Amber
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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From:
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
 
Belgium
Style:
Saison
Ranked #759
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,835
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 12.94%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
30
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 27, 2022
Added:
Jun 26, 2010
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  6
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: Amber top-fermented beer, brewed with respect for our farmhouse traditions with carefully selected homegrown grain and hops.
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Rated: 4.16 by BBBrones

Feb 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by steverx8 from England

May 27, 2019
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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a DFH tulip, it's indeed an amber color with a fluffy head. Smell had some funk and a bit of a tart citrusy winy aroma. Taste was bready and sweet with a bit of a tart bite. Mouthfeel was refreshing. I bought this at a local bottle shop just because it looked worth trying. When I came home and looked up the rating, I thought D'oh. But I had this with pizza and was pleasantly surprised, which my rating reflects. I could easily have more of this.
Apr 27, 2019
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Reviewed by JackRWatkins from Georgia

2.37/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75
A: pours a deep hazy amber, with a creamy, quickly receding head.
S: Smell immediately reminds me of Foret from dupont. Strong caramel notes, some nutty aromas, maybe some apple and pear, weak.
T: Tartness and caramel, hints of brett and funk
M: very watery, no real dryness and extremely under-carbonated, not to mention a good deal thicker than it ought to be
O: I could not really find anything to enjoy here, will not buy this again. If you see it, I would say pass. It might be okay but the lack of carbonation and mouthfeel kill this beer for me.
Dec 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Oct 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This beer pours a rather muddy brown-amber with a large, well sustained head. The aroma offers up an enormous amount of barnyard funk, as well as some peppery spice, oregano, garlic, and powerful bitter yeast. The flavor leads with the barnyard funk and peppery spice with a nice lash of hop bitterness , mellowing out into a slightly caramelly, bready, almost buttery flavor. The mouthfeel is very fizzy, as one might expect. Overall this is a nice fizzy Belgian with lots of dark, dirty funk. It is a very food friendly beer that manages to be complex and refreshing at the same time.
Apr 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed from the small bottle in a snifter. This nice amber pours a hazy brownish copper with a quickly dissipating head of foam that leaves a thin ring and little lacing. Nose of heavy brown sugar candy malts, fresh bread, and subtle citrus and yeasty goodness. Flavors exceed the nose with Belgian candy sugar malts to the front followed by breaded malts and notes of cherries and dates that fades in the background with a light spicy rye quality that is most welcome mixed with a touch of coriander. Coating mouth feel, lightly carbonated and finishing moderately dry, this is an excellent brew that deserves a higher rating.

Cheers
Sep 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.71 by desint from Belgium

Sep 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.54 by braican from Massachusetts

Aug 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.88 by Budlum from Maryland

Jul 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.78 by WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

Jun 02, 2015
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Reviewed by ONUMello from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12.7oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Hazy amber with a lingering 1+ finger head
S: Sour with malt and citrus notes
T: Sweet, only a bit of sour with bready malts, Belgian yeast and dried fruits, most notably cherry
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, a bit sweet with light carbonation
O: Not sure why this beer isn't rated better. Not the most complex ever but unique and tasty
Apr 20, 2015
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Reviewed by Ohiovania from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Really tight and carbonated but oddly sweet and caramely. Just a vestige of barnyard. Thickest mouthfeel I've ever had on a saison before.

After halfway this is way to sweet. Gonna try and cook with the rest.
Apr 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.79 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

Jan 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.74 by Quimby74 from Netherlands

Dec 29, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Franck from Canada (QC)

Nov 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by GRG1313 from California

Sep 29, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by afsdan from Colorado

Jul 09, 2014
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep copper amber color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, black pepper, caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, black pepper, caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, black pepper, caramel, brown bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a very nice malt/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 good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good amber saison. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Jun 18, 2014
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
(poured into a St. Bernardus stemmed wine glass)

A: clear, coppery amber... bottle-conditioned foam that fades

S: vinous, bread crust, grassy

T: faintly musty-funky, mildly sweaty finish... essence of old caramel apple in the aftertaste... mellow bitterness of dying grass... doughy malt later comes to the front

M: roundish, clean... impression of approaching medium body... faint chewiness

O: kind of crosses into the Biere de Garde territory with its malt flavors - mild-moderate aged tone
May 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by mrquartetman from Illinois

Apr 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by pknyc from New York

Jan 02, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Shatter from North Carolina

Nov 21, 2013
 
Rated: 2.75 by beerist from Missouri

Aug 25, 2013
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours coppery golden amber with a loose two finger off white head that dissipates to a thick cap with decent lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, Belgian yeast and spicing with a lingering spicy component. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, light apple juice and clove up front with a drier, saison finish with a mineral element. Light to medium body with active, peppery carbonation. An odd hybrid of Belgian pale ale and saison. It starts as a more traditional fruit forward ale but finishes with a more saison yeast presence. Interesting, but kind of all over the place in flavor. It grew on me as I drank the glass.
Jul 20, 2013
 
Rated: 2.5 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Jun 05, 2013
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Reviewed by Brenden from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
The pour brings up a big, dense, fluffy pillow of pure white head that settles to a solid finger in height and comes to rest on top of a thickly opaque color I'd call amber regardless of the name. It leaves deposits of lacing in thick patches almost as fluffy as the head itself.
A touch of funk on the nose brings up some earth, and it consists mostly of spiciness and a sort of nondescript sweetness with an evident yeastiness.
Green apple flesh, earth and butter (?) with yeasty overtones comes out with grains underneath and more fruit flesh. Interesting. Spiciness sticks around, as does a certain tanginess. Butter goes away, and more of a woody dryness helps in that regard.
Heavily carbonated, this beer displays a medium body with a sharply crisp tang before a yeasty dryness takes over.
Jun 01, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by InspectorBob from New Jersey

May 23, 2013
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Reviewed by rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
(Served in a tulip)
Best Before C,E,2,12
A- This beer pours a deep garnet body with microtrails of carbonation racing to a thick boiling head that soon fades to a thick ring.

S- The clean aroma has earthy flinty yeast hints that grow into a cider aroma with some woody toffee hints in the finish.

T- The clean taste has a touch of tartness with a dry woody cider flavor that grows and grows. There is a soft dry toffee note with a hint of alcohol taste in the finish.

M- The scrubbing fizz as a spicy texture to the medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat really noticed till it is pretty warm.

O- The dry cider characteristic is the strongest flavor with other much softer hints in the background. Not much yeast character and not much malt either.
May 02, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by JDavidRice from Connecticut

Apr 18, 2013
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Not over-carbonated like some of the others. Cloudy amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty.

T - Caramel with a fruity and yeasty kick. Nice and balanced.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice saison. I think it has aged some.
Feb 01, 2013
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Reviewed by OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours medium amber with a good head and some lace. Some retention.

Candied notes and malt, with some spice, funk and booze. An odd mix.

Malt is sweet, then dries out with yeast and spice. Fruit, mild dried bitterness, and yeast/malt finish with some booze.

Medium body, good carbonation.

OK beer, but not a favorite. A bit all over the place.
Oct 27, 2012
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Reviewed by impending from California

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A-

375ml into a tulip. As soon as the cage is loosened the cork rockets, watchout kid, you'll shoot your eye out. Seriously dangerous yet not a gusher, a 750 would have pierced the ceiling. A deep gorgeous amber copper, amber toned head is large bubbled and dissipates fairly rapid, minor lacing.

Aroma is yeasty with dank fruits, they didn't fully ripen and have begun to turn. Sweet as of honey.

Taste is surprisingly strong of caramel, dubbel level. A mild dry twang begins the aftertaste which is pleasant slightly sweet minor bitter. Medium full bodied creamy smooth mouthfeel. A better dark bière de garde.
cheers
jd
Oct 15, 2012
 
Rated: 4.25 by hockeyfighter19 from Pennsylvania

Oct 10, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by polishkaz from Connecticut

Sep 30, 2012
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Appearance: A big explosion as the cork is eased out, but the beer is not a gusher and pours out with a mountain of foam on top of the hazy amber liquid; the retention and lacing were less than initially expected, however

Smell: Buttery toast topped with brown sugar with apples, minerals and herbs adding a subtle counterpoint underneath

Taste: Diacetyl-laden, up front, with buttery toast and caramel; the minerals, herbs and apples appear in the middle; yeasty and sweeter, after the swallow, but chalky on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A beer that is all over the map and not in a particularly good way
Sep 22, 2012
 
Rated: 3 by WynnO from Florida

Sep 08, 2012
 
Rated: 5 by cowboy83 from New York

Sep 06, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by jaidenjb from Ohio

Jun 03, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by JohnK17 from Pennsylvania

Mar 15, 2012
Amber from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 74 ratings