One thing that I love about Stillwater brews is that they always bring something unique to the table. This one caught my eye due to the addition of honeysuckle. Given the style, I thought it was going to a really good fit for that ingredient. Let’s see if it was as good as I hoped for.
Style: Biere de Garde
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It’s my pleasure to present a collaboration with The Brewer’s Art. A Baltimore institution that helped to pioneer the Belgian beer movement in the States. Brewed with a combination of Spelt & Rye, accented with a blend of Heather, Honeysuckle, and Hyssop. The result is a rustic farmhouse ale displaying earthy tones & floral characteristics while maintaining intricate balance.”
Random: I like the label on this one too. It’s very cool.
This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It had a hazy, dark orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of yeast and honeysuckle sweetness, apples and honey. It also had some floral notes. The taste was really bright. It had some sweetness from the honey and honeysuckle, apples and light spice with peppercorns. It also had generous yeast and lemon zest. The body was on the thicker side of the style with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with herbal notes and lavender. This brew was $3.49 for the single bottle, which breaks down to $.29 an ounce, which is a bit on the pricier side, but worth it. I would definitely have this one again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0