Torment Dark Belgian-Style Ale | Heretic Brewing Company

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Torment Dark Belgian-Style AleTorment Dark Belgian-Style Ale
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Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
hereticbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-30-2012

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#7,156
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
97
pDev:
10.78%
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by WaterCzar:
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Very deep mahogany brown in color with some reddish shade and mildly hazed body, the pour builds up thick silky light brown head that well retains itself with good retention before slowly subsiding to some lasting foamy sheet on the surface and leaving some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Oh it is so sweet in the aroma with the massive amount of malt exhibiting everywhere, it ranges between rich caramel, vanilla, chocolate, fudge, dough, bread, and molasses plus with the Belgian’s yeast character of dark fruit, apple, pear, banana, and orange as well as slight phenolic spice. There is also a note of candy sugar and toffee to add some more sweetness.

The taste has nice combination and complexity between all the notes aforementioned in the aroma. It starts off with yeasty character of dark fruit, apple, pear, banana, orange, and some spice. Then it becomes very malty with notes of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, fudge, dough, bread, and molasses just like in the aroma. There is a big sweetness covering all over from the addition of candy sugar. The end and aftertaste is well lasting with all those sweet and fruity flavors.

Full body with creamy smooth mouthfeel from its low to moderate carbonation through the palate, the feeling is just right that is not too hefty nor too thin with proper amount of crispness to carry all the things well. Finish is dry and pleasant.

Simply Torment with pleasure with the heavy loads of malty caramel, toffee, bread, and so on. Also candy sugar and fruity yeast, it is just like a great dessert with lots of sweetness from malt, sugar, and fruity ester.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a dark cola color capped by two fingers of ecru foam; good stickage and some splashy lacing lingers

Smell: Dark fruit tones prominent, bringing fig and date; treacle, candi sugar and spice cake tones, too

Taste: Brown sugar, candi sugar and treacle forward, with the fig and date flavors building; the spice cake element arrives, in the middle, along with a boozy aspect that warms the palate through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: It is rare these days to see a domestic brewer nail this style, let alone even try it; consider me impressed

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Photo of doktorhops
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came HIGHLY recommended by a fellow craft lover (i.e. the craft of loving). When I say HIGHLY in all-caps I’m not practically shouting through the internet at you - it means this guy really gushed over it and was even so bold to say that “if I love Belgian brews...” [indeed I do] that “this represents the best stab by an American at a Belgian styled beer. Ever.” Pretty big words IMO, I’ve had plenty of excellent Belgian styled beers from US brewers such as Sierra Nevada, Victory, North Coast, Cigar City, Clown Shoes, etc... not sure if Heretic here have managed [damn I really wanted to keep that alliteration going...] to top the works of these top flight US brewers [hmmm, I’ll allow it]. I guess that’s one of the many reasons I drink beer and write about it - to find out if this is the ultimate US brewed Belgian styled beer.

Poured from a wax-sealed 650ml US bomber sized bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Fuck it smells good... jumping ahead I know, but this really smells good, OK focus Doc. Presents an almost opaque deep dark chocolate brown, bit of mahogany in there too, and a tan head that drops back to a lace ring. Splotches of lace on the side of the glass too, not bad at all. 8/10.

S: Spicy cinnamon notes mingle with rich caramel and dark fruits (date and fig mostly) with a slight woody tone that gives an impression of dryness in the finish that may or may not be there. This aroma is close to flawless - there’s plenty of complexity and balance going on, I would be hard pressed to pick between this and Chimay Blue, although I do love cinnamon [it’s like a naughty Rastafarian]. 9/10.

T: The balance continues to surprise with how well this has been done - it’s sweet but not overly, the above notes: cinnamon, rich caramel, date, fig and that woody note work so well together and the finish has just the right amount of dryness to pull it all back. There’s a lingering aftertaste of cinnamon as well. Yet I don’t feel that it’s outclassing Chimay Blue (though it has been a long while since I’ve had a Chimay). Also it’s a tad boozy (like a granny on bingo night). 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a decent and creamy carbonation, but a touch too gassy (as the burps are my witness). 9/10.

D: Yeah old mate wasn’t far off: This is one of the greatest US brewed Belgian styled beers I’ve had. Everything was pretty much spot on, would drink again [and again, but maybe not a 4th time - I can be mercurial with beers]. 9/10.

Food match: I would def cheese platter this baby... [that sounded less weird in my head].

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a chalice a full deep amber with a sticky light beige head atop.Aromas of dark fig,brown sugar,and yeasty phenols,the phenols are no joke.Love the rich dark fruit and brown sugar flavors with enough earthiness in the finish to keep it in balance for such a big beer.I like that the sweetness is kept in check...a little but it keeps it's richness,a very good beer.

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Photo of tjumfrid
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Small Bar, Bristol - Pours dark brown with minimal tanned foamy head which quickly disappears, Aroma - dark fruits, dark sugar, caramel notes. Taste - Sweet, candied sugar, dark fruits, roasted malts, spice overtones, light yeast notes, light bitter finish with a light whisky feel warmth. Very nice Belgian style ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz, dark red wax sealed bottle, one of the easier iterations of said presentation to actually open that I've come upon of late.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark red-brick amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some broad land bridge lace around the glass as it slowly fades away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, musty toffee, earthy yeast, dark candi sugar, mixed orchard fruit (plums, bruised apples, bananas and pears), and somewhat hot and phenolic alcohol. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, hard toffee candies, laid-back yeast, brown sugar, sweet, syrupy pear and apple fruit notes, indistinct earthy spice, and light leafy, kind of perfumed hops, the only real sign of the elevated ABV.

The bubbles are quite soft and lilting in their genial frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and plainly smooth, with a pleasant creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad. It finishes off-dry, but not too sweet, as the fruity and spicy esters give it the ol' college try at conceiving a sense of balance, sort of.

An interesting and tasty BSDA, the normal metrics all there, with a well-concealed 20-proof booze factor. The variable mustiness lends some old-school credence as well, but it comes off as being layered on just a wee bit too thickly in places. At any rate, worthy of checking out, if you're into big, bold Belgian-style brews.

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Photo of Beerisnear
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep dark brown with a 1.5 finger of head in a tulip glass.
Smell: Caramel, dark fruits, bready. Slightly sweet with a twinge of alcohol left on the nose.
Taste: Malty sweetness. Dark fruits and esters shine through. A slight spice at the finish to balance out the sweetness.
Feel: Medium body with fine carbonation.
Overall: A pretty decent BSDA. I let my glass warm slightly bringing out some of the fig notes. I also found that some of the initial woodiness of the esters faded with some warmth.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of light tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is caramel, burnt caramel, ripe plum and alcohol.
The taste is quite sweet, a little boozy, lots of fruits and chocolate.
The texture is medium with nice fizz.
It's rich.

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Photo of VictoriaAnne
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the wax topped 650 ml. bottle dated 11/20/15. Sampled on March 14, 2016 at about 47-48 degrees.

The pour is an attractive looking ruby red color for the most part with a long lasting foamy tan head.

The aroma brings out a pear, apple, and fruity quality for sure with Belgian roasted malts and sweetness. The 10% booze is definitely not on my nose.

Medium to better than medium body.

Like the aroma the taste is more fruit-forward than malt forward but both are there and both are quite sweet. No booze in the flavor either. But at the end of the bottle my head told me it was there.

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Photo of Boozecamel
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisCage
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Root beer like in color, with red/brown tones that have some copper undertones....quasi opaque and there is a syrupy texture to it around the side of the glass....not much for lacing and/or a head, but there is a thin ring around the glass. Carbonation is somewhat hard to see but it is in many columns when looked upon straight down from the top.

S- Sweet rum and plenty of fruit, such as peach, apple, plum, apricot, figs, and a strong sweet cotton candy that seems to be derived from Belgian candy syrup/sugar....I also enjoy the cinnamon spice right on the finish! There is plenty of malt goodness, toffee and caramel are all noted....very nice overall....robust and rich to boot!

T- Chalk full of thick sticky sweet flavors! Sticky caramel, toffee, apple, orange zest, plum, Belgian candy sugars, melted brown sugar, milk chocolate, pear/peach/apricot, beer nuts, prunes, cotton candy, malted barley, buttery yeast....this is rummy and slightly boozy at the same time....hints of vanilla....just amazing in the flavor!

M/O- This is medium/full bodied and the carbonation is smooth smooth smooth! This has dessert like qualities and is a delectable brew that is rich and flavorful....drinkability is nice and I would rather enjoy a sitting of this over an evening! This changes and mellows out well as it warms and I'd love to explore this one again! Cheers!!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a fading off-white head.
Nose shows brown sugar, golden syrup, candi sugar, dried fruit and sultanas.
More golden syrup as a flavours along with candied ginger, bready malt, dried orange peel and hot booze.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of MrJolly
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Geoffq
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up Friday/Saturday night for about $10.... Finally getting around to it tonight.. Pours a very nice clear chestnut amber... tan head had decent retention and good lacing.

The nose is pretty good... apples stewed with some brown sugar.. hints of clove.. light toffee.. maybe something that I can associate as citrus zest.. The aroma dries out with warmth and that reveals even more complexities... a bit figgy and some peppery notes.. EtOH is there, but soft and perfumy.

Flavor mirrors the nose... but there is a bit of cocoa there mid palate that accentuates the toffee and fruitiness... on the tongue, more pear than apple.. maltiness becomes thicker and more clinging with a lot of warmth... it helps really tie things together.. figgy/raisin box notes.. no real stone fruits is a little bit surprising, though not a big deal... a bit sweet IMHO, but the drier finish makes up ground.

Could stand to have a bit more bubble.. the palate though is damn good.. medium with a medium carbonation.

Overall... I hate being the first review on something like this... but I will say that I really dig it... Maybe a touch expensive; but for a nice treat, I will buy again for sure.

4/4/4/4/4.5

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Photo of Spaz7
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Mlkluther
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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Torment Dark Belgian-Style Ale from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 97 ratings