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

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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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
EddyBeer1 (925) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 Bruné foncée, mousse crémeuse, col épais. Bien maltée, rôtie, chocolat noir, goût d’alcool trop prononcé, légèrement sucrée sur le retour.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartlebier (1959) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2013
375ml bottle BB Jan 2014. - Very fresh and inviting aroma of EU, apparently homegrown hops and a lively yeast strain. pours a standard Belgian dark ale purplish brown with rather standard 8-degree trappist taste palette: caramel, shy roast, earthy dark fruits. Medium dryness. Achel 8 comes to mind, but sugar and ABV in this are more apparent, to remind you of a potential headache. Wanted to enjoy this more as a primer for this interesting true family brewery’s EU cask experminents

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dasdan (235) - BELGIUM - APR 30, 2013
37 cl bottle from dranken Geers in Oostakker. Dark brown body with a red shine and a large off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and some yeast. Taste of light coffee beans and sweet caramel. ***

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2467) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
March 2012. 375 ml. bottle. Pours redbrown with a tan head. Nice aroma of dried fruits, caramel, roasted malts. A bit of sweetness on the palate. Balanced finish.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lembeek (143) - ITALY - MAR 4, 2013
Birra inutile. Scura, con una schiuma fine e poco persistente. Aroma eccessivamente caratterizzato dai lieviti, con sentori di caffè e cioccolato e spezie. Nel palato dolce, maltata, con sentori di tostatura. L’assenza di corpo non riesce a supportare l’alcolicità.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2013
375 ml bottle shared with czar. Thanks, mate! Pours a nice brown with a resilient pale beige head. Smell is candi sugar, brown sugar. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, red berries, spices. Finish is good hops, rather old-tasting, dusty notes in there. Yeast. Lingering fruity notes. Light to medium body. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive. Very good offering!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4676) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
pours muddy dark brown with a very nice frothy off-white head, good retention and lacing. barnyard notes, spicy, dry caramel, very grainy - cherry-peppered malts. lively and soft carbonation, light body - could use a bit more, nice grassy-peppery-spicy finish. good!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kraddel (3615) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2012
traindrink with 77 ships, tastes dry , sugary, bit earthy. high carbo. as expected, not a special or unique beer

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (4251) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2012
375 ml. fles gedeeld op de trein op weg terug naar huis van Zwanze Day met Dylan (Kraddel) & Artiom. Geur is zoete gierst (niet zeker of dit klopt ik ken de naam van de plant in kwestie enkel in het Russisch, ik ga aannemen dat het gierst is in het Nederlands), graan, lichte vleesjus, gedroogd fruit met karamel, siroop en mout erin gemengd. Gierst is sterk aanwezig in de smaak, lichte rog, zoete granen, chocolade, bitter kruiden tegen het einde, siroop, bruine suiker en Belgische gist. Redelijk veel bruis – interessant, lekker, dit bevalt mij wel & alle ingrediënten zelf gekweekt op de boerderij, netjes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours a very hazy reddish brown color with a big head ...

The aroma is sweet up front with some woodiness, some chestnut, and kind of a rummy boozy note. As it warms the woodiness grows more and more intense.

The flavor is a nice balance of sweet fruity notes and more rustic and dusty notes. Dark cherries & raisins work somehow seamlessly alongside earthy hopiness and dusty unique malt character. Some mild port wine, some nice bitterness, and a very well controlled sweetness. The booziness is noticeable and is on par with something in the 7-8% abv range, and is in no way inhibitive of the overall enjoyment of this beer.

Despite the initial headiness of the brew, the mouthfeel has a fairly low "bubbliness" which is nice for the way the flavors work in this beer.


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