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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 41
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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Photo of rtepiak
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.

rtepiak, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -5.7%

bauermj, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

bmur112, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of starrdogg
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

starrdogg, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Treebs
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Treebs, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

DeanMoriarty, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of BeerThursdays
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

BeerThursdays, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of PHBoiler
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

PHBoiler, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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

wisrarebeer, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev -5.7%

KeefD, Dec 14, 2011
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!

larryi86, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of cosmonick
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

cosmonick, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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

dcloeren, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Blanco
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Blanco, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +17.9%

csustar001, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Retail1LO, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

wdarcy77, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

timtim, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.73/5  rDev -12%
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.

OneDropSoup, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of greg4579
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

greg4579, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

JamnesCameron, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev -5.7%

ferrari29, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Naugros
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Naugros, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Kinsman, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Hopswagger
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Hopswagger, Jan 09, 2013
Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
93 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.