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

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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (1380) - 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 (3794) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
caesar (5075) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2014
Bottled @ de Molen tasting, small sample. Slight hazy copper color, short frothy head. Aroma of dark sugar, overly spiced, high fusel alcohol, slight varnish. Medium sweet in taste. Quite unbalanced and another mess from Hof ten Dormaal. As I said earlier: please stop brewing.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmgreenuk (4277) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle at the De Molen second Tuesday tasting August 2014. Poured a hazy dark amber with a thin broken light tan head. The aroma is malt, medicinal, resin.... and not in a good way. The flavour is medium bitter with a light watery alcoholic, hop bitter palate and long bitter finish. Light bodied with soft carbonation.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kermis (4977) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle shared at the De Molen monthly tasting. Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma of garbage. Vegetal, fruity, chlorine nastiness. Flavor is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mikske79 (1120) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 9, 2014
Net zoals de blonde een bier dat er goed uitziet maar waar jammer genoeg weinig smaak aan is

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10172) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
Corked bottle. caramel and a hint of chocolate in the aroma. Caramelly sweet, roasty, slightly alcoholic flavor. Quite decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BadAprilia1000 (269) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Pours a dark unfiltered, hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, honey, molasses, syrup, and dark stone fruit. Tastes of sweet malt, sugar, honey, caramel, cocoa nibs, and its very thick and coats your mouth. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Trappist1 (477) - Diest, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2014
Brown color with brown head. nose: has some iron, malt, dark malts, yeast, bit earthy, chocolate powder. returns in the taste too, cacao, bit sweaty, metallic. Has a sour, bitter, hoppy ending. Bit liqueurish. I do not fully appreciate the sourness here.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (5824) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 4, 2014
37,5 cl bottle. Hazy brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, caramel, yeast and spicy notes.


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