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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 ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a tight, fizzy white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of grassy and slight fruit notes.

Tastes of the grassy and fruity notes with a spicy finish. Fruit notes lead off with orange zest, apples, and bananas. This then leads into grassy and floral hoppy notes. A moderate amount of sweetness blends well with the hops. Ends with a drying spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good saison with everything I expected.

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Photo of suncrust
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden hue with an abundance of carbonation. A vastly large, soapy white head exploded to the rim of my glass after barely pouring a few ounces. Waited a bit for the head to dissipate while watching the swarm of bubbles aggressively shoot to the top. A foamy lacing was left behind as the head receded.

Smell: Dry woody tones blend with brisk earthy grasses, sour white grapes, and a bit of funky farmhouse yeast. Rounds out with tart apples, pears, and a buried crisp, dry hop aroma.

Taste: Tart citrus characters meld with a dry grassy body, fresh woodiness, atop a yeasty barnyard funk. Finishes crisp with a little apple and bittering hop element that lingers in the mouth. Mild spices, heat and alcohol is detectable as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, lingering bitterness, pretty decent body for the style, and an almost juicy earthiness. Clean.

The dry hopping seems to really balance the yeast and counter the funkiness with some wood, plant-like flavors, and bittering characteristics. Citrus elements were complex- ranging from tangerine to apple, and detectable spiced grasses added texture.

A bit high on the carbonation while still being crisp, drinking more like a chardonnay. My bottle had some age, leaving a bit more to desire in strength from the hops. Overall, I like this one.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Served in a stem glass, a golden-amber color with a slight haze, and a small delicate cap of white head. Light aroma, grassy, organic, crisp and lightly citrusy. Light and crisp on the tongue as well, sweet with light sugar, grassy and floral, with hints of citrus zest. Not overly flavorful, but definitely nice, with little to no aftertaste. Light-medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and quite drinkable overall.

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

Our Side, from Specific Gravity.

A: The saison is wildly carbonated, a three finger white head that had me worried. That head quickly settles down, leaving a few legs of lace behind. The ale underneath is a mildly hazy orange color, clear and light. A steady stream of bubbles runs through the middle of the glass.

S: Musty and fruity, plenty hoppy too. The Belgian IPA landscape brings a dry, musty yeast together with light fruits and a strong herbal hoppiness. Light flowers, earthy but still bitter, create that always-interesting yeasty-hoppy struggle. The saison freshness is tough to miss and the hops bring a strong aroma.

T: Mmmm, spicy with the zesty freshness of fruits and flowers. Hops are strong, bitter and earthy, lots of flowers. They contrast to the yeasty sweetness. The latter brings light fruits and Stillwater, of course, brings plenty of spices. Booze is present, noticeable as the ale warms. Fairly dry, the finish leaves only the hops behind. The spiciness, a little peppery and fragrant, lasts throughout the ale. The hoppiness, not quite fresh, still packs a great punch. A great beer to sip my way through.

M: As varied and diverse a s a good Belgian IPA, musty and fruity and bittter all at once. I expected the hops to fade away but the ale has held up very nicely.

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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 tempest
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Queens Alewife, it appeared a hazy amber. The aroma reminded me a bit of Saison Dupont, but there was an extra fruity edge. The esters come out with cherry with almost a black licorice. It's not juicy, just a slight complement to the spicy, herbal farmhouse character. By herbal, I mean it tastes and smells like there's a hit of fresh garden herbs, but not over the top, that works in with the dry Belgian yeast. It lacks the deep, complex character of the best saisons, but it's a very tasty, well-balanced beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Uprise Bar, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a cloudy, orange color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly, off-white foam. It left patchy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and slightly phenolic with some fruity notes - apple and pear.

T - It tasted spicy with touch of funk. Good caramel flavor with a nice green apple fruitiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and crackly on the tongue. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was fantastic on tap. I really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of spicelab
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to Lukie@IBS.

Murky apricot with an immense porous white head. Good lace trails and a resident pillow of foam.

Truckloads of spicy phenols. Garden clippings, floral spice, white grapes, bitter citrus pith and honeysuckle. Sweet ester notes of boiled candy and clove.

Complex, and reminiscent of an aged Riesling or chardonnay. Lots of vegetal, funky and sour citrus notes. Reviewer ADZA nailed it by picking lemon sorbet.

Fairly mild-bodied given the ABV. Busy carbonation and a moderately dry finish.

Exciting Saison that unlike a number of recent offerings, doesn't suffer from being overly sweet and too close to a more conventional Belgian Pale. Formidable stuff.

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Photo of bum732
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

S: Some brett, grassy with some pepper, fresh cut flowers, some bright fruitiness.

L: Cloudy burnt orange, effervescent white head with good retention and lacing.

T: Off-flavored malt with a very earthy and peppery backbone. Medium low grassy bitterness with an almost brett like dryness. Quite grassy throughout bordering on vegetal.

M: High carbonation, medium mouthfeel, spritzy.

Meh, very grassy, not one of Stillwater's better efforts.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy apricot hue which leaves a two finger frothy bubble laden head and sporadic lacing.

S-Bubble gum,sav blanc grapes,fruity esters and a touch of doughy bread.

T-I really like it with hints of white grapes,bubble gum,a light touch of piney hops,belgian fruity esters,bready malts and finished with a dry mix of pears and lemon sorbet.

M-Medium bodied,creamy,smooth which finishes nice and dry.

O-This Collaboration is very nice and to be honest im gonna finish this bottle and then buy a couple more highly recommended cheers.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: There is so much head on this beer. Half the glass after the pour, and easily 4 to 5 fingers inside the bottle. It doesn't look unlike whipped cream. Retention is good, too good, and the lacing is very nice.

S: Wheaty, barnyard funk, lemon, and some hops. Impressive, and sweet smell.

T: The taste is not what I was expecting at all. Basically it's hardly there. Super light, lemony, faint hops, funk on the backend.

MF: Over carbonated, as you could obviously tell from the pour, light body and really dry.

O: Insanely drinkable, but not what I was wanted from this. There just isn't a lot going on. It's good, just not up to the standards I expected from these two breweries.

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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 Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 10/17/11
*From notes

-- Big up's to kingkong for hookin' a brotha up --

A: Just about the biggest damn head I've ever seen. A gentle pour yields a frothy four finger head that explodes into the glass. And on top of that, it lasts, literally forever. It's got a lovely tangerine hue to it.

S: Lemony-lime, with hints of tropical hops.

T: Belgian yeastiness up front. the mid showcase quite an aggressively hoppy profile. It's really unique - like a saison/IPA hybrid.

M: Champagne-like carbonation with a richer body to it.

O: Stillwater and Mikkeller's Two Gypsies - Our Side is certainly a "Saison Road" less traveled. I haven't found many in-style that are as unabashedly hopped. I could see myself sharing a few of these in the summertime on a warm evening with friends.

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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 MrELovesBeer
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hard day's working = cracking open a 750ml of this Stillwater/Mikkeller collab and gettin' all saison-y up in this mother. Me like, me like...a BEAUTIFUL pour off the bat, all fluffy head perking up in my usual .25cl DT tulip glass with a gorgeously hazy opaque orange. Now I offered this to a non-hop lover because the nose had little to no hop smell to it but was a touch surprised to taste a strong bitterness. Lost a couple points there, but after getting over initial shock, came to enjoy that flavor; lovely, yeasty, not too funky, not too citrusy, hoppy enough that it was refreshing. And at 7.5%, I could see myself coming back to this one again and again. Again, it was a long day, so I had a microwave bean and cheese burrito (forget the brand but the ingredients were good at least) and some chile con queso with chips. The hops here paired well with the spice and the light body of the beer did not fill me up, so that was an unexpected surprise. A keeper.

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Photo of larryi86
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 10/22/11
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A bright hazy orange with a HUGE white head, after pour only about 3 oz of beer the head was above the edge of the glass.

S- Apple, pear, other light fruit, some lemon tartness, some hops, yeast, a touch of funk. Very nice.

T- Apple/fruits are the first thing I noticed, followed by pepper, spice, and a nice earth hop finish. Got some tartness, nice complexity.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing.

O- Another great beer from Stillwater that is very easy to drink. Definitely will be picking more up.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle courtesy of kingkong, thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark orange with two fingers of long lasting foam. Lots of lacing.

S: Pronounced pine resin with notes of earth and pepper-like phenols. Fruit is redolent of pear, apple, and orange. Floral notes emanate from the glass. A nice combination of hops, esters, and phenols.

T: Spicy up front with notes of pepper. There's a lower moderate bitterness and a hop presence that exudes pine and grapefruit rind. Esters impart pear and apple. I detect a dash of sweetness that's quickly smothered by the bitterness and phenols. Malt is grainy. No alcohol is evident.

M: Medium in body with high carbonation.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw gold with a thin finger of dingy white head. Aroma of pepper, lemon/orange citrus, and slight funk.

Full, creamy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Biscuity sweetness up front with hints of peppery yeast and a tart lemon hop finish.

Definitely a saison but its hints of sweetness are reminiscent of Duvel or other Belgian strong pale ale. Really balanced and tasty.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed golden amber, moderate cap of white soapy bubbles with decent rings of lace. Scent is filled with fruity hops over top of musty grain, lightly funk defied and bready yeast, faint spiciing. Taste brings a very American rush of juicy citrus before the musty and earthy saision characters take over, quite sweet and bready. Lighter side of medium bodied, bubbly. Overall, quite unique and full flavored.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mainly yeasty with a firm apple note and just a hint of malt. It pours a pretty clear orange amber with a very thick and rather persistent white head. Fruity flavor has orange and apple notes as well as yeasty and malty tones. Average-bodied texture is smooth and just a little fizzy, leaving behind a subtle fruity tingle. Overall, not too shabby.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool peach colored beer. Nice, but some head or lacing would have been even better. Muted aroma, didn't pull much out of it other than standard belgian yeast.

Taste was full of carbonation, didn't make sense based on the appearance, but ok, weird bitterness. Too medicinal at times. Went from ugh, to not bad, to, eh, there it is again. Seems like it is trying to hard to be complex, with all sorts of competing flavoroids that don't jive with each other. Is there tea leaves and toffee here? Seems more like a DFH let's do something weird for the sake of being weird type of collaboration, but yeah, Mikkeller does a lot of that too, they just have a better overall track record than this with me for their other stuff.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a saison at the time of this review. Poured into a Stillwater saison wine glass because I can.

Beer is orange and hazy with a huge head, small and large bubbles, lots of carbonation, lots of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and really yeasty, nice, love that aroma from Brian's yeast.

Beer is medium bodied, sweet on the leadoff, great yeast character on the midpalate the whole thing is so well connected and put together, I really enjoy it. I'd have it again, I'm going to pick up a few more.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another solid hook up from 321jeff, thanks buddy. split it with my pour in mikkeller glass, the other in a stillwater glass.

a - orangey copper with a HUGE head...four fingers at least. as it dissipated it left chunky milk shake like clumps on the side of the glass. little darker than i'd expect for the style, but has the signature thick stillwater saison head.

s - quite complex, lots of spices, but leads with sage. sweet and balanced like cellar door, but darker. peppery spiciness gives it an almost pilsner feel. missing the bubble gum sweetness that i love for the style.

t - wow, a lot more going on in the flavor. starts as smarties candy then hits a peppery clove and finishes a with malty bitterness.

m - medium bodied, a bit fizzy.

o - overall a darker take on the saison. a collaboration that really intrigued me since both brewers are somewhat legendary in my opinion, but this one feels more stillwater. i wish this would've been a different style since i think that cellar door is probably the best saison available and there is no reason for brian to keep making saisons...hopefully if these brewers re-unite, they'll do a stout or a porter. i expected a bit more from this one.

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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 rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a murky deep apricot body and a thick off-white foam that takes up 1/4 of the glass and pushes over the top. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding up the sides of the glass.

S- The fruity esters of yeast is full with a nice dry saison yeast quality and some soft herbal dry hints in the finish with a faint cinder block note.

T- The soft ester yeast blend with a soft pine resin hop note in the finish. A cream note with some dry bubble gum hints grows as the beer opens and a finish of carbonic acid and hop resin lingers a bit after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a crisp scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has lots of nice saison yeast characteristics and soft but good hops. The scrubbing fizz tends to cover up to much of the flavor and aroma.

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