Hopswagger (86) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
P: An enormous eruption once the cap was popped. Luckily I had a glass close by. Beautiful cloudy orange gold body with a huge tower of white frothy head that reversed to a thin bubbly wake. Wet lacing along the edges leaving behind chunky yeast particles.
S: Chardonnay, brett sourness, earthy yeast and oak shine at the forefront. Lemon zest, lime, grains of paradise, white grapes and a bouquet of peppery spices. Aroma is very similar to a sparkling white wine.
T/M: Earthy yeast, providing a palate covering must, with pears, green apple peels, and white grapes. Aroma is funkier than the palate but much earthier and a lingering spicy profile that warms the back of your throat. Body is acidic, light and vivaciously carbonated. Finishes boozy and dry with bitter apple peels sprinkled with lemon juice. Creates a feel of being in a dusty attic.
O: I gotta say Iím loving Stillwater so far. This is a great saison that really exploded with wine aroma and Brett funk. The taste was much more faint than the nose but still worked well. I would have liked more Brett funk flavor but all in all a success. Cheers!
Nikiel (830) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Adrienne, Carla and Cole. Pours lightly hazy gold yellow with white foam. Smells dry and slightly wheaty/peppery. Tastes very peppery with hints of lemongrass and wheat.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz. bottle, served in a Bellís 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.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-11-2011
jhgrantjr (392) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle. Beautiful golden, amber color. Aroma of spices, citrus, lemons. Taste is great. Lively carbonation, but not overpowering. I can taste the Chardonnay, but blended well with the saison flavors of citrus, lemons, spices. This is a great beer.
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Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A superbly drinkable rustic blonde saison with nice oak barrel presence without falling into vinous territory. Wow!
How: Bottle 11.2oz. Consumed probably fresh approximately 2 months after purchase. Bottle from my lovely teddy bear Paul
The look: Cloudy shining blonde-orange body topped by a long-lasting small white head leaving good lacings on the glas
In long: The white wine barrels are quite apparent in the aroma yet the very nice rustic yeast and overall character of the regular Stateside Saison still shines. Pretty impressive how the barrel aging was done without sacrificing the excellent regular base beer. Taste is full of fresh crunchy cereals, dry wood, sawdust, dry lemon skin, pineapples, crackers, floral notes, strong farmhouse rustic character bordering clean pedio funkiness. Basically a great beer, quite different from the regular Stateside Saison and just as good if not better. And brewers need to make more complex Saison beers because *I* love them, and until thereís an episode of Mythbusters that proves Iím not the center of the universe Iíll continue believing it.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Gusher alert, as soon as the cap is popped halfway. Eventually settles down and pours a hazed gold with a small white head and visible yeast sediment at the bottom. Aroma of chardonnay, oak, funk, citrus, peach, pear, apricot, herbs and peppery spices. Flavor of chardonnay, peaches, sweet malts, herbs, and pepper. Doesnít seem to have the complexity of the aroma, but just as good nonetheless. Light-bodied, with medium-high carbonation and a crisp and tart mouthfeel that becomes more funky as it goes on. Another classic from Stillwater.
b3shine (3517) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Looks good; orange with nice carbonation and lacing. Smells pretty good; you can pick up the Chardonnay barrels. Way overpriced for the $10+ price tag for a 12 oz beer. End of story.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1600. At blind tiger. Bottle pour hazy golden pour with white head. Aroma is very funky, Chardonnay, oak and citrus notes. Flavor is oak, vanilla, with Citrus and hop tones almost muted, still outstanding.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BottleÖ Hazy apricot-colored ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Decent retention. The bouquet is spicy and herbal with less prominent notes of wood, white wine and acidity. Medium-bodied and astringent with airy carbonation. Tastes a bit like Orval Ė hoppy, dry and a quite spicy. Finishes crisp, raspy and dry. Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94!
sonnycheeba (2532) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with thin, fizzy white head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is chardonnay, oak, light fruit, cookie and biscuit malt, and floral hops. Flavor is malt dominate with supporting fruit esters and faint hops; chardonnay undertones throughout with a dry finish. Light/medium body, medium carbonation, and medium warmth.