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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (899) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2014
Bière orangée, trouble au nez d’un parfum débordant (herbes, agrumes, lavande...). En bouche, la levure saison est enveloppée d’un sucre résiduel fort agréable et des nombreux aromates qu’on a bien voulu ajouter à la bière. L’équilibre des saveurs est fort agréable sans tomber dans les demi teintes et dans l’intensité à tout prix. Une maudite belle bière...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (479) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Pours a golden yellow with a white foam head. Has an aroma of sweet belgian yeast and lavender, along with a little bit of funk. Flavor is sweet, with lots of spices, particularly lavender. Has a full body, syrupy feel. Excellent all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremyh70 (713) - Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pours a hazy dark golden with a quickly dissipating white head that leaves little lacing. Can smell the chamomile and lavender along with a floral and somewhat herbal character. Also some cookie sweetness. Taste is very similar with a shortbread sweetness and the chamomile and lavender combining with the other elements to give a prominent spicy and floral character. I get a hint of ginger and even some Belgian yeast bubblegum. Finishes with some lingering sweetness and spices. Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp with a light/medium body and moderate-high carbonation. Interesting flavor but a bit sweet and too much going on for my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6283) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle. Hazy yellow to gold pour with a nice foamy white head. Crisp yeast and wheat with chamomile dominating. Complex spice profile. Easy drinking and flavorful. Really digging this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (951) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle from Hop City. Pours a slightly hazy darker golden with thin off white head. Aroma of yeast, bread malts, and spices. Taste of fruit and yeast with a lot of sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (9359) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 12, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2014 750ml bottle (BierKompass.de)
Clove, rosemary,I do get some acetic acid, but that’s because I got sprayed with it as I tried to stop it from gushing. Yeah, fuck me, I just aerosoled a whole bunch of the bottle all over the wall as I tried to carry the nearly exploding bottle to the shower. -1 for gush. Lavender comes out more in the aroma. Taste is a generally christmassy mix of spices, but quite soon the lavender dominates. Can’t lose the acetic aspects, and that spoils it, right from the outset.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
corkyrory66 (578) - BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2014
Bière réalisée en collaboration Stillwater et ’t Hofbrouwer qui titre à 7,2 % abv, et se situe dans le créneau très particulier des « spice/herb/vegetable » …. fermez les guillemets, c’est-à-dire plus simplement des « spéciales »belges. Il est vrai que dans spéciale, il y a le mot spice en anagramme ... Bref !! Comme il s’agit en fait d’un import US, on prend donc la nomenclature des States. En fait, il pourrait tout aussi bien s’agir d’un export belge … mais le mot export est trop connoté pour remplir son rôle ici. Si vous voyez ce que je veux dire !! Couleur jus de prune tournant à roux clair, assez vilain. Clarté nette. Bulles et mousse quasi nulles (malgré un grand dégazage à l’ouverture...). Arômes mélangés de bois de cassis, réglisse, anis doux, muscade, raisins secs, lavande !!! Tout ceci n’est pas très harmonieux … 1ère bouche souple sur des fruits avec de la guimauve et lavande par dessus !!! Arrière-bouche un peu plus sympa, mais très parfumée encore. 2ème où la lavande domine de façon exorbitante... 3ème un peu plus douce mais encore très parfumée. Arrière-bouche longue (par la force des choses). La longueur nous emmène dans le champ de lavande pour nous y rouler au petit matin !! La levure est très moyenne, un peu rugueuse. L’alcool est un faible support à l’édifice. La finale nous donne un parfum proche de la nausée. CONCLUSION : too much is too much .. on se roule dans la lavande !! Morale : à trop parfumer une bière, on en perd systématiquement l’âme.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EtTuCthulhu (1049) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2014
The appearance has a clear golden color with a small white head, and the aroma blends Belgian yeast, sweet fruit, nutmeg, and chamomile. The taste is very indulgent with a slight spice, mild sweetness, and a slight sourness; the palate fuses a medium body, nearly oily texture, soft carbonation, and a finish that is the extension of taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2114) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Draft at craft ale house. Pours hazy copper with a medium sized white head. The aroma has a big sweetness, some caramel, very sweet. The taste is crazy sugar cane sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1219) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Nice. As a saison, the key word here is floral. That is the primary note -- above and beyond the usual saison notes, which are very very solid here -- that I’m getting. Not very carbonated. Saison Belgian yeast on the lower side. But this is a good one.

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