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Brewed by Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Tildonk, Belgium

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Listed as "Dark" in the US.

Hof ten Dormaal Dark is an original amber colored ale brewed strictly via traditional methods. It is bottle-conditioned and uses a top-fermenting house yeast strain. The grain and bittering hops are produced on the Hof ten Dormaal farm.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2544) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2015
bottle @ Grassroots Natural Market / Jacksonville FL --- Nearly opaque very dark brown color, thick beige head, globs of lace. Nice aroma of malt. Taste is slightly dry malt with a bready overtone that also brings out a hint of chocolate. The texture is a little thin until the finish, when alcohol makes its presence known. I actually expected better, even though this is drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (1957) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
Ik maak mij alvast weer op voor en Gusher, dus deze open ik boven de gootsteen. Na het openen was er idd een lichte gusher maar had deze zelfs middels nog sneller tappen kunnen voorkomen. Voor zover een eerste pluspunt, schenkt wazig bruin met minimale witte kraag. Aroma van zuur, muf/aards, noten, natte bladeren, rood fruit. Smaken zijn matig zoet, matig bitter, matig zuur, chocolade, noten, aardse tonen, veel te hoge mondvullende co2 bij elke slok, zoet natte aardse mout smaken. zoethout en laurier. medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (6056) - ITALY - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle noce discreta schiuma poco persistente tocco maltato cerele caramello cola erbe lieve spezia leggere tastature terroso radice corpo medio piuttoto effetvescete discreto amaro

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (1071) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle. Murky brown with big off white head that doesn't last long. Almost destroyed a lamp with the rocket propelled cork, hahaha. Massive apple, candy, salmiak, licorice, big sweet malts and a hint of coffee. Quite sweet with musty apple finish. A bit all over the place but certainly not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (3602) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2014
Dark brown with lasting, thick head. Some chocolate in the aroma. Flavour has a bit of caramel and some dark fruit sweetness. Also a tart, yeasty edge. Strangely creamy despite itís gassiness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (2897) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2014
(Dormaal Donker) Bottle 375 ml, corked and caged, served into a tulip. ABV 7.5% Opens with a loud pop, sending the cork to the other side of the room, and thatís when I released it from the cage. No gushing thankfully. Brown colour on the body, tall tan head, frothy, with low retention, leaving minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, lots of caramel, light cork, cake, vanilla. Taste doesnít deliver, without that meaning is bad. Burnt sugar, roasted malts, coal, light acidity, red and dark fruits, alcohol, fruit cake. Medium body, average carbonation, sticky on the palate. Quite good.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SNL (348) - - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour, small tan head. Sweet nose, notes of prune. Taste is the same, quite sweet, with a prune/dade finish. Fairly typical strong ale, decent. Full body, soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2371) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2014
I really liked this. Nose is sweet, plenty of oranges, belgian sugar, licorice, in the nose. Appearance is dark hazy reddish orange. Taste is a little sweet with a yeasty sour counter. Cocoa puffs can be tasted. Fulfilling, well balanced.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
The dark one in this series, with an off-white, rocky head and misty bronze colour. Aroma of raisins, walnuts, orange peel, dates, liquorice. Neutral onset, bit metallic, dried fruits, rounded mouthfeel, caramelly and nutty malts in the background, yeasty with a not very pleasant sourish touch (infection?), mild chicory-like bitterness in the end. Of the three regular Dormaals, this is my least favorite.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
dEnk (4134) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting. Aroma is swampy, asperges, yeast, varnish. Wow, this is bad. Flavour is sweet swampy malt, vegetable and caramel. Yuck.


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