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De Molen / Hoppin’ Frog Super-Charged Saison IPA

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Formerly brewed at Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Saison
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
U.S. Meets Europe. A collaboration with De Molen Brouwerij and Hoppin’ Frog Brewery. Kilos of American hops to add a crazy twist to this European-style ale. The fruity, spicy flavors of this malty Double Saison are nicely complimented by an abundance of late and Dry-hopping with the finest American hops. Bottled on Jul 12th. 2012

Note: This is the version brewed at De Molen. For the 10.9% Hoppin’ Frog version, go to the page of that brewery.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2330) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 12, 2013
A popular US brewery in Scandinavia is Hoppin’ Frog who are usually unavailable in Japan but did this collaboration with De Molen. It is a double saison (?) hopped like an IPA. 10.4% Bottled on July 12th, 2012 & opened on July 12th, 2013. The color is a very dark opaque brownish-gold which isn’t normal for a saison. Powerful fruity hop aroma with hints of grapes, apricots, kind of a tropical fruit vibe, nice. Kind of boozy flavor but nice like a rich Belgian beer, the malts provide a solid full body, slightly spicy as it should be for a saison. An interesting flavor mixing hops, malts & yeasty spice which is quite delicious with each sip highlighting something different. Top knotch.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4920) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle @ Bruce’s. Picked up at De Molen during BBF. The pour’s deep amber with a small head. The aroma’s fart, farmhouse yeast. Sweet taffy. Lemon cake. The taste is moderately yeasty. Plenty of hot fruits, some peach and pear. Jammy plum. Moderate spices. Somewhat boozy on the finish. Active carbonation. Overall, a touch heavy. OK.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maneliquor (3247) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle at Jack’s farewell at Bruce’s. Pours deep amber with a big, khaki head. Nose is very citric, with sweet toffee, banana bread, raisins and a hint of alcohol. Taste shows toffee biscuit, heavy citric sweetness, moreish toffee and raisins. Quite sticky sweet and resinous. Definitely for the sweet tooths and I’m one of them. Great stuff

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s during Jack’s Farewell Tour, Opening Night in London - big thanks to Jack himself. Pours hazy, deep amber with a large, strong yellow-tan froth head. Nose has some booze, bananas, a bit of yeasty bread, hints of tangerine. Medium to big sweet flavor, a lot of citrusy fruits orange, tangerine, mild alcohol kick. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Fairly warming and sweet to finish, lots of sugary citrus. A bit sticky sweet. Nice, if a touch heavy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5518) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2013
750ml Bottle - Hazy amber/brown in colour. Grapefruit, toffee, raisins and pine in the aroma. Fruity, tangy and hoppy taste with raisins, apricot, grapefruit and yeast detected.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1771) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2013
75 cl bottle @ home, 10 months after bottling. Amber to red color, hazy. Big, dense, off white head with long retention and good lacing. Aroma’s: sweet fruit, pine, some citrussy sourness. Retronasal it’s herbal, drop/laurel, sweet fruits, piney hops, toffee/caramel, fruitcake. Flavor is medium sweet with a hint of fruity sourness. Body is rather full, thick, syruppy, velvetty. Alcohol is well hidden. Finishes herbal, hop-aromatic, but hardly bitter. More a barley wine than a saison, but I quite like it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1335) - Herning, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
75 cl corked bottle @ home. Pours hazy reddish amber with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is dried fruit, caramel, yeast, spices, and alcohol. Flavour is dried fruit, caramel, and spices – with some warming alcohol in the bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7375) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle at CGarvie tasting. It pours deep reddish-amber with a thick yellow-white head. The nose is fresh pine, orange, tangerine, marmalade, varnish, stewed pear and green apple. The taste is tangy orange, tangerine, pine, earth, spice, varnish, candy, apple, pear drops and a touch of alcohol warmth with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Good bitter-sweet balance. Tasty stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 30, 2013
Pours amber with a large beige head. Aroma is caramel, citrus, peach and light funk. Flavour is sweet caramel, alcohol, peach, grapefruit, light funk and citrus.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2493) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
Bottle. amber with off white head. Resinous piney aroma, slightly peppery, grapefruit, orange. Resinous piney grapefruit taste, slightly peppery. Quite sweet, some alcohol, bitter finish. Nice


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