Blond | Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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.

John Harvey

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of fields336
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: a cloudy, orange, hazy. A sloppy poor by me left a lot of yeast in the bottom of the glass.

S: skunky, grassy, bready, herb, honey

T: candy sugar, bready, citrus, honey, herb, slight tartness, banana, apple

M: very sweet upfront, medium body, with a medium/dry finish

O: this beer was good, but I think it was a little skunked, the flavor was good though

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Photo of palma
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

cork almost killed me.

So much fizz in this beer I thought it must have been infected.

But is wasnt.

This is just a highly carbonated traditional belgian saison.

Nose is ripe apples and peaches, very yeasty, white pepper.

Taste is what i expected. Sweet dew, hay, grassy, lemon, semi dry finish.

Very light and airy mouthfeel. Bubbly, though not harsh at all.

A pretty good saison. I'd have this again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12.7 oz bottle in a snifter. This saison with a light twist of the wrapping blew the cork ricocheting into this mornings cup of coffee. Pours a hazy dish water blonde color with a nice head of foam that lingers long till it settles into a thick pool and ring with nice lacing. Nose of yeasty funk, light candy sugars, lemon grass, strong citrus notes of lemon and orange, and mixed spices. Flavors follow the nose with lightly sweet candy sugars that give way to spices of white pepper and an almost basil note, followed by yeasty flavors that give way to citrus flavors and then back to a yeasty aftertaste and warming alcohol. A very big saison in flavor with a highly effervescent mouth feel finishing substantially dry and tart. Nice, but prefer less carbonation and a touch less yeast flavor. Great for what it is, but not my personal cup of ale.

Improves with warmth

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Photo of weonfire
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden/Brown, 2 fingers of white, tiny bubble head. very nice lacing.

S - hmm... faint. if at all. there is about a 1 mm layer of head possibly capping the nose. when i do break through: lemon/grass, floral, minor honey

T - As far as saisons go this would be in the dyer category. again- lemon/grass comes thru, white wine, a little boozey on the way down.

M - Wow this is frothy. almost too much. high carbonation pops on the way down. high viscosity.

O - Minor nose hurts, taste is good but nothing noteworthy, thickness is wonderful - but i end up coming back to wishing there was another layer or more complexity to the taste. it really has great potential to be an excellent, excellent beer.

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Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml green corked and caged bottle. I grabbed it from the very back of the shelf.

Beware of this one, the cork shoots off the second you make your first untwisting of the cage. It is only a mild gusher, however, as long as you have your glass near you will be fine. It pours with just an uncontrollable head, the only other beer that has been this carbonated for me is Bos Keun. It must be the special house yeast at work.

It pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy white head that billows tall as mentioned. It recedes rather slowly, which is kind of annoying and it has some nice lacing.

The smell is not skunked in the least and it is a fruity, estery brew. There is a little bit of spice. It reminds me more of a dirty Belgian strong pale ale than a siason. I guess it is a farmhouse" ale however.

The flavor is great, if a hint sweet. It has a nice earthiness and a sweet hit of sugar. There are plenty of fruits in here like apple and golden raisins. There is a slight hint of lemon and clove as well.

The carbonation is high, but it still goes down pretty smoothly. The alcohol is less hidden than it should be, but not detrimental per se.

It is a nice brew, grab it from the back of the shelf and enjoy.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer reviewed as part of my summer saison saturday series. Been wanting to try this one for a while now. Pours a pretty standard straw yellow with a little golden highlights. Tight carbonation, poofy with just a little lacing. Aroma is very appropriate for the style. Grassy, apples and grapes, with faint undertones of must and farmy-ness (even though I know there isn't any brett). Flavor is much like dupont, a yeast show-case with grassy noble hops proped up by a simple malt bill. Just the way a saison should be. Critisism is that it just isn't all that dry. There is a little much carbonation for me, albeit the style is supposed to be effervecent. If the beer was a little lower in abv, and a little less bubbly probably would be more of a drinker.
Oh yeah and how the hell is this listed as a belgian strong dark ale? It is farmhouse all the way!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer. This is the first beer I have had from this brewery, which I believe just began being imported into the United States.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a huge white head. The aroma is mainly yeast with some spices. The flavor is citrus fruit, yeast and pepper. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad Belgian ale.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Like others have said, beware of flying corks...still, it was not a gusher and poured out an impressive head that displayed great retention and lacing action; the liquid color was a hazy amber

Smell: Bready, with light fruit, hay and vanilla esters

Taste: Bready, up front, with the light fruit and grainy hay flavors appearing early on; slightly herbal but somewhat sweet, in the middle, with the vanilla entering into the picture after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation levels

Overall: An interesting take on a variety of styles - has tripel sweetness, a bit of light fruit and herbal elements and I'm not sure where to place the vanilla; still, I can't say all the flavors really came together in a way I enjoyed that much

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Heavyweight 12.7 oz green bottle.

Bright amber colored body with a semi-durable white head that leaves a disproportionate amount of lacing. Plenty of lacing left in the bottom of the bottle.

Prickly crisp carbonation in a near medium body; I have the impression this would seem medium-full, at least, were it not for the fairly high carbonation.

Fruity, with hints of golden apples and light spicing. Ample baked bread notes from the malts. Plenty of flavor without the barnyard, leather or other components sometimes found in this style.

O: excellent for style.

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Photo of popery
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Very good beer, though the cork nearly took one of my eye's out. The liquid actually didn't gush too badly, but the bottle sure had a lot of pressure packed in there. Pours a light gold with a big, rocky, white head. Some yeast floaties were kicked up from the explosive uncorking. The aroma has lots of fresh grain, musty earth, mint, bubblegum and spice. Rather interesting and rich. Taste is somewhat sweet with a yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit heavy for the style but still good. I didn't expect to like this one much, but now I think I'll have to pick up the Amber.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured into a tulip glass with a three finger high bright white head that has good retention properties. It has a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are aromas of spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is quite spicy--flavors of black pepper stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is also a good amount of dryness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
D: The high amount of carbonation in this beer improves its drinkability as it helps to diffuse the spiciness in the flavors.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a goblet. The label is a bit nicked-up, bit I think the best-by date is May 2013. Rant time: how is it that we still have brewers who put their beer in green bottles? It's one thing if it's a shit beer like Heineken. It's another thing entirely if you actually care how your beer tastes.

A: Ummm...where is the beer? It took three pours to get through a 375ml bottle, each of which was at least 75% head. This is the first time I've ever dinged a beer for having too vigorous a head, but it really was distracting. From what I can see of the beer, it's cloudy yellowish-orange.

S: Earthy notes with some barnyard funk.

T: Spicy phenols. Plenty of earthiness. Some bready malt. Finishes slightly sour.

M: Very light. Lots of carbonation, but not too bubbly.

D: A very solid and refreshing saison. I wish getting to it wasn't such a chore, though.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into chalice

Amber yellow, good carbonation, white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of spicy , tartness

Taste follows the aroma

Good beer

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Photo of illpass78
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: When I uncorked this, the cork blasted off like a rocket and nearly hit me in the nose. The beer itself must've been jostled around at some point because there was a massive amount of foam. Once it settled down, it was a nice hazy orange with pretty heavy carbonation. Lots of lacing on way down.

Aroma: Smells very yeasty to me. Also some spices and a pear-like note. Some bread.

Taste: Mostly follows the nose. Very flavorful - the pear and spice notes are very pronounced. A little alcohol burn, and some funk, too. Also a somewhat vegetable-like note.

Mouthfeel: Worth sipping slowly. Pretty rich for the style.

Overall: A saison worth grabbing if you happen across it. Bigger than most of the popular American interpretations of the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

The cork whizzed by our heads--a lively beer with a very expressive head. Yeasty nose, earthy with ripe peaches and herbal phenols. Big fluffy crispness from the higher level of carbonation. Yeast runs from earthy to nutty, which works well with the ripe orchard fruit and dried grass malt base. Wild herb phenols and alcohol hold strongly to the taste buds with suggestions of sage, bay leaf, rose water and peppery complexities. Wow, sort of a raw, in-your-face, knock-your-socks-off kind of brew.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a big white head sitting on top.

S: Lots of fruit to the nose such as peaches, apricots, apples, and oranges. Still plenty of bread and malt character and perhaps some lemon zest. Yeast is there too, but more in the background.

T: The flavor starts off much the same as the nose. That is, with a great fruit character. Some of the same players here like peaches, apricots, and oranges. There might be a little bit of white grape in there too. A mild spice ester quality to the beer. There's quite a bit of malty sweetness which is very nice.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Not sure if this is really a "Farmhouse Ale", but it certainly was enjoyable. I had never heard of this beer or brewery before, but I am a fan.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to find this on tap as I passed up bottles due to reservations about freshness. This was at the hulmeville inn, go there and have fun.

Hof Ten Dormaal Blond ha a dirty blond look with some bright yellow and twinges of orange. A nice Belgian eque white head with girth, lasting ability and stick. Smell is pretty straight forward. A big grassy scent comes up with some light orange and lemon scent. Wheat pops up along with some pale malt. The alcohol does not intrude the nose though. Bright scent that hits. Taste is a mix between blond, saison, and a bit of wit character as some wheat pops up. Grassy taste with some bready yeast. Orange peel and slight spice. All together, nicely balanced and a bold taste, perhaps bolder than what I am used to for a blond. The body is medium and a bit thicker than your normal blond. The alcohol only comes out toward the end while a grassy after taste is always there along with the yeast. This is a nice beer. I wish it had less alcohol in it so I would drink more of it.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

275 ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Hof Ten Dormaal's blonde is a ridiculously large white head, in spite of the fact that I had in the in the fridge for the last 4 days or so in an effort to calm it down. Beer is murky dull gold, the head has long last and leaves heavy chunks of foamy lace.

Smell is classic fruity farmhouse esters, nice minerality.

Taste is very sharp, no doubt accentuated by the coldness, bitter, a little corky. Peppery, a little lemon pith and slate comes out as it warms, a bit yeasty as well, tasty and classic.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good for a saison lover such as myself. The over carbonation slows down the start, but after that, all day.

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