Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel Aged Beers

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Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel Aged Beers.....$17.99 / 750ml each
Cognac Barrel
Madeira Barrel
Sherry Barrel
Octomore Single Malt Scotch Barrel
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Single Malt Scotch Barrel

Brew nº2: Cognac

This complex beer was brewed in cognac barrels that have contained cognac for at least 40 years. You will experience a mild alcohol aroma that is balanced by vanilla overtones coming from the wood and a fresh fruitiness reminiscent of apricots. The mouthfeel is velvety with flavors of honey coming through with every sip.

Barrels:  provenance: family distilery Clos de Nancrevant, situated in Chanier (France)

contained cognac for at least 40 years.

Brew nº3: Madeira
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 isn't far away. In short, the perfect dessert beer!
Barrels:  provenance: Madeira (Portugal)

Brew nº5: Sherry
The different flavors of this beer are manifested in a sublime order to achieve a harmonious yet complex taste sensation. 
Besides the instantly recognizable dry sherry flavor there also is room for the fresh and spicy scents of vegetative raw celery and a green pepper character. This follows in subtle fruity aromas of peach and candied apricot, with an undertone of tea extracts. Finished with a nutty touch, reminiscent of broken walnuts. The mainly fresh flavors that make up the smell of the beer are masterfully supported by more robust flavors. In the flavor we can find the typical duality of balsamic, compromise between sweet and sour, and finally conclude with a notion of liquorice. But this story is not over; the aftertaste brings a perfect marriage between alcohol warming and soothing sweetness.

Barrels: provenance: Spain - Jerez

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