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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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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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood

A: The beer pours a hazed golden amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells sort of saison-like with a nice grass and yeast profile, as well as some citrus peel. It is on the sweet side, though. Somewhat sugary with a bit of caramel. Some floral hops and a hint of pepper.

T: Sweet up front with a big time candi sugar flavor. Floral and grassy notes, a bit of lemon zest, and a slightly perfumey feel to the beer. A bit of bready malt and some bitterness on the finish. As it warms, some apple comes out.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: If it wasn't so sweet, I would have liked this one significantly more.

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

I received this beer as part of a Poker BIF box, don't remember who sent it. Also found that it's available in Columbus for around $7.

This pours a lightly hazed orange color with a prodigious amount of foam, lots of dry lacing left behind on the walls of the glass. The aroma is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a saison-IPA, sort of a peppery IPA where the pepper comes from the yeast rather than spice. Very nice combo.

The taste is much the same, but more spicy than hoppy, with a lingering bitterness that lets you know the hops were there after all. I think I get coriander and pepper in this, maybe something else I can't pinpoint.

Ample carbonation, not bad but not something I'll return to quickly.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium orange with an impressive frothy white head. Average head retention and solid lace.

S: Very grassy and herbal, notes of the American influence.

T: Grass, pine and white pepper type flavours, with some good estery notes. Hoppier than the style would usually indicate but well made.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy feel, soft carbonation.

O: Kind of middle of the road for me, though the flavours are there. I'm pretty tough on this style, but still worth seeking out.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rich amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, fluffy, long-lasting head. Pretty good, but not great, lacing.

S: An interesting (for a saison) smell of pine, hops, citrus, and that barnyard funk.

T: Tasted of hops (a fair amount more than you might be used to in the style), a little grapefruit, pine, malt and the typical barnyard funk. Definitely a different saison flavor, but very lively and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer does deviate from the style a bit, but it's still very easy to like.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and does not have any signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy grapefruit in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has light flavors of citrus—grapefruit stands out in particular. The taste seems to be much more complex compared to other beers in the style.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink but lacks the dryness that would lend some refreshing qualities.

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Photo of dzni
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep golden / amber with nice head

S - Citrus, floral, maybe some pine

T - Yeasty, funky, little citrus, and an astringent piny-ness

M - Medium bodied, little carbonation

O - A very drinkable beer with a nice amount of hops but not overwhelming. For me, it seems closer to an IPA than a saison.

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Photo of benpopper
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a solid white head. Steadily fades to leave a clean glass.

Smells good, a little funky and a little citrus with a lot of yeast.

The sweetness comes out in the flavor first with the spicyness of the yeast following strongly and a little bit of hops.

Feels a little overly bubbly in the mouth but clean and doesn't feel as sharp as some saisons can.

Overall I was looking for a clean refreshing beer with a good flavor profile for a hot day and this was perfect.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange-straw color with a small head. Very approachable aroma, some spice, some bubblegum, a touch of tropical notes. A bit sweeter and fuller bodied than many saisons, but I like it. Finish is just a touch astringent with a nice hop ending, not to bitter but cleansing and a little herbal.

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Photo of bbeane
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a DFH chalice.. starts with a huge head with great retention an lacing. Beer is a cloudy amber color

S- Very sweet aroma, hint of funkiness with spices and some hops

T- Very sweet start, followed by some earthy 'farmhouse' notes. Very faint hop presence

M- Light body with light carbonation

D- Shared this one with my girlfriend and a buddy after rock climbing, and it was great... smooth and refreshing. Perfect summer or warm weather beer


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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i must say correlates to a lot of belgian IPAs I've had in the last few weeks. a rather hop saison in that its not particularly stronger hopped... there is a more distinct IBU but it not the brinks that i'm expecting but a more interesting hop used as a bittering agent... fruity hops in the middle and a similar saison aromatic. a bit more deep red orange then most saisons. nose of bark bittering, lychee and raw sugar. palate is actually quite earthy herbal bitter... this bitter is just as much bright and fruit as it is mineral based. sort of like the tannins on a white grape. a dryness of a lot of sage. hints of sorachi ace and candy. not a saison for one that is expecting a formal matter. this is not as meaty. the straw is denser to the point that it become something else. although the distinct quality of fruit and dry farmhouse funk are still the two polarized palate notes that make this a saison.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jyounger30 for this beer in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Jay!

Poured into my New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy, orange amber hue with a huge offwhite head that slowly drops to about a finger's worth of foam. Leaves nice lacing.

Aromas of oranges and tangerines. Some peppery yeast. But a big fruity nose, dominated by citrus.

Flavors of peppery yeast, citrus hop bitterness. As others have noted, the hop bitterness starts off very citrusy, fades, then comes back with a wave of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry, with a mouthcoating bitterness. A little flatter in carbonation than what I prefer in a Saison.

Overall a very nice beer. Good summer time thirst quencher. Wish I could get my hands on some more, but glad I got to try out this bottle.

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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 CashMoneyVagrant
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a monstrous, fluffy sand colored head of foam. Cloudy, orange glow in apperance. Faint aroma of oranges on the nose. I get gummy bears, peaches, fresh sliced fruit. Kinda has a sweet/ sugary candied nose to it. There's a good malt aroma to this brew. Biscotti cookies, toasted-bready grains, baked biscuit, cereal. Some floral spice as well.

Fresh grains on the palate. Baked oats, cereal, bready somewhat toasted. Biscotti, dry cookies. Wet stones and white pepper spice. Floral. Like the aroma of spring time flowers or fresh cut grass. Orange and peach flavors, with a candied, gummy fruit taste. The rocky head of foam clings throughout the glass making for a pleasurable, enjoyable looking brew to drink.
Tangy, dry mouthfeel, with a soapy bitterness in the finish. A good, refreshing more malt forward saison.

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

Two Gypsies pours a very hazy yellowish gold color. Backlighting gives it more of a solid gold look. Carbonation is quite active. A semi-careful pour produced a white head that rose to three fingers in depth. It took quite a while to completely dissipate. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate in volume. Good looking stuff.

The nose is quite unique for a Saison, but is impressive. It features a nice, musky-earthy scent that is reminiscent of classic Saisons. It has a nice herbal quality to it, but isn’t vegetal at all. Hops are quite strong and come through loud and clear. If you’re into hop-forward Saisons, you’ll appreciate this one. The hops seem mostly grassy and floral. My guess is noble hops. Belgian yeast is spicy and prominent. Alcohol is buried. Smells damn good.

The flavor is good, but is a little less impressive. The hops seem to be more prominent here. I’m still guessing noble with the strong grassy, floral hop flavor. Belgian yeast adds a strong peppery spice flavor. It’s good and works pretty well with the hops. It’s intense though. Maybe a little less spice would be a little more overall. The musky, herbal, and earthy Saison flavors are all secondary, but complement the other flavors well. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes spicy with a dry, grassy hop punch.

Two Gypsies has a medium body. Carbonation is seems active, but feels light. Maybe even a tad light for the style. It goes down nice and easy, but a few more bubbles wouldn’t hurt. It really is easy drinking though. A 750 = no problem.

As I understand it, Mikkeller and Stillwater Artisanal Ales each brewed a beer called “Stateside.” Apparently, Two Gypsies is a blend of the recipes. I don’t believe I’ve tried either “Stateside” release, but Two Gypsies is certainly good beer. It’s definitely a Saison with a strong hop presence. It’s novel, but it works well. The spicy flavor grows a tad tiresome, but that’s a minor complaint. Easy recommendation here.

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Photo of gford217
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a deep, hazy brownish amber with a surprisingly small beige head that recedes really quickly to a small collar. Not all that attractive for a saison really.

Aroma is solid with a spicy yeast character with some earthy hops and actually a healthy citrus hop kick as well. Getting some juicy tropical fruits. Very unique nose for a saison and I like it.

The taste isn't quite as impressive though some of that is probably due to the body. The taste itself has some bitter citrus hops which fade quickly to a mild yeast flavor. But after each sip, there is a hoppy bitterness that swells up after a couple seconds.

The mouthfeel is the biggest drawback for me as it seems under carbonated for the style. It's fairly dry in the finish but more oily than I was expecting and not nearly as crisp or effervescent as the best saisons.

This is a unique saison from Stillwater and Mikkeller but the carbonation holds it back for me. I definitely will be looking for some other Stillwater brews though as I think they're starting to pop up around here.

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Photo of kevinv
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating noted. Picked up from Rick's in Alexandria.

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 1 finger bubbly white head which quickly recedes. Spotty lacing.

S - Piney hops, light citrus, earthy, spicy tones. Light notes of lemon.

T - Bitter hops with a nice pepperiness to it. The fruity yeast and lemon is more prevalent in the taste. Nice earthy and spicy notes. Bready in the finish. Alcohol is almost undetectable.

M - Light/medium body with a medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

D - Nice collaboration between two amazing breweries. Easy drinking, flavorful beer that I'd enjoy drinking during the summer.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mikkeller Bar. From notes.

A - Dark gold in colour. Medium carbonation visible. One finger white head gone quite quickly to a thick cap and then is gone. Hazy.

S - Kinda funky with lemon and grassiness. Fruity and quite hoppy as well. Very nice.

T - All the same with the funk, lemon, grassiness, fruit, and hops. A musky element comes out too too add a new aspect and make things more interesting.

M - Nice bubbly carbonation with a medium body that seems appropriate. Oh so smooth and refreshing.

D - Quite high. I like this quite a bit. Like an IPA without the bitterness in a way. Interesting and very worth seeking out.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. $11.99 from Beer Run. No date, but they claim to have just gotten it in.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale orange. Gigantic head with excellent retention. Looks great.

Smell: Pretty strong pine and citrus hops (not like a big IPA, but big for a saison). Spicy phenolics and some fruity esters (lemon, pears, apples, maybe peaches). Interesting integration of aromas.

Taste: Very spicy and peppery. Lots of lemony flavor and resiny hops. Slight malty sweetness followed by a long, dry, bitter, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and effervescent, bordering on sharpness, but not outside of style. Much more resiny feeling than a typical saison due to the hops additions-- this makes it not feel quite dry enough.

Overall: A nice little collaboration beer that works really well. A hopped up saison could go places, but not for 12 bucks a bottle.

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

A - A hazy and cloudy orange gold with some slight notes of amber. A strong white sticky head that was cloudy and peaky.
S - Great hoppy smell that brought out notes of citrus. This was balanced by light spices which mellowed the nose and a pepperiness that rounded it out. The nose was somewhat earthy - herbal and floral in the notes of sweetness and spice.
T & M - The nose comes alive here with hoppy citrus sweet up front and opened to herbs and spices in the middle to mellow it out. I had a nice well rounded taste with each sip. The carbination and medium bodied but creamy feel of the beer enhanced the well rounded taste IMO.
O - Not a bad collaboration. A good yeast hop balance in my opinion. Well done saison!


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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle says that the first beer for both Mikkeller and Stillwater were both called "Stateside". This is a better alternative to sending cease and desist letters back and forth.

This beer has a shy head with no retention. Only small soapy spots of foam left behind. Subsequent glasses held better with light lacing. The color is an interesting rustic, cloudy orange. The color goes really well with the overall look and feel of the presentation and concept behind Stillwater.

Lots of bright hops at first with juicy citru and fresh cut grass. The dry, rustic yet fruity yeast imparts a nice apple aroma and lots of spice. This really smells best when its cold. Things get a little sloppy with warmth. The yeasty fruit and spice quickly turns to a strong bandaid smell.

Lots of phenolic yeast. A little bit of bandaid, but nothing too bad. The yeast almost overruns everything. Some hops try to fight through, and succeed to a minor degree. The result is a bitter finish with lots of orange, apple and pear. The finish is were all the malts hide, there is lots of dough on the back end.

Lightly prickly. Hop oils are felt and help sustain a long, oily finish, but the body is dry overall.

Nice effort here but I think it could use some tweaks. The yeast is much too powerful and the bandaid aromas and flavors are less than enjoyable. I think the hops could really shine here.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly spicy and fruity. The brew smells like peppery spice, apples, earthy and citrusy hops, orange peel, and some herbs. It tastes like peppery spice, grassy hops, orange peel, herbs, and a bit of apple. Also has a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with decent carbonation. It's not hard to drink at all. I think this is a good brew, but then I've liked most beers I've had from both Stillwater and Mikkeller in the past, too. Worth a try if you come across it anywhere.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's interesting, strong citrus aromas from start to finish. The Belgian yeast is a big factor in the flavor. It's smooth and fruity. Aroma of peaches and oranges Maybe a little lemon too in the mix. Either way this is a really nice brew from these two monster breweries!

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Photo of Brez07
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle today at DownEast Beverage. 750ml bottle, poured into a Allagash 25cl glass

A: Burnt orange in color. The initial pour yields a rather small white head that fades within a minute. It does manage to leave a decent amount of lacing though

S: A fairly floral nose. Very faint alcohol presence. A touch of pepper, grapefruit and apple juice. The beer had only been in my fridge for 10 minutes, but after being open for 20 minutes, citrus notes replace the apple juice

T: Has some very traditional saison flavors - yeast base with a peppery finish. Earthy with subtle pine. Has a soap-like presence, which I get with a lot of beers in this style

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is somewhat lacking for the style. Lacks that distinct crispness. Dry, almost bitter finish

D: This was my first beer from Stillwater and I very much enjoyed it. Very easy drinking, even at 7.5%. The one area lacking was the mouthfeel though. Glad to see them in Maine as we were really lacking any saisons, let alone a good one. Looking forward to trying their other offerings

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Photo of stimulus
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a globe glass.

A: Pours a clear orange with a 1/2 finger head that dissipates rather slowly.
S: Citrusy, earthy, lightly hoppy, and sweet (think belgian candi sugar).
T: A little bit of sugary sweetness, and some spiciness. It seems quite boring in this category and not at all like the nose.
M: A little bit light on the carbonation and watery, and light to medium bodied with a smooth finish. (the light carbonation and smooth finish seem uncharacteristic for the style)
D: Perhaps it is too much to ask to finish a bottle alone, but this reminds me of a cross between a saison & a belgian strong golden ale (the latter of which I find difficult to finish more than 12 ounces of in one sitting).

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