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Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project (Dark Ale): No. 10 Madeira

Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project (Dark Ale): No. 10 Madeira
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Brewed by Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Tildonk, Belgium


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (6162) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 7, 2016
750ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear dark brown color with red hue. Small size, beige head, stays. Raisins, bit acidic, woody, cherry stones in aroma. Red wine, woody, dry yeast, fruity in taste. Nice dry mouthfeel. Reminds me Rodenbach which is always nice thing to say about beer. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (13611) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2015
750ml bottle (Pothouse, Tallinn)
Belgian rating number 1000 - youíd better be good. Hmmm, erm, OK. Buttery barrely aroma, some spiritiness, more like a brandy, not getting madeira /per se/. Rather pleasant taste, plenty of woody tones, some cherry hints from that and presumably thatís the berries from the madeira. Sourness is spot on, like a rodenbach red, and has the butteriness to boot. Final pour from the bottle has a bit more vanilla. This is Dormaalís strong point, and I almost forgive the earlier gushing horrors. Finish is brutally dry - banana strings, but I like it. WIney aspects in nice balance. WANT MORE!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (14074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
750mL bottle, pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out Belgian yeast upfront, along with light oak. Flavour is very yeasty, with Belgian yeast, light rubber, and barely any barrel quality. Seems to be a bit oxidized. Not overly complex and the booze isnít that apparent. Not so thrilling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Muddled dark brown. Nose of tart dark fruit. Flavors of rye bread, caramel malt, tart dried fruit. Low carbonation, medium body. Ok, but falls flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mstrcrwly (952) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
on tap poured into a tulip glass..orange/amber with a fluffy white head..aroma of wine,syrup,bread..sweet,grape dry taste..not a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Draft at Edmunds Oast. Deep amber pour with almost no head. Big sweet, dark fruit aroma, hints of Asian pears and apples, caramel malts, toffee and oak. Similar in flavor with low carbonation and hints of booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McGarnigle (613) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Big bottle, caged and corked. Would I identify this as Madeira if I didnít know? Iím not sure, but Iíd suspect some king of barreling, and not oak. Itís sweet, dark, raisiny, maybe a little tangy, but still a big light on its feet. I wouldnít guess 12%. More treble than bass. Still, itís a sipper, if only so you can savor all thatís going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9475) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
On tap at the Kuliminator, Antwerp, Saturday 8th February 2014. Dark in colour with slight head. I was quite surprised by this as I had the vast majority of these barrel aged beers by Hof Ten Dormaal (during my period of not rating about a year ago) and hadnít been the least bit impressed I also seem to recall that most of them if not all had been lighter in colour than this, but I have to say that I enjoyed this beer. The barrel ageing had done a good job. Some dark fruits such as raisin came through, there was the merest of a fruity tang to this, but overall just a good sipper and very nice beer. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6046) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
From a 75 cl bottle shared at Ryanís on Christmas morning. Pours a hazy light cola with a thin off white head. Vinous nose. Flavors of sherry, oak and plums. Medium to heavy bodied, light carbonation, sweet boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (5971) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2013
Draft Pours dark brown , small white head Smell is sweet , bit metallic Taste is sweet , buttery , grainy , bit sourness in the back . Green , madeira shines trough a little bit . Unsuspected , this is not too bad ..

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