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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
altonbrownd (5655) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2011
On tap at Beer Temple. Hazy golden body, big head. Nose nondescript, some hints of orange and citrus Taste is oranges, malts and fruit. Some spices through there as well. Okay.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (441) - Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2011
totally unique in the "All I like is IPA’s" craft world. tons of rosemary on the nose and the tongue. great depth of herbal aromas, slight funk, great saison-fruits and yeastiness. maybe a bit too much rosemary/sage in the flavor, but very nice to drink. tight carbonation, big wild head that hangs for a while. subtle grains, slight belgian yeast-spice. wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Still writing up notes from Dark Lord Day. Sampled from bottle. Without reading anything about the beer, the fellow tasters with me agree this has a saison impression, with a strong trail of lavender in it. Which you will either like or not. Cloudy in the glass, but I’m probably getting most of my samples from the bottom of the bottle. Light brown, with a thin ring of foam. Taste is of flowers and lavender. Very good stuff, what can I say.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
11.2 fl oz (33 cl?) bottle thanks to and shared with sebletitje on September 15, 2011
Hazy honey color, bubbly white head. Spicy, sweet, alcohol scent; also floral, cinnamon, orange peel. Cinnamon, wheat bread, spicy taste. Spicy and alcohol with cinnamon, also floral aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
Like smelling and tasting cinnamon roles before you put them into the oven. Sugary and cinnamon wheat dough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
33cl bottle from Struise beer shop. Orangée, brumeuse, col épais, le tout ayant qcq flocons protéines. Nez est superbement botanique et romantisé, des effluves de camomille, pointe de lavande et romarin avec un côté épicé de cannelle, le tout sur une levure rappelant la levure fraîche de boulanger. Bière qui en bouge est un vrai régal, et est à la même hauteur que la Stone saison du Buff. Côté fleuri et herbacé avec des herbes de jardins et de cuisines, trouve camomille, du thym avec pointe de lavande fraîche où il ne manque plus que les sauterelles. Une bière allant sur la saison avec un beau profile de levure belge ayant une pointe d’épice. On voit notamment ce côté épais du blé qui se marie à perfection avec ce profile botanique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours light amber with an off-white head. Huge heather aroma, grass, salt, flowers, pumpkin. Flavor retains the heather, the saltiness gets a little fishy, some smoke comes through, and there’s a fruity, fusely finish. Strange. The brewers set out to make a saison reminiscent of a breezy meadow but it doesn’t really come close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Sample from bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is floral heavy up front with the lavender and chamomile highlighted. Additional notes of yeasty sweet bread, grass and a hint of lemon zest. The flavor has a moderately sweet, yeasty, bready malt base. The floral and herbal components are quite noticeable. Hints of lemon and spices work their way in and out. This was a nice beer, but not my favorite from this brewer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2011
Hazy golden colored brew. Yeasty aroma, citrus, spicy. Flavor is light bitter, some spices and yeast. Citrus. Ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2011
330ml bottle. The pour yields a hazy, medium-dark, orange-amber colored body with a moderate, dense head of smooth off-white foam. The head settles to a millimeter tall blanket for a while, then slowly reveals just a thin surface film. Suds mainly creep back down the glass, leaving no real hard lace. On the first whiff, floral and botanical notes leap from the glass. Chamomile and lavender are immediately identifiable, wafting their potent perfume throughout the air, even at arm’s length. Diving back in through the floral intensity, one is left with a malty base of dessert bread dough that is just starting to bake, fresh wheat, and a dash of vanilla sugar. Remnants of mildly grassy hops seem to have all but faded away completely. The flavor seems a bit more seasoned and spicy. Though I know it is not there, I get a slight hint of ginger root to accompany the camomile and lavender. Some mintiness also comes in from the heather, as do some general pepppery notes. The malt base is sweeter than I’d like, again showing young, fresh bread, wheat, and cereal notes. Attenuation could be a little better. The palate is substantive, a little too sugary, and lively with carbonation. After the swallow, the spices intensify, and I’m left with a bitter, quasi-floral-clove flavor that I’m not a huge fan of. This beer reminds me of Southampton Saison des Fleurs in a number of ways. Unfortunately, it seems more like the recent contract brewed examples than the magical stuff that Phil Markowski used to make on the island. Considering my lofty expectations of Brian Stillwater, I’d call this one a minor disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14944) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours orange. White head. Nose/taste of orange peel, flowers, lemon grass, Taste is the same with some herbal finish. Medium body.

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