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

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | 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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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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Photo of REDAMI
4.86/5  rDev +28.2%
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 The grassy hay flavors have been replaced by sweet fruity florals but the spring/summer attraction remains.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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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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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!

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4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from yesterday's notes.
A. Cloudy orange-peach colored with a stiff egg-white head.
S. Funky farmhouse wet hay with clove, peppery notes, plums, lavender, earthy notes, grassy herbals like sage and even some rosemary sprinkled all over the place, on top of a braised stone fruit stew. Insanely complex without being muddled or confused.
T. Initial ginger hit tempered by cardamom spilled into wet hay with tamarind sauce on top. All the grassy herbals in the nose translate well into the taste, but in addition to this I get a pinch of sweet and sour sauce over the top of the caramel malt.
M. The heavy carbonation delivers the spicing perfectly to where it needs to go. Body is medium to light.

Absolutely amazing brew for people who like heavy herbs and spice elements in their brew.

Photo of StaEva
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a unique brew. Good translucent-but-hazy amber-brown caramel color. Big head...three full fingers. Great bombastic frothiness.

Truly outstanding and prominent herbal notes in the nose. Rosemary, sage, and pine dominate the aromatics; unforgettable and more appetizing than you could imagine—had my mouth watering immediately. Other notes but the melange was so complex it was hard to discern everything...definitely some lemony musk underlying.

Taste is an explosion of well rounded bitterness with smooth malt and green herbaceous flavors. Definitely sage and rosemary in perfect subtlety—not obvious, but they blend incredibly with the caramel malt layers and hoppy freshness and floral tones—lavender and chamomile maybe with a bit of autumn spice. Incredibly complex with strong carbonation that holds the flavors in the mouth well.

This is a must have simply because of it's complexity. You may not want it everyday, or even every month, but it has vast and complex merit, even for a complex style of beer, this stands out.

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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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry yeast, small fruitiness, and a nice earthy presence. In the taste, a hint of fruit and a small dry yeast and earthiness. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, small fruit and yeast presence in the aftertaste. Nice fruitiness and earth, I would have said this is a saison, not a herbed/ spiced beer.

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4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous label! I poured this into a 12-oz mug. It makes a very effervescent pour, with a quick, tall airy head that fades almost as quick. Aroma is big and not really identifiable, at least by me. Very floral, sweet, with herbal notes. There are things that seem vaguely familiar, but they're not ingredients I cook with so I can't really say what they are. It's nice, though.

Flavor follows... I can certainly pick out a large coriander presence here, some nice vegetal pepperiness--reminds me of certain species of basil, or asian cilantro. Loads of yeasty phenols are present. Very unique beer, and tasty. Wish it came in 750s instead of 12oz, and in larger numbers.

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4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy, murky, rustic orange with different types of black, white and yeasty debris at the bottom. The head is over-the-top due to the initial GUSH! BEWARE! This is the second time I bought this beer because I lost nearly all but 3oz the first time around.

N: Very herbal and spicy. Sage, lemongrass, hibiscus, clove, coriander, lemon juice, chai, lavender, some barnyard funk and maybe some ginger.

T: Lemon juice, sage, rose petal (hibiscus) and ginger upfront. Mid-palate ushers in lavender, chai, clove, pear, apple and lightly toasted grains. Finishes with a mild barnyard funk, lemon citrus, pear, clean grains and a bouquet of spices and herbs comprised of clove, sage, ginger, lavender, chai, hibiscus, hay, grass and coriander.

M: Light-medium bodied, spicy, dry, clean and prickly.

O: I find this beer quite pleasant. Full on spicy, herbal, earthy and dry paired with a mild Belgian funk works for me. Would make a beautiful Spring beverage. Very refreshing. Now Stillwater just has to work on their bottles NOT EXPLODING!

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4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

People are crazy. This is more saison than spiced beer.

Pours out a brownish orange with a half inch of head, minimal lace.

I don't smell the wheat malt but barley comes through, the botanicals come next, floral and very nice. The yeast and some lime come in at the end.

Wheat, lightly toasted barley and lime start this off. Some nice floral notes and grassy hops come in the middle. A hint of yeast and spices are noticed, lime lingers in the aftertaste. Slightly high in carbonation, but still pretty smooth going down.

I could drink this everyday and be pretty damn happy! Another excellent farmhouse brew from Stillwater!

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