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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Serving: 330 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. Minor gusher alert! I popped the top and out she came! The nose is a bit of spruce with some apple, herb notes (lavender, basil, tarragon), and a good dose of florals. Intriguing at least. It pours a slightly hazy, amber color with a huge head that eventually settles down to a very thin, white sheet of large bubbles. More floral than some of their other brews with a bit of a metallic note up front and a good bit of potpourri in the back. Iím not sure itís a fresh meadow. Perhaps in that "it smells like spring" detergent sort of way. I hate to say it, but this one isnít for me. Too floral and perfumed. I feel like I am drinking a dryer sheet. Light to medium in body with lots of carbonation leading to a dry, very floral finish. At least I should have nice smelling breath.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (6161) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Note: the scores entered are the average of two independent ratings as entered below.

20/II/2012 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2012-xxx)

Clear deep orange beer, very fizzy yellowish head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: citrus, pot-pouri, dried orange peel, cloves, other herbs and spices. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: bit fruity first, oranges, overripe fruits, lots of spices, herbal, bitter hops. Aftertaste: citrus hops, some alcohol warming the throat, bitter and a little nasty.
Ar: 7, Ap: 3, T: 6, P: 3, O:14, Total: 3.3

05/03/2011 - on tap @ Alvinne Craft Beer Festival (2011-81) Thanks to Brian for the sample!

Cloudy orange beer, very creamy smooth head, stable and adhesive. Aroma: band-aid, yeast, little fruity. MF: ok carbon, light body. Taste: same band-aid again, guess itís the yeast? Fruity and somewhat chemical. Aftertaste: little dry, bit watery, more of the chemical taste. Nope, prefer the Stateside Saison!
Ar: 6, Ap: 5, T: 5, P: 3, O: 12, total: 3.1

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1125) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2011
A bit too carbonated, it could make for a messy pour for the unprepared. Very complex all the way through. The nose is a bit muddled, but the tea spices come through. After the beer calms down, you begin to understand what the brewer was trying to do. He almost gets there too, but falls a bit short leaving us with a great beer instead of a grand beer. I like the spiciness mixing with the wheat profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3797) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Hazy blonde pour, creamy off-white head. Aroma is of mint, rhubarb and spices. Flavor is slightly sweet, slightly bitter and very fresh. Strange brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10684) - SÝborg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
Draught @ ACBF 2011. Golden coloured. Unclear. Off white dense head. Aroma of sweetness, yeast, lavender and chamomile. Flavour is very spiced, sweet and full of flowers and yeast. Medium to full bodied. Is sweet and grapy in the end, where also the spiced chime in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14307) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
Draught at ACBF 2011. Cloudy yellow - white head. Ginger, toasted, light malty, light flowery, heather, chamomile, light perfumed, citrus, fruity, harbal, peppery. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
Draught at ACBF 2011. Hazy golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of spices and lavender. Fruity flavour of spices and lavender. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8397) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2011
Draught Very good yellow head over orange, hazed beer. Rosemary, lavender, very soapy - herbal. The same in the taste, with some fainter citrus. Pharmaceutical finish - maybe some faint coriander or other spice? Medium bodied, quite slick. Overspiced, overperfumed - necessarily so?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (34880) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2011
From tap at ACBF2011. Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is ginger.like and lavender. Spiced and herbal flavoured. Dry and bitter, light toasted malty. Spiced and herbal dry finish.6-3-6-3-12=3.0

From tap at ZBF2011. Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is solid herbal and spiced. Mild citric and ginger-like. Bitter and dry, slight peppery and mild wheaty. Light estery finish.6-3-6-3-11=2.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Mark on 10/22/2010. Clear copper body with a small frothy off-white head. Sweet floral and big spice aroma. Big spice flavor with light floral notes. Medium light body with high carbonation.

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