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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel AgedStateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 42
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: timtim on 08-05-2011)
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popery

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-27-2013 03:44:35 | More by popery
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aasher

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 04:08:39 | More by aasher
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Lare453

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-04-2014 02:06:27 | More by Lare453
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-12-2012 02:18:27 | More by enelson
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a very hazed golden yellow with a creamy white head and a fair bit of bubbles. The nose is very minnerally with some golden grapes an light chard barrel. The flavor is more salty with some bright golden fruits. The barrel is light with a touch of mineral. The body is light and very carbonated. It is a touch messy, not super tight.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 14:01:13 | More by cpetrone84
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-11-2012 03:29:45 | More by eawolff99
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-04-2013 07:16:58 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ehammond1


3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

Cloudy orange with a moderately sized near-white head that doesn't last for long. This leaves one initial ribbon of lace on the glass, then leaves it pretty clean, all things considered.

The aroma is really quite nice, with good amounts of white grape and oak, tart apple (though not in a bad way!), mild Brett presence, hay, and grass. It's really successful.

The flavor isn't nearly as successful as the aroma, though it's still most certainly very drinkable. The green apple and white grape flavors are most prominent, along with a hint of Brett and oak. It sounds better on paper written down than it actually tastes. While good, and certainly above average, the flavors simply aren't integrated as well as I like.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very drinkable.

Above average, interesting, complex saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:08:52 | More by ehammond1
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cosmicevan

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:23:07 | More by cosmicevan
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Bung

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 02:31:13 | More by Bung
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jsanford

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:28:16 | More by jsanford
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 06:06:25 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-16-2012 23:51:02 | More by ncaudle
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mcallister

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 22:12:33 | More by mcallister
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 00:24:28 | More by IdrinkGas
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:44:20 | More by Daniellobo
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-20-2013 03:03:29 | More by ThePorterSorter
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 19:36:32 | More by inlimbo77
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crossovert

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:44:18 | More by crossovert
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-16-2011 22:44:15 | More by HopStoopid120
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-08-2011 02:03:21 | More by WeisGuy
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 00:46:10 | More by kingcrowing
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-22-2012 23:10:56 | More by DaveHack
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pixieskid

Germany

4.75/5  rDev +12%

05-27-2012 14:56:20 | More by pixieskid
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rtepiak

Poland

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 05:28:09 | More by rtepiak
Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
93 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.