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

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 12
Gots: 42 | 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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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 metter98
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +5.3%
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 brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 womencantsail
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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 mactrail
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The first sip is an eye-opener. Makes me long for a lovely, simple yeasty Farmhouse beer instead of this over-spiced pretentious concoction. It's exactly what you would expect from Dogfish Head.

The chamomile is overwhelming. I am coming to the opinion that there is just no safe level of chamomile. Not to mention the lavender. The smell is like something you'd find in your wife's underwear drawer. Taste is seriously resiny, flowery, perfumey, and overly herbal. Honey from the rosemary farm.

From the 750 ml swing top bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego for an extortionate $17.99. And then I read the fine print: "Product of Belgium."

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a hazy, bright orange-amber with a finger or so of foamy white head that retained well, leaving some doily lacing on the glass. Lots of pronounced spice in the nose, bready yeast, touches of fruit esters. Taste is definitely spice-driven, kind of exploring the whole spectrum, with chamomile the dominant factor; yeasty profile, with a medley of fruits and vegetables, with notes of melon, pear, and sweet potato most dominant to me. A little thicker than medium in the mouthfeel, with some booziness in the finish/aftertaste. Pretty solid beer; could be a lady-pleaser, as my wife couldn't get enough of it.

Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the label art, which depicts a man about to stab another man who's coddling a lover. Imported by 12 Percent LLC; thank god it's not the Shelton Bastards. Product of Belgium. "Belgian Saison Ale." Cost was $6.00 at an L.A. bottle shop. Expires 08/18/17. 7.2% ABV confirmed. 11.2 oz brown glass bottle with dated gold pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love saisons and I'm in the mood for one. Will this beat Fantome La Dalmatienne? I doubt it.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. I left the yeasty sediment in the bottle initially and then added it later.

A: Pours a one and a half finger beige-light khaki colour head of no real cream or froth, decent thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a hazy nontransparent caramel orange-brown. Translucent. It's not much to look at, admittedly. Sort of a rotted peach colour. Thin light lacing as the head recedes. The colour's a bit off for the style.

Sm: I definitely get wheat and brett yeast. Grassy hop character. Heavy floral notes, but in a spicy herbal sense rather than emerging from hop character per se - though there is a separate floral hop character. I'm terrible at identifying flowers, so I won't try - but the notes here are evocative and balanced. I get muted fermented peach, probably from the yeast. Perhaps clove as well. Some earthy musty notes. Light cinnamon spice. Spicy yeast, definitely. Light apple cidre; I'm talking real farm-made rustic apple-squeezed cidre. Tea-like. Its earthy authenticity convinces me the aroma is not influenced by artificial ingredients or flavouring; I like the rustic character. A rather intriguing moderate strength aroma; I'm caught by pleasant surprise. More and more cinnamon comes through as it warms. Complex and different, though I wouldn't call it unique.

T:/Mf Heavy flower and herbal notes, with some earthy grains forming the body. Light floral hop character, but hops are mainly grassy and rustic. I definitely get a farmhouse feel from it, but the bretts are quite restrained - so much so that it ceases feeling like a saison per se. Milky caramel malts there in the body. Biscuit malt. It does have a Belgian-inspired malty build, but something's a bit off for a Belgian; maybe it's that out of place wheat. It's got a cidre-like crisp refreshing character, which I quite admire. Carbonation is good, as is palate presence. It's got a rolling smooth feel, with dryness on the climax to coax out the more subtle notes. Subtle honey. Quite perfumey and floral. Candi-like, though I wouldn't go so far as to say I get Belgian candi sugar. Light berry fruit character which really works well here. I could use more of that spicy yeast feel; the cinnamon and clove are pretty buried here. I quite like it. Well balanced and built; a different take on a saison but a rather good one. Complex and subtle.

Dr: A drinkable saison with a high price-tag, but one that's different enough to warrant trying. One of the better American (okay, product of Belgium my ass, Stillwater) "saisons" I've had, if you consider this a true saison. I'll love finishing this bottle. Hides its ABV quite well. A surprisingly good beer from Stillwater, and one that makes me want to stop skipping their beers at the store. I'd definitely pick this one up again, maybe for some light 1-2 year aging. I'd recommend it to friends, but for my money Fantome has this beat.

B

Photo of MasterSki
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/16/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a small dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, lavender, chamomile, clove, black pepper, herbal, straw, grass, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, herbal spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, lavender, chamomile, clove, black pepper, herbal, straw, grass, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, lavender, chamomile, clove, black pepper, herbal straw, grass, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, herbal spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly herbal/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good herbal spiced saison. All around well balanced and robust fruity/spicy yeast, herbal spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 mothman
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra, but I forgot who it was from. BM me if you sent this one!

Poured into tulip.

Pours a very large fizzy head that settles down rather quickly. Color is a golden orange. Active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Very sharp funk profile. Hints of fruits and dry cheeses. Dry grassy hops with some yeast flavors.

Taste: Very funky, yet fruity. Flavors of hay, cheese, lemons, and grassy hops all show. Yeasty and bready as well. A touch of alcohol comes through. I also get some dried apple flavors with some spices.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced.

Overall, a very unique saison. This one just tasted different than many of the others I have had. It brought a few unique flavors to it. Fairly drinkable.

Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks to wishuwerebeer for the share. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a clouded amber color. A slow gusher initially that creates a frothy domination of off-white suds atop the brew. As the cap dissolves, it leaves some patches of lacing effect.

The smell is tangy with a noticeable alcohol inclusion. Some caramel and toasty smelling malts come along for the ride mixed with sulfur and lots of hebal components almost like oregano. More sulfuric character across the back as it warms.

The taste is herbal like the previously deacribed oregano mixed with earth and sulfur. The alcohol inclusion that was upfront in the aromatics comes through more in the back of the flavor.

This is a medium bodied brew with a yeast filled, creamy smooth texture. It boasts a modest level of carbonation that keeps things somewhat light in the mouth despite the herbal flavors and unhidden alcohol inclusion. Worth a try but this reoccuring sulfuric character I could do without.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2ozer into a tulip watching Breaking Bad. I've been impressed with Brians Saisons so this is a no brainer.

Into the glass love comes out a bold bright copperish orange with a whole lot of vigor. A slow slope led to a 1/2 inch of foam with just a couple oz's out the bottle. When all is said and done a nice creamy pillow of bright white suds on top, minimal stick.

A nose that is big and spicy, this one is a spice rack. Black pepper, green tea with apples and cinnamon.

The taste is a bit odd, hard to describe and different although I know it leans more in the spice direction rather than yeast. Reminds me more of a herbed/spiced beer, something hippies would drink.

A bit more heavy handed for a standard saison, not as light and refreshing as most in the style, nothing I would want to drink a ton of in 95 degree weather. A big carb blast with bubbles and life. A nice malty base as well. All and all, a medium bodied more suited for fall type beer.

A nice collab between countries with the ingredients kinda blurred into a weird saison. Not really feeling the taste or feel of this one, perhaps some months in the cellar will shift some things around but for now, naw.

Photo of yourefragile
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz skinny bottle brewed at 't Hofbrouwerijke. Volume 1 in the Stillwater Import Series. Poured into a Stillwater wine glass.

Hazed lemony amber color with a dense, foamy cream colored head with long lasting retention and foamy clumps of lacing. Aroma is thick and pungent, with earthy and zesty notes (lemon, grass, dandelion, lavender) and a surprising mild brown sugar sweetness. My expected reference point for this beer was Southampton's Cuvee de Fleurs and well...this isn't really anything like that. There is a strong caramel malt and sweet yeasty body, while each sip showcases a different earthy and floral note throughout a slightly sour long lasting finish. The spices and zest are dominated alternating-ly by lemon zest, feint grassy hops, dandelion, cardamom, pear, brown sugar, etc. Mouthfeel is a little thicker and over carbonated than desired for the style and overall the beer comes off a little heavier and more filling than expected. Very unique and enjoyable, however something is slightly lacking in the balance for these unique flavors to rate this higher. Regardless, highly recommended to give this a try if you're able to find it.

Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color that's almost brown with golden orange hue when held to a light source and visible carbonation bubbling up. Two finger frothy off-white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.

Very earthy aroma that is slightly funky, vegetal and herbal. Floral with lots of zesty spice, mostly pepper and clove. Subtle light fruit and citrus underneath but the nose is dominated by the soil-like presence. The best way to describe it would be a bretty Fantome aged in a well.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a heavy dose of tight carbonation up front as well as a very earthy/floral flavor. It's also heavily spiced with zesty pepper and clove. This is countered by a sweet estery yeast presence with hints of citrus and crisp light fruit. I'm picking up hints of apple, pear and banana as well as some lemon zest and orange peel. The floral notes compliment the fruit notes very well and balance out the heavy carbonation and prominent spice character. There's some slight alcohol sweetness but overall the ABV is well masked, resulting in a pretty drinkable beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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 akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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 kscaldef
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-golden, poured with no head. Taste and aroma very nicely balance traits of both Saisons and Tripels. "Belgian Saison" seems redundant, but there's definitely a blending of styles here. Fruity esters; mild sweetness; clean, lightly bitter finish. Good carbonation. Nice, highly drinkable beer.

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Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.