Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project: No. 1 Jenever
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Brewed by Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Tildonk, Belgium


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Brew Nį1, Limited edition of 1755 bottles

The first beer made in our new oak aged gamma has been aged on Belgian Gin barrels. The aroma searches a balance between caramel, toasted bread and some fruity aspects such as apricot and plum. Also there is some form of spices, tasted as pepper and safran. The taste itself is mainly exotic fruit flavours, cassis and caramel. We end with a pure beer taste with a royal dose of heating alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (4223) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2014
This one didnít work as well for me. With this powerful aging, itís important to like the liquid it has aged on. Since I donít really like jenever, I found this beer too sharp and boozy. Perhaps itís better for jenever lovers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (11250) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2014
Draft at the Kaapse Beer festival. Pours cloudy golden brown with an off white head. Aroma of light fruits, vinous aspects, jenever coming out but not as obnoxiously as I thought it might. Flavour is light moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JefVerstraete (2953) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle from Ben. Hazy amber colour, thin white foam. Soft carbonation. Fruity aroma with notes of brown sugar and apricot. Very sweet boozy aftertaste. Alcoholic finish. Too sweet and boozy, not very well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (3617) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
As Barrel Aged Project 2013 - Brew No 9 Jenever. I think this should have a seperate entry. Aroma of fruits, apricot, orange peel, sugar. Flavour is fruity sweetness, some alcohol burn, very thick apricot flavour. This one is okay but I was disappointed to detect very little of the Jenever barrel aging besides the high ABV.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Sample from bottle. Cloudy orange pour, with a fizzy off white head. Very sweet, sugary, alcohol, some oak, gin and fruit. Kind of one note, sweet and boozy. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Draft @ Novare Res. Hazy amber /orange color without any head. Aroma of oak, musty basement, odd malt notes, sugar and fruit.

Flavor is yeasty and grainy. Apricot and light sour peach notes. Gin gin barrel gives a little kick of alcohol in the finish. Body is medium with a chewy texture. Soft carbonation. The alcohol is here without a doubt, nice warming sensation after the sip. Overall this has a level of complexity. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (4915) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle 750 ml at home, as Barrel Aged Project 2013 - Brew No 9 Jenever, ABV 12% A dark orange golden colour on the body, darker than the other two I had. Off white head, a bit taller than one finger, with average retention. Light lacing left around the glass and a quite thick layer of foam on the beerís surface. Aroma of sweet peaches, apricot, sugars, light alcohol. Taste follows the aroma, lots of peaches and apricots, light yeast, very alcoholic. I canít notice any of jenever notes but then again I donít drink it that often, maybe Iíve had it twice since I moved here. It gives this burning feeling on the stomach though once itís there like the jenever and/or tequila. Medium thin body, high carbonation but without being annoying, certainly less than the other two. Overall this one was also enjoyable,better mouthfeel but less taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours dirty blonde with bone white head. Nose and taste of caramel, toasted bread, plum, gin, apricot pit and light spice. Medium body. Some alcohol in finish. Prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (8202) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2013
24/VIII/13 - 75cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2013-805)

Clear orange beer, creamy irregular off-white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: banana, bread yeast, sugary, dried fruits. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: banana, sugary, yeast, quite some jenever, alcohol is noticeable, spicy, bit peppery. Aftertaste: alcohol, ripe banana, phenols, spicy, bread yeast, orange peel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2013
75cl bottle at home. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clouded blonde/orange beer, small unstable head. NOSE: sweet, too much alcohol. TASTE: too much alcohol in general. Not really enjoyable...

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