Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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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
4.23/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
05-04-2012 20:33:43 | More by mlazzaro
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
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Served in a bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York, NY
A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin fizzy white head that reduces to a patchy thin film. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Sour and slightly funky with some significant influence from the aging in the chardonnay barrels. There is a light amount of spices with a hint of buttery-ness from the chardonnay, some light amounts of grape, and some earthiness. This beer is very enticing to a saison lover.
T: The flavor very much follows the smell. Light amounts of lemon citrus, some spices, grape, buttery chardonnay, and the oak from the barrel. Sour and lightly funky with some hints of brett.
M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Quite dry.
O: I really enjoyed this "bonus beer" at the tasting dinner. I found the flavor of this beer to be quite delicious and would love to get some more of it. I would really enjoy having more than one of these but it is a little strong for a session beer.
04-19-2012 22:06:57 | More by dbrauneis
3.38/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
04-10-2012 14:01:13 | More by cpetrone84
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
$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
03-22-2012 23:48:21 | More by wisrarebeer
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Enjoyed on 3/20/2012, reviewed from notes.
Has a light golden color with plenty of active bubbles. Poured in to a 25cl tulip glass which didn't yield too much of a head, but that's mainly because the bartender topped off the glass. The little bit of head that was formed was bone white and fluffy, and dissipated pretty fast. There was enough to leave some nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma was light and sweet. Tart grapes, citrus, and light oak came out as the beer warmed (it was served a little too cold for my liking). Semi-yeasty finish.
Refreshingly funky. Tart yeast is pretty dominant, but there is a very nice base sweetness with subtle oak.
Very crisp and fairly carbonated. Light body and and very drinkable.
I was expecting a bit more wine and oak characteristics, but this is one of the best saisons that I've had in a very long time.
03-21-2012 16:15:28 | More by jeremy13586
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours a very crisp golden yellow with 2 fingers of bubbly bright white head. Decent retention... Eventually fades to a semi thin film.
The aroma is very invitingly and has a very tart finish on it. White grapes, pears, apple skin, lemon zest and a very welcoming champagne like yeasty quality to round it off.
The taste follows the nose but without the sharp tart note on the end. The Chardonnay barrels really smooth the taste of this saison out and it is amazing!
Light to medium in body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Slightly drying aftertaste, which is perfect. It makes me want to take another sip as soon as I finish the last.
Overall, this was an amazing saison. I really liked how the Chardonnay barrels smoothed this beer out and gave it a little bit of sweetness. I highly recommend this if you have a chance to pick one up
03-04-2012 22:26:06 | More by dcloeren
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
02-20-2012 16:07:40 | More by amphion1065
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
3.33/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
01-25-2012 22:12:33 | More by mcallister
3.6/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
01-01-2012 01:01:56 | More by Viciousknishs
Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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