Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 178
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 7.56%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of ccrida
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Bronze Age is hazy burnt gold with a white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is great, earthy, musty yeast with bright tropical fruit esters.

Taste is also funky, but with a bright green apple ester providing some brightness to counter the rustic bite of the spelt. The esters here are really fantastic, reminds me a bit of the old fantomes, without the lacto. Nice snap of herbal hops as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, spritzy and light bodied.

Drinkability is very good, this is an unquestionably solid saison. Unless you just can't stand estery beers, I'm not sure how anyone could not enjoy this. (658 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy bronze color with a dense fluffy white head. The nose is incredibly pungent, aromatic, funky, sweet, and almost perfect. I have chosen to give it a perfect score because in 485 beers that I've reviewed...I haven't been this enthralled with a beer's nose since zombie dust.
I chose to serve the beer at cellar temp because I remember enjoying it so much at BCTC. The taste is incredible and dank with the most unique malt profile I've ever experienced. It tastes like drinking a meat pie, almost too much like it, but I tell my brain to relax...it's just the dank yeast and malts playing tricks on me. Honestly this is one of the best, most underrated beers that Brian has masterminded...completely worth trying. (742 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

perhaps the best saison ive ever had, and I don't say that lightly. this is absolutely fantastic stuff. it has a hazy pale rusty yellow color to it, with more yeast the lower you go in the bottle. the head is massive, bright white and rising well above the rim of a wine glass. beautiful stuff with plenty of sediment. the nose is funky farmy yeasty, just what I want in a saison. the grain bill is a little more complex than some, with the spelt and all, but I don't immediately detect its contribution, just the weight. the flavor is profound, its perfectly balanced and layered. grain forward but there is so much more then simple wheat here. the yeast too is unique and strong, giving the beer a real outdoorsy feel, autumnal for sure, and just as funky as can be, tart but not sour in any way. as carbonated as any beer out there, ultra light champagne bubbles make this dry as can be, and awfully quick finishing for the style. it lightens it up a lot, and makes me with I had ten or twelve more bottles in the fridge. this is easily the best Stillwater beer ive had too. there is an authenticity to this that is not often seen. I absolutely love it and recommend it highly. (1,180 characters)

Photo of almightyme3
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork and cage bottle - served cold.

Huge noise off the cork. Smells like a lager yeast actually. Light crisp yeast aroma with a subtle sulfur note. Spice from spelt and farmhouse yeast comes through. Really clean and delicious aroma, just very mild despite raging carbonation.

Pours a hazy straw-amber color. Foamy head that holds just OK. Easy enough to get going again.

Flavors are tremendous. Spicey farmhouse yeast, pleasant grainy flavors from pilsner malt and the raw spelt. Hops lend a solid bitterness, and noblesk floral flavor, most likely Hallertau. Somewhat thicker body for a farmhouse ale yet still very dry to the tongue.

I like this beer, not your typical Saison. Unique, refreshing and delicious. Good callaboration. (744 characters)

Photo of redleaves
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, no way, at When pigs fly pizza. I thought it odd I ordered a saison and it came over In a hefe glass. I thought she had the wrong beer. Hazy gold, like a wit or hefe, nose mainly of barnyard saison, wet horse-blanket and old stone sheep troughs. A hint of lemon and banana esters. Taste, wow, are you sure this isn't a wit? Citrusy wheat on top, spice, oat? I've never had a wheat saison before, but I will seek them out now. Finishes with a long dry saison funk, Light acid but still rounded. What a subtle but delicious brew, I could drink these all night, perfect for spring or this odd in between time we're having. Well done! Like Fantome and Samuel smith's, I am coming to believe Stillwater can do no wrong! (722 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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! (788 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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... (557 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy straw yellow with a three white head.

S- I am really liking the the nose on this. Light fruits, some nice barnyard funk, mint, some earthy spices, some lemon.

T- Getting a nice citrus/lemon tartness through out with a complex funky, earthy, grainy finish, front reminds me of a nice Witbier. Really enjoy that taste of this, leaves me wanting more.

M- Medium body, high carbonation.

O- Another good beer for Stillwater. A nice easy drinking Saison. Definitely will pick up at again. (531 characters)

Photo of impending
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A

375ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed classic golden yellow, egg shell dense minor head retains well, ok lacing.

Aroma too is classic, mildly musty, spicy, sweet lemon rind and melded fruity yeasty goodness. A peculiar intriguing hint of vanilla. Thin to medium bodied lively mouthfeel.

Sweetness maintains a presence thought the length of the taste. Zesty citrus. Quiet dry twang intros the yeasty aftertaste which fades rapidly. Little bitter. Pairs well with delicate food. Delicious.
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Photo of Radome
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a green 375 ml bottle.

A - Medium straw color with orange highlights. Cloudy, but not opaque. Huge volumes of bubbles constantly rise through the beer. The head was initially thick and active, almost overflowing the glass, but then it quickly disappeared to nothing. No lacing either.

S - Lots of complex aromas. Bready malt, lemon, black pepper, sweet sugar, lightly musty leather.

T - Strong grassy hops initially, then smooth bready malt arrives in mid-palate. Slightly sweet finish. Across the palate there is a strong layer of herbs and spices. The strongest are lemon zest and black pepper, but there are other elements that are not as easily identifiable. Overall clean but deep levels of flavor.

M - Medium body. Some mouthcoating sweetness, but finish is only slightly sweet. Full, prickly carbonation. Light alcohol presence. Medium to high hops bitterness.

O - This is a great saison in the classic tradition. No flaws; clean flavors and lots of depth. (981 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: it’s a somewhat hazy light amber with a head that didn’t put up much of a fight

Aroma: the aroma is grainy and sweet with plenty of golden fruit? I don’t know what that is (apricots? White peach?), but it smells like this beer. A dose of funk, but not from fun yeasts. Well, I suppose saison yeasts are fun. Leather. Woody Euro hops finish the bouquet. I wish it were a little stronger.

Taste: the flavor profile is mostly in the white pepper, clove, mace region, but the bright fruitiness shines through. The strong hop presence makes this a bit like a very dry, spicy tripel.

Body: sufficiently dry to enhance the saison-y spice

Overall: domestic saisons disappoint me with few exceptions. I like the idea that they are learning from the originators. Perhaps this fine brew is a harbinger of a wave of good American saisons. I am not familiar with spelt beers, so I can’t speak to what it’s contributed. (931 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A cool bottle (375ml, cork'd & caged) poured into an Oxbow tulip glass.

The beer is a translucent golden liquid with lots of carbonation within. The head is huge, filling half of my glass. It is pure white foam that is settling into large bubbles that are slowly popping.

The aroma has a good dose of spicy and funky farmhouse yeast. There are lots of earthy grains in the nose, which I assume is caused by the raw spelt. Some sweetness from Belgian candi sugar can be picked up as well.

This beer has a nice flavor. Lots more grains and malt can be tasted than the yeast. The sweetness is a bit more crystalline than I expected, based on the amount of candi sugar in the nose.

The beer is a bit thicker than normal and the carbonation is high. It leave a slightly sticky coat on my lips and within my mouth. The coat contains some nice grain flavors.

This is a really enjoyable beer. Fans of the style will enjoy it. It is unfortunate that this seems like a limited, premium beer. I would love to have a growler of this to enjoy over an evening. (1,052 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pure, white and woolly head fills the glass quickly and settles atop a bright orange brew.

Prominent barnyard and spicy notes flow unapologetically. Distinct notes of Belgian yeast, light fruits (pear, orange, lemon) also tickle the nose.

Oh so fruity throughout with orange zest, more pear, and green apple juxtaposing other and various sour fruits, yeast and spice.

Dry all the way through with a slight chalkiness. Somewhat biscuity. Medium-bodied with a hint of the alcohol.

Delicious and flavorful and not much more you can ask for. (545 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, some orange peel, lemon zest, funk, and some grainy malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grainy malts, orange peel, lemon zest, coriander, and some other spices. Through the middle, some funk comes through with some Belgian yeast, and a bit of sweet bready malts. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast, funk, some spices, some floral hops character, and some spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, spicy, and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice overall balance. Good yeast character. (752 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beatiful, hazy, golden beer with a two finger high head.

Nose: Belgian yeast, malt, peach, apple, hay and grass.
Taste: Lemon zest, pear, apple, flower, yeast, spice grass and hops.
Body: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Dry ending.

A great, tasty farmhouse Ale! (271 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,419 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly, fluffy, and light tan head into a tulip glass that billowed nicely. the body was straw gold and slightly hazy even after a gentle pour.
s - lemon, floral hops, grassy notes.
t - bready, floral, lemon, apples.
m - bubbly and dry.
o - i'm impressed w/ stillwater beers every time i try them. glad to see one in a 375ml bottle. (365 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thopre, more beer for my Stillwater glass because it gets thirsty.

Beer is yellow and hazy, soft white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, a little fruity, interesting.

Beer is sweet, a little boring especially for Stillwater. It is a little fruity, a little sweet, nice finish, wet. I'd have it again but not my favorite. I'm bumping up the appearance because the label is awesome. (413 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

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. (505 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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! (1,476 characters)

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