I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. This was one of many freebies I got at #BBC13.
Appearance: Banana-skin yellow hue. Cloudy body but plenty of visible
carbonation. Forms an average size, bright white, frothy head which
mostly dissipates but leaves minor lacing.
Smell: Classic saison aroma of spice rack dust, some lemon peel and a hint of hay.
Taste: Seems like everyone’s brewing a saison these days, but everyone
is also trying to make the world’s most novelty saison. Stillwater
Stateside Saison isn’t gimmicky, it’s a by-the-book brew that’s quite
zesty and robust, but the taste that’s there is enjoyable.
The palette opens with typical saison flavors of black pepper, lemon
peel and dry bitterness. Interestingly enough, the middle is the most
refreshing part. The flavors seem to clean up and turn slightly juicy
and sweet. Whereas the beginning was lemon zest, the middle is akin to
lemonade but without the tartness. Though that itself is pushed aside as
the finish reverts back to beginning’s liquid spice rack sensation.
Some citrusy hops also appear imparting a hint of orange. The aftertaste
is dry, but not starchy. This is a surprisingly enjoyable beer
considering its intensity. Probably not an ideal starter saison, but
veteran drinkers will likely enjoy it.
Drinkability: I personally had no trouble getting down Stillwater
Stateside Saison, but I can imagine others might. The flavors are strong
throughout, the carbonation is high, the finish is a little abrasive,
and the aftertaste can be cloying depending on your tolerance level.
Thankfully, it seems lighter than it 6.8% ABV body would otherwise
indicate. Not refreshing per se, but an ideal beer to pair with the