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De Hemel Nieuw Ligt Grand Cru

Brewed by Stadsbrouwerij De Hemel
Style: Barley Wine
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Translated from Dutch, on the painted label: "heavy beer, 12% ABV, from for long cellaring. Full, dark, aromatic. Now ready to drink, but around 2008 at its peak. Store cool and dark. Drinkable until eternity." English bottles: Exquisitely brewed by Browerij De Hemel - "Heaven" in Dutch - and gently accented with spices lovingly picked from the Garden of Eden. It is specially brewed to give pleasure for all Eternity. Keep it in your cellar as long as you can. It just gets better as time goes by.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3724) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2015
(De Hemel Nieuw Ligt Grand Cru) Waxed 330 ml bottle at home, vintage 2010, served into a snifter, ABV 12% Deep red to amber colour on the body, some bubbles forming during pouring but the pop immediately. Aroma of malts, sugars, caramel, light dark fruits. Taste is sweet, with malts, caramel, some red and dark fruits but not as intense as I expected (and wanting), spices, light alcohol. Medium thin body, good carbonation. Not bad but not as good as I thought it would be either. I’ll look for a younger vintage though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle split at Arendsnest in der Dam, 27/09/15. Rich amber topped with a decent beige swirl. Nose is bitter orange, spice, sweet caramel, fruit rinds, light booze. Taste comprises rich fruit cake, dates, bitter orange, spice, rich malt. Full body, fine carbonation, oily feel, sweet close with light warming alcohol. Decent well rounded barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mesjasz (363) - Lodz, POLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle, vintage 2012. Dark orange, hazy color, small tan head. Intense aroma of caramel, raisin, banana, honey, peach, Porto wine. Taste is medium sweet with small alcohol bitterness at finish. Flavor is caramel, honey, sweet malt. Aftertaste is Little dry with burning alcohol character. Full body, oily texture, flat carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
weark (494) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - AUG 19, 2015
Grand Cru 2009 - Bière achetée chez Erzbierschof en 2012 gardée en cave jusqu?au 19.08.2015 - De couleur brune sans mousse - Au nez des arômes de fruits sec (raisin, abricot), de pruneau, de daten de caramel, de malt, de cassonade, un nez envoûtant incroyable d?une grande complexité - En bouche une bière soyeuse presque plate des arômes de madère, de malt, de biscuit, de pruneaux, de raisin sec, de date, de cassonade, un légère note de café en fin de bouche, l’alcool est très bien dissimulé - Corp puissant, amertume légère, carbonation plate, douce et sucrée un final long doux et malté - une bière de garde par excellence qui aurait pu facilement veillir quelques années de plus dans ma cave EXCEPTIONNELLE

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (615) - ROMANIA - AUG 7, 2015
Pours amber with a small head. Malty, caramel, alchool, fruity, sweet. Flavor is heavy sweet with notes of caramel, warm alchool, Good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2015
Taste this beer on sat. 06.06.’15 from bottle 33 cl. @ Jan Ober’s home. Clear amber color, with off-white head. Aroma: sweet, fruits, white porto / amaretto. Full body. Taste: sweet, fruits (abricots), caramle, wine touch, alcohol. Finish = sweet.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Countbeer (5613) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2015
Draught: Taster: One of the most disgusting beers I have tasted. Rotten leaves, puke and cardboard. Drainpour! Want to give them a 2nd change, I don’t believe it’s this bad. Damn!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fkoolen (671) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
On tap @ van moll, Eindhoven. Beautiful dark orange colour, white creamy head. Very alcoholic, liquorice and sweet malts. Not too balanced. Medium carbonation, firm mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (2503) - NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2015
2014 version from draft. poured a amber colour with a tanned head. sweet barley, burned caramel sweetness, raisins, dried fruits, apricots, honey, some light notes of red fruits, think this would be better with some age indeed. it’s not what a real barley wine should be for my taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
langeveld12 (303) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
Pours a small head that completely diminishes. Body is hazy amber, sparkles are visible. Aroma contains moderate malts (grain, molasses, a bit of roasted malts, cookie), light hops (flowers, citrus fruits), light yeasts (horse blanket) and caramel, sweet fruits like grape, raisin, prune and date, forest fruits, cherry, cola, alcohol and spices. Flavor is light acidic, then sweet , followed by sweet and bitter and finally bitter. Body is thick and syrupy, with almost no carbonation. It’s got the sweetness of the barley wine but it’s still quite fruity. Complexity is not very high but it’s quite good anyway.

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