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

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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2327) - Husum, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2010
Flaske: Rød ravfarvet øl uden anelsen af skumhoved. Duft af malt men også en smule frisk eksotisk frugt. Fin smag, men underlig vandet i mundfylden i betragtning af de 15%. Ikke rigtig oppe og ringe, men bestemt drikbar.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - JUN 9, 2010
Draught @ RBESG10, Rome. Aroma full of vanilla, mixed with notes of alcohol, licorice and anisette. Full bodied and deep complex in classical De Molen style: chocolate, dark fruits, maple syrup. Viny, but a little deviation in the way of meds after mint-flavoured feeling. Enjoyable finish, and bitter the right.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2198) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a hazy pale orange color with no head. Nose is tangy sweat, licorice. Taste is apple sauce, and brown sugar. Sweet smooth mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 2, 2010
Bottle that a very generous friend shared with me. Muddy brown pour with a small off-white head (I poured this one from a serious height to stir up a very modest head, though it did hols pretty well once established). The aroma is very nice--lots of malts (chocolate, raisins, plumbs, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, etc.) and also a nice piney citrus hop profile, though my buddy isn’t getting much hops from the nose. The flavor is nice, but this thing is just over the top. It is soooooo sweet. Nice notes, but it is just drowned out by sweetness. The alcohol is hidden well, given that it is 15%, but alcohol is certainly there. There are NO hops on the flavor--again, the sweetness prevails. Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Very warming on the stomach. Overall: a hard hitter. If you are a Euro barleywine person, you would probably love this stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
(75cl bottle thanks to bu11zeye #166/477 brewed 5-15-08 bottled 6-17-08) cloudy yellow with light bubbles. Nose of rum raisin, caramel and dates. Taste of toasty raisin, rum, and caramel. Smooth with no hint of alcohol at all. Finish has elements of honey, maple, and very rich. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
(bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours a murky orange with off-white head. Aroma has a nice, light citrus note, faint tartness, candy sugar and malty sweetness. Flavor is the same with an added bit of spice I am un-familiar with. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, good stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dylan88 (223) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2010
33 cl bottle. Pours amber with a almost no head. The aroma is sweet with fruits, dried fruits and notes of alcohol. The taste is pretty similar to the aroma, with a bit more hoppiness. The alcohol is very well hidden. Very soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 21, 2010
head: none
colour: whiskey/cognac like
smell: alcohol , sugar ,actually nothing else ...
taste: definitly sweet , alcohol level is hidden very well , to my surprise there are some hop notes coming thru at the end ... along with a citricpeel alcoholic bitternes also grass ... a good beer , but i don’t know there’s something missing ... it’s definitly much better when the bottom is pured out as well it get’s a more hoppier note then

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle at Peter’s 2nd annual spring gathering. Pours a murky caramel brown without much of a head to speak of. Caramel on the nose, candy sweet. Light bitterness on the finish. Rather middle of the road, no glaring problems, but nothing that wowed me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4662) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2010
bottle #166 thanks to bu11zeye. poured a deep amber with a cream head. nose is alcohol, dried fruits, caramel, and vanilla. thick on the palate, heavy caramel flavor along with vanilla, dried fruits, and alcohol.


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