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RATINGS: 388   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brigg (623) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2011
(bottle) Hazy yellow-orange body with a big off-white head, diminishing. Complex aroma has a lot of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg), plant/vegetable, yeast, and some floral notes. Spices are strong in the flavor, too, almost overpowering (pepper, cinnamon, etc.). Itís sweet with caramel, and has chamomile, lavender, soap notes and a little bit of hops in the finish. Carbonated body. Definitely a lot going on, but I couldnít fully get behind it. I definitely preferred the Vol. 2 and Vol. 3.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Pours a clear copper with a small fizzy white head. Very strong, but clean and pleasant spiced aroma, nice hopping, balanced and really reminds me of that stone collaboration. First taste is a bit rough, sweet banana, but after sitting for a while itís quite nice and similar to that stone collab. Very nice body as usually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2011
5/22/11. Small bottle courtesy mlunger12. Murky yellow pour with a small fizzy white head. Hugely pungent floral aroma like sticking your face into a beery boquet. Light golden Belgian flavor with yeast spice, sweet floral aromatics, a touch of sour, and more. Crazy shit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5292) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2011
11.2oz bottle in a tumbler. Pours copperish-amber with a fluffy, off-white head. Aroma of Belgian spicy yeast, light fruits, caramel malts, flowers, and light hops. A really complex combination, but I am not really a fan of the extra spices added. Average texture. A pretty interesting beer, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Super herbal and spicy, for damn sure. The pour is fair, the beer coming out a decent gold, but lacking a solid Saison head. The herbs come through on the nose with great vigor, almost overwhelmingly so at first. The subtle wheat notes of a Saison are there, but lie underneath a pile of sweet-n-tangy-smelling herbs. The flavor is somewhat soapy, with a lot of lavender coming through in the middle and on the finish. The herbs eventually grow to define the brew, but Iím not sure how great of a feature this may be. Not bad, but very prickly and like a trip through the herb garden. But your belches will go well with Wheat Thins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12131) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle, bought @ ōlbutikken, Cph.
Muddy orange, big, fizzy, frothy, off-white head. Heavy herbal aroma amongst sweet, caramelly and biscuity malts. Definite chamomille, heather, grass, pear, roses, red apples. Highish carbonation, dryish and light creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is light sweet, some tobacco or smoky grass perhaps among the toasted caramel base. Herbs, dry heather, some sugary notes. Elegant use of spices - and thankfully I love spicy beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2012 33cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2010, from Den Bierzolder Heule, not complex brew, too spicy and floral, not balanced, cloudy, small head, simpel brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - 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.

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