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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,069
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,221
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 13.7%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
75
From:
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  3
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews by kjkinsey:
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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Word of caution to anyone looking to open a bottle o' this: Do so carefully. The cork WILL bolt off at incredibly high velocities, damaging anything in its path. Point away from yourself and toward a bitter enemy. That said, it pours a bleak dark brown topped by at least three fingers of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, booze, buttery toffee, and light plum. The taste holds notes of walnut, caramel, clove, dark wheat, and buttery toffee. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation (all of the CO2 must have gone toward blowing off the cork and building a mountain of head...) and a smooth, grainy feel. Overall, a nice idea, but this thing has a bit too much darkness, a bit too much booze, for things to really work.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

12/14/12 From bottle at Home. Very complex & assertive. Chocolate in the finish & a hint of licorice at first blush. Each sip has a different personality, all of them friendly.

The 7.5% ABV is forthright.

Not an everyday drink but easily recommendable. Worth noting is Hof ten Dormaal not only grows all their ingredients, they use their own rapeseed oil for the boiling.

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Photo of lillitnn92
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cowboy83
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Dentist666
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sourish toffee and nuts.
Fail.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of trevorjn06
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with 4 fingers of tan head that slowly recedes, leaves a slight lacing on the glass.

Aroma is yeast character with citrus, earth and lots of fruits (peaches, apples). There is a very slight toasty/grainy aroma.

Taste is interesting, it has many components of a saison such as fruity, earthy yeast character, dry finish and high carbonation. There is also a slightly nutty, toasted malt flavor and some chocolate that emerges midway through. The finish has light roast, a hint of sweetness, fruity/citrusy flavors and some herbal character.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall this beeris quite good, I would call it a farmhouse ale that has components of brown ales and stouts. I will be having this again.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of hannydawg
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Belgian Beer Fest

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with a big, creamy brown head. Nice and thick looking. Not your typical saison.

S - Malts, almost chocolate quality, good earthy grains and yeasts with a nice light funky citrus.

T - Hmm...this is a saison yeah? More roasted malts and nice barnyard funk. More citrus notes too. A nice saison with a dark malty undertone.

M - Creamy, much lower carbonation than one would expect from a saison. Its still quite nice thanks to how malty and dark it is.

O - Overall this was a tasty saison. Unexpected but good. Would buy a bottle of this if I could find it.

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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky brown with a thick, bubbly beige head.

S: Aromas of cider apples, roasted grain, bitter chocolate, and lactic yeast are present on the nose.

T: A tart entry reveals notes of bitter chocolate, roasted grain, cider apples, spiced pears, cream, oak, woody spice, white pepper, and astringent alcohol. The finish is peppery and bitter with oak, chocolate, and white pepper notes underscored by fiery alcohol.

M: This ale is medium-bodied and quite dry. Carbonation is prickly. Alcohol presence is pronounced and biting.

O: This is an interesting ale, but the flavor profile never really comes together and its booziness makes it difficult to drink. It's decent, but I doubt I will seek it out again.

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Photo of beergoot
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, amber body with a thick yet fizzy looking head (initially) with the head eventually evening out to a rich, thick top. Malty, apricot-like aroma; some apple. Deep, rich malt flavors; charred sugars; maple; slight tartness with a bit of an alcohol edge. Rich, chewy mouthfeel with a slight carbonation tingle at times, otherwise smooth; semi-dry finish.

A big, bold, wonderful tasting beer. Definitely keys on the malt notes with just the right touch of esters and phenols to make things interesting. Does a good job of keeping the alcohol flavors from overwhelming things, letting the malt and yeast components provide the right amounts of depth and complexity.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes, yet another cork and overflow issue...I tried to drink the overflow from the bottle but it was too fast and furious; probably lost a third of the bottle. Too bad, as this is a really tasty beer. Dark golden murky brown with a HUGE head on it. Holding on too. Nice lacing. Smell is strongly bready. Everything about this beer makes me think "chewy". Highly carbonated but very very drinkable. If I didn't waste so much at opening, EVERY time I've had a Hof Ten, this would absolutely be on of the best belgian beers for the money. Even with the foamy struggles, it still meets that criteria.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 75 ratings