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

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86
very good

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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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flagmantho

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice medium amber-orange hue with a bit of haze to the body and a nice effervescence. Head pours two fingers of soft ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: light malt aroma with a subtle but appealing saison-like aroma. There's a light spiciness here too but I can't put my finger on what it is.

Taste: good malt flavor with more of that saison-ey goodness. Again, the spicing remains difficult for me to identify; nutmeg, perhaps, and maybe a little bit of cinnamon. There's also a hint of sourness which does not complement the malt and spice very well. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a huge belt of creaminess. Love it, love it!

Overall: despite the huge creaminess, I still don't love the beer overall. Its spicing is nice and subtle, but it's just not a beer that draws me in.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 03:25:43 | More by flagmantho
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GTB

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-11-2012 16:06:29 | More by GTB
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Popped the cap and a flood of foam spewed out. A two finger bubbly white head sits atop a beautiful amber color full of active carbonation bubbles.

S - Yeast, lemon zest, floral notes, white pepper, light grain, herbal hops, light funk.

T - Yeast, sweet raison, floral/herbal hops, light pepper, pale malts, peculiar, but not unpleasant, bitter finish that is bone dry.

M - High carbonation, spritzy, medium-full body, bone dry finish.

O - Delicate aroma and subtle flavor, balanced and refreshing, decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:51:32 | More by Rickythejeweler
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busternuggz

California

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a large white wine glass.
Slightly hazy golden-orange color with a ridiculous 2" cream colored head. Settles to 1/2" with good retention. Leaves thick curtains of lacing.

Bright and inviting nose with fresh hay and grass, lots of floral notes, a nice herbal/medicinal note like a fancy cough drop, and bright, fresh lemon skin. There's an underlying citrus note, like fresh tangerines. Fades a bit as it warms, but still awesome.

The taste is understated compared to the nose, but still great. Comes on with wet hay and a soft, moist earthiness, followed by fresh orange flesh and strong floral notes, like chewing on a wet flower. A little minerality. There's something very "wet" about the whole taste, like rainwater. Ends with some grassiness and a slight hop presence, and there's a subtle gingery/herbal aftertaste. A little too subtle, but nuanced and complex.

I'm not sure what to make of the texture. It could use more carbonation, but as it is it lends a certain pleasant density to the whole "wetness" of the beer. I kinda want it to end cleaner and lighter as a saison, but it lingers pleasantly and moistly.

Another tasty and intricate beer from Stillwater. Delicate, complex, and unique, and they totally nailed that "essence of Spring" thing they were going for. My second favorite of theirs next to Cellar Door.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 05:34:41 | More by busternuggz
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Lob

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

02-24-2012 19:52:59 | More by Lob
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bmur112

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-20-2012 14:30:10 | More by bmur112
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mcphish22

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-20-2012 04:38:20 | More by mcphish22
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qchic

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-18-2012 19:30:23 | More by qchic
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chrispoint

Connecticut

1/5  rDev -73.8%

02-18-2012 17:10:54 | More by chrispoint
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Farky87

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2012 01:20:14 | More by Farky87
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:44:58 | More by LiquidAmber
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John11486

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-09-2012 22:12:16 | More by John11486
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-31-2012 06:51:12 | More by twelveinches
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml beer into a flute glass

A: A gusher! Pours a hazy, translucent dark golden color with two fingers of extremely lively head. I can see tons and tons bubbles quickly rising from the bottom of the beer, this beer is obviously extremely carbonated. A half finger of head stays on top of the beer.

S: Strong spice and citrus - peppercorn and guava mostly. Some lemon zest as well with slight breadiness in the background.

T: Strong peppercorn, clove, and apples. A bit on the sweeter side for a Saison, but not overly sweet.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly heavy for a Saison, but the high carbonation helps a bit.

O: A bit sweet and thick for a Saison, but the spiciness balancess the beer well. I enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:27:41 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GUSHER ALERT!!!
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 14:00:51 | More by justintcoons
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bconsidine

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-22-2012 02:14:31 | More by bconsidine
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Philousa

California

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with half a finger of head. Very spicy aroma. Strong coriander, cinnamon, clove, mint, rosemary, and other mild spices. Carbonation is evident in the nose, feeling tingly. Light belgian malt is detectable behind the spices. Light Belgian malt with funky, peppery Belgian yeast hitting strong up front. Malt turns, lingers very bitter with pepper and cinnamon hints. Abrasive at times and very acidic in nature, the overly carbonated feel doesn't mesh well with the former in terms of feel.

I'm a bit torn. I think this is a very interesting, if off-putting beer. Stillwater is trying to do something different, and I think they could succeed if they turn the carbonation down a notch. Really, it's just the mouthfeel that holds this back. I like the complexity in the yeast, held up by a strong Belgian pale backbone which knows how to take a backseat to other flavors. I'd like to try this on tap to see if the feel is different. Very interesting, but for the price and considering everything, this isn't something I'll reach for much in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 05:11:50 | More by Philousa
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DaveJanssen

Germany

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-12-2012 03:06:04 | More by DaveJanssen
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-06-2012 01:00:37 | More by WeisGuy
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

1.7/5  rDev -55.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 19:01:44 | More by DrinkSlurm
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afrokaze

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-31-2011 08:42:00 | More by afrokaze
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Ralphs66

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-19-2011 19:22:45 | More by Ralphs66
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elNopalero

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing this one.

This pours a cloudy straw colored. There’s a light aroma of tropical fruit. Tastes reminiscent of passionfruit and pineapple, a bit of mango and an earthiness. Very fizzy, effervescent, with a dry finish and a touch of white tea. Earthy, funky, spicy, zesty. It’s an intriguing brew with more in store than your typical saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 05:17:15 | More by elNopalero
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-16-2011 22:42:37 | More by HopStoopid120
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Jay864SC

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-11-2011 04:06:00 | More by Jay864SC
Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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