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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4142) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Draft at Churchkey, courtesy of Ed, thank you sir! Dark cloudy brown, huge beige head, massive lacing. Very nice aroma of black pepper and pumpernickel. Taste is very smooth and characterful, nice stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2011
Massive gusher. The aroma is great. The aroma is a lovely balance of soft spice and a lovely earthy toasty character. There is a little bit of soft spice and a touch of bright minty character. There is a lot of fresh herbal spice and a bit of chewy character. There is a lot of soft peppery flavour along with some bright nutmeg and clove along with a little bit of leathery flavour. Really great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (3313) - 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.

4
   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

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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (1757) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Pours a deep sienna color with four fingers of white tight bubbled foam. The nose is rustic with spicy grain, roasted caramel, cured meat, pine tar and some yeasty esters. On the palate it follows the nose nicely with a great balance between round sweet malt, bitter hop presence and a lot of complexity in between. Peppercorn, rye, chocolate, pine, grass, cola.. interesting and unique !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2011

21/10/2011 37.5cl bottle @ home - BB: 10/2011 (2011-572)

Gusher. Really cloudy dark brown beer, big beige head, unstable, adhesive. Aroma: caramel, mocha, bready yeast, toast, nuts, milk chocolate. MF: lots of carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet malts, sugar, mocha, milk chocolate, honey, little bitter, some grapefruit. Aftertaste: mocha, some chocolate, caramel, bitter orange peel. Alcohol is warming the throat. I think by the expiry date, the alcohol has gone up quite a bit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (585) - Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Dark amber nice bubbly tan head. Aroma is yeast,hops and a little sweet. Flavor is smooth,yeast,dark fruits and hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
375 ml bottle shared by 12% Brian. Will come into the US around Mid January I think? Bottle labeled as "Dark" I guess specifically for the US market. Pours a woody deep copper, with a nice foamy lasting head. Aroma is nutty, dry earthy, slight burnt toast, hints of dry chocolate, cocoa nibs, grass, and light fruity esters- cleanish westmalle type yeastiness. Flavor is doughy, toast, light burnt roast malts, light phenol, grass, herbs, dry dusty dark chocolate, nutty, slight toffee sweetness, and a fairly dry finish and easy drinking. Nice!


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