Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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Reviews by Bung:
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
11.2 oz. Bright golden/orange pour. Finger of white head, dissappated to a thin layer pretty quickly.
Aroma, tropical fruit blend. Just faint red wine vinegar, sour cherry. Even less barnyard.
Not nearly as sour as I was expecting from what I'd heard. Oak, light earthy peat and nice esters blend with the pineapple, white grape. Dry oaky finish, some tea.
Really a nice tasting brew.
Heavy side of light. Nice carbonation. No alcohol at all.
My frist truely enjoyable experience with a Wild Ale.
10-17-2011 02:31:13 | More by Bung
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4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
On tap poured into a wine glass.
Pours a very light golden color with a very small white head. Nose is tart and funky, a bit bretty and very unique.
Taste is tart and funky with a sharp and crispy Mouthfeel. There is a nice oaky and winey flavor as well that's very nice and smooth, very good and crisp.
08-19-2011 00:46:10 | More by kingcrowing
3.75/5 rDev -11.6%
Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!
Cloudy orange with a moderately sized near-white head that doesn't last for long. This leaves one initial ribbon of lace on the glass, then leaves it pretty clean, all things considered.
The aroma is really quite nice, with good amounts of white grape and oak, tart apple (though not in a bad way!), mild Brett presence, hay, and grass. It's really successful.
The flavor isn't nearly as successful as the aroma, though it's still most certainly very drinkable. The green apple and white grape flavors are most prominent, along with a hint of Brett and oak. It sounds better on paper written down than it actually tastes. While good, and certainly above average, the flavors simply aren't integrated as well as I like.
Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very drinkable.
Above average, interesting, complex saison.
06-02-2012 01:08:52 | More by ehammond1
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Bottle gushes when opened. Brett. added on purpose.
Orange tinted, pale in appearance. Some head that fades quickly, but if I swirl the glass it instantly develops more head.
Smells very nice, honey and pears mainly, slightly floral with some spice and brett. undertones. When smelling the empty glass I get some oak.
Taste is a little bit of brett at first,apple and pears, some grain sweetness, and then a good amount of bitterness on the finish, definitely stateside saison.
Mouthfeel is silky with a nice light body and finishes dry, high level of carbonation.
Overall I enjoyed this beer. it smells amazing, and the taste is up there with the smell. I'm a bit conflicted on whether or not the bitterness makes it less drinkable for me. This beer is something I will have to try again and again, really want to try it with some more age.
08-05-2011 22:34:45 | More by bpfishback
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
Pop the cap off and it's a bit of a gusher but slow enough to keep things under control. Poured off into my Allagash chalice, if filled the glass with a hazy bright orange color and was capped by a snow-white frothy head.
Aroma shows off citrusy orange and lemon zest notes initially before the chardonnay character comes in. The wine note tends to overpower the other aromas but still some yeast character can be detected with a slight earthy note and some phenols.
Taste reveals a much more complex body of flavors than was detected in the aroma. Not quite as fruity as the aroma was but still had a strong wine character from the chardonnay barrels. Some oak wood and earthy yeast notes play along as well. A bit of peppery spice helps round it all out.
Mouthfeel has a medium body feel to it and comes across rather lively. Overall, I'm really digging this beer. Wine barrels certainly add a whole different dimension to the beer that is hard to find in other saisons. Just recently I've been turned on to Stillwater beers but I'm liking what I've had so far.
Edit to add: Just after finishing my review, a little fruit fly decided to land in my beer. Suicidal fly picked a good way to die. RIP mon ami!
09-28-2011 01:31:20 | More by Kinsman
3.9/5 rDev -8%
A small bottle gusher was a big surprise when opened and which then reeked orange spiced bananas as it flowed all over my desk! Got it in the glass as a hazy orange with almost non existent head.
Nose is the best of the saison noses with full orange esters and light banana spice. Some glove and light citrus. There is some light oak and chardonnay tones in the nose.
Mouthfeel is medium full with full carbonation but does not detract.
Flavors are funky grass/green spices/celery/salt and green peppers. Hints of chardonnay and green grapes come out briefly in the front palate. Complex and layered with hints of sweet in the front palate that go through the flavor profile to a salty bitter herbaceous finish.
Very true to style and with some nice barrel chardonnay character primarily in the nose and front palate.
09-27-2011 06:18:10 | More by GRG1313
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
Saturated golden orange, light haze, effervescent carbonation. Once the bottle is opened, the foam starts creeping up immediately, have a glass ready. Lasting creamy white foam that remains unbroken for the entire glass. Not much lace.
Complex and vinous aroma, fruity and floral. Lots of citrusy orange and lemon, vague rose petal headiness. Orange juice and champagne mimosa.
More citrus in the flavor, some funky hay and yeasty phenolic spice. Orange zest, grapefruit pith, some light vanilla from the oak, and a supple, full mouthfeel. Light honey impression in the aftertaste. Low level tangy fruit tartness, some spicy bitter tannins in the aftertaste as well. Overall pretty tasty, worth the premium to try once. Reminiscent of some of Jolly Pumpkin's output, though more wine-forward here.
11-20-2011 23:36:53 | More by emerge077
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like tropical fruit, lemon peel, Chardonnay, oak, peppery spice, and Brett. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some apples and a tart/sour fruity flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and has a somewhat dry finish. I think it's a pretty good overall brew, it's a nice mix between a saison and a wild ale. At $8.99 a bottle I'd have no problem buying this one again, it's definitely worth a try.
10-13-2011 23:08:14 | More by bluejacket74
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
11.2oz bottle picked up on the recommendation of Rich at CBX. Poured into a Tulip Glass.
Pours a clear apple juice golden with a thin white head that settles to a thin ring and very slight haze. Ridiculously amazing nose of white wine, oak, ripe pear, white pepper, and earthy Brett. Really special. Getting a ton of that chardonnay character in the taste, lots of ripe melon and pear, oak, white grapes, and honey with a touch of Brett and more Saison flavors of white pepper, yeast, and lemon peel. Not quite as epic as the nose, but still very unique and delicious. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body, sharp, "spritzy" carbonation, and a nicely dry finish. Overall an excellent Saison, and easily one of the most memorable examples of the style I've ever had!
10-02-2011 02:28:16 | More by jsanford
3.7/5 rDev -12.7%
Poured out a good sized off white head. Lots of sediment with a hazy deep clear, and yellow body.
Faint funky aromas. Wet hay, white grape, toasted oak, vanilla, shaved pears, and apple skins. Big on the yeast esters here.
Lots of white wine qualities coming through in the flavors/feel. Finishes dry but delicate on the palate and doesn't over take it. Flavors of apple skin, nuttiness, green apple, white wine aged in oak, and lemon zest.
Flavors and feel glide along nicely. Noting overpowers the palate and at the same time everything is executed to a 'T'. Carbonation never becomes to sharp but is always quite noticeable and fades away quickly. The dryness was also very much expected with this being a combo of both a Saison and having it aged in Chardonnay barrels.
01-30-2012 08:28:38 | More by mindspin315
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
golden amber color with a huge, towering head of white that refused to part ways no matter what you did. Really just superb looking with tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and a rich and proper looking appearence. Nice elements of light clove, peach, hints of grain and fresh grasses and a nice little spicey punch to it. Warming brings out the wonderful light tart notes through the air that carry over so well into the flavor. Not over done at all, in fact it seemed to fit perfectly as the mellow sourness played off of the rich grainy and fresh flavor.
12-04-2011 06:28:26 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Cap pops off with very little effort and 1/3 of the beer ends up all over the counter top.
Pours a straw golden color with a slight haze.
Bubblegum sweetness and tons of tart citrusy notes in the nose.
Up front its tart with some mild acidity. Then some white grape flavors and a peppery oak finish.
Drying mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation.
This is a really nice saison but at $1 an oz its not something I'll pick up again.
09-29-2011 00:24:28 | More by IdrinkGas
4.72/5 rDev +11.3%
Beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with lacy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles are visible teaming up from the bottom of the glass. Smells fruity with a slight hint of something I'd call funk, but not overpowering and not "smelly feet" or "horseblanket." Quite pleasant and inviting. Taste is a mix of fruity tartness, hints of more funk. Crisp with a tiny bite. Stillwater's saison yeast still manages to shine through even in this barrel aged version and reminds me a lot of the base beer even after "transformation" from the barrels. This is a fantastic tasting beer. Light bodied with some zip on the tongue, the mouthfeel matches everything this beer offers and the tiny bubbles work well to make me want to keep sipping this beer. It's hard to leave the glass down and savor this $11 tiny bottle. Worth every penny, I wish I had gotten more. Overall, amazing brew from Stillwater. Brian is a magician when it comes to the saisons.
12-07-2011 03:44:59 | More by Blanco
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
Bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York, NY
A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has some hints of amber. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are strong aromas of chardonnay in the nose along with some hints of sourness and funkiness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of chardonnay; hints of sourness are also noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and lots of dryness.
O: The barrel aging of this beer definitely yields an interesting saison.
04-20-2012 01:33:12 | More by metter98
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Found this at Hop City in Atlanta on a recent business trip. Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy golden with a stark white head that drops slowly.
Aromas of grainy, biscuity malt, peppery saison yeast, a touch of oak and hints of white wine.
Flavors of oaky astringency, golden raisins, grainy malt, peppery yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium with a drying oaky astringency, good level of carbonation.
Overall a very complex ale. Nice combination of saison, oak and wine notes with a wild ale edge.
09-14-2011 01:13:45 | More by JamnesCameron
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish golden color with a finger and a half of fluffy off white head. Great retention and lacing.
Smell: Slightly sweet with some sourness. Some white wine and herbs as well.
Taste: There is a smooth sourness, not very vinegary. Some citrus and white wine. Along with the sourness there is a bitterness that lingers through the finish. Some hops and herbal notes bring everything together nicely.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive tingly carbonation and a slight dry finish.
Overall: Very good. I really like the combination of flavors. The white wine with the citrus notes are a winning combination. Expensive, but worth it at least once.
09-29-2011 23:52:13 | More by oline73
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Thanks to finewinemike for this one!
*THIS ONE IS A GUSHER!*
A- Pours a clear golden honey yellow with 1 finger of bright white head that's not going anywhere due to tons and tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.
S- Very fruity with a slight funk. Lots of vinous notes coming off of this one as well as some orange peel or lemon zest and a nice bit of spice in the background.
T- Up front you get all saison and is very fruity like the aroma with a nice zest from some citrus and rounded with lots of spices and complexity. But what really slams the tongue is the finish, you're immediately hit with a dry wine flavor that is enhanced by the funk from the yeast. The strong wine flavor is a bit much for me but both of the qualities blend so nicely it's hard to complain.
M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slightly funky dry finish.
12-10-2011 02:06:03 | More by Arenbeer
3.43/5 rDev -19.1%
I purchased this bottle a couple months ago down at the Greenville Beer Xchange in SC. I was told that I had to buy it. Luckily for them I have to buy anything chardonnay barrel aged.
This beer pours a very light gold in color, lighter in body, with a slight white lacing around my snifter. It seems highly carbonated. While it is still fizzing I get some light California chardonnay butter and oak but this calms as the beer appears less active. It then opens up to showcase slight tartness, spices, tea, and it has a nice floral component. However, the flavors aren't as impressive as the nose. It is very light and spicy. It's tart but only a little bit. I wanted some defined sourness. The carbonation is through the roof and it's difficult to pickup the nuances of flavors because the carbonation assaults your palate only to die just as quickly. It has a slight tartness and a light and subtle fruity sweetness. It also has floral and tea leaf aspects as well. It's solid but finishes kind of bitter and leaves an odd aftertaste. As I've stated this beer is too carbonated for its own good. I'd describe it as "aggressively" carbonated. It just takes away from what the beer could offer. It also makes it less drinkable. Overall I'd say that this beer sounds better on paper than the actual contents of the bottle.
11-08-2011 04:08:39 | More by aasher
Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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