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Dark - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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BA SCORE
86
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%


Brewed by:
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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

2.28/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

was not a big fan of this one, from its skunky nose i am guessing this green glass wasnt handled well, or that it sat on the shelf a little longer than it should have. its got a mostly clear medium brown color and a fluffy head thats basically the same color. good carbonation maintains the head for awhile. it smells skunked out, like english malts rather than belgian yeast, and not at all fresh, also a little sweet. the flavor is better than the smell, malt forward this one, i was expecting a yeast heavy brew, but there is nothing exciting about the yeast here at all. caramel and chocolate malt sweetness fades into a slightly stale bread complex before the beer finishes probably not as dry as originally intended. i had much higher hopes after having some beers from this brewery recently, but this was a real disappointment. medium bodied and bubbly, but the flavor just isnt that good. there is still a white on the shelf too, which i would really like to try, but after this one i dont know if ill try it or not. very very average belgian beer here, freshness is likely at lease a little part of that.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 16:29:55 | More by StonedTrippin
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky brown with a thick, bubbly beige head.

S: Aromas of cider apples, roasted grain, bitter chocolate, and lactic yeast are present on the nose.

T: A tart entry reveals notes of bitter chocolate, roasted grain, cider apples, spiced pears, cream, oak, woody spice, white pepper, and astringent alcohol. The finish is peppery and bitter with oak, chocolate, and white pepper notes underscored by fiery alcohol.

M: This ale is medium-bodied and quite dry. Carbonation is prickly. Alcohol presence is pronounced and biting.

O: This is an interesting ale, but the flavor profile never really comes together and its booziness makes it difficult to drink. It's decent, but I doubt I will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 15:36:58 | More by mrfrancis
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metter98

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a deep brown in color with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of belgian yeast, lemongrass, bell pepper, slight chocolate scent. a very sweet and malty profile, slight bitterness reminiscent of dirt, slight bite of alcohol. medium body, low carbonation.

this beer tastes nothing like a saison but is still very drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:50:54 | More by facundoCNB
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Belgium

3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 22:17:25 | More by ManforallSaisons
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Ralphs66

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a saison? I figured it would just be a dark ale. Frankly, the nose comes off as mostly that. Heavy on the sugars. On the flavor profile as well. I know this says farmhouse ale on the label, but really, this is a Belgian dark ale. My conundrum is whether I rate this as a saison (which I probably should), or if I should rate it on just being a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 05:44:52 | More by RblWthACoz
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 20:43:29 | More by rudzud
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zeff80

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:09:14 | More by zeff80
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rtepiak

Poland

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 19:46:56 | More by beergoot
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 06:32:15 | More by nickfl
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 12:04:19 | More by avalon07
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trevorjn06

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 04:10:13 | More by trevorjn06
Dark from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
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