Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project: No. 3 Madeira

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


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
This beer is comparable with the beer aged in the Armagnac barrels, however the aroma is much more subtle. You can experience a mild alcoholic aroma, with a balanced flavour of vanilla, coming from the wood, and a fresh fruitiness reminiscent of apricot. Tasting this will give you a velvety taste, the honey like sweetness masks the degree of alcohol. The aftertaste is dominated by almond so the comparison with Amaretto isnt far away. In short, the perfect dessert beer!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 18, 2016
orange pour. smooth for the style & strength, even with a slight astringency. odd mix of yeast, fruit (pitted lighter fruits) bread vanilla and nuts, with a slight sour twang. Good, but too expensive for the score.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (2380) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Aromas of short bread, vanilla, hints at coconut, hints of lemon. Hazy orange with a fully lasting white head. Some sweetness, white cake flavors, apple, red berry, grapey, yeasty. Medium bodied, smooth, alcohol is dangerously hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (7581) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2016
Bottle purchased at the releasedate ( back in the days) cellared since than, and currently my last version. Pours clear, yet dark amber. Small white head ( almost none, and gone in seconds ) Smell is earthy, and oak, somewhat metallic. Taste is bitter ( how ??? ) and has a slight madeira note, but not so much as youd expect. it feels more like an aged beer , but a bitter one. The aftertaste contains more madeira, and all-and-all, its quite balanced , to my surprise. High carbo, rather thin body. OK , and could pass a tasting as an aged blonde beer, of good quality !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
2014 vintage Belgian Blond Ale aged in Madeira Barrels. Its tough to keep track of what this brewery is doing in terms of picking a listing, but its usually worth the mental anguish. One of 1452 bottles. Poured into a snifter. 3.25 A: Murky apple cider color. About one finger of frothy off-white head formed and fell soon after without leaving behind lacing. 4.0 S: The nose on this isnt overpowering, but it sure has a lot of complexity. It opens with an almond nuttiness followed by a unsweetened toffee and caramel. Brown sugar and candied peaches then apple pie. Phenolic spiciness from the base beer with a light peppery edge to it. Finish it off with a vinous grape aroma. Despite the murkiness of the brew, there isnt a lot of yeastiness. Rather, its quite clean with a tilt toward the sweeter side of the spectrum. 3.75 T: The barrel comes out much stronger in the taste. The madeira contributes an almond liqueur type flavor with sweet syrupy caramel. Lots of vanilla with woody undertones. NondeScript light fruits. Tart apple and sugary pie crust. Peppery spiciness from the yeast. Finishes with a lemony tanginess. 4.0 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Rich and almost syrupy on the tongue. The sweetness accumulates amylase. Light spritziness with a warming finish. 4.0 D: This delivers in mirroring the barrel it was raised in. This drinks like a dessert wine. Its rich and robust, had great depth, and works best when sipped. Its been years since I first stumbled upon this brewery and its barrel work and Im glad to be back involved. ★ 1,621 characters DavoleBomb, Oct 16, 2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14662) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2015
KRS 180715. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit, peaches, malt, vinous. Flavour is yeast, caramel, malt, spices, vanilla, sugar, oranges, apricot, peaches, vinous. Full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12377) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a large, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has sweet malts, light cellar, apple, citrus, pine. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has sweet malts, caramel, doughy, citrus, grapes, soft vinious, fairly warming. Light oaky dryness. To the sweet side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7570) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, caramel, some spices, fruitiness and oak. Flavor is sweet and malty with some yeast, vanilla, oak and berries. medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16889) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle, 75cl. An unclear one, pale amber in color and with a small, dense, off-white head. The aroma is rather sweetish, quite fruity and with peaches, white sugar, some faint spiced notes and a touch of oranges and banana. Herbal notes and some resiny hints. Its full-bodied, sweet and pleasantly carbonated. White sugar, peaches, generic fruityness, orange zest and ripe banana. Some vinous, tannin-ish hints. Lasting sweet, fruity finish with tannins and vinous notes. Too sweetish for me, but nice anyway. The wine added some goodyness. 150718

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (11234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle 750ml @ Geokkjer
Pours hazy deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, caramel, yeast, grapes, vinous, oak and alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long warm, malty, fruity, vinous, oak and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2885) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Poured from a 750ml bottle, thanks Mike. Vinous, fruity, apple, pear, musty. This is a very interesting.

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