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Brewed by Stadsbrouwerij De Hemel
Style: Barley Wine
Nijmegen, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mesjasz (279) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
weark (449) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (602) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (3018) - 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.

0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Countbeer (5337) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fkoolen (609) - 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 (2194) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
langeveld12 (295) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (3013) - 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 (2099) - 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.


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