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


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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Witloofbier also under the name Dormaal Winter 11.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Erzengel (7387) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2015
*Old rating from 2011. Strange vegetable nose - a strange idea to brew a beer with chicory-cabbage.... The beer starts strange bitter, herbal with hints of malt. Earth, mouldy cabbage (?), quite dry. Very strange mouldy taste... I can’t finish this one... Beer with chicory-cabbage doesn’t seem to be my thing...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Это пиво вкусное. я, конечно, рекомен& его всем, что любит хорошую Craft пива!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopwine (666) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Nose is perfumey, white wine. Flavor is orchard fruit, spicy clove, more floral. But sticky on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Karyots (23) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2014
Murky brown with a good head that quickly dissipates. Berries, apricot, plums, oak casks on the nose. Taste starts slightly sweet, flash of sourness all around the mouth and ends with bitterness. Leaves a bitterness with an earthy,peaty taste in the mouth. Very cool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4632) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
(Dormaal Wit Goud (White Gold)) 375 ml bottle at home, as White Gold, everything in english on the bottle. Corked and caged, served into a tulip, ABV 8% The cork went flying the moment I released it off its cage. Thankfully no gush. Very hazy on the body, orange in colour, huge slightly off-white head, collapsing quickly and then stabilizing to one finger of foam, with excellent retention.Light lacing on the glass. Aroma of belgian yeast, cooked egetables, light grapes, peach, apricot, faint caramel. Tasts has fruity notes of peaches and apricots, light grains, some nuts, alcohol, sugars, yeast, a very faint touch of sourness, white wine hints. Nicely bitter on the aftertaste. Medium body, highly carbonated. Very good, I liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p (3254) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2014
Aroma of yeast, fruit, vegetable, floral notes, spices, a little farmhouse funk. Flavour is slightly tart, moderate sweet, with a moderate bitter finish. Enjoyable enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trappist1 (646) - Diest, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2014
Rich golden color with a full off-white head. Nose:floral, yeast, hoppy, some malts, typical HFTD grains. Overall Rich warm nose. Taste:malt, a malt sweet body. Hops with a gentle bitter brood finish. Round MF. Subtile. Well made, had this beer before and did meet expectations. One of the better HFTD beers for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (4335) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (5168) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1320) - 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 !!!

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