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

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

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz single bottle - a much more appreciably affordable offering than the last time this gypsy brewery came knocking on Alberta's back beer door. Or something.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and yet somewhat fizzy ecru head, which leaves a few instances of not-yet-eroded mesa profile lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gritty and crackery pale malt, a lesser wheaten graininess, dried clover honey, some estery Belgian yeastiness, musty dead botanicals (don't fucking care which ones), a touch of lemon and plain orange citrus rind, and some meek earthy, leafy, and weedy noble hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and doughy pale malt, a hint of caramelized wheatiness, some heady mixed and matched floral essences (lavender, sure, but more department store perfume aisle characters than I particularly care for), more laid-back Low Countries yeast, and a lame earthy and weedy noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is actually quite understated in its workaday frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, neither the yeast, overtly floral acridity, nor as yet hidden boozy quotient taking this as their coming-out party, as such. It finishes well off-dry, a lingering mixed maltiness keeping all those estery botanicals just at bay.

Overall, I'd forgotten what a wank-fest this brewer was after not having to endure their hegemony on my local bottleshop's shelves for such a long spell, but, in the words of David Coverdale, here I go again. Yeah, this is a Saison, underneath of it all (sounds like another potential Whitesnake song, eh?), but it's hard to tell at times, what with all the crap going on that reminds me of my late mother's always overwrought toiletry collection. Yeah, that.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Peach orb keen, orange highlights and apricot lighter hues for the body color. Big booming fire of carbonation, through a slightly hazy body. Head creation makes a fleeting white one finger head, that dissolves to a fine collar and bulls-eye centered top.

Aroma hits with honey hints and herbs. A bit of a muddled mess as nothing really comes out distinctly. Moderate sweetness, very little saison character, just a simple but good sucrose hit.

Palate provides some simple basics. Lightly sweetened with a mild honey coating, big amounts of herbs and aromatics in the mid palate. This continues on the finish, a sage and green leafy dryness and tannic quality, almost gets into drying anise flavors as well but much more sharp than expected. Belgian sugar candi hints a little bit of honey tones but not quite, or adding much else to the brew. A touch of baby aspirin starts to linger after awhile.

Decent brew but was hoping for a little more classic Belgian character, and to easily distinguish some of the more distinct ingredients which don't seem to come out so easily.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: On draft at the Churchkey in D.C. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Light amber and mostly clear. Thin white head with trace amounts of lace. Aroma: Funky saison notes with pepper and spice. Slight flowery notes but not as much as the name suggests. Taste: Very smooth and really subtle on the flower notes. Expecting more flowery notes especially for a beer brewed with Heather, Chamomile, and Lavender and Dandelion. Aftertaste: Very smooth on the back end. Finishes clean. Overall: Quaffable but was expecting a bit more. Still a strong brew. Very good: 4 out of 5.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

in the glass, this looks like a heady belgian golden ale. clear and corn yellow in color, two inches of thick white head, and plenty of bubbles charging up to the surface. it smells simple and elegant too, more like a mild belgian yeast strain, herbal and spicy, with some grassy european hops. appetizing but somewhat generic and boring in terms of the smell. the flavor is also kind of tame for the herbs that are supposed to be in here. i would almost not know they were here, aside from a light floral quality, if you told me this was just yeast and hops, i would believe it for sure. i think the lavender is there a little bit in the finish with the hops, but the others are too mild for me. i wanted to taste them a little more, but they just arent there. perhaps its because the yeast is what it is, but they blend in well, too well. i would be disappointed that these botanicals arent more evident, but the beer tastes so good as it is. fuller bodied and quite smooth and hearty. the yeast flavor is unique, and its dry enough for how strong it is. i expected this to be a bit more dynamic, but its well done beer. maybe freshness is an issue? do these types of herbs fade quickly like hops do?

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Photo of thatche2
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is copper in color and fairly transparent. Head is almost nonexistent.

Smell is Belgian yeast with some funk/sourness with some lemon (Nothing overpowering).

Taste is some floral hops with a lot of malt base. Not as much earthy funk as expected. Some spice (cinnamon) and plum fruit is present. A little alcohol pops up on the finish.

Mouth feel is fairly smooth but somewhat flat. There is some noticeable carbonation but it doesn't seem to work all that well.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer as it is fairly easy to drink given the ABV. However, I was searching for more earthy funk and effervescence. I enjoyed it but will probably not buy again.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a fairly hazy orange with a standard Belgian head. The aroma provides floral and spice notes, primarily clove, lavender, violet, nutmeg, green tea, and a touch of wet hay. The flavor leads with clove and nutmeg, with the lavender and chamomile coming through right at the end. There is also a touch of orange and lemon peel present, and something a bit smoky. The mouthfeel is quite rich sticky for this style. Overall this beer is pleasant and interesting, but a bit heavy for me.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour with a minimal white head. Light aroma of yeast and lemon. Taste has yeast and grain upfront with a good bit of herbal flavor with heather and light lavender coming through. Finishes with herbal, grass and light lemon flavors.

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a thin layer of white head. Smells is very sweet, lots of yeast, sweet fruits, and some spice. Taste is similar to the smell with lots of sweet fruits, yeast, and floral spices. Medium body, crisp carbonation. A nice saison, light and sweet.

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Photo of tlema1
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: golden color, nice big head
S: Belgian yeast, some fruitiness
T: spicy, fruity, yeasty
F: good mouthfeel for a light bodied beer
O: one of the best beers I've had from Stillwater

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

: A hazy gold pour produces a 2” quickly dissipating foam collar. S: floral, come dandelion and lavender, light fruit, citrus. T: Starts lightly sweet and fruity but balanced by alcohol and lemony tartness and an earthiness from the herbs. Layers of flavor with the chamomile apparent, citrus and a suggestion of Herbs de Provance. F: Fairly light for all the flavor, moderately effervescent. O: Layers of flavor that come into balance for a very drinkable and repeatable saison.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity yeast driven aroma with a scent of spices and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, and funk along with big hints of lavender, chamomile, and heather. Fruit hints of lemon, orange, green apple, pear, and white grapes. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Also some hints of grassy hops. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity yeast driven Belgian taste with notes of fruit and floral spices. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of clove, peppers, and funk. Spice notes of lavender, heather, and chamomile. Zesty fruit notes of lemon, orange, green apple, white grape, pear, and melon. Pale malt with notes of straw, wheat, grains, and cracker. Background notes of grassy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and pretty drying.

Overall: A very good twist on a Belgian style Saison. Good Belgian spice and fruit esters with a nice kick of floral spices.

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Photo of BrooDood
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Carefully stored. Murky brownish gold color. Looks like honey mixed with river water. Cap went off like a shot; it would've overflowed had the glass not been there ready. Doesn't have the big bouquet of flower flavor it had fresh, nor the earthy, wilted flower flavor it had when it was two. It's now got a lot of lemon. Zest and peel mostly, but some citrusy fruitiness too. A little grapefruit as well. A little honey flavor and maybe some melon - cantaloupe but without the sweetness. What I would assume dried cantaloupe would taste like. Grape flavors present as well, but green, not red. A bit rich but a thin, buttery, dry mouthfeel. It coats your tongue and stays there, imparting a bit of the earthiness that was so prominent last year and a last bit of honey and grape.

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Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into a tulip glass, beer is a bright gold with nice carbonation, head faded a bit quickly but that might have been due to the glass.

S - firm yeast notes, floral, dandelion, chamomile, candied apple/malt notes, candi sugar, with hay in the support.

T - a really bright start, fresh florals, pear, apricot, tulips, very spring like, chamomile tea, rose hips, with some sweet malt and a firm yeast spice, bringing some nice firm stone fruit notes. And hay and grassy hop qualities. All together very tasty, with a bright refreshing spring character, alcohol in balance and proportion make this a nice beer.

M - moderate, malty with moderate carbonation, smooth and bright on the palate, maybe a touch metalic, but it drinks very nicely.

Very nice spring beer, one of the better and more exciting offering I've tried, could use some finetuning but I think the botanicals worked well here, candi sweetness could be reduced.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer in the style: I am sure there is better.

Appearance: Light hazy honey colored not much head at all.

Aroma: A little funk, some citrus aromas. I did not detect the lavender, some flora notes however. Decent saison.

Taste: Not as bad as you would expect some clove clean citrus tastes. Saison's are becoming my favorite style but this is not one of the better ones, however its better than most.

Overall: Its a solid beer not the best of the style but right down the middle.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, golden color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly and completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Toasted malt up front, imparting bready notes of biscuits, crackers, freshly toasted bread, followed by some faint citrus aromas of lemon and orange-peel. I also get a touch of spice, such as black pepper and coriander.

Taste: Very nice flavors of bready, toasted malt, caramel-like sweetness, a touch of orange-like citrus and some spices of coriander, black pepper and lavender.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly effervescent, as there is some, but not a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 7.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! This is another great saison by Stillwater! I’m really, really impressed with this brewer!

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Photo of Laurabmore
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. Easy drinking and could easily drink enough to really get in trouble. We purchase at the wine source so drank in bottles. We gave an extra .5 pts in look for lovely artwork on packaging.

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Photo of jera1350
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Floral and soft herbs with fruit and honey. Very clean, very well done overall. Drinks wonderfully. The body and carbonation are a bit lacking, but this one is tough to set down. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy yellow orange, thin white cap and OK lacing.

Aroma: Medium+ pungent herbs. Lavender and chamomile up front. There are also some aromas reminiscent of lemon/hibiscus. not sure if that's the heather/dandelion or the hops/yeast. I don't know exactly what that stuff smells like. Whatever it is I like it. Also got some bready grain character.

Flavor: Pretty intense character of fruit, herbs and spice. Can't tell where the adjuncts, yeast, and hops begin and end. Sign of a world class saison IMO. Little to no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fairly dry, but a bit of lingering sweetness keeping me from bumping it to a 4.5.

Overall: Another one knocked out of the park from Stillwater.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Tasted 18 October 2014.

Pours a medium golden yellow, mostly clear. Nice color and brightness, but not much head and almost no lacing (unusual for a Stillwater saison).

Smell is up and down. It's potent, very fruity and flowery, full of esters. But it's relatively simple.

Taste is a lot like the smell. It's got an extra touch of spice, but it's more one-dimensional than the smell, a single sweet floral-fruity peak that doesn't really wow me.

Feel is okay. Definitely on the flat side, and some more buzz would help the flavors dance.

A decent saison, that I actually really liked on first sip. In breaking it down, I find myself talking myself out of liking it, but that's about the components vs. the whole. The flavors that are present are nice, though they're simple. Needs more complexity, or for those up-front characteristics to be better.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Stillwater Of Love & Regret has a thin, white head, a hazy, gold appearance, and very little lacing left behind. The aroma is of spices, so the drinker will imagine being in a gift store. Taste is of those spices, again, with candle wax (think of Shipyard Pumpkinhead, as a point of reference), and underlying malt & wheat, and not the least bit alcohol. Bitterness with this beer is negligible. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Stillwater Of Love & Regret finishes mild, spicy, and decently drinkable.


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Photo of sjccmd
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Pours slightly hazy light orange with a small white head. Bubbles continue to feed the head after it recedes.

Smell is rich and fruity. Chamomile seems most apparent, perhaps because it mingles with the fruity saison notes. Quite strong and sweet smelling. Earthy heather and dandelion creep in as well as the lavender though I wouldn't have picked up those likely if I didn't know they were in there. Graham cracker malt aroma. Hops are hard to place as they seem to mingle with everything else that is going on.

Quite strong and sweet. Even more so than the nose suggested. Apples and honey. A hint of caramel malt. Lavender is more apparent in the flavor. Lots of spices going on. Tannins and some medicinal character from the spices. A bit overboard I think. Warming alcohol. Some bitterness but it is balanced definitely toward the sweet side.

Solid carbonation and slightly slick body. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel, but not in a bad way. The sweetness and spices fill the mouth and linger. A tad cloying.

Way too sweet for a saison in my opinion. Lots of interesting flavors, but a bit heavy on the spices.

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Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stillwater Of Love & Regret is a saison with herbal ingredients added. I'm always up for an experimental saison. Let's dig in.

Appearance (4/5): Yellow, straw like and hazy; bright white head with a two finger head that dissipates into a small ring.

Smell (4/5): A very herbal and floral nose that does well not to get perfumy. Lavender, lemon, hay and grass really push to the fore. The scent edges into earthy territory, actually.

Taste (4.25/5): Very herbaceous in flavor following the nose. Lavender and lemon with a white grape, white wine like tart dryness in the finish. Dandelion adds some flower petal soft bitterness. Fruity yeast also contributes a lot to the flavor. A nicely complex saison, for sure.

Mouthfeel (3.75/5): medium low carbonation. Carbonation could be higher for the style (which is something I've felt when tasting other Stillwater beers, too, unfortunately). Highly dry in the finish, making this quite a refreshing, if odd, beverage.

Overall (4/5): I think Stillwater's Of Love and Regret is a very interesting, tasty beer that–while it certainly has some flaws–was a pleasure to try. It gets the earthiness quotient right and successfully gets the flower/herbal flavors to works without being too sweet or perfumey. A successful go at an herbed/spiced saison.

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Photo of Paincane
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Turbid orange gold body with a white head and decent head retention and lacing.
S: Herbal tea, floral and funky aromas.
T: Earthy, lavender, pear and herbal flavors.
M: Light, refreshing and summery.
O: A very tasty Saison that is quite enjoyable, drinkable and refreshing.

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