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

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Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by KevT:
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i honestly didn't really care for this beer, but because of its quality and uniqueness, it demands high scores. its so strange, so different from anything ive come across, it just really impressed me, despite the fact that it also sort of turned me off. it pours a hazy glowing orange color, robust head for a barrel aged beer, bone white and laced out nicely. the nose is punishingly alcoholic, caustic and sharp, but behind that is a distinct grappa aroma, grapey and sweet and strong and musty. it smells like a wet basement, or an old man, or something not totally appetizing but totally distinct. the flavor is similar, complex gain base that must feature some wheat. it has a sweetness that may come from many sources, a woodiness that I attribute to the barrel, and a punching fruity alcoholic intensity that must surely be related to the grappa. it almost tastes like shots of vodka were added to the brew, its that strong, but the woody dankness of the flavor suggests otherwise. its musty and odd, old and decaying, but prickly and alive on the tongue. so strange. better to simply buck up and try this beer than for me to try to explain it to you, there is nothing like it in the world, and while it didn't sit particularly well with my palate, I have nothing but admiration for it. bottled adventure right here folks.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dvmin98
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle with a gentle hand. Split into Brewer's Art goblet and Duvel tulip. This has to be the stickiest bottle of all time. Bought about 6 months ago. Nice pop of the cork. Excellent.

A: Cloudy honey-colored golden yellow with amber tint. 1.5 fingers of off-white head that dies down to 0.25 finger over 1-2 minutes. Impressive retention - held on to the very end. Notable sediment - I went a bit too far with the pour. Small lacing. Very pretty brew.

S: Belgian yeast, fruit, some apple. Light booze. Honey. Very inviting.

T: Sweet with indistinct fruit. Belgian hop. Grappa element is subtle, but noticeable on the finish. Builds over the course of the glass. This is a fine Belgian blonde. Alcohol is remarkably well-hidden given 12% ABV. A mild tartness arises later in the glass.

M: Moderate carbonation. Creamy. Full. Solid.

O: Very consistent by all accounts. Drinks very well. I would love to try the other versions aged in other barrel types. Not sure the grappa really comes through with any significance, but this is an excellent Belgian blonde. Definitely better than the standard Hof ten Dormaal blonde offering from what I remember.


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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of beerpirates
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

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 -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of GJ40
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Bierkraft.

Brown with apparent clarity around the edges. No head. Aroma is brown sugar, red wine and wood. Flavor is smooth and balanced with much of the same. Alcohol is not dominant but certainly leads to a calming and warming effect.

An interesting brew.

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Photo of Fabiand
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking golden color with a thin white head on top. The retention is very thin, not much lacing at all. The smell is a bit sweet with some spice on the nose, there is also some booze that fills the nose also. The taste of the beer is bready, malty and had a subtle bitterness. The Grappa aging adds a bit of dryness as well as some a unique finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit creamy. Overall it's not a great beer but it was interesting to have something from a Grappa barrel.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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Barrel-Aged Project Brew No. 9 - Grappa from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 33 ratings