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: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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.

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   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2455) - Linköping, 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 (1783) - 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 (1229) - 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 (2723) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1514) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 8, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5924) - Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2014
750 ml bottle boxed from my father in law. Pours a dark golden amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, vanilla, oak, fruity notes favoring apples and peaches, cognac, some warming alcohol, some booze, fairly smooth at 12%. I don’t know how many of these I would buy on my own at $18 a pop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (1707) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle @ RBBSG II. Courtesy of Dave. Thanks! Pours a hazy bright orange color with a quarter inch of white head. The smell is cherry, wood and medeiros. The taste follows ending with a dry finish. Medium body and nicely carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3362) - 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. It’s 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 doesn’t 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.

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