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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.8%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Pours medium thin brown with a scant head. No real lace.

Cocoa and brown bread aromas, but not real sweetness.

This drinks like a mild brown belgian ale. Cocoa, some fig, brown bread, with bitterness in the crust. Light bitterness clears the palate. Some mild spice and grain husk, but hard to find.Smooth in the finish.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Nice treat here, and not traditional to the style in any way. Liked this a lot.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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