Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 105
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 6.75%
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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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 105
Photo of yourefragile
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of BJRHOMEBREW
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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! (770 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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! (612 characters)

Photo of bpfishback
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison aged in Chardonnay barrels with brett? F#$k yes! Mild haze. peachy color. white head that holds and leaves splotchy lace. I could care less how it looked because as I pour, I can smell pear and other fruits wafting. already nice and I haven't gotten it to my nose. proper sniffs reveal more pear, lemon, preserved lemon, sweet caramelized pear, pepper, wet rock, earth, fresh spring air and a little oak. actually minimal funk. everything has harmonized so well in the nose that the funk seems to have been transformed. now the taste.. there it is! taste reveals rugged, burly, peppery, wet rock funk that is quickly balanced/rounded out by fruity things and barrel notes. full-on harmony here too. Super sick. Handfuls of grapefruit in the middle too, reminding me that there is a well-hopped beer in there. medium body that seems almost light. not prickly yet, but almost there. long, long, long finish in which the chardonnay just sings. bonus points here too for showing off the difference between aftertaste and finish. nothing sticks in a bad way, it just fades away beautifully. great experiment here. as i've said before, one foot in tradition, one foot in outer space. fantastic. (1,195 characters)

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