Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-31-2011 00:48:45 | More by Ratman197
3.63/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
12-16-2011 01:44:18 | More by crossovert
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
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
4.22/5 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
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
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
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
an exquisite expensive beer with a nice saison note. pour is aggressively carbonated. brett still aging in the bottle to the point that is augments the carbonation. potential gusher judge by how the wine yeast went at it. nice saison sour hybrid. floral zest and dominate sour tones. yet both have a placement on the palate. pour is golden cloudy with a nice white head. nose is sour yet grassy. hints of lemon balm and hop grass. palate is a balance of a lot of delicate flavors that mesh well. a nice hint of ricotta cheese creaminess balanced with the sour mineral dynamic.
11-01-2011 05:28:09 | More by rtepiak
3.73/5 rDev -12%
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.
11-01-2011 04:24:38 | More by WorldWideStout
2.68/5 rDev -36.8%
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.
10-28-2011 03:58:32 | More by busterthecat
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
Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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