RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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)

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4.1
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2011
On tap at Churchkey. Deep cloudy amber/roseate pour with a beautiful fluffy head. Nose is truly lovely; a great combination of herbal spiciness from the heather and chamomile, floral fragility from the dandelion, and beautiful saison yeast presence, with dough and a touch of cheesecloth. The flavor is much same, with some increased fruity, apple cider presence that really works beautifully with the spicy herbs. Palate is between Stateside and Cellar Door; crisp and palatable, but still with good body. Really really nice.

3.7
jeff789 (1423) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Lots of floaties, hazy golden amber, giant rocky soapy tan head with floaties in it, not a lot of lacing for the fervor of the head... excessively floral/herbal with big notes of lavender, it smells a little of provencal herbs, some mildly sweet notes underneath with a belgian yeast note... flavor finishes a little almost peppery spices with lingering herbal floral notes... i detect the lavender bc its the one im most familiar with... medium body, lightest anise, dry dry finish... very interesting, reminds me of saison du buff.... grew on me the more i drank...

3.7
Leighton (22555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle at The Funky 7, Brooklyn. Pours cloudy gold with a big, off-white head. Bready aroma with notes of fruits, toffee, nuts and spices. Medium sweet flavor, some sugar, apple, citrus, grass. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Sweet finish, some yeast, grapes, floral hops. A very interesting beer.

3
gyllenbock (9995) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle.

Slightly hazy golden-brownish with a large fluffy white head. This was a special beer. Quite a lot of mint both in the aroma and taste. Also spices, grass and lemon. Drinkable but not an excellent beer.


3.8
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours a lt amber color with a thick white head...good bit of sediment throughout. Aroma is lightly spicy with a bit of allspice...like mild cologne. Flavor is more complex with some pepper notes, allspice, and light leathery notes...herbal. Mouthfeel is light and lively and the finish is dry and spiced.

3.9
Palidor19 (3194) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Aroma is heat spiced with a strong parfumerie and floral arrangement. High malt with a unique flavor of spices both earthy and Christmas. The hops brings a subtle approach yet is not the main achievement. A special beer

3.5
nick76 (4404) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2011
The aroma is fantastic with spice, incense, citrus, flowers, and perfume. It’s almost not like a beer. The appearance is amber gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma and almost to complex. The palate is smooth. Overall a very interesting beer.

4.1
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2011
This pours a murky copper color with a thick lasting fluffy head on top. At first I pick up a fruit cocktail melange in the aroma with passion fruit, mango, and melons. That combines with funky yeast and quite a bit of pepper. As I go back for another whiff, strong floral notes invade the senses. The flavor follows that; very floral and herbal, like hibiscus or rose peddles are shoved in here with grassy weeds, and lots of chamomile. There’s also a definite peppery spicy hop profile to this that’s crisp and pairs well with the sweeter notes of flowers and fruit. To me, this seems like a cross between Stillwater’s Cellar Door and Southampton’s Cuvee de Fleurs. The Cellar Door connection hit me right away with the dry peppery hop thing but it took me a few minutes to realize the strong floral notes are somewhat similar to the Southampton brew. I thought this was really good stuff. Really dig what Stillwater is doing.

3.5
callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Deep orange-amber body. Slightly hazy with quite a few floaties... Thin off-white frothy head. Just a few stray tufts of lace left behind after each sip.

S: Bold grassy and floral notes. A light zesty undercurrent of lemon. Yeasty. No funk or must. Fairly one dimensional, but nice nonetheless.

T: Floral notes start to takeover from the grassy notes that were dominant in the nose. Less yeasty, but still some citrus. Some pepper that wasn’t in the nose. Flavor profile is a bit abrupt.

M: A refreshing and invigorating saison. Medium to light bodied. Muted finish.

O: In the end, the beer is a bit too "one note" for my liking. A trap many floral saisons run into. A solid effort though and certainly doesn’t diminish my interest in Stillwater’s import series.

3.6
Drake (14110) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle from Franklin’s in Hyattsville, MD. A bit of a gusher. Hazy amber with floating particles. Large offwhite head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bready notes, cherries, big spice notes, toffee, nuts and a slight buttery note. The taste is big spice, almost coming across as eggnog spice grassy hops, citrus, nutty notes. Tart finish. Medium bodied.


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