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Dark - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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85
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 02-26-2011)
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Reviews by julian:
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julian

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

I've learned the proper way to de-cork these Hof Ten Dormaal now after having had a few. Hold the cork and cage in your palm with a tight grip and unscrew the cage with the other hand. Slowly pull the cork/cage off (it'll usually come out on its own) until it just pops free in your palm. That way it won't take off like a rocket.

A: Murky dark brown and caramel color with lots of visible sediment floating around. Huge almond colored head with big bubbles that dominate the glass.

S: Typical Hof Ten Dormaal sweetness. candi sugar, bubble gum, juicy fruit, sweet tropical fruits.

T&M: Holy carbonation batman! This thing is incredibly bubbly! Extremely high level of carbonation. Body is earthy sweet with some mild burnt/toasty malts. sweet fruity candi syrup. Hints of spicy noble hop on the finish.

O: Highly carbonated, moderate to high alcohol which is mostly undetectable. Very sweet, mildly toasty. A deviation from standard modern Saisons that I'm used to but probably closer to the traditional historical saison of the past.

12-10-2011 22:59:43 | More by julian
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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-14-2013 04:40:09 | More by SkiBum22
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Marc33

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -73.7%

12-24-2011 22:30:36 | More by Marc33
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-17-2013 00:53:52 | More by Janeinma
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mattfancett

United Kingdom (England)

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

08-28-2014 15:44:42 | More by mattfancett
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Ralphs66

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Yes, yet another cork and overflow issue...I tried to drink the overflow from the bottle but it was too fast and furious; probably lost a third of the bottle. Too bad, as this is a really tasty beer. Dark golden murky brown with a HUGE head on it. Holding on too. Nice lacing. Smell is strongly bready. Everything about this beer makes me think "chewy". Highly carbonated but very very drinkable. If I didn't waste so much at opening, EVERY time I've had a Hof Ten, this would absolutely be on of the best belgian beers for the money. Even with the foamy struggles, it still meets that criteria.

12-21-2011 01:58:10 | More by Ralphs66
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ManforallSaisons

Belgium

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%

Bought summer of 2011, consumed Feb. 2012 and review written at the time (sorry for the belated posting). Bottle with best-by date of either Nov. '11 or Dec. '12, but the markings were ambiguous. Lovely looking, like Irish coffee, cloudy but not too sedimented, poured with a big sandy-tan head that sat down but remained as a thin surface layer a bit. The nose lacks oomph, smelling delicately of basement, licorice, root beer, toffee, red fruits. Quite chewy! It's fitting that mouthfeel impression came before flavor, big as that was: huge wave of toffee, toasty malt, but a sneaky sour astringency sneaks in. Quite farmhouse, that. Redeeming hop finish for, if not quite balance, at least some complexity, and interest.

09-10-2013 22:17:25 | More by ManforallSaisons
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

2.28/5  rDev -40%

Very cold 375 c+c... neck fizzer for about 5 minutes easy... too much carbonation.... dark tan head.. good lacing.. the brew is hazed brown...

Nose is lightly phenlolic and more than enough fruity esters... CO2.... a lot of fizz... raisin and dark toast....

Flavor is a mis-mash of dark fruits... toasty malt and the body is just blown away by the carbonation... clove phenols and some light bubblegum...

Fizzy... the bubbles blow out any idea of a mouthfeel.... I am trying to NOT pour it out.... but 40 minutes later and I get more BURP than enjoyment...

No good. I had one of these in Boise.... and that bottle was settled in the fridge for about 6-7 days.. this bottle was not jostled and still showed the same disqualifications... terrible.

3.5/3/2/2/2

01-08-2012 08:55:08 | More by JohnGalt1
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark chestnut amber with a light tan, massive half glass head; having had Hof Ten Dormaal ales before, I had the glass ready when the cork blew off the bottle with the releaseof the cage. The head slowly dissipated leaving tons of lacing. Aroma of dark caramel malt, dark and dark dried fruit, hints of vinegar; slight metallic element. Flavor is bready and caramel malt, sweet dark and dried fruit, pear juice, light cocoa, and hints of Belgian yeast and spicing. Finish of pleasant residual malt and fruit. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation sharpness. A nice sweet malty ale; closer in style to a light spicy doppelbock than a saison, but tasty and fun to drink in any case. This is my favorite of the non-barrel aged Hof Ten Dormaals.

04-03-2013 02:24:41 | More by LiquidAmber
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metter98

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

A: The beer is hazy chestnut brown in color and yeast particles are visible floating in suspension. It has a very high amount of carbonation, but not nearly as much as the Amber or Blond varieties. It poured into a snifter glass with a three finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties; it consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of yeast dominate the smell, which also has notes of dark malts and hints of spices.
T: The taste is somewhat malty and has a bit of spiciness from the yeast. There are some hints of fruits; the finish has mild notes of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit chalky on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: This wasn't as much of a gusher compared to the Amber and Blond varieties, which made it a lot easier to slowly pour into a glass, yet the chalkiness in the mouthfeel makes this a beer that needs to be sipped.

02-26-2011 19:23:30 | More by metter98
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-10-2013 13:21:15 | More by mendvicdog
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paleoplant

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-17-2013 22:33:08 | More by paleoplant
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

First of all...I could not believe the force of the cork! Careful where you point this bottle once you take the cage off! It litteraly shot accross the room with a super loud pop! Slow gusher here...foam is creeping out of the bottle. Bought this at Acquistapace’s in Covington, LA on a work trip.

Quickly poured into nonic/tulip style glass...
Pours a nice deep brown with thick froathy head. Really nice bready dark fruit and cider aromas. Taste is a bit bitter chocolate, some funky earthy notes, metallic, and slightly boozey. The chocolate is really intense in the aftertaste. Its a bit harsh to drink but has a really nice mellow mouthfeel and aftertaste. Its a very very unique saison...and and all around good brew. Worth a try for sure.

10-23-2012 00:28:54 | More by DrinkSlurm
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-24-2011 19:40:39 | More by JohnK17
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-07-2013 03:28:28 | More by Dave_Treat
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours an interesting bistre/brown, lots of yeast sediment, and lots of carbonation. Smells very earthy, almost musky, with a hint of phenolic spiciness buried under the malty aroma. Hits the mouth with malty sweetness; cocoa, biscuit, and chocolate all come through mixed with yeasty, nutty, bread flavors, yum! Highly drinkable, a medium bodied beer, exciting on the tongue with all the carbonation, finishes with a slight lingering spiciness. Goes down the hatch easy, but filled with wonderful complexity, highly recommended.

09-01-2011 05:10:16 | More by manitouman84
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-14-2012 14:16:40 | More by ReeseMax3
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-03-2013 20:57:08 | More by LambicPentameter
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Word of caution to anyone looking to open a bottle o' this: Do so carefully. The cork WILL bolt off at incredibly high velocities, damaging anything in its path. Point away from yourself and toward a bitter enemy. That said, it pours a bleak dark brown topped by at least three fingers of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, booze, buttery toffee, and light plum. The taste holds notes of walnut, caramel, clove, dark wheat, and buttery toffee. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation (all of the CO2 must have gone toward blowing off the cork and building a mountain of head...) and a smooth, grainy feel. Overall, a nice idea, but this thing has a bit too much darkness, a bit too much booze, for things to really work.

01-12-2012 06:24:19 | More by TMoney2591
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-14-2013 17:59:26 | More by Sspeer1
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shanekramer

New York

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-21-2011 02:19:40 | More by shanekramer
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-13-2012 22:33:23 | More by Rickythejeweler
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-07-2013 19:32:52 | More by DrunkinYogi
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a murky, dark brown color with a thick texture. Some floaties. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing. Lots of sediment at the bottom.

S: A rich aroma of malt, chocolate, and a slight funk.

T: Tasted of toasted malt (oddly enough), chocolate, some mild spices, and a nutty quality akin to what you might find in a brown ale. Definitely an unusual take on the saison style, but tasty nonetheless.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: As I said, this is an unusual version of a saison, a fact that might put some people off. That being said, it is a well made, easy to drink beer.

05-29-2011 12:04:19 | More by avalon07
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zeff80

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

A - Poured out a very cloudy, murky brown color with lots of yeasty sediment. It had a three finger, off-white head of very bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and fruity with notes of raisin and currants.

T - It tasted of dried fruits - raisin, plum and currants. Good spicy yeasty bite with some sweet caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty dark saison. Be careful, though, the cork flew off on its own.

10-18-2011 01:09:14 | More by zeff80
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