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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theSlipperyPen (236) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2010
With no head or carbonation this deep amber ale sits like a brandy. A vigorous swirl does nothing to lift a head but it does coat the glass in a sugary film. The nose is of brandy, raisin, biscuit, muscat grapes. There is also an oak aroma similar to an aged port. You can tell by the nose that this is a sweet beer; honey, toffee and candied sugar rise to the nose. In the mouth is a big punch of sugar, then come raisins and grapes and a smooth apple concentrate. Finally, at the back of the palate, I find overripe mango. There are hops too, yet these are dried, straw like and offer little in the way of bitter balance. The high alcohol is warming, but only a trace of the 15.2% is to be felt. Mouth feel is thick and syrupy, with no carbonation. This serves the style though. The finish develops towards preserved orange rind and earth, due to the hefty yeast sediment. Not highly impressive - and seriously too sweet - but pleasing as a sipper. Again and again one sees that barley wines need aging. So give this five or six years.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4393) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle: # 396 of 429. No foam no head. Color is dark amber. Smell is sweet: barleys, sugars, dark fruit, spices, sweets and candy. Taste is creamy, soft on the tongue, like syrop. Very sweet, with hints of pepper, fruit, red fruit, sugars, candy, barleys and malt. Sticky. Thick. No carbonation at all. Perfectly balanced, soft but strong. Very interesting!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a bright amber with a thin head. Aroma is thickly sweet, sherry, madiera cooked taste- some alcohol- then more as it warms, solvent, beet sugars, honey and medicinal. Flavor is syrupy sweet, caramel, butterscotch, honey, medicine-like, cough syrup sugar and just unfermented wort- kinda feel like I might get diabetes from all the residual sugar. Meh.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Strong barleywine malt aroma. Amber color with a soft tan head. Sweet taste that coates the mouth, alcohol tones...reminds me of a 120 min IPA minus the hops. A fantastic beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2010
Birthday Bottle at Home 12/08/2010 (Thanks to Jorys, great to see you again at the GBBF!) Fruity aroma. Amber red coloured and a little hazy in appearance. Frutiy and very strong in alcohol. A little syrupy sweet on the palate. Orange and brandy flavours. A hint of dryness in a bitter warming malt finish. (243 Bottle Batch)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6438) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Pours murky brownish orange with no head at all - just a few bubbles - and a strange funky fruit aroma that turns out to be quite pleasant. There is an equally strange flavor that includes sweet fruit, citrus, spices and a hint of hop bitterness. Very syrupy with extreme flavor, and an alcohol sensation left on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2103) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2010
33cl bottle from Utobeer. Deep orange-red pour, unsurprisingly no head. Rich vinous nose. Caramel, butterscotch, toffee and some sherry notes. Warming flavours. Lots of toffee, caramel, orange liqueur. Sweet, soothing alcohol burn. Long, throat warming finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Bottle. Cloudy amber orange with nonexistent head. Nose is caramel apple fruity and sweet all over, pineapples and red apples, surprisingly little booze but still noticeable. Sticky molasses fruits upfront with a cremebrulee topped with sweet liquor (maybe lit on fire) flavor throughout, light toffee. Completely flat like they didn’t even mean to carbonate it. Syrupy body and sticky on lips.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2010
(750ml bottle that came in a wooden crate with “Danger” stamped on the side, # 166/477) Pours a hazy amber body with a small white head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, and baked apple. Flavor of caramel malt, vanilla, mandarin oranges, herbs, alcohol, and grass.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjollnir (390) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2010
330mL bottled 24/2/10. Pours slightly hazy golden brown with no head. Aromas of dried fruit, ripe apple & pineapple, caramel and some alcohol. Similar in the flavour, however the alcohol is first to hit the tongue in this respect, with the edge taken off by the medium-high malty sweetness. Low bitterness. Medium bodied, quite viscous and no discernable carbonation, though the bite of the alcohol might be masking a slight carbonic sting. Other than the feeling that you’ve just drunk something very sweet, the finish is very short.


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