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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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Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a small bottle of this over in Westchester NY.

Poured this into brew from Stillwater into a wine glass. The appearance is a hazy orange tone with a couple fingers of an off-white head. Looks quite nice, excited to try this. Of Love and Regret smells of ginger, lavender, yeast and some citrus. Sipping on this and I taste lemon, more yeast, spices such as that ginger. A very interesting taste, most certainly one that is spiced, and has other characteristics prevalent in quite a few Belgian style beers. Mouthfeel is medium, very crisp and sharp. Overall, a solid beer for sure. Kind of expensive, but worth checking out at least once IMO.

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Photo of alysmith4
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Strange, strange beer. Not bad, just not something like I'd normally go for. There was an odd spiciness to it, and I finally figured out what it was towards the end: tamarind! This isn't something that I'd like in my beer (or my food, for that matter), and I found that it really distracted me from the beer.

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


Pours a scrumptious butterscotch, towering yellowish tan head recedes and the froth hangs.

Aroma is spicy pungent, mildly sweet, the floral components are mildewed. Ginger and just the right amount of dirty sock.

All the spices listed are present but not overt. The wet hay too is pleasantly subtle. Zero bitter zero dry. Cinnamon and cardamom subtly appear throughout the sip, tastes as if a winter warmer. Medium smooth creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Develops an enormous, pale, orange sherbet foam that overwhelms the Saison DuPont pint glass before slowly transforming into a rocky texture and leaving patches of lace. Pours gem clear a brilliant, copper penny color with abundant, random, tiny bubbles of carbonation. Yeast was left in the bottle.

The aroma contains strong yeast and earthiness with lots of spice, light hops and a soft, caramel malt background.

Spicy. There are lots of varied spices including clove and coriander. Earthy following the nose but more bitter than anticipated. Pepper comes late as does sweetness. There is a long, spicy, dry finish.

A medium body with velvety texture and alcohol as expected. Carbonation is light and prickly. This one ends very dry.

With lots of character, Stillwater’s offering is easy to drink and helps one wind down. This could easily go well with pasta or game. It seems to me like what an imperial saison might taste like.

For the second pour I allowed the yeast into the glass and found it had little impact on the aroma and, while adding some fruitiness, it generally muted the flavors. Of Love and Regret is better if the yeast is left in the bottle.

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Photo of ccrida
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Of Love & Regret is hazy dull auburn with a small white head (in spite being a bit of a gusher, after allowing it to warm to about 60F) that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is herbal and floral. Spring mountain meadow, nailed it.

Taste is also floral and herbal, but not in that overdone potpouri way that I find many flower brews end up being; this one is well balanced with the earth, spicy and fruity esters. A touch phenolic as well. There's a pleasant note of sage.

Mouthfeel is dry, fizzy and light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. I like the concept, and think the nose was spot on. Taste was a little less dialed in, and overall, it was nice to try.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, sunburst orange/amber color. A thin white ring of foam clings to the sides of the glass on top of the beer. There is a minimal amount of carbonation as it appears quite still.

S: The aroma is loaded with various spices and herbs, making it very tea-like. Lavender and chamomile are definitely present as is a rosemary-like taste. There is a touch of floral hops but the herbs mostly dominate the aroma.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma in that the herbs and spices dominate anything else that tries to come through. Again, it is very tea-like with copious amounts of lavender, chamomile, and other various spices. Floral and leafy hops are present but any sort of malts are hardly noticeable.

M: It has a body that is on the lighter side with a minimal amount of carbonation. This has relatively high alcohol, but it isn't noticeable at all.

O: This was most certainly a unique beer. Definitely more of a herbal and spice forward drink than traditional hop and malt beers. Worth a try and I'm glad I did, but I don't think I'll be revisiting this one.

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

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a hazy, bright orange-amber with a finger or so of foamy white head that retained well, leaving some doily lacing on the glass. Lots of pronounced spice in the nose, bready yeast, touches of fruit esters. Taste is definitely spice-driven, kind of exploring the whole spectrum, with chamomile the dominant factor; yeasty profile, with a medley of fruits and vegetables, with notes of melon, pear, and sweet potato most dominant to me. A little thicker than medium in the mouthfeel, with some booziness in the finish/aftertaste. Pretty solid beer; could be a lady-pleaser, as my wife couldn't get enough of it.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, herbs, fruit, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices, fruit, and herbs. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was a little letdown by this one as I went into it expecting a nice and complex brew, but found it to be very one note with the spice and herb character going on in both the flavor and aroma. For what it lacked in complexity, it made up for it with the refreshment aspect. This is a good thing when you aren’t craving something to challenge your palate. Worth trying to get your take on it, but that is about it.

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Photo of draheim
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into a saison glass. Instant gusher as soon as I pop the cap, and I'm not ready. I lose an ounce or more before I get the bottle to my glass. I love trying a new beer, but I regret every time this happens. Nothing gets me off on the wrong foot with a beer faster than a gusher.

Pours a murky amber w/ lots of tiny suspended particulates. Thick rocky head settles quickly to a thin film, sustained by vigorous carb.

Aroma is funky and slightly tart w/ a strong herbal presence. Lavender? Sage? Can't pick out anything exactly, just a general herbal-ness.

Taste follows nose. Tastes like a saison that has been strained through an herbal potpourri. Citrusy hops, Belgian yeast, and aromatic spicy leaves. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clearly overcarbed (evidenced earlier); prickly and sharp, lacks balance.

Overall a unique beer but not one I'll seek out again.

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Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep orange colour, one finger off white head, light lacing left on the glass. Smell is incredibly fragrant and spicy, floral, ginger, yeasty with a light funky presence, orange and coriander, almost Orval like in terms of the musty-ginger scents but far less intense Taste is packed with spice and floral flavours, ginger, coriander and whole bunch of spicy herbal flavours that are tough to place exactly what they are, lightly tart at points, fairly dry overall with emphasis on the finish. Med-high carbonation, medium body with a fairly pleasant weight throughout. Certainly an interesting brew that grew on me as it warmed, initially the spice is sever but is integrated better about halfway through the bottle, quite drinkable and fairly solid.

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Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks to wishuwerebeer for the share. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a clouded amber color. A slow gusher initially that creates a frothy domination of off-white suds atop the brew. As the cap dissolves, it leaves some patches of lacing effect.

The smell is tangy with a noticeable alcohol inclusion. Some caramel and toasty smelling malts come along for the ride mixed with sulfur and lots of hebal components almost like oregano. More sulfuric character across the back as it warms.

The taste is herbal like the previously deacribed oregano mixed with earth and sulfur. The alcohol inclusion that was upfront in the aromatics comes through more in the back of the flavor.

This is a medium bodied brew with a yeast filled, creamy smooth texture. It boasts a modest level of carbonation that keeps things somewhat light in the mouth despite the herbal flavors and unhidden alcohol inclusion. Worth a try but this reoccuring sulfuric character I could do without.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Big head, initially over four fingers in my tulip glass. Eventually goes down to one or two fingers, with a tight, creamy looking head, not rocky. Body is a hazy, dull orange.

S: Fairly floweryy and perfume-y smelling. Chamomile, hibiscus, and some yeasty spiciness.

T: Follows the nose, though I get a bit more sweetness, partially in grainy malt way, and it almost seems like there's a bit of honey as well. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and herbal.

M: I know this is listed as a herb beer, but let's be honest, almost everything this brewery makes is a saison. There is a good deal of carbonation at the start, but it recedes quickly, leaving a somewhat light body to lie on my tongue by mid-sip.

O: One of Stillwater's better beers. Not as unique and complex as Southampton's Cuvee de Fleurs, but still has a good combination of flower flavors, and the light body makes it fairly easy drinking. Living in Maryland, the $6 I paid is probably lower than many other places, and it's still a bit steep, but I might pick this up from time to time.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry yeast, small fruitiness, and a nice earthy presence. In the taste, a hint of fruit and a small dry yeast and earthiness. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, small fruit and yeast presence in the aftertaste. Nice fruitiness and earth, I would have said this is a saison, not a herbed/ spiced beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice medium amber-orange hue with a bit of haze to the body and a nice effervescence. Head pours two fingers of soft ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: light malt aroma with a subtle but appealing saison-like aroma. There's a light spiciness here too but I can't put my finger on what it is.

Taste: good malt flavor with more of that saison-ey goodness. Again, the spicing remains difficult for me to identify; nutmeg, perhaps, and maybe a little bit of cinnamon. There's also a hint of sourness which does not complement the malt and spice very well. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a huge belt of creaminess. Love it, love it!

Overall: despite the huge creaminess, I still don't love the beer overall. Its spicing is nice and subtle, but it's just not a beer that draws me in.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Popped the cap and a flood of foam spewed out. A two finger bubbly white head sits atop a beautiful amber color full of active carbonation bubbles.

S - Yeast, lemon zest, floral notes, white pepper, light grain, herbal hops, light funk.

T - Yeast, sweet raison, floral/herbal hops, light pepper, pale malts, peculiar, but not unpleasant, bitter finish that is bone dry.

M - High carbonation, spritzy, medium-full body, bone dry finish.

O - Delicate aroma and subtle flavor, balanced and refreshing, decent brew.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a large white wine glass.
Slightly hazy golden-orange color with a ridiculous 2" cream colored head. Settles to 1/2" with good retention. Leaves thick curtains of lacing.

Bright and inviting nose with fresh hay and grass, lots of floral notes, a nice herbal/medicinal note like a fancy cough drop, and bright, fresh lemon skin. There's an underlying citrus note, like fresh tangerines. Fades a bit as it warms, but still awesome.

The taste is understated compared to the nose, but still great. Comes on with wet hay and a soft, moist earthiness, followed by fresh orange flesh and strong floral notes, like chewing on a wet flower. A little minerality. There's something very "wet" about the whole taste, like rainwater. Ends with some grassiness and a slight hop presence, and there's a subtle gingery/herbal aftertaste. A little too subtle, but nuanced and complex.

I'm not sure what to make of the texture. It could use more carbonation, but as it is it lends a certain pleasant density to the whole "wetness" of the beer. I kinda want it to end cleaner and lighter as a saison, but it lingers pleasantly and moistly.

Another tasty and intricate beer from Stillwater. Delicate, complex, and unique, and they totally nailed that "essence of Spring" thing they were going for. My second favorite of theirs next to Cellar Door.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with much foaming and commotion into a Nostradamus flute. Poured an odd cloudy golden orange amber. Bottle was a gusher and I lost a bit before I got it to the glass. Formed a quite nice two finger fine white head with lots of lacing and nice retention. Aroma of Belgian spicing, clove and cinnamon, light citrus, slightly mineral. Flavor is an unusual dry malt and light fruit with a complex herbal component, most noteably rosemary and other mint herbs. Flavor changes to light fruit then finishes with floral notes, a hint of ginger and somewhat dry. An unusual flavor combination that almost doesn’t work, but the flavor progression kept me interested and wanting to try it again. Medium bodied with a bit of creaminess. I liked this. I have found Stillwater beers to be unusual and somewhat challenging, but usually very enjoyable. I'm glad they make it out west and I will always try anything new from them.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml beer into a flute glass

A: A gusher! Pours a hazy, translucent dark golden color with two fingers of extremely lively head. I can see tons and tons bubbles quickly rising from the bottom of the beer, this beer is obviously extremely carbonated. A half finger of head stays on top of the beer.

S: Strong spice and citrus - peppercorn and guava mostly. Some lemon zest as well with slight breadiness in the background.

T: Strong peppercorn, clove, and apples. A bit on the sweeter side for a Saison, but not overly sweet.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly heavy for a Saison, but the high carbonation helps a bit.

O: A bit sweet and thick for a Saison, but the spiciness balancess the beer well. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy, murky, rustic orange with different types of black, white and yeasty debris at the bottom. The head is over-the-top due to the initial GUSH! BEWARE! This is the second time I bought this beer because I lost nearly all but 3oz the first time around.

N: Very herbal and spicy. Sage, lemongrass, hibiscus, clove, coriander, lemon juice, chai, lavender, some barnyard funk and maybe some ginger.

T: Lemon juice, sage, rose petal (hibiscus) and ginger upfront. Mid-palate ushers in lavender, chai, clove, pear, apple and lightly toasted grains. Finishes with a mild barnyard funk, lemon citrus, pear, clean grains and a bouquet of spices and herbs comprised of clove, sage, ginger, lavender, chai, hibiscus, hay, grass and coriander.

M: Light-medium bodied, spicy, dry, clean and prickly.

O: I find this beer quite pleasant. Full on spicy, herbal, earthy and dry paired with a mild Belgian funk works for me. Would make a beautiful Spring beverage. Very refreshing. Now Stillwater just has to work on their bottles NOT EXPLODING!

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Photo of Philousa
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with half a finger of head. Very spicy aroma. Strong coriander, cinnamon, clove, mint, rosemary, and other mild spices. Carbonation is evident in the nose, feeling tingly. Light belgian malt is detectable behind the spices. Light Belgian malt with funky, peppery Belgian yeast hitting strong up front. Malt turns, lingers very bitter with pepper and cinnamon hints. Abrasive at times and very acidic in nature, the overly carbonated feel doesn't mesh well with the former in terms of feel.

I'm a bit torn. I think this is a very interesting, if off-putting beer. Stillwater is trying to do something different, and I think they could succeed if they turn the carbonation down a notch. Really, it's just the mouthfeel that holds this back. I like the complexity in the yeast, held up by a strong Belgian pale backbone which knows how to take a backseat to other flavors. I'd like to try this on tap to see if the feel is different. Very interesting, but for the price and considering everything, this isn't something I'll reach for much in the future.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
1.71/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY. Poured into Chimay Chalice.
Pours a brownish-red with a bit of head.
Smells of flowers...mostly rose, and sweet malts. Very fragrant, almost like a perfume..not good.
Taste is mostly of rose, floral, malty...its not good at all. Bitter in the mouth...not pleasant at all. If I didnt pay $9 for it, and there was a drain next to me, I would have dumped it. This may be one of the worst beers I ever had. As the name suggests, you will Regret it.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing this one.

This pours a cloudy straw colored. There’s a light aroma of tropical fruit. Tastes reminiscent of passionfruit and pineapple, a bit of mango and an earthiness. Very fizzy, effervescent, with a dry finish and a touch of white tea. Earthy, funky, spicy, zesty. It’s an intriguing brew with more in store than your typical saison.

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Photo of larryi86
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass
I believe that this might be a fresh bottle from a 2nd bottling run, because bottles just hit the shelves this week, if I am wrong please correct me!

GUSHER!!! Lost over 2 oz before I could get my glass

A- A hazy orange/copper color with a larger four finger white head that fades quickly.

S- Flowers, earthy spices, yeast that is almost like a mix of bananas and tart apples. Complex and interesting.

T- Follows the nose with more tartness, floral notes overpower the finish, but do not complete ruin the balance of the beer, just throws it off a little.

M- Medium body, fairly dry.

O- This is not a bad beer but it is not great. I am a big fan of Stillwater, but this is as big of a disappointment as Barrel-Aged Existent. Even though this beer was a disappoint, I am still very happy that I got to try this and enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My second Stillwater. Dark amber pour into a tulip yields decent head and lacing. Very herbal nose - Rosemaryish...Sage. Aggressively spicey taste. Yeasty, with the aforementioned rosemary and sage exteremely prominant. Smooth body. Very nice mouthfeel. Glad to have this in such a small bottle format. An interesting beer to be sure, but much more would have been dificult to finish.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color with a giant head that fades away very quickly to a thin layer of foam. Lots of sticky bubbles on the side of the glass.

Floral yeast aromas come of strong with some hints of white pepper and spice. A little bit of a citrus aroma to the background. The flavor is a bit doughy/yeasty with some spice in the middle. Very strange aftertaste, almost seems a bit musty.

The body is light and the carbonation is a bit too much. Overall this one isn't anything special. I'll drink it, but I don't need more at all.

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