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

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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2010
De molen bomb and grenades. Half pour at de molen... Pours a mostly opaque darker orange brown with a thin to medium soapy white head... Nose is strong with sweet dark fruits, candied sugar, and softer caramel tones and yeasty esthers... Flavors are heavily on the sweeter side with a dark rum fruit cake essence and very very alcohol laden. Body is syrupy with light to medium carbonation. A little too cloyingly sweet for my liking. 7/3/6/3/11

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BOLTZ7555 (2822) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Have truly enjoyed every beer by this brewer...until now. Muddy reddish, Oak Creek Canyon colored body. Even after an extremely aggressive pour, not a single solitary bubble rose to the surface. Thick. Aroma is a dull caramel. Nothing bright...no complexity...just sweet. Flavor is a syrupy, cloying mess without any carbonation to ignite the palate. This was a huge miss.

1.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
jimmy01 (29) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2010
Very disappointing. Murky appearance, very liitle carbonation, virtually flat. I could not fininsh this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joen (39) - Tricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2010
hoppy caramel and yeasty aroma, splendid. ruby brown beer with a provoked head which took some effort. (15 % alc, explains it all) Thick moutfeel, sweet evolves to bitter but really really smooth transition.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4369) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Tiny bottle. Clear medium gold pour, very thin head, goes down to only a ring around the edge of the glass. Tons of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, fruit, apple, and pear. reminds a lot of strong desert wine. Decent, but overall I didnít enjoy it as much as I was hoping.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jade (409) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2010
Brandy colour and look. Lots of fruit on the nose, particularly orange. Velvety smooth texture, tangy orange. Warming, bitter after taste. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4056) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2010
Bottle, purchased at the Struise bottle shop in Oostvleteren, Belgium. Pours a murky brown-red body with virtually no head. Nose is toffee, caramel, honey and hints of piny resin. Taste is unusual, with sweet caramel and earthy tones coupled with notes of rose hip and molasses. Well masked alcohol for such a high ABV. Original and well-made, but in the end I think this creation from De Molen comes across as "pretty good", as opposed to "really good".

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theSlipperyPen (238) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2010
With no head or carbonation this deep amber ale sits like a brandy. A vigorous swirl does nothing to lift a head but it does coat the glass in a sugary film. The nose is of brandy, raisin, biscuit, muscat grapes. There is also an oak aroma similar to an aged port. You can tell by the nose that this is a sweet beer; honey, toffee and candied sugar rise to the nose. In the mouth is a big punch of sugar, then come raisins and grapes and a smooth apple concentrate. Finally, at the back of the palate, I find overripe mango. There are hops too, yet these are dried, straw like and offer little in the way of bitter balance. The high alcohol is warming, but only a trace of the 15.2% is to be felt. Mouth feel is thick and syrupy, with no carbonation. This serves the style though. The finish develops towards preserved orange rind and earth, due to the hefty yeast sediment. Not highly impressive - and seriously too sweet - but pleasing as a sipper. Again and again one sees that barley wines need aging. So give this five or six years.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4483) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle: # 396 of 429. No foam no head. Color is dark amber. Smell is sweet: barleys, sugars, dark fruit, spices, sweets and candy. Taste is creamy, soft on the tongue, like syrop. Very sweet, with hints of pepper, fruit, red fruit, sugars, candy, barleys and malt. Sticky. Thick. No carbonation at all. Perfectly balanced, soft but strong. Very interesting!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a bright amber with a thin head. Aroma is thickly sweet, sherry, madiera cooked taste- some alcohol- then more as it warms, solvent, beet sugars, honey and medicinal. Flavor is syrupy sweet, caramel, butterscotch, honey, medicine-like, cough syrup sugar and just unfermented wort- kinda feel like I might get diabetes from all the residual sugar. Meh.


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