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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
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Thereís plenty of fruit like orange, tangerine and sweet apples. Itís powerful and full bodied but still easy going. Although the name would suggest otherwise, itís 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
sweet, sweet, sweet on nose and tongue. plums, apples, mango and cherries itís like a fruit cocktail from hell. and thatís good when itís from de molen. served a couple degrees Cís too warm for my taste /11-12

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2749) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2010
The aroma is fruity, plums, raisins. The appearance is a slightly hazy red/brown, white head. The flavor is fruity, boozy. The beer is medium/thick in body. oily in mouthfeel. The finish is boozy, hot, fruit sweetness, light pine and resin hop. Very good. The alcohol is relatively well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11127) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle, bought @ ōlbutikken.
[bottle 223, batch 1]
Pours dark amber with no head. Aroma is sweet, lots of caramel, sherry, port, some oakiness and mild toasted notes. Very low carbonation, fat and oily mouthfeel. Flavour has caramel, soft vinoiusness, oily, light resiny, hazelnuts, light oaky, sugary. Some dryness and a good sherry feel. Good after about 2-3 years in the cellar. Still very sweet, though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1330) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2010
A-pours a hazy amber color with notes of a thin brown head. S-the nose is a little ashy, notes of peat, caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar, light doughy biscuit in there with a fair amount of malty sweetness in the back. T-good malt base, lightly toasted biscuit, lots of caramel and burnt brown sugar, dark fruits and a fair amount of sweetness in the back. M-smooth and creamy, full bodied, syrupy feel to it, moderate to low carbonation but enough to balance the body. D-big malt bomb, a little sweet but not cloying, the huge flavors and the big body go well together. more carbonation would probably have helped balance and reduce some of the big sugar flavors in this.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Dark whiskey looking liquid. no head whatsoever. nose is earthy mushroom, wood, sherry, and licorice. Flavors have a lot of woodsy, mushroom, earthy tones over loads of burnt sugar flavors..mouthfeel is absolutely free of carbonation. Thick, syrupy body...the sweetness isnít overbearing...but its evident, especially since this practically tastes like caramlized simple syrup just with less sweetness. The alcohol, especially for 15+% is pretty damn hidden...but hidden not a good beer make. Very one dimensional and unrefined tasting, really....burnt sugar and mushrooms, dude.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2478) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Pour is dark ruby color. Batch from 2008. A syrupy sweet, prune, and molasses dessert kind of drink. 15% is incredibly well hidden but this is still a sipping kind of drink. Aroma is nice and fruity with some plum, raising, and orange. Sweet candylike aroma as well. Flavor is full bodied, mouth coating, sweet thick and caramel. Some nice fruit on the back of the palate. Huge and intense.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2366) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2010
330ml bottle. Copper. Still, no head. Aroma of orange liqueur, Tokay, dark vinegar toffee, pepper, Calvados, medication. Taste has alcohol before sweetness, which is saying something. Big syrupy sweetness with pronounced medicinal bitterness growing to dominate at the finish. More like an amaro than anything beerlike Iíve had. About 100mls was a good size serving for me. Not my sort of thing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
33cl bottle. Pours a murky caramel brown with a small collection of bubbles that splits quickly and leaves nothing behind. The aroma is seriously sweet and very fruity - port-like. Red apples, caramel, vanilla, maybe some oranges. Less alcohol in the nose than I expected. Taste has more burn than the aroma suggests. Very sweet - caramel apples and alcohol. Definitely lots of sweet port, especially in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very, very slick with low carbonation. This is a sipper - very sweet, like a dessert wine. Not the best body in a barleywine but pretty drinkable, especially for the ABV.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Rich amber beer with no head. Sweet malt and sherry aroma. Sweet malt and sherry flavor with light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Sweet malt and sherry lingers with dark fruit.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dudebun (136) - GERMANY - JUL 17, 2010
Cork came out with no pop, poured a beautiful ruby colour, but no head at all. Taste reminded me of dried fruit, but the syrupy consistency and sweetness were too much for me. Not my thing at all. Felt like with some carbonation it would have been better. Girlfriend, after wrinkling her nose at it, said itíd be best served as a dessert wine/beer.


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