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Amber - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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57 Ratings

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tempest on 06-25-2010)
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Photo of mrfrancis
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%

A: Pours a dark amber with a fizzy white head that quickly recedes into a thin mousse. When held up to the light, sluggish streams of effervescence are clearly visible. Looks like a pretty typical amber.

S: Faint aromas of caramel, chalk, minerals, earthy hops, and spicy, fruity yeast are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, woody spice, earthy hops, dark bread, chalk, minerals, cider apples, and funky yeast wash across the palate. The finish is oddly brief, but very spicy and funky, with notes of yeast, caramel, minerals, and earthy hops.

M: Very light-bodied for the style with surprisingly crisp, forceful carbonation. In the mouth, this ale displays a chalky, dry texture that is a bit off-putting. Drinking this is a bit of a chore.

O: This is a very mediocre saison. I was expecting so much more. Hopefully, the other Hof Ten Dormaal beers will be more appealing to me.

mrfrancis, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

smithmd4, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of MaineMike
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of julian
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

A: Coppery brown in color with good clarity and a little bit of haze. A creamy white head that dissipates leaving a nice layer of foamy goodness on the surface.

S: Caramel and toffee sweetness, hints of maple and candi sugar with a vanilla like bready quality. cereal and toasty. One of the sweeter examples of the style.

T&M: Sweet toasted malt. Light yet medium bodied. crisp. Slightly peppery and mild hop bitterness.

O: I'm not sure this is a Saison, but this is definitely a Belgian farmhouse ale of the darker, amber variety. The definition of Saison is pretty open and relatively unspecific anyway, so this very well could be a traditional interpretation of the style. It's a bit too sweet for my liking and the toasted malt tends to dominate, like a marzen or oktoberfest but nevertheless this was enjoyable.

julian, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

Should have known to be careful when opening this one since the cork was already pushing out with the cage still intact. After the cork shot across the room and I thanked God that I didn't lose an eye I poured this into a goblet. This beer poured out with a massive head on it, the color of the beer was a traditional amber tone. The head took a white to settle and with each attempt to fill the glass I had to wait for the head to go down. Them smell of the beer is decent, it's got some hops and some sweet malts. It doesn't really smell too much like a Saison to me. The taste had a decent bitterness to it along with some sweet malts in there. The mouthfeel was bubbly and quite active. Overall not a bad brew.

Knapp85, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
3/5  rDev -18.9%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +8.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of trevorjn06
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%

Cork SHOT out of the bottle upon releasing the wire cage. Pours an orange/amber color with a slight haze, enormous head with great retention and good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fruit, earth, very mild funk (not brett...). There is mango, citrus, some hops. Light malty, caramel.

Taste very fruity with bready malts and a pleasant caramel. Begins with bready, light caramel, very light toast, citrus and light earth. Moves into dry maltiness, lots of apple, pear, lemon and some hop bitterness emerge midway. The finish is very dry due to the high carbonation, but still maintains some caramel flavors as well as firm hop bitterness, light earth/must and fruit/yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with VERY high carbonation. Very slight alcohol on the finish.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, it combines sweet caramel malts flawlessly with dry saison flavors and tons of yeast character. Complex and delicious.

trevorjn06, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%

A - Pours with an over the top, five finger head of off white foam. It takes a few minutes for the head to settle enough for me to fill the glass, and as the foam recedes, it leaves thick lace on the glass. The body is a clear, golden amber color.

S - Bready malt with a hint of caramel and some spicy hops in the background.

T - Rich, bready malt up front with some spicy yeast notes and a bit of toffee. Clove and peppery yeast notes in the middle with some musty hops. The beer finishes with more intense, caramel and toffee malt as well as spicy yeast notes of clove and a hint of smoke.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - A very nice, amber saison. The yeast character is musty and spicy with some of the "cellar" character that I normally associate with a biere de garde. The spicy, must, almost British hop profile melds nicely with the bready malt and spicy yeast, while the profound dryness makes for a very drinkable beer.

nickfl, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a small wine glass. I would have chosen a tulip, but the cork popped off while I was undoing the cage, and it started gushing, so I grabbed the closest glass. Pours a very cloudy amber haze with a big 3 finger tuft of gushy head. Decent lacing after the head dies to a bigger than normal film on top. On the nose, first off is a big grassy earthy scent. A bit of musty hay. Some sweetness as well. Getting some floral stuff going on as well. Musty and sweet on the palate. Those Saison yeasty spice notes are coming through strong. Didn't catch that too much on the nose, interesting it's coming so hard on the tongue. Nice bitterness on the finish. Some malt somewhere in the middle. Drying. Lots of champagne-like bubbles, causing a case of the burps. Tasty brew overall. I should also mention, it's nicely priced and a perfect single serving size.

WestValleyIPA, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

others have noted this, but a word of caution seems necessary... once the cage is removed, the cork flies out with some serious velocity. a lot of pressure in this little bottle.

pours a dark brownish-orange with pillowy, cream colored head that holds and leaves lace. nose is sweet malt that is cut and harmonized well by peppery spice, earth, fresh air/soil, and dark fruit. a nice lemony hop character really comes in to the mix as it warms. taste is well balanced and pretty well integrated mix of the above with a nice, long finish that I could swear has some rye notes to it. reminds me of a blend between Rochefort 6 and a Saison, or maybe like an old-school super-rustic saison. terroir all over the place, and this is really it's stand-out character. minerally (not the salty kind) as hell. fresh air/countryside character galore. yum. mouthfeel is creamy, yet light and fluffy at the same time. long finish with a clean aftertaste. another fantastic beer from 12percent. real terroir in beer. thank you!

timtim, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of manitouman84
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Poors a turbid orange/amber with a fair amount of yeast and a lot of carbonation, bubbles dissipate without much lacing. Smells spicy and fruity; lemon, citrus, grapefruit and others all present. Hits the tongue with a light phenolic spicyness, followed by apple, grapefruit and a dry malt finish. Not too sweet, clean on the mouth, not a heavy bodied beer. This is a good beer, although maybe a little 1 dimensional given the style to me. I found the dark more interesting.

manitouman84, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

12.7 ounce corked and caged bottle, best by 4/12. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a couple inch off-white head. Lots of carbonation in this one, I could only pour about 2/3rds of the bottle (if even that much) into the glass before I had to let the head settle down some. The head stays around for a while, but there isn't much lacing. Aroma is mostly fruity, it smells like apples, tropical fruit, bready malt, pears, hay and lemon peel. It tastes like caramel malt, apples, bready malt, yeast and a little bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's somewhat slick and has very high (but soft) carbonation. I think it's a decent brew, but I'm not sure if I'd buy this again for $5.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

(375ml bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours hazy orange color with nice fluffy off-white head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma of dried pit fruit, lemon, spice, and hay. Taste is sweet with some light bitterness. Fruits come through as well. Medium bodied with a slick texture. A bit fizzy. Finish is slightly bitter. A decent beer, but not sure I’d actively search it out again because of cost/other great beers out there.

trappistlover, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of SirSketch
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

A - The cork flew off the top, leading to a gusher of a beer and a glass half full of foam. Oh, well. The clumpy, dense, cream colored head stays. Underneath it is a cloudy, dark orange brew.

S - The nose is primarily a raw wheat and wet straw aroma. Maybe even some rye and mutligrain bread. Very bready all around.

T - First, there is a lot of pepper and spice that lingers. Rustic dark bread, grape, oatmeal and lemon peel flavors can all be found. Also, a bit minerally.

M - Light creamy body and a dry, lasting finish.

O - A beer with a lot of depth in both flavor and mouth. Another wonderful Belgian offering.

SirSketch, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of jbonapar
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

YIKES! What a start to this beer! OVER CARBONATED EXPLOSION out of the bottle! What excitement. I've never seen a cork fly that fast in my life. I was 1/2 way through loosening the wire over the cork and POW easily broke the sound barrier!

Ok, on to the taste

What aroma.. Spicey slight hopiness a wee bit citrusy...Floral. Fantastic

Taste: wow. I love a good saison, my favorite style when done well. This captures it. Starts off immediately with a sweetness that is quickly overtaken by a spicy bite...A slight sourness lingers as the bitterness comes on at the end. THen, the spice comes back and just stays until the next sip. I also notice a bit of vanilla in there...Just fascinating and complex. One of my new fav's.

jbonapar, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

Carefully leaked the gas out while holding in the cork, once I removed it, it took awhile for it to slowly over-foam, but even a gentle pour into my large Gulden Draak tulip resulted into almost all foam. It settled pretty quickly, leaving chunks of big bubbled foam over a hazy, dark amber beer on subsequent pours.

Whoa, the first whiff I took to deep, was so spritzy it stung my nasal passages, and then quickly unfolded the sweet esters and malt, lychee and pith. I really like the intensity, even after the gas blows off and it stops burning, very nice.

Taste pretty good, complex but fairly well integrated. The fruitiness is present but tempered by a firm bitterness on the finish, but is still pretty robust. A little earthiness, fresh clean soil.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry, but there's some maltiness for sure, medium bodied, perhaps even a bit more so for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good, this is as advertised, a classic, rustic saison. I prefer the fruity esters vs the more spicy esters that farmhouses can exhibit, this reminds me of the fruity blaugies yeast, which I really love, and actually homebrew with a ton myself.

ccrida, May 22, 2011
Photo of CaptainPiret
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

True to its name, it pours an amber color with a slight orange tint. The head is foamy, stuck around for a while, and left a lot of lacing as it went down the glass.

Grass, green apple and some yeast came to mind when taking a whiff (there is quite a bit of yeast lounging around the bottom of my glass).

It was an impressive start for this beer, with its nice appearance and multi-flavored smell, but the taste left me wanting more. It's duller than the smell let on. I still get the grass but the apple and other sweet aromas aren't nearly as detectable, and something bitter grabs me at the end. I was expecting a creamier beer, but it was a bit watery.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer, but not one of the better saisons I've had. Worth drinking but not going out of your way for.

CaptainPiret, May 03, 2011
Photo of sk8man121
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12.7 ml bottle poured into Allagash chalice.

A: Upon untwisting the cage, I fell into a delirious spell as the cork wooshed by my nose at breakneck yet slow-motion speeds a la the matrix. I'm lucky to still have my sight.

After the gushing subsides, this pours a mostly opaque, muddy copper. 4-finger (yup) head dies down to 1, leaving lacing on the glass. As this almost killed me, I must dock it 1 whole extra point.

S: Farmhouse yeast and apples up front. There's a nice spiciness here. Smells like Saison Dupont.

T: Caramel-apple up front. Fresh bread and spices from the yeast in the center. The hops lend a very unique hint of tobacco to backbone. Finishes semi-dry and somewhat muddy.

M: This is undoubtedly over-carbonated, which gets in the way at first. While creamy to start, this finishes fairly thin.

O: Despite almost losing an eye, this was an interesting beer and was worth trying; I especially enjoyed the tobacco qualities. Won't be purchasing again, however.

Worth trying, but ultimately nothing to write home about.

sk8man121, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottle: Poured a super hazy dark beige color ale with a super huge off-white foamy head with perfect retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of rustic Belgian malt notes with light barnyard notes and funky ester. Taste is a very nice mix between some rustic Belgian malt notes with funky yeast ester and light barnyard notes. Body is extremely full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very complex beer with nice artisanal touch and rough edge not removed.

Phyl21ca, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Corked+caged bottle into a snifter; thanks to JAHMUR for sharing.

A: Loosening the cage causes the cork to explode with deafening force, followed by some serious gushing; once things calm down enough to allow an actual pour, it results in a hazy orange body under a huge head of frothy, off-white foam. Yeah, it's overcarbonated, but it's not unattractive.

S: Sweet, fruity, and spicy, with tropical fruits, yeast phenols, and bready malt. Quite nice.

T: Dryer than expected, with lots of malt, spice, and stone fruit. Intense phenols on the back end. Intriguing, but not especially tasty.

M: Decently full body with moderate carbonation. Ok.

O: There really wasn't much about this beer that reminded me of a classic Saison, and that was a disappointment. The mixture of malt, spice, and fruit on the nose was enjoyable, but such balance didn't quite come through in the flavor. I won't be seeking it out.


woosterbill, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

A: There was so much carbonation in the bottle that the cork exploded out as soon as the wire cage was twisted off. The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured into a snifter glass with a three finger high foamy off white head that has good retention properties. It took a long amount of waiting and several pours to finally get all of the contents out of the bottle.
S: The nose has lots of yeasty aromas and is quite spicy. There are also some hints of fruits.
T: The overall taste is filled with flavors of grainy malts and spicy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer takes a lot of patience because you can't pour out everything out all at once due to the overcarbonation.

metter98, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of sitarist
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours an opaque, tarnished copper color. There is three fingers of foamy off white head taking its time receding. The head falls to a thick foamy top-coating that leaves patches of lacing.

I smell over ripe apples, musty basement, lemon, caramel, and wet dog. Its not as spicy or phenolic as I expected, but it is funky.

I taste ripe apples, pepper, coriander, and lime. The flavors are a lot more spicy than the nose suggested. It has a weird / funky aftertaste.

Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation that scrubs across my tongue. It has a long finish.

I find it easy to drink despite all of its weirdness. I could go for another.

sitarist, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Heavy sea-foam head, turbid amber color. Spicy nose, a bit creamy with vague caramel or confection, lemon-ish herbal and obvious yeast flavors. Big burst of crispness from a lighter, dryer body. Bready, buttery, earthy. Dried fruit of apple, pineapple and kiwi. Yeasty with dried grain throughout; phenols are present, but are on the light side. Wet and alcoholic as the warmth creeps farther down the throat. An interesting beer to try, no doubt, but it just seems scattered and almost a chore to drink.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%

From on tap in to a tulip glass

Consists of a cream colored appearance of very tight bubbles of barely a finger head. The rest of the beer is of a perfect caramel color opaque, that leaves a decent lacing upon quaffing

Nose. what nose? There's a nose on this beer? I smell barely ANYTHING, some faint yeast that's about it.

Taste however gets a considerably better after the closed bouquet. A very light aromatic body with faint tastes of honey, but still rather empty. Pleasurable and above average but lacking in a bold profile or of something distinct.

Afterfinish is incredibly sharp guessing from the so called barley/hop content. It is not bitter but is "sharp" it jumps out in the finish which is kind of jarring. There is also a slight club soda finish, and a feeling of a slight chewy wheat ale consistency also. That's not necessarily a bad thing.

Drinkabiliy I would say is just about down the middle, I could have another, but I am not aching for one. Lord knows I've hard worse Saisons. However, as you continue drinking it the sharpness is less noticeable making it more enjoyable.

smakawhat, Dec 04, 2010
Amber from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
84 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.