Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Dark | Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
DarkDark
BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
75 Ratings
DarkDark
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by metter98 on 02-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,058
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
75
pDev:
13.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Dentist666
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sourish toffee and nuts.
Fail.

30 characters

Photo of igl
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lmaduells
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

132 characters

Photo of Vylo
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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

 737 characters

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

Photo of Texasfan549
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SLeffler27
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a murky, dark, old copper beer with streaming carbonation. A slight off-white head immediately dissipates to a thin ring in an HB lidded stein. SRM 21-23.

Aroma is very fruity with spice, perhaps clove. There is a strong presence of raisins and yeast. Floral notes are set against freshly-baked white bread.

Orchard fruits dwell within the flavors of this well balanced saison. Flavors follow the nose with some faint pepper. Warmth brings out a light flavor of sour plums. The finish is modest.

Medium body with alcohol as expected, modest carbonation and a silky texture. There is also a light acidic note.

The saison hallmarks are present but subdued. I would consider this more a hybrid saison/dubble. Dark is quite enjoyable on its own, but better with soft cheese, and significantly better at temperature or even warmer.

 838 characters

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

Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into a tulip, a date strip but no notches on the label
A: Dark brown while pouring but a ruby color when held up to light with a 2+ finger head that lingers
S: Dark malts, a bit of date/butterscotch but fairly simple
T: Fairly sweet with brown sugar, fig/date, butterscotch/caramel and sweet malts
M: Medium-bodied, quite sweet
O: This beer is dessert. It's tasty but I opened it when I wanted a refreshing saison, not something as sweet as it is. I'd recommend it, just please save it for after a meal or a nightcap, not the middle of the afternoon

 570 characters

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

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

Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lillitnn92
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of mattfancett
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Amber brown and hazy in the De Proef narrow tulip with a very attractive fine-grained foam. A nice mouthfeel with the creamy carbonation. Bubbles streaming in the dusk.

Flavor is a little murky. Malty and slightly sweet. A resiny candy taste that swiftly goes dry and sharp. Grainy. An insistent tang of bitterness. The flavor of raisin bread toast. This has that classic rusty water taste of far too many Belgian beers. I can't see much point in this one, except to warn against trying random Belgians in the US.

Best before date is "B 4 14" so it that B4 2014? Well, it's from the cooler at at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

 626 characters

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of RummyRedbeard
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

was not a big fan of this one, from its skunky nose i am guessing this green glass wasnt handled well, or that it sat on the shelf a little longer than it should have. its got a mostly clear medium brown color and a fluffy head thats basically the same color. good carbonation maintains the head for awhile. it smells skunked out, like english malts rather than belgian yeast, and not at all fresh, also a little sweet. the flavor is better than the smell, malt forward this one, i was expecting a yeast heavy brew, but there is nothing exciting about the yeast here at all. caramel and chocolate malt sweetness fades into a slightly stale bread complex before the beer finishes probably not as dry as originally intended. i had much higher hopes after having some beers from this brewery recently, but this was a real disappointment. medium bodied and bubbly, but the flavor just isnt that good. there is still a white on the shelf too, which i would really like to try, but after this one i dont know if ill try it or not. very very average belgian beer here, freshness is likely at lease a little part of that.

 1,113 characters

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of beergoot
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

 667 characters

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Dark from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 75 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.