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: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Brew N°1, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Cloudy golden orange pour with a small white head. Nice herbal gin aroma, hints of alcohol, and a subtle fruitiness. Light tartness, banana, yeast, bread, and tropical fruits. A little bit warm on the tongue, but not overly boozy. Sweet banana and fruit esters, plenty of herbs, a light tartness, and wood. A fair amount of caramel, bread, and yeast, too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
Corked bottle, courtesy of Jesper
Cloudy light amber color; frothy and short lived head. Some smell of yeast and vegetables, light caramel. Highly carbonated; some malt flavor, with light aniseed flavor, boozy, some residual sweetness, traces of vegetables. Problematic brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
I had heard about this project and even wrote about it on my blog because at $20 bucks a bottle, I didn’t expect to taste it so I was psyched to see it on the Vendome list of tastings. Poured a super murky light brown. Not appetizing looking. Not much aroma and the taste was quite fusel. I think it was too young. Very hot. I do hope to try the others though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansjelaah (1746) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2012
Gedronken bij de kroon, dankzij joes, bruin en helde van kleur, kleine schuimkraag, ruikt sterk naar alcohol, hout, nagellakremover. Smaakt een beetje te sterk alc. Zoet, het vliegend hert achtig (denk ik).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (11312) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2012
Sampled from 75cl bottle thanks to Joes. Murky yellow-orange color, small off-white head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma has alcohol, liquor, some sweetness. Taste lightly malts, liquor, some sweetness. Great balance, lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (5093) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2012
Sample at local tasting @ Brouwerij Oirschots Bier. Clear golden colour with a small white head. Smells quite alcoholic, nuts, wood, glue, nailpolish. Tastes wood, hazelnut, almonds, slightly alcoholic. Quite a strong one, fizzy carbo, dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2012
750, corked and baled. Pours a murky dark amber with a gigantic surging sudsy whitish head. Big sweet forward explosive sticky yeast and juniper nose, very intense. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Caramel and juniper mid palate, big gin finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Hazy dark yellow to light brown with a big foamy off white head. Sweet green apple, pear, and grape aroma with strong juniper and gin notes and a hint of oak. Burnt caramel, apple, and grape aroma up front followed by spicy and woody juniper flavors and finishing with hot alcohol. Bright buttery palate. Good but a bit too pricy for what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (6338) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Gene bought me one of these at Paradiso Dupont. On tap. Pours a murky orange with some thin white head. Nice flavor, almost like lemoncello, some yeasty esters, light candy, kaffir lime. Smells a bit like a cocktail. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly astringent, lightly spicy, herbal, citrus, over ripened fruit, booze. Full, herbal, astringent finish. Very unique, and a beer for cocktail drinkers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (17657) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Draft. Cloudy orange amber color, huge cream colored head. Aroma of vanilla, apricot, dates. Taste is softly sour vanilla and summer fruit, slightly bitter finish. Very nice.

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