Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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Belgian Saison
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3.71 | pDev: 9.97%
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a pale golden amber with a fizzy half finger head that dissipates quickly to patches with no lacing. Aroma of light grainy malt, white wine grapes, lemon, a little breadiness and vinegar. Flavor is tart, light grainy malt, lemon, orange, wild yeast, candied fruit. Finishes tart and citric. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A classic example of the tart, wild yeast style of saison. These are too sour and acidic for my palate, so it's tough for me to review them. This has good tart citrus and light farmhouse grain malt and seems well within the parameters of a well made tart saison. For me, this tart style, which is common in domestic saison/farmhouse ales and the more grainy malt, earthy, bretty ones, which I really like, are like day and night. It must be factor of differing tastes, but these are as different as an IPA and a Belgian pale ale in flavor to me and I'm baffled why most people consider them as one category. I'm a big Hof Ten Dormaal fan, but I should have checked reviews first before getting this. Reviewed to style as far as I can compare.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: unremarkable, weak head, hazy, golden body
S: incredibly funk heavy nose, smells immediately like a gueuze, less sweet pineapple and peach, subtle (very) subtle cheesiness to nose
T: incredibly tart rite off the bat, with a subtle malt presence, there is definitely an emphasis here on the tart, funky and bretty characteristics, there is a dry and wheaty note here as well. I get lemon, some peach and orange and of course some pineapple. some white pepper as well on second thought. there's a hint of spice here too but I couldn't really say what
M: very dry
O: this is a very good beer but I wish I knew that it was going to be more of a "farmhouse ale" like fantome and less of a "saison" I love funk and I love funky beers but I hate it in a saison, this is good but I wish that the labeling had been a bit more telling, nevertheless if you like a funky "farmhouse" ale, this is a solid offering.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle. This nice saison pours a light clear golden color with a moderate head of white foam that dissipates to a thick ring, light pool, and spotty lacing. Nose of lemon zest, white pepper, crackers, white pepper, and some earthy yeast goodness. Flavors follow the nose with lemon and cracker notes to the front and sides, coriander and earthy yeast settle on the middle and back, and finishes somewhat tart and refreshing. Good carbonation makes for a lively mouth feel and thus a perfect saison. Excellent for the style.


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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, white grape, coriander, pepper, wheat, spelt, biscuit, hay, straw, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, white grape, coriander, pepper, wheat, spelt, biscuit, hay, straw, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, white grape, coriander, pepper, wheat, spelt, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice saison style. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and pale/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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