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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (11390) - DENMARK - MAR 17, 2011
Tap @ MikkellerBar. Depp golden with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, spices, cinnamon, Chamomile, hops, bitter and strange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10928) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2011
cloudy orange, smooth offwhite head fresh dry slightly sort of bretty aroma. Dry flavor. Fruity, bretty, faint exotic fruity also faint grapefruit,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - MAR 15, 2011
Nose is camomile, medium hops, licorice traces Feel is quite light Carb is mediumweak taste is dry hops, sweets, hints of grape, then weak malty sweetness

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2011
On tap. Hazy amber golden with an off-white head. The nose seems like a coriander hell combined with soapy lavender or something. Medium body, distinct fruity accents while all the perfume from the nose is toned down - thank God! Ends fairly dry. Bit like drinking pure Eau de Cologne! 140311

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
Draft. A hazy amber beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of spices, cinnamon, malt, yeast, and flowers. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, pepper, cinnamon, yeast, malt, and some hops, leading to a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2649) - Husum, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2011
Fad: Orange uklar øl med et fint skumhoved. Ekstra point for at prøve noget andet. Øllen fungerer bare ikke optimalt. AL for meget foregår uden nogen form for balance. Lidt ordinær bliver den til sidst da intet rigtig skiller sig ud.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Serving: 330 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. Minor gusher alert! I popped the top and out she came! The nose is a bit of spruce with some apple, herb notes (lavender, basil, tarragon), and a good dose of florals. Intriguing at least. It pours a slightly hazy, amber color with a huge head that eventually settles down to a very thin, white sheet of large bubbles. More floral than some of their other brews with a bit of a metallic note up front and a good bit of potpourri in the back. I’m not sure it’s a fresh meadow. Perhaps in that "it smells like spring" detergent sort of way. I hate to say it, but this one isn’t for me. Too floral and perfumed. I feel like I am drinking a dryer sheet. Light to medium in body with lots of carbonation leading to a dry, very floral finish. At least I should have nice smelling breath.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Note: the scores entered are the average of two independent ratings as entered below.

20/II/2012 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2012-xxx)

Clear deep orange beer, very fizzy yellowish head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: citrus, pot-pouri, dried orange peel, cloves, other herbs and spices. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: bit fruity first, oranges, overripe fruits, lots of spices, herbal, bitter hops. Aftertaste: citrus hops, some alcohol warming the throat, bitter and a little nasty.
Ar: 7, Ap: 3, T: 6, P: 3, O:14, Total: 3.3

05/03/2011 - on tap @ Alvinne Craft Beer Festival (2011-81) Thanks to Brian for the sample!

Cloudy orange beer, very creamy smooth head, stable and adhesive. Aroma: band-aid, yeast, little fruity. MF: ok carbon, light body. Taste: same band-aid again, guess it’s the yeast? Fruity and somewhat chemical. Aftertaste: little dry, bit watery, more of the chemical taste. Nope, prefer the Stateside Saison!
Ar: 6, Ap: 5, T: 5, P: 3, O: 12, total: 3.1

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1082) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2011
A bit too carbonated, it could make for a messy pour for the unprepared. Very complex all the way through. The nose is a bit muddled, but the tea spices come through. After the beer calms down, you begin to understand what the brewer was trying to do. He almost gets there too, but falls a bit short leaving us with a great beer instead of a grand beer. I like the spiciness mixing with the wheat profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3567) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Hazy blonde pour, creamy off-white head. Aroma is of mint, rhubarb and spices. Flavor is slightly sweet, slightly bitter and very fresh. Strange brew.

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