint.

M - Medium body with nice soft carbonation. Pleasing smooth ride with a nice dry finish.

O - Nicely rounded, a very quaffable hoppy saison.

Notes: Nice collab, feels a bit simple but there lies some of its beauty. Very drinkable, pleasing and a good offering to celebrate these brewers.

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Photo of samie85
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color with two fingers of white head.

Smells very similar to the as Follows profile in terms of esters and also hops.

Way more caramel sweetness and herbal hop aroma/bitterness than the nose lets on. it strikes an almost even balance between the two edging slightly towards the hoppy end of the scale.

Light bodied with a prickly feel and ample carbonation with a nice dose of dryness on the finish.

This a is really nice beer. I'm starting to think I've been missing out this whole time on Stillwater. I really want to try more of their offerings, but the price-point is a little prohibitive for my budget.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pure gold with a ridiculously frothy head. Seriously, this was nearly a glass of foam with a very gentle pour. Nice musty hay aroma with some citrus and a little tropical fruit. Delicious hoppy initial flavor that is crisp and transitions to fruity aftertaste. Very interesting and unique take on the style. Somewhere between saison and hoppy pale. Light to medium body with strong carbonation and crisp finish. Interesting and unique, like I said. Nice with cheese or grilled meats.

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