Amber - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
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3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep copper amber color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, black pepper, caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, black pepper, caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, black pepper, caramel, brown bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a very nice malt/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 good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good amber saison. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
06-18-2014 21:43:23 | More by superspak
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
(poured into a St. Bernardus stemmed wine glass)
A: clear, coppery amber... bottle-conditioned foam that fades
S: vinous, bread crust, grassy
T: faintly musty-funky, mildly sweaty finish... essence of old caramel apple in the aftertaste... mellow bitterness of dying grass... doughy malt later comes to the front
M: roundish, clean... impression of approaching medium body... faint chewiness
O: kind of crosses into the Biere de Garde territory with its malt flavors - mild-moderate aged tone
05-19-2014 22:55:38 | More by Bouleboubier
3.96/5 rDev +7%
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours coppery golden amber with a loose two finger off white head that dissipates to a thick cap with decent lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, Belgian yeast and spicing with a lingering spicy component. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, light apple juice and clove up front with a drier, saison finish with a mineral element. Light to medium body with active, peppery carbonation. An odd hybrid of Belgian pale ale and saison. It starts as a more traditional fruit forward ale but finishes with a more saison yeast presence. Interesting, but kind of all over the place in flavor. It grew on me as I drank the glass.
07-20-2013 02:37:40 | More by LiquidAmber
3.74/5 rDev +1.1%
The pour brings up a big, dense, fluffy pillow of pure white head that settles to a solid finger in height and comes to rest on top of a thickly opaque color I'd call amber regardless of the name. It leaves deposits of lacing in thick patches almost as fluffy as the head itself.
A touch of funk on the nose brings up some earth, and it consists mostly of spiciness and a sort of nondescript sweetness with an evident yeastiness.
Green apple flesh, earth and butter (?) with yeasty overtones comes out with grains underneath and more fruit flesh. Interesting. Spiciness sticks around, as does a certain tanginess. Butter goes away, and more of a woody dryness helps in that regard.
Heavily carbonated, this beer displays a medium body with a sharply crisp tang before a yeasty dryness takes over.
06-01-2013 21:36:15 | More by Brenden
3.55/5 rDev -4.1%
(Served in a tulip)
Best Before C,E,2,12
A- This beer pours a deep garnet body with microtrails of carbonation racing to a thick boiling head that soon fades to a thick ring.
S- The clean aroma has earthy flinty yeast hints that grow into a cider aroma with some woody toffee hints in the finish.
T- The clean taste has a touch of tartness with a dry woody cider flavor that grows and grows. There is a soft dry toffee note with a hint of alcohol taste in the finish.
M- The scrubbing fizz as a spicy texture to the medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat really noticed till it is pretty warm.
O- The dry cider characteristic is the strongest flavor with other much softer hints in the background. Not much yeast character and not much malt either.
05-02-2013 20:51:52 | More by rhoadsrage
3.99/5 rDev +7.8%
A - Not over-carbonated like some of the others. Cloudy amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace.
S - It smelled fruity and yeasty.
T - Caramel with a fruity and yeasty kick. Nice and balanced.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is a nice saison. I think it has aged some.
02-01-2013 20:47:10 | More by zeff80
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours medium amber with a good head and some lace. Some retention.
Candied notes and malt, with some spice, funk and booze. An odd mix.
Malt is sweet, then dries out with yeast and spice. Fruit, mild dried bitterness, and yeast/malt finish with some booze.
Medium body, good carbonation.
OK beer, but not a favorite. A bit all over the place.
10-27-2012 22:27:35 | More by OtherShoe2
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
375ml into a tulip. As soon as the cage is loosened the cork rockets, watchout kid, you'll shoot your eye out. Seriously dangerous yet not a gusher, a 750 would have pierced the ceiling. A deep gorgeous amber copper, amber toned head is large bubbled and dissipates fairly rapid, minor lacing.
Aroma is yeasty with dank fruits, they didn't fully ripen and have begun to turn. Sweet as of honey.
Taste is surprisingly strong of caramel, dubbel level. A mild dry twang begins the aftertaste which is pleasant slightly sweet minor bitter. Medium full bodied creamy smooth mouthfeel. A better dark bière de garde.
10-15-2012 00:26:22 | More by impending
3.25/5 rDev -12.2%
Appearance: A big explosion as the cork is eased out, but the beer is not a gusher and pours out with a mountain of foam on top of the hazy amber liquid; the retention and lacing were less than initially expected, however
Smell: Buttery toast topped with brown sugar with apples, minerals and herbs adding a subtle counterpoint underneath
Taste: Diacetyl-laden, up front, with buttery toast and caramel; the minerals, herbs and apples appear in the middle; yeasty and sweeter, after the swallow, but chalky on the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation
Overall: A beer that is all over the map and not in a particularly good way
09-22-2012 17:40:20 | More by brentk56
3.25/5 rDev -12.2%
375 mL corked bottle
Appearance: cloudy dark amber. Saw some yeast chunks floating into glass, perhaps I should have let the beer settle longer before drinking. Light tan head, more like beige, that lasts throughout the session.
Aroma: sweet Caramell with hints of fruit. Red grapes and Apple. there is a lights touch of alcohol in th end which I always love in Belgian beers.
Taste: strong caramel flavor with a candy like sweetness. The flavor is definitely a bit too sweet but it has a redeeming dryness. The hops are rather nondescript but they have a touch of piney dryness that certainly complements this farmhouse ale. It reminds me of a classic, sweet British ESBs but with a belgian edge. It is helping to redefine my notion of farmhouse ale.
Mouthfeel: the body comes equally from the caramel malt and the carbonation.
Not my favorite Belgian, and certainly not the zestiest farmhouse ale, but one worth enjoying.
02-20-2012 01:53:51 | More by emsroth
Amber from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
84 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.