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Brewed by Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Tildonk, Belgium

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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The different flavors of this beer are manifested in a sublime order to achieve a harmonious yet complex taste sensation. Besides the instantly recognizable dry sherry flavor there also is room for the fresh and spicy scents of vegetative raw celery and a green pepper character. This follows in subtle fruity aromas of peach and candied apricot, with an undertone of tea extracts. Finished with a nutty touch, reminiscent of broken walnuts. The mainly fresh flavors that make up the smell of the beer are masterfully supported by more robust flavors. In the flavor we can find the typical duality of balsamic, compromise between sweet and sour, and finally conclude with a notion of liquorice. But this story is not over; the aftertaste brings a perfect marriage between alcohol warming and soothing sweetness.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7773) - Antwerpen, - OCT 7, 2012
Draught Small white head over orange, hazed beer. Sweet, oranges. Difficult to pinpoint sherry, but its fruitiness might well point into that direction. Sweet, meaty, liqueurish. Feels/tastes as if some syrup was used. Finish has a bit of walnut(syrup) in it. Very viscous, well-bodied, slick-syrupy feel. Walnutflavour keeps hanging around; warming. Interesting, but I’m not sure whether the fact that I cannot mark the sherry is a good, than well a lesser thing.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Buongiorgio00 (718) - - JAN 6, 2014
Un corpo, molte anime. L’intenso sapore torrefatto lega assieme la nota alcolica, quella di miele, di noci e di frutta secca per una birre che ne complesso è buona da degustare. Forse un po’ pesante a un certo punto, ma godibile. Lo sherry non troppo discernibile, a parte una leggera carezza iniziale che si dissolve subito.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
750 c&c from Capitol Beer. Pours hazy orange with beige head. Aroma is honey/vinous. Med body. Flavor is malt, hop, some oxidized sherry, and a hint of heat. Pretty tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange copper with a modest beige head and a sweet fruit aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with an overlay of sweet sherry. Some oxidation, but very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5603) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. brownish with amber hues, medium mouthfeel. Sherry aroma, slight. sherry, slight raisins, slight licorice. not cohesive melding. OK

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (991) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY. I had no idea what to expect with this, and was a little disappointed. I didn’t really get much of the sherry flavor in it. Had a little bit of grape/raisin feel to it, almost tasted like an American barleywine to me. Decent beer but I just found it to be lacking in general.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
juanenka (243) - valladolid, SPAIN - NOV 2, 2013
Botella. Presencia limpia y dorada con corona blanca persistente. Aroma a vino dulce y frutos rojos. En boca cartón piedra algo de frutos rojos y vino dulce. Si esta Birra tiene 12 grados yo no los encuentro regulera

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Tap
Aroma: Nut, dark fruit
Appearance: Dark brown
Taste: Very subdued flavors; dark fruit
Palate:
Overall: Alcohol well hidden, but the flavors are extremely subtle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wim (2667) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2013
home shared with yves amber coloured body with a white head and a malt alchohol hoppy fruity aroma a hoppy fruity caramel malt sweet taste with alchohol bitter finish

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yves (2094) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle shared with Wim. Amber coloured beer with small white head and no carbonation. Alcoholic fruity and malty aroma. Medium sparkling palate. Finish is fruited apple hinted ending alcoholic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 21, 2013
Where and how: Birch Norfolk
Aroma licorice, sherry, alcohol, potent blend. Dangerus smoothness.
Appearance:3+
Top: mid off-white top
Base: brown with slight haze?.
Palate : mellow, lower carbonation, soft texture.
Taste: chocolate brown malts, mild cherry feel. Not as complex as aroma. Dangerously drinkable.


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