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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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There’s plenty of fruit like orange, tangerine and sweet apples. It’s powerful and full bodied but still easy going. Although the name would suggest otherwise, it’s our favourite amongst the female clientele yet also highly appreciated by the other sex. Well hopped as always, but the obvious alcohol and the massive malt and fruit character restrict the hops to the background, only to reveal itself in the finish. Full bodied, notes of champagne. Champagne mousse after pouring in the glass. Grapes and a hint of mandarin curacao in the aroma, together with a hint of vin mousseux. Malty sweet flavor, immensely full bodied, with mandarine curacao and vinous notes. Thick mouthfeel, just a touch of yeast in the aftertaste. Huge beer. ABV on the label reduced from 15 to 11.9%. Recipe remains the same


2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
OminouSC2 (447) - SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2016
First I thougth there was something wrong with my bottle. But when I opened and tried the second one I have to asume that at least one of them was fine. A lot of alcohol and yeast in the aromas, some sweet fruits and barley in the background. Taste is horrible. Alcohol and yeast is all I can taste. Alcohol lingers througout the finish. Just an awful beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Erasmus_ro (2505) - Alabama, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Tap @ CBH 2016, 30/06/16, thanks bluus. Pours a reddish brown with only a slight head. Aroma is caramel, dried fruit, some orange. Taste is strong, caramel, dried fruit, rather fruity. Full, excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Estebanik (746) - Lublin, POLAND - JUL 1, 2016
Piana ładnie zdobi szkło. Aromat jest bardzo słodki, lekko kojarzy mi się z agrestem, lekko alkoholowy. W smaku oczywiście bardzo słodkie, wyżej wymieniony agrest. Jest ulepkowo, ale jest w tym i jakaś głębia. Super ukryty alkohol. Zacnie.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marstonlad (758) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2016
@ Craft Beer Helsinki. Pours reddish brown with a little head. The aroma features ripe fruitiness, sweet maltiness, caramel and fudge. Taste is expectedly sweet with caramel maltiness and ripe red fruitiness prominent. A hint of alcohol in the finish. Hoppiness stays fairly low as usual in Euroopan barley wines; robust maltiness dominates. The palate is full-bodied, smooth and low in carbonation. Strong and sweet Dutch barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (5667) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2016
Tap at CBH2016, Helsinki. Colour is deep orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Dry fruits, some ripe fruits, some sweetness and malts. Pretty fresh condition.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stijnemans90 (137) - - JUN 25, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2016 Atypische quadruple. Zwaarder dan ik ze ken een wellicht een beetje overdreven zoet. Aan de andere kant rijk smaakpalet, notig, caramel en iets van banaan. Zwaar qua smaak en alcohol. Erg blaag in koolzuur en schuim. Niet te vaak drinken. Wel goed om er 1 of 2 in je kast te hebben voor mooie momenten.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjoeng (857) - SINGAPORE - JUN 24, 2016
11.9%ABV. Barleywine. Poured out rusty brown. 18ºSRM. Nose is sweet with brown sugar, wine, cleaner lighter sweet aromas of boiled barley, fruity in the nose like mixed grape juice with plums, prunes and peaches. Mouthfeel is carbonated and syrupy. Palate has solid malty flavors with barley syrup and malted candies and taffy. Cornsyrup sweet mixed with a thick alcholic, slightly umami before finishing. The tail end of the palate has some Woody, dry, young red wine flavors with tannins. No real hop finish. Finish is Woody and astringent. Overall, the taste experience was very characteristically DeMolen for me with a bursts of flavor and aroma along the entire duration of tasting rather than a smooth transition of flavors. Not unpleasant, just different. It’s a personal thing, but my palate prefers a smoother subtler ride and where I can appreciate the brewers craftiness in orchestrating the tasting experience. I do dearly love the folks at DeMolen though, they are the nicest people!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
klu9 (487) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 12, 2016
W zapachu toffi, miód, likier. W smaku podobnie do tego goryczka niska, ułożone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VamboladeTolly (1528) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 4, 2016
Tap@TCBW16. Pours amber/orange with yellow head. Aroma: caramel, toffee, white chocolate, bread, brown sugar. Taste: sweet, a bit acid, hay, caramel, grass. Medium + body. Well balanced. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
libertine (405) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Pours copper with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. No lacing. Very sweet aroma. Notes of earth, caramel and cherries with the strong presence of the alcohol. Flavor is sweet, tabacco, cherries and toffee. Alcohol aggressive. Medium/full bodied. Low carbonation. Oily texture that is sticky on the lips. Light astringent finish. I will let this one age for the 25 years and let you know.


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