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Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yourefragile on 08-06-2010

For the first edition of the Stillwater Import Series I traveled to the village of Beerzel, located in the Antwerp province of Belgium. Here I teamed up with brewmaster Jef Goetelen to craft an authentic Belgian version of my liquid interpretation of the Spring season. A recipe originally contrived a few years prior as a collaboration brew with my good friend Paul Kretzer. The base is German barley & wheat, with a touch of Belgian aromatic; accented with grassy hops and an array of spring botanicals (heather, chamomile, lavender, & dandelion). Like a fresh meadow in spring.
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Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into a tulip glass, beer is a bright gold with nice carbonation, head faded a bit quickly but that might have been due to the glass.

S - firm yeast notes, floral, dandelion, chamomile, candied apple/malt notes, candi sugar, with hay in the support.

T - a really bright start, fresh florals, pear, apricot, tulips, very spring like, chamomile tea, rose hips, with some sweet malt and a firm yeast spice, bringing some nice firm stone fruit notes. And hay and grassy hop qualities. All together very tasty, with a bright refreshing spring character, alcohol in balance and proportion make this a nice beer.

M - moderate, malty with moderate carbonation, smooth and bright on the palate, maybe a touch metalic, but it drinks very nicely.

Very nice spring beer, one of the better and more exciting offering I've tried, could use some finetuning but I think the botanicals worked well here, candi sweetness could be reduced.

Photo of bluehende
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly low spice tastes of cloves. Not bad at all. Nice thick mouthfeel for this low of alcohol beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce (October?) 2014 bottle into pilsner glass.

Pours slightly hazy pale gold color with a small dense white head. Good retention and a nice lacing coats the glass upon tipping.

Aroma: tart, yeasty and fruity with a complex mix of herbal spicing. Some biscuity, pale malt notes. Light banana, chamomile, and light funk.

Taste: Notably flavorful. Flowers and citrus standout. Light spices, green apple, white grapes, light banana, chamomile, white pepper, faint hay, light yeasty bread and a slight funkiness. High complexity. A nice light mix of flavors linger on a while after the finish.

Feel: Medium carbonation and body; crisp, Alcohol is only partly hidden with some warming present.

Overall: a good and quite interesting herbal spiced saison. Complex yet well balanced. I didn't love this but am happy to have had a bottle and can easily see some fans of farmhouse ales loving it.

Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer in the style: I am sure there is better.

Appearance: Light hazy honey colored not much head at all.

Aroma: A little funk, some citrus aromas. I did not detect the lavender, some flora notes however. Decent saison.

Taste: Not as bad as you would expect some clove clean citrus tastes. Saison's are becoming my favorite style but this is not one of the better ones, however its better than most.

Overall: Its a solid beer not the best of the style but right down the middle.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, golden color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly and completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Toasted malt up front, imparting bready notes of biscuits, crackers, freshly toasted bread, followed by some faint citrus aromas of lemon and orange-peel. I also get a touch of spice, such as black pepper and coriander.

Taste: Very nice flavors of bready, toasted malt, caramel-like sweetness, a touch of orange-like citrus and some spices of coriander, black pepper and lavender.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly effervescent, as there is some, but not a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 7.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! This is another great saison by Stillwater! I’m really, really impressed with this brewer!

Photo of Laurabmore
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. Easy drinking and could easily drink enough to really get in trouble. We purchase at the wine source so drank in bottles. We gave an extra .5 pts in look for lovely artwork on packaging.

Photo of jera1350
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Floral and soft herbs with fruit and honey. Very clean, very well done overall. Drinks wonderfully. The body and carbonation are a bit lacking, but this one is tough to set down. Very enjoyable.

Photo of drewaha
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some nice funk. A pear funk with some good carbonation. Different than any other Beerb I've had. Kudos

Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy yellow orange, thin white cap and OK lacing.

Aroma: Medium+ pungent herbs. Lavender and chamomile up front. There are also some aromas reminiscent of lemon/hibiscus. not sure if that's the heather/dandelion or the hops/yeast. I don't know exactly what that stuff smells like. Whatever it is I like it. Also got some bready grain character.

Flavor: Pretty intense character of fruit, herbs and spice. Can't tell where the adjuncts, yeast, and hops begin and end. Sign of a world class saison IMO. Little to no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fairly dry, but a bit of lingering sweetness keeping me from bumping it to a 4.5.

Overall: Another one knocked out of the park from Stillwater.

Photo of zeledonia
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Tasted 18 October 2014.

Pours a medium golden yellow, mostly clear. Nice color and brightness, but not much head and almost no lacing (unusual for a Stillwater saison).

Smell is up and down. It's potent, very fruity and flowery, full of esters. But it's relatively simple.

Taste is a lot like the smell. It's got an extra touch of spice, but it's more one-dimensional than the smell, a single sweet floral-fruity peak that doesn't really wow me.

Feel is okay. Definitely on the flat side, and some more buzz would help the flavors dance.

A decent saison, that I actually really liked on first sip. In breaking it down, I find myself talking myself out of liking it, but that's about the components vs. the whole. The flavors that are present are nice, though they're simple. Needs more complexity, or for those up-front characteristics to be better.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Stillwater Of Love & Regret has a thin, white head, a hazy, gold appearance, and very little lacing left behind. The aroma is of spices, so the drinker will imagine being in a gift store. Taste is of those spices, again, with candle wax (think of Shipyard Pumpkinhead, as a point of reference), and underlying malt & wheat, and not the least bit alcohol. Bitterness with this beer is negligible. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Stillwater Of Love & Regret finishes mild, spicy, and decently drinkable.

RJT

Photo of sjccmd
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Pours slightly hazy light orange with a small white head. Bubbles continue to feed the head after it recedes.

Smell is rich and fruity. Chamomile seems most apparent, perhaps because it mingles with the fruity saison notes. Quite strong and sweet smelling. Earthy heather and dandelion creep in as well as the lavender though I wouldn't have picked up those likely if I didn't know they were in there. Graham cracker malt aroma. Hops are hard to place as they seem to mingle with everything else that is going on.

Quite strong and sweet. Even more so than the nose suggested. Apples and honey. A hint of caramel malt. Lavender is more apparent in the flavor. Lots of spices going on. Tannins and some medicinal character from the spices. A bit overboard I think. Warming alcohol. Some bitterness but it is balanced definitely toward the sweet side.

Solid carbonation and slightly slick body. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel, but not in a bad way. The sweetness and spices fill the mouth and linger. A tad cloying.

Way too sweet for a saison in my opinion. Lots of interesting flavors, but a bit heavy on the spices.

Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/16/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a small dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, lavender, chamomile, clove, black pepper, herbal, straw, grass, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, herbal spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, lavender, chamomile, clove, black pepper, herbal, straw, grass, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, lavender, chamomile, clove, black pepper, herbal straw, grass, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, herbal spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly herbal/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good herbal spiced saison. All around well balanced and robust fruity/spicy yeast, herbal spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of hagbergl
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stillwater Of Love & Regret is a saison with herbal ingredients added. I'm always up for an experimental saison. Let's dig in.

Appearance (4/5): Yellow, straw like and hazy; bright white head with a two finger head that dissipates into a small ring.

Smell (4/5): A very herbal and floral nose that does well not to get perfumy. Lavender, lemon, hay and grass really push to the fore. The scent edges into earthy territory, actually.

Taste (4.25/5): Very herbaceous in flavor following the nose. Lavender and lemon with a white grape, white wine like tart dryness in the finish. Dandelion adds some flower petal soft bitterness. Fruity yeast also contributes a lot to the flavor. A nicely complex saison, for sure.

Mouthfeel (3.75/5): medium low carbonation. Carbonation could be higher for the style (which is something I've felt when tasting other Stillwater beers, too, unfortunately). Highly dry in the finish, making this quite a refreshing, if odd, beverage.

Overall (4/5): I think Stillwater's Of Love and Regret is a very interesting, tasty beer that–while it certainly has some flaws–was a pleasure to try. It gets the earthiness quotient right and successfully gets the flower/herbal flavors to works without being too sweet or perfumey. A successful go at an herbed/spiced saison.

Photo of Paincane
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Turbid orange gold body with a white head and decent head retention and lacing.
S: Herbal tea, floral and funky aromas.
T: Earthy, lavender, pear and herbal flavors.
M: Light, refreshing and summery.
O: A very tasty Saison that is quite enjoyable, drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (4/16/14)

A: Deep straw color.

S: Smells good. Very herbal and floral. Smells like spring.

T: Extremely herbal with a lot of farmhouse flavors in there. This might be the most herbal beer that I've had, which is more pronounced due to the inherent flavors that come with it being a saison.

M: Slight carbonation and just a bit rough.

O: Interesting for sure and quite the flavorful saison.

Photo of benloho
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is my first Stillwater beer. Super excited I'm a huge fan of Saisons which I know is Stillwater's niche.
From the label: Of Love & Regret, Saison Ale, Ale brewed with Lavender, Heather, Dandelion and Chamomile. 7.2% ABV

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color. There is a hint of orange brightness in the middle of the glass. A lot of floaties in the beer, which don't bother me. Beer pours a finger and a half of creamy head that slowly fades away. No lacing to be seen.
S: First smell is immediate floral spiciness. Second sniff I pick out more specifics: pepper spice, lemon, chamomile tea, and faint lavender. There is a lot going on and I can imagine there is some heather and dandelion in there too, I'm just not that familiar with them.
T: This is a definite Belgian style Saison. Delcious spiciness to it that is complemented well by a small grassy hop profile and the strong floral presence. I taste a stronger lavender presence than in the nose. Still getting chamomile and lemon grass. Excellent.
MF: Definitely disappointed in the lack of carbonation, bubbliness and crispness that I enjoy in my Belgian ales. This is the one downfall of this beer for me.
O: Everything works in harmony for this beer with flavors, yeast, hops, the creaminess of the wheat malt. Its beautiful. The mouth feel was the disappointment for me. It just lacked that zesty pop.

Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle poured to a snifter with a deeply hazy golden-orange body. A small white crown rises atop the beer but only reaches half a finger before fizzing out fairly quickly. Tiny ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Flowery floral nose one might expect considering they add four types to this brew. Spicy, herbal Saison yeast is not far behind with a light citrus. Distinct Dandelion and Chamomile but I am much less familiar with the other two.

T- I would say the flowery aspect of this beer intensifies here. Each sip brings an almost floral nectar, perfumy bite to the palate. The base yeast is still big though, as Saison yeast tends to be, with pepper, cooking herb, tart lemon zest, bread and spicy tones.

MF- Medium-dry body that is moderately thick for a Saison. Texture is foamy but joined by a creamy feel with some agitation. High end carbonation and a spicy floral bitterness on the back end.

Solid Stillwater Saison feel with a heaping bunch of added floral notes. For me it all works out well together and the floral flavors compliment the spicy base yeast.

Photo of StaveHooks
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a Prairie teku glass
Big thanks to Hopswagger for this beer.

A - Mostly clear brandy color with a thick head that vanishes very quickly.

S - Belgian yeast, old bubblegum, mild funkiness, some acidic cherries, old cinnamon candy, spicy yeast, clove, allspice, damp wood, antique furniture store, sweet ginger, has a little Wheatwine aroma to it, there's spices in there that I can't quite single out.

T - Banana taffy, old cinnamon red hots, clove, cherry/apple juice, tangy spice cake, Belgian Candy sugar. It's sweet but the spices really keep it in check.

M - Carbonation is aggressive and airy, almost to the point that it mutes out some of the flavor. The body is light and wet with a semi dry finish.

This is a very mysterious beer. Smell and taste have similarities but are totally unique. In the nose this screams Belgian farmhouse with notes of Brett and plenty of wheat malts. But the flavor is very fruity with lots of counteracting spices. The wheat is almost non existent in the flavor with the Brett really melding with the fruit. A very interesting beer indeed.

Photo of msquared36
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber in color. Thin head with no lacing.

Powerful smell of cinnamon and brown sugar.

Good malt base. Strong herbal taste, particularly rosemary. It's sharp and refreshing at first, but becomes muddled as the beer warms.

A good beer but would definitely limit to one or two because the flavor can become overpowering.

Photo of argock
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No obvious freshness date but imagine this is a bottle form this spring's batches. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Light copper hue with 2-finger nearly white tightly bubbled head with decent retention but not much for lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and candilike malt at first but quicky is overtaken by intense spicenotes of cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, and floral herbal notes chamomile and sage. Not much on the hop front and the yeast character is in the spicy character.

T: The flavor reminds me of an herbal honey laden cough drop with a big dose of cardamom and sage followed by a honeylike sweetness from the malt and finished with phenolic spice notes, almost clove but too sweet and woody to be that.

M: Very slick despite the high carbonation, easy to drink, elixir is right.

O: A pretty interesting beer that is usually not up my alley but htat I enjoyed a lot more than I thought after first whiff. Pricey but a good one try brew.

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Demerit points for the spume, the beer pours a muddy amber with a head that fritters away quickly; not much lacing

Smell: Banana spice cake

Taste: Shortbread, up front, with banana spice cake flavors building in the middle; vanilla and floral elements, after the swallow, though the banana spice cake flavors linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Overall: A very interesting take on the style with a lot of complexity; this bottle has some age on it and I wonder what it would have been in its youth

Photo of REDAMI
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Orange gold color, very hazy, head disappears quickly.

S - Sweet orange/peach, almost like cobbler. Yeast and funk as it warms.

T - Apricot, sweet floral, dandelion wine, springtime...yes springtime in a glass. Slightly bready aftertaste.

M - Fine carbonation, coats the tongue in a good way.

I liked this one a lot. It's not a typical saison/farmhouse ale. The grassy hay flavors have been replaced by sweet fruity florals but the spring/summer attraction remains. A great beer to have on a sunny day.

Photo of Libationguy
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Unfiltered apple juice in color with a chill beer haze. Head is dense, off-white in color and has a moderate retention. Gentle lacing in the glass.

Highly interesting and carries a rich intensity. Gingerbread and crystallized ginger with rich, warm malt. Citrus, cardamon and bay all lingering in the nose.

Full, lush style that carries across the palate, building in intensity, all the time without becoming heavy. Pumpernickle bread, gingerbread, cardamon, nutmeg. Regal in its structure, the hops keep everything clean and supported. Great balance and length.

The medium+ body of the beer carries its richness without being heavy. The texture is almost creamy.

Utterly delicious!

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a reddish copper color. I like the head on this one: one fingers high, offwhite shade, and superbly creamy. Retention isn't amazing, though, nor is the body itself that attractive.

S: Ridiculously herbal. I won't go into detail identifying all of the notes, so I'll just say it smells like some utopian spring day. Allowing it to open up will reveal slight brett touches, as well.

T: It's not as dry as I expected. Wheat malt sweetness (similar to a good dunkel) both opens and closes things - with the herbal qualities sandwiching themselves into the middle. It's fairly piny, but not in a hop-derived manner. Also sneaking into the back end are some subtle brett notes. There's a good balance between the spice profile and the malts.

If the aroma made me think of spring, the flavor makes me think Christmas for whatever reason. Ah well, good brew.

M: The initial sweetness is cleaned up nicely on the finish, replaced by a prickly, lively sensation. I like the sweet/dry balance here: the sweetness simply balances out some of the potential harshness an overly dry finish could have created. Carbonation is very high, but that's expected from a saison.

O: This one doesn't blow me away, however it's an easily drinkable brew that's also mildly complex. I'd gladly drink this again.

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Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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