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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel AgedStateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

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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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like tropical fruit, lemon peel, Chardonnay, oak, peppery spice, and Brett. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some apples and a tart/sour fruity flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and has a somewhat dry finish. I think it's a pretty good overall brew, it's a nice mix between a saison and a wild ale. At $8.99 a bottle I'd have no problem buying this one again, it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Bung
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of xnicknj
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into large tulip - 2011 vintage

Pours a pale, hazy straw yellow with some golden hues. Fluffy white head bubbles up and retains nicely, coating the top of the beer and leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Spritzy and funky in the nose with touches of green apple and pear. Hints of chardonnay and white grape skin with yeast and light tartness. White wine and faint warmth.

Splash of pear and green apple with a hint of juicy citrus. White wine and white grapes with a touch of sweetness. Funky and yeasty with some biscuity malts. Oak and light tartness which lingers on the back end, kissed with a notion of citrus zest. Soft warmth in the finish.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, bubbly and dry on the tongue. I'm a fan of the base beer and this really takes it to another level - delicious, yet expensive stuff.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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...

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.35/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Be verrrry careful when you open this - the sample I got fizzed all over the place as if doing so would help the Cubs win the World Series! Sadly, I lost about half of it. :( It pours a dark hazy yellow with a fairly thick, though not persistent, off-white head. Malty aroma has a strong sour apple overtone. Flavor is malty with a strong sour apple overtone and a not-so-subtle woody note. Texture has an average body and just a little fizz. Not the best I’ve had, but worthy of a try (and, as the late Douglas Adams said, be sure to bring your towel!)

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Photo of popery
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ConradKenney
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ehammond1
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DaveHack
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jsanford
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of PHBoiler
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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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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