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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Ratings:
75
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.8%
 
 
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very cold 375 c+c... neck fizzer for about 5 minutes easy... too much carbonation.... dark tan head.. good lacing.. the brew is hazed brown...

Nose is lightly phenlolic and more than enough fruity esters... CO2.... a lot of fizz... raisin and dark toast....

Flavor is a mis-mash of dark fruits... toasty malt and the body is just blown away by the carbonation... clove phenols and some light bubblegum...

Fizzy... the bubbles blow out any idea of a mouthfeel.... I am trying to NOT pour it out.... but 40 minutes later and I get more BURP than enjoyment...

No good. I had one of these in Boise.... and that bottle was settled in the fridge for about 6-7 days.. this bottle was not jostled and still showed the same disqualifications... terrible.

3.5/3/2/2/2

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Photo of hannydawg
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
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 mattfancett
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of Dentist666
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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 metter98
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy chestnut brown in color and yeast particles are visible floating in suspension. It has a very high amount of carbonation, but not nearly as much as the Amber or Blond varieties. It poured into a snifter glass with a three finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties; it consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of yeast dominate the smell, which also has notes of dark malts and hints of spices.
T: The taste is somewhat malty and has a bit of spiciness from the yeast. There are some hints of fruits; the finish has mild notes of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit chalky on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: This wasn't as much of a gusher compared to the Amber and Blond varieties, which made it a lot easier to slowly pour into a glass, yet the chalkiness in the mouthfeel makes this a beer that needs to be sipped.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Sspeer1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of pecokid
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of RummyRedbeard
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of WindedIndian
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a deep brown in color with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of belgian yeast, lemongrass, bell pepper, slight chocolate scent. a very sweet and malty profile, slight bitterness reminiscent of dirt, slight bite of alcohol. medium body, low carbonation.

this beer tastes nothing like a saison but is still very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 WastingFreetime
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought summer of 2011, consumed Feb. 2012 and review written at the time (sorry for the belated posting). Bottle with best-by date of either Nov. '11 or Dec. '12, but the markings were ambiguous. Lovely looking, like Irish coffee, cloudy but not too sedimented, poured with a big sandy-tan head that sat down but remained as a thin surface layer a bit. The nose lacks oomph, smelling delicately of basement, licorice, root beer, toffee, red fruits. Quite chewy! It's fitting that mouthfeel impression came before flavor, big as that was: huge wave of toffee, toasty malt, but a sneaky sour astringency sneaks in. Quite farmhouse, that. Redeeming hop finish for, if not quite balance, at least some complexity, and interest.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of paleoplant
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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