RATINGS: 389   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)

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2011
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head hangs around for quite some time, leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet and floral yeasts and herbal notes. There is also some grain and a bit of lemon, spices, and pepper. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet yeast and some nice floral flavors alongside some yeast. Through the middle the spices kick in a bit and the floral flavors get a bit stronger. Some light spices jump in as well. The finish is a mix of yeast, grain, pepper, and floral flavors that linger. M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation. It feels smooth and dry on the tongue. D - Very drinkable. Really nice floral elements really blend nicely with the rest of the beer. Some of the other flavors could have been a bit stronger though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Big spicy nose, lots of chamomile, orange, and the lavender borders on overpowering. Some hop aromas may be lurking in the background, but the spices drone out most other scents. Pours a murky golden, massive white head with great retention, clumpy lacing. Flavor follows the nose, with some more of the malt and hops coming through. First some saison funkiness, and lots of chamomile and lavender, some light malts and spicy hops, lots of pepper. Light body, effervescent, high carbonation, nice dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2011
On tap at Beer Temple. Hazy golden body, big head. Nose nondescript, some hints of orange and citrus Taste is oranges, malts and fruit. Some spices through there as well. Okay.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (441) - Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2011
totally unique in the "All I like is IPAs" craft world. tons of rosemary on the nose and the tongue. great depth of herbal aromas, slight funk, great saison-fruits and yeastiness. maybe a bit too much rosemary/sage in the flavor, but very nice to drink. tight carbonation, big wild head that hangs for a while. subtle grains, slight belgian yeast-spice. wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3015) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Still writing up notes from Dark Lord Day. Sampled from bottle. Without reading anything about the beer, the fellow tasters with me agree this has a saison impression, with a strong trail of lavender in it. Which you will either like or not. Cloudy in the glass, but Im probably getting most of my samples from the bottom of the bottle. Light brown, with a thin ring of foam. Taste is of flowers and lavender. Very good stuff, what can I say.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9626) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
11.2 fl oz (33 cl?) bottle thanks to and shared with sebletitje on September 15, 2011
Hazy honey color, bubbly white head. Spicy, sweet, alcohol scent; also floral, cinnamon, orange peel. Cinnamon, wheat bread, spicy taste. Spicy and alcohol with cinnamon, also floral aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
Like smelling and tasting cinnamon roles before you put them into the oven. Sugary and cinnamon wheat dough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9553) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
33cl bottle from Struise beer shop. Orange, brumeuse, col pais, le tout ayant qcq flocons protines. Nez est superbement botanique et romantis, des effluves de camomille, pointe de lavande et romarin avec un ct pic de cannelle, le tout sur une levure rappelant la levure frache de boulanger. Bire qui en bouge est un vrai rgal, et est la mme hauteur que la Stone saison du Buff. Ct fleuri et herbac avec des herbes de jardins et de cuisines, trouve camomille, du thym avec pointe de lavande frache o il ne manque plus que les sauterelles. Une bire allant sur la saison avec un beau profile de levure belge ayant une pointe dpice. On voit notamment ce ct pais du bl qui se marie perfection avec ce profile botanique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours light amber with an off-white head. Huge heather aroma, grass, salt, flowers, pumpkin. Flavor retains the heather, the saltiness gets a little fishy, some smoke comes through, and theres a fruity, fusely finish. Strange. The brewers set out to make a saison reminiscent of a breezy meadow but it doesnt really come close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9426) - Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Sample from bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is floral heavy up front with the lavender and chamomile highlighted. Additional notes of yeasty sweet bread, grass and a hint of lemon zest. The flavor has a moderately sweet, yeasty, bready malt base. The floral and herbal components are quite noticeable. Hints of lemon and spices work their way in and out. This was a nice beer, but not my favorite from this brewer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2011
Hazy golden colored brew. Yeasty aroma, citrus, spicy. Flavor is light bitter, some spices and yeast. Citrus. Ok beer.

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