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


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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RuneStumo (2423) - Haugesund, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2011
15.10.2011. 0,75l Bottle. Golden colour with low white head. Aroma of sweet malts. This ber is very sweet. Its also very strong and there is also some good flavours of berries or fruit together with the sweetness. Very sweet and sticky beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Poured a rich coppery orange colour with a thin off-white head. The aroma showed summer fruit, earthy hops and booze. Syrupy, very sweet taste with a shed load of character. Complex notes of malts and a shopping list full of fruits. Verging into dessert wine territory really. Hoppage kicked into gear towards the finish as did the booze factor. Pretty much da bommen....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle from Csakajósör. Poured clear, with a ruby color and no head. Mouthwatering aroma of honey, pomegranate, mustard seeds, caramel, peach and hops. Full bodied, flat. Syrupy sweet, with just a hint of hops, and a sweet, dry aftertaste. Unique, fantastic all over.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - NOV 25, 2011
33cl bottle, 2010 vintage. Pours an orangish-red with no visible head. Smells amazingly of sweet oranges and berries. Tastes of the same, plus malt and yeast, with a slightly metallic aftertaste. Very full-bodied and creamy, with a warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7436) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2011
330 ml bottle. Bottled 23.8.2011.
Pours a copper colour without a head at all. Aroma of strong and quite heavy toffee with raisins. Sweet flavour of caramel malts, berries, wood, heavy toffee, raisins, bitter hops and some floral notes. Some glue-like elements as well. Sticky mouthfeel. Very long, warming, sweet finish with loads of berries. Way, way too sweet. Requires aging. A lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer5000 (5118) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 Shared bottle at RBNAG 11. Orange body with no head. Strong aroma of sweetish caramel, fruit and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malty, some fruit and warming alcohol. Fine body, nice, hot, vinous aftertaste.

re-rated @ Patricks. Redish orange body with a thin off-white head. Aroma is vinous and fruity with some malt and caramel with dry fruit. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, dry fruit, berries and warming alcohol. Balanced bitterness, long aftertaste, Harmonic. Quite hot, nice for sipping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaartenRF10 (1715) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2011
Mijn derde Bommen & Granaten. Eigenlijk zou er een onderscheid gemaakt moeten worden tussen de "gewone" en de "carbonated". Eén van de flessen die ik had (gebotteld 13 april 2010) is namelijk carbonated. In tegenstelling tot degene die ik hier beoordeel had deze batch wél koolzuur en wél een kraag. Deze batch was daardoor veel prettiger drinken. Deze beoordeling gaat om de batch van 19 januari 2011. Enigszins troebel donker amberkleurig bier zonder enig schuim. Vol, stevig. Smaak zoet, fruit (rozijnen, dadels), toffee, mout. De smaak bevalt me wel, maar door het totaal ontbreken van koolzuur ligt het bier niet prettig in de mond en drinkt het niet fijn. Jammer. Mocht de "carbonated" variant terugkomen, dan wil ik het bier graag nog eens drinken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9571) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle, pours dark mahogany with zero head. Aroma is extremely boozy and liqueur-like, with brandy / sherry upfront, dark fruits (grapes especially), and red wine. Flavour is extremely boozy and sweet, with sweet candied dark fruits, a mirage of different liqeueurs, some red wine notes and alcohol. Flat carbonation, allowing all the flavours to come through, though masked by the alcohol. So, despite the obviously apparent ABV, this was still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (3264) - Mosterřy, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2011
Shared bottle at the RBNAG-11 grand tasting. Pours hazy orange. Honey and caramel on the nose. Generously flavored. Sweet, alcoholic, light bitter. Full bodied and flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (4449) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2011
33cl bottle from Bierkompass, 15,2%, bottled 23/08/2011. Poured unclear amber color with no head. Sweet aroma of raisins, dates and grapes. Flavor is overly sweet, raisins, alcohol, more dark fruits, Finish is sweet with alcohol burn and more raisins. Sticky and very oily mouthfeel. Quite complex, but too sweet for me to be really enjoyable. Should leave one bottle for ageing.

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