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: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gEUS (1583) - Linden, - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4989) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2015
Been sitting on this since release, now should be the time to finally open them. Pours dark, clear amber. Ok white head fades within seconds, until no trace of any foam at all is left. Smell is boozy, full, bit sharp, grainy, and even remotely metallic. Taste is harsh, sharp grainy, sugary, sweet, some of the barrels shine trough. Finishes sweet. Rather low-for the abv- mouthfeel, with a boozy touch as well. Doesn’t seem to have the right amount of backbone for a barrel this strong. Must say I absolutely, 100 % love the barrel-notes in this one, but the beer that was used, was not a 100 % complementary to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2197) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle. Tasted alongside the Dark ale Moscatel & Dark ale Grappa Sour. What a treat. Pours Golden Amber with a gentle haze and a thick White head. Asserive Belgian yeast aroma with a backdrop of woody cognac tinged booze. Tastes of caramel and candi. Nice balance of oaky vanilla and mellow sweetness. Warming booze. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2685) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Hazy amber with a big off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity, light spicy and wood. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with warming alcoho

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
M82 (427) - Kansas, USA - SEP 3, 2015
A dried apricot body sits beneath a completely dissipating off-white head... bold and sweet brew offering vanilla, rounded cognac, citrus rind, grape skin, apricot, and subtle damp wood on a viscous, oily, medium plus body cut somewhat by alcohol spice and oak tannin, big warmth from a 750ml aged for a couple years around 60° and served at 50° into snifter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (19648) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
16th May 2015
Murky amber beer, decent pale cream colour head. Palate is airy and semi dry. Good fine carbonation. Lactose sweet malts, dry cream and well integrated mellow wood. Sweetish cognac. Dry and slightly bitter floralness. Tasty but it’s a bit awkward and angular and I could not drink loads.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
domienS (233) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2015
Pours a clear dark brown beer with almost no foam and saturation. Smells oaky, has a hint of vanilla and of red fruit with some cognac coming trough. Tastes slightly sweet. Tastes non alcoholic and no saturation. Fresh palate. Really fine refreshing beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (3117) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle. Hazy amber liquid with light to medium off-white head. Aroma of cachaca, pears, sweet alcohol, wood, cognac and dried fruit. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of cognac, pears, cachaca and sweet booze. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Pretty good, albeit boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lilja (2274) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2014
Flaska på Brekeriet Bar. Smak och doft av malt, karamell, halstablett Läkerol special, farinsocker, päron, konjak, russin och marsipan. Välbalanserad, fruktig med komplexa toner och lagom sötma. Fantastiskt gott.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NordicV (1518) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
Konjaksfärgad öl med mycket lätt vitt skum. Doften är tämligen spritig med en del vaniltoner. Går mer åt whiskey än konjak. I smaken tar trätonerna över helt. Obalanserad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2014
Tasted with William and others @ Heule from 75 cl bottle, oct. ’13. Hazy darkgolden color, with a offwhite head. Aroma sweet, wood. Almost full body. Taste very sweet, alcohol, bit malts, fruit touch.

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