Torment Dark Belgian-Style Ale | Heretic Brewing Company

Torment Dark Belgian-Style AleTorment Dark Belgian-Style Ale
BA SCORE
79.3%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 92 ratings
Torment Dark Belgian-Style AleTorment Dark Belgian-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
hereticbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-30-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,287
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
92
Liked:
73
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
11.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Shelbyclimber
4.89/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful color, rich feel in the mouth. Excellent finish with lingering flavor that is reminiscent of previous beers I've had the pleasure of tasting. Warmth of flavors including bourbon tones, carmel flavor, and a finality that makes me want more. This beer will be purchased again as soon as possible.

 304 characters

Photo of olafphysics
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of SmashPants
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: big 650mL dark brown bottle, funky and funky, 'dark' label. A good package.

Appearance: pours an outstanding, vibrant crimson red-copper. Fine carbonation throughout the profile, with a beige one-finger head that drops to a solid ring and cap. A fantastic-looking beer - particularly against the light.

Aroma: as soon as I lifted the lid I was hit with an aroma of various malts - caramels, biscuits and molasses - and some heavy fruits - plums and raisins at the foremost. Most impressive - it's not often I lift a glass of beer to take another sniff - only this and Gouden Carolus.

Taste: follows the nose quite closely - plenty of those sweet malts and fruits with sherry and port backing. A most outstanding brew - I could hardly believe this was 10%

Aftertaste: the flavours linger for a time then drop away completely. A very easy-drinking beer.

Mouth feel: a thick, almost syrupy feel that slides down very easily. A little too easily, at 10% ABV.

Overall: one of the best beers I have had to date. The complex flavours mix well to produce an outstanding brew. It is one of the most expensive beers I have had, but it is also one of the best - well worth one every now and then. The only slight problem is the drinkability of this beer - there is little hint of the 10% alcohol. I fine way to get plastered if one is not careful.

 1,350 characters

Photo of GPGURU
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

not for the weak taste buds. This was fantastic. I recommend working your way up to it.
we split a galaxy white ipa, a duvel, aderson valley hoppn ottin, then a stone IPA then this. so by the time we got to it we thought we were ready and bazinga... this was a real mans beer. Had it in a tall flute type glass to really check out the color. awesome dark browns , some reds, and mixed in color. ( we were in front of a fire , so it might have skewed it a bit.).
IT had very little sweetness to it but I could taste some caramel. Next time I have it I'll add more detail right away.

 583 characters

Photo of 2ellas
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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!!

 1,375 characters

Photo of Sathanas
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

 324 characters

Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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

Big 650ml bottle to drink on my own. Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a pleasant russety red colour, with a very fine head of yellow-white, leaving some bubbling around the edges of the glass. Solid streaking lace. Carbonation is nice and fine, and slides smoothly through the thick but fine body. Looks very good.

Nose is round and sweet, with raisin overtones and a slight spicy tannic bite. Some preserved orange sharpness comes through, along with some vanilla and port. It's like a big, rich, boozy fruitcake. Good stuff.

Taste is smooth and rich, with plenty of fine burnt sugar sweetness, and a layered spicy overtone. Hints of spicy Shiraz and fragrant clove gives a light dancing sharpness, but the sweetness is always rich and solid enough to back it up—this gives dark caramel, gooey mud cake and young spicy port. The finish gives some chocolate and more lingering burnt sugar. Lovely stuff.

Feel is exceptionally smooth, but with a beautiful fineness to it.

Wow, this is really excellent stuff. Most of all, it's dangerous. The 10% ABV is barely noticeable apart from providing a depth and structure to the complexity, and it's really quite scary how smooth it is and how easy it goes down.

 1,221 characters

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

Photo of firstlighthiker
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of cyclone
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of parris
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of marshrat63
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Since I heard about this brewery and the guys who created it, I've been aching to try their beer. Finally got my hands on some. Hopefully this is what I was hoping for. Bottled 11/20/15, so 10 months old, but par for the style.

Pours a decent fizzy foamy 1/2 finger darker head that fades at a quicker pace, dark hazy auburn mahogany color.

Nose is really interesting, lots of Belgian malts, caramel crystal toffee malt very biscuity, big caramel candied raisin, lots of Special B malt, a touch of a wet cardboard so perhaps a little oxidation unfortunately, but that fades quickly as I swirl it, bringing more sweet candy, fig and date, candied raisin, caramelized candi sugar and a little creme brulee, nice ester profile.

Taste brings a lot more of the same, tons of raisin, brandy soaked raisin and candied dates, fig paste, dried fruits, nice ester profile with all that. Plenty of sweet like malts, caramel all over, caramelized brown sugar, candi sugar, a little toffee, caramel creams candy, nice biscuit toffee like, plenty of Special B malts. A touch of warming booze with a little phenol character which brings nice Belgian spices. Finish is sticky, a bit sweet, tons of lingering caramel, toffee biscuit candy, mild booze warmth and a bit of phenols still.

Mouth is fuller bod, a bit creamy rich, decent carb, lighter but decent carb.

Overall quite nice, def hits that spot for a Belgian strong dark ale, mild warming booze, nice phenols and little ester profile, great sweet caramel biscuity toffee candy malts and tons of great raisin date profile. Other than the mild oxidation on the nose that seemed to disappear quickly, this was a very nice Belgian.

 1,674 characters

Photo of CJNAPS
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Spaz7
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of dipso123
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of N17shelfside
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of gare8ear
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Torment Dark Belgian-Style Ale from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79.3% out of 100 with 92 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.