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

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Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1)Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1)

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very good

273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by BilbosNuts:
Photo of BilbosNuts
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, sunburst orange/amber color. A thin white ring of foam clings to the sides of the glass on top of the beer. There is a minimal amount of carbonation as it appears quite still.

S: The aroma is loaded with various spices and herbs, making it very tea-like. Lavender and chamomile are definitely present as is a rosemary-like taste. There is a touch of floral hops but the herbs mostly dominate the aroma.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma in that the herbs and spices dominate anything else that tries to come through. Again, it is very tea-like with copious amounts of lavender, chamomile, and other various spices. Floral and leafy hops are present but any sort of malts are hardly noticeable.

M: It has a body that is on the lighter side with a minimal amount of carbonation. This has relatively high alcohol, but it isn't noticeable at all.

O: This was most certainly a unique beer. Definitely more of a herbal and spice forward drink than traditional hop and malt beers. Worth a try and I'm glad I did, but I don't think I'll be revisiting this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation; some yeast particles are floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of herbs in the nose—heather and lavender stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of herbs, much like you would expect from that of a gruit, although the finish has a slight amount of bitterness and spiciness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some notes of dryness in the finish.
O: This is definitely a unique saison and is a beer that I would want to try again.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured from the bottle into a tulip. As a preface and going from Dyan's comment--I quite thoroughly enjoyed Saison du BUFF.

Pours a light rusty copper with a four finger white head. No real lacing as it goes down. Nose brings forth strong, fresh herbs; seems to be rosemary and sage. Slightly sweet and maybe a bit of pine. Taste brings the components together along with a bit of earth. Quite nice overall. Feel is overly light and undercarbonated. Drinks fairly well, though some of the spicing gets to be a bit much.

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

A: a light copper with a reddish orange hue. The creamy off-white head settles to a thin cap and last for a long time.

S: The smell is very herbal and floral with chamomile and lavender readily identifiable. There is a slight potpourri quality but the Belgian yeast still makes it though with a light orange fruity ester and a peppery note. There is a soft wheat aroma as well. I'm not getting an hops through all the herbs and tea.

T: The flavors are well balanced mainly orange, herbal and floral. The peppery phenols mix with the bitterness from the heather; if you've Fraoch Heather Ale you'll recognize it in there. The malt gives a light sweetness and an off dry finish. The balance is moderately bitter. The aftertaste is herbal and slightly bitter.

M: The body is medium-light with moderately-high carbonation. There is a light prickly astringency that can be expected with tea and spices.

O: A very interesting beer with a lot of flowery, herbal components that are well balanced. The brewer achieved the goal of a beer that captures the impression of spring. It's a bit sweet and a bit dark for a Saison, but as a specialty it works. I probably would have purchased this beer if I know what I was getting into with a beer brewed with heather, chamomile, lavender and dandelion. I really should brew up a beer with some heather in it one of these days.

Photo of mverity
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is golden brown to tan in color, with a thick light tan head and above average lacing. Smell is sweet, earthy, and yeasty. Taste is fantastic: herbaceous, woody, with a roasted barley up front; leathery and tangy sweet; all while a honey/brown sugar/banana sweetness shines through. It seems to be too sweet at times, but the sweetness yields to an earthy/yeasty spiciness.

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Libationguy
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
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 hagbergl
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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 glid02
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with an off-white head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with hints of musty hops and large amounts of phenols.

Tastes better than it smells as the phenols are less pronounced. Light malt flavors up front are joined by musty and somewhat leafy hops. Hints of spicy phenols come in near the end. The ending is mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall this is my least favorite Stillwater to date, I think the spiciness is too strong and results in the phenolic character. Perhaps it’ll mellow out with some time.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bdtva
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear lightly aged copper body with a swirl of microbubbles supporting a thick white head that last and last. The head turns rocky and pushed above the glass rim. The second pour is a bit hazy.

S- This beer has some fruity pear esters and some apple skin notes with a stale candy spice note in the finish.

T- The brassy wheat flavor blends with a stale spice flavor and a dry finish of brett grapefruit. There is an aftertaste of spice bitterness and herbs like tarragon.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The brassy wheat and stale spiced dominate. There is a faint cinnamon or ginger heat to the spice but it is a bit to oxidized to have much character. The yeast and brett notes offer some nice character but they are covered up.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Riley's in Madison. heather, chamomile, lavender, & dandelion, make for a floral and herbal taste combination that is interesting and different. Not great taste, but sippable and unique. Great generous retained head. Tad above average mouthfeel.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Import Series Vol. #1: Belgian Saison Ale
brewed and bottled by Stillwater at 't Hofbrouwerijke Beerzel, Belgium. Imported by 12 Percent, Brooklyn, NY

Carefully poured to leave the yeast behind in the bottle, a short head of creamy off-white foam rises steadily above a crystal clear golden-orange body. Streams of very fine tiny bubbles can be seen rising quickly to the surface. As might be imagined, the yeast pour leaves it cloudy and more orange-copper colored in the glass.

The aroma is yeasty, malty and hoppy with dominant notes of fresh corainder seeds, pepper, chalk, clove, dried grass, rose petals, and soft melon.

In the flavor more of the malt comes through adding a note of lightly honeyish sugary dough. A bit of berry-like fruitiness comes through as well, and a touch of subtle pine. It's more compact and focused than the wide, airy aroma suggests. The bitterness balances at a moderate level, and it finishes almost without change: a bump of fruitiness appears and disappears quickly, and then dusty soft clove emerges as the last standing note as the malt dissolves from the palate. With the yeast pour it becomes even more complex, adding in a nice bit of nuttiness, and some lemon and orange notes. The alcohol is never noticeable.

In the mouth it's light bodied bordering on medium, and velvety smooth across the palate.

It's quite a nice beer with an eloquent, expansive aroma followed by a more subtle, focused flavor. You could quaff this beer but you would miss all of its beautiful nuance. Superb!

Photo of Desaparecido
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of AndrewNations
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark gold with a good amount of haze and a solid three fingers worth of head.

The nose is interesting and gets me thinking about what was added and when. I get lavender more than anything and something else that had a bit spicy character.

The taste is very saisonesq with a nice a creamy finish. More than anything I get pineapple notes that really make this an exceptional beer.

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beerloverofbham
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, herbs, fruit, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices, fruit, and herbs. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was a little letdown by this one as I went into it expecting a nice and complex brew, but found it to be very one note with the spice and herb character going on in both the flavor and aroma. For what it lacked in complexity, it made up for it with the refreshment aspect. This is a good thing when you aren’t craving something to challenge your palate. Worth trying to get your take on it, but that is about it.

Photo of nimrod979
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy orange/amber with a big frothy off white head.
Plenty of floral aromas along with yeast, bananas and spices.
Flavor is sweet, fruity, spicy and herbal. Lots going on here. Pretty complex and tasty brew. Spicy cinnamon-y notes in the finish. Very light bitterness. Light to Medium mouthfeel, oily texture and soft carbonation makes for quite a pleasant drink.

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