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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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3.81/5
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359 Ratings
Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1)Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

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.

Added by yourefragile on 08-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,270
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
359
pDev:
12.86%
Bros Score:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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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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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Of Love & Regret (Import Series Vol. 1) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 359 ratings
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