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

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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Witloofbier also under the name Dormaal Winter 11.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (3147) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2014
Also tasted as Winter 11. A beer paying tribute to the Brussels ’witloof’ culture of Kampenhout, a much-revered vegetable, basically the leaves of the chicory plant, cultured in the dark and therefore remaining white, in: having been deprived of photosynthesis. This vegetable is a 19th-century Brussels invention and remains justly popular in Belgium; its bitter roots have effectively been used in this beer as a support for the hops. Thick, sticky, off-white but rapidly breaking head, hazy orange blonde colour. Estery aroma of apple, peach, apricot, pineapple, honey, yeast, earth, roots, bark, grass. Fruity onset, mellow honeyish matiness, starch-like powdery mouthfeel, yeasty and rooty, with bitterish tail in which the leafy bitterness of the hops is difficult to distinguish from the earthy bitterness of the chicory roots; some warming alcohol as well, but not disturbing. Quite interesting, if you’re into earthy, estery Belgian ’yeastiness’, but could have been more elegant and more balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (3890) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2014
Murky brown with soapy head. Sweet and peppery aroma with light banana and spice. The earthy bitterness of witlof is very muted but just tracable in the finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (861) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2014
Bière qui est davantage une traditionnelle qu’une strong ale, même si elle titre à 8 % abv. Le brasseur la situe d’ailleurs très bien sur sa bouteille d’export US en tant que « original belgian farmhouse ale ». On ne peut mieux dire... D’autant plus que les orges et houblons sont issus de la ferme même de la brasserie. Et en plus, il y a cet ingrédient typiquement belge et nord de la France, qu’est le chicon (witloof en flamand). Bouteille de 37,5 cl (bravo) bouchonnée de liège. Très bien. Enorme explosion à l’ouverture : d’ailleurs le bouchon saute seul et immédiatement au décerclage… Attention les yeux !!! Couleur ambre abricot. Clarté nette. Bulles fines par milliers en fontaine au centre, hyper vives. Mousse très épaisse à gros flocons, et consistante en haut. Arômes de malt grillé, bois exotique, houblon, pointe de sarrasin et d’agrumes. 1ère bouche douce, à la très belle prise sur du malt grillé, houblon, petites épices et chicon. Arrière-bouche agréable, assez forte. 2ème de beau caractère. Du houblon très ferme (sans jeu de mots), mis en avant sur des malts. Arrière-bouche longue. 3ème au sublime équilibre malt/houblon/chicon. Arrière-bouche douce et pleine. La longueur travaille tout cela, en nous offrant de superbes nuances. Les jambes sont très légères. La levure est une merveille entre amertume et épices. Très grande veine. L’alcool est parfait pour le genre ; excellent soutien aux saveurs. La finale emporte l’adhésion des récolteurs de l’étiquette, qui en sont complètement babas… CONCLUSION : une magnifique bière qui est une splendeur d’équilibre sur une recette extrêmement originale. Les farmhouse belges ont du bon et du chien … ainsi que du bon chicon !!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seynie (228) - Tienen, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2014
Nice yellow with good foam top. Lots of carbonation, almost got the cork in my eye... Calms down after a while though. The witloof is present, in the nose and the mouth. Tastes more of caramelised witloof though. Earth and leaves, witloof, yeast, candi sugar. Mostly bitter and sweet, but well balanced. Long finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kristel (5) - Poperinge, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014 does not count
Lekker biertje, fris gedronken . Drinkt vlot, wel hoger alcoholgehalte dan je vermoed :) .was een nieuw biertje voor mij, maar valt ook al in de smaak bij mijn buurvrouw, is een aanrader!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikske79 (1302) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 9, 2014
Ik was sceptisch over witloofbier, maar uiteindelijk viel de smaak enorm goed mee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
8/1/2014. 12.7 oz corked and caged bottle. pours a murky amber color with an off-white head. Aromas of grain, malt, hay, yeast and spices. Flavors have spices, yeast and light fruit showing in a nice balance. The finish is dry and hoppy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (2404) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Keg @ The Black Heart, Camden. Pours hazy yellow, beautiful vanilla aroma. Juicy tropical fruit, spice, yeast and vanilla farmhouse flavours.. very thirstquenching for the ABV, or perhaps it was just a long hot day!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2014
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2015. Pours slight hazy deep reddish orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, straw, grass, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, herbal, straw, grass, wheat, honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/yeast ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Belgian strong pale ale. Good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. Nothing really stood out to make it great for me, but it is a nicely enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12592) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
Keg at the Earl of Essex, 24/06/14. Very lightly hazed golden with a well appointed off white cap that retains. Nose is chicory, mellow dark fruit, vanilla custard, gooseberries, light spice. Taste comprises creme brulee, white grapes, light spice, chicory tips, straw, vanilla essence. Medium + body, fine carbonation, very light trace of booze in the close but drinking sub 8% for me. Ok Belgian strong.


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