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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 103   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Aroma of grainy caramel and gamey hops. Medium brown color, headless. Mildly sweet dark fruit flavor, plums and currants, and a side of spicy yeast. Kind of a lightweight, some alcohol zing. Malt profile is a bit off for a mid-weight dubbel, but its in that range.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
deanso (5737) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014 37.5cl botle from ABCBeers. Thin white head. Clear amber pour. A nice donker beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (2389) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 Very high pressured, the cork launched itself. Malty and yeasty Belgian dubbel. Notes of dark fruits and raisin.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2374) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Pours a deep sienna color with four fingers of white tight bubbled foam. The nose is rustic with spicy grain, roasted caramel, cured meat, pine tar and some yeasty esters. On the palate it follows the nose nicely with a great balance between round sweet malt, bitter hop presence and a lot of complexity in between. Peppercorn, rye, chocolate, pine, grass, cola.. interesting and unique !

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suedehead288 (409) - BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2013
2013.11 - fles 37cl - kurk raakt net niet het plafond - beige schuimkraag, bruin bier met ietwat oranje glans, vrij helder - neus : mout, caramel en rozijntjes - mond : mout, caramel, beetje zoet

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (709) - Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Dark amber nice bubbly tan head. Aroma is yeast,hops and a little sweet. Flavor is smooth,yeast,dark fruits and hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JefVerstraete (1592) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2013
Dark brown, some white foam. Medium carbonation. Aroma of dark fruit and caramel. Medium sweet with medium bitter finish. OK beer, nothing special.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6352) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, toasted grain/bread, husks, caramel), with notes of dish rag, dirt, walnuts, lemon juice, bubble gum. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Nice head retention and mouthfeel, but it’s a strange mix of odors and the aftertaste isn’t particularly clean. Hard to imagine how the Stillwater Bronze Age ended up being so good, because this and the Blond are very disappointing in comparison.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (3796) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 24, 2013
Murky brown and small grey beige head. Dusty, dry wood, dark malts, very mild hop and classic appeal. Also old fashioned though, unfortunately. Light bitter, without much character. Fancy bottle is really overdoing it. Nothing special. (375ml bottle from Dranken Geers)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle in Aspen picked up at Wilbur’s Foco. Pours a deep brown appearance with a brown head. Nutty, toasted malty, light chocolate, caramel, a bit earthy aroma. High carbonation. Somewhat acidic, cocoa, caramel, a bit fruity, slightly sweet flavor. Not bad but not as the blonde.


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