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


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RATINGS: 106   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kraddel (4242) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (4687) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3488) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1613) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2012
337ml bottle. Dark brown with small to medium tanned head. Nose : coffee grains, burned, red fruits, dried fruits, vanilla, black chocolate. Sip : medium density body with oily texture. Some carbonation. Sweet with fruity apple, cherry, banana. Died raisins mix with burned malts. It ends with coffee similar acid and oily aftertaste. Some dry residue stays on the tongue. Overall this is a very decent brew. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4264) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Draft: Dates and raisins on the nose, alcohol evident. Cloudy brown, thin head. Dark chocolate and tree bark. Alcohol evident and mouthfeel is fizzy and harsh. Walnut finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
July 8, 2011 - with blankboy, JoeMcPhee, jerc and mabel. 375ml corked & caged bottle c/o JoeMcPhee. Gushed all over the place. Murky brown with a huge delicate fluffy tan head. Extremely yeasty/funky, but it’s also redolent of sweet spicy caramel malt, almost like golden syrup - dryly floral as well - almost 8/10. Tastes a little sweaty and pungent, floral - interesting mineral/earthy/iron taste elements emerge through the yeast and sweetness, and it has some alcohol - the malt is quite muted, and dry spicy bitterness begins to dominate as it warms up fully. It’s thick, modestly carbonated, and it has some light astringency from the dry sharp yeast (and, I guess, dry floral/herbal hops too) - it starts malty and finishes dry and bitterly floral. I like it, even with the odd mineral bite to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel yeasty flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel yeasty finish.

   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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yankeefan21 (134) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingCecil (2066) - 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....

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