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


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (1795) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5972) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kraddel (4751) - 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 (5895) - 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 (3621) - 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 (1826) - 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 (4769) - 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 (6322) - 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.

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