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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel AgedStateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged
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Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by timtim on 08-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
107
Reviews:
57
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
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42
Gots:
13
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of GRG1313
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A small bottle gusher was a big surprise when opened and which then reeked orange spiced bananas as it flowed all over my desk! Got it in the glass as a hazy orange with almost non existent head.

Nose is the best of the saison noses with full orange esters and light banana spice. Some glove and light citrus. There is some light oak and chardonnay tones in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium full with full carbonation but does not detract.

Flavors are funky grass/green spices/celery/salt and green peppers. Hints of chardonnay and green grapes come out briefly in the front palate. Complex and layered with hints of sweet in the front palate that go through the flavor profile to a salty bitter herbaceous finish.

Very true to style and with some nice barrel chardonnay character primarily in the nose and front palate.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has some hints of amber. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are strong aromas of chardonnay in the nose along with some hints of sourness and funkiness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of chardonnay; hints of sourness are also noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and lots of dryness.
O: The barrel aging of this beer definitely yields an interesting saison.

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Photo of oline73
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saturated golden orange, light haze, effervescent carbonation. Once the bottle is opened, the foam starts creeping up immediately, have a glass ready. Lasting creamy white foam that remains unbroken for the entire glass. Not much lace.

Complex and vinous aroma, fruity and floral. Lots of citrusy orange and lemon, vague rose petal headiness. Orange juice and champagne mimosa.

More citrus in the flavor, some funky hay and yeasty phenolic spice. Orange zest, grapefruit pith, some light vanilla from the oak, and a supple, full mouthfeel. Light honey impression in the aftertaste. Low level tangy fruit tartness, some spicy bitter tannins in the aftertaste as well. Overall pretty tasty, worth the premium to try once. Reminiscent of some of Jolly Pumpkin's output, though more wine-forward here.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Stateline today. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass and nice head retention.

s - Smells of chardonnay, oak, brett, citrus hops, floral notes, and light spices. Lots of brett and wine mixing with citrus...really nice.

t - Tastes of chardonnay, pepper, spices, oak, floral notes, yeast, brett, light citrus hops. More spices and pepper and not as much brett. A step down, but still good.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. A little bit too carbonated for me.

o - Overall this is probably the best of the three versions of Stateside I have had, and probably their best beer overall I've had. I loved the nose and with a little less carbonation, this could be even better. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of yourefragile
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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