Reynolds314 (2224) - 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 (6928) - 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 don’t mind a bit of brett try this one it is interesting.
Ernesto987 (3526) - 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 (3206) - 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 I’m not sure I’d pick it over the standard version. Lasting finish of toasty core malts, doughy yeast notes, and a long, umami-laden finish.
wedgie9 (1824) - 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 (5013) - 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.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours cloudy golden orange with a lasting head. Aroma of white wine, yeast, funk, and some soured fruits. Very poignant white wine flavour, backed up with the yeast, funk and soured fruits. The white wine aftertaste doesn’t do much for me. I see why people would enjoy this; I understand the complexity, but it is not to my taste.
mcberko (5931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a cloudy vibrant orange with a medium white head. Aroma is dominated by the chardonnay barrels, barnyard funk, yeast, and some oak qualities - overall, with a light tartness on the nose. Flavour is dry, zesty and yeasty, beginning with the chardonnay and yeast, finishing quite zesty (orange and lemon rind), with a slight tartness and lots of yeast. Very enjoyable, but I preferred the original Stateside.
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by GT, thanks for popping this with me bro! Hazy orange golden with a steady white head and tons of fantastic lace. Nose is full--pineapple, coconut, lemon, pepper, citrus, oak, white wine, light brett. Flavor is mildly bretty, some more citrus, pineapple, big woody character. Very nice soft mouthfeel, almost creamy at times. Good stuff, liked this a little more than the regular.
GT2 (8163) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL. GUSHERRR!!. Not too bad of a gusher- a clear, lightly hazy glowing orange with a medium, thick, white head. Delicate white lace sticks to the edge. Nose is pretty heavy plastic phenols, requires swirling/decanting. Small pineapple comes through as I switch glassware from the Stillwater Raster wine glass to Lost Abbey Raster tulip. Big improvement with new glassware without as much head space registers fresh dough, big orange creamsickle, small phenol component remains. Taste is pretty smooth, tropical melon, very light tartness if any. More of a heavier sweet cantaloupe and orange sherbet character with hints of lactic fattiness in the palate amidst sparkling carbonation. Palate is soft, muted saltwater mouth watering. Very mild lactic acid background. Does not feel drained or sharp from the Brett- very neutral refermentation overall. A nice experiment- almost perfect by accident exhibiting few characters one would attribute to Chardonnay barrel or Brett refermentation. Improvement over normal stateside? Well, it is soft and creamy rather than bright and sharp. So different, but not necessarily better.