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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)

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. A: Pours a reddish copper color. I like the head on this one: one fingers high, offwhite shade, and superbly creamy. Retention isnít amazing, though, nor is the body itself that attractive. S: Ridiculously herbal. I wonít go into detail identifying all of the notes, so Iíll just say it smells like some utopian spring day. Allowing it to open up will reveal slight brett touches, as well. T: Itís not as dry as I expected. Wheat malt sweetness (similar to a good dunkel) both opens and closes things - with the herbal qualities sandwiching themselves into the middle. Itís fairly piny, but not in a hop-derived manner. Also sneaking into the back end are some subtle brett notes. Thereís a good balance between the spice profile and the malts. If the aroma made me think of spring, the flavor makes me think Christmas for whatever reason. Ah well, good brew. M: The initial sweetness is cleaned up nicely on the finish, replaced by a prickly, lively sensation. I like the sweet/dry balance here: the sweetness simply balances out some of the potential harshness an overly dry finish could have created. Carbonation is very high, but thatís expected from a saison. O: This one doesnít blow me away, however itís an easily drinkable brew thatís also mildly complex. Iíd gladly drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiammanghilla (776) - Genova, ITALY - JUN 1, 2015
Bottiglia 33cl @ nella tana del bianconoglio. Ambrata con schiuma evanescete. Molto calda e rotonda, speziata. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2522) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Shared at Porch Nite with Brisben and Raith. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a rich foamy white head. Aroma is yeasty and some floral. Flavor follows with more floral and some grassy and hay notes. Slightly sweet, more than I expected. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2120) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2015
May 9, 2015. Bottle at home.
Clear golden with a medium sized white head, Aroma is floral and perfume like with lavender, chamomile, honey, ginger, grass and citrus. Taste is sweet malty and honey like, floral and spicy aftertaste, very soft bitterness. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (997) - - APR 24, 2015
Draft. Pours a lightly cloudy golden color. Aroma and taste are lavender and grass.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sparrowreed (1) - - MAR 14, 2015 does not count
This was suburb! Love the spice! Excellent stat and finish. Nice aroma and the label really is dramatic. It made me really want to try the beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jayb0 (1081) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Nice bottle, great story, decent but overrated beer. For all that gos into this I found it sort of one-dimensional, malty and spicy, perhaps too much chamomile? I donít know, but for the ABV I was hoping for something with a bit more going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (4677) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2015
750ml (unlabelled) bottle [hasnít this version been brewed at Hof Ten Dormaal? - I might be mistaken]. Clear, copper colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Wowhowa! Fantastic fresh, fruity and herbal aroma, notes of different types of tea, hibiscus, rooibos, rose hip, mallow, chamomile, lavender, a touch of thyme and dandelion, some citrus. Taste delivers the same plethora of flavours with different emphasis, is less fruity overall, dry and minimally soapy, additional cinnamon and dandelion note in the finish. Very nice composition, close to really spectacular.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobaidan (524) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Absolutely fantastic Saison. Pours cloudy gold with a small head. Aroma is fruity with a hint of horse blanket. Flavor is sweet, but well balanced with a lot of fruit (apple) up front and just a hint of hop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgajdaczewa (828) - Katowice, POLAND - FEB 17, 2015
W aromacie belgijskie fenole, białe owoce, lekka kwaskowość, świetny! W smaku coś na przecięciu tripla (spora słodowość, fenole) i sour ale (kwaskowość, lekka derka) i saisona (owoce i zioła). Genialnie skomponowane, niemały alkohol świetnie ukryty, pijalne i pełne. Świetne piwo!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2466) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
355ml bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Golden yellow in colour with a thin quickly dissipating white head, little lacing. The aroma is of toasted malts, yeast, coriander, floral. The flavour is lightly spicy, grainy, some noticeable alcohol, some malty sweetness. Finishes lightly bitter, long.

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