Blond | Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

BA SCORE
88
very good
135 Ratings
BlondBlond
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Belgium
hoftendormaal.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mora2000 on 06-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
135
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of Coren
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of bark
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of nzerbe
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

APPEARANCE: Hazy golden pour with TONS of carbonation. This beer produces a big, fluffy white head that requires patience if don't like to drink before it settles down. It almost looks like a hazy gold champagne.

SMELL: A nice combination of peach, pepper, and wild herbs with earthiness in the background. I'm more a fan of how this beer smells compared to how it tastes.

MOUTHFEEL: Lot's and lots of fizzy carbonation on this light-bodied farmhouse ale. It really fills the mouth with tight, humming bubbles. I'm not a big fan of this much carbonation in a beer.

TASTE: This is where this beer fell apart for me. The aroma is earthy, but the taste is more musty and grainy. I pick up some bready malts and a fair amount of grassiness mixed with lemon and citrus notes. But none of these notes are distinctive enough to make this a distinctive, enjoyable beer for me.

VERDICT: I should note that on the various beer review sites, this brew averages between a B+ to A+. So, you may like this beer a lot more than me. For me, though, this beer tasted a stuffy without any other tastes coming through to balance.

Cheers,
John Harvey
Dirtybeerguy.com

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Photo of sendbeer
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
Best before C12 stamped in label
A- This beer pours a touch of hazy to the deep orange body with a violent carbonation boiling to the surface. The snow white head on top last a bit before breaking into a thick ring.

S- The sugary aroma has some raw grain notes with a dry cidery finish and some damp cellar notes in the finish. There is a slight wet stone/flinty note that grows in the finish.

T- The sweet cidery flavor has notes of raw malt with some slightly toasted hints and a brett earthy note and some wet cinderblock notes in the finish that has a brassy flavor that grows.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel finishes with a full alcohol warmth boosted by the fizz.

O- This is a big sweet cidery hot beer without much saison yeast character but some nice fresh malt hints do shine through enough to keep me sipping for this glass.

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Photo of LFinCO
3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Meb3
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Belgian Café, Philly, PA

Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy orange with pinkish highlights? (It was dark in the bar and perhaps my eyes deceived me.) Little to no head going on. Very light aroma of floral hops and peaches. Tastes of yeast, grass, peaches, herbal and floral qualities filling my senses at all times. Light mouthfeel, and quite drinkable, though didn't really stand out in any specific way to me.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy yellowish gold color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer was kind of not all there to me... I wasn't getting a lot of Saison aromas or funk from it. The taste of the beer was soft and fairly refreshing. The mouthfeel was smooth and well carbonated. Overall it's not a bad blonde in my opinion, I'd probably try it again some day.

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Photo of Melonie
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Underwhelming. Especially once you consider the $20 price tag

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with an enormous, towering white head that gradually recedes into a thick, creamy mousse.

S: Aromas of spice (coriander, clove, and perhaps cardamom) immediately hit the nose, though I do not believe that any spices are used in this brew. Aromas of bitter orange, grass, and lemon rind emerge later.

T: A bitter, medicinal entry reveals notes of lemon rind, bitter orange, kumquat, minerals, lime, sugar, grass, and spicy yeast. The finish is intense and puckering with robust notes of citrus and spicy yeast.

M: This ale displays a medium-to-full body that is a bit closer to the former than the latter. In the mouth, it is firm and dry with prickly, active carbonation. Alcohol presence is restrained.

O: This is a very solid saison, but I do feel that it is somewhat overrated. The Hof Ten Dormaal beers have never impressed me all that much, as I feel that they do not quite display the balance and depth of the more authentic Wallonian saisons. If you're a saison fan, Hof Ten Dormaal Blond is worth checking out--in fact, it is arguably the best and most consistent beer in Hof Ten Dormaal's regular range--but it is a bit crude compared to saisons like Fantome and Dupont.

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Photo of braican
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SFLpunk
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375mL green glass cork and caged bottle.

*When I took the cage off, the cork damn near took my eye out! Be careful opening this!!!*

Pop! with overflowing white suds. Once I started to pour it though it calmed down completely. Nice fluffy white head above a golden yellow, hazy body. Nose smelled of grains and tart citrus. Palate is crisp and lively with mixed citrus and lemongrass. Zippy all around.

A little simple, but a fine quaffing beer and does not feel or taste like 8%. Great story and I hope to see more from them in the future!

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Photo of tedho21
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's tonight.

Cloudy and hazy, this beer is orange with a dense white head that falls off to a ring leaving some lace. The nose is grainy, sweet and yeasty. Very raw and rustic, this is mildly grassy and has some honey as well as a little heat.

The palate opens with a blend of sweet and grainy flavors. A touch of grainy astringency is present as well. Moderately sweet on the mid-palate with honey and a wort-like sweetness, alcohol appears on the finish. Mildly drying, this is fairly sweet and alcoholic for a saison. The yeasty spice is second to the grainy sweetness here. Still, this beer is decent, but I preferred it out of a bottle.

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3.98 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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