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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle - 375mL corked and caged. Dark, murky brown pour with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is light caramel, dusty yeast notes, candied fruit and dark fruit. Taste is sweet and malty with caramel, cocoa, dusty yeast, dark fruit notes and candi sugar. Body is medium with lots of effervescent carbonation. Finishes with more caramel, dark fruit, soft cocoa, candi sugar notes and dusty yeast. Soft dessert notes as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4164) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a tulip. Tan conglomerate head recedes leaving scant spiders. Metallic, sweet roasted caramel, toast and pit fruit aromas. Sharp with dusty caramel upfront turning to sweet dried prune in the lasting earthy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2012
375ml. Ruby with a slim beige cap. Pronounced alcohol aroma with a red berry acidity, wet oak, pepper, bark. Earthy, edgy, redcurrant yeastiness glowing with alcohol and acidity. Smidgen of nut husk and smoke for dessert. Eye-watering fizz. Too much yeast and alcohol burn. Doesn’t fit together; spices not fully stirred-in. Just don’t know what you’re going to get from these boys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2012
37.5cl bouteille. Cuivrée, col épais beige. Arôme de levure, malt caramel, léger fruité noir. En bouche, malt grillé/pointe de choco amer, levure et houblon pour un léger côté citronné. Fini est sec sur une pointe biscuitée.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (799) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2012
12.7 oz import. About halfway through untwisting the wire securing the cork, the beer surprised me by sending the cork and wire device flying into my ceiling with a loud POP. I’ve never had a beer so carbonated, including nearly explosive homebrews, and random imports gone bad/sour. I fear the worst. Before opening there was a quarter inch of pure yeast sediment! After opening, the half-bottle’s-worth of beer is opaque, milk chocolate sludge with a slightly green hue, sort of like a rather messy wort after the boil. Aroma is a light sweet maltiness combined with some bakers yeast and a bit of tart, refreshing apple. In addition to this, especially as it warms and the explosive CO2 dissapates, a light "gone-bad" flavor rises out, confirming my suspicions- at the very best I’ll be getting a ghost of what this beer was intended to be. The body is a medium-light, which is heavier than I expected given the situation, a nice sweetness, with dry bread crust, lightly spiced, and, again, a touch of apple. The "badness", which, to put a better adjective to it, I will call astringent rotten fruit, only comes though as a touch, and so the beer is drinkable; however, its so disappointing I am tempted to dump it out anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2012
(Bottled, 0.375l) Very dark brown with a large, tanned head. Dark toffee and slightly sour malt in the nose, along with a strong and distinctive yeastiness. Flavor is caramely-creamy-toffee-malty, anise-peppery-spicy, lightly roasty, reasonably dry, even somewhat bitter. Medium to full body, silky-smooth palate with balanced CO2 and some alcohol presence. Another enjoyable and balanced one from this brewery. 4446

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (9899) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malt, yeast, fruit, spices. Flavour is dry, sweet, malt, caramel, yeast, fruit, hop, spices. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2012
6 dollar 375ml bottle at the Malt House for Beer Week. Murky, chunky brown, a hint of orange. Massive effervescence, huge steady chunky beige head. A fantastic Belgian Dark Ale, a little more effervescent and floral than a typical Bruin/Dubbel..maybe just fresher. Super yeasty, pungent chocolate meets dark fruit, with a light, fluffy mouthfeel. One the best new Belgian breweries for sure. World Class.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2011
37,5cl bottle. A huge explosion of CO2 when I opened the bottle. Dark brown colored beer; very well carbonated. Aroma of dark malts, prums, yeast and some tartness. A lot of yeast floating in the beer. Very well balanced beer. Taste: prums, dark malts, slightly herbal. Very digestable. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2011
Hazy darker brown coloured beer with some yeasty particles floating. In addition the bottle bursted when uncorcking. Lots of carb releasing. Medium to small brown head. Very special herby hnted aroma. Touches of yeasts and suggars. Full palate. Finish is strong spicy and sweet malty touches with strong yeasty hints. Good.

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