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Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: avalon07 on 01-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A classic Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with estate grown barley & raw spelt. Crafted at one of Belgium's most self sustaining farmhouse breweries.
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Ratings: 175 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by dbmernin83:
Photo of dbmernin83
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange, fizzy tall white head, light lacing. looking good.
Well, this did come out of a green bottle so I'm not surprised at the lightly skunked nose. through that though there is hope of funk, yeast, grass and a little citrus.
The skunk jabs first but is quickly wiped away by crisp hops, citrus, a grassy sweetness, and delicious yeast.
Highly carbonated, dry and sharp. Spot on.
I know some of the classics like Foret, DuPont, etc come in green bottles, so maybe the light skunk is meant to happen? If that's so I prefer it without.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wedge
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

Gold colored body under a large, frothy white head. Nice retention as a fat half inch topping. Smells of Belgian yeast and quality pale malt toastiness. Golden raisins, grass, pears, faint unripe banana, and flowers. Flavor continues with the delightful doughy, cereal malt sweetness which transitions to flower petals, mild phenolics, straw, grape, and peppery yeast. Medium bodied, dry, and nicely crisp to keep things very drinkable. Quite a good, sort of rustic, authentic Belgian farmhouse ale.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly Pizzeria. They have the most amazing beer selections, and a lot of them are half price during during Happy Hour.

In a pilsner (!) glass, the beer was a hazy orange color with a tiny white head.

It had a spicy, funky aroma initially, but then there were some citrus notes. Very interesting. A little hoppy aroma also.

The taste was that of a spicy lemon. There were some late grapefruit hops.

Nice and crisp, a fun beer. It seemed to me to be more of Belgian IPA than a saison.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy bright copper body with a violent carbonation from the nucleation point supporting a boiling snow white head.

S- The notes of fruity esters and a slight sweet cereal note and a flinty character comes through as it finishes.

T- The nice dry dried fruit saison yeast ester leads to a bitter pith and some pale malt dried fruit flavors in the finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel has a full scrubbing fizz that scrubs the flavor in the finish.

O- The nice dried fruit flavors with a touch of sweetness is covered by fizz and it is pretty tasty but not worth the $9.00 for 12 oz. bottle.

Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed gold/apricot with a pinky of sand colored head. Hazes up even more as the bottle is decanted, above average head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, funk & band-aids, golden delecious apples

T: White grape juice with a touch of juicy fruit & banana taffy, plus lemon zest up front. Green apple skin, hay & some lemon & grapefruit as this warms, plus just a bit of peach. Finishes with dandeloin wine, white grapes & peach skin

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation, very refreshing

Very refreshing, a nice saison, albeit bloody expensive...

Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, sugar, spices, bubblegum, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, bubblegum, earth, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Unfortunately nothing really stood out on this one flavor-wise. However, the aroma had a very nice complex aspect going on. I just wish the flavor would have followed suit as this would have been one Hell of a brew if that were the case. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of rustic malt with some fresh cut hay and some light funky ester. Taste is a wonderful mix between some rustic malt notes with nice dry floral notes with fresh-cut hay and light funky notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Perfect mix between complexity and drinkability.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light hazy straw color. Healthy two finger Pours a light hazy straw color. Healthy two finger fine white head with good retention and massive lacing. Aroma of bready malt, light lemon, more Belgian spicing than funk, which is fine with me. Flavor follows, very lemony, sweet malt, wheat and light fruit. Finish combines a dry bitterness with faint sweet residual fruit. On the low end of funkiness for a saison, which is exactly the way I like it. Flavor is very subdued, but pleasant and refreshing. Light to medium bodied, as expected. Glad I got to try this ale made from a bronze age era wheat variety and from two excellent breweries. If they had a beer like this at that time, they were very lucky.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish brown in color and has lots of clumps of yeast near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with hints of lemony hops.
T: The taste very much follows the smell, except that the flavors of lemony hops are a little stronger and there also notes of earthy yeast and hints of spices.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting saison that also shares some of the properties of a bière de garde.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation, some light to moderate amounts of small white yeast particles in suspension, and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a pillowy three finger tall white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts, earthiness, and peppery yeast spiciness. There is a light hint of grassy hops and just the faintest note of citrus/lemon.

T: Moderate flavors of pale malts with citrus/lemon hops and a light to moderate amount of black pepper spiciness from the yeast. Light hints of earthiness and that distinctive flavor of Belgians that my wife refers to as "paste." Light amounts of bitterness which fade pretty quickly.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The best single word description that I can come up with to describe this beer is zesty - it is an enjoyable beer and I detect aspects of both breweries in the collaboration.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Whole Foods on P Street in DC. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a slightly-cloudy golden color with a small, fizzy white head. Some sparse lacing on the way down, along with a few bubbles on top. The nose carries some grassy notes plus a bit of spice and light earth.

The flavor has mild spice and earthiness plus a very slight mineral character. Average duration and a light bitterness through the finish. Light body with good carbonation. A bit tame, but still quite drinkable with a very nice feel.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy nectarine color with one finger of white head. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma opened with a bit of skunkiness which shortly faded followed by yeast, a musty barnyard funk, pear, candy sugar and coriander.

Bright taste with pear, yeast, coriander, black pepper, candy sugar, table cracker and spearmint. Finished clean.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

An interesting and quite tasty Farmhouse ale by Stillwater. A must try.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet yeast, earthy, and a small tartness. In the taste, dry earthiness, a small tartness of dry peaches. An earthy bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earth and small lemon citrus in the aftertaste. It's dry, earthy, yeasty, with notes of tart fruit, pretty nice across the board.

Photo of ckollias
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this corked and caged bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy orangish-yellow hue with a thick, fizzy, 4-finger white head that slowly fizzes down leaving no trail on the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with hints of fruits.

T: Similar to the smell there is a tart spicy phenol flavor. Slight citrus and fruit hints.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: This was a solid farmhouse ale. Great body and head!

Photo of almightyme3
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A good solid saison. One thing to mention is that it's very "up front" with the bitterness and carbonation. Although I appreciate nicely carbonated saison this one may be a little too much in the beginning. It's a great yeasty smell and funky/bitter taste as any good saison should be. Aftertaste is not as good and balanced as that of saison DuPont for example but nevertheless it is a true saison and a very good one at that. Underrated by the community in my opinion. Pricey but I won't hesitate to have it again.

Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pale gold with 4+ fingers of fluffy white head that leaves behind big clouds of lacing. Aggressive carbonation. The end of the pour yields a yeasty storm in the glass making it extremely cloudy.

N: Clove, golden delicious apple, pear, hay and a crack of black pepper.

T: Big spicy Belgian yeast notes of clove and peppercorn at the front of the palate. Golden delicious apple, bosc pear, lemon juice, sharp wheat and hints of banana shortly follow. Spicy yeast shows again in the finish along with notes of dried hay. Notes of barnyard stick in the throat.

M: Light bodied, crisp, tingly and dry.

O: It's a Saison. It's from Stillwater. Bottom line: it's good! Very sharp, very spicy and very refreshing. The yeast takes the main stage on this one. Excellent!

Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, with light honey, light ranier cherry and noticeable clove. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and while the beer is pretty tasty, I just wish there was bit more of everything. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long, spice infused and lightly bitter finish. Alcohol is barely an after thought.

A nice enough beer, but as is fairly typical with Stillwater, not really anything to get overly excited about either.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Highly effervescent pale straw body with a slight haze and a massive wall if sparkling wine head. Superb retention like a mountain of snow.

S: Green bottle skunk, pilsner malt, grains of paradise, black pepper, coriander, honey and delicious yeast.

T/M: Raw grains, black pepper, coriander, delicious belgian yeast, grains of paradise, green apples, apricot, metal, faint bubble gum and unsalted crackers. Floral and leafy overall a really naturally rustic flavor. Silky smooth body with surprisingly timid carbonation that finishes crisp and dry.

O: Great rustic balance with a subtle sweet and funk. This is super easy drinking and the yeast was balanced and complimenting. I really enjoyed this collaboration. Cheers!

Photo of cvm4
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took the cage off and the cork popped off by itself a second later. Quite scary and convenient.

A - Pours a cloudy golden straw color. Billowing white head.

S - Loads of Belgian yeast, orange peel and pepper.

T - Slightly floral but has a dry/spicy orange fruit characteristic to it.

M - Light body, high carbonation. About what it should be.

O - A saison worth trying if you happen to cross paths with it.

Photo of avalon07
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: You get a big shot of that typical saison funk, along with malt and some spices.

T: Tasted of malt, the aforementioned funk, spices (a little clove among others), grain, citrus, and some yeast. A vibrant, well-rounded flavor,

M: A highly carbonated beer (a trait common to Hof Ten Dormaal beers) with a creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A thoroughly drinkable, easy to like saison.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going back to the roots of traditional farmhouse roots. The clever minds of Hof ten Dormall hosts the collaborative efforts with Stillwater Ales to create a distinctive, dry, and spicy Saison Ale.

Like most Saisons, the beer pours with a bright straw color and casts a yeasty haze upon the beer. Well headed with a creamy white cap- the beer retains persistently and speckles the glass with lace.

Its funky-fresh aromas start with raw grain, bread-like sweetness, and sod. Spicy notes of fresh cut grass, straw and hay rise to overtake sweetness and morph into a cork-like woodiness.

Grainy-sweet to start, the malt and bread character is short lived as the beer dries out nearly on impact with the tongue. Light wine-like tartness is accompanied with earthen dry botanical herbs, dried oranges, lemons, white grapes, green apples, and lime. Peppery with the taste of coriander, crushed white pepper, clove, and a touch of cumin- there's plenty of room for balance. Firmly bittered, the finish grips the throat with spicy hops and a tinge of boiled tea leaves.

Medium-light in body, the ale is turbulent with high carbonation that pushes the beer from the tongue. But as the carbonation dispells, so does the sweetness- leaving the dry malt textures and spice to carry through to a warm and earthy finish.

Perhaps a tad more on the bitter side than most conventional Saisons, this collaborative effort is rustic, zesty, dry, and highly rewarding. Authentic in every way!

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, herbal, straw, grass, toast, bread, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, herbal, straw, grass, toast, bread, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of crisp peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, hay, straw, grass, toast, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a god bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a murky, golden/orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and a little funky. Some grain-like aroma.

T - Fruity and spicy upfront with some caramel and sweet bread flavor. A touch of funkiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. Maybe a little overcarbonated. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a good saison. It's cool that two great saison breweries teamed up on this one.

Photo of zeledonia
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Never heard of this, but saw it at Bottleworks in Seattle and picked it up. Tasted 26 May 2013, reviewed from recently-discovered notes.

Pours pale autumn wheat color, golden yellow. 98% clear, with parades of bubbles rising up. Head is a good 4 fingers on the pour, and it continued to grow after that. Super dense, puffy and foamy like latte foam. I could spoon it off and throw it like whipped cream. After it recedes, the entire inside of the glass is coated with foam.

Smell is crisp and really clean. A little bit grainy. Smells a bit like a light lager, but there's more to it than that. Some spice from the yeast. A touch of sweetness to the grains. Just a touch of citrus and that dash of spice really elevate it.

Taste is also quite clean. Drinks rather like a really good light lager. Slightly grainy, then it turns to spice. Not quite as interesting as I want it to be, though. Want more flavor and variety. I liked the first taste more, but it started to wear down as I made my way through the glass.

Carbonation is a little low, which is surprising given the massive head and floods of bubbles. Medium-bodied, a little watery. I want more pop than I'm getting.

A good beer. Refreshing and clean, but light on the flavor. Drinks a lot like a light lager - the taste, the smell. Grain and yeast don't provide the complexity I want.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gary coming through again hitting another Stillwater want. enjoyed from my stillwater wine glass.

a - de-caged and uncorked with a HUGE POP the brew poured a golden (perhaps bronze?) yellow with a HUGE 3 or 4 fingers of frothy head that slowly evaporated leaving large chunks of milkshake like lacing on the glass. classic stillwater visual appeal.

s - grassy and earthy saison. some candied sugar from the belgian yeast but definitely more grassy than your typical stillwater saison. lemon rinds and a hint of citric. smells pretty boozy too.

t - much like the nose, grassy and earthy with lemon. finishes with a slight sweet uptick. belgian yeast. pretty even tasting. nothing spectacular, but a pretty solid saison. very classic.

m - a bit dry. medium to full bodied. carbonation is smooth and not prickly. a bit juice-like.

o - overall, very good. lacks some of the sweetness that i prefer for the style, but stillwater brews a lot of different saisons and it is nice to try a more classic saison from one of the best brewers of the style. i enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.