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 BedetheVenerable
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Collaboration between Stillwater and Hof Ten Dormaal, brewed with raw spelt and estate-grown barley. Poured into my Hennepin globe. Warning: As I was taking the cage, I noticed a hiss and I BARELY held down the cork before it shot out. This stuff is SERIOUSLY carbonated...

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark orange/straw hue with a huge, fluffy white cap with great retention, not surprising with the high levels of carbonation.

Smell: Lots of pils malt with just a hint of earthy farmhouse funk and fruity hops. Not tons of depth, but rustic and pleasant.

Taste: Really nice pils-type malt backbone, medium-strong bitterness (not really surprising from a Stillwater-saison) and earthy hop flavors. There's a very "Belgian" character to this, though it doesn't have the vibrant fruity esters of a lot of the best examples (Dupont, Fantome, etc). Just a GHOST of citrus pith on the finish. Dry and bitter, but really pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-light.

Overall: Not really sure what to expect from this one. I had my first Hof Ten Dormaal last week and that was good as well. Really cool little brewery, it seems. At $6.00, I might pick up another of these if it was released again. Light, crisp, and refreshing.

87-B (1,246 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took the cage off and the cork popped off by itself a second later. Quite scary and convenient.

A - Pours a cloudy golden straw color. Billowing white head.

S - Loads of Belgian yeast, orange peel and pepper.

T - Slightly floral but has a dry/spicy orange fruit characteristic to it.

M - Light body, high carbonation. About what it should be.

O - A saison worth trying if you happen to cross paths with it. (413 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. There is a large fluffy sticky white head. The color is light golden.

The aroma has some nice apricot mixed with some pepper. There is a nice floral aroma here as well.

The floral aroma translates into the taste as well. There is a nice slightly spicy orange candy taste as well. Some grassy hops are evident towards the finish. All the flavors are nicely balanced.

The body is light to medium. There is nice fluffy carbonation. This is a tasty saison that is great if you like floral saisons. (517 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (860 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 ckollias
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this corked and caged bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy orangish-yellow hue with a thick, fizzy, 4-finger white head that slowly fizzes down leaving no trail on the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with hints of fruits.

T: Similar to the smell there is a tart spicy phenol flavor. Slight citrus and fruit hints.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: This was a solid farmhouse ale. Great body and head! (472 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, with light honey, light ranier cherry and noticeable clove. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and while the beer is pretty tasty, I just wish there was bit more of everything. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long, spice infused and lightly bitter finish. Alcohol is barely an after thought.

A nice enough beer, but as is fairly typical with Stillwater, not really anything to get overly excited about either. (531 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (485 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 thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, sugar, spices, bubblegum, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, bubblegum, earth, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Unfortunately nothing really stood out on this one flavor-wise. However, the aroma had a very nice complex aspect going on. I just wish the flavor would have followed suit as this would have been one Hell of a brew if that were the case. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance. (717 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml. corked and caged bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Lots of carbonation. Pours a hazy pale gold with a massive big bubbled white head. Citrus, some noble hops and a bit of a floral note to the aroma. Bottle conditioned. Light bodied. More citrus in the flavor along with a bit of spice. Dry finish. Good stuff. (315 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 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 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 Daniellobo
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,080 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.
cheers
jd (507 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of dbmernin83
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (541 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 Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly Pizzeria. They have the most amazing beer selections, and a lot of them are half price during during Happy Hour.

In a pilsner (!) glass, the beer was a hazy orange color with a tiny white head.

It had a spicy, funky aroma initially, but then there were some citrus notes. Very interesting. A little hoppy aroma also.

The taste was that of a spicy lemon. There were some late grapefruit hops.

Nice and crisp, a fun beer. It seemed to me to be more of Belgian IPA than a saison. (505 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a light, hazy gold with an inch of head. The lace doesn't stick around too long.
The smell is pale malts, funk and citrus.
The taste give off more than the smell. Soured yeast, pale malts, slight hint of pear, citrus and a hint of grain. The mouth is nice and smooth.
A great collabeeration of talents on this beer. I'll grab another to pop in my cellar for sure! (373 characters)

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