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

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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 08-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 9
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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of MasterSki
2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Procured by me for the cognac barrel-aged beer showdown. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - The cork comes out with an explosive pop, and this is a slight gusher. White foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Very dark and hazy orange body - guessing the gushing roused the yeast.

S - Uh-oh - there's a very dirty and hot garbage-esque aroma here - guessing this is infected. There's some fruity Belgian yeast and bready and sweet malts, but this is overwhelmed by off flavors. Not really getting much cognac, just some nebulous booze. Still, not overly hot for the listed 12%.

T - The taste isn't as bad, as the dirty and earthy flavors are less present. Still, there isn't much cognac to be found here - it's largely a middling Belgian Strong Pale, with grain, estery Belgian yeast, and a bit of sweet honey malt.

M - Medium body, with moderate carbonation, dry texture, and well-hidden alcohol. Pretty much what you'd expect for this style, and deceptive in a Duvel-esque way with the lighter body.

D - Well, it was better than Bully Guppy. That being said it was clearly the second worst beer we had all evening. I'm hoping this was an aberration and that the other beers in the series aren't infected. If someone offered to share this with me, I'd be willing to see if his/her bottle was better, but it looks like some of the other reviewers on Ratebeer (fonefan, Papsoe) also got brett-laden bottles.

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Photo of claspada
2.64/5  rDev -25.2%
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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3/5  rDev -15%

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL bottle shipped from Belgium. Split 6 ways. Thanks to kevin for ordering these.

A: Same as the Jenever. Bubbling head, copper body.

N: Smells like Cognac. Woody with hints of cherry. Lots of sweet bread and biscuit. Some floral/rose hints.

T: Not significantly different than the Jenever. Biscuits, honey, butter, and some cherry and wood.

M: Medium-heavy. Some alcohol.

O: Better than the Jenevar, but mostly in the nose. I can't say I'd turn this down if offered again, but neither would I go out of my way for them ever.

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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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