Ter Dolen Armand | Brouwerij Ter Dolen N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Ter Dolen N.V.
Belgium
terdolen.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by deac83 on 08-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
30
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
9.94%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ter Dolen Armand pours a golden color with a big lacing head. Aroma is sweet and yeasty, with notes of socks. Taste is spicy, bitter, with more hints of socks. Good body and feel. Overall, not my favorite, strange bitterness with a strange sock flavors.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of samEBC
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenBreeg
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of driesglorieux
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brussels Beer Weekend.
Hazy blonde with a shaving cream head. 4
Loads of dough and grain on the nose. 3.5
Pears, crackers, lemon rind, melon, some flowers, and orange. 4
Crisp, round, almost medium. 4

The one concession to America in my list for this festival - big on Cascade, supposedly. In the end hops are a bit buried. Easy, but a bit unrefined and disappointing. 3.75

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BDeibs
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, earth, and cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, honey, fruit, and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but it's coming across as somewhat old and oxidized to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of drewone
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottHorta
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The smell is of cedar and pine. Great mouth feel with a bubbly champagne finish. Become a lot smoother with each sip. Slight hint of booze but not too overpowering. Slight taste of yeast with suttle spice notes.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled fresh at the Bruges Beer Festival 2015.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cycle goblet.

A: Hazy gold, with modest visible carbonation leading to a finger's worth of white head with average retention.

S: Toffee and sweet malts, a touch of grassy barnyard and citrus rind. Also smells a bit oxidized.

T: Bready malts with some toffee flavor, along with grapefruit hops, a touch of oxidation, some banana esters and apples. A yeasty character that adds to the bready impression. Resinous bitterness at the end with a sweetness from the malts and yeast esters.

M: Medium body, and nicely carbonated. The alcohol seems well-hidden.

O: Not bad but nothing exciting. Overall fairly sweet, but I wish the hops could have played a bit larger of a role. There isn't a ton of Belgian character here either. In my opinion, you wouldn't be missing much if you never tried this.

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Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

A: 4.5 - Poured into a Bernardus chalice, this is a hazy gold-colored beer with a substantial head, and lots of streaming bubbles coming up from the bottom.
S: 3.75 - Sweet malt, highly fruity yeast, faint hoppiness.
T: 3.5 - Disappointing flavor, way too sweet. Highly fruity yeast character, which doesn't save it.
M: 4.25 - Does have a great mouth feel at least, with loads of carbonation
O: 3.5 - With a description "bitter ale" I was hoping for a lot more hops.

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.78

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of josvemden
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/14/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, floral, grass, light clove, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, clove, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, clove, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of hop, malt, and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medum-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good hoppy Belgian strong pale ale. Good robustness and balance of hop, bready malt, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MJsGhost
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet, pale malts are present in the nose along with hints of fruity yeast and grassy and floral hops.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness and stronger notes of grassy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: From the high amounts of malts used, you can definitely smell and taste that this is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but it is quite different from the other beers in the style as it lacks dryness and spices.

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