Barrel-Aged Project Brew No. 2 - Cognac | Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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Barrel-Aged Project Brew No. 2 - CognacBarrel-Aged Project Brew No. 2 - Cognac
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Barrel-Aged Project Brew No. 2 - CognacBarrel-Aged Project Brew No. 2 - Cognac

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 08-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Hazy copper-amber pour with a two finger creamy off-white head with minimal retention and decent lacing. Somewhat subdued nose with hints of caramel, oak, vanilla, apples, grass, and maple. No sign of the cognac. The taste is a bit boozey up front with lots of woody character along with hints of vanilla, butter, caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch, and finally some cognac. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth, buttery texture and a subtle warming, boozey finish. Overall, I was hoping that the cognac would be more prevalent, but there was a lot of barrel influence nonetheless. I had one of these when it was younger and the booze has definitely mellowed with age.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with lots of floating particulates from a careful initial pour; massive off-white head with good retention and thick lacing. Mild aroma of bready malt, light stone fruit, Belgian yeast, slight mineral scent and hints of cognac. Flavor follows aroma, with sweet peach and apricot, caramel and bready yeast, hints of banana and Belgian spicing. Light presence of cognac and wood, but fairly subdued. Medium bodied with nice mouth feel from carbonation. Like the others in this series, I enjoyed the subtle influence of the barrel on the base ale, which is one I enjoy be itself. Somewhat on the sweet side, but the flavors work well together and the alcohol is well covered. I would never have known this is near 12% in a blind taste test. I like this series, apparently more than most reviewers, and look forward to each new variant.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of claspada
2.64/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lifeless, semi-clear golden orange color with a small white soapy cap that disspates to a still looking beverage.

Aromas are initially enticing with big sweet honey covered almonds, definitive apricot and other fruity, yeasty esters. As it warms you get some boozy cognac, treacle and more generic burning alcohol notes.

The tastes begin with sweet malty caramel, then definitive cognac again, with an emerging slight Belgian yeast character coming through. More honey and almond with more and more emerging booze lingers into the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low-zero carbonation which hurts the drinkability. Finish is overly sweet and estery and boozy.

Overall this is not beer. This was a watered down liquor. Not sure what the base beer tasted like but the flavor profile was overwhelmed with booze and sweetness. Apparently there are a few variations of the barrel-aged project but after having this one, I can say I won't be having any others anytime soon or most likely ever.

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Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of smlmeyer
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of AgentZero
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of lochef81
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of dav
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of Omer4176
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of goblue3509
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2014 Vintage, 2580 bottles produced. Pours fairly hazy deep orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apricot, peach, pear, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, light banana, clove, pepper, cognac, oak, candi sugar, honey, herbal, grass, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of big fruity/earthy yeast, pale malt, and moderate cognac barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, peach, pear, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, light banana, clove, pepper, cognac, oak, candi sugar, honey, herbal, grass, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, light banana, clove, pepper, cognac, oak, candi sugar, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and big robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and moderate cognac barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light-moderate warming present well after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and moderate cognac barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Thanks Joe for sharing this at our recent gathering. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. The brew appears a clouded amber color with a yellowish stained cap. A bit of spotty lace forms on the glass as the cap slowly fades.

The aromatics of quite phenolic with clove and banana esters. A bit of vinous booze breaks the spiciness up a bit before the focus goes back to fruit smelling like apple and pear. This brew gets a bit woody towards the back.

The taste includes some candy sweetness like belgian candy sugar with a hint of mild original pink bubblegum flavor. Some clove and banana with a fairly bold kick of alcohol that increases as it warms.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is reminescent of a well made hefeweizen but with shots of brandy added. I am appreciative for the chance to try this. I was considering buying a couple different treatments for comparison purposes but after having this one, I think my money would be better spent elsewhere.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange amber with a soft off white head of foam that wasn't too tall and fell slowly and luxuriously to a thick layer and finally a ring and cap. Plenty of streaming effervescence and lighted glow from the body of the beer. Very attractive. Nose is soft belgian with a light sweet cognac over the top. A touch woody and earthy with deeply ripe stone fruits. Peaches and apricots drizzled with brandy. There's some musk or must from the belgian character and some honey from the malt but neither of those is powerful enough to overtake the sublimely sweet ripe peach. Taste is drippy, sticky ripe peach with cognac poured over. The cognac which is somewhat subdued in the nose is more vivid on the palate. The wood from the barrel aging is perfect on the palate and adds depth and vibrance to the cognac flavor. The mineral qualities make the body soft and it's a refreshing carbonation. The finish is dry and with a sweet lingering aftertaste with just the heat from the alcohol alongside the cognac flavor for a terrific authenticity.

This is a distinct beer that brings together the most delicate aspects of both a belgian blonde and a rich sweet cognac. Radiant and sweet. Well turned out and the perfect compliment for after a meal much like cognac and fruit is on their own. I served this after a pan seared veal rib chop lightly seasoned with only salt and pepper, roasted chick peas flavored with sea salt and rosemary and a green salad with a few fresh thyme leaves in a light lemon dressing .

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2/5  rDev -43.7%

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