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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

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-30-2012)
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Big 650ml bottle to drink on my own. Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a pleasant russety red colour, with a very fine head of yellow-white, leaving some bubbling around the edges of the glass. Solid streaking lace. Carbonation is nice and fine, and slides smoothly through the thick but fine body. Looks very good.

Nose is round and sweet, with raisin overtones and a slight spicy tannic bite. Some preserved orange sharpness comes through, along with some vanilla and port. It's like a big, rich, boozy fruitcake. Good stuff.

Taste is smooth and rich, with plenty of fine burnt sugar sweetness, and a layered spicy overtone. Hints of spicy Shiraz and fragrant clove gives a light dancing sharpness, but the sweetness is always rich and solid enough to back it up—this gives dark caramel, gooey mud cake and young spicy port. The finish gives some chocolate and more lingering burnt sugar. Lovely stuff.

Feel is exceptionally smooth, but with a beautiful fineness to it.

Wow, this is really excellent stuff. Most of all, it's dangerous. The 10% ABV is barely noticeable apart from providing a depth and structure to the complexity, and it's really quite scary how smooth it is and how easy it goes down.

01-02-2013 05:00:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
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VictoriaAnne

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-06-2013 07:16:21 | More by VictoriaAnne
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-03-2014 06:07:52 | More by mc4z
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WaterCzar

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-18-2013 00:28:57 | More by WaterCzar
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

05-29-2013 04:53:46 | More by CrazyDavros
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

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

10-30-2012 03:25:15 | More by JohnGalt1
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Spaz7

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-20-2013 02:44:02 | More by Spaz7
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-16-2014 11:50:41 | More by largadeer
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-22-2013 07:21:44 | More by Rwalford74
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dipso123

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-14-2013 23:37:56 | More by dipso123
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Shelbyclimber

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

03-01-2013 07:51:46 | More by Shelbyclimber
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -22.8%

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.

04-06-2013 14:37:27 | More by eric5bellies
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willbobaggins

California

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

03-22-2014 02:25:18 | More by willbobaggins
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

11-11-2012 03:31:20 | More by Zorro
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Cirus

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

02-22-2014 22:58:10 | More by Cirus
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N17shelfside

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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random846

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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KevMo84

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

05-31-2014 17:11:22 | More by KevMo84
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GPGURU

Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +19.2%

not for the weak taste buds. This was fantastic. I recommend working your way up to it.
we split a galaxy white ipa, a duvel, aderson valley hoppn ottin, then a stone IPA then this. so by the time we got to it we thought we were ready and bazinga... this was a real mans beer. Had it in a tall flute type glass to really check out the color. awesome dark browns , some reds, and mixed in color. ( we were in front of a fire , so it might have skewed it a bit.).
IT had very little sweetness to it but I could taste some caramel. Next time I have it I'll add more detail right away.

04-15-2013 02:28:24 | More by GPGURU
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Samuel906

California

3.44/5  rDev -12.9%

Pours reddish, brown, dull with minimal head and minor lacing: not terribly appealing to look at. Smell on the other hand is very, very good. Very malty and sweet up front, brown sugar, raisin, and a hint of citrus funk. Taste is also very malt forward, rich and very sweet. Some boozey warmth. Vanilla, caramel, raisin, spice. Feel is lighter than expected, but sticky from the sugar. Low carbonation.

Overall, very good flavor and the huge malt was a nice juxtaposition to the very hop-forward beers I've been drinking lately. A little too much sugar is my real complaint: masked some of the lighter notes and made it sticky on the palate.

04-30-2014 06:07:36 | More by Samuel906
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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RoyFokker

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Raziel313

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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gare8ear

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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California

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Torment Dark Belgian-Style Ale from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.