Baltimore’s Stillwater Artisanal Ales is a brewery that was heretofore unknown to me, but I came across their stuff in the store the other day and picked up a couple of bottles to check them out. Looking over their list of beers, it looks like Stillwater is focused on Belgian style ales, with a particular emphasis on Saisons. Stillwater Stateside Saison will be my first look at them, which has 6.8% Alcohol By Volume (ABV).
Stillwater Stateside Saison is a deep amber colored beer, pretty hazy with specs of yeast suspended throughout. A small, foamy white head tops it off, with a nice amount of lacing on the glass.
The nose has bready malts, but is mainly focused on the yeast characteristics, with banana and spicy phenols standing out.
The first thing that jumps out in the taste is the fruity American and New Zealand hops which are not normally found in this style, fruity and spicy yeast notes, musty, with bready and toasty malts underlying it all. The mouth is medium-light bodied and actively carbonated, with a bit of a bite on the tongue.
With the first sip or two, the hops seem a little out of place, but they soon integrate nicely into the overall profile of the beer. Overall a pretty tasty beer, and one that leaves me wanting to try more from Stillwater Artisanal Ales.
Stillwater Stateside Saison : B+
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz