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Blond | Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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88
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59 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Belgium | website

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:
127
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
17
For Trade:
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 127
Photo of rtepiak
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at hopleaf in the end of august '10

this beer pours two fingers of head on a golden cloudy body. moderate cloudiness. nose is something like a blond and saison. good honey pollen with a farmhouse straw coin to the style. palate is a mild sweeter then most but still well place and rounded. straw and lemongrass bitter with a mild candy orange peel and licorice. peppery mild mineral finish that brings on hunger. great example. not unique but without flaw belgian saison. great.

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

Small bottle with a cork on it. 37.5 cl. bottle.

Colour is golden with an orange glow, hazy, with an active carbonation, creating a huge head and nice lacing.

Smell is fresh hoppy (citric and floral), clean yeast and malts.
Taste is malty, spicy and earthy. The hops are pronounced without being agressively bitter.

Sweetbitterness aftertaste, very smooth medium to full body. Some dryness too. Easy alcohol. Clean and sweet.
Not too carbonated.

All in all a great example of strong belgian ale.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 375mL bottle of this beer at Tria in Downtown Philly. Poured into a tulip glass.

The carbonation is evident from the outset, as the cork produces a huge POP despite the bartender's best effort to keep it under control. The only thing that I have qualms with here is the carbonation. It is very very primed, even straight out of the cooler where it resided for days to allow the carbonation to move into the beer itself. It is a chore to pour this beer at the outset, but a little patience yields a truly inspiring view of a Belgian saison. Dirty straw colored hazy bodied, capped by the ample coarse head described above, this is what a saison should look like. Unfortunately, the only problem is the foamy mess that it is when I pour it for the first time.

The aroma is great. There is a funkiness brought on by the bittering hops homegrown on the Dormaal farm despite the lack of brett. There are also esters of apple, pear, and banana, coupled with an almost German weizen-like clove flavor. The flavor mirrors this, but it also adds a great earthy dryness to the finish. The apple and clove also really pull through here. Despite the high ABV, there isn't a trace in the flavor.

The feel is obviously highly carbonated, but as the beer sits, it suits the style well. Still light on the palate at 8%, this is a great saison brewed in the traditional manner, with homegrown malts and hops. I am definitely hoping that I start seeing this at more bars, as it is a great representation of this style.

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

Huge bone white head, easily half the glass at first, sticks over the rims and looks like a puffed pastry, for its fineness good retention, if you can wait for it to dissolve there's plenty of lacing. Cloudy pumpkin yellow in color, certainly opaque with some glow, you can see a maelstrom of tiny bubble beads inside. Clove and sweet ginger in the nose, estery banana and bubblegum accents, pear, green apple, apricot fruit ripe but not juicy, nice firmness, good dose of pepperiness and grassiness, sorghum, perfectly full nostril presence, yet balanced and not heavy. Full-bodied, close to creamy in feel despite the swirling carbonation, attractive counterpoint. Pepper, clove, ginger, saltlick, the sweetness comes from the bananas, pink grapefruit to orange citrus and finally the apricot, pear, green melon, peach fruit. Mouth feel dries as it moves forward, brings the dried straw, earth to the fore, almost evoking a bitter twist. Changes a good deal as it warms, arguably better colder. For a beer of its heft goes down easily.

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Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warning: I'm sure everyone else has written this before, but it bears repeating. This is a highly carbonated beer. The cork will fly out the second the cage is removed, so be prepared.

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dirty orange color and a thick consistency. There was a huge, long-lasting, creamy/rocky head. OK lacing.

S: A blast of saison funkiness hits you the second you open the bottle. There are also traces of yeast, fruit and malt.

T: Tasted of light fruit, malt, Belgian yeast, and mild hops. A vibrant, nicely balanced flavor.

M: An almost absurd amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: An excellent, complex, drinkable saison.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note: Be very careful opening, HIGHLY carbonated. The cork shot off as soon as the cage was slightly loosened.

Appearance -- Pours a light amber with MASSIVE tight white head.

Smell -- Bright citrus, coriander, clove and banana, earthy/funky yeast, earthy hops. Stunning.

Taste -- Follows the nose pretty well. Splash of bright citrus (orange peel?) and spice, peppercorn, clove and faint banana, earthy/funky yeast, earthy/herbaceous hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- medium to light in body with high carbonation. Just right.

Drinkability -- Picked this up based on a recommendation from a friend, and it exceeded my expectations. Rock solid farmhouse ale.

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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 tempest
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 375ml bottle at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem for $4. I'd call it a good deal. Sure it was overcarbonated and the cork was halfway out, but once the hazy yellow beer settled down I had a heck of a beer on my hands.

It's full of sharp Belgian spicy phenol with the same coriander, fresh pepper corns, and orange peel that I tasted in the Dormaal Amber. There's also a big bitter Euro hops character of floral, herbal, and earthy citrus note.

Overall, this reminds me a bit of Saison Dupont, and might be just as good. Find this beer, you won't regret it.

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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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