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


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7241) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, toasted grain/bread, husks, caramel), with notes of dish rag, dirt, walnuts, lemon juice, bubble gum. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Nice head retention and mouthfeel, but it’s a strange mix of odors and the aftertaste isn’t particularly clean. Hard to imagine how the Stillwater Bronze Age ended up being so good, because this and the Blond are very disappointing in comparison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (5169) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2013
Murky brown and small grey beige head. Dusty, dry wood, dark malts, very mild hop and classic appeal. Also old fashioned though, unfortunately. Light bitter, without much character. Fancy bottle is really overdoing it. Nothing special. (375ml bottle from Dranken Geers)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle in Aspen picked up at Wilbur’s Foco. Pours a deep brown appearance with a brown head. Nutty, toasted malty, light chocolate, caramel, a bit earthy aroma. High carbonation. Somewhat acidic, cocoa, caramel, a bit fruity, slightly sweet flavor. Not bad but not as the blonde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with fine tan head, settles quickly with no lacing. Aroma is sweet, strong fruitiness, grape, plum, mild alcohol. Flavor is sweet, plum, grape, fruity up front fading into a mild malt finish. Sweet and fruity but not particularly unique or memorable. Soft carbonation, medium body, smooth texture. A decent belgian ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (2210) - - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with ruby tints and a thick off white head. Aroma is fruity and nutty. Taste is an awesome chocolate and coffee combo but without much depth outside of that. Mouthfeel is pretty average with a strong carb. This one is tasty but a little weird.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (2608) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Draft at Monks. Hazy brown pour. Pretty much just a classic brown ale. Malty grains. Sweet, but not overly so (not like Newcastle). Light nut flavors as well. Not bad for what it is. Unpretentious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5545) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Aroma is non-descript malts and low nuttiness and sweetness. The flavor is malts, mild toffee, fruit and a long and increasingly sour/tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (3059) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2013
Taste this @ home end of nov. 2011 from 37,5 cl bottle. Dark amber to brown color with a beige foamy head. Aroma yeast, mild sweet, bit roasted malts, touch of berries, and nuts. Medium body. Taste light roasted malts, sweet-bitter, notes of raisins and chocolate; caramel. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (4563) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Échantillonnée d’un marathon de dégustation: Le profil des sucres est assez étoffé dans cette soupe rappelant une quad avec un côté épicé intéressant. Les malts sont mâchables.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mora2000 (6141) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Beer opens with a huge explosion. Hazy brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee, yeast and pepper. Flavor is dark fruit, toffee and yeast. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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