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Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project: No. 7 Ardbeg Whisky

Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project: No. 7 Ardbeg Whisky
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Brewed by Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Tildonk, Belgium

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Subtlety is not exactly a feature that can be attributed to this beer, it immediately grabs you by the throat and shows that it was matured Ardbeg-barrels, a whiskey known and renowned for its stunning and intense peated aroma. This fragrance fills then your nose and leads you to a well-stocked cigar box from the finest cedar wood, with a mixture of allspice, nutmeg and ignited matches. The mouth feel is rich and syrupy reminiscent of molasses, with the warm benevolence of generous alcohol contained. After the oil and leathery base of the peat, combines the superb taste the sweet, fresh notes of dried fruit and apricot with the roundness of honey in the background complemented with impressions of malt vinegar and smoked salmon. The aftertaste is long and compelling, robust and overwhelming like the beer itself, definitely not for wimps!


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Trappist1 (477) - Diest, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2014
750ml bottle, amber brownish color with a small beige head. nose: peated is dominating, hints of cacoa butter, caramel but also earthy. Taste is heavily peated, definitely an Islay whisky. Alcohol is very well present. Finish is initial bitter, then sweet. Carbonated. Okey Barrel experiment, but too peated, too one-dimensional.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThirstyBird (1542) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2013
75cl bottle courtesy of tderoeck @ RBBSG II. Appears golden brown with a small loose head. Smell is peat and some sweet malt. The taste is super sweet malt, peat and grass. Medium body with mild carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (4548) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2013
10/VIII/13 - 75cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ RBBSG II, my place - BB: n/a (2013-730)

Little cloudy deep orange to amber beer, irregular off-white head, bit stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots and lots of peat, very chemical, sweet, some chloride, bit of caramel, floral notes. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty sugary, very peated, some caramel, bit of citrus and sweet in general. Aftertaste: alcohol, very peated, sugary, caramel, bit chemical, Ardbeg is clearly present.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (2798) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2013
Light brown colour, small white head. Aroma of smoke, ash, whisky, peat, well basically, like Ardbeg. Quite sweet flavour, malts, smoke, peat, peated whisky. Peated finish, ash, some orange peel. A lot of Islay whisky character. I love Islay whisky, I dig Ardbeg, I like this Barrel-aged beer!
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Gent 2013. Thanks for sharing, Tim!)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8139) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG II. Hazy orange color, small white to off - white head. Smell a lot of ardbeg whiskey, damn! Taste malts, loads of whiskey and lots of peat. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2013
75cl bottle courtesy of tderoeck @ RBBSG II. Orangée pour un léger opaque, col blanc. Arôme est chargé en note tourbe - Ardberg et est là un des points positifs ce cette bière. Le bouquet général reste dominé par ce dernier et porte aussi qcq notes de malts cara-pâle suivi de notes fruitées qui rappellent ici la version blonde de HTD. Palais garde ce profil blonde forte typique de cette série. La teneur en bouche reste assez épaisse avec un petit côté fruité liquoreux qui arrive en retrait des notes de Ardberg. Le tout est chargé en alcool avec des notes de tourbe et fumé qui agrémentent l’expérience. Au final, une des bonnes versions de cette série qui à la mérite de bien porter son nom là où d’autres bières de la série peinaient à montrer l’usage de la barrique.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (3689) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2013
Courtesy of tderoeck. Thx! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG II. Finally for now I have tried all of the Hof ten Dormaal BA beers. Pours a darker shade of amber orange with a white head. Nose is pure Islay peat, medicinal, earthly peat, very light orange peel and caramel in the back. Taste is full-on medicinal peat dominating everything, bitter spices, orange peel, bitter herbs, bitter grains, light booze in the back. Very fizzy, grainy body. This is more Ardbeg diluted than beer in any way. Still one of the better ones from the series, personally I would much rather just have a glass of Ardbeg.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10772) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle during the High Speed Tasting Pt. I on the train to the Black Country Bus Tour. Thanks to Kenneth for this early morning delight. Pours cloudy, golden-brown with a creamy white head. Nose has massive peaty Ardbeg character with bread in the background. Medium to big sweet flavor with honey, lots of smoky peat, some further bready malts. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with big peat, light alcohol, honey, bread. Pretty nice - if you enjoy Ardbeg.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (4567) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ The Train Tasting, Part I. The pour’s deep amber with a small head. The nose is massive whiskey, peat. Peat bog funk. Rich roast. The taste is quite sweet. Plenty of fruit leather. Smoke. Wood. Full, rich. Slightly syrupy. Overall, not as bad as I was expecting. OK stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8290) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle on the Black Country Train Tasting Part I, 06/07/13, thanks to Kenny for this one. Murky orange amber with a thin off white head. Nose is TCP, smokey, peaty, woody, earthy notes, sugars, Ardbeg in the keg! Taste is a little more refined, sugars, caramel, peated malt, oaky woody ntoes, Ardbeg very much alive and well in this one. Full bodied, fine carbonation, gritty smokey finish. Decent fayre for breakfast at 10am, I like peated whisky so never a chore for me with beers of this ilk, very drinkable.


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