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Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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88
very good

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A classic Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with estate grown barley & raw spelt. Crafted at one of Belgium's most self sustaining farmhouse breweries.

(Beer added by: avalon07 on 01-28-2012)
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Photo of wedge
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

wedge, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

bruachan, Sep 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Schlafly33, Aug 21, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +22.4%

Unclepauly, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

ToddBeans, Aug 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

ausonius, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Twal, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Marty91, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Anatole, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

DaveAnderson, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bobv, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

MB4slow, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

kwkdmk, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

amblin, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

superspak, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

dipso123, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

MichiganderHB, May 22, 2014
Photo of Radome
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

Radome, May 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

BDeibs, May 10, 2014
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Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.