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

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brew N°1, Limited edition of 1755 bottles

The first beer made in our new oak aged gamma has been aged on Belgian Gin barrels. The aroma searches a balance between caramel, toasted bread and some fruity aspects such as apricot and plum. Also there is some form of spices, tasted as pepper and safran. The taste itself is mainly exotic fruit flavours, cassis and caramel. We end with a pure beer taste with a royal dose of heating alcohol.

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Travlr (24913) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Draft. Cloudy orange amber color, huge cream colored head. Aroma of vanilla, apricot, dates. Taste is softly sour vanilla and summer fruit, slightly bitter finish. Very nice.

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badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Hazy dark yellow to light brown with a big foamy off white head. Sweet green apple, pear, and grape aroma with strong juniper and gin notes and a hint of oak. Burnt caramel, apple, and grape aroma up front followed by spicy and woody juniper flavors and finishing with hot alcohol. Bright buttery palate. Good but a bit too pricy for what it is.

4
gunnfryd (14899) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2015
KRS 130515. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, spices, fruit, wood. Flavour is plums, prunes, dried fruits, alcohol, spices, fruit, wood. Full body. Nice beer.

4
VamboladeTolly (1993) - Tartu, ESTONIA - FEB 10, 2017
Bottle as 2014 jenever. Pours golden almost no head, white. Aroma: sweet, vanilla, butterscotch,toffee, berries and fruits. Taste: sweet, butterscotch, toffee, berries, white wine, some sourness, candy, and a lot more. Up to full body. Sweet finish. Really nice.

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superspak (5606) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2017
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2014. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a small foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of big apricot, peach, orange, pear, apple, white grape, juniper, spruce, peppercorn, vanilla, honey, oak, bread, light caramel, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, gin barrel, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, peach, orange, pear, apple, white grape, juniper, spruce, peppercorn, vanilla, honey, oak, bread, light caramel, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast and gin/oak spiciness balance. Lingering notes of apricot, peach, orange, pear, apple, white grape, juniper, spruce, peppercorn, vanilla, honey, oak, bread, light caramel, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, gin barrel, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from yeast/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mild warmth, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great barrel aged Belgian strong pale ale. All around great fruity/spicy yeast, gin barrel, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Really great balance between Gin barrels and yeast complexity; never overly sweet or heavy on malt for the ABV. Was hoping for higher/crisper carbonation, but it did not impede the drinkability. This has aged really nicely for the style over 3 years. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
Benzai (15624) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2012
Sampled from 75cl bottle thanks to Joes. Murky yellow-orange color, small off-white head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma has alcohol, liquor, some sweetness. Taste lightly malts, liquor, some sweetness. Great balance, lovely beer.

3.9
ansjelaah (1748) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2012
Gedronken bij de kroon, dankzij joes, bruin en helde van kleur, kleine schuimkraag, ruikt sterk naar alcohol, hout, nagellakremover. Smaakt een beetje te sterk alc. Zoet, het vliegend hert achtig (denk ik).

3.8
sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2012
75cl bottle from Geers shared with Tomaz. Dorée/orangée, col beige fin. Arôme fruité barrique, bases de baies de genévrier, levure belge, profile de triple, malté léger et houblonné fruité citronné. Palais, profile de triple avec genièvre vraiment bien placé qui ici ne submerge pas le tout. Légère note de barrique, boisé fin laissant une fine pellicule de vanille. L’alcool reste bien caché et subtile même à 12%. Sans aucuns doutes une des mes préférées de la série.

3.8
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2015
9th May 2015
Hazy amber beer, decent cream colour head. Palate is smooth with good fine carbonation. Smooth sweet malts, creamy sweetness with mild caramel - toffee. Smooth fruit liqueur with a modest gin like kick. Trace of dried fruits and a little spice before a semi dry finish. Fairly mellow, tasty and pretty drinkable.

3.7
cgarvieuk (24536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle at chriso ... Hazy amber ... no head ... soft fruits ... juicy malts ... little gin nose ... soft fruits .... soft fruity esss .... zezty fruit ...soft pine and orange ... little cheesy


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