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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. (now currently brewed at Two Roads in CT)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
corkyrory66 (527) - BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2014
Bière réalisée en collaboration Stillwater et ’t Hofbrouwer qui titre à 7,2 % abv, et se situe dans le créneau très particulier des « spice/herb/vegetable » …. fermez les guillemets, c’est-à-dire plus simplement des « spéciales »belges. Il est vrai que dans spéciale, il y a le mot spice en anagramme ... Bref !! Comme il s’agit en fait d’un import US, on prend donc la nomenclature des States. En fait, il pourrait tout aussi bien s’agir d’un export belge … mais le mot export est trop connoté pour remplir son rôle ici. Si vous voyez ce que je veux dire !! Couleur jus de prune tournant à roux clair, assez vilain. Clarté nette. Bulles et mousse quasi nulles (malgré un grand dégazage à l’ouverture...). Arômes mélangés de bois de cassis, réglisse, anis doux, muscade, raisins secs, lavande !!! Tout ceci n’est pas très harmonieux … 1ère bouche souple sur des fruits avec de la guimauve et lavande par dessus !!! Arrière-bouche un peu plus sympa, mais très parfumée encore. 2ème où la lavande domine de façon exorbitante... 3ème un peu plus douce mais encore très parfumée. Arrière-bouche longue (par la force des choses). La longueur nous emmène dans le champ de lavande pour nous y rouler au petit matin !! La levure est très moyenne, un peu rugueuse. L’alcool est un faible support à l’édifice. La finale nous donne un parfum proche de la nausée. CONCLUSION : too much is too much .. on se roule dans la lavande !! Morale : à trop parfumer une bière, on en perd systématiquement l’âme.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EtTuCthulhu (1006) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2014
The appearance has a clear golden color with a small white head, and the aroma blends Belgian yeast, sweet fruit, nutmeg, and chamomile. The taste is very indulgent with a slight spice, mild sweetness, and a slight sourness; the palate fuses a medium body, nearly oily texture, soft carbonation, and a finish that is the extension of taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2059) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Draft at craft ale house. Pours hazy copper with a medium sized white head. The aroma has a big sweetness, some caramel, very sweet. The taste is crazy sugar cane sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1094) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Nice. As a saison, the key word here is floral. That is the primary note -- above and beyond the usual saison notes, which are very very solid here -- that I’m getting. Not very carbonated. Saison Belgian yeast on the lower side. But this is a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (325) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Nice saison. Nice floral aroma and you can really taste those flavors come through in the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (2986) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle from a four pack purchased at 7-11, Kittery ME. Crystal golden color with low carbonation producing very little white head. Aroma is musty yeast and a HUGE spice influence. <br
Medium in body, soft carbonation giving a delicate mouthfeel. Flavor is chamomile, hibiscus, and lots of floral hops and dried flowers. Very low bitterness that shows a weak sweetness from caramel malt. The finish is more dried, dead flowers. I liked this better when it was colder, as it warmed the herbs got overpowering. I don’t get any Belgian yeast of funky notes at all. It’s kind of like drinking an herb garden with hints of perfume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6892) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2014
Trübes dunkelbernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Es riecht sehr nach Gewürzen, reife Früchte, malzig, Geschmack ebenfalls sehr würzig, Gewürze, röstmalzig, fruchtig, reife Früchte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (2944) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2014
Bottle form ABS. Dark amber pour with fizzy white head. Aroma is super spicy, chamomile certainly, tea notes, lavender, super floral, coriander, light wheaty grainy aromas. Taste is equally spicy, light clove, black pepper like tickle on the tongue, malty, light caramel sweetness, long grassy spicy finish, like eating indian food it just stays and stays and stays. Palate is med bodied with prickly carb. Certainly overdone, yet there are some interesting aromas in there that are actually really well rendered. Wouldn’t drink it on any regular basis but well worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smalle (90) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2014
Gushing bottle at Capital in Leuven. The head quickly disappeared. Very spicy aroma, lots of cinnamon. A bit perfumy at first, but improves. The taste is more balanced than the nose suggests. Baked apples with cinnamon. A bit of a bitter note in the finish. Not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8813) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle. **** GUSHER ALERT **** Poured a hazy golden color with a large sized off white head. Citrus, floral, caramel, herbal and some dark fruits.

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