mcberko (19870) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
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 (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2011
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. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
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. LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 16, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2011 10z bottle split with a friend, poured into a Chimay chalice. Serious gusher,have glasses ready! Pours a deep gold with a finger of white froth. Nose is white grapes, lemon zest, and faint brett additions such as wet hay, must, and assorted melons. Taste mirrors the nose and includes hints of oak and light cider under a balanced and satisfying hay-like malt backbone. A highly drinkable saison that showcases Brian’s talent brewing with brett. I hope to see future batches, this one is a keeper. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a tall white head. Lots of nice fruit notes such as lemon, apple, and pear. A nice funky and earthy aroma to it, too. Maybe some peach flavor to go along with the lemon, apple, and pear. A mild read, some wine and oak, and a light tartness.
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Bottle from jtclockwork. Thanks, man. This pours a dark gold color with a really nice thick fluffy head on top. Sheets of lace stick, and ultimately slide along the sides of the glass. The aroma is really nice. Lots of chardonnay, wild flowers, wood, funky yeast, and a little lemon zest. Going in for a whiff it’s like, mmm, this is going to be good. This is dry, funky, and somewhat sour going down with flavors consisting of lemon drops, white grape, dusty funk, cereal grain, and grassy notes. The chardonnay barrel-aging, along with brettanomyces, really gives this a dry, sour, and wild element to an already tasty base beer. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Clear golden with a creamy white head. Nice floral chardonay sour fruit and light honey aroma and taste with a creamy bright palate and a smooth oaky white wine finish. Excellent. Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 11/03/2011. Pours a hazy golden color with a medium thick and frothy white head that burns away slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Vinous aroma with notes of yeast and wood. Medium body with a fruity character that has citrus and grape notes. Flavors of yeast and oak as well. The finish is slightly funky with a fruity aftertaste. Good beer overall. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2011
bottle... slow gusher warning... murky dark gold, big bright white head... smells great, vanilla, oak, brett, grass sauvignon blanc more so than a chardonnay... tastes like a nice musky saison, loses a lot of the barrel and sweet notes I was looking for, misses my expectations despite being a good to great saison, vanilla on the finish more grass... crushable at 7% Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle. The body is a hazy, glowing, deep golden-orange amber hue. A small but dense head of smooth, off-white to cream colored foam settles to a thin but lasting blanket with a pronounced edge. Rounded flares and trace snakes of lacing mark the glass. Chardonnay barrel influence is immediately apparent on the nose, as it imparts a drying, oaky, mildly vinous character that works beautifully with the peppery, spicy Belgian yeast, dusty, earthen brett, and fading grassy hops. As it warms, the wine character intensifies, bringing out classic Chardonnay notes of honeysuckle and peach skin. I even get a hint of lemon pith. Underlying malts are dry, bready, and super fresh. In short, this stuff smells amazing. I want to take a bath in it! The taste doesn’t disappoint, either. Waves of dried pineapple, dusty spice, woody earth, and dried grass are delicious. Slightly honeyed bread and cereal malt provides a backdrop that lets the spicy yeast shine, yet clamors for attention on its own. Delicious. This body simply glides across the tongue, showing a perfect balance of creamy, satisfying weight and softly zippy, drying carbonation. Just a little less heft would make it feel perfect. What can I say? Another awesome brew from Stillwater.