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Blond - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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BA SCORE
88
very good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%


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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

Glad to find this on tap as I passed up bottles due to reservations about freshness. This was at the hulmeville inn, go there and have fun.

Hof Ten Dormaal Blond ha a dirty blond look with some bright yellow and twinges of orange. A nice Belgian eque white head with girth, lasting ability and stick. Smell is pretty straight forward. A big grassy scent comes up with some light orange and lemon scent. Wheat pops up along with some pale malt. The alcohol does not intrude the nose though. Bright scent that hits. Taste is a mix between blond, saison, and a bit of wit character as some wheat pops up. Grassy taste with some bready yeast. Orange peel and slight spice. All together, nicely balanced and a bold taste, perhaps bolder than what I am used to for a blond. The body is medium and a bit thicker than your normal blond. The alcohol only comes out toward the end while a grassy after taste is always there along with the yeast. This is a nice beer. I wish it had less alcohol in it so I would drink more of it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2012 01:12:52 | More by BARFLYB
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy yellowish gold color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer was kind of not all there to me... I wasn't getting a lot of Saison aromas or funk from it. The taste of the beer was soft and fairly refreshing. The mouthfeel was smooth and well carbonated. Overall it's not a bad blonde in my opinion, I'd probably try it again some day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 17:42:13 | More by Knapp85
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Belgian Café, Philly, PA

Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy orange with pinkish highlights? (It was dark in the bar and perhaps my eyes deceived me.) Little to no head going on. Very light aroma of floral hops and peaches. Tastes of yeast, grass, peaches, herbal and floral qualities filling my senses at all times. Light mouthfeel, and quite drinkable, though didn't really stand out in any specific way to me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 16:58:53 | More by Rifugium
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DirtybeerguyRI

Rhode Island

2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

APPEARANCE: Hazy golden pour with TONS of carbonation. This beer produces a big, fluffy white head that requires patience if don't like to drink before it settles down. It almost looks like a hazy gold champagne.

SMELL: A nice combination of peach, pepper, and wild herbs with earthiness in the background. I'm more a fan of how this beer smells compared to how it tastes.

MOUTHFEEL: Lot's and lots of fizzy carbonation on this light-bodied farmhouse ale. It really fills the mouth with tight, humming bubbles. I'm not a big fan of this much carbonation in a beer.

TASTE: This is where this beer fell apart for me. The aroma is earthy, but the taste is more musty and grainy. I pick up some bready malts and a fair amount of grassiness mixed with lemon and citrus notes. But none of these notes are distinctive enough to make this a distinctive, enjoyable beer for me.

VERDICT: I should note that on the various beer review sites, this brew averages between a B+ to A+. So, you may like this beer a lot more than me. For me, though, this beer tasted a stuffy without any other tastes coming through to balance.

Cheers,
John Harvey
Dirtybeerguy.com

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 18:28:41 | More by DirtybeerguyRI
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womencantsail

California

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a big white head sitting on top.

S: Lots of fruit to the nose such as peaches, apricots, apples, and oranges. Still plenty of bread and malt character and perhaps some lemon zest. Yeast is there too, but more in the background.

T: The flavor starts off much the same as the nose. That is, with a great fruit character. Some of the same players here like peaches, apricots, and oranges. There might be a little bit of white grape in there too. A mild spice ester quality to the beer. There's quite a bit of malty sweetness which is very nice.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Not sure if this is really a "Farmhouse Ale", but it certainly was enjoyable. I had never heard of this beer or brewery before, but I am a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 22:53:54 | More by womencantsail
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. You could definitely tell it was brewed in Belgium with the heavy Belgian yeast influence and fruit flavors going on here. Had a good aroma and flavor though. I really had no idea this was a Saison, thought of it as more of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Pretty good to say the least...

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 18:04:00 | More by thagr81us
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week.

The beer pours a slightly hazy honey gold color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is attractive, showing orange citrus, honey and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though the initial light sweet honey is dominated by the orange citrus and bitterness on the finish. As a result, the finisih is fairly dry, bitter and long in this nicely crafted beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is good, though you can tell there's some alcohol. Nevertheless, this is a well made, easy to appreciate, well made beer. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 21:36:44 | More by johnmichaelsen
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's tonight.

Cloudy and hazy, this beer is orange with a dense white head that falls off to a ring leaving some lace. The nose is grainy, sweet and yeasty. Very raw and rustic, this is mildly grassy and has some honey as well as a little heat.

The palate opens with a blend of sweet and grainy flavors. A touch of grainy astringency is present as well. Moderately sweet on the mid-palate with honey and a wort-like sweetness, alcohol appears on the finish. Mildly drying, this is fairly sweet and alcoholic for a saison. The yeasty spice is second to the grainy sweetness here. Still, this beer is decent, but I preferred it out of a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 02:16:09 | More by DefenCorps
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rtepiak

Poland

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at hopleaf in the end of august '10

this beer pours two fingers of head on a golden cloudy body. moderate cloudiness. nose is something like a blond and saison. good honey pollen with a farmhouse straw coin to the style. palate is a mild sweeter then most but still well place and rounded. straw and lemongrass bitter with a mild candy orange peel and licorice. peppery mild mineral finish that brings on hunger. great example. not unique but without flaw belgian saison. great.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 08:10:32 | More by rtepiak
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(poured by the bartender into a gibraltar glass)

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

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 16:40:46 | More by Bouleboubier
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 05:22:38 | More by RblWthACoz
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
Best before C12 stamped in label
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.

T- The sweet cidery flavor has notes of raw malt with some slightly toasted hints and a brett earthy note and some wet cinderblock notes in the finish that has a brassy flavor that grows.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel finishes with a full alcohol warmth boosted by the fizz.

O- This is a big sweet cidery hot beer without much saison yeast character but some nice fresh malt hints do shine through enough to keep me sipping for this glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:42:01 | More by rhoadsrage
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fmccormi

New York

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12.7oz/375ml cork-and-cage, green glass bottle to an oversized wineglass (my nice Tired Hands stempiece—thanks again, Ryan!); notches on the far-right side of the label indicate a freshness window closing in the 5th week of September, 2013 (“Best before: ABDC(E) 12345678(9)101112 09101112(13)14”). We’ll see how it’s fared.

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.

Mouthfeel (4.0): A soft, tingly carbonation lays down a bed of velvet for the soft, medium-weight body to roll through. The tangy finish, with some hidden heat behind it, help to dry out the finish nicely.

Overall (4.0): This is a very, very nice Belgian Blond Ale. It’s more of a Belgian Pale Ale to me than a Saison, but it’s definitely a farmhouse beer. And what a nice one it is. Well-rounded, nuanced, and pleasing-to-very-pleasing in every regard. I am definitely glad that I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 21:03:15 | More by fmccormi
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weonfire

Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden/Brown, 2 fingers of white, tiny bubble head. very nice lacing.

S - hmm... faint. if at all. there is about a 1 mm layer of head possibly capping the nose. when i do break through: lemon/grass, floral, minor honey

T - As far as saisons go this would be in the dyer category. again- lemon/grass comes thru, white wine, a little boozey on the way down.

M - Wow this is frothy. almost too much. high carbonation pops on the way down. high viscosity.

O - Minor nose hurts, taste is good but nothing noteworthy, thickness is wonderful - but i end up coming back to wishing there was another layer or more complexity to the taste. it really has great potential to be an excellent, excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:26:51 | More by weonfire
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fields336

Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: a cloudy, orange, hazy. A sloppy poor by me left a lot of yeast in the bottom of the glass.

S: skunky, grassy, bready, herb, honey

T: candy sugar, bready, citrus, honey, herb, slight tartness, banana, apple

M: very sweet upfront, medium body, with a medium/dry finish

O: this beer was good, but I think it was a little skunked, the flavor was good though

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 23:48:20 | More by fields336
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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

Pours medium gold with a big head that reduces in a flash. Some lace.

Sweet grassy notes, some yeast and grain, a little honeyed fruit.

This beer has enough herbal sweetness to lead you in one direction, but malt structure and moderate bitterness to lead in the other. Grain, honey, wood, grass, a touch of alcohol, husk, raw grain, and some yeast.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Nice version, and very smooth. Spikes in complexity as the beer clears the palate are nice and keep this one interesting. Liked this.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 00:32:38 | More by OtherShoe2
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Like others have said, beware of flying corks...still, it was not a gusher and poured out an impressive head that displayed great retention and lacing action; the liquid color was a hazy amber

Smell: Bready, with light fruit, hay and vanilla esters

Taste: Bready, up front, with the light fruit and grainy hay flavors appearing early on; slightly herbal but somewhat sweet, in the middle, with the vanilla entering into the picture after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation levels

Overall: An interesting take on a variety of styles - has tripel sweetness, a bit of light fruit and herbal elements and I'm not sure where to place the vanilla; still, I can't say all the flavors really came together in a way I enjoyed that much

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 17:25:45 | More by brentk56
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy light golden amber. Upon release of the wire bail the cork shot out with such force that it hit the roof, ricocheted off a wall, hit a lamp; I still haven't found it. Although the bottle itself was not a gusher, I had to remove a half cup of foam during the pour to get even a 1/3 of a glass of ale. Needless to say, massive head and lacing; great carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian spicing, yeast, light orange and grass. Flavor starts with sweet, somewhat caramel malt, light fruit and Belgian spicing. Flavor changes to dry fruit and finishes dry with light fruit and a touch of wild yeast funk. Medium bodied with spicy active carbonation. A very interesting flavor progression; at first I thought "this is no saison, it's a Belgian blond", but as the finish developed I thought "oh, yeah, there it is". Nice Belgian with a pleasant combination of characters from two styles.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 03:26:42 | More by LiquidAmber
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods on P Street NW. Served in a Mikasa tulip. Pours a cloudy light copper with a thick head and some nice spotty lacing. Good cap throughout. The nose brings earth and light spice plus some backing grain and hay. Flavor adds a bit of bitterness and a nice dryness. Light pepper and just a bit of fruit. Light-medium body with high carbonation. All around a very nice saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 21:15:52 | More by Thorpe429
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flagmantho

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy silvery-gold hue with a moderate effervescence and a huge 3+ finger cap of frothy white foam. I like it.

Smell: rich, sweet malt aroma with a distinct graininess. Decent enough, though there was also a quick whiff of skunkiness when first uncorked.

Taste: rich malt flavor with a lighter graininess than in the aroma. Very smooth and with just a tiny hint of funkiness and sourness toward the end. Sweet, but not cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and basically perfect creaminess. Love it, love it.

Overall: a tasty and satisfying brew. Highly reminiscent of a good triple; drinkable and with a first-rate mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 02:53:06 | More by flagmantho
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with an enormous, towering white head that gradually recedes into a thick, creamy mousse.

S: Aromas of spice (coriander, clove, and perhaps cardamom) immediately hit the nose, though I do not believe that any spices are used in this brew. Aromas of bitter orange, grass, and lemon rind emerge later.

T: A bitter, medicinal entry reveals notes of lemon rind, bitter orange, kumquat, minerals, lime, sugar, grass, and spicy yeast. The finish is intense and puckering with robust notes of citrus and spicy yeast.

M: This ale displays a medium-to-full body that is a bit closer to the former than the latter. In the mouth, it is firm and dry with prickly, active carbonation. Alcohol presence is restrained.

O: This is a very solid saison, but I do feel that it is somewhat overrated. The Hof Ten Dormaal beers have never impressed me all that much, as I feel that they do not quite display the balance and depth of the more authentic Wallonian saisons. If you're a saison fan, Hof Ten Dormaal Blond is worth checking out--in fact, it is arguably the best and most consistent beer in Hof Ten Dormaal's regular range--but it is a bit crude compared to saisons like Fantome and Dupont.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 14:34:44 | More by mrfrancis
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BillHilly

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 55 degrees in a Duvel tulip.

A: Huge head, slowly collapses to 1 finger, golden & sparkling, massive yeast action off the etching.

S: Musty, banana, yeast and more yeast, old hay

T: Tastes of yeast, apple, light hops & faint pears

M: Huge carbonation, perfect viscosity for a saison.

O: A worthy buy, great saison, too bad the bottle isn't bigger! My only complaint.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:52:08 | More by BillHilly
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palma

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

cork almost killed me.

So much fizz in this beer I thought it must have been infected.

But is wasnt.

This is just a highly carbonated traditional belgian saison.

Nose is ripe apples and peaches, very yeasty, white pepper.

Taste is what i expected. Sweet dew, hay, grassy, lemon, semi dry finish.

Very light and airy mouthfeel. Bubbly, though not harsh at all.

A pretty good saison. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:49:17 | More by palma
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy orange color with huge carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: :ight barnyard funk, lighter fruits

T: Tasted of lighter fruit, some funk and horseblanket, Belgian yeast, and mild floral hops. A light spice in it.

M: Light body but massive carbonation

O: An excellent saison

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 03:47:55 | More by barleywinefiend
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julian

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, be VERY careful when opening this bad boy. I've read reviews where others have experienced the same thing, but my cork took off like a goddamn high school space science project as soon as the cork was slightly untwisted. Scared the bejesus out of me.

A: I'm not so sure I'd call this a "Blond" to describe it's color as it's more on the murky off color orange side. From the bottom of my glass I can very clearly see a stream of extremely fast bubbles rising to the surface. The nucleation site on the bottom of my glass clearly is accentuating this. Head is huge! It's like my beer is swimming in a bubble bath. Definitely takes a few pours, and a few pauses to get this to a drinkable level.

S: Lovely. Some pear, green apples, mild earthy hops and a crisp light peppery aroma.

T&M: Right off the bat, this thing is highly carbonated which isn't surprising considering it's attempt at taking my eyes and possibly putting me into a mild coma during it's decorkage. Nevertheless this is very crisp and clean. Taste is wonderful. Lots of awesomely traditional Saison character. A little bit of bready and peppery yeast come through, some earthy bitterness mixed with some apple and pear flavors.

O: This is a wonderful unassuming little Saison. It would be even better if they could get the carbonation under control but definitely would seek this out and drink it again. My first offering from Hof Ten Dormaal and I'm very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:29:22 | More by julian
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