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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: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Iím not sure why such negative reviews, this is actually pretty good. Have hopheads forgotten how to taste beer that isnít kick you in the teeth bitter? Pours a hazy golden light orange with a thin white fizzy head. Pleasant caramel, wet grain, and cognac aroma. Thick sticky palate. Tastes of caramel, cereal grain, light orange, and strong cognac with cognac flavors dominating the finish and lingering long after a sip. Itís really quite good.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Draft at Avenue Pub. Copper pour with no head. Aroma of cognac and cheap wine. Sweet flavor with old wine taste. Just awful. Seems like an old keg. Thin mouthfeel. If I had a drain...waste of money... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (10608) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Flat murky amber pour. A really excellent nose. Tons of vanilla and wood, great sweetness of caramel and fruit, and a nice brandy note. Particularly heavy on the dark fruits. The flavor is almost the complete opposite. Harsh charred wood flavor, iced tea, and overall just very astringent. Quite alcoholic and hot, too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4783) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Sampled at an rsbls tasting. Well carbonated golden and hazy. Well hopped aroma with yeast and fruit. Alcohol, too. Fruit is tasted first and is complex. Plenty of pale malts. Alcohol gets in the way. Tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
Corked bottle, courtesy of Jesper
Cloudy light amber color; small frothy and short lived head. Light aroma, light caramel, with a very light spirit presence. Highly carbonated, with mild malt flavor, mild residual sweetness, and a light alcoholic touch that can be cognac; light traces of vegetables.
The alcohol hides some flaws.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Aroma of brandy, lucky charms and slight dates. Pours flat and bright orange. Tastes flat with notes of cognac, cognac and slight dark fruits. Almost altbier notes with brandy sugar. Veeery underwhelming.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (3791) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2012
Tasting @ local brewery brouwerij Oirschots Bier. Hazy yellow to orange with a small white head. Smells quite alcoholic, wood, cognac, whisky, raisins, sweet. Tastes sweet, wood, cognac, raisins (quite a lot), alcohol and some liquorice. Full body, warming, fizzy carbo.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
nimbleprop (4553) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Sampled on tap at Paradiso Dupont. Pours a murky orange with zero head. Nose of nail polish, booze, paint thinner. Flavor is the same, astringent, herbal but beyond that, all nail polish. Boozy finish. Gross. Needed 7 guys to drink 4oz.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13935) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
bottle at home ... amber ... thin white head ... soft fruits ... juicy fruits ... soft floral hops ... juicy orange .. sweet juicy fruitds ..soft almont ... light cherry ..soft fruits ... juicy

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
In bottle at Craigís. Pours a golden colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of cherries, marzipan, candy sugar, caramel and alcohol. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation, light CO2 prickle and a foamy mouth-feel. Quite sweet with lingering cherries and almonds again.


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