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Brewed by Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Style: Saison
Tildonk, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Belgian farm ale
Amber coloured, top fermenting beer. Brewed on the farm with respect for the old farm traditions and from a careful selection of our best barley and hops. Recommended serving temperature: 5-8 degrees Celsius.
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Belgisch hoevebier
Amberkleurig bier van hoge gisting gebrouwen op de hoeve met respect voor de oude hoevetradities en uit een zorgvuldige selectie van onze beste gerst en hop. Aanbevolen schenktemperatuur: 5-8 graden


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a fat, two-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, but bright, amber color that shows a clear, bright amber depth when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lightly spicy hops, lots of cracker like malt, and perhaps a touch of English biscuits. There is a light cider like fruitiness to the nose, which gets a little floral like at times.

Dry up front, but it picks up a little sweetness in the middle and finish, which brings out a cider like note. Soft, caramelized malt notes, a touch of straw like pale wheat cracker notes, perhaps hint of hop herb / spice character in the finish, but sort of a metallic note is there as well. The body is fairly light, and this is definitely effervescent.

Cider is definitely the dominant characteristic here in both the flavor and nose; not bad, but fairly lackluster.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1750) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
Dormaal’s second ’farm ale’, with thick, light beige head and deep brownish, cloudy orange blonde colour. Aroma of apples, walnuts, pear, caramel, cognac, grass and honey, taste a soft rounded fruitiness, mellow maltiness with agreeable nutty hints but primarily caramel-like, mild hoppy finish without any real bitterness, thirst-quenching, a bit earthy.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 9, 2014
In tegenstelling tot de blonde en donkere is de amber een bier waar goed wat smaak aan zit, de beste dat ik van hen geprobeerd heb

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (1107) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2014
Aroma of sweet malt, ripe fruits, some apples, yeast, some spices. Flavour is medium malty sweetness. Carbonation is on the high side, finish is dry. Interesting, not your typical Saison.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9701) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours cloudy dark orange with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is toast and grain malt, earthy spices and hops with pear esters and dates. Flavor is sweet malt dominant, light hops and bitterness with fruity esters and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation. Seems more like a Biere de Garde to me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rikstar (765) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2014
0,375l fles gedeeld met nikos. Amberkleurig met een witte schuimkraag. Geur met appel en gist. Droog mondgevoel met een ook fruit en gist.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nakedwhendrunk (2145) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance had a nice looking bronzed amber color to it. It had a one finger white foamy head that died at a moderate pace. There was just a bit of thin sliding lacing. The smell had a delicately sweet malty base with a fairly deep rustic earthiness to it. The taste was sweet and earthy with a decent rustic backup to it. I did get some sweet apples and pears in this one. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium with a decent sessionability about this. The carbonation was fairly smooth. Overall, I say this was a pretty good saison worthy of having again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2611) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2014
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep copper amber color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, black pepper, caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, black pepper, caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, black pepper, caramel, brown bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a very nice malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good amber saison. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BadAprilia1000 (272) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Pours a very dark, almost brown amber color with a huge pillowy white head. Aroma is a little bit sour, dark fruit, honey seem to dominate the nose. Tastes of caramel, honey, dark fruit, sweet grain, and cereal. Nice beer, would definitely drink again.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
witthatsbier (240) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2014
Bottle from good spirits co glasgow Aroma is faint grain with sweetish notes pours a golden colour with white thin head taste is light hops with a little fruit medium dry longish bitter not a bad beer but not a great one

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaartenRF10 (1599) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2014
Troebel bruin. Beetje zurig met wat drop, gist. Mwah, beetje rare combi waar ik niet kapot van ben.


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