Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
10-16-2011 02:33:09 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
10-15-2010 01:21:09 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
05-20-2011 01:08:37 | More by metter98
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
Appearance: Demerit points for the spume, the beer pours a muddy amber with a head that fritters away quickly; not much lacing
Smell: Banana spice cake
Taste: Shortbread, up front, with banana spice cake flavors building in the middle; vanilla and floral elements, after the swallow, though the banana spice cake flavors linger into the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation
Overall: A very interesting take on the style with a lot of complexity; this bottle has some age on it and I wonder what it would have been in its youth
08-12-2013 00:30:31 | More by brentk56
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
12-21-2012 20:40:23 | More by Phyl21ca
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
Stillwater's inaugural "Import" series of beers kick of by capturing a taste of Belgium springtime in pint form. With strong botanical overtones, the beer delivers saison-like underpinnings with decorated spices, fuller body, and enough malt flavor in support.
The inquisitive ale pours with hazy rust appearances. Burgundy and chestnut colorations project brown and red hues with a dense haze. The beer builds a meringue-like head that caps the beer with a strong confidence that defies collapse. The beer laces the glass beautifully and becomes a testament to the quality of the beer with each sip taken from the snifter.
All the medow-like aromas from dandelion, chamomile, and lavender swirl into a heavily perfumed nose. Its culmination reminds me of freshly picked pine needles. With its rosy alcohol scent, even a hint of juniper, gin, mint, and Zinfandel come to mind. But the nose is also balanced by the light toasty character of fresh baking breads, lightly kilned barley, and Grape Nuts cereal.
Bold flavors seem to act in reverse order from the nose. First, the starch-heavy taste of whole wheat bread, toasted barley kernels, and lightly buttered toast. While medium sweet to taste, the flowery additions rise at mid palate and give a slightly fatter taste because of the fuller herbs, spices, and botanicals. Even side notes of cedar, fennel seed, and juniper twigs weave into the varying flavor profiles. The layers of taste reveal a grassy and tea-like bitterness that supplants hop bitterness for an odd closure to taste.
The protiens from wheat keep the beer medium bodied and richly textures early on. Full carbonation emerges from the bready texture reluctantly and keeps the beer fuller, longer into the session. But the beer reaches semi-dry status late due to fleeting malt presence, growing bitterness, and rising alcohol warmth. Finishing with spicy wine-like tannin, a thin coat of chamomile seems like light olive oil on the back of the throat.
With nearly gruit-like spiciness, the beer takes a pine-heavy balance from nose to finish. The decoration of wild flowers, herbs, and spice informs the taste of pine in high form. I'm not sure if the beer represents Belgian spring, but I does take my imagination to botanical gardens in the U.S. deep south.
09-12-2012 17:57:43 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
08-20-2011 17:31:56 | More by mikesgroove
2.95/5 rDev -22.6%
Thank you to Michael for sending me this one.
A: The pour is a fairly dark orange color with some golden influence and a big white head.
S: An incredibly intense herbal and floral aroma. Lots of rose and hibiscus in the floral department with a bit of a rosemary, sage, chamomile, and ginger, perhaps, and plenty of green peppercorns. Not really my thing.
T: The flavor is, thankfully, less pungent in terms of the herbs than the nose. The hibiscus and rose character is still pretty dominant, but actually somewhat enjoyable. Quite a bit of yeast and a slight funk, along with some sweet malt and candi sugar and hints of citrus.
M: The body is fairly full for a saison with a nice, lively carbonation.
D: The nose was just far too much for me. The flavor was an improvement, but not really my style.
09-13-2010 02:21:05 | More by womencantsail
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
This brew poured out as a nice looking bright orange color with a big foamy head on top. The smell of the beer was floral and spicy on the nose. The taste of the beer was also very unique, herbal spices mixed with some floral hoppy liveliness. Really a bright flavored brew for in the warmer months. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing feeling. Overall this brew was quite nice in my opinion.
09-18-2011 02:04:45 | More by Knapp85
4.5/5 rDev +18.1%
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!
01-14-2011 14:50:31 | More by NeroFiddled
3.45/5 rDev -9.4%
Thanks to thorpe429 for this one. Served in a Surly pint glass.
A - Pours with a voluminous orange-tinged foam that quickly sizzles away to a thin cap, but no lace. The body is a hazy fiery orange, with some obvious suspended sediment.
S - Smells like ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, and a whole host of other kitchen spices. There's some grain character in the periphery, but this is the epitome of herbed/spiced beer. I like it more than 4Elf I suppose.
T - Taste has a little more pale malt and fruity yeast character, but it still pretty spicy. Not sure what else to say - tastes like someone poured a bunch of kitchen spices into my Belgian pale ale.
M - Body is medium, with active but pleasant carbonation, and a lightly chewy finish. No obvious alcohol.
D - I was able to finish a 33cl bottle, which is a feat considering I generally dislike this style of beer. That being said, I don't think I could have more than one in a session, and I wouldn't actively seek this out. If you live for spiced beers though, this one is for you!
01-09-2011 05:53:09 | More by MasterSki
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
Beer poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass. Beer is amber to orange and hazy. Forms a thick head of small white bubbles that falls away but maintains a continuous coating on the surface of the beer. Head leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good.
Aroma is sweet and a little spicy. Perhaps some tea, some honey, some pepper, some earthiness hops, very interesting.
Beer is medium in body and quite spicy. Again I get some tea, earthiness and a little pepper. What part is the love and which part is the regret? Beer is quite creamy, its almost like a cask ale in a bottle. Very nice mouthfeel. Taste is complicated. Its not very bitter its mostly mildly sweet up front with this spiciness in the midpalate. Finishes a little dry but not too much. Its good. A fun and interesting beer.
08-14-2010 20:14:54 | More by drabmuh
Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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