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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Gold colored body under a large, frothy white head. Nice retention as a fat half inch topping. Smells of Belgian yeast and quality pale malt toastiness. Golden raisins, grass, pears, faint unripe banana, and flowers. Flavor continues with the delightful doughy, cereal malt sweetness which transitions to flower petals, mild phenolics, straw, grape, and peppery yeast. Medium bodied, dry, and nicely crisp to keep things very drinkable. Quite a good, sort of rustic, authentic Belgian farmhouse ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Appearance: it’s a somewhat hazy light amber with a head that didn’t put up much of a fight

Aroma: the aroma is grainy and sweet with plenty of golden fruit? I don’t know what that is (apricots? White peach?), but it smells like this beer. A dose of funk, but not from fun yeasts. Well, I suppose saison yeasts are fun. Leather. Woody Euro hops finish the bouquet. I wish it were a little stronger.

Taste: the flavor profile is mostly in the white pepper, clove, mace region, but the bright fruitiness shines through. The strong hop presence makes this a bit like a very dry, spicy tripel.

Body: sufficiently dry to enhance the saison-y spice

Overall: domestic saisons disappoint me with few exceptions. I like the idea that they are learning from the originators. Perhaps this fine brew is a harbinger of a wave of good American saisons. I am not familiar with spelt beers, so I can’t speak to what it’s contributed.

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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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Stillwater / Hof Ten Dormaal Bronze Age from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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