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Dark - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

metter98, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

JAHMUR, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

zeff80, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

nickfl, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Amber brown and hazy in the De Proef narrow tulip with a very attractive fine-grained foam. A nice mouthfeel with the creamy carbonation. Bubbles streaming in the dusk.

Flavor is a little murky. Malty and slightly sweet. A resiny candy taste that swiftly goes dry and sharp. Grainy. An insistent tang of bitterness. The flavor of raisin bread toast. This has that classic rusty water taste of far too many Belgian beers. I can't see much point in this one, except to warn against trying random Belgians in the US.

Best before date is "B 4 14" so it that B4 2014? Well, it's from the cooler at at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

mactrail, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MarkyMOD, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

afsdan, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
2.28/5  rDev -40%
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

JohnGalt1, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

rolltide8425, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

LiquidAmber, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

avalon07, May 29, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

mrfrancis, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

rudzud, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +5.3%

deapokid, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

JohnK17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Molson2000, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

OtherShoe2, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of lackenhauser
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

lackenhauser, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +5.3%

macrosmatic, Dec 05, 2012
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