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Barrel-Aged Project Brew No. 6 - Porto - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 25
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 25
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2014 vintage bottling. Cork popped itself off after removing the cage, but was not a gusher. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, berry, fig, pear, apple, white grape, port wine, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, oak, light vanilla, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, berry, fig, pear, apple, white grape, port wine, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, oak, light vanilla, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, berry, fig, pear, apple, grape, port wine, pepper, clove, honey, oak, vanilla, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/barrel/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/prickly mouthfeel that is great. Light-moderate dryness after the finish with the higher amount of carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged Belgian strong pale ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt sweetness, and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium, deep coppery amber with a thin, off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma similar to the other ales in this series, bready, slightly caramel malt, light stone fruit,Belgian yeast, this one with light vinous quality and hints of fortified wine. Flavor is sweet stone fruit, light caramel malt, hints of berries, nice overtone of port wine. The barrel influence is obvious and well integrated. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Although a bit sweet, the flavors in this are really nice and rich, much more depth than the others in the series that I sampled last year. This bottle is about 2-3 years old now and the difference may be due to aging. If so, I'm sorry I didn't lay a few more of these away. I really like the base ale to this series anyway, and this one is the same profile, but enhanced and nicely augmented by the port flavors. Warming, but the ABV is well covered, I had to pace myself because the taste invited sipping. I really like this a lot and would buy another bottle in a heartbeat.

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3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Shared at Edward's poker and Mexican night.

A - Late-rising white foam settles to not much else. Hazy amber cider body. Not terrible for a 12% brew, but not much to look at either.

S - Loads of port and oak presence; quite a bit of barrel presence compared to the other beers I've had in this series. There's a hint of green apple and acetone that mars the port flavors, and only mild malt sweetness and Belgian yeast character contributed by the base beer. Alcohol is well-hidden, and at least this isn't infected like the cognac version. Still, it's a bit rough around the edges.

T - The taste is similar, with a mixture of port, vinous oak, and some fruity esters from the yeast. The combination of malt sweetness, yeast, and port actually gives this more of a brandy-esque vibe to me than a port one - grape, berries, and a bit of honey. I'm surprised a 12% base beer didn't hold up to the barrel, but that's what happened here; not sure if I could have differentiated this from a wheatwine or a number of other styles.

M - Dry, medium-full body, with lower carbonation and a mildly sticky finish. Some obvious alcohol warmth that gives this a modest spirit 'vibe' to it. More spritz would help offset some of the sweetness.

D - This drank a bit more like watered-down port or brandy than an oak-aged Belgian. While this is the first beer in the series that has delivered obvious barrel character it has veered way to far on the barrel side of things; as a result of this intensity it's hard to drink in large quantities. Not worth the entry price, but might be of interest to port fans.

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2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Local Option.

I used this beer as a sort of canary to tell me whether or not the investment in the entire bottle series is safe. Yup. it pours a clear gold topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises light dark wheat surrounded by Port grapes and a hint of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, along with clove, licorice, banana peel, light earthy greens, and a sense of rye and pumpernickel. The combination is just too odd to work very well for me. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, as much as I like the idea of Port-barreling beers in general, this particular one just didn't really do it for me. Suffice it to say that I spent a decent amount of money on beer on the way home, but I saved $170 or so by not pulling the trigger on this series.

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3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet. 2012 vintage, one of 2536 bottles.

2.5 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. No head was formed. There doesn't appear to be much of any carbonation in this.

4.0 S: This is quite fruity and probably the fruitiest of the three variants that I've had. Vinous grape with strong raspberry notes with mixed other berries behind that. Sugary sweetness that emphasizes a berry fruit juice type deal. Figs, dates, and plum to follow. Beyond the fruit, there is hay and grassiness, caramel, and a bit of toffee. Plenty of pepper and a bit of clove from the yeast. Booze is well hidden.

3.0 T: I'm immediately taken back by medicinal alcohol and astringency from the barrel. The nose was quite void of these flavors, but they are aggressive in the taste. The fruits of the nose are also found in the taste: grape, sherry, raspberry, mixed berry, plum, figs, dates. Again there is just a bit of grassy and hay funk with caramel and toffee. Lots of pepper and a touch of clove. If the head-on booze and astringency was removed (or even just lessened), this would be a pretty good brew. Even as it is, the good flavors push this to average.

2.0 M: Medium body. Almost no carbonation. An almost velvety chewiness. This desperately needs the carbonation. The mouthfeel on this sucks without it.

2.5 D: This beer is far too fucking expensive to not be properly carbonated. I was contemplating purchasing the rest of the variants given that I enjoyed the other two quite a bit, but based on the quality issues with this and the other reviews that indicate other problems, I'm going to quietly spend my money on something else.

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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Belgium.

A: Clear copper with a quickly receding head. Woo, it’s different!

N: Grape, cherry, honey, biscuit. Really heavy on the port/brandy sweetness.

T: Grape, pepper, cherry, honey, biscuit. The most discernible of the bunch.

M: Medium heavy. Alcohol burn is expected.

O: Best of the bunch but not saying much. If you're going to get one, this is the one I'd recommend as the port barrel works with the base beer the best.

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Barrel-Aged Project Brew No. 6 - Porto from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
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