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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Yeast and summer fruit aroma with malt. Yeast and light spice flavor with light summer fruit. Medium bodied. Sumemr fruit and yeast linger with light spice and light malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2010
11.2 oz. bottle. A slightly murky rust colored pour with a thick sandy head. A very pleasant floral/mildly wheaty aroma of mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries), light caramel, biscuitiness, lemon, and some spiciness. A perfumed smell is much more apparent as things warm up a bit. Medium body with a high level of effervescence. The taste starts with a bit of caramel and is quickly followed by some wheatiness along with a biscuity maltiness. Some berries in the finish. Lemons at the end. Spiciness, an herbaceousness, and a little warming alcohol throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6001) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2010
In short: A full body grassy/floral Saison-ish beer.
How: Bottles 12oz, multiple samples at BCTC 2010
The look: Cloudy dark blonde body topped by a persistent small off-white head
In long: Nose is a bit country field, a bit grassy, dead flowers, rustic notes. Taste packs a lot of cereals with a plain cookies character. Plenty of grass and flowers. Fruity notes of fruit salad. A little fruity tartness. Medium dry finish. Probably a bit too thick for its own good, not as sessionnable as the other Stillwater Saisons I had (especially Cellar Door). However this is yet another superior Saison by Stillwater. With already many excellent Saison-like beers it is pretty obvious that Stillwater’s brewer really likes that rustic belgian ales. It is also obvious from the name of this beer that he also reads a lot of Harlequin novels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2010
11oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Aroma is grassy, cereal, and some dough. Appearance is cloudy dark golden with lots of big bubbles, like champagne. Taste is moderate sweet with a slight sour edge. LIght bitterness. Palate is light bodied and texture is think with lively carbonation. Nice soft finish. Very nice spring flavors...great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7130) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle: Pours a clear deep copper bronze with a stringy-lacing froth of white head. Has a lightly sweet caramel and biscuity malty nose with some floral laverder and parsley. Starts with a soft doughy maltiness and good floral herbal balance with some fresh citrusy hop flavor and spice before a drier finish. An enjoyable and complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2010
20100930 11.2 oz bottles from State Line, Honeygo, Wine World, Wine Source. I like this one. i especially like the label. Cloudy dark amber with medium white head that lasts til the end. Aroma is funky with rotting flowers, weeds, lots of chamomile, and a slightly stale but very grassy hop note that I find delectably Fantomish, almost like oregano or Italian seasoning. Body is wonderfully carbonated with only mild residual sweetness and a nice but soft peppery yeast bite. Also a touch of weedy bitterness. I keep drinking it, though i haven’t quite figured what exactly is going on with this beer. Luckily, I still have a bunch of bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3328) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
11.2 oz bottle. A surprise gusher but quickly controlled. Hazy brown with whitish froth. Nose is honey and yeast with a plethora of floral notes. Medium body with a foamy mouthfeel. Taste is honey, green banana, lemon-lime and grass. Finishes with bitter yeast and green tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
tap at RnH - arouma is awesome honey, herbal lavender and fruity nectar and cinnamon. super smooth, velvety mouthfeel with nice spritzy carbonation. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
33cL bottle, purchased at City Beer Store during the Stillwater release. Pours a hazy, peachy-apricot color; creamy, fine-bubbled off-white head with solid retention and lacing; really nice-looking pour on this. Lots of herbal and soft botanical qualities in the nose: lavender, fresh-cut flowers, maybe a hint of the same bright dandelion character I remember from Fantome Pissenlit; lots of crackly malt sugar notes underneath, with a crystalline quality; a nuanced, dry, and hugely charismatic aroma (even in spite of the fact that I’m normally a bit averse to prominent spicing); this is just nice and soft and seamless. Medium body; lively carbonation; very creamy presence in the mouth, with a nice moderate acidity; just great in terms of a creamy, alive mouthfeel that’s well-attenuated without feeling stripped; following the aroma, the lavender plays out prominently, as do the vibrant crystalline malt sugars and floral notes; again: soft, meshed, perfectly integrated. A beautifully spiced beer. Lasting finish of toasted maltiness, soft herbal notes, and a lasting, mild bitterness; nicely dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
330ml Bottle: Aroma of Belgian yeast, chamomile, lavender, herbs, cardamom, and a hint of cinnamon. Poured amber/copper in color with a small, loose, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of spices, herbs, chamomile, lavender, coriander, cardamom, flowers, slight lime, and slight Belgian yeast. Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, chamomile, lavender, slight spice, light herb, and flower finish is slightly dry and a tad sticky.

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