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
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.8%
 
 
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of JxExM
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 hannydawg
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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 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 Marc33
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes, yet another cork and overflow issue...I tried to drink the overflow from the bottle but it was too fast and furious; probably lost a third of the bottle. Too bad, as this is a really tasty beer. Dark golden murky brown with a HUGE head on it. Holding on too. Nice lacing. Smell is strongly bready. Everything about this beer makes me think "chewy". Highly carbonated but very very drinkable. If I didn't waste so much at opening, EVERY time I've had a Hof Ten, this would absolutely be on of the best belgian beers for the money. Even with the foamy struggles, it still meets that criteria.

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Photo of cowboy83
5/5  rDev +30.2%

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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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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