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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
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)

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Added by timtim on 08-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
107
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.65%
 
 
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42
Gots:
13
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 107
Photo of dcloeren
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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

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Photo of BJRHOMEBREW
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a bourbon snifter.

A: Poured a wonderful straw yellow, with a thick tan head that lingered in my glass till the end.

S: Very spicy with nice earthy undertones. As the beer warms more a strong brett character emerges and notes of the barnyard really start to come to life.

T: Hints of very spices at first, but again as the beer warms i do pick up on some soft vanilla notes with a bit of a white grape finish and almost a touch of watermelon bubble gum and melted brown sugar.

M: Light with just the right amount of carbonation that gives this brew a sharp/dry clean finish.

O: I have had some other StillWater beers including the non BA version of this one. By far this is the best and most complex beer i have had from them so far. Very well done!

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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 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 timtim
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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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 DeanMoriarty
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Stateside Saison - Chardonnay Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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