dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very clear gold with visible effervescence, dense creamy head, and retention that lasts for hours. Aroma is mildly bretty with Chardonnay/white wine limestone minerality responsible for the main character as well as notes of pepper, honey, and melon. Taste is horsey brett bruxellensis funktivity, limestone minerality, and mild oak barrel sourness. Body is super silky, medium mouthfeel, effervescent, dry minerally finish. Overall, this has more in common with a wine than with most beers. Awesomely complex.
jbeatty (845) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden hazy straw, fizzy head, massively carbonated coming out (slight gusher). Nose has strong chardonnay character, green apples and pears, pineapple, pepper spices. Tart green apple flavor, oak, brett, with spicy herbal bitterness, citrus rind and malts coming though in the end. Finishes dry. Overall pretty nice, but perhaps a bit overbalanced by the barrel character.
adnielsen (7562) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Ratmanís house, courtesy of beerandblues2. Thanks a bunch, Brad! Cloudy, yellow-orange appearance with a white head. Tangy, tart bretty, barnyard, pineapple-mango citrusy aroma. Tart, pineapple-tangerine-mango citrusy, bretty, musty, barnyard, vinous flavor with a somewhat dry finish. Thanks again Brad!
tastybeer (1485) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy GT2, thx sir! Pour is straw gold with a nice white head, good retention/lace. Aroma is musty brett, chardonnay, fruity esters (pear, green apple), oak. Taste is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, brett, dough, melon, pear. Overall very dry. Palate is very crisp/effervescent, dry, lightly bitter finish.
Reynolds314 (1877) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You know where you find a beer like this? On the most hipster street in Boston, Newbury Street... This beer is so full of itself, but for good reason. A fantastic saison which is made better by subtle and careful barrel aging. Notes of chardonnay and a very light tartness and funk help accent the base beer which Is good to begin with. Stillwater is such and interesting lineup of beers that I never know what Im going to get.
crossovert (5631) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Upon uncapping this one erupts as if it were explosive diarrhea, the beer literally shoots out of the bottle upwards. 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 donít mind a bit of brett try this one it is interesting.
Ernesto987 (3010) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tiny very expensive bottle, big Chardonnay aromas. Some Brett and lacto. Love the Belgian flavors, sweetness from the barrels. Dry finish. This is simply awesome
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a bright, clear orange color with a creamy, fine-bubbled white head; excellent lacing. Assertive white pepper, lightly tart citrus, cantaloupe, toasty oak, and mildly bretty funk in the aroma, all quite nicely layered (perhaps a touch too much white pepper at the front). Medium body; moderate CO2; flavors follow the aroma closely, with the white pepper note melded with a creamier, doughy yeastiness; vibrant melon, modest brett tartness, and toasty Chardonnay notes; really nice beer, though Iím not sure Iíd pick it over the standard version. Lasting finish of toasty core malts, doughy yeast notes, and a long, umami-laden finish.
wedgie9 (1661) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 12/1/11 from a 330mL bottle purchased at Lush Roscoe. After a bit of gushing, the beer pours hazy bright orange with a thick white head that recedes fairly quickly to uneven lace. The nose is lightly sour with lemon rind and peel, full of barnyard funk and horse blanket, earthy mushroom, spiced squash and orange rind, an oaky and creamy note, and a nice biscuit malty aroma. The flavor is fresh orange and orange rind up front, overall, more focused on the biscuit maltiness and creamy oak than the nose, and a yeast flavor that ranges from spicy, to earthy, to barnyard funk. The body is medium with lively carbonation that creates a creamy mouthfeel, and a very long, very dry, earthy, funky, oaky chardonnay, and lightly bitter finish.
Suttree (4736) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellowish orange, with a thin ring of foam. Smells like bread, oak, white wine (OK, chardonnay, if you say so). Nice crisp palate. Sour, winey, and some lemon. Nice herbal notes throughout.