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Dark - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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85
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
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(Beer added by: metter98 on 02-26-2011)
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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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cowboy83

New York

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-13-2011 15:02:22 | More by cowboy83
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seedyone

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-14-2012 22:58:19 | More by seedyone
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

10-29-2013 01:03:37 | More by Molson2000
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trevorjn06

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a dark brown with 4 fingers of tan head that slowly recedes, leaves a slight lacing on the glass.

Aroma is yeast character with citrus, earth and lots of fruits (peaches, apples). There is a very slight toasty/grainy aroma.

Taste is interesting, it has many components of a saison such as fruity, earthy yeast character, dry finish and high carbonation. There is also a slightly nutty, toasted malt flavor and some chocolate that emerges midway through. The finish has light roast, a hint of sweetness, fruity/citrusy flavors and some herbal character.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall this beeris quite good, I would call it a farmhouse ale that has components of brown ales and stouts. I will be having this again.

04-21-2011 04:10:13 | More by trevorjn06
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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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nickfl

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

A - The cork forces itself out as soon as the cage is loosened and we've got ourselves a mild gusher. The beer fills a 16oz tulip with one finger of beer and five fingers of foam, while the bottle still manages to ooze a steady stream of suds out of the top as it sits in the sink, waiting for the head in the glass to settle. The beer itself is a hazy, dark brown color and the voluminous, off white head leaves thick lace as it slowly fades away.

S - Earthy malt notes of caramel, brown sugar, and bread with some clove and yeast notes in the background.

T - Lots of dark fruit and spicy yeast notes up front along with caramel and bread. Red apple and plum notes dominate in the middle but are pushed aside by clove and cinnamon character in the finish. Lingering brown sugar and caramel with a hint of black licorice in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Aside from the problematic gushing issues, this is a very nice dark saison. Not as dry as I might have expected, there is both a dark, fruity yeast character and just a touch of alcoholic warmth that remind me more of a Belgian Dark Strong than of a saison. Worth trying, just watch out of the cork!

11-16-2011 06:32:15 | More by nickfl
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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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bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-22-2012 03:50:50 | More by bobv
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

Hazy, chestnut bown in color with a huge dense head that goes on and on. Took 3 pours to get the whole thing consumed. Ok aroma-somewhat bready and yeasty. Nice flavor-mild chocolate/cocoa. Bready-like a chocolate biscuit! Quite malty with a delicate, yeasty spice. Smooth mouthfeel-very soft. Some dryness in the finish. Very enjoyable beer overall, perfect for a nice spring day.

03-13-2011 19:55:57 | More by lackenhauser
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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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beergoot

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Dark, amber body with a thick yet fizzy looking head (initially) with the head eventually evening out to a rich, thick top. Malty, apricot-like aroma; some apple. Deep, rich malt flavors; charred sugars; maple; slight tartness with a bit of an alcohol edge. Rich, chewy mouthfeel with a slight carbonation tingle at times, otherwise smooth; semi-dry finish.

A big, bold, wonderful tasting beer. Definitely keys on the malt notes with just the right touch of esters and phenols to make things interesting. Does a good job of keeping the alcohol flavors from overwhelming things, letting the malt and yeast components provide the right amounts of depth and complexity.

11-24-2013 19:46:56 | More by beergoot
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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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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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rtepiak

Poland

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

i must say that the yeast is latent on this one. if the bottle is more that 4 months it will volcano and pop the cork out of the cage. i suspect a dupont yeast strain but there is no way of knowing for sure. mine exploded out of the cage.

pour is mahogany with quite a bit of murk and a giant unmanageable head. i've had more success of i'll give it a fair rating but watch out for the pour on this one. nose is juniper, pear, and toast malt... sesame seed. pilsner feel and nose hints. palate is very much so mild chocolate and sesame qualities. a bit of licorice and fruit hints at the right temperature. i say about 50 degrees. its more floral. apple predominant fruit with lemongrass hints at peak. not bad. induces an appetite... but there are more consistent saisons by this brewery.

06-17-2011 02:17:50 | More by rtepiak
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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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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Enjoyed at the Belgian Beer Fest

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with a big, creamy brown head. Nice and thick looking. Not your typical saison.

S - Malts, almost chocolate quality, good earthy grains and yeasts with a nice light funky citrus.

T - Hmm...this is a saison yeah? More roasted malts and nice barnyard funk. More citrus notes too. A nice saison with a dark malty undertone.

M - Creamy, much lower carbonation than one would expect from a saison. Its still quite nice thanks to how malty and dark it is.

O - Overall this was a tasty saison. Unexpected but good. Would buy a bottle of this if I could find it.

09-26-2011 20:43:29 | More by rudzud
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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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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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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-05-2012 16:16:01 | More by macrosmatic
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ncelauro

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-17-2013 18:49:21 | More by ncelauro
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours medium thin brown with a scant head. No real lace.

Cocoa and brown bread aromas, but not real sweetness.

This drinks like a mild brown belgian ale. Cocoa, some fig, brown bread, with bitterness in the crust. Light bitterness clears the palate. Some mild spice and grain husk, but hard to find.Smooth in the finish.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Nice treat here, and not traditional to the style in any way. Liked this a lot.

01-05-2013 00:29:04 | More by OtherShoe2
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-16-2011 23:15:49 | More by uturn
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-28-2013 20:34:11 | More by samEBC
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