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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
12oz bottle. Rating #202. Pretty beer, glowing red/orange color, but with virtually no head, just a couple of big bubbles. Big boozy aroma, I smell bourbon but I don’t think there is any barrel aging, really nice regardless. Pretty sweet with an alcohol punch, but it wasn’t hot at all and very light on the aftertaste, not bad. (1489)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10472) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2011
A deep reddish copper barley wine with a big bubbled thin moka head. In aroma, a nice lightly aged vinous malt, treacle, candy maple, light surrenated hops. In mouth, a vinous sweet candy with maple, nice light British hops, sustained bitterness, light oily moutfeel, complex, like MacNeil’s Old Ringworm. On tap at Vices et versa, 1 year old keg, Feb. 13 2011.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle shared by BOLTZ. Pours swamp water reddish brown with zero head. The nose is iced tea and old toffee. The taste is brown sugar and caramel. Still mouthfeel. Something must have been wrong with this one, but thanks for the opportunity to try it J!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
33cl bottle thanks to bierkoning. Bottled February 2009. Deep reddish-amber pour with a very tiny off-white head. Intense aroma of sherry, toffee, berries, and a hint of booze. Great flavor, big toffee, sherry, cherry and other fruits, and a little alcohol. Extremely smooth on the mouthfeel and not boozy at all for the ABV. Really good overall for an "imperial barleywine" like this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2011
330ml Bottle (#242 of 1200. Brewed: 1/24/10. Bottled: 2/24/10.): Heavily sweet aroma of malt, dark ripe fruit, raisins, figs, caramel, toffee, slight toasting, plums, figs, and a hint of molasses. Poured orange/deep amber/brown in color with no head. Cloudy. Full of tiny particles throughout. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, raisins, figs, honey, and a hint of yeast. Medium to full body. Slightly sticky texture. ZERO carbonation. Malt, dark ripe fruit, raisin, finish. 15.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout. No goddamn carbonation!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JavierAldea (31) - , SPAIN - JAN 17, 2011
Vino de cereal desprovisto practicamente de co2, limpio y maduro donde los sabores de las maltas se disipan entre la levadura de uva....

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with no head (flat as a Tomme beer). Aromas of carmel, earthiness, apple and light spicy hops. Palate was medium bodied a nd syrupy smooth. Flavors of carmel, fruittines and earthiness with a syrupy smooth lingering sweet syrupy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours flat and oily. No head, naturally. Clear pour at first, lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Sweet candied fruit aroma. Complex but very faint. Sweet flavor, follows the aroma for the most part. Doesn’t live up to the expectations based on price and the hype from the retailer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (5031) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber with no head. Very sweet aroma and taste. Berries, malt, dried fruits, caramel, jam, some alcohol. No carbonation. Thick body. Not a thirst quencher but a good dessert beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3824) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle @ PPSG’10, man i love deciphering messy notes. Amber still pour. Sugarbomb full of sweet malts, fruit and sugars, without such alcohol would probably make this brew undrinkable, still a bit of warming but at 15%+ understandable.


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