Of Love & Regret | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Of Love & RegretOf Love & Regret

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Herb and Spice 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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It is difficult to know for sure what you are drinking when the label says "saison" and it is drunk as such with appropriate food and I go to review it and I learn it was entered as an "herbed" beer. Personally, the label is more accurate. (Does someone know how to call the Style Police ?)

Typical of the extra-marital impulse, Of Love & Regret gets high marks for Looks; a billowing foam that stays around. But Smells (perfumes?) are intriguing; given the botanicals promised. Unlike the enticing Looks & Smells, Tastes leave a long and unpleasant, somewhat alcoholic, finish; like the herbs don't like each other.... and not unlike the the jealous wife stabbing away on the label. Same goes for Feel, only worse. I bet the next day, it is worse than a hangover.

Overall, a clever name and concept. Lesson: beware the enticing Looks that develop into a bad ending.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Treated as a saison because that’s what I thought it is, this was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow color with a light carbonation rising at a nice pace. Finger’s worth of white foamy head quickly dissipated. Light lacing slides right on into the beer. The smell takes on sweet bready to floral (lavender) with a sweet earthy/grassiness rubbing shoulders with some sweet crisp herbal leafiness. The flavor takes the previously mentioned flavors and wraps together a fantastic herbal/floral/bready combined sweetness. Definitely brings on that lazy sweet "evening" quality of an aftertaste and subtly sliding on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation rides fairly low in this one, still, a subtle stickiness, but not cloying. Overall, good saison, I could come back to.

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Photo of Ctbibleandbeerman
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Lukass
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of evanwoertz
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Smakawhat
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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 tsgooch79
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of innominat
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Emersonio
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 AMCPhD
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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 -6%
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 DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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