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


on tap

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Listed as "Dark" in the US.

Hof ten Dormaal Dark is an original amber colored ale brewed strictly via traditional methods. It is bottle-conditioned and uses a top-fermenting house yeast strain. The grain and bittering hops are produced on the Hof ten Dormaal farm.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (47142) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2011

Bottle 375ml.

ABV: 7.5%. Unclear - hazy medium to dark grey amber color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good to excellent lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, vegetables, light roasted, yeasty notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, shoe polish - vegetables. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110305]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (42680) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2011
37.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is dark malty and slight roasted malty with a yeasty note. Sweet caramelish and light breadish to caramelish. Sweet caramelish and breadish. Sweet finish and caramelish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (27042) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle in a train in Belgium. Muddy red brown coloured with a huge beige head. Spicy aroma of yeast and caramel. Spicy flavour of yeast and caramel. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25206) - Malm, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel yeasty flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel yeasty finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (23382) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Draft at Churchkey, courtesy of Ed, thank you sir! Dark cloudy brown, huge beige head, massive lacing. Very nice aroma of black pepper and pumpernickel. Taste is very smooth and characterful, nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20167) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle at home in London with Lyoli. Pours brown, very cloudy, some sediment, with a super huge head. Aroma holds sugary malts, caramel, bananas and toffee. Very sweet, malty and yeasty, some ripe fruits. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Dark sugars on the finish, mild toast, yeast, subtle bitterness, less fruit now, some candy. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (20063) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
Corked demi bottle from Bier Tempel, Brussels
Explosive bottle; eye damage was avoided; pours a giant beige frothy head, and a dark brown murky color; the bottle keeps gushing. Mild aroma of malt and vegetables. Caramel flavor, dryish, although the body is correctly strong; also presence of liquorice, vegetables and alcohol beyond the amount declared. Some sweetness in the final appears later. Probably a decent beer elsewhere, but this bottle is off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16821) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
Bottle, 37,5cl corked. A brown colored, unclear beer with a dense, big, beige head. Sugary nose with dried fruits, cellar, some chocolate and herbal notes. The flavor is on the sweet, malty side, with dried fruits, and some herbal bitterness. Dryish and full-bodied. An interesting and quite nice one, not just straightforward malts and hops, but with a herbal touch that suits it well. 110826

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (15379) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 27, 2016
330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn)
On pouring a dark fruity aroma, rather nice, but in the glass theres the sour thing going in. Some coconut aspect too. Taste just carries that sourness thing through first, but does have a nice sweet dark caramelly bready body too. I like the grains, but the sourness just rubs me up the wrong way. Lightish palate, does cover the 7.5% rather well, but I think the alcohol has been scared away by the sourness. As am I. A certain dirtiness to the malts. Does segue to a sour-brune cherry stone flemish thing in the finish later. But too much dirtiness, all in all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (15019) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2012
37,5cl bottle @ home shared with Thompson. Very dark brown color with a dark red glow coming through. Average sized light brown head that leaves a slight lacing. Smell malts, some sweetness, dark and overripe fruits. Taste malts, lightly roasty, lightly sweet hints, some bitter and again dark fruits. Pretty nice. Medium carbo, medium body.

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