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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
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 craftbeersweden
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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 bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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 Radome
4.26/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of stephens101
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle - $6.98 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, bright yellow body with a stiff, expanding, white head that never quite fizzles out.

Smell: Yeast, earthy nose, with spicy, herbal, cracked, gently toasted grain tones, like spice and grains discarded in a basement with a thin drip of fruit and citrus juice.

Taste: Rustic, coarse yet smooth grains layered with tastes of biscuits, sourdough, sliced pear, light banana, white pepper, and a coating of musty, earthy yeast. Restrained sweetness. Floral, clove-dosed citrus juice. Minerally. Spicy, dry, effervescent finish with a hint of white grapeskin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated.

Overall: A yeast quaffer if there ever was one!

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 StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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 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 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 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 DaveBlack
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: For starters, the cork flew out of the bottle with very little provocation from me, evidencing the high level of carbonation. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a huge three-finger, fluffy white head. The head is fed by a never-ending stream of bubbles from the base of the glass, making me think that it will probably last until next week.

S: Incredibly earthy and yeasty smelling brew, with a bit of funk. Cracked wheat adds a great deal of graininess to the aroma as well. Smells like a solid saison.

T: Yeast is definitely the prominent flavor on the front end of the beer, mixed with the cereal grain taste that was present in the nose. The finish is exceptionally dry, with a good deal of bitterness present.

M: Light body and tons of carbonation make this a very crisp brew.

O: Not the best saison that I've had. I find the bitter finish to be a little less than pleasant. The flavors are good, I just wish that it had a little more malt character, and a little more funkiness to it. Still very drinkable.

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 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 Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99. Poured into a fluted beer glass.

Saisons/Farmhouse Ales are a favorite style of mine, so I might drink this no matter waht but in my opinion this beer is not a good representation of the style. This beer is still refreshing, but grading based on style, there are much better Saisons.

A - Pours a cloudy golden/orangish color (sediment at bottom which I did not pour), well carbonated, a huge fairly dense white head.

S - First wiff was sour, the some slight spiciness, some faint citrus, but not the heavier spice and fruit typically expected from this style.

T - Dry, a bit tart, no alcohol at all, some low bitterness, higher maltiness than typical for the style.

MF - Light bodied, high carbonation with an accompanying prickly feeling, refreshing.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a hazy copper pour with 3 fingers of detergent like head. smells of skunked beer.. lemongrass, vienna style malts, not a huge fan of these smells. the flavor is a mix of vanilla, almond, lemograss, an oaky flavor, bread, black pepper. really interesting flavor profile. medium body with very high carbonation.

warning, do not open this one up in the middle of the night while your wife is sleeping.. quite possibly the loudest cork i've ever popped. a really delicious beer, definitely didn't know what to expect from this one, and well, i got a completely unique beer. definitely worth trying.

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 ToasterChef
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into snifter. Purchased in Davis.

A: Pours a cloudy apricot gold with a two fingers of fluffy bright white head. Definitely pour this one slowly, it wanted to froth up. There’s a lot of yeast in the bottom the bottle and a few floaties got loose in my glass. Head faded into thick quarter-inch film that lasted the whole beer through.
S: Tons of dry earthy spice on the nose. Clove, pepper and earth are strong with hints of golden fruits, wheat, straw, orange-zest, and yeast.
T: Strong base of straw, wheat and toasted grain flavors, mixed with peppery spices, yeast and a kiss of sweet fruit. The finish is earthy and dry and the aftertaste has notes of wood, clove and Belgian yeast.
M: Bubbly, boarder line frothy, carbonation that is soft and fluffy on the palate. Drying mouthfeel, touch of sweetness, and a medium-full body.
O: A solid saison all-around but it falls short of the greats of the style. A bit too mild and wet overall but I’d drink it again.

Photo of woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JAHMUR for opening this during a recent bottle-share at NEBCO.

A: Hazy gold body under a finger of fine white head. Ok retention and lacing. Decent.

S: Really floral, earthy, and phenolic. A bit funky. Not bad.

T: Follows the nose, with the addition of some toasty malt and spice on the dry finish. Solid.

M: Creamy, lively, smooth. Excellent texture.

O: Tasty but ultimately forgettable Saison.

Cheers!

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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 ThePorterSorter
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.