Wit Goud
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #371
Ranked #39,847
3.62 | pDev: 15.75%
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Wit GoudWit Goud
Notes: Brewed with chicory (witloof in Dutch) grown at their farm in Tildonk-Haaght, the brewer describes this as a Witloofbier.
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 75 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rex_4539
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Very hazy (muddy) amber color, three finger white head, messy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Belgian strong ale.

T: Sour, malty.

F: Hugely carbonated, very light bodied, feels like 3% ABV.

O: Not my kind of beer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color: copper with a light mist, the head of a white, tall and thick, durable.
Aroma: malty, sweet, fruit, some earthy accents.
Taste: The first sip and immediately, a pleasant little impact alcohol, then malty, slightly fruity, dust. Chicory unfortunately lack.
Gentian dry, sallow. Saturation high, perhaps a little too high. Alcohol is a problem.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich head with a thick, sticky body and medium carbonation. Weak smell but full blown flavor. A bit tart and yeasty, this beer exudes a honey-like sweetness with some banana and apricot at the start before giving way to a nice, earthy middle. The chicory isn't as present as it might be in a stout, but it does add a pleasant, interesting woody quality. Very tasty for fans of sours, but might be a little intense for those expecting a white or blonde ale. Still, I love it.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Golden pale colour, with an impressively tall white head with very good retention. Smells like Belgian yeast, bananas, spices and lambic sourness without the funk. Tastes sweet and a bit bitter, with notes of bananas, freshly baked bread and a hint of sauvignon blanc. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Mellow Mushroom, Blacksburg

A- pours a clear deep golden-copper color with a small creamy white head that leaves some thick lain behind as it settles

S- fruity and spicy esters, Belgian yeast, earthy

T- spicy Belgian yeast up front gives some peppery notes, along with some fruity flavors of banana & pear, also picking up some clove. Earthy notes at the mid-palate provide some faint woodsy notes, perhaps from the hickory addition, yeasty finish

M- medium body and medium lively carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that fills the mouth all the way through to the finish

O- a solid Belgian pale that is quite drinkable with well hidden ABV

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange to light brown color with a thick rocky head of off-white foam. The head settles into a half finger cap that leaves heavy lacing on the glass. Serious barnyard aromas coming through along with some ripe fruit, pepper, and cooked vegetables. Taste has a spicy character along with the funky element. More of the vegetable flavor comes through as well. Nicely carbonated with a pretty rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2015. Pours slight hazy deep reddish orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, straw, grass, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, herbal, straw, grass, wheat, honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/yeast ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Belgian strong pale ale. Good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. Nothing really stood out to make it great for me, but it is a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is one of those beers i have to imagine doesnt travel well. we all know these guys can make quality brew, but distance and age and green glass all degrade this thing to a level that is likely a far cry from what a very talented brewer probably intended across the oceans. much like the dark, this one looks overly yeasty, smells coppery and stale, and tastes skunked and off. i can see the potential though. there is a nice bright malt base and a fruity component, as well as a bitter earthy roasted quality from the chicory, which makes this distinct. lots of oxidation and light exposure has made this a poor representation of its full self i think. a little sweetness and a classic belgian yeast strain, but the metallic finish is just too much, and it gets even weirder as it warms. nice bubbles and body, but there are too many off flavors cruising around in this thing for it to be very drinkable. until i can have this in belgium and fresh, i will reserve final judgement, but over here in the states, its pretty sorry.

edit: just had a fresh bottle of this, and i retract most of what i said above. its awesome without all the skunk. the chicory is really cool in this pale beer, the yeast is incredible, and there is a ton of body happening. a neat sweet earthy tea sort of element too. very clever and original brew, and i am going to bump up some scores to reflect the quality of the fresh product.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From: Etre Gourmet, BE
Date: Best by 2014-05 notched on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Wit Goud is a pleasing, but average, BSDA, with fairly typical flavors aside from the addition of chicory into the product. While I'm happy to have tried this, and glad to see that the experiment of adding chicory to beer worked well, I don't think I'd pick up another of these bottles.

Pours a 2cm tall head of slightly dirty, off-white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, which has good retention of about 1.5 minutes, eventually fading to a 0.3cm cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session. Lacing is minimal, a few small dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a golden orange-brown color, with light bringing out golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy (10-20% opacity) beer, fairly high in number and activity.

Aroma of fairly classic Belgian ale: light grape esters, a bit of basement mustiness, and a light, smooth pale bread-like character.

Major flavors are of endive/chicory/lettuce-like taste and bitterness, dried herbs and grasses, basement mustiness, and slight bread-like and melanoidin flavors. Front of palate experiences some endive/chicory/lettuce flavor, light bread-like sweetness, mild dried grass, mild grape ester and basement mustiness. Mid-palate of definite endive/chicory flavor and bitterness, with complex herbal and dried grass hoppiness, basement mustiness, slightly caramel-like breadiness, and mild ethanol spiciness. Back of palate detects increased hop bitterness, some ethanol spiciness, slight melanoidins (light caramel), dried herbs and mild lettuce-like flavor. Aftertaste of light graininess, lingering bitterness from herbal hops and endive/chicory/lettuce additions, slightly spicy ethanol, and slightly sweet melanoidins.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is at first lightly fizzy, then fully foamy and soft on the palate. Resulting mouthfeel is . Closes dry, with very minor stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An attractive pour with a luminously copper liquid traced by thin lines of carbonation up to a persistent, snowy head. Toasted fennel-y smell, subtle liquorish, some strawberry and wet hay, pleasant but not strong aromas. Really good amber ale flavor, which isn't usually my fave. Roasty and toasty but still caramel rather than toffee, with a vegetal sweetness, I chalk it up to the chicory indeed, with a subtle hop holding things up. Good mouthfeel, substantive but still more-ish, like a mea. After that, it accompanied one very nicely -- a Belgian endive gratin.

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Photo of Jake_Ramrod
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to aucher07 for the beer.

A: It pours a hazy golder color with a finger and a half of creamy white head. The lacing was decent.

S: Pretty typical belgian funkiness. Spicy and sweet. The chickory is an interesting twist.

T: Wheat and creamy. Just a touch of spice and funk.

M: Fairly light.

O: This beer is pretty darn smooth. Love the chickory undertones with the belgian funk. Sweet, but not overpowering. Just an extremely drinkable beer. The alcohol is not noticable in the least. So smooth.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle for 2 bucks from the House of 1,000 beers best by "Feb 2013"

A - Very carbonated even for around a year old. A 1/2 inch of head forms that never truly settles. Even now it's a 1/4 inch of sticky white head atop of a hazy amber brown.

S - Has some good farmhouse funk, some chicory bark. Fruity yeasts but mild at best.

T - Fizzy like champagne mostly yeasts, some bread and smoked chicory dominate. Not bad.

M - Kind of hard to drink since it's so carbonated. Hides the ABV well. Taste is smooth.

Overall totally worth 2 bucks since I was worried with a green bottle it was skunked. Not sure how old this is most discounted beers were 1+ years old but this one held up nicely. I have a Winter 2011 to crack next...

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 8.30.12

A - Pours a cloudy, dirty medium orange with a large cream-colored, fizzy head that fades slowly.

S - Subtle spices and Belgian yeast, very mild.

T - Chiccory spices dominate, kind odd tasting.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter to medium body.

O - Belgian yeast, but everything is over powered by odd spices.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid. Not superb. Saison and golden raisin in the nose. Grass. Funk. A bit dryer than I'd expect. Nothing stands out in the flavor as "wow!" The flavor is all yeast, and it's missing the characteristics I love in Belgians. A bit spicy. A bit grainy. The hops are weak outside of bittering and a touch of spice.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a cloudy light golden amber. Cork popped out of the bottle when the cage was released. Massive white head dissipated over a few minutes to a half finger steady head and light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast and a grassy element that must be the chicory. Flavor is a nice strong sweet bready malt, light wheat, light fruit, chicory; finishes very pleasantly with spicy sweet malt and fruit. I liked the flavor combination in this very much. It's on the sweet side, and that worked quite well for me. Medium bodied and mouth feel.

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3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml Bottle. Tulip glass. Pale golden color. Cloudy. White crown with fairly well retention. Lacing spots. Bready, floral notes, strawberry hints to the nose. Crisp ufront then spicy sweet malt flavors. Low bitterness. Subtle buttery sensation in the middle. Medium body, medium carbonation. Dry malty ,quite bitter, finish. ABV is well hidden & sourness is not found. Drinkability is a little fat. Refreshing when served at a low temperature.

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Photo of slammgrass
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall: Interesting beer! I love the concept of this beer with it's slow foods brewery roots which also functions as a farm. They even grown their own malt and hops. So I guess it's a Flanders seasonal (seizoen?) farmhouse beer. It's a tasty beer, dry and strong, with a kiss of bitterness on the finish.

Appearance: Golden, light carbonation, pours a thick frothy head; settles down after a bit with light lacing.
Smell: sweet.
Taste: bitter, dry with a light finish of sweet; carbonation gives it a bitter taste after it warms up a bit. Easily drinkable. Almost like a sweeter but more watery strong golden ale.
Mouthfeel: Astringent and dry; yeast poured into glass when it was almost done, tasty.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12.7 FL OZ corked and caged bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Odell branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy effervescent straw-like hue with a thick off white head that sticks around a while leaving massive amounts of lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet and bready, rye and cereal flakes, slight funky yeast, dried grass or hay, pepper corn and booze on the finish.

T: Sweet bready malt bomb, light funk, grassy boozy finish...not much else going on here. Unimpressed!

M: Medium-bodied, annoyingly overcarbonated and sticky as hell.

Pretty average overall. Seems like this one could be much better with some work and focused effort. No cohesive qualities what so ever.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a finger and a half tall off white head that reduces but has good retention. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Aromas of fruity yeast with hints of pepper and spices. The aroma is pretty light and pleasant, not intense.

T: Flavors are wheat and pale malts with some hints of pepper and spices. There is also a bitterness that I would have to attribute to the chicory.

M: Medium bodied with high amounts of carbonation and dry.

O: No alcohol was noticeable in either the aroma or the taste. Very interesting flavors and smells with this beer though I'm going to have to attribute that to the Belgian chicory which is not something I am real familiar with. I would definitely enjoy this beer again if I ever found it - the only place I saw it in my area is already sold out.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are pleasant aromas of wheat, chicory and fruity yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of wheat and pale malts; there are some peppery spices from the yeast and notes of chicory.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry.
O: This beer is easy to drink compared to other beers in the style and has its alcohol well hidden. I really enjoyed the aroma and taste of this beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle in the Beer Pantry in Grand Central Terminal, NYC. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy copper, pale colored. Full glass of white foam. Full wheaty smell. Citrus too. Sour taste followed by wheat with a buried spice - is that the chicory I am reading about? Locorice/anise taste afterwards for sure. Nice blend, interesting mixture.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Labeled as a saison on the beer list.

Served on tap in a tulip glass, this beer poured a golden orange color, impenetrably cloudy, with a nice cap of white head that left some sticky lacing. Yeast and mild funk in the aroma, fresh fruit and honey. Taste was ardently fruity up front, sweet with honey, with a good balance of peppery spice, Belgian yeast, and a subdued estery funk. Medium mouthfeel, a little chewiness to it, moderate carbonation contributes to a crisper finish. Very nice overall. Glad I got to have this on tap instead of a cursed green bottle.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A surprisingly fruity smell, with a lot of yeast as well.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, light fruit, malt, pepper, cloves, chicory, and a light hoppiness in the finish. This is a complex, vibrant, easy to like flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a prickly, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A wholly likeable, easy to drink Belgian beer.

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Photo of julian
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange hued straw color with ample frothy white head, that seems to stick. Lots of visible carbonation. Lacing is minimal.

S: Typical Hof Ten Dormaal aroma. Sweet fruit, candi sugar, light green apple aroma.

T&M: Highly carbonated, crisp and clean dry finish. Slight alcohol presence, sweet tropical fruit, caramel malt. Slight spicy heat on the finish, possibly from the chicory root? or perhaps some red peppercorns.

O: A lot going on with this beer, and I'm not sure I can actually describe everything I'm tasting and smelling. This is definitely on the malty side, sweet, peppery, some spice. Alcohol is present but barely noticeable. Very nice.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Straw yellow, and kind of dingy. Very hazy. Bright white head, one finger. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Honey, cloves, banana. Very yeasty. Reminiscent of a Hefe with a bit more sweetness.

T: Again like a Hefe with a tad more sweetness. Clove is pretty mellow along with the banana. A bit hoppier. A touch tart. Slight alcohol comes through.

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Nice crispness. A touch of alcohol warmness.

O: A decent beer. Some Hefe notes but not quite. A little strange to me.

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Wit Goud from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 75 ratings