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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: 58   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lilja (1637) - 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.

4.2
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11095) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6100) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. The beer is clearly present, but it is a sidekick to a strong edge of cognac. Delicate, dangerously drinkable. The aroma is sharper than the flavour. Hazy brass.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6511) - 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.

4
   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 wasn’t 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. There’s 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 it’s 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 .

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle shared at Craft Ale House. Pours hazy dark brown with khaki head. Nose is oaky spirits, cognacy, molasses, cacao, fig. Tastes complex, with some heat up front, a nice oaky cognac flavor, cacao, wood, and tobacco. A bit sweeter than the armagnac version. This one was delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (3800) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2012
Thx. to Ben // 75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG 2012 // limited to 3240 bottles // part of our random Hof ten Dormaal BA partial horizontal // lighter and brighter orange than the others, only a white ring around the sides for head // smell is way boozier than the others, some sweet wood, touch fruits and lots of cognac // bitter cognac taste, oranges, sweet malt and spices, marmalade, lots of it and bitter, first one with some noticeable hop in the aftertaste, warming, boozy finish // smooth, oily // least favorite but still good, bit too boozy barrel aging

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 Craig’s. 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. I’m not sure why such negative reviews, this is actually pretty good. Have hopheads forgotten how to taste beer that isn’t 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. It’s really quite good.


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