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RATINGS: 381   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle... Poured hazy amber/orange with a thick, slightly off-white head that dissipated into nothing. Nose had some botanical tones, grassy, weeds, and musky yeast tones. Lots of carbonation, very dry, light fruits, berries, grapes, herbal grassiness, ginger, roots, soapy, minerally, and a dry yeast, cheesy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle @ ACBF í11. Aroma is quite hoppy, some fruit, light swamp note. Flavour is weird minty hop and spicy malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2011 Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color thatís almost brown with golden orange hue when held to a light source and visible carbonation bubbling up. Two finger frothy off-white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind. Very earthy aroma that is slightly funky, vegetal and herbal. Floral with lots of zesty spice, mostly pepper and clove. Subtle light fruit and citrus underneath but the nose is dominated by the soil-like presence. The best way to describe it would be a bretty Fantome aged in a well. Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a heavy dose of tight carbonation up front as well as a very earthy/floral flavor. Itís also heavily spiced with zesty pepper and clove. This is countered by a sweet estery yeast presence with hints of citrus and crisp light fruit. Iím picking up hints of apple, pear and banana as well as some lemon zest and orange peel. The floral notes compliment the fruit notes very well and balance out the heavy carbonation and prominent spice character. Thereís some slight alcohol sweetness but overall the ABV is well masked, resulting in a pretty drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle (Vol. 1). Pours with a hazed (slightly) peach hued body with a small, off-white head on top. Aromas are estery, stone fruit, fruity aromatics, wheat, vanilla and a lightly spicy note (hops?). Flavors are fruity, dry, vanilla, chamomile, esters, light plastic. Wheat and peppery. Lively bubbles. Dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2011
Pours copper with a sustained white head. Smells of dry malt, light fruity hints, some residual sugary hints, grassy. Tastes of dry malt, minerally, light, some floral grassy elements. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle, BCTC 2010. Pours a cloudy orange body with a nice fuffy white head. The nose is really floral, delicate, lots of spicing with an undercurrent of yeastiness. The flavor is very funky and dry with lots of floral and herbal notes, nice earthy yeastiness. A nice subtle grassy hoppiness that tastes very fresh. Mouthfeel is rather dry with perfect soft fizzy carbonation. Very drinkable and flowery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
madvike (3172) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle - Handsome amber pour with thin off-white head that has a rosy tinge to it. The smell is--day-yum--floral, with the lavender and chamomile mentioned in the description taking center stage. Someone in a previous review mentioned talcum powder--yep, thatís there, along with clover, a spicy note, and light, bready malt. I feel like my allergies should be acting up smelling this beer. The taste...yaii. Doesnít quite work out as well as the smell. Itís pretty intensely bready and yeasty, with the floral notes mixing to form a cheap perfume/cologne taste. I donít mind a bit of herbal/floral taste in my beer, but this is pretty in-your-face. Finises pretty dry and minerally, with a light hop bite and the doughy perfume taste lingering. Very soft and muted overall, except for the perfume. Initially, the carbonation really hides the flavors and detracts overall. It just coats the tongue and really doesnít let much through until the finish. A really interesting beer, but one where the taste just didnít work out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (6057) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2011
Draft @ Rattle íNí Hum. Brown pour with some tan head. Floral, grassy and well spiced aroma. Flavors are yeasts, light spices, earthy and grassy tones, nice saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2011
330ml bottle. Pour is dramatically better than the Our Side I had last night, but I probably needed to let that one sit for a while. This one pours murky brownish amber with a huge creamy off-white head that recedes very slowly to a thin cap. Aroma is insanely spicy and herbal with lavender and chamomile definitey showing through. Lots of spicy yeast notes as well, with light fruits making an appearance though the spice is the lead player here. Taste also has that serious herbal klick up front, lots of lavender, though itís definitely less prominent than in the nose. The yeast is stronger than in the nose as is the green apple. Finish is dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is excellent on this one, well carbonated with medium body. This is a seriously spiced up saison, lots of lavender. I think I actually prefer the Our Side for flavor and just need to revisit it as it builds come carbonation. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2011
Thanks to Armin for bringing the bottle! Poured fairly clear (at least initially) medium orange, with fine sediment suspended in there.. looked very good in the glass. The aroma picked up a whole lot of flowers.. lavender and dandelion led, with grassy notes behind.. softer bready and pale malts behind.. remarkably fragrant, and it gets bonus points for jamming so many flowers in there. The flavor found a little more candied honey and pale malt impression (the candied part was fleeting), with just about as many flowers as the nose indicated around (again I got more lavender and dandelion, but also some heather joined in).. well-balanced on the finish, and very tasty. Light-medium bodied and a little slick on the palate.. tacky sweetness toward the back.. the floral notes starred, and made this a very enjoyable beer.

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