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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Belgium
hoftendormaal.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tempest on 06-25-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
70
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
15.82%
 
 
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Photo of trevorjn06
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork SHOT out of the bottle upon releasing the wire cage. Pours an orange/amber color with a slight haze, enormous head with great retention and good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fruit, earth, very mild funk (not brett...). There is mango, citrus, some hops. Light malty, caramel.

Taste very fruity with bready malts and a pleasant caramel. Begins with bready, light caramel, very light toast, citrus and light earth. Moves into dry maltiness, lots of apple, pear, lemon and some hop bitterness emerge midway. The finish is very dry due to the high carbonation, but still maintains some caramel flavors as well as firm hop bitterness, light earth/must and fruit/yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with VERY high carbonation. Very slight alcohol on the finish.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, it combines sweet caramel malts flawlessly with dry saison flavors and tons of yeast character. Complex and delicious.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a corked 37.5cl bottle from De Bierkoning and poured it into a tulip glass (it's the best I could do with what was provided for glassware at our apartment for the week).

A: Pours an unfiltered murky brownish/golden hue with a thick head that lasts the entire beer with just minor lacing in its tracks.

S: Sour, fermented, sweet and bready with a noticeable hop presence; also somewhat malty and woody with a liquor finish - absolutely phenomenal.

T: This stuff blew me away, the flavor is unlike any i've tasted - a cross between a tripel and an aged bruin. Sour and malty, yet sweet and bready with a distinct aged flavor (woody and spicy), the hop is there too (maybe Saaz and Amarillo ???).

M: Silky and light/medium bodied, well carbonated but with small bubbles that roll across the palate perfectly.

D: Bought one just to try it out and wish I had another. Perfectly balanced for easy drinking.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 375ml bottle at Abe's Cold Beer for $4. The cork popped right off after I uncaged it and it took a good 5 minutes for the head to die down, leaving a hazy, dark amber body.

Like the Blond, this beer is dominated by a big spicy Belgian yeast character. It's full of cracked pepper, coriander, and clove with a mild floral undertone. There's a bitter, herbal hop finish and then a hint of bready malt.

This beer isn't super smooth like so many great Belgians, instead it has a rich bitter feel like a great IPA. I suppose I'd describe it as a dark Saison Dupont. Find this beer, it's delicious.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

the darker of the two in the series. Really into the self sustaining brewery and this one has a good sense of character. Just as much a ridiculously voluminous head as the blonde. I warn. Both bottles i had as soon as the cage was removed the cork went. You have about a half a second to start pouring. Pour is a lot of aggressive head which is a precursor to the body. One was a head and nothing but in a pint glass and the rest enjoyed in a tulip. The other had a nice head of three finger that grew as the intense carbonation rose. But it subsides. And at first that beer abv is separated in feel when the carbonation is that potent. Color of cloudy amber. Nose of orange and licorice. Palate is malty but of toasted and burnt toffee. Some clove, licorice and the and interesting bitter but sweet grassy of a candied bitter orange peel. Meaty mineral finish. Not better but better as it milds in carbonation.

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Photo of timtim
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

others have noted this, but a word of caution seems necessary... once the cage is removed, the cork flies out with some serious velocity. a lot of pressure in this little bottle.

pours a dark brownish-orange with pillowy, cream colored head that holds and leaves lace. nose is sweet malt that is cut and harmonized well by peppery spice, earth, fresh air/soil, and dark fruit. a nice lemony hop character really comes in to the mix as it warms. taste is well balanced and pretty well integrated mix of the above with a nice, long finish that I could swear has some rye notes to it. reminds me of a blend between Rochefort 6 and a Saison, or maybe like an old-school super-rustic saison. terroir all over the place, and this is really it's stand-out character. minerally (not the salty kind) as hell. fresh air/countryside character galore. yum. mouthfeel is creamy, yet light and fluffy at the same time. long finish with a clean aftertaste. another fantastic beer from 12percent. real terroir in beer. thank you!

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with an over the top, five finger head of off white foam. It takes a few minutes for the head to settle enough for me to fill the glass, and as the foam recedes, it leaves thick lace on the glass. The body is a clear, golden amber color.

S - Bready malt with a hint of caramel and some spicy hops in the background.

T - Rich, bready malt up front with some spicy yeast notes and a bit of toffee. Clove and peppery yeast notes in the middle with some musty hops. The beer finishes with more intense, caramel and toffee malt as well as spicy yeast notes of clove and a hint of smoke.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - A very nice, amber saison. The yeast character is musty and spicy with some of the "cellar" character that I normally associate with a biere de garde. The spicy, must, almost British hop profile melds nicely with the bready malt and spicy yeast, while the profound dryness makes for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2012. Poured from a 375mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Utilize caution, as the cork emerges with dramatic violence!

Cloudy golden brown/rust body with burnt orange and amber highlights. A voluminous angry outburst of papaya whip foam fills the glass, receding slowly to a lasting half-finger, leaving behind messy lacing and an adherent cakey collar in its wake. Glossy clear legs.

Candy sugar, spicy (noble?) hops, fermenting oranges, earth and vague spice in the nose.

Muscular yeast and barley on the palate. Faint caramel-like flavors emerge but are tamed by the phenols and some "barnyard" elements as well (though this funk remains earthy rather than sweaty or tart). Moderately bitter, grassy, and with a bright dry finish. Great evocation of terroir (as to be expected when the ingredients were all sourced from the farm it was produced by).

Effervescent, well carbonated, medium-bodied, and slightly slick.

A touch rustic, but still reeking of small-batch, high-craft authenticity. Definitely seek this out if you are a fan of traditional farmhouse ale.

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Photo of ccrida
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Carefully leaked the gas out while holding in the cork, once I removed it, it took awhile for it to slowly over-foam, but even a gentle pour into my large Gulden Draak tulip resulted into almost all foam. It settled pretty quickly, leaving chunks of big bubbled foam over a hazy, dark amber beer on subsequent pours.

Whoa, the first whiff I took to deep, was so spritzy it stung my nasal passages, and then quickly unfolded the sweet esters and malt, lychee and pith. I really like the intensity, even after the gas blows off and it stops burning, very nice.

Taste pretty good, complex but fairly well integrated. The fruitiness is present but tempered by a firm bitterness on the finish, but is still pretty robust. A little earthiness, fresh clean soil.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry, but there's some maltiness for sure, medium bodied, perhaps even a bit more so for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good, this is as advertised, a classic, rustic saison. I prefer the fruity esters vs the more spicy esters that farmhouses can exhibit, this reminds me of the fruity blaugies yeast, which I really love, and actually homebrew with a ton myself.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown-orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a huge, long-lasting, foamy/rocky head. Below average lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of hops, fruit, malt, and sugar.

T: Tasted of sugar, malt and light fruit up front, with a slightly hoppy finish. Generally, a well-balanced flavor.

M: Like Hof Ten Dormaal's Blond, this beer has an absurd amount of carbonation with a fairly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While I didn't like it quite as much as the Blond, the Amber is a highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The cork flew off the top, leading to a gusher of a beer and a glass half full of foam. Oh, well. The clumpy, dense, cream colored head stays. Underneath it is a cloudy, dark orange brew.

S - The nose is primarily a raw wheat and wet straw aroma. Maybe even some rye and mutligrain bread. Very bready all around.

T - First, there is a lot of pepper and spice that lingers. Rustic dark bread, grape, oatmeal and lemon peel flavors can all be found. Also, a bit minerally.

M - Light creamy body and a dry, lasting finish.

O - A beer with a lot of depth in both flavor and mouth. Another wonderful Belgian offering.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a small wine glass. I would have chosen a tulip, but the cork popped off while I was undoing the cage, and it started gushing, so I grabbed the closest glass. Pours a very cloudy amber haze with a big 3 finger tuft of gushy head. Decent lacing after the head dies to a bigger than normal film on top. On the nose, first off is a big grassy earthy scent. A bit of musty hay. Some sweetness as well. Getting some floral stuff going on as well. Musty and sweet on the palate. Those Saison yeasty spice notes are coming through strong. Didn't catch that too much on the nose, interesting it's coming so hard on the tongue. Nice bitterness on the finish. Some malt somewhere in the middle. Drying. Lots of champagne-like bubbles, causing a case of the burps. Tasty brew overall. I should also mention, it's nicely priced and a perfect single serving size.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of jbonapar
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

YIKES! What a start to this beer! OVER CARBONATED EXPLOSION out of the bottle! What excitement. I've never seen a cork fly that fast in my life. I was 1/2 way through loosening the wire over the cork and POW easily broke the sound barrier!

Ok, on to the taste

What aroma.. Spicey slight hopiness a wee bit citrusy...Floral. Fantastic

Taste: wow. I love a good saison, my favorite style when done well. This captures it. Starts off immediately with a sweetness that is quickly overtaken by a spicy bite...A slight sourness lingers as the bitterness comes on at the end. THen, the spice comes back and just stays until the next sip. I also notice a bit of vanilla in there...Just fascinating and complex. One of my new fav's.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance -- Pours a rich amber/orange with MASSIVE tight white head.

Smell -- Bright citrus, coriander, dark fruit, earthy/funky yeast, earthy hops, some alcohol.

Taste -- Follows the nose pretty well. Splash of bright citrus (orange peel?) and spice, peppercorn, clove and faint banana, earthy/funky yeast, dark fruits, caramel and cane juice malt sweetness, earthy/herbaceous hops in the finish. Mild alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel -- medium to light in body with high carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth.

Drinkability -- The commonality between this and the Blond is pretty significant, although this has more sweet and caramelized malts and more alcohol presence. I preferred the Blond, but this is still exceptional.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a super hazy dark beige color ale with a super huge off-white foamy head with perfect retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of rustic Belgian malt notes with light barnyard notes and funky ester. Taste is a very nice mix between some rustic Belgian malt notes with funky yeast ester and light barnyard notes. Body is extremely full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very complex beer with nice artisanal touch and rough edge not removed.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of sitarist
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, tarnished copper color. There is three fingers of foamy off white head taking its time receding. The head falls to a thick foamy top-coating that leaves patches of lacing.

I smell over ripe apples, musty basement, lemon, caramel, and wet dog. Its not as spicy or phenolic as I expected, but it is funky.

I taste ripe apples, pepper, coriander, and lime. The flavors are a lot more spicy than the nose suggested. It has a weird / funky aftertaste.

Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation that scrubs across my tongue. It has a long finish.

I find it easy to drink despite all of its weirdness. I could go for another.

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Amber from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
3.73 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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