Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project: No. 2 Cognac
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Brewed by Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Tildonk, Belgium


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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This complex beer was brewed in cognac barrels that have contained cognac for at least 40 years. You will experience a mild alcohol aroma that is balanced by vanilla overtones coming from the wood and a fresh fruitiness reminiscent of apricots. The mouthfeel is velvety with flavors of honey coming through with every sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3494) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours a hazy golden with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a rich red apple character & is very reminiscent of calvados. Itís got dusty notes, comes off a touch sweet & a touch boozy but remains inviting.

The flavor has nice toasty oak and more cognac character than the calvados character featured in the nose. This is not to say that the flavor doesnít certainly have some fleshy red apple to it, which is nice... the beer is lightly tart and has some honey forward notes although the sweetness is kept pretty well in check. The booziness level is nice and while the alcohol is noticeable I was surprised to see this one @ 12%.

Very special, unique and enjoyable. Most defiantly features the spirit barrel without letting the barrel get the best of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (9989) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of vanilla, wood, cognac, alcohol soaked tone fruit, brown sugar, earth and candied fruit. Medium body. Better balance than expected from the Cognac barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Pours a bright orange amber with a soft off white head of foam that wasnít too tall and fell slowly and luxuriously to a thick layer and finally a ring and cap. Plenty of streaming effervescence and lighted glow from the body of the beer. Very attractive. Nose is soft belgian with a light sweet cognac over the top. A touch woody and earthy with deeply ripe stone fruits. Peaches and apricots drizzled with brandy. Thereís some musk or must from the belgian character and some honey from the malt but neither of those is powerful enough to overtake the sublimely sweet ripe peach. Taste is drippy, sticky ripe peach with cognac poured over. The cognac which is somewhat subdued in the nose is more vivid on the palate. The wood from the barrel aging is perfect on the palate and adds depth and vibrance to the cognac flavor. The mineral qualities make the body soft and itís a refreshing carbonation. The finish is dry and with a sweet lingering aftertaste with just the heat from the alcohol alongside the cognac flavor for a terrific authenticity.

This is a distinct beer that brings together the most delicate aspects of both a belgian blonde and a rich sweet cognac. Radiant and sweet. Well turned out and the perfect compliment for after a meal much like cognac and fruit is on their own. I served this after a pan seared veal rib chop lightly seasoned with only salt and pepper, roasted chick peas flavored with sea salt and rosemary and a green salad with a few fresh thyme leaves in a light lemon dressing .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PriorL (2415) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2013
75cl bottle at home. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clouded blonde/orange beer, small unstable head. NOSE: very sweet, lots of alcohol. TASTE: little fruits, lots of alcohol, rather sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kindacold (213) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2013
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 On draft. Pours orange/red with tiny head. Smells of caramel, alcohol, spices. Tastes very complex. Caramel, cinnamon, cream, spices, dark chocolate, cognac, wood, slightly hoppy at end. Sticky linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5436) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Amber with a short, white head. Aroma is rather sweet with notes of wine, cognac, yeast, fruit and malt. Taste is slightly boozy with more cognac, wine notes, ripe fruits, caramel, sweet malt, yeast notes, hints of wood and honey. Body is medium with a moderate, lively carbonation and soft alcoholic warmth. Ends with more booze, caramel, wine notes, cognac, ripe fruits, honey, soft yeast, soft grains and faint woody notes. Enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Fruity caramel aroma with notes of bread and moderate cognac along with some light wood. Fruity and bread flavor followed by moderate cognac, caramel and light wood. Mildly bitter finish with fruit, caramel and alcohol. Underrated in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1614) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2013
Gedronken bij de kroon, dankzij joes, bruin en niet helder, witte schuimkraag, ruikt zoet, alcohol, cognac, jenever no. 1 vond ik lekkerder

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4037) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Tap. Pours mostly clear amber with hardly any head. Aroma is booze, dough, pears, figs, light spice, and floral notes. Flavor is bready malts, oak, booze, light floral hops, light fruit esters, and some yeast and spice; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Tap at Maxís Taphouse. Pours lightly hazy amber with no head. Aroma is cognac and oak barrels with dates and figs, earthy hops and cookie malt. Flavor is malt forward with light alcohol, oak and cognac, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and light carbonation.

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