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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel AgedStateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
93
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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
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.

No notes at this time.
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of amphion1065
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Photo of xnicknj
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Nashvillain
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Naugros
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Ratman197
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Kinsman
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
93 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.