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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
87
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 14.72%
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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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-04-2013 03:47:01 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 03:31:20 | More by Zorro
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-02-2013 04:58:47 | More by mhaugo
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cherry red hue with a two finger creamy head and similar lacing,the smell is berries,sherry,a touch of booze,brown sugar and dried fruits,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of sherry,brown sugar,dried apricot,the slightest touch of booze,candy sugar and finished with a sweet dryness and overall yeah its alright,easy to drink and above average but was expecting way more cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 13:04:03 | More by ADZA
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KevMo84

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

05-31-2014 17:11:22 | More by KevMo84
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-03-2014 06:07:52 | More by mc4z
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random846

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-16-2014 07:39:27 | More by random846
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

07-04-2013 01:37:49 | More by Beerenauslese
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hayesjw

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

02-26-2014 21:13:14 | More by hayesjw
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nineworldseries

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.9%

05-27-2014 00:14:38 | More by nineworldseries
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

02-07-2013 23:42:20 | More by olafphysics
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-28-2014 22:44:49 | More by firstlighthiker
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Raziel313

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

04-09-2014 04:57:43 | More by Raziel313
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dipso123

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Australia

4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: big 650mL dark brown bottle, funky and funky, 'dark' label. A good package.

Appearance: pours an outstanding, vibrant crimson red-copper. Fine carbonation throughout the profile, with a beige one-finger head that drops to a solid ring and cap. A fantastic-looking beer - particularly against the light.

Aroma: as soon as I lifted the lid I was hit with an aroma of various malts - caramels, biscuits and molasses - and some heavy fruits - plums and raisins at the foremost. Most impressive - it's not often I lift a glass of beer to take another sniff - only this and Gouden Carolus.

Taste: follows the nose quite closely - plenty of those sweet malts and fruits with sherry and port backing. A most outstanding brew - I could hardly believe this was 10%

Aftertaste: the flavours linger for a time then drop away completely. A very easy-drinking beer.

Mouth feel: a thick, almost syrupy feel that slides down very easily. A little too easily, at 10% ABV.

Overall: one of the best beers I have had to date. The complex flavours mix well to produce an outstanding brew. It is one of the most expensive beers I have had, but it is also one of the best - well worth one every now and then. The only slight problem is the drinkability of this beer - there is little hint of the 10% alcohol. I fine way to get plastered if one is not careful.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 09:05:57 | More by SmashPants
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sbanacho

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

12-05-2012 03:54:30 | More by sbanacho
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-12-2014 09:45:12 | More by MrGone
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Spaz7

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-25-2013 06:55:24 | More by DSkilling
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Torment Dark Belgian-Style Ale from Heretic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.