Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
02-12-2012 15:43:25 | More by Thorpe429
3.94/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-08-2013 18:40:59 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +2%
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!
03-30-2013 02:16:48 | More by BEERchitect
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
11-23-2012 19:13:55 | More by Phyl21ca
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
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!
02-08-2014 23:47:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
This poured out as a really nice looking golden color with a beautiful white head that had a great retention. The smell of the beer gave off some fresh grainy aromas that I found to be pretty good. It didn't really give off much a farmhouse aroma in my opinion. The taste had a sweetness to it, there was hardly a bitter note at all in this brew. The mouthfeel was super smooth, kind of oily in a way, but I really enjoyed it. Overall I thought it was a good brew and I'm glad I picked it up.
03-13-2012 04:21:39 | More by Knapp85
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
07-19-2012 19:33:03 | More by zeff80
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
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...
06-05-2012 02:07:02 | More by russpowell
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
02-15-2012 15:30:55 | More by drabmuh
4.51/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
12-03-2013 17:44:41 | More by StonedTrippin
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
Draft at Tapestry in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger pillowy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Earthy aroma with farmhouse funk, grass and straw followed by delicate floral hops and light fruit. Faint barnyard character with some grassy hops, apple and pear in the nose.
Medium bodied but a bit fuller than I expected with a decent balance of funky yeast, zesty spice, musty brett and light fruit notes. Somewhat dry and earthy up front from the farmhouse/saison yeast giving off some hay and grass flavor. I'm not sure if there's any brett in this beer but there's a faint musty brett-like quality. Some grassy, piny hops and peppery spice mid-palate followed by sweet citrus and light. Prominent lemon peel flavor in the finish along with some bread, banana and apple.
08-16-2012 00:34:35 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
375 mL cork and caged bottle. Served in a Stillwater wine glass.
Pours a hazed, pale golden bronze (heh) color with a large, rocky froth head. Fades to a thin film of cream and sheets of lace that slowly fall down the glass. Dry aroma of lemon and grain, with subtle pepper and must lingering in the finish. Flavor is slightly sweeter than the nose, with a medium thick, soft body and light carbonation. Strong yeast presence throughout, with lemon and vanilla starting front of the palate and finishing earthy and grainy. Finish has a slight touch of booze and is a little watery, otherwise this is a great saison.
02-10-2012 01:01:32 | More by yourefragile
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this one with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a straw yellow color 4 fingers worth of white froth. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface.
The aroma is grassy with sulfuric elements as herbal character. Some hay to straw-like grain inclusion is persistent in the nose. A minor backing of cheese and yogurt developes as the brew warms up.
The taste is quite barnyard-like with a straw or hay inclusion mixed with sulfur and grass. There is a minor yeasty quality evident that is earthy. A bit of yogurt flavoring fills out the backend.
This is a light bodied brew with a warming inclusion of alcohol. This was a unique mix of character for a saison that was fitting and enjoyable. Worth a try if you run across it.
04-26-2012 18:23:24 | More by stakem
3.96/5 rDev +1%
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.
06-08-2013 18:44:06 | More by dbrauneis
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
(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.
09-23-2013 21:02:17 | More by rhoadsrage
Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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