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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:
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%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
13
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of greg4579
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Ratman197
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a hazy gold with a small lingering white head. Aromas of white wine, straw, lemon and oak. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of white wine, oak, straw and light citrus with a crisp dry lingering white wine finish.

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Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of crossovert
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Arenbeer
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

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Photo of starrdogg
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Desaparecido
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Blanco
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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 burnheartsMKE
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of celeriac
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of brydeen
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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