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Dark - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

LambicPentameter, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Ry1975, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
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.

OtherShoe2, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Dtrain4, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

seedyone, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

ReeseMax3, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

macrosmatic, Dec 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

rolltide8425, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
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.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Rickythejeweler, Jul 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

JAHMUR, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

bobv, Jun 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

JxExM, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

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
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

hannydawg, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 12, 2012
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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.


JohnGalt1, Jan 08, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.7%

Marc33, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

JohnK17, Dec 24, 2011
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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.

Ralphs66, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

cowboy83, Dec 13, 2011
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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.

julian, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

shanekramer, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

uturn, Nov 16, 2011
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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!

nickfl, Nov 16, 2011
Dark from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
85 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.