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

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

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85
very good

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%


Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
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.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 08-06-2010)
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Reviews by dciBA:
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dciBA

Maine

2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 00:36:40 | More by dciBA
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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.

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