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RATINGS: 379   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 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 (13101) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6249) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle: The aroma is very floral along with dandelions, heather, grass, and faint lemon peel. It pours a transparent golden orange with a small white head. The flavor starts very light with a quick dose lemon grass. The finish is very herbal with some faint grass and dandelion. Light-medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, a little too herbal for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2011
Im a straight up sucker for the lable work on Stillwaters beers - and this is no exception. Great job. A result of a travellin mans encounter in Belgian. Got to be interesting. The pour is dark amber with a nice potent white frothy head. The nose is nicely spiced with different herbs and spices. The weat and the grassy hops stands out, but also rosehips and melon - maybe a bit perfumic, but in a good way. The mouthfeel is light and lively with a rather sparkling attitude due to a pretty high carbonation level. The taste matches the aroma fine, at you get some of the same impressions. The taste is mild at first but grows in your mouth and gets massive in the finish. Its pretty yeastie with a little cinamon, anis, cardemom. interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dunbar72 (136) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle, thanx to Marsiblursi. Pours very hazy with a large, off-white head that reduces quickly. Complex aroma of ginger, spices. Spicesin the taste, perfume, esters. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (12303) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2011
Hazy amber with a small white head. Spicy and herbal aroma, especially sage and mint. Dry and bitter flavour with herbs completely overpowering anything else

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2130) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2011
12oz shared by duchessedubourg.
Appearance : Hazy amber with a small head.
Aroma : Very spicy and floral.
Taste : Spicy, floral and herbal. Finish mainly floral and herbal.
Overall : Nothing very special. Was quite drinkable and rather refreshing. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange gold with a thin-moderate white head. Pleasant floral aroma along with some black pepper, orange and a bit of yeast. The flavor is a combination of malt, herbs, black pepper, lemon, and yeast. Dries out a bit towards the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (5100) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2011
Bottled. Aroma is yeasty, citric and has ginger. Hazy, yellow coloured beer with a big, white head. The taste is light bitter, citric and spicy. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle:   Dark straw, very dirty and cloudy, moderate to large rocky off-white head, little lacing.   Aromatic musty nose, barnish, sweet spices are strong, chamomile and lavender for sure.   Smells pretty dang awesome!   A bright barnish start, with a strong yet dull floral spiciness.   This is not only different, but very interesting.   Smooth, body seems full.   Nice exit with sweet floral notes, spices, and just a whole lot of goodness.   Fresh spring meadow is right.   I could really drink this shit up in the Spring.... Summer, Fall, or Winter.   Great stuff!

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