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


on tap

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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle at Craig’s. Muddy orange/brown pour, no head. Lovely rounded treacle, yeasty, honey, sweet orange/marmalade, exactly like a really good dessert wine but with better mouthfeel. Soft sweet linger, just a tiny touch of oily booze. Hides the booze very well. Truly amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8987) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2012
75 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110206.
Pours murky orange color with a minimal head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, sweet ripe fruits and some malts. Flavor of caramel malts, sweet ripe fruits, sugar and some syrupy notes. Overly sweet and the alcohol comes through a bit, no surprise there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Boutip (5795) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle: Poured a transparent amber color ale with zero head. Aroma of dry fruits, oxidation and sweet corn notes is quite intense. Taste is also dominated by warm alcohol ester notes with some corn, some oxidized caramel malt notes with intense dry fruit and loads of residual sugar. Body has an oily like texture with zero carbonation and loads of alcohol was apparent. This was bottle in 2010 and is supposedly good for another 25 years! I can’t say I was very impressed with this beer as way too much alcohol and sugar was perceptible. There seems to be a trend of zero carbonation and high-gravity beer with no attenuation and I just don’t get it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3749) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
On tap at L’Autre Oeil (Gatineau, QC). Pours a dark amber body with low carbonation and an average, lasting off-white creamy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with grainy, fruity, and brown sugar hints. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Its robust, complex malty/hoppy taste carries spicy, fruity, woody, and caramel notes. Ends with a long, warming, bittersweet finish. Awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours a Hazy dark amber orange color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty spicy dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Waxed 12 oz bottle brewed on 2010. I’ve had it for about 6 months. It seems over oxidized and has absolutely zero carbonation. My guess is this has gone so I will find another bottle and re-rate. There was the smallest release of gas upon opening what looks an intact seal. The aroma is a potent sweet medley of raisins, white plums, light cinnamon, apples, grapes, light bready yeast. Flavor is oxidized metal, fruit pits, yeast, gritty and medicinally bitter finish while the alcohol burns and warms a little. The sweetness is intense but the body is light, thin and fleeting. There’s evidence this was once good. Or I’m totally wrong and i just don’t like it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
McDear (40) - Napoli, ITALY - OCT 2, 2012
Eccezionale birra Barley wine da meditazione. Riservata a palati esperti ed estimatori. Schiuma aderente, Aspetto opalescente, intensità olfattiva elevata con una finezza molto elegante, frizzantezza scarna, corpo strutturato, amaro percettibile, Persistenza retrogusto discreto. Determinato il profumo agrumato e floreale, presente ed elegante mai invadente. In bocca e nel naso un concerto di profumi e sensazioni.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2012
11.2oz , red waxed, bottle. Poured a hazy orange color with a small sized head. Aromas of caramel, some citrus, and dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, raisins, prunes, and brown sugar. Sweet but not cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge wines; I recall sampling this at a bottle shop in Cotteridge called Cotteridge wines from plastic shot glasses great hosts great company. Now I’ve got my own bottle. Pours dark amber small head slightly bitter in taste with honey. Silky mouthfeel, an alcoholic buzz to it but not to harsh. Great drink try it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimplySike (1354) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2012
33cl. Bottle. Poors cloudy orange with white head. Aroma is caramel, citrus, orange, yeast, darke cherry fruits. Taste sweet, nice little bitter, bittersweet aftertaste. Mouth-feel creamy/oily. Amazing beer an amazing taste and aroma.

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