Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by avalon07 on 01-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
188
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 62
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Unclepauly
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of ausonius
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of ccrida
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of slimjim871
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Vylo
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of almightyme3
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of trcarvalho
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mlazzaro
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of redleaves
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, no way, at When pigs fly pizza. I thought it odd I ordered a saison and it came over In a hefe glass. I thought she had the wrong beer. Hazy gold, like a wit or hefe, nose mainly of barnyard saison, wet horse-blanket and old stone sheep troughs. A hint of lemon and banana esters. Taste, wow, are you sure this isn't a wit? Citrusy wheat on top, spice, oat? I've never had a wheat saison before, but I will seek them out now. Finishes with a long dry saison funk, Light acid but still rounded. What a subtle but delicious brew, I could drink these all night, perfect for spring or this odd in between time we're having. Well done! Like Fantome and Samuel smith's, I am coming to believe Stillwater can do no wrong!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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...

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Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy straw yellow with a three white head.

S- I am really liking the the nose on this. Light fruits, some nice barnyard funk, mint, some earthy spices, some lemon.

T- Getting a nice citrus/lemon tartness through out with a complex funky, earthy, grainy finish, front reminds me of a nice Witbier. Really enjoy that taste of this, leaves me wanting more.

M- Medium body, high carbonation.

O- Another good beer for Stillwater. A nice easy drinking Saison. Definitely will pick up at again.

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Photo of impending
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of enelson
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.94 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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