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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%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
13
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Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.98/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into an open mouthed water glass (1/2 snifter looking glass). Purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.

A: Tons of carbonation on this one. Streaming bubbles off the bottom of the glass. 1/4 finger bright white head. Hazy, golden orange color. Mild lacing on the glass. On the second pour, I got a much fluffier 2 finger head.

S: Initial smells on this were definitely Chard or champagne. Getting a little deeper, you get some of the barnyard funk. I smell some tart apples and other light fruits.

T: Wow, this is deliciously crafted. Beer meets wine. You get some of the tartness up front. But the middle really smoothes our. It's almost buttery with a crisp white wine finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden as well.

M: Light to medium body on this.

O: A grade. It just tastes like it was painstakingly crafted. Really well done, but the price is a little steep.

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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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Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a very light golden color with a very small white head. Nose is tart and funky, a bit bretty and very unique.

Taste is tart and funky with a sharp and crispy Mouthfeel. There is a nice oaky and winey flavor as well that's very nice and smooth, very good and crisp.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of pixieskid
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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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Photo of greg4579
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Treebs
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of cosmonick
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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 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 Retail1LO
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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