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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6
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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 62
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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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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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with huge, pillowy white head. Aroma has a nice, belgian yeast character with the specific bubblegum notes. Taste is really clean, nut much going on. Body is really light and dry. Very easy drinking but lacks complexity. Nut bad but boring.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of duceswild
2/5  rDev -49.2%

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