Stillwater Artisanal Stateside Saison

StillwaterArtisanal1Hello all! Hope this post finds everyone content and comfortable on these glorious summer days! Now that the wife and I have acclimated back to our lives here in Brentwood Bay, I decided to get back to sampling some new and exciting beers. And so, on one of our many walks into town, I picked up a few new items that I’ve been putting off until now. One such bottle comes from Westminster Maryland, care of the renowned Stillwater Artisanal brewery.

stillwater-saisonI would admit that this brewery has been previously unknown to me, hence why I was avoiding picking up any bottles that have been popping up at my local sudsy dispensers. That, plus the high price for a single bottle (in the vicinity of ten dollars for a 750 ml bottle) was a little dissuading. But after consulting with my bud at my favorite local beer store, I learned that not only was this particular beer critically acclaimed, it was also his favorite example of a Belgian-style beer produced outside of Belgium. How could I resist?


Appearance:
Deep gold, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation

Nose: Yeasty, light, sugary malts
Taste: Immediate hints of barley-wine like malts, Belgian yeast, mild oak
Aftertaste: Clean finish, lingering yeasts
Overall: 9.5/10

Many times over, I got a Westmalle Tripel feel from this beer. It’s color, taste, and yeasty, effervescent quality were very similar to that Belgian classic! It differed in that it was lighter on the malt and sugar levels, and of course alcohol content as well. Overall, I’d have to say my friends appraisal could very well be right. This beer really could be one of the best Belgian-style beers to be found outside of Belgium.

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5 thoughts on “Stillwater Artisanal Stateside Saison

  1. Hmmm I will have to pick up a bottle. This really is not an expensive veer though. You should look up Cascade Brewing out of Portland. Their bottles mostly sours run from $20 to $30 for a 750ml bottle.

      • They did a collabrewation with Victory and Stone Last year that I really wanted to try. It was called “The Perfect Crime” black saison. Sadly I missed out on that one (like most canadian beer drinkers)

        Check out their table beer, it was remarkably good.

      • I saw it alongside this one, but had to make a call. The vendor said he didn’t like it as much, but considering this one was a favorite of his, that doesn’t say much. I will certainly try it.

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