Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like tropical fruit, lemon peel, Chardonnay, oak, peppery spice, and Brett. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some apples and a tart/sour fruity flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and has a somewhat dry finish. I think it's a pretty good overall brew, it's a nice mix between a saison and a wild ale. At $8.99 a bottle I'd have no problem buying this one again, it's definitely worth a try.
10-13-2011 23:08:14 | More by bluejacket74
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
10-13-2011 12:53:01 | More by drabmuh
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
10-12-2011 02:32:46 | More by Naugros
3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
10-11-2011 01:52:11 | More by Treebs
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
Bottle at Max's during today's Stillwater event. Served in a cervoise.
Pours a slightly-hazed golden yellow color with a good white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. Thin cap eventually fades to a nice collar. The nose brings forward a beautiful Chardonnay presence alongside a moderate amount of funk. Light vinous acidity as well as some oak. The flavor adds in some stone fruits but focuses mostly on slightly-vinous Chardonnay and oak alongside a moderate Brett-induced funk. Faint earth. Light body with a bit of tartness to it. Very nice carbonation and a smooth and dry finish. Really outstanding. Yet another big hit in this series.
10-09-2011 21:22:47 | More by Thorpe429
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
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...
10-08-2011 22:44:20 | More by Daniellobo
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
11.2oz bottle poured into an open mouthed water glass (1/2 snifter looking glass). Purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.
A: Tons of carbonation on this one. Streaming bubbles off the bottom of the glass. 1/4 finger bright white head. Hazy, golden orange color. Mild lacing on the glass. On the second pour, I got a much fluffier 2 finger head.
S: Initial smells on this were definitely Chard or champagne. Getting a little deeper, you get some of the barnyard funk. I smell some tart apples and other light fruits.
T: Wow, this is deliciously crafted. Beer meets wine. You get some of the tartness up front. But the middle really smoothes our. It's almost buttery with a crisp white wine finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden as well.
M: Light to medium body on this.
O: A grade. It just tastes like it was painstakingly crafted. Really well done, but the price is a little steep.
10-04-2011 19:36:32 | More by inlimbo77
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Bell's tulip.
A - Slight gusher. Two fingers of eggshell foam settle to a thick persistent cap, leaving a few stray splotches of lace. Body is a lightly hazed dark apricot color with tons of visible bubbles streaming upwards.
S - Buttery chardonnay oak, light tropical fruit, a bit of musty, earthy funk, light pepper, and pale malt sweetness - perhaps a touch of pilsner? As it warms up a bit more stone fruit, citrus, and candy sweetness comes out.
T - Taste is similar to the aroma, but more smoothed out. Plenty of stone fruit and citrus flavors, light oaky vanilla and buttery Chardonnay notes. Less pepper and earthiness, with perhaps only a light musty brett note in the finish.
M - Surprisingly hefty medium-full body, medium-low soft carbonation, and a lightly dry finish. No trace of the listed 7.2% ABV.
D - It was pretty easy to drink the 33cl bottle on my own. Even with the steep price tag I will strongly consider purchasing another bottle - perhaps this will funk up a little more over time. In any case, an enjoyable brew that is probably the best one I've had from Stillwater. I'd still maintain this is a Saison rather than an American Wild Ale - the wild yeast influence is only mild and isn't out of place for a Saison in the Fantôme mold.
10-04-2011 02:28:45 | More by MasterSki
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
10-03-2011 00:55:07 | More by Retail1LO
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
11.2oz bottle picked up on the recommendation of Rich at CBX. Poured into a Tulip Glass.
Pours a clear apple juice golden with a thin white head that settles to a thin ring and very slight haze. Ridiculously amazing nose of white wine, oak, ripe pear, white pepper, and earthy Brett. Really special. Getting a ton of that chardonnay character in the taste, lots of ripe melon and pear, oak, white grapes, and honey with a touch of Brett and more Saison flavors of white pepper, yeast, and lemon peel. Not quite as epic as the nose, but still very unique and delicious. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body, sharp, "spritzy" carbonation, and a nicely dry finish. Overall an excellent Saison, and easily one of the most memorable examples of the style I've ever had!
10-02-2011 02:28:16 | More by jsanford
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish golden color with a finger and a half of fluffy off white head. Great retention and lacing.
Smell: Slightly sweet with some sourness. Some white wine and herbs as well.
Taste: There is a smooth sourness, not very vinegary. Some citrus and white wine. Along with the sourness there is a bitterness that lingers through the finish. Some hops and herbal notes bring everything together nicely.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive tingly carbonation and a slight dry finish.
Overall: Very good. I really like the combination of flavors. The white wine with the citrus notes are a winning combination. Expensive, but worth it at least once.
09-29-2011 23:52:13 | More by oline73
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
A – Golden apple cider. Gorgeous white head leaves a creamy lace.
S – Sour cider, fresh apples, tart pear, bright hay, and apricot.
T – Tart, floral, and pleasantly dry. The center is flinty, with clean oak and apricot. Honey sweetens the finish, and the net effect balances out the brew.
M – Soft and smooth with a nice carbonation.
O – On the drier side of the style. Oak and an elevated level of fruit separate this from standard stateside.
09-29-2011 03:27:05 | More by vfgccp
3.7/5 rDev -12.7%
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!)
09-29-2011 01:05:27 | More by Cyberkedi
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
09-29-2011 00:24:28 | More by IdrinkGas
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
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!
09-28-2011 01:31:20 | More by Kinsman
3.9/5 rDev -8%
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.
09-27-2011 06:18:10 | More by GRG1313
4.72/5 rDev +11.3%
Picked up an 11.2 OZ bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Tripel Karmeliet branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!
A: After a mellow pop of the cap, this one pours a surprisingly light golden hue - not as hazy (from what I remember) as their regular Stateside Saison, with a decent white head that lingers, leaving ridiculous lacing from start to finish.
S: Tart green apples and musty wooded funk off the bat that gives way to an herbal earthiness from the hops, finishing with a hint of sweet tropical fruit and spices.
T: Taste is amazing with this one and lives up to what the nose implies, but doesn't end there. In all honesty, this is what a chard wishes it could be - sorry wine snobs! There is a ton of flavor from the barrel, and it blends perfectly with the brett funk. Great fruity esters come through as well and the hop lends a nice citrus element that works well with the esters. There is a faint hint of pepper corn and spice that comes through at the very end. Truly an amazing ale!
M: Medium bodied and dry as hell with appropriate carbonation for the style with a slight lingering bitterness from the hop.
Overall this beer is a man among men when it comes to the style of a saison. I wasn't sure how I felt about an 11.2 OZ beer costing $12.99, and even though I still think the price is a bit steep, one can certainly sense the amount of effort and love that went in to this one. Top notch!
09-26-2011 04:18:08 | More by DeanMoriarty
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
09-26-2011 02:49:01 | More by mdfb79
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
was in bklyn today so i stopped into biercraft to check things out and saw this (pretty pricey, but had to jump on it). i really wanted to check this out and missed it at BCTC this year so was SUPER pumped!
a - opened the stubby little bottle and filled my stillwater wine glass. bit of a geyser when it opened so i went for the glass and gave it a real aggressive pour. really nice murky orange with a generous chunky milkshake head that leaves thick lacing. basically...looks like stateside.
s - quite nice earthy sweet saison with a very mellowing white wine vibe. the sweetness is really balanced out with the crispness of the barrels.
t - at first tastes very winey with a beer feel. finishes with a really nice sweetness that is filled out and rounded out with a very accessible smooth white wine. the sweetness of the saison comes out most from the base beer and it is a really nice mix. this was a tasteful barrel choice for this beer and really works.
m - mouth is very nice, leaves a bit of a alcohol tingle in my mouth. has a pretty full bodied feel for a beer this soft...almost feels champagne like.
o - overall, i'm mad i passed on picking up multiples of this. the $15+ price had me balk a bit due to the bottle size, but what a wonderful opportunity. it was wonderful to get a chance to try this brew after missing it the first time around. very enjoyable and the barrel really compliments the beer nicely. as a big fan of stateside, i really enjoyed this treatment.
09-25-2011 02:23:07 | More by cosmicevan
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Found this at Hop City in Atlanta on a recent business trip. Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy golden with a stark white head that drops slowly.
Aromas of grainy, biscuity malt, peppery saison yeast, a touch of oak and hints of white wine.
Flavors of oaky astringency, golden raisins, grainy malt, peppery yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium with a drying oaky astringency, good level of carbonation.
Overall a very complex ale. Nice combination of saison, oak and wine notes with a wild ale edge.
09-14-2011 01:13:45 | More by JamnesCameron
3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
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...
09-04-2011 05:25:44 | More by TheGordianKnot
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
09-03-2011 02:31:41 | More by Nashvillain
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
08-27-2011 18:04:06 | More by yourefragile
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured into a bourbon snifter.
A: Poured a wonderful straw yellow, with a thick tan head that lingered in my glass till the end.
S: Very spicy with nice earthy undertones. As the beer warms more a strong brett character emerges and notes of the barnyard really start to come to life.
T: Hints of very spices at first, but again as the beer warms i do pick up on some soft vanilla notes with a bit of a white grape finish and almost a touch of watermelon bubble gum and melted brown sugar.
M: Light with just the right amount of carbonation that gives this brew a sharp/dry clean finish.
O: I have had some other StillWater beers including the non BA version of this one. By far this is the best and most complex beer i have had from them so far. Very well done!
08-25-2011 00:36:48 | More by BJRHOMEBREW
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.
S: A very fruity, light, and inviting aroma. Traces of malt and hops as well.
T: There was a big fruit presence with this beer: Light citrus, pears, apples, and some others well. A little bit of hops, some malt, too. The wine element was there, but not particularly dominant. A dynamic, focused and very tasty beer.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O: This is one of those beers that went down so easy I was surprised it when it was gone so fast. An excellent brew.
08-19-2011 13:16:58 | More by avalon07
Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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