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Blond | Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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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
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
133
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
15.58%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
17
For Trade:
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Photo of Czequershuus
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a rather hazy light brown with a very large head. The aroma offers up a touch of banana and brown sugar, complemented with a great deal of wet hay, dirty rag, and parmesan cheese. The flavor leads with bitter lemon and orange flavor, some barnyard funk, and finishes on a dirty caramel flavor. The mouthfeel is very full and fizzy, light and yet substantial. Overall this is a very nice farmhouse beer, crisp but nice and dirty as well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The youth of Belgium meets the tried and true traditions of the country and culture with a simple ale- one that's effortless in its approach, yet provokes though and contemplation with its understated complexities that come alive with each and every sip.

Hof Ten Dormaal's Blond ale pours the expected hazy straw color, billowing with a creamy white cap. Its yeasty perfume wafts over the senses with a host of confectioner's sweet scents, citrus, spice and herbal earthiness. Fresh baking sugar cookies greet the palate with a candied grain sweetness that's shy of honey or dough.

Sweetness drifts and the beautiful fruit and spice weave announces itself across the middle palate. Tart green apple, lemon, tart orange and pear align to give the maltiness a candied citrus character. Soon followed by spiciness, the balance comes way of clove, white pepper, vanilla, and a good zesty zing of grassy hops. Brazing bitterness closes with a peppery quality to crispen and tighten its taste late.

Light, crisp and carrying a bright effervescence, the ale shows a respectful riesling-like character that amplifies the spice and tartness. Mild carbonated prickle has the malt bouncing off the tongue through a finish of lemongrass, citrus peel and dry hay.

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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 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 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 pat61
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big grainy, spicy nose with pilsner malts, earthy hops, yeast character faint orange notes. It pours hazy peach with a long lasting big, ferocious, rocky white head that produces significant lace. This is a yeast driven beer opening with a blend of large pitted fruit and citrus – especially orange very lightly sweetened with light caramel. The sweetness dries out by the finish where a bitter hop accent pulls it all together. This beer is medium bodied and highly carbonated and spritzy – not quite creamy. The carbonation is almost harsh but in the end, it all works.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Looks amazing! Huge fluffy light tan head and a light copper hazy and color. Loses a few points for the ridiculous messy brown yeast sediment. Pour slowly and don't jostle the bottle. Solid carbonation. Foam stuck around nearly till the end.

S: Sweet fruitiness of pear and the vegetable garden. A bit of nutmeg spiciness. Graphite and steel.

T: Yum. Rich honey sweetened wheat bread dough. Fresh green chlorophyl crispness balances out the meaty grain with a light floral touch. The bittering contains a rush of spiciness of nutmeg, ginger, cloves. The mildly funk yeast lingers long after with a fruitiness of lemon and blood orange.

M: Nice and rich with an excellent creaminess. Tanginess at the end is light and let's the yeast and malt flavor linger.

O: This is just an amazing example of the style. There is tons of flavor. The big yeast flavor is both wild yet sophisticated and refined at the same time. Possibly one of my favorite belgian blondes.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2014. Cork popped off after I removed the cage. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of peach, apricot, pear, apple, black pepper, bread, light honey, hay, grass, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of peach, apricot, pear, apple, black pepper, bread, light honey, hay, grass, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, pear, apple, black pepper, bread, light honey, herbal, hay, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast ester and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spicy yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(poured by the bartender into a gibraltar glass)

A: slight haze initially... light amber color... head didn't last until the last inch of liquid and yeast sediment was poured (by me) from the bottle and then it threw up a 1/2" of foam and lasting cap after, as well as adding murk

S: subtle, perfumy, white wine esters and aromatics.... decent balance between delicate alcohols and doughy yeast... touch of citrus peel/oil and grass... bold enough to entice

T: curiously similar yeast profile to Dupont (Saison)... light-moderate degree of hop bitterness (and/or yeast bite)... substantial doughy yeast which embolden the overall flavor and enhanced the balance.... light but bright citrusy undertones.... the alcohol is well-hidden

M: round, creamy, yet finishes fairly light... the unfiltered texture may be a bit off putting to some.... satisfying, drinkable, encouraging subsequent refills

O: not bad, worth recommending.... the subtle, interesting complexities brought about by its roughness or possibly its 'terrior' does make it stand out a bit

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As with the Dark, this is a saison? Just seems like a Belgian strong ale to me. As the Dark did.

Traditional kind of sweet character on the nose and flavor profile. That earthy edge is there, in a mildly rustic way. Mild tang on the back end is the only detractor. Nice beer.

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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 fmccormi
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12.7oz/375ml cork-and-cage, green glass bottle to an oversized wineglass (my nice Tired Hands stempiece—thanks again, Ryan!); notches on the far-right side of the label indicate a freshness window closing in the 5th week of September, 2013 (“Best before: ABDC(E) 12345678(9)101112 09101112(13)14”). We’ll see how it’s fared.

Appearance (4.0): An easy, voluminous, cream-colored head of ~3 fingers quickly comes off of the pour, capping a glowing, honey-amber body with a slight haze and orange highlights. The head dies down VERY slowly, with excellent retention and some nice lace: a few fat legs and arcs, with scattered suds.

Smell (4.0): Warm, pale, grainy bread with strong hay and floral-fruity tones, and a mild, rustic funk richness. Light pepper and chamomile . . . and some fresh peach tones helping to flesh out the aroma nicely.

Taste (4.25): Some soft, but bright and sweet lemon and very floral tones characterize the core of the palate, decorating some lightly sweet, honeyed biscuit, slightly rustic malt flavors—very soft, and lovely. The finish is where the flavor really takes off: bright, tart lemons blend with some rustic spice and strike a flash of tangy acidity that opens up to some funk and hay on the back end. Really nice. No sign of the 8% ABV, surprisingly—not even close. Tastes more like a 5% session Belgian Pale.

Mouthfeel (4.0): A soft, tingly carbonation lays down a bed of velvet for the soft, medium-weight body to roll through. The tangy finish, with some hidden heat behind it, help to dry out the finish nicely.

Overall (4.0): This is a very, very nice Belgian Blond Ale. It’s more of a Belgian Pale Ale to me than a Saison, but it’s definitely a farmhouse beer. And what a nice one it is. Well-rounded, nuanced, and pleasing-to-very-pleasing in every regard. I am definitely glad that I got to try this one.

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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 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 OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a big head that reduces in a flash. Some lace.

Sweet grassy notes, some yeast and grain, a little honeyed fruit.

This beer has enough herbal sweetness to lead you in one direction, but malt structure and moderate bitterness to lead in the other. Grain, honey, wood, grass, a touch of alcohol, husk, raw grain, and some yeast.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Nice version, and very smooth. Spikes in complexity as the beer clears the palate are nice and keep this one interesting. Liked this.

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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 LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy light golden amber. Upon release of the wire bail the cork shot out with such force that it hit the roof, ricocheted off a wall, hit a lamp; I still haven't found it. Although the bottle itself was not a gusher, I had to remove a half cup of foam during the pour to get even a 1/3 of a glass of ale. Needless to say, massive head and lacing; great carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian spicing, yeast, light orange and grass. Flavor starts with sweet, somewhat caramel malt, light fruit and Belgian spicing. Flavor changes to dry fruit and finishes dry with light fruit and a touch of wild yeast funk. Medium bodied with spicy active carbonation. A very interesting flavor progression; at first I thought "this is no saison, it's a Belgian blond", but as the finish developed I thought "oh, yeah, there it is". Nice Belgian with a pleasant combination of characters from two styles.

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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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods on P Street NW. Served in a Mikasa tulip. Pours a cloudy light copper with a thick head and some nice spotty lacing. Good cap throughout. The nose brings earth and light spice plus some backing grain and hay. Flavor adds a bit of bitterness and a nice dryness. Light pepper and just a bit of fruit. Light-medium body with high carbonation. All around a very nice saison.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy silvery-gold hue with a moderate effervescence and a huge 3+ finger cap of frothy white foam. I like it.

Smell: rich, sweet malt aroma with a distinct graininess. Decent enough, though there was also a quick whiff of skunkiness when first uncorked.

Taste: rich malt flavor with a lighter graininess than in the aroma. Very smooth and with just a tiny hint of funkiness and sourness toward the end. Sweet, but not cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and basically perfect creaminess. Love it, love it.

Overall: a tasty and satisfying brew. Highly reminiscent of a good triple; drinkable and with a first-rate mouthfeel.

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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 BillHilly
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 55 degrees in a Duvel tulip.

A: Huge head, slowly collapses to 1 finger, golden & sparkling, massive yeast action off the etching.

S: Musty, banana, yeast and more yeast, old hay

T: Tastes of yeast, apple, light hops & faint pears

M: Huge carbonation, perfect viscosity for a saison.

O: A worthy buy, great saison, too bad the bottle isn't bigger! My only complaint.

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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 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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