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Brewed by Stadsbrouwerij De Hemel
Style: Barley Wine
Nijmegen, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBHansen (685) - Køge, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle @ DØE Køge. Appearance: pours clear dark amber with ok soapy off-white head and lacing. aroma/taste: barley, brown sugar, caramel, alcohol, light darkfruits and spices. Palette: strong malty aroma, average carbonation, medium to full body, distinct sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, average to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: Nice and tasteful barley wine

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (841) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2016
2012 edition. Murky amber coloured beer with direct disappearing head. Aroma of canned fruit and sugar candy. Taste of vanilla, marmalade, sugary and boozy. Only downside was the price.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (7251) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2016
Thank you for sharing people! 2013 Vintage. Sampled 330 ml. bottle @ “Gouda Winterbier Festival 2016”. Hazy amber with an off-white head. Nose is warming, very sticky sweet candy, orange peel, sugar, light cloves, touch vanilla. Taste is weird cacao, sugar, cloves, warming orange peel, raisin, dates, cloying, grain, spices cake. Low carbonation, sugar & orange peel body. Minor odd flourishes but quite nice if you are into strong, sugary, low carb. vintage brews like this (I am).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (1490) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2016 New rating: Sampled from tap at the brewpub. Clear, dark brownish amber with a white to tan head. Sweetish-malty aroma of caramel, honey, nuts and brown sugar. Sweetish-malty taste of caramel, brown sugar, nuts and some hiney, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, a little spicy finish. Medium to full body, creamy and slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft to average carbonation. Nice, a bit rounder than the standard version.

Old rating: From bottle at Winterbierfestival Gouda 2016. Clear, golden amber. Sweetish-malty, slightly sourish aroma of caramel, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and some oak. Sweet-sourish taste of caramel, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and some oak, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter finish. Medium body, slightly creamy and minimally astringent mouthfeel, flat. Very nice! (7/3/7/4/14/3.5)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjogro (2189) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle sampled at PINT Winterbier festival Gouda 2016. Dark amber with orange hue and offwhite head. Grapes, rum raisins, sweet orange candy, roasted almond, light minty herbs. Over medium sweet packing a strong alcoholic punch. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Pleasant experience!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (3039) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2016
Pint Winterbierfestival, Gouda 2016. Gedeeld met de ratebeer clan!
altijd leuk een flesje met waxlaag, doet vermoeden dat er wel een fantastisch bier in moet zitten... het schenkt iig helder caramel/bruin met witte kraag. aroma van zoet, alcohol, caramel, rozijn, graan. smaken zijn redelijk zoet, alcoholisch, graan, licht zuurtje, licht kruidig, rozijn, graan, medium body, iets dun van textuur, smooth, aardige barley wine, winkel verkoopwaarde ligt mijns inziens iets te hoog.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (6166) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle sample at PINT Winterbierfestival ’16. Deep amber colour, thin white head. Aroma is sweet, raisins, fruity, malty, alcohol, caramel. Flavour is sweet, light spicy, malty, raisins, alcohol, some yeast, bittersweet finish. Full bodied, thick. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (3087) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle sampled at Winterbierfestival Gouda. Murky brown with small beige head. Sweet grains, grapes, red wine, marzipan, light leaves, peach, grape soda. Quite sweet with medium bitterness. Full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1214) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
Bought this one at Oersoep beer fest 2015. Dark caramel colour with not much head. Smells of caramel and molasses and sweet malts, and also of piney hops. The taste is quite nice, like the beer’s been bourbon barrel-aged, with notes of caramel, bourbon and honey on top of a bitter hop body. A bit boozy, especially when it was cold (which was surprising for me, because, usually beers get boozy as they get warm), but has a nice warm and smooth mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4528) - 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.


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