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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

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Added by metter98 on 02-26-2011

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Ranking:
#16,214
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
75
pDev:
13.84%
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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 jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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 metter98
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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 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.

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

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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 rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a saison? I figured it would just be a dark ale. Frankly, the nose comes off as mostly that. Heavy on the sugars. On the flavor profile as well. I know this says farmhouse ale on the label, but really, this is a Belgian dark ale. My conundrum is whether I rate this as a saison (which I probably should), or if I should rate it on just being a beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
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 rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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 harpus
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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