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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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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
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 dciBA
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Awesome label. Creative and well done. On to the beer itself...

Poured from the bottle into an oversized tulip. Color is medium amber with a small amount of off white head. Some lacing as the level drops in my glass.

Smell is very strong but very off putting in my opinion. Lots of lavender. Very floral, but not from any hops, more like sticking your nose in a freshly bloomed flower, or a yankee candle. There's a little bready malt in the nose keeping the score from dropping too low.

Taste is not nearly as strong as the smell. Lavender still dominates everything. Very floral still, but a nice herbal flavor works it's way in saving the flavor. This beer did not agree with my palate at all. None of the classic saison flavors I've come to enjoy.

Mouthfeel is thin and finish is bone dry. This is easily the best part of the beer. Flavor does not linger on the palate at all, thank god. I was excited to try Stillwater as they've just become available in my area. This one was a complete miss though. I'll give them another shot for sure, just hoping the next is a little more subtle flavored.

More User Reviews:
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.

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.

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
4.28/5  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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for this bottle.

A: The ale is an amber color that is highlighted by golden orange shades. The darkness is enough to obscure the ale, leaving it cloudy. Not much head, less than half a finger on pour.

S: Lots of cardamom and sage! The nose is so spice-laiden that it seems could pass for a gin profile. Pepper follows, along with mint, chamomile, and ginger. A whopper of an aroma that drips with Belgian yeasty-ness. As complex and varied as an aroma can come.

T: The taste can't possibly keep up with the nose. The melange of flavors, distinct scent-wise, are overtaken by the dense thickness of sage. A little of ginger and basil lie in the background but generally they hide behind cardamom. Pepper and musty yeast follow, along with light biscuity malts. The spiciness alone makes this beer rock.

M: The mouthfeel is Belgian, far bigger and zestier than most saisons. The sage aspect rings powerfully, not quite Cellar Door but a close second. Even a medicinal soapiness near the finish can't spoil the uniqueness of the ale.

D: Another winner from Stillwater. The saisons that this joint is pumping out are phenomenal. Spicy, complex, overpowering.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of candy ester with light soapy notes with light sweet notes. Taste is a pretty good mix between some soapy notes with good candy-like ester notes with light residual sugar and light dry malt aftertaste. Body is fuller then average with good carbonation. This particular bottle may be a bit tired but very nice nonetheless.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with much foaming and commotion into a Nostradamus flute. Poured an odd cloudy golden orange amber. Bottle was a gusher and I lost a bit before I got it to the glass. Formed a quite nice two finger fine white head with lots of lacing and nice retention. Aroma of Belgian spicing, clove and cinnamon, light citrus, slightly mineral. Flavor is an unusual dry malt and light fruit with a complex herbal component, most noteably rosemary and other mint herbs. Flavor changes to light fruit then finishes with floral notes, a hint of ginger and somewhat dry. An unusual flavor combination that almost doesn’t work, but the flavor progression kept me interested and wanting to try it again. Medium bodied with a bit of creaminess. I liked this. I have found Stillwater beers to be unusual and somewhat challenging, but usually very enjoyable. I'm glad they make it out west and I will always try anything new from them.

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

like a meadow, grassy, and lightly spiced with hints of corriander, and almost nutmeg, Huge notes of flowers as I reach in for a whiff. Very floral and hints of almost sage like smells bouncing off the glass, really very well done. Light and airy and even after a few moments it really seemed to pull itself together quite nicely. Clean, crisp, light and Light grape skins, hints of grass and flowers, light grains and a mellow, and wonderful flowery flavor that just really set it apart and left me looking for sip after sip. Smooth, elegant and very drinkable.

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 Blanco
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 cl bottle.

highly carbonated the beer forms a huge frothy head that's difficult to contain in the Piraat tulip I poured it into. smells herby, like oregano off the bat. Fresh garden, floral notes as well as strong yeast notes. The taste is just as herby, this seems like it would be perfect with Italian dinner. A little zest and citrus. Very dry, slightly funky. A very interesting brew. I like the flavors but can see this being overpowering. I wish I had some food or cheese to temper it down a bit as the herbs can be strong. I enjoyed this brew a lot as it was just what I was in the mood for, though I'm not sure that will often be the case as you need to be ready.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
1.71/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY. Poured into Chimay Chalice.
Pours a brownish-red with a bit of head.
Smells of flowers...mostly rose, and sweet malts. Very fragrant, almost like a perfume..not good.
Taste is mostly of rose, floral, malty...its not good at all. Bitter in the mouth...not pleasant at all. If I didnt pay $9 for it, and there was a drain next to me, I would have dumped it. This may be one of the worst beers I ever had. As the name suggests, you will Regret it.

Photo of GbVDave
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours a perfectly fine, hazy peach color with loads of active carbonation. A just off white head sprouts on top, never grows thicker than one finger, and retains until the very end of the glass. Sadly, no lace was left behind.

S: Typical Stillwater Saison aromas of sweet fruity yeast and spices. Also along for good measure are wood chips, clove, pepper, rosemary, and grass clippings. Like walking past the spice rack on the way outside to the herb garden.

T: While the sweet, fruity, and yeasty backbone is there, it gets thoroughly steamrolled by all the spicy/herbal flavors. This errs far too much to the spicy side.

M: Starts off full with a hint of sweetness before the spices kick in and turn the middle and finish dry and chaulky.

O: Overall, this looked and smelled great but was sort of a chore to drink. I'd like to revisit this on draft, if at all possible, to re-evaluate.

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