Winter 11 (Wit Goud) | Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rtepiak on 03-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by JAHMUR:
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a hazy copper color with a thick off-white head that stuck around for a long time. There was a good deal of lace.

Peppery spicy aroma. Earthy, and a bit funky. It had a sweet aroma.

The taste followed the aroma. Peppery and spicy. Earthy. Sweet malt and some herbal hops at the end.

Crisp an satisfying. Would drink this again.

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Photo of RickS95
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage, possibly a bit beyond expiration date, couldn't quite read the label.

It's got an extremely rich looking pour. It's very thick and teems with stuff floating around, almost looks like dirty river water. The head is not quite bright white, but fairly white. Only a finger thick, there's nice retention and a spotty lace.

Smells funky and tart. Lots of different fruit scents going on. Kind of a musty, dank, overripe dark fruitiness. Clearly has the farmhouse smell. As it starts to warm, the alcohol becomes more prevalent in the nose.

The alcohol is not overpowering to the taste buds, but it's very present. Lots of dark, ripe fruits...figs and raisins and plums and cold weather fruits like that. I have no idea what chicory looks, smells or tastes like, so I can't really comment on that. The taste is nice and fruity with a pop of alcohol and just enough hops to keep the sweetness at bay.

Tastes like a Belgian Saison should taste, only with a substantial note of heat from the alcohol. Slightly sweet with a blast of tangy and tart. Medium bodied, crisp and mostly dry finish.

Overall, it's a nice rendition of the style. I've got a bottle of 2012 Vintage that I'm really looking forward to. Goes down pretty easy and has nice alcohol, letting you know it's a beer.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Winter 12.

A light golden amber brown, hints at orange hues through an opaque body. Super slow creeping carbonation, with fine white bubbles coming up, matching a light classic white somewhat rocky, but a bit shampoo foamy head. That foam sticks around though. A solid and impressive looking brew.

Nose hints just a little floral, but a good amount of thick brett. Airy and crispy sensations hit in the bouquet. Real solid and good.

First palate quench hits with a sourdough like malt sweet crust of bread mixing with the brett like mild funky character. Sweet malts follow, even some toasty action. Light floral action, and an almost popcorn like taste. A sense of real dry grain and crackly husk. Mouthfeel has lots of body to carry a great mild sweetness.

A real nice wonderful saison that is truly hitting the notes just right, but has lots of distinct character. This is great.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 picked up tonight at the COOP ... Green bottle .... KEEP YOUR THUMB OVER THE CORK AS YOU UNWRAP THE CAGE!!!! I read another BA's review and luckily heeded his warning.... Twist... twist... POP!! It looked to start fizzing up the neck of the bottle pretty quickly too. Poured into my Cigar City snifter ... off white head has great persistence and lacing.. the brew is a sorta hazy orange.

I don't know what Chicory root smells/tastes like, but I am getting a pretty bitter smelling note in the nose... also there seems to be a decent throw of aroma hops into the kettle. Pear ester fruitiness... smells a touch sweet.

Flavor is nice... sorta like a slightly sweet pear cider... the sweetness shows up front but quickly dissipates leaving the finish nicely dry.. What I guess is the Chicory comes out a bit floral with a dry bitter quality.

Body seems a touch thick for the style... but I guess not too thick given the hefty ABV. Obviously a good carbonation.

Pretty decent... I actually like it.... Get rid of the green bottle though! This bottle wasn't skunked, but I really thought about just skipping it.


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Photo of jsanford
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, chunky golden-yellow with an incredibly dense white head that leaves sheets of lacing clinging to the glass. Nice, classic Saison aromas of ripe tree fruit, slightly funky yeast, some bubblegum, and a bit of green banana. Taste is dominated by the earthy Saison yeast, with a nice floral character and a splendidly dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium-thin body and sharp carbonation. Overall a lovely Spring/Summer Saison, no clue why it's called "Winter".

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak Tulip. Pours a light to medium orange amber. Nice two finger medium white head with good retention and lots of heavy lacing. Aroma of Belgian spicing, bready malt and light grassy elements. Interesting herbal and bready malt flavor, rather dry. Starts dry and vinous, then sweeter malt flavors and an herbal element that must be the chicory become dominant. Finishes slightly dry and hoppy with additional sharpness from the active carbonation. Light but actively carbonated mouth feel. An interesting and quite different flavor progression. I liked this, worth a repeat visit.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snagged a 2011 vintage for 2 bucks. Expired October 2012

A - Another hazy colored peach amber brown. Also a nice bit of carbonation despite the 1+ year of age with sticky lacing throughout. Mild touch of sediment made its way into my glass.

S - Sour dough bread, mild funk and brett. Fruity yeasts and some hops.

T - A touch sour with a sour dough bready pretzel taste mixed with a touch of tart lemon and funky fruitiness. I guess its a touch skunked since it has a cloying sour yeast flavor but it's not terrible enough to pour out.

M - Light to medium not as bubbly as the white gold but still plenty carbonated.

Overall another beer this one seems to have a touch more flavor and funk. Still I don't think I would pick up another bottle even for 2 bucks...

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a murky, cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nicely spicy aroma with a lot of yeast evident as well.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, spices (cloves, a little pepper), light fruit (apples), malt, and a even a little floral quality also. In general this is a solid, focused flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a crisp, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like all of Hof Ten Dormaal's beers, this is a well made, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a three-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thick, sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and slightly yeasty with nice notes of grain and caramel.

T - It tasted very spicy with sweet caramel and grains. It had a touch of funkiness and yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good saison. I preferred it to their Dark saison.

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Photo of haazer
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2nd beer at Philly beer week.

A - A very turbid apricot color, has a cider like look to it. Some orange and peach skin color for good measure. Slow rising bubbles on one side of the glass.

S - Belgian yeast and strong floral aroma dominates the nose. A bit of grassiness and lemons.

T - Bubblegum, clive and banana. More of a wheat beer than a saison really. There's a bit of a cream flavor here to which is different.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium bodied. The carbonation feels surprisingly low for the style, but it's still fairly easy drinking for an 8%.

O - This smells like a saison but should be classified as a strong hefe. Not a good hefe, but not horrible. Not 9$ worthy that's for damn sure!

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Photo of rodney45
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: beware the cork. I let it sit for a bit after moving from the fridge and it didnt overflow or shoot across the room. For safe measure keep a thumb over the cork when undoing the wire cage. Poured into a 12 oz tulip.

A: Unclarified sunset or heatlamp yellow. Big white foamy head. Pour gently or it will be simply unmanageable. Nice lacing. Might do well by leaving the bottom of this beer in the beer, like a homebrew. A lot of yeast sediment.

S: Malt, fennel, pear and esters. With a small amount of skunkyness.

T: First notes are of malt, lemon zest, corriander. Second notes are of pear, maple syrup (not sweet, just the maple), and diner fruit cup oranges. Dry and skunky aftertaste.

M: Light mouthfeel, high carbonation. Slightly bitter, slightly skunky.

O: This is good for the style. I could have done with less skunk and chickory. I feel like with these beers i can put myself into a time of old, where a beer like this would be brewed for the farmer, and the farm hand equally, to be shared in the shade of a farmhouse in northern france after a day of harvesting wheat, or hops.

P.S. Beer 1 of my 2012 saison quest. An underappreciated and underreviewd beer style(by me). Basically one man's quest to prove himself wrong. I basically said in 2011 that I'll drink any beer as long as its not a saison, and then I tried an outstanding beer, a true dazzler, and it turned out to be a siaison. Now im on a quest to review and enjoy as many as i can find.

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Photo of MystikCelt
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of DersOne
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a bottle of the '11 Vintage Winter according to the large numerals on the label.

NOTE: Beware the cork on this one. Although I seem to be only the second BA to review this brew, I also have had the cork go rogue and bounce off the ceiling the moment I removed the wire cage! So please play it smart, and please don't point this one at anything or anyone that can be damaged, its a loose cannon!

Pours out an opaque golden-amber color with a large blast of a frothy head that fizzles out to nothing, no lacing left behind, quite a lot of chunky sediment in the brew as well, which dances around in the vigorous carbonation bubbles. If only there was lacing or some strength to the head structure, or less sediment, I would rate it much higher on appearance.

Strong elements of Belgian Yeast funk are present in the nose as well as a strange sort of musty tree bark smell...although the brewery claims to have added chicory to this brew, that's the closest I can come to detecting it in the smell : only as a strong pseudo-woody bark character. Also getting a strong wet hay funk and hefeweizen-like grain smell with a bouquet of florals and undercurrents of dark fruit esters. COMPLEX. I'd give it a 5.0 if only the chicory was less murky and vague.

The taste is surprising in its high amounts of white wine impressions. A nice dry one, too....tastes as if somebody thought it would be a good idea to blend a Belgian Pale half-and-half with a really high quality Chardonnay. And guess what, it turned out to be a TERRIFIC idea. Florals and the funk of a really dry Saison are used as delicious seasoning to accentuate this idea.

Mouthfeel is much too gritty from excess sediment even though I was careful with decanting, the carbonation threw those particles all over the place in my bottle. Texture is DRY and even chalky at times, the constant dryness of this brew can be tiring if not paced well. But these are really my only complaints as far as mouthfeel goes...

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Photo of ccrida
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Winter 12 is murky dull, burnt gold with a huge off-white head with big bubbles leaving tuns of sticky, clingy foam.

Smell is floral - I didn't realize it had roses until I read the label, but now it seems obvious. However, they're nicely integrated with the fruity saison esters, and not suffering from the potpourii taste that some flower beers have. Very pleasant.

Taste is earthy and yeasty, fairly different from the taste, which is surprising. The esters are further back than the rose, but both make a subtle presence of sweetness. Reminds me a lot of Fantome Hiver (although I admit it's been awhile).

Mouthfeel is dry, but not overly so. Fairly light.

Drinkability is pretty good, this sucker has some nice flavor, but it's subtle enough to quaff. The lighter body adds to the drinkability. Another solid saison from Hof Ten Dormaal, with a nice little touch of depth from the roses.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of AdamBear
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy orange gold with a nice thick and foamy white head

S-smells awesome actually. good funky and spicy wheats. i was afraid it was going to smell sour in a spoiled way rather than a funky way, but no its smelling quite good. some green apples. some chlorine.

T-comes in with a very mellow and smooth flavor of slightly tart grains and apple and belgian pale spices. becomes somewhat watery, but there's a bitterness and sourness that sticks to the tongue. a very subtle beer. the back end has a lot of pale belgian ale to it. its good.

M-good high carbonation, but unfortunately with a fairly watery finish

O-if you told me this beer was 4%, i wouldn't doubt it for a second. it isn't a bad saison, though somewhat boring. its definitely very fun to drink though. its not unique really. it might be worth a try if you're in to trying new saisons. every sip leaves you pleased.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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Winter 11 (Wit Goud) from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 31 ratings