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)
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
Ratings:
357
Reviews:
129
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
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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
3.79 out of 5 based on 357 ratings.
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