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Blond - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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BA SCORE
88
very good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 06-21-2010)
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danmouer

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My serving was a 375ml champagne bottle with artificial cork and wire cage. I should have known better, but as soon as loosened the cage a slight bit, the cork blew off with an explosive pop worthy of The first toast of New Years Eve!

Thea beer started to gush, but the glass caught it all, and thank the beer gods for that. My goblet quickly swelled with a huge whipped-cream head and the room filled with the aromas of aromatic hops and malt. As I have noted often, Saison is my favorite be to brew and to drink, and with this one bottle, The Hof ten Dormaal farmhouse brewery is the current reigning star of the style for me.

As the head slowly collapsed in a trail of patchy lace, the mostly clear, orange-amber brew beckoned with a huge aroma of malt and hops. Clearly, there are also fermentation products likes spicy phenolics here, but the dominant olfactory impression is that one is about to sup on a very fine, very huge pilsner!

Slurping up a mouthful does not change that impression except to outline it with zingy peppery-spice notes, an almost oily backbone of hop bitterness, and a palate-soothing wash if warm alcohol spirits.

I fault this beer only for being too alcoholic. I prefer Saison that allows me to suck down a second one without wondering who is driving home. This is supposed to sustain farmers working in the summer fields, remember?

The gravy here is the brewery's rightful boast that they grow the barley and e hops for this beer on their farm. They also grow rapeseed for oil to run the brewery. I award them extra brownie points for that, but they had me as soon as the cork popped!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 23:12:54 | More by danmouer
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375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2014. Cork popped off after I removed the cage. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of peach, apricot, pear, apple, black pepper, bread, light honey, hay, grass, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of peach, apricot, pear, apple, black pepper, bread, light honey, hay, grass, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, pear, apple, black pepper, bread, light honey, herbal, hay, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast ester and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spicy yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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A: slight haze initially... light amber color... head didn't last until the last inch of liquid and yeast sediment was poured (by me) from the bottle and then it threw up a 1/2" of foam and lasting cap after, as well as adding murk

S: subtle, perfumy, white wine esters and aromatics.... decent balance between delicate alcohols and doughy yeast... touch of citrus peel/oil and grass... bold enough to entice

T: curiously similar yeast profile to Dupont (Saison)... light-moderate degree of hop bitterness (and/or yeast bite)... substantial doughy yeast which embolden the overall flavor and enhanced the balance.... light but bright citrusy undertones.... the alcohol is well-hidden

M: round, creamy, yet finishes fairly light... the unfiltered texture may be a bit off putting to some.... satisfying, drinkable, encouraging subsequent refills

O: not bad, worth recommending.... the subtle, interesting complexities brought about by its roughness or possibly its 'terrior' does make it stand out a bit

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4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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As with the Dark, this is a saison? Just seems like a Belgian strong ale to me. As the Dark did.

Traditional kind of sweet character on the nose and flavor profile. That earthy edge is there, in a mildly rustic way. Mild tang on the back end is the only detractor. Nice beer.

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A- This beer pours a touch of hazy to the deep orange body with a violent carbonation boiling to the surface. The snow white head on top last a bit before breaking into a thick ring.

S- The sugary aroma has some raw grain notes with a dry cidery finish and some damp cellar notes in the finish. There is a slight wet stone/flinty note that grows in the finish.

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Appearance (4.0): An easy, voluminous, cream-colored head of ~3 fingers quickly comes off of the pour, capping a glowing, honey-amber body with a slight haze and orange highlights. The head dies down VERY slowly, with excellent retention and some nice lace: a few fat legs and arcs, with scattered suds.

Smell (4.0): Warm, pale, grainy bread with strong hay and floral-fruity tones, and a mild, rustic funk richness. Light pepper and chamomile . . . and some fresh peach tones helping to flesh out the aroma nicely.

Taste (4.25): Some soft, but bright and sweet lemon and very floral tones characterize the core of the palate, decorating some lightly sweet, honeyed biscuit, slightly rustic malt flavors—very soft, and lovely. The finish is where the flavor really takes off: bright, tart lemons blend with some rustic spice and strike a flash of tangy acidity that opens up to some funk and hay on the back end. Really nice. No sign of the 8% ABV, surprisingly—not even close. Tastes more like a 5% session Belgian Pale.

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Blond from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.