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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 105
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 6.75%
Wants: 42
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: timtim on 08-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich Saison with an expected and nice Chardonnay Brett Barrel character.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Sober black label with brewery branding and white typography with ale details. Notes 7.2%Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale gold pour with a nice frothy head, moderate to short retention, and lacing, with a thin surface memory.

S - Nice aroma, the Chardonnay taking over the light fruity and spicy touches, funky yeast woven back to the oaken grape.

T - Taste with a nice vinous astringency, lightly ciderish, with the Stateside citrus and floral hoppy touches woven under the oak barrel and highlighted around the soft bretty funk. The apple earthy feel has been expanded by the Chardonnay with a characteristic and intense flow.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. Pleasing bitter-dry finish.

O - An interesting and stimulating twist on the Stateside Saison.

Notes: I did like it quite a bit, and while I´m not crazy about Chardonnay I sure was glad to be able to pick up this one. Having said that… Dunno, I think I´d stick to the plain Stateside compared to this one. Well worth the try in any case... (1,151 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

Pours a straw color with white head. Just so-so head retention. Exciting carbonation level. Lots of sediment.

Smell is the shining feature of this beer in my opinion. Yeast and brettanomyces are clean and enticing. Oak lend a pleasant aroma. Acidic to the nose from low Ph and high carbonation.

My first sip I notice the sour tang as it was completely unexpected. Strong bitterness in contrast to the rest of the beer. I can taste the oak but not so much the wine. Brett sourness really drowns out the wine character. But on the other hand, it's quite delicious. Incredibly dry mouthfeel. Aftertaste has oddness to it.

I almost wish I didn't know it was aged in wine barrels. I look for that particular flavor and just can't detect it. But this beer is delicious, and obviously took great experience, or stupendous luck. (838 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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! (1,213 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks! At the time of this review, this is the #37 top American Wild Ale on the beeradvocate.com best of style lists. Served from a nubby little bottle into a glass.

Beer is yellow with a haze, (a bit of a gusher so watch out), with a big white head of large and small bubbles, no lacing, low retention, high carbonation.

Aroma is more acetic than the others, but also has a mild pineapple-ish ester aroma.

Beer is light and effervescent on the palate. I really like it, it is bright and sour with nice acids, oak, funk, and some fruitiness. A very good beer overall and all around. I would (and will) drink more of this. (651 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (564 characters)

Photo of Naugros
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass this looks about as perfect as you can get a saison. It's pale orange with a massive head leaving behind sticky lace. The head settles in at about 2 inches. A little cloudy, but that's fine for the style.

The smell hints at a sour flavor and lemony citrus notes. There is a light peppery presence. The taste reveals a slight sourness that doesn't close to puckering you, but does make the beer refreshing. The lemon and the pepper are in perfect alignment, but this does not give the sense of lemon-pepper. The lemon that I'm tasting brings to mind some of the better Chardonnays...those with natural oak flavors from the barrel, rather than oak chips.

It starts off pretty light and crisp but the finish isn't clean, nor should it be, exhibiting some lingering yeast funk.

This might be the best saison I've had since Saison Dupont, but I have a bottle of Resurrection from The Brewers Art that, if the hype is to believed, may surpass both. (973 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a hazy gold with a small lingering white head. Aromas of white wine, straw, lemon and oak. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of white wine, oak, straw and light citrus with a crisp dry lingering white wine finish. (257 characters)

Photo of Nashvillain
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great deep gold pour into glass, at least after the beer finished snaking. Finally settled down to quickly dissipating head, leaves small island of bubbles on beer, light ring of cabonation around outside.

Smell is amazing tartness, wild funk and light fruits with some sour grapes in the background. The grapes could be from the esthers and funk or the Chardonnay, smells like wine.

Taste is far more reserved than the smell, a light funk supported by spicy saison flavors. Finish is a little more funk with a light vinous tinge on the back end. Far more tame than I expected, I'd love a little more aggressiveness. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and smooth. (659 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle of this at Whole Foods along side their last bottle of Cellar Door. Poured from a snub-nosed bottle into a pint glass. Like the Cellar Door, this was a gusher. You should have your glass at the ready when you open these. Pours a beautiful, translucent, goldish-orange with a nice, creamy, two finger head that recedes fairly quickly. The nose is heavy on the Chardonnay with some peppery tones thrown in for good measure. The taste is absolutely marvelous. This would be a white wine lovers wet dream. The oak Chardonnay barrels impart a TON of flavor on this. Like the nose, the barrel and pepper shine through in the taste with some floral notes, and what can be best described as a cider-like taste. The moutfeel is very effervescent. Long after the head has receeded, this remains heavily carbonated. Such a unique offering. This is a fantastic beer. I full intend on seeking out more of this, along with some of the other varieties. (954 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (801 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (619 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Skål! (928 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into large tulip - 2011 vintage

Pours a pale, hazy straw yellow with some golden hues. Fluffy white head bubbles up and retains nicely, coating the top of the beer and leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Spritzy and funky in the nose with touches of green apple and pear. Hints of chardonnay and white grape skin with yeast and light tartness. White wine and faint warmth.

Splash of pear and green apple with a hint of juicy citrus. White wine and white grapes with a touch of sweetness. Funky and yeasty with some biscuity malts. Oak and light tartness which lingers on the back end, kissed with a notion of citrus zest. Soft warmth in the finish.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, bubbly and dry on the tongue. I'm a fan of the base beer and this really takes it to another level - delicious, yet expensive stuff. (856 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Stateline today. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass and nice head retention.

s - Smells of chardonnay, oak, brett, citrus hops, floral notes, and light spices. Lots of brett and wine mixing with citrus...really nice.

t - Tastes of chardonnay, pepper, spices, oak, floral notes, yeast, brett, light citrus hops. More spices and pepper and not as much brett. A step down, but still good.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. A little bit too carbonated for me.

o - Overall this is probably the best of the three versions of Stateside I have had, and probably their best beer overall I've had. I loved the nose and with a little less carbonation, this could be even better. Would like to have it again. (869 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (307 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Bottle gifted to me by a very generous drinking companion. Served in a wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy, hazy peach. A one-finger white head recedes quickly, leaving only a ring of lace.

The nose is remarkably champagne-like. A very enticing, vinous tartness is present, with a touch of saison yeast. A strong lemon component throughout, with other citrus fruits rounding out the package. Very nice.

The taste is actually very funky. There seems to be a very strong brett component. Great, great yeast profile: this is really funky without ever seeming too unrestrained. The chardonnay barrels work wonderfully here, and the white wine-like flavors mesh very well. Lots of ripe peaches, too.

The mouthfeel is unfortunately almost totally dead, the one wine-like character that doesn't work here.

Delicious, an absolute treat. One of the best -bal saisons I've had. (885 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$8.99 for a 12oz. bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

A: amber colored, slight haze, a gusher when opened at cellar temperature, eventually gives way to a veil
S: deep, full nose, slight amount of brett, earthy, yeast, fruity
T: well-made, traditional saison, a bit lacking in character compared to Dupont and others, clean, gritty finish
M: very mellow, well-balanced (375 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (474 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, served in a Bell's tulip. Gushed slightly when I opened it (had been sitting in my fridge for a few weeks).

A: Pours a very cloudy deep yellow with some orange hues mixed in. Pure white head, about one finger in height that sticks around for quite sometime. Nice sheets of lace follow me down the glass.

S: Very reminiscent of a wild ale. A nice fruity sourness takes over with a slight bit of funk. Some oaky characteristics follow with a little white wine and green grape.

T: Much more funky yeast in the taste than in the nose. Subtle tartness with a very fine oak. Light white wine flavor as well. It feels as though the barrel qualities and the funky yeast are trying to fight for dominance. Not blending all that well.

M: Light to medium bodied with a nice crisp bite. Well carbonated with a dry funk finish.

O: Smelt like a wild ale and drank like a saison. While it was good, the taste was a slight let down as it felt like the barrel qualities and the funk were tangling to be the front runner and neither really won. The two flavors sat side by side as opposed to together. Still a nice beer though. (1,131 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (825 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz stubby bottle. Plain black label with store affixed barcode. $11.99. First, this should be listed as a saison, not an American Wild.

Pours a cloudy dark golden peach with a quickly fading thick foamy white head. Wispy streaks of lacing and a collar with thin film throughout.

Aroma is chardonnay heavy, juicy and fruity (grape, melon, honey) with only very mild brett or funkiness. Some mild spice and saison yeast from the base stateside are lingering, but overpowered by the wine barrel.

Flavor is tannic and chardonnay heavy from the start. Honey, melon, and white grapes dominate over the spicy and earthy remnants of the saison. Very little funk or "wild" flavors have developed yet. Finish is sweet and oaky, but not particular dry or crisp. Fairly simple and to the point in flavor, not as much depth as I expected. Medium thick body with effervescent carbonation.

I enjoyed this a lot, but it's not quite at the level of refinement or complexity of Hill Farmstead or McKenzie's wine barrel saisons. This should develop nicely and I expect my opinion of this to be much higher in six months. Only real knock here is the price which is twice that of others of the same style I like more. (1,209 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

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. (872 characters)

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky, dull orange body that isn't particularly pretty. Head is very white and gets up to two fingers, but recedes within the minute, leaving behind scant lacing.

S: Quite good. Vinous, and I'll assume chardonnay-like, notes are at the forefront, with brett and lemongrass also inserting themselves into the mix. I also get a little bit of spicy oak and vanilla, and perhaps a tad of ginger.

T: When cold, the wine and brett are almost all I can taste. Some spices are detectable for a flash in the middle. There is a somewhat bitter, unpleasant aftertaste that lasts a good thirty seconds after I've swallowed. As it gets warmer, I start to taste some lemongrass, though no spiciness or vanilla from the oak is present; chardonnay and brett are still king. The aftertaste is less offensive now and doesn't last very long.

M: Many fine bubbles pummel my mouth throughout the sip. It becomes a bit too much for a second, but then backs off a touch. Good weight and creaminess asides from when the carbonation is not too much.

O: This was a pretty good beer. Will I get an 11.2 oz bottle of it for $11 bucks again? Absolutely not. The regular version of this beer is the only brew Stateside produces I don't find to be overpriced. (1,235 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip: This one's a gusher! Pop the cap & a stream of foam trickles out the top, but doesn't cause much problem for pouring. Solid orange body that's a little hazy with two fingers of fluffy, glistening, soft head that drops to a finger & leaves swaths of lacing.

Funky, tart smell of lemon, pepper, a little plastic/band-aid, something kind of sharp, like rotting orange, a little paper/cardboard, green apple.

Dry, dry citrus comes through in the taste, like angostura bitters, with some dry lemony tartness, just a little twist of sweetness like tea, then moving back into a strong boozy character, almost solvent. Some pretty complex stuff going on, but challenging, too. Green apple comes through again, but subtle. Man, that flat, dry character almost makes this like vodka.

Medium-full-bodied, effervescent, like a dry champagne. Really works over the palate, almost overwhelming.

This is a different kind of animal, like no saison nor like any wild ale I've had, really. Surprised by how alcoholic & medicinal it comes off, but each sip is different. Interesting, complex, challenging, don't know that I'd make this a regular but I'm glad I got to try it. (1,189 characters)

Photo of mindspin315
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

[88/100] (788 characters)

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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
91 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.