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: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kindacold (210) - 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 (5224) - 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 (1356) - 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 (3495) - 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 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Tap at Max’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange copper with a nice beige head and a cognac and toffee aroma. There is a cognac infused caramel malt flavor with a slightly sweet peach finish. Nicely aged with good oak flavor. This beer is grossly underrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10933) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
750 c&c from Wine and Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours hazy orange/brown with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is mild fruit with some yeast/spice. Med body. Flavor is light pitted fruit and brandy - sort of like brandied peaches. Gets a little oaky, finishing 98% dry with some fun heat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gEUS (1035) - Linden, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2013
750 ml bottle - pours cloudy orange with floating yeast, soapy off-white head. Supersweet smell , aroma of hiney, white sweet wine, earthy raw basis. Full body with warm alcohol and too much sweetness - not balanced...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2408) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Tap at itap Chesterfield. Looks like cheap cognac, still, no head, can see through it. Aroma is not distinct alcohol barrel, would not be able to tell its actually cognac, not good cognac anyway. Kind of sweet. Flavor is a syrupy mess, no carbonation. Sweet and alcohol. Happy I wasn’t a sucker that dropped money on a bottle of this.

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