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't Hofbrouwerijke

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 11-01-2006

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 37
Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown that appears to be somewhat clear at the edges but must be quite murky since even direct sunlight will not pass through it. The pour produces barely a finger of fine foamy, tan head that leaves only a few thin streaks & motes of lacing. Aroma is dark malt, brown sugar, molasses, butter, prune & other dark fruits, a little cocoa & coffee. Taste is roasted/burnt malt, raisins, brown sugar, hints of molasses & toffee with a little chocolate & faint coffee thrown in. There is a phenolic, plastic note in the malty, lively with carbonation finish. Aftertaste is rapidly fading burnt malt, tangy cola & dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate-high carbonation, juicy, slick, peppery & sandpaper prickly.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark brown with tan head. Sweetness, chocolate, bread, and biscuit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bready choclatey sweetness.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 33 cl bottle in a snifter. This unique Belgian pours a dark blackish brown with a fantastic head of light tan foam that lingers long with moderate lacing. Nose is very soft and light with muted dark chocolate, stronger hints of dark coffee, and some black raisin notes with a hint of licorice sliding in the back. Flavors surpass the nose with deeply roasted malts, medium coffee flavors, and some moderately dark cocoa flavors coming in on the back with a hint of licorice. All flavors are soft and delicate for the style which is aided by the soft light Belgian yeast note that gives the mouth feel a nice creamy lift adding to the smoothness factor. The ale ends a with a lightly bitter, lingering, roasted malt note that is pleasing to most stout drinkers. A most excellent brew. Light for the American tastes, but excellent for a unique hybrid.


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Photo of StJamesGate
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Viscous cherry-black with a pitted, stiff, burnt umber head.
Nose is coffee, beef jerky, and melted brown sugar.
Dates, milk chocolate truffles, birch beer middle, some black cherry, and mulchy, sweet licorice finish.
Bacon-y end and tingly linger.
Fizzy, almost medium, slight chew.

Some interesting sweet-tart interplay, and overdelivers for the strength. Too lively, thin and smokey, though, to make any real impact. Not deep and chewy enough to be a sipper nor easy enough to session.

Another misconceived Belgian stout.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On my bottle it says it's a belgian stout....

A: It's a gusher! Then even with a gentle pour my tulip glass overflows with bubbles. Had to wait quite some time before the head went down enough to drink. Otherwise this beer is super dark brown and the head is massive, creamy, cream colored.

S: Super musty. Light. A little bit of smokey coffee.

T: It has the belgian must with the roast of a stout. I was curious how these two flavors were going to play together and the answer is not well.... It's like musty chocolate covered grapes. Not a fruit that pairs well with chocolate.

M: Light, but the carbonation is smooth. Some cream notes linger on the palate.

Overall quite light and too odd a pair of mustyness and stout elements. I've been trying to embrace belgian style a bit more but this one isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of avalon07
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a huge, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of coffee, malt, and a little chocolate.

T: Tasted of coffee (a mild amount), a hint of chocolate, malt, and a little yeast. A pretty well balanced flavor and decently complex for the style.

M: A whopping amount of carbonation here, with a crisp, clean, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, drinkable beer. Very well done and enjoyable.

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Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with a subtle lactic presence along with some zesty spice and dark fruit notes. Toasted malts with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, pepper and vinous berries. The sweetness and spice are pretty tame however, allowing the dark malt notes to take over.

Medium bodied with a dry, roasted malt presence that is overpowered mid palate by estery, dark fruit sweetness and zesty spice. Cloying medicinal presence with too much sweetness for my liking. There is a decent roasted dark malt character up front but it quickly drops off. Hints of toast, coffee bean and chocolate are immediately countered by dark cherry, currant, grape and other dark berries. There's also some licorice, anise and pepper but this isn't too overbearing. As it warms the malt character strengthens but there's just too much sweetness for my preference. Easy to drink but not very well balanced or interesting.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 11.2 oz bottle. Reviewed live.

A- Way overcarbonated. Filled the glass with foam from a quarter pour. Unfortunate. But it's a thick fluffy head and a dark brown color. If it weren't so overcarbed, it would look lovely.

S- Dark malts and very chocolatey smell. Some dark fruits as well. Quite a delicious aroma.

T- Dark, smooth and chocolate. I like this taste. Finishes a little bitter, but not bad at all.

M- Heavy and well carbonated. Slight syrupy and bitter linger.

O- Good beer. Not great. Could improve its carbonation, which was a big detractor for me.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a jet black with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head that takes quite some time to settle. This is a nice looking little stout.

S: Aromas of roasted malt and bitter, grassy hops dominate the nose. After the beer has warmed, these two scents blend into a roasty, grassy mess that does not smell all that inviting.

T: Notes of coffee, roasted grain, heavy cream, bitter chocolate, and grassy hops wash across the palate. The finish is delicate and smooth with roasted grain and bitter chocolate notes.

M: A little thin and light bodied for the style. To me, this comes across as neither a Belgian stout nor a true Belgian dark ale. It sits uncomfortably in between these two styles. I also find this beer to be a bit watery, at least when served on-tap.

O: This ale does nothing for me. Is it a stout? Is it a dark ale? I'm neither a huge fan of Belgian stouts nor the toastier, grainier dark ales, and this one comes across as being an utter mess. The only thing I can really compare it to is Brasserie Dupont's Monk's Stout, which I loathed. Thankfully, I don't find this beer to be as bad as that one, and while I cannot recommend this one to anyone, I can't wholeheartedly write it off either. In the end, I suppose that this is a mediocre effort at best.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate in the nose along with hints of dark fruits.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light flavors of chocolate and roasted malts with notes of dark fruits and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and quite airy with a very high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it has a rather light body but is still quite flavorful.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit. The malt character is a bit thin for the style. There is some chocolate and a touch of hops in the background creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to pound down for a while if your in the mood for a slightly darker version of the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Stoutfest

Light bubbles no real head, dark murky brown beer.

Nose is like fruit juice, prunes, light smoke, light vanilla, apple juice, dirt.

Taste of fruit juice again, light apple, pear, prune, light peat smoke, little briny, some dark malts, roasted malts, berry fruit.

Light body and pretty watery, lower but decent enough carbonation.

Overall not very good, too much fruit, very low malt and body, nothing that really makes it good.

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Photo of claspada
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of sweet and roasted malts; chocolaty and toffee. Slight Belgian characteristics emerge as well.
The taste follows the nose and is quite delicious. Bitter dark chocolate and sweet toffee coat the tongue initially. No indication of dark fruit like is slightly present in the nose, which is unfortunate. The taste is overall not as pleasant as the aroma. Really can't decipher that it is a Belgian Stout over your average American or English stout.
This beer is adequately carbonated for a Belgian stout and although the mouthfeel could be fuller, it shouldn't be held against this beer as it is only 5.5% ABV.
Overall a very nice beer for this "style" which is slowly becoming more popular. It may be one of my favorite styles actually and I hope I can find more Belgian stouts in the near future.

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Photo of Radome
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - A very dark brown, almost black. The head was huge, creamy and brown.

S - Very nice aroma like an Imperial Stout--roasty, malty and alcoholic. There are also some Belgian yeast notes like a bottle fermented Belgian strong ale.

T - Lots of malt and dark fruits, but the coffee, roasted, almost burnt notes dominate. Again there is a nice Belgian yeast overlay, but it's a little too burnt and acrid for me.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewy, but it goes along with the strong flavors. Nice carbonation.

D - Very nice beer. Exactly as you would expect once you read the label that says "Belgian Stout". I would prefer a little less roasted character, but that's just me.

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Photo of drpimento
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer. Nice label and flip top bottle. I did expect a little more due to its Belgian pedigree, but I also don't want to generalize too much. Aroma is toffee, a bit roasty and malty. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy tan head and a little lace. Flavor's is similar to the aroma but sweetness comes out along with leather and burnt sugar. Body is a touch on the thin side, but mouth filling and obviously great carbonation. Weird that although alcohol is nominal, I get a slight alcohol warmth. Proly not a session beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a stout - not a BSDA as listed on this site at the moment.

Bottle served at Bier Circus.

Pours into 't Hofbrouwerijke chalice a deep dark chocolate brown with a huge, I mean huge, light brown head. This is a head that just won't quit. It's stunning. You should see the picture.

Aroma contains sweet mocha powder, roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate.

Taste is burnt coffee and bitter chocolate with a hint of molasses.

Medium bodied, well balanced, slightly sour at times.

Averagely drinkable.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle. No issues with carbonation on this one. Opened with a nice 'pop'; wasn't a gusher either. Pours a dark reddish-brown-black with a huge, rocky beige head. Great lacing. Smells surprisingly fruity and tangy initially. Dark chocolaty notes. Like a traditional imperial stout with notes of sour cherry. The fruitiness is less apparent in the taste, where the dark roasted malt takes over. A small bit of chocolate. Faint dark fruit, with a very slight metallic taste. Nice finish that's on the drier side. Full body with good carbonation. This is a nice, full-flavored stout that gets major points for the relatively low ABV.

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Photo of AdvocateFan
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra deep brown, nearly black. Massive medium-brown head. This one's a foamer, so be ready to pour right after popping the swivel top. First thing I'll say is this beer has the nose of a much bigger, 8%ABV+ Imperial Stout, but at 5.5%? Is it legal to have this much flavor in a "session" beer?? Amazingly aromatic bouquet--expect notes of chocolate pudding, fudge, orange-imbued cocoa, plums coated in roasted coffee bean oils, anise, and a mildly peppery, woody hoppiness. Despite its moderate ABV, the alcohol notes jump out, sharpened by the hops and roasted malts. Hugely appealing. Flavors of roasted coffee are apparent, but relatively subdued--black patent malt notes come through with a slight acidity and dry stout notes. Notes of ginger-like spice, plums, dark berries (currants), spruce, and faint suggestions of vanilla, gin and leather. Usually I prefer my leather with whisky and the weekend, but this works nicely. Finishes with a bit more coffee than chocolate, and woody hop notes. Vastly complex, and nice that it brings the flavor of a big badass imperial stout without all the alcohol, meaning you can take your fill from this big bottle without gettin' loaded. Pair with chicken mole or a chocolate-filled crepe.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Roasted walnut with sepia colored highlights. Golden brown sugar colored foam can be seen atop the beer... and erupting out the top of the bottle in an unrelenting, lava-like flow. The rifle crack on swing-top release should have been my first clue. All things considered, the beer looks pretty good, especially on the second pour.

The nose is nothing special. It isn't black or chocolate malty enough to belong to a stout and it isn't complex enough to belong to a Belgian dark ale. Incidently, 't Hofbrouwerijke calls this brew a Belgian stout (which really should be a style on this site). With respect to specifics... dark caramel and dark fruit.

Maybe it's the obviously faulty carbonation, but this isn't the best dark ale/stout that I've ever tasted. It doesn't have much flavor intensity and it's significantly short on complexity as well. It doesn't even taste like Belgian yeast was used, which would be an odd design choice if true.

There isn't much malt present, even for a 5.5% ale. Flavors include watery chocolate, dark caramel and a small splash of cold coffee. Maybe a hint of anise, but it's in the background. It doesn't help matters that nothing is in the foreground. Spicy yeast esters are essentially AWOL.

The mouthfeel is thinner than thin and is woefully underbubbled. I'm sure it was all kinds of fizzy to start, but I was busy running to the kitchen for paper towels and then cleaning up my desktop. Hopefully, your bottle will be properly carbonated.

It's a damn shame that this bottle of Hofblues is not as the brewers intended it to be. For that reason, I can't recommend it and I can't *not* recommend it. This is probably pretty decent beer in its ideal state, so take that for whatever it's worth.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A stout, no more no less. A decent one, balanced not sweet nor too bitter. The one-dimension does not make it too drinkable, yet fine characteristics. Pours dark with tons of head requiring patience.Some roast aroma, there is more coffee than chocolate.Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sample by way of superdave70.

pours a fairly dark brown shade of black with a spongy cocoa colored head.

the aroma is heavy on the roast with notes of cocoa, belgian chocolate, faint yeast, caramel and a touch of smoke which is amplified when the beer warms.

the palate is surprisingly NOT as sweet as the aroma lead me to believe but the profile is pretty much the same. it has the addition of some black currants and a mild roasty bitterness on the finish which cleans everything up. it's medium bodied but light on the tongue. it*s soft and restrained enough to make a session of this...

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Photo of Crosling
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendous looking beer that could only come from Belgium. Bountiful, large, beautiful head that lasts for a long time in the glass. Almost alarmingly aromatic, with hints of dark roast and ripe dark fruit, as well as hints of leather and cocoa. Flavor has some complexity to it, with notes of sour fruits, roast and chocolate. Highly complex, deeply flavored stout.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a frothy tan head, which falls pretty quickly. Seems to be an almost chocolate/cocoa tone on the nose. Flavor carries some interesting roasted and chocolate like notes as well. Creme-y flavor is there also with what seems like vanilla. Easily noticed sweet tone. Carbonation is full enough with a bit of a bite. This is very easy to drink, even with its robust characteristics.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBE 7/8-08. Poors in with beige head that's not to big but stays well and coffebrown beercollor. Nose is very caramellic but also fruity and sour hint. Maltyness, prumes and coffeeroast come to my mind. Taste is full but smooth before roast gets there in aftertaste. Lateron brew gets more and more sweet but fitting the beer. Velvet mouthfeel and low carbonisation make this more into a stout but IMO but maybe missing hopbitterness. Still a great beer that's easy and good drinkable but still full of taste.

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Hofblues from 't Hofbrouwerijke
3.64 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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