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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle: Pours a clear deep copper bronze with a stringy-lacing froth of white head. Has a lightly sweet caramel and biscuity malty nose with some floral laverder and parsley. Starts with a soft doughy maltiness and good floral herbal balance with some fresh citrusy hop flavor and spice before a drier finish. An enjoyable and complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2010
20100930 11.2 oz bottles from State Line, Honeygo, Wine World, Wine Source. I like this one. i especially like the label. Cloudy dark amber with medium white head that lasts til the end. Aroma is funky with rotting flowers, weeds, lots of chamomile, and a slightly stale but very grassy hop note that I find delectably Fantomish, almost like oregano or Italian seasoning. Body is wonderfully carbonated with only mild residual sweetness and a nice but soft peppery yeast bite. Also a touch of weedy bitterness. I keep drinking it, though i havenít quite figured what exactly is going on with this beer. Luckily, I still have a bunch of bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3400) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
11.2 oz bottle. A surprise gusher but quickly controlled. Hazy brown with whitish froth. Nose is honey and yeast with a plethora of floral notes. Medium body with a foamy mouthfeel. Taste is honey, green banana, lemon-lime and grass. Finishes with bitter yeast and green tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
tap at RnH - arouma is awesome honey, herbal lavender and fruity nectar and cinnamon. super smooth, velvety mouthfeel with nice spritzy carbonation. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
33cL bottle, purchased at City Beer Store during the Stillwater release. Pours a hazy, peachy-apricot color; creamy, fine-bubbled off-white head with solid retention and lacing; really nice-looking pour on this. Lots of herbal and soft botanical qualities in the nose: lavender, fresh-cut flowers, maybe a hint of the same bright dandelion character I remember from Fantome Pissenlit; lots of crackly malt sugar notes underneath, with a crystalline quality; a nuanced, dry, and hugely charismatic aroma (even in spite of the fact that Iím normally a bit averse to prominent spicing); this is just nice and soft and seamless. Medium body; lively carbonation; very creamy presence in the mouth, with a nice moderate acidity; just great in terms of a creamy, alive mouthfeel thatís well-attenuated without feeling stripped; following the aroma, the lavender plays out prominently, as do the vibrant crystalline malt sugars and floral notes; again: soft, meshed, perfectly integrated. A beautifully spiced beer. Lasting finish of toasted maltiness, soft herbal notes, and a lasting, mild bitterness; nicely dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
330ml Bottle: Aroma of Belgian yeast, chamomile, lavender, herbs, cardamom, and a hint of cinnamon. Poured amber/copper in color with a small, loose, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of spices, herbs, chamomile, lavender, coriander, cardamom, flowers, slight lime, and slight Belgian yeast. Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, chamomile, lavender, slight spice, light herb, and flower finish is slightly dry and a tad sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Interesting saison-esque beer. My only qualm is that the aroma gets rather perfumey. Thereís a fair bit of spiciness and a lot of floral flavor. The beer tastes less perfumey and more yeasty. Itís a good earthy, funky yeast. The mouthfeel is a smooth and relatively low on bubbles. The beer pours a rich amber with an off-white head. Itís a good beer, but I was a bit thrown by the floral notes of the aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11540) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
A: The pour is a fairly dark orange color with some golden influence and a big white head. S: An incredibly intense herbal and floral aroma. Lots of rose and hibiscus in the floral department with a bit of a rosemary, sage, chamomile, and ginger, perhaps, and plenty of green peppercorns. Not really my thing. T: The flavor is, thankfully, less pungent in terms of the herbs than the nose. The hibiscus and rose character is still pretty dominant, but actually somewhat enjoyable. Quite a bit of yeast and a slight funk, along with some sweet malt and candi sugar and hints of citrus. M: The body is fairly full for a saison with a nice, lively carbonation. D: The nose was just far too much for me. The flavor was an improvement, but not really my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle from State Line. Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a thin light tan head. Lots of flowers on the nose. Herbal with a bit of rosemary perhaps. Similar flavor. Very dry and earthy. Hints of pineapple. Nice hoppy finish. Another excellent Stillwater brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1515) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Bottle picked up at SL... cool label... Pours a rusty red, with a thin head that faded quickly... Nice aroma of some flowers, lavender with some light spice. Taste is very enjoyable.. First thing that comes to my taste buds is the lavender. Followed by some light spices, and dandelion. The comercial description says "like a fresh spring meadow" and that what it reminds me of. Texture is light, refreshing with lots of carbonation. Easy drinker. Good beer

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