Barrel-Aged Project Brew No. 8 - Sauternes - Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by beerdrifter:
3.86/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. When opened, this one poured foam out the top of the bottle. Probably would have been a gusher had I not been careful opening as I've had similar issues with these beers. Slightly hazy pour with a huge thin foamy head with great retention and thick clingy crazy lacing. Sweet boozey nose with hints of grass, oak, caramel, apple, and a touch of maple syrup. The taste is sweet and pretty boozey as well with hints of apple, grass, vanilla, caramel, oak, maple, and peaches. I'm not familiar with Sauternes, so can't really tell if the barrel aging achieved its goal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly fizzy, but also creamy at times. Overall, this is pretty similar to the others I've had in this series, but it never seems to disappoint.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2013 15:49:48 | More by beerdrifter
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3.84/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured a dark, reddish brown body that had decent head and lace on top of an aroma that at first struck me as real sweet, with not only some caramel or other sugary malts (jelly??) but something in the tropical fruit area like apricots or even peaches (now it is reminding me of cheap sangria) along with traditional touches of Belgian yeast and woodiness. It is a lighter bodied beer that has a blend of tropical fruits and a minor sweet malt base (caramel is really only thing I can think of) and passes real easy thanks to the wood/oakiness in the beer (and yeast). I didn't mind drinking this beer as it reminded me of a sweet/desert wine but after awhile it grew tiresome and one is enough for me.
Serving type: on-tap
01-18-2014 16:41:24 | More by clayrock81
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From 06/23/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at TØRST in Brooklyn, NY. Listed as a
Sorachi Ace saison on the menu.
a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of dark fruits, raisins, roasted malts, oak, caramel malts, yeast, some alcohol but not really sure what, a tiny bit sweet. I like the nose quite a bit. Lots of dark fruits to it and sweet but not too sweet...I like it quite a bit.
t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, caramel malts, lots of oak, toasted malts, burnt malts, alcohol, molasses, sugar, and Belgian yeast. Not much alcohol at all to the taste in that it doesn't feel like 12% ABV at all. I like the taste more than the nose.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink; alcohol is very well hidden.
o - Overall a very nice Belgian dark; I liked this more than most it seems. Nos eis nice with some dark fruits and caramel, and the taste is even better, hiding the alcohol really well. Interested to try the other versions, and would have it again.
Serving type: on-tap
06-24-2013 15:19:05 | More by mdfb79
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottle shared by me, purchased from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip.
A - This one was a gusher. Cork rocketed off, and the pour yielded a massive white foam that settled to a thick collar, wisps, and plenty of lacing. Murky amber body that I'd attribute to the agitated yeast.
S - Sweet, fortified wine, caramel and fruity malt flavors, slightly phenolic and spicy Belgian yeast, a touch of oak, and a faint chemical/alcohol note as it warms. Perhaps a bit of brett, although it's hard to be certain.
T - The taste is definitely sweeter and less attenuated, with no obvious brett character. It's a sweet, Belgian amber, with notes of caramel and stone fruits, and some faint vinous oak flavors in the periphery. Alcohol is well-hidden, as is common throughout this series.
M - Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Dry, grainy, and tannic texture. Minimal alcohol warming for the listed 12%.
D - This seems to be the most balanced of the three versions I've had so far. Barrel character is certainly present, but not as heavy-handed as the Porto nor as faint as the Cognac. There seem to be some QC problems at this brewery, so mileage may vary. Solid, but probably not worth the money nor the effort.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2013 19:19:26 | More by MasterSki
Barrel-Aged Project Brew No. 8 - Sauternes from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
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