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RATINGS: 382   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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2279) - 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 (8430) - 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 (13483) - , 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 (6322) - 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 (12569) - 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 (2131) - 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.

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