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

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
corkyrory66 (930) - BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2015
Bière de ferme, dixit le brasseur, de haute fermentation dans le respect des traditions ancestrales. Tout cela est très bien. Le format 37,5 cl est bien aussi, avec un niveau abv de 7,5 %. Bouchonnée de liège, bien aussi. Couleur châtain foncé, avec une mousse beige clair crémeuse, qui fait un bon nappage à 2 mm. Arômes un peu vineux, un peu sur le barley wine, malt légèrement grillé. 1ère bouche douce à l’entrée sur du malt, des fanes de pomme de terre, avec une pointe de vin rouge ordinaire. Arrière-bouche avec malt et pointe de cassonade, mais un peu vague. 2ème à la belle texture, mais les saveurs donnent sur un côté un peu vinaigré. Arrière-bouche assez étrange. 3ème un peu mieux, mais on est loin d’une bière complexe. Arrière-bouche courte. Longueur qui me fait parfois penser à la bière de bon papa, sortie d’une brasserie « à la vas comme je te pousse » … Jambes souples et bien marquées. Levure qui laisse perplexe : bien, mais imprécise. Alcool qui ne travaille pas sur la longueur. Finale assez banale. CONCLUSION : la bière de bon papa, qui ne se cassait pas la tête pour savoir si c’était bon ou bien fait... Mais ces temps-là sont révolus ...

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (7278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 16, 2015
meh. not bad at all, but not a big fan of this, especially at the price point. below average BSA with a little too sharp carbonation and alcohol showing. otherwise pleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Icedwarf (807) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2015
Donkerbruin bier met veel schuim. Smaak is bitter, heel licht zoet en droog met sporen van rook, chokolade en karamel. Smaak blijft redlijk lang hangen.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2940) - 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 (2339) - 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 (6660) - 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 (1640) - 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 (3994) - 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 it’s gassiness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (3294) - 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 that’s 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 doesn’t 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 (435) - - 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.


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