In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Stillwater Artisanal Stateside Saison

Aroma: “Low malt aroma with slight grain present. Very complex aroma—light pepper phenol with a blend of tangerine and lemongrass, white grape, and tea-like hops all fairly balanced. A bit of Lifesavers candy.”

Flavor: “Lemon and lemongrass dominate with slight apple and pear flavors in the middle. Finishes with a very prominent lemon bittering flavor that lingers. Slight tartness on the back/finish. Finish is bitter but not astringent. Medium body and carbonation. Earthy tea-like hops blend with fruity tangerine esters and spicy peppery phenols.”

Overall: “Very good beer—juicy and fruity yet bitterness provides a pivot point for the beer. Hops are prominent but complementary to the esters and phenols. Maybe a bit sweet throughout for the style but still balanced with acidity and bitterness. The hops bitterness and flavor take center stage.”