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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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3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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4.17/5  rDev +10%
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.

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4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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