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

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2012
The cork might still be flying and the bottle would still be gushing. Probably lost 4 oz of this. Murky brown, puddle water appearance. The nose shows some yeasty notes and some esters. Medium to full bodied, with prickly carbonation. The carbo offsets some of the pit fruit flavors and this shows some mushroom notes on the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yankeefan21 (129) - New York, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle: Poured a cloudy muddy brown with very little head and slight carbonation. I’m not going to lie - this beer smelled earthy, almost manure like, probably from the yeast. There was a tiny hint of the sweet malts in the nose but not a totally pleasant aroma. I wasn’t expecting very much after that but was pleasantly surprised by a light to medium bodied beer with a slightly sweet taste, almost doughy in nature. There is some hop balance but the hop character is really overshadowed by the reintroduction of the yeast characters. Overall this is an ok beer but not for the faint of heart and certainly not something I could drink much more than 12 oz of at a time. If you are in to funky yeasty beers [and I am not] this might be worth a try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingCecil (2033) - DENMARK - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle @ home .... Massive gushing! It pours murcky dark plum brown..... The aroma is sweet, brown sugar and light spicy.....The flavor is spicy, brown sugar, raisin and Belgian yeast....yeasty finish....

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Draft at the Birch. Dark and roasty with a nice airy head. Minimal initial aroma, maybe with just a bit of spiciness to tease. Drinks with a light cocoa roast and moderate toffee finish. Easy to drink, pretty much unoffending in any way. (#4692, 7/14/2012)

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kindacold (210) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Pours deep red with MASSIVE tan head that lasts. Light, sweet, yeasty smell. Yeast and cereal taste - sweet and light with notes of mocha. Lemon finish with hint if mocha and pepper aftertaste. Slight tongue coating.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
Corked demi bottle from Bier Tempel, Brussels
Explosive bottle; eye damage was avoided; pours a giant beige frothy head, and a dark brown murky color; the bottle keeps gushing. Mild aroma of malt and vegetables. Caramel flavor, dryish, although the body is correctly strong; also presence of liquorice, vegetables and alcohol beyond the amount declared. Some sweetness in the final appears later. Probably a decent beer elsewhere, but this bottle is off.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (6409) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2012
37,5cl bottle @ home shared with Thompson. Very dark brown color with a dark red glow coming through. Average sized light brown head that leaves a slight lacing. Smell malts, some sweetness, dark and overripe fruits. Taste malts, lightly roasty, lightly sweet hints, some bitter and again dark fruits. Pretty nice. Medium carbo, medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thompson (299) - - MAY 4, 2012
Dark brown/black colour nothing much to see. Somewhat bitter taste but common to darker beers. small to medium white head. overall not a bad one. drank at the benzai.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2012
Sweet candy sugar and toffee aromas. Brown sugar, raisin and toffee flavors. Overall a decent Belgian strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (12682) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
Bottle, 37,5cl corked. A brown colored, unclear beer with a dense, big, beige head. Sugary nose with dried fruits, cellar, some chocolate and herbal notes. The flavor is on the sweet, malty side, with dried fruits, and some herbal bitterness. Dryish and full-bodied. An interesting and quite nice one, not just straightforward malts and hops, but with a herbal touch that suits it well. 110826


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