Dark | Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Belgium
hoftendormaal.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by metter98 on 02-26-2011

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73
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27
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.8%
 
 
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of shanekramer
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of cowboy83
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Vylo
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lillitnn92
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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 Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a murky, dark brown color with a thick texture. Some floaties. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing. Lots of sediment at the bottom.

S: A rich aroma of malt, chocolate, and a slight funk.

T: Tasted of toasted malt (oddly enough), chocolate, some mild spices, and a nutty quality akin to what you might find in a brown ale. Definitely an unusual take on the saison style, but tasty nonetheless.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: As I said, this is an unusual version of a saison, a fact that might put some people off. That being said, it is a well made, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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 nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The cork forces itself out as soon as the cage is loosened and we've got ourselves a mild gusher. The beer fills a 16oz tulip with one finger of beer and five fingers of foam, while the bottle still manages to ooze a steady stream of suds out of the top as it sits in the sink, waiting for the head in the glass to settle. The beer itself is a hazy, dark brown color and the voluminous, off white head leaves thick lace as it slowly fades away.

S - Earthy malt notes of caramel, brown sugar, and bread with some clove and yeast notes in the background.

T - Lots of dark fruit and spicy yeast notes up front along with caramel and bread. Red apple and plum notes dominate in the middle but are pushed aside by clove and cinnamon character in the finish. Lingering brown sugar and caramel with a hint of black licorice in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Aside from the problematic gushing issues, this is a very nice dark saison. Not as dry as I might have expected, there is both a dark, fruity yeast character and just a touch of alcoholic warmth that remind me more of a Belgian Dark Strong than of a saison. Worth trying, just watch out of the cork!

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of manitouman84
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an interesting bistre/brown, lots of yeast sediment, and lots of carbonation. Smells very earthy, almost musky, with a hint of phenolic spiciness buried under the malty aroma. Hits the mouth with malty sweetness; cocoa, biscuit, and chocolate all come through mixed with yeasty, nutty, bread flavors, yum! Highly drinkable, a medium bodied beer, exciting on the tongue with all the carbonation, finishes with a slight lingering spiciness. Goes down the hatch easy, but filled with wonderful complexity, highly recommended.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beer special, unique, fresh, balanced. A pleasure, I need another taste. Pesnsar made me and let me out of the game without words.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, chestnut bown in color with a huge dense head that goes on and on. Took 3 pours to get the whole thing consumed. Ok aroma-somewhat bready and yeasty. Nice flavor-mild chocolate/cocoa. Bready-like a chocolate biscuit! Quite malty with a delicate, yeasty spice. Smooth mouthfeel-very soft. Some dryness in the finish. Very enjoyable beer overall, perfect for a nice spring day.

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Photo of beergoot
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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 julian
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've learned the proper way to de-cork these Hof Ten Dormaal now after having had a few. Hold the cork and cage in your palm with a tight grip and unscrew the cage with the other hand. Slowly pull the cork/cage off (it'll usually come out on its own) until it just pops free in your palm. That way it won't take off like a rocket.

A: Murky dark brown and caramel color with lots of visible sediment floating around. Huge almond colored head with big bubbles that dominate the glass.

S: Typical Hof Ten Dormaal sweetness. candi sugar, bubble gum, juicy fruit, sweet tropical fruits.

T&M: Holy carbonation batman! This thing is incredibly bubbly! Extremely high level of carbonation. Body is earthy sweet with some mild burnt/toasty malts. sweet fruity candi syrup. Hints of spicy noble hop on the finish.

O: Highly carbonated, moderate to high alcohol which is mostly undetectable. Very sweet, mildly toasty. A deviation from standard modern Saisons that I'm used to but probably closer to the traditional historical saison of the past.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all...I could not believe the force of the cork! Careful where you point this bottle once you take the cage off! It litteraly shot accross the room with a super loud pop! Slow gusher here...foam is creeping out of the bottle. Bought this at Acquistapace’s in Covington, LA on a work trip.

Quickly poured into nonic/tulip style glass...
Pours a nice deep brown with thick froathy head. Really nice bready dark fruit and cider aromas. Taste is a bit bitter chocolate, some funky earthy notes, metallic, and slightly boozey. The chocolate is really intense in the aftertaste. Its a bit harsh to drink but has a really nice mellow mouthfeel and aftertaste. Its a very very unique saison...and and all around good brew. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i must say that the yeast is latent on this one. if the bottle is more that 4 months it will volcano and pop the cork out of the cage. i suspect a dupont yeast strain but there is no way of knowing for sure. mine exploded out of the cage.

pour is mahogany with quite a bit of murk and a giant unmanageable head. i've had more success of i'll give it a fair rating but watch out for the pour on this one. nose is juniper, pear, and toast malt... sesame seed. pilsner feel and nose hints. palate is very much so mild chocolate and sesame qualities. a bit of licorice and fruit hints at the right temperature. i say about 50 degrees. its more floral. apple predominant fruit with lemongrass hints at peak. not bad. induces an appetite... but there are more consistent saisons by this brewery.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the small corked bottle in a snifter. This nice dark Belgian pours a muddy brown with an outline of dark red. A moderately vigorous pour gives a light tan head of foam that settles to a thick ring with a thin layer and nice light lacing. Nose of brown sugars, raisin bread, subtle pepper spice, and yeast goodness. Flavors follow the nose with smooth dark brown sugars and dark raisins to the front and middle. Sweetness abounds without being overly cloying as it fades to a subtle light white pepper and baked bread crust flavor. Very pleasant. Light carbonation makes for a slick mouth feel closer to a dubble than a farmhouse style ale. Nice lightly sweet aftertaste of brown sugar and raisin. Excellent.

Cheers

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very cloudy, murky brown color with lots of yeasty sediment. It had a three finger, off-white head of very bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and fruity with notes of raisin and currants.

T - It tasted of dried fruits - raisin, plum and currants. Good spicy yeasty bite with some sweet caramel flavors.

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

O - This is a very tasty dark saison. Be careful, though, the cork flew off on its own.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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 SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark chestnut amber with a light tan, massive half glass head; having had Hof Ten Dormaal ales before, I had the glass ready when the cork blew off the bottle with the releaseof the cage. The head slowly dissipated leaving tons of lacing. Aroma of dark caramel malt, dark and dark dried fruit, hints of vinegar; slight metallic element. Flavor is bready and caramel malt, sweet dark and dried fruit, pear juice, light cocoa, and hints of Belgian yeast and spicing. Finish of pleasant residual malt and fruit. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation sharpness. A nice sweet malty ale; closer in style to a light spicy doppelbock than a saison, but tasty and fun to drink in any case. This is my favorite of the non-barrel aged Hof Ten Dormaals.

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Photo of ReeseMax3
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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