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)

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Beer added by: timtim on 08-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jsanford
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (767 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (779 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (708 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 wisrarebeer
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$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 (375 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light yellow body with a light white head. Farmhouse notes on the nose with some fruits and Belgian esters. The barrels add some sweetness, oakiness, and smooth out the body. There is some light grape that carries through. So much flavor and so well balanced. This beer was definitely a home run. (301 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,458 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 Treebs
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,131 characters)

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

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 (847 characters)

Photo of Blanco
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (947 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (954 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip: This one's a gusher! Pop the cap & a stream of foam trickles out the top, but doesn't cause much problem for pouring. Solid orange body that's a little hazy with two fingers of fluffy, glistening, soft head that drops to a finger & leaves swaths of lacing.

Funky, tart smell of lemon, pepper, a little plastic/band-aid, something kind of sharp, like rotting orange, a little paper/cardboard, green apple.

Dry, dry citrus comes through in the taste, like angostura bitters, with some dry lemony tartness, just a little twist of sweetness like tea, then moving back into a strong boozy character, almost solvent. Some pretty complex stuff going on, but challenging, too. Green apple comes through again, but subtle. Man, that flat, dry character almost makes this like vodka.

Medium-full-bodied, effervescent, like a dry champagne. Really works over the palate, almost overwhelming.

This is a different kind of animal, like no saison nor like any wild ale I've had, really. Surprised by how alcoholic & medicinal it comes off, but each sip is different. Interesting, complex, challenging, don't know that I'd make this a regular but I'm glad I got to try it. (1,189 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)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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! (1,213 characters)

Photo of Naugros
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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! (1,156 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Skål! (928 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,235 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

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. (885 characters)

Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
91 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.