Torment Dark Belgian-Style Ale - Heretic Brewing Company

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Torment Dark Belgian-Style AleTorment Dark Belgian-Style Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 63
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 5.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-30-2012

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 63
Reviews by WaterCzar:
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a chalice a full deep amber with a sticky light beige head atop.Aromas of dark fig,brown sugar,and yeasty phenols,the phenols are no joke.Love the rich dark fruit and brown sugar flavors with enough earthiness in the finish to keep it in balance for such a big beer.I like that the sweetness is kept in check...a little but it keeps it's richness,a very good beer. (375 characters)

Photo of tjumfrid
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz, dark red wax sealed bottle, one of the easier iterations of said presentation to actually open that I've come upon of late.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark red-brick amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some broad land bridge lace around the glass as it slowly fades away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, musty toffee, earthy yeast, dark candi sugar, mixed orchard fruit (plums, bruised apples, bananas and pears), and somewhat hot and phenolic alcohol. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, hard toffee candies, laid-back yeast, brown sugar, sweet, syrupy pear and apple fruit notes, indistinct earthy spice, and light leafy, kind of perfumed hops, the only real sign of the elevated ABV.

The bubbles are quite soft and lilting in their genial frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and plainly smooth, with a pleasant creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad. It finishes off-dry, but not too sweet, as the fruity and spicy esters give it the ol' college try at conceiving a sense of balance, sort of.

An interesting and tasty BSDA, the normal metrics all there, with a well-concealed 20-proof booze factor. The variable mustiness lends some old-school credence as well, but it comes off as being layered on just a wee bit too thickly in places. At any rate, worthy of checking out, if you're into big, bold Belgian-style brews. (1,454 characters)

Photo of VictoriaAnne
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a fading off-white head.
Nose shows brown sugar, golden syrup, candi sugar, dried fruit and sultanas.
More golden syrup as a flavours along with candied ginger, bready malt, dried orange peel and hot booze.
Too much carbonation. (250 characters)

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MrJolly
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Geoffq
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up Friday/Saturday night for about $10.... Finally getting around to it tonight.. Pours a very nice clear chestnut amber... tan head had decent retention and good lacing.

The nose is pretty good... apples stewed with some brown sugar.. hints of clove.. light toffee.. maybe something that I can associate as citrus zest.. The aroma dries out with warmth and that reveals even more complexities... a bit figgy and some peppery notes.. EtOH is there, but soft and perfumy.

Flavor mirrors the nose... but there is a bit of cocoa there mid palate that accentuates the toffee and fruitiness... on the tongue, more pear than apple.. maltiness becomes thicker and more clinging with a lot of warmth... it helps really tie things together.. figgy/raisin box notes.. no real stone fruits is a little bit surprising, though not a big deal... a bit sweet IMHO, but the drier finish makes up ground.

Could stand to have a bit more bubble.. the palate though is damn good.. medium with a medium carbonation.

Overall... I hate being the first review on something like this... but I will say that I really dig it... Maybe a touch expensive; but for a nice treat, I will buy again for sure.

4/4/4/4/4.5 (1,211 characters)

Photo of Spaz7
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of dipso123
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Shelbyclimber
4.89/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful color, rich feel in the mouth. Excellent finish with lingering flavor that is reminiscent of previous beers I've had the pleasure of tasting. Warmth of flavors including bourbon tones, carmel flavor, and a finality that makes me want more. This beer will be purchased again as soon as possible. (304 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark, clear mahogany colour with an off white head that reduces quickly.

S - Has aromas of bread yeast, sweet caramel.

T - Nice vanilla and caramel notes with a sticky sweet like flavour that dominates through the taste until completion. No sign of the ABV. The bread and yeast are also present with some fig and mild dark fruits.

M - Medium to full body with low carbonation

O - I Like this brew. As far as a BSDA goes it is near the mark, but the residual sweetness lessens the authenticity of it and is a little off puting. Lacks the authenticity of an BSDA. The Belgian examples are generally a lot better. (653 characters)

Photo of willbobaggins
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reminds me a lot of Malheur 12--a bit more viscous though. Label description is pretty spot-on. Candied apples, pears, figs. Really masks the alcohol @ 10%. Tough to take down the whole 350mL solo. Solid dessert beer to share.

Syrupy mouthfeel. Taste follows the nose just like other reviewers have pointed out. Real light lacing, and minimal foam cling. Smells even better as it warms.

Impressed. Pittsburg's (CA) got a gem in Heretic. Definitely looking forward to the hazelnut chocolate porter. (499 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown colored ale with a small khaki colored head.

Very aromatic ale from the moment you pop it open. Scents of malt, molasses, brown sugar, coriander, cardamom, and allspice. Little bit of cinnamon apple scent here. Alcohol not detected.

Starts out sweet with a molasses after taste. After you get past the molasses it tastes a lot like it smells. Very much on the sweet side with spices but the sweetness isn't excessive.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good Belgian Dark Ale with no real faults. Not a match for Terrible though. (546 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of chefbigjon
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pmangold
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Torment Dark Belgian-Style Ale from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.