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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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Reviews: 122
Hads: 325
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 21.9%
Wants: 14
Gots: 43 | 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 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 The grassy hay flavors have been replaced by sweet fruity florals but the spring/summer attraction remains.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.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mverity
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

: A hazy gold pour produces a 2” quickly dissipating foam collar. S: floral, come dandelion and lavender, light fruit, citrus. T: Starts lightly sweet and fruity but balanced by alcohol and lemony tartness and an earthiness from the herbs. Layers of flavor with the chamomile apparent, citrus and a suggestion of Herbs de Provance. F: Fairly light for all the flavor, moderately effervescent. O: Layers of flavor that come into balance for a very drinkable and repeatable saison.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity yeast driven aroma with a scent of spices and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, and funk along with big hints of lavender, chamomile, and heather. Fruit hints of lemon, orange, green apple, pear, and white grapes. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Also some hints of grassy hops. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity yeast driven Belgian taste with notes of fruit and floral spices. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of clove, peppers, and funk. Spice notes of lavender, heather, and chamomile. Zesty fruit notes of lemon, orange, green apple, white grape, pear, and melon. Pale malt with notes of straw, wheat, grains, and cracker. Background notes of grassy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and pretty drying.

Overall: A very good twist on a Belgian style Saison. Good Belgian spice and fruit esters with a nice kick of floral spices.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bdtva
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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!

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  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.

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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!

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Photo of Desaparecido
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of AndrewNations
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.