RATINGS: 765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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. Its 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. (Brewed by Stillwater @ DOG Brewing Co.)

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (17225) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2011
Bottle from Vinens Verden. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are yeast, malt, fruits and hops. Notes of peppers as well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2011
Clear golden yellow with a thick quickly fading foamy head, Aroma of yeast, wheat, chamomile, light citrus, lactoacid, earthy notes, Taste: light soapy, citrusy, chamomile, sweetnes, bready malty, dry and crisp mouthfeel, spiced grassy aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eyes_wide_shut (107) - Haifa, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2011
At a tasting in "Sar Hamashkaot" in Ramat Gan, thanks DSG, bottle, pours unfiltered orange color with a nice head, sparkling, lemon and very hoppy aroma, sweetish and very lemony taste, medium body, bitter and sour aftertaste, lively carbonated, overall an outstanding beer with an extraordinary aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
On tap Vintage Estates. Pours golden color, nice aroma of citrus, fruit, and spiciness, nice mixture. Good tasting complex brew, interesting flavors of citrus, pepper, and sweetness, good balance, medium bodied, bitter dry finish, worth the try for a different brew. Consider a saison, definitely different, but in a good way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle; Pour is murky gold with a frothy pillow top white head in this tulip; the nose is like mineral water, lemon grass - and a light hop note - I didnt pull it by myself but after reading the description - I get the new zealand hop note present after having a new zealand ipa - the flavor profile is bitter out of the gate; biscuits, caramel, a zesty hop note - with lemon grass and mild belgian notes -

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (3591) - Mostery, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2011
65 cl bottle at Hndtverkerstuene. Pours muddy golden with a small, creamy, off-white head. Spices, maltss and clove on the nose. Sweet, acidic and bitter flavors with spicy and wooden notes. Medium to full body. Dry tongue. Light doughy texture. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2011
Draught at Craft Beer Co, London. Hazy deep golden color. Sweet fruity and spicy with orange, pepper, clove and herbal chamomile. Hefty mouth coating spiciness. Too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5727) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Churchkey, DC 12oz ($9): Pours a hazy yellow color with a big frothy white head. Aroma is of a bunch of spice, nice floral hops, and the fancy yeast strain they use. Flavor is a pretty nice combination of the farmhouse yeast strain and the hops. Stillwater has a distinctive taste and that is certainly here. Some light citrus flavors are present throughout. Malt backbone is pretty average for a saison. Hop character is a little on the American side and adds a spicy punch. Yeast character is complex and spicy as well. It all works together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Golden rust. Delicate pour raises a proper two-finger head of lathery froth. Invigorating yet curiously one-dimensional nose of plasticlike phenolics and yeast (plaster, wet paint, Elmers glue). Highly "airy." Expressive black pepper and robust sulfur beneath it all, along with saltine cracker, lightly scorched wood, applesauce, and sharp but dull earthy herbal qualities. Snug, boisterous carbonation. Stark and brash, initially, with an overpowering phenolic surge. Drying flourish of sage ensues, intensifying the brisker edges. Fuzzily defined punch of hops deposits a chalky residue on the tongue, though intriguing hints of orange pineapple marmalade exude late. Underlying slickness and a chamomile-esque / Red Delicious apple peel tartness greatly overshadow much of the luste buried deeply within. Not especially polished or refined on the ester front either; whats here is mostly dull and akin to mashed overripe bananas which does little to compensate for the limp body and obscurely defined malt. Alcohol generates noticeable gullet warmth. Finishes with a delicate rounded tartness intertwined with sulfur, Red Delicious apple, husky malt, and waning glimpses of banana bread and pepper-dusted melon. I prefer saison to be exceptionally clean and focused, which this doesnt quite accomplish. Ultimately, this comes off as muddled and somewhat flawed (sulfur, overt alcohol, slickness of body, overripe banana, fuzzy malt, etc.) rendition. I always complain about our beloved Saison Dupont costing $9 per 750 mL bottle, but the $12 price tag here is laughable if not downright disheartening, even if this happened to be THE benchmark example of saison. A fun attempt, but I wont ever be revisiting unless I see this for $4 or less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (8404) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2011
Shared bottle at Haandtverkerstuene, Oslo. Pours light golden with a tiny white head. Aroma of belgian yeast and spices. Taste is light fruity tartness plus a bit of pepper. Medium bodied. Ends very dry.

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