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Brewed by Stadsbrouwerij De Hemel
Style: Barley Wine
Nijmegen, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2009
11.2 oz bottle - Grand Cru 2005: The clear, copper colored concotion coils and curls in my cup. The short lived whitish head with big soap bubbles struggles to remain. A quick swirl releases a boquet of aromas that are heavily hinged on rich oxidation and ethery alcohol. As the nose adjusts, more subtle notes of bourbony raisins and plums start to emerge. The thick, rich body brings the nicely aged caramel malts to the front with a heavy layer of toffee hitting me first. Toast, biscuit and sugar cookie notes come in waves, before the heavy plunk of alcohol heats the stomach. Wow - lots of booze here. The hops play a backseat role here, not making an appearance until the finish, where they balance the sweetness with a bitterness that is extremely rindy. Hmm, lots of interesting things happening here, but yet it seems somewhat sloppy. Lots of malt and lots of booze, but no real flow. Maybe a bit too long in the cellar I am guessing, because some of the meaty middle that you would expect with a beer this big is missing. Still nice, but a shell of what I believe this was a year or two ago.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fkoolen (504) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (1835) - 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. itís not what a real barley wine should be for my taste

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
langeveld12 (283) - 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. Itís got the sweetness of the barley wine but itís still quite fruity. Complexity is not very high but itís quite good anyway.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (2727) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2015
0,33l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is sweet malts and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, fruits and alcohol. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (1750) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2015
2012. Aroma of sweet dried fruits, caramel malt, candy sugar, raisins. Flavour is sweet with a light bittersweet finish. Nice sweet and syrupy Barley Wine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (828) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle 37,5 cl. Pours a completely clear amber. Almost no head. Aroma prunes, sugar, dates, booze raisins, ryebread. Taste has lots of sweet caramel malts, the same overripe, dried fruits. So much date! Pretty high alcohol heat. Sweet beer with a fat, greasy body and no head.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (2955) - FINLAND - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle. Unclear ruby amber with an off-white head. Sweet, dark fruityness and some butterscotch mixed with little bit of cookies in aroma. Some red berries too. Caramel sweetness, lots of vinous vibes and some dark ripe fruityness in taste. Bit of maltyness and even some bitters in the end.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - DEC 16, 2014
Van de trap gedronken bij de Drie dorstige herten. Een behoorlijk zoete barleywine. Veel suiker. Niet echt mijn bier

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4779) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2014
Poured medium amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet berries and soft malt. Medium body, flavour is moderately sweet berries, light caramel malt.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaartenRF10 (1666) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2014
Fles van 2010. Helder kastanjebruin. Kleine beige kraag die snel geheel verdwenen is. Aroma en smaak zijn super, zoals een barley wine moet ruiken en smaken, maar de body is wat dun en het koolzuurgehalte wat prikkelig, waardoor het een beetje overkomt als een frisdrank. Niettemin een mooi bier. Wel overgeprijst.


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