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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 40
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: timtim on 08-05-2011)
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busterthecat

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 11.2 oz bottle poured into wine glasses. $9.99 a bottle.

A- It's a gusher! quickly poured into glasses. It sits a bright opaque golden wheat hue. A good foamy white head that leaves sticky lacing.

S- lemon rhine, touch of acidic vinegar/ cleaning solution, hay & pepper. An interesting aroma.

T- Similar to aroma. The lemon rhine is mixed with some bitter grassy hops that leave a light bitterness. A slight tartness, but not a major character. There is a chardonnay character, but it seems like its misplaced.

M- light- medium bodied. Really dries out the palate. The bitter character of lemon rhine lingers.

O- Rather disappointed by this. Was hoping for something more similar to temptation, but was meet with a semi-tart bitter saison, which needed more time to have its flavors meld together.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 03:58:32 | More by busterthecat
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

01-21-2013 02:50:14 | More by BeerThursdays
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mcallister

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A thick pulp like orange juice color with a large exploding tightly nit head that fades leaving thick lace bands down my wine glass.

Woderful aromas, yeast, spice, pear, apple, fig, brett, barnyard, hints of leather, sprite with carbonation. Hints of toasty oak and vanilla.

A décent saison. A bit lacking in creamy carbonation in the mouth which is surprising considering the pour. Not overly complex as the nose would suggest as well. Round in the late middle showing the chardonnay like fruit flavors of apple and pear, oak on the finish with some oak tannins and buttering hop dryness. Typical belgian yeast, and spice with creamy wheat in the middle.

Mouth again was a bit lacking but otherwise very good. Not worth the price of admission $17.99 an 11.2 oz a bit crazy.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 22:12:33 | More by mcallister
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a very hazed golden yellow with a creamy white head and a fair bit of bubbles. The nose is very minnerally with some golden grapes an light chard barrel. The flavor is more salty with some bright golden fruits. The barrel is light with a touch of mineral. The body is light and very carbonated. It is a touch messy, not super tight.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 14:01:13 | More by cpetrone84
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aasher

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 04:08:39 | More by aasher
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours golden with two and half fingers of soapy eggshell white head. Ok head retention... A solid half a finger of head remains till the glass is drained. Just from the appearance you can tell that this is going to be quite carbonated. Champagne like carbonation streams up the glass.

S- White wine aromas abound in this brew. Oak and vineous characteristics blend with notes of golden apple, pear and buttered cookies. Musty earthy aromas mix in the middle. yeasty toasty finish.

T- Begins with vineos white wine characteristic and subtle tartness. Notes of over ripe apple and pear present themselves as well. A spicy note mingles in the middle with a earthy musty tinge. Finishes with an estery yeast, soft oak and a buttery Chardonnay. The barrel seems to dominate the flavor. It leaves a somewhat unpleasent astringency in the aftertaste.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a medium body and frenetic carbonation.

D- Decent drinkablility.

Overall an Interesting beer that is enjoyable. The finish is a bit disjointed however.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 01:01:56 | More by Viciousknishs
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crossovert

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon uncapping this one erupts as if it were explosive diarrhea, the beer literally shoots out of the bottle upwards like a geyser. I should have read reviews before opening this. 11.2 oz brown bottle.

It pours a nice slightly hazy orangeish gold with a fizzy bright white head.

The smell is pretty good. Lots of chardonnay in the scent, it has some oak, green apple, and a nice acidity. The yeast is also there with some acidity. There is also some nice tropical fruit.

The flavor is pretty good. A bit sweet but nice notes form the barrel and a noticeable brett presence. The mouthfeel was better than I was expecting. If you like Chardonnay and don't mind a bit of brett try this one it is interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:44:18 | More by crossovert
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mindspin315

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
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]

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 08:28:38 | More by mindspin315
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Be verrrry careful when you open this - the sample I got fizzed all over the place as if doing so would help the Cubs win the World Series! Sadly, I lost about half of it. :( It pours a dark hazy yellow with a fairly thick, though not persistent, off-white head. Malty aroma has a strong sour apple overtone. Flavor is malty with a strong sour apple overtone and a not-so-subtle woody note. Texture has an average body and just a little fizz. Not the best I’ve had, but worthy of a try (and, as the late Douglas Adams said, be sure to bring your towel!)

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:05:27 | More by Cyberkedi
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 14:23:26 | More by OneDropSoup
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 04:24:38 | More by WorldWideStout
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ehammond1


3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:08:52 | More by ehammond1
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Treebs

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 01:52:11 | More by Treebs
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 18:04:06 | More by yourefragile
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass...

A- Dear goodness, this spewed foam as soon as cap was popped. Though it foamed out of bottle, the pour gave a small cm head. Golden orange in color, hazy.

S- Fruity, funky, sour. Very bright tart lemons on the nose. Strong chardonnay grapes in the back of the nose.

T/M- Not sour, much more of a light funk. Fairly subtle and smooth flavor profile. Not much chardonnay, perhaps it finishes slightly vinuos. Taste doesn't follow on the eccentric aroma. Body is obviously light, effervescent, and lively.

O- Surprisingly less character than anticipated. Really hoping to get more chardonnay, but this was more of a reserved saison that could be more...

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 05:25:44 | More by TheGordianKnot
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GRG1313

California

3.9/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 06:18:10 | More by GRG1313
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 00:24:28 | More by IdrinkGas
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 23:48:21 | More by wisrarebeer
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-06-2013 21:59:02 | More by largadeer
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-08-2011 02:03:21 | More by WeisGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-16-2012 07:03:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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KeefD

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-14-2011 01:23:28 | More by KeefD
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celeriac

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-15-2011 00:45:01 | More by celeriac
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-11-2013 05:57:28 | More by orangesol
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ferrari29

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-20-2011 23:37:01 | More by ferrari29
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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
93 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.