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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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superspak (5672) - 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.

3.6
toscanoigor (297) - Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL - MAY 29, 2017
Cerveja de cor marrom clara, com baixa formação de espuma, muito escura para uma Blond Ale. Mas o que não tem de bonita, compensa em outras coisas: aroma doce, frutas secas, nota de nozes, e com um leve teor alcoólico. Sabor acompanha, com mel, toffee, frutado, notas de nozes, baunilha, com muita complexidade típico das cervejas belgas, álcool levemente desequilibrado no final. Retrogosto doce, alcoólico, bom corpo, baixa carbonatação. Interessante, mas o álcool predomina em alguns momentos.

3.6
Inoven (756) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2017
Fles gedronken met TomHendriksen en Benzai en Roelzie. Weinig aroma. Smaak is fruitig, appel, tanine achtig. Nasmaak is iets bitter.

3.5
TomHendriksen (552) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2017
Fles gedeeld met Inoven, Roelzie1986 en Benzai. Het is een lekker blond bier met een goede houtsmaak. Aanzienlijk beter als de eerdere versies uit de serie.

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VamboladeTolly (2114) - 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.

3.5
mikske79 (1668) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2017
De geur is heel rijk en vol. De kleur mooi blond. De smaak is speciaal, maar niet volledig mijn ding.

2.9
Yves (3054) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2016
Shared with Wim at my home. Hazy goldblond colored beer with medium white head and only few carbonation visible. Alcoholic fruited aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is bitter alcoholic.

3.3
wekker84 (2390) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2016
bottle a cloudy golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts citrus fruits yeast alcohol spicy hops and oak flavor malts citrus fruits yeast spicy oak alcohol and some hops

3.2
Wim (4041) - Weelde, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2016
Along with Yves at his home 0’75l bottle hazy amber coloured body with a white head and with a citrus fruity alcholic hop aroma a alcholic fruity citrus hop sweet dry bitter taste with an alcholic bitter finish

3
Klimaet (2664) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle. Pours light hazy golden with a small white head. Notes of dark fruits, oranges, oak, vanilla, sweet candy-like notes.


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