Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 57
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.

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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 57
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!

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium yellow bodied beer thats a little bit hazy. Big 2 fingers of white head. Drops down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: This one smells like its all about a saison. Lots of hay/straw notes. Really earthy. Hint of grapes and fruitiness. White pepper notes.

Taste: The saison is dominate and the chardonnay is subtle. Big hay and wheat notes with a touch of sweetness that I cant quite put my finger on. A touch of white pepper and lots of earthiness. Citrusy oranges and lemons. In the finish, you get a nice hint of white wine and oak.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice and crisp saison. Easy drinking and well made beer! The beer has a really dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this saison quite a bit. It my first Stillwater beer. They do a nice job with this style of beer. Beware its a foaming bomb out of the bottle. Have a glass ready to pour as soon as you crank the cap off this beer. You wouldnt want to waste any of this beer!

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Hopswagger
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

P: An enormous eruption once the cap was popped. Luckily I had a glass close by. Beautiful cloudy orange gold body with a huge tower of white frothy head that reversed to a thin bubbly wake. Wet lacing along the edges leaving behind chunky yeast particles.

S: Chardonnay, brett sourness, earthy yeast and oak shine at the forefront. Lemon zest, lime, grains of paradise, white grapes and a bouquet of peppery spices. Aroma is very similar to a sparkling white wine.

T/M: Earthy yeast, providing a palate covering must, with pears, green apple peels, and white grapes. Aroma is funkier than the palate but much earthier and a lingering spicy profile that warms the back of your throat. Body is acidic, light and vivaciously carbonated. Finishes boozy and dry with bitter apple peels sprinkled with lemon juice. Creates a feel of being in a dusty attic. Faint cardboard in the background.

O: I gotta say I'm loving Stillwater so far. This is a great saison that really exploded with wine aroma and Brett funk. The taste was much more faint than the nose but still worked well. I would have liked more Brett funk flavor but all in all a success. Cheers!

Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jeremy13586
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of oline73
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle - $8.99 at Mink's Package Store in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a heavily clouded, dark golden body with a modestly-sized, white head that settles quickly.

Smell: Fresh flowery notes, bright citrus, orchard fruits, with a slight spiciness amongst the modest-scented base of pilsner and wheat maltiness given a big sip of white wine (touching on oak barrel a bit) while all the while there is a noted acetic edge to it.

Taste: Pilsner malt base, slight honeyed sweetness paired with a pleasant, buttery chardonnay. Light floral tones, lightly citric citrus fruits. Amply bitter. Sweetish pears, fresh apple. Yeast character is charmingly spicy, the brett character, well, it was surprisingly more restrained than I had anticipated. Some sweet hints of sugar and honey come forth, as does a perky acidity, but the crisp suds help keep the finish easy-breezy and relatively dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Sharp, curt, yet oddly subtle carbonation.

Overall: Quite enjoyable. I can safely say I bear no ill will toward the barrel-aged Stateside Saison.

Photo of bpfishback
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle gushes when opened. Brett. added on purpose.

Orange tinted, pale in appearance. Some head that fades quickly, but if I swirl the glass it instantly develops more head.

Smells very nice, honey and pears mainly, slightly floral with some spice and brett. undertones. When smelling the empty glass I get some oak.

Taste is a little bit of brett at first,apple and pears, some grain sweetness, and then a good amount of bitterness on the finish, definitely stateside saison.

Mouthfeel is silky with a nice light body and finishes dry, high level of carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. it smells amazing, and the taste is up there with the smell. I'm a bit conflicted on whether or not the bitterness makes it less drinkable for me. This beer is something I will have to try again and again, really want to try it with some more age.

Photo of vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bung
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter, this was a gusher

A- Hazy orange with a small white head that stays around

S- Pear, lemon, spices, pepper, fruity, earthy, hint of funk, oak, and wine. Nice complexity, very enjoyable.

T- Fruits, pear, apples, some brett, earthy spices, pepper, some bitterness, some oak, hint of wine in the finish. Really good, nice complexity. Definitely Stateside Saison with a nice little something extra.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- I loved this beer, really glad I have another bottle to save. If you get the chance to try this, take it. Another great beer from Stillwater!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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