Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: Stillwater Artisanal Of Love & Regret

Stillwater Artisanal Of Love & Regret, Import Series Vol. 1
ABV: 7.2%
Belgian Saison Ale
11.2 oz btl
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
Reviewed on 5/10/12

This ale pours a light brackish brown.  Thick off-white bubbly head that keeps.  Good lacing and carbonation.  Lots of particles floating around.  On the nose, there's a strong earthy-type smell, with some hops, lemon, herbs and spices, yeast. The taste is lemony, with a touch of spices and other citrus flavors.  It's fairly light tasting with earthiness.  Definite yeast.  As I got closer to the end, yeasty sediment took over and it became harder to drink.  The mouthfeel is grainy--I can feel the particles on the tongue.  Slightly thinner than expected.

When I opened the bottle, it pretty much exploded, something I wasn't prepared for.  It's definitely an interesting earthy-type beer, though as I continued drinking it, I liked it less and less.  Perhaps I poured it a bit too vigorously and allowed too much of the sediment to get into my glass.  Perhaps I picked up a bottle that had gone bad (I couldn't find a date on it).  Perhaps my palate's not ready for this one.  Anyway, I wasn't too fond of it, but I'd be willing to give it another go in the future.

Score: 78

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