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Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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88
very good

167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: avalon07 on 01-28-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

cspieth, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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...

russpowell, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather fizzy and direct take on a saison.

Presentation: 55ml green capped bottle. Esoteric label with hand being taped over the image of a brain and framing of barley. Notes brewing with raw spelt and a reference to its traditional intent, as well as brewing at Hof Ten Dormaal. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy pale gold pour with a moderate fizzy head, fair retention with soft surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Light earthy nose, grainy touch, with a spicy hint.

T - Generic grassy touch, light spice and sweet, with a tiny touch of fruit.

M - Medium-light body, high carbonation, soft smoothness after the crispy touch.

O - Good quaff, a bit simplistic on the surface, and maybe a tad too supported by the texture. Maybe a good nod to some classic brews.

Notes: Still a nice brew, but all things considered this might be one of the least memorable offerings I've been lucky to try from Stillwater. A bit too fizzy and monochord for me.

Daniellobo, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Pamola
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Pamola, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

zonker17, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +2.3%

SPRichard, May 16, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

cosmicevan, May 13, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +2.3%

twelveinches, May 12, 2012
Photo of impending
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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.
cheers
jd

impending, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of GTB
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

GTB, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

stakem, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Lob
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Lob, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +27.9%

csustar001, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Archemedies, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Kopfschuss, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 350 ml cork n cage bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a cloudy golden with. 2" thick white head. Glass nearly coated in lacing.

S- umm waiter I didn't order a Heineken! Big skunk aroma at first, followed by citrusy lemon and spices.

T- Lots of lemon and citrus with spices familiar with other saisons to follow. Light bitter hop finish.

M- medium body, high carbonation. Slightly acidic and very tingly mouthfeel.

O- just an ok saison. Not liking the skunkiness and wouldn't get this again.

kawilliams81, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of dbmernin83
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

dbmernin83, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of mlazzaro
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

mlazzaro, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of beerhorn12
4/5  rDev +2.3%

beerhorn12, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jaidenjb, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

pirmannt1, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

JAHMUR, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

GRG1313, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Knapp85, Mar 13, 2012
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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 11, 2012
Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.