Dark - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dark from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
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