DwarfeD (1431) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle at home. Clear burgundy with a small white soapy head with low retention. Full body with low carbonation. Quite sweet with some sour and bitter tones. Caramel, ripe fruits, vinegar, green apple, alcohol and spices. A tasty full flavoured brew.
Alengrin (2937) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the countless inventive Molen brews, presented as an oak-aged "imperial Gose" - a style experiment proving the seemingly endless creativity of this and other Dutch craft breweries nowadays. Two year old vintage. Beautiful, lightly hazy, warm coppery amber colour, loose, lightly greyish white head breaking open in instants but retaining well around the edges. Complex, rustic, noble bouquet of strawberry yoghurt, lime, vanilla-like oaky tannins, caramel, hazelnuts, redcurrant, passion fruit, lots of tangelo and blood orange, cognac, cloves, medium dry sherry (very clearly so, undoubtedly coming from an early stage of oxidation), brown rhum, candied cherries, honey. Refined but very sweet, even somewhat sugary onset, candied fruits, fortunately not too sticky, gracious and refreshing along with a sharpish, lemony acidic touch enlightening the palate, spicy suggestions (cloves, aniseed) retronasally, oily, smooth caramelly maltiness underneath, finishing in lingering sweetness as well as persisting but gentle acidity, lots of wood, peppery and somewhat citrussy hops providing more aroma than bitterness, and expectedly a great deal of warming, almost burning, rhum-like alcohol, heating up the throat but not becoming too wry or astringent; very vinous too. A complex ’upper class’ ale, with a very long flavour development. In terms of style, this is indeed a tough one to classify; it does have the sourishness of a Gose, but I do not find any saltiness in it at all (salt is not mentioned among the ingredients either - anyway, if it would have been used, it would have to serve only as a means to increase certain flavours without becoming too noticeable by itself); still, in terms of looks, strength, sweetness, mouthfeel and overall impression, this is much closer to a barley wine, if you ask me. The fruity sour aspect does give it a kind of refreshing, frivolous graciousness which is absent in most any other barley wine, making it seem less strong than it is. In any case: very interesting beer, but perhaps a bit demanding for a tired palate...
popiela (69) - - APR 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color, lacing. Great aroma of bourbon and hidden alcohol. Taste is well balanced, sweet, but also a little bit of sour aftertaste. Good drinkability.
jerohen (2058) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled from de Molen, Bodegraven. Amber colored, no sound upon opening of the bottle, but still a little bit of head. Alcoholic nose, lots of wood, sherry, fruit. Flavor is both sweet and sour, sherry again, fruity, wood. Very complex, however not very balanced. I doubt whether the end result reflects what the brewers had in mind when they started this brewing exercise. Not bad, but i’m glad caesar helped me out finishing the bottle.
Mesjasz (167) - Lodz, POLAND - MAR 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kolor: jasny herbaciany, troch? wchodzi w bursztyn.
Piana/wysycenie: ci??ko si? pieni a jak ju? wymusi? pian?, to zaraz opada. Wysycenie nieskie.
Zapach: kwa?ny, troch? podchodzi pod oude lambika, w tle troche aromatu s?odowego.
Smak: s?ono-kwa?ny, wyra?nia podbudowa s?odowa. Lekko czu? w?dzone i winne nuty oraz przyjemnie rozgrzewaj?cy alkohol.
Ocena: Piwo bardzo ciekawe, zdecydowanie dla tych szukaj?cych róznych piwnych dziwactw. Spodziewa?em si? ?e b?dzie bardziej s?one, ale to ledwo musni?cie. W ka?dym razie piwo jest smaczne, dosy? z?o?one, cho? jedna butelka wystacza w zupe?no?ci.
k92488 (333) - NORWAY - FEB 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
DWF; Pours smal "alcohol head", amber with a fast fading tan head. Aroma is heavy alcohol, ripe fruit and yea, booze. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a sweet, warming, roasted lasting finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.
matbli (103) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 25, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle 330ml, pours almost clear dark amber to redish with small head due to very soft carbonation. Nevertheless at least some delicate lacing remains.
Aroma is very complex beginning with sour cherries, red currant, oak wood, raisins, balsamico, caramel, white wine. When it’s warmer it’s getting more floral with citrus fruits and some nuts in the background.
Perfectly balanced in taste with medium sweetness and very enjoyable and refreshing sourness. Very fruity with a touch of salt and bitterness that is only underlining the bit liqueury and full body. Nice warming, but besides this the alcohol is almost not noticable what is unbelivable considering the alcohol content. Excellent drinkability.
For sure not a Gose but one of the best barley wine that I’ve tried so far.
StilleStorm (1001) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
DWF; Bottle 33cl/330ml. with a perfect De Molen logo. Pours smal "alchol head", amper with a fast fading tan head. Aroma is heavy alchospice, ripe fruit and yea, booze. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a sweet, warming, roasted lasting finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.
Maakun (1189) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Kaapse brouwers. Dark Amber with small white head. Fruit yogurt, sour berries, apple, cognac, orange, passion fruit. Very sweet and fruity with some light funk and tart finish. Full bodied. Nice.
Gerardgathier (511) - - JAN 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Zalig. Fruitig aroma, druif en hout. Smaak is beetje zuur hout druif zilt zit ver weg gestopt
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