Barrel-Aged Project Brew No. 9 - Grappa | Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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87
very good
33 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Belgium
hoftendormaal.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Blonde ale aged for 14 months in Grappa Sour Red barrels from Belgium.

Added by Knapp85 on 05-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
33
Reviews:
7
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
7.84%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
2
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cellar at Duckworths in uptown Charlotte, NC. Smells like Welch's grape jelly. Tastes like a delicious grape nehi. When I saw grappa barreled, I was a bit worried because grappa can take the chrome off your bumper. This was very well balanced and delicious.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Beautifully brewed and masterfully sculpted, the overtones of grappa liquor glide upon the sweet and spicy base of stronger, darker Belgian ale.

Its deep ruby, rusty and burgundy hues glow through a diffused haze and rise to topple its creme of foam to lace the surface. Wafts of fruit strike the nose with obvious red grape, but also with juicy plumb, black cherry and black raspberry. Its cleverly woven taste intertwines with candied malt sweetness for a succulent sweetness that's hard to resist.

The middle plate relaxes the sweetness just a bit, but promotes a trample of fruit- heavy grape for certain but also prune, plumb, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry and red apple fuse into a tart, tangy and tawny vinous grip that carries strong wine flavors afterwards. Its acidity embraces its spiciness of peppercorn, tannin and alcohol for balance of complexity.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer's high rate of carbonation, its alcohol warmth, and vinous tartness all mingle for a brilliant blend of flavors and textures to reward the palate with complex flavors but also caress the mouth with its simmering spice and carbonic bite.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip. Golden amber syrup color with white head gone quick leaving nothing at all...still looks really nice though. Big dried fruit, sweet aromas - almost tripel-like. a bit of alcohol in the nose.
Taste of dried fruit, sweet caramel, tobacco, vanilla, woody, alcohol, and a nice dose of grape/vineous flavor with a bit of heat from the alcohol.
Its super dry, full, and really pleasant.
Overall, a great brew...the grappa plays a part in the complexity, but I think most of that comes from the wood. Great brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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Barrel-Aged Project Brew No. 9 - Grappa from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
4.08 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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