3xB: Stillwater Stateside Saison

This Week’s Big Bottle:  Stillwater Stateside Saison

Last week I reviewed Stillwater’s Cellar Door Saison.  This week it is the Stateside Saison, which was one of Stillwater’s first offerings early this year.

This brew employs ingredients from various styles to create a beer with diverse flavors and a singular aroma profile.  European malts for a crisp biscuity base, Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand for their fruity, and white wine like flavoring.  Some blend of American hops were thrown in for added complexity.   Stillwater’s farmhouse ale yeast brings the flavors in harmony for a dry finish.  The aroma has pepper, lemon, and orange citrus notes.

A good beer, but the hops and acidity of the brew cut into the other flavors to the detriment of its touted complexity.  I generally like hoppy beers too.  It’s likely the brewery recognized this as they used more subtle hops in the Cellar Door which made the other flavors more prominent.

Donald “Don” Von Matterhorn

Vice-Chairman

Revelry and Recreational Sports Division

Von Matterhorn Industries International Unlimited Global Inc.

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