Brewed by Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Tildonk, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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olsvammel (7362) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2018 Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity and tart. Similar taste. I get more apples then cherries. Very tart.

ccubaka (50) - LATVIA - FEB 17, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2018 It says on the bottle that it's sauer, so it is. But I'd say not extremely, quite nicely. Very dark color, quite cloudy. Just a bit of carbonation. The taste is sauer, fruity, you can feel very nice cherry in the midst of all. Quite refreshing overall.

MetalNHopHead (2333) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 27, 2018
For a Belgian Sour that's relatively inexpensive and easy to come by, Hof ten Dormaal Kriek has much of the traditional taste and old world charm that you'd usually have to search harder and pay more for. Characteristic red pour with a fizzy strawberry-colored head. The acidity was apparent - my bottle was a bit of a gusher. Fleshy cherry and horse blanket aromas. Wonderfully balanced palate. Cherry notes are lightly tart. Likewise, the funk is noticeable but mild. Some cheese and apple cider vinegar nuances. Lively carbonation. Overall, quite lovely.

Turtles (3233) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2018
Bottled from Systembolaget, vintage 2017. Pours red with a medium size pink head. Alot of cherries and marzipan in the aroma, mild woody notes. Tart mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Tart taste, that tartness that goes really far back in the mouth. Berries, cherry, green apples and cedar. Tart and dry finish.

GenDV138 (8074) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2017
12 oz bottle shared at the November DC RateBeer tasting. Thanks Chris! Slightly hazy pinkish red with off-white pink head. Aromas of cherries, berries, tart notes. Tastes of cherries, tart notes, funk, light vanilla. Light body with a dry finish. Delicious.

radagast83 (8763) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2017
12oz (or 11.2oz) bottle at the November DC Ratebeer tasting. Poured a bright ruby red color with a pink head. Aroma was a lot of funky cheese, armpit? Cherry skins. Flavor was dark, cherries. Some light sour, but not overly sour.

Westchesterco (2274) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2017
From a bottle at the November RB DC tasting. Thanks, Chris!. It is a cloudy rosey color with a pinkish white head. The Aroma shouts sour and the taste is sour with no distinct flavor and a tart finish.sours are still not my favorite.

Iphonephan (7560) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2017
From a bottle at the November RB DC tasting. Thanks, Chris!. Pours a cloudy rose with a pinkish white head. Aromas of cherries and funk. Flavors are moderate sour. Smooth, tart finish.

Alengrin (6092) - BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2017
Hof ten Dormaal's Zure impregnated with sour cherries, in the new packaging and labelling style. Fortunately I have a habit of opening any Dormaal beer above the sink: pink beer streamed out of the bottle neck upon opening - sigh... Medium thick, regular, moussy, pale fuchsia-tinged head immediately dissolving in the middle but well-retaining around the edge, over a misty, deep rosé-wine-coloured beer with ruby red hue. Aroma of sour cherry juice, cherry pits and skins, sour yoghurt and curdled milk, spoiled beetroot, red wine vinegar or very old red wine gone sour, stewed sour apples, redcurrant, some sweet red raspberry and ripe blue plum notes, brown soap, vague manure-like touch and even something slightly plastic-like in the background. Very spritzy onset, heavily overcarbonated even for a sour, stinging the tongue agressively and clouding the finesses of the flavour a bit, until it calms down and unveils a rich blanket of sour cherry flesh and sour cherry juice resting over the entire beer, with a lot of juiciness in the onset, even with a sweet, ripe plum-, ripe red apple- and even very vaguely candied cherry-like core to it; this crisp and explicit sourness and subdued sweetness has nice wry edges from the cherry skins, adding some complexity. Bready malt backbone, with further breadiness added by the yeast in the end; crisp, almost puckering sourness, not just from the sour cherries but from the bacterial effects of the basic sour ale as well, agressively pierces through this breadiness and becomes almost vinegary at certain moments. Ends with this same sourness, soft wryness from the cherry skins lingering and even reinforced by a more bitter wryness from - I guess - the pits; yeasty, almost somewhat starchy character becomes more apparent in the end as the sediment is added. Meanwhile this weird, almost candied cherry-like sweet hint, however subtle as it may be, keeps shyly popping up under all this sourness and tartness, and does so in a charming way; a dash of late, 'deep', earthy hop bitterishness is thrown in a the end for good measure. The sourness, almost burning after swallowing, remains the main factor here, so you'll really have to like sour beer styles in order to appreciate this - American geeks surely will and I have to admit that I do too, provided there is enough complexity to it, so even in spite of that off-putting 'Dormaal gushing' as I am almost inclined to call it, this is a pleasant enough, 'rural', naturally sour and crisp 'zure kriek'. It does not have the same depth and infinite complexity as the best of the traditional lambic krieks of course, will doubtlessly be too harsh in its acidity for many, and it has a few faint 'off-flavours' in the nose, but it sure can compete with many modern, American and other attempts at achieving the same effect without applying actual spontaneous fermentation and long term barrel aging. Quite pleasant, overall, a 'happy accident' in some ways like many other Dormaal beers and in need of some more finetuning, but quenching, uncompromizing, 'honest' and generous in its added fruitiness - have a point for that.

FatPhil (17742) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 20, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2017 330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga) (3:2:3:1:5=1.4)
Yikesy vinegary sour cherry aroma. Scary vinegary sour cherry taste. Terrible harsh vinegary biting palate. Fck this shit, I'm done.

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