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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: 12   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1701) - South Carolina, 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 (563) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Big bottle, caged and corked. Would I identify this as Madeira if I didn’t know? I’m not sure, but I’d suspect some king of barreling, and not oak. It’s sweet, dark, raisiny, maybe a little tangy, but still a big light on its feet. I wouldn’t guess 12%. More treble than bass. Still, it’s a sipper, if only so you can savor all that’s going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7617) - 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 hadn’t 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 (3538) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
From a 75 cl bottle shared at Ryan’s 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 (3556) - 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 ..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5030) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2013
28/IX/13 - 75cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2013-904)

Clear purple brown beer, small aery off-white to beige head, well it’s more just a bunch of big bubbles, unstable and dissipating quickly. Aroma: sweet, caramel, wine, spicy, nutmeg, alcohol, sweet chocolate, bit sugary. MF: soft to no carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, caramel, bit fruity, red berries, tannins, orange peel, some almonds. Aftertaste: caramel, madeira, orange peel, alcohol, pretty sugary, somewhat nutty, chocolate notes again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5315) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Opaque mahogany with ruby around the edges. Spotty tan foam on the surface. Aroma smacks you in the face with Madeira and dark fruit notes, The boozy alcohol is up front as well. Lots more dark fruit but softer Madeira upon repeated sips along with yeast notes, soft caramel, toasted malt, light grains, candied fruit and cake notes. Booze is still present as well. Body is medium with a light, prickly carbonation and boozy warmth. Ends with more Madeira, dark fruit, ripe fruits, strong yeast, caramel, toasted malt and hints of the barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2438) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
750 bottle opened on 4/7/13. The beer pours darm brown with a tan head. The aroma is of dried fruits, brown sugar and spice. The Madeira barrel ageing is very prominent immediately and adds complexity to the beer. Overall a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5667) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2013
75cl, limited to 1308 bottles, new exclusive brew Anno 2012, from Geers Oostakker, complex brew, spicy/alcoholic and slightly sour/vinous, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, good brew, yet expensive!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6859) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle sample @ 18de Kerstbierfestival, Essen 2012. Brune/cuivrée, col beige. Arôme de Madère ressortant bien et tout comme la version blonde, une de mes préférées. Le tout présente un bouquet malté cara assez doux avec des notes fruités rouge, léger en vin et un boisé minime. Palais, fine note de Madère, vin rouge le tout restant bien doux-sucré pour une effervescence moyenne, fini léger épice, alcool réchauffant. Je ne détecte pas vraiment un boisé, ni une pointe de tannin. Garde ce côté sucré-caramélisé de ces vins laissant un fini liquoreux, subtile vanille et caramel.

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