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

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RATINGS: 586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Bottle @ home. Pours a burgundy body with almost no carbonation or head. Sweet caramel malts, prunes, light citrus fruits, toffee in the nose. Slightly syrupy, prune, plum, tangerine, quite sweet malty flavor with hints of caramel and toffee. The booze is noticeable but hidden quite well for a 15% beer. Thick, somewhat syrupy mouth feel. Caramel, prunes, and booze on the finish. Some alcoholic burn on the finish and afterwards. I think it’s a very good BIG beer but I wish I would have shared this someone due to the high alcohol content.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (4288) - Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Absolutely no head or carbonation whatsoever, Heavy malts on the nose, very sweet body, syrupy, alcohol is present but fairly tame for a 15% beer. If someone were to try to make a barley wine just like a wine and not like the traditional style dictates, this is very close to a "barley" wine. No carbonation, complexity in malts, i dont taste hops really, and the alcohol is all the same as grape wine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wolfbass (940) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 6, 2011
Effettivamente da questa barley marchiata de molen, mi aspettavo molto ma molto di più. Tenuta per mesi in cantina per aspettare l’evento mi sono poi ritrovato con una birra decisamente mediocre e molto ma molto sbilancita...

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5243) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours an amber body with some small chunkies floating about. Looks almost still, the head is very thin with large bubbles, fading to a thin ring very quickly. The nose is thickly malty with tons of caramel, it’s somewhat reminiscent of Thomas Hardy’s with a few years on it. Some noticeable alcohol fumes, but not too bad for 15%. There’s some hops in there as well. Huge fruity notes of date and fig up front with lots of caramel and brown sugar. This is over the top sweet, so much so that it actually covers up the alcohol flavor. There’s a very minimal hop presence, and what is there is comes across as slightly menthol like on the finish. Thick, syrupy, and almost completely flat, the mouthfeel really does nothing for this beer at all. Not too much positive going for this beer. Dried out and carbonated, this could be much better.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vignale (2326) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2011
En flaska från 2008. Massor av besk citrus typ mandarin/apelsinskal, sherry, torkad frukt, särskilt päron, söta äpplen. Söt, stark, bra beska. Fantastisk.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
jrallen34 (3487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
bottle picked up Gent... pours a dark but bright copper with a hue or amber, poorly carbonated, no head at all... very sweet nose, tons of fruit pears, apple juice, a bit of toffee, honey almost smells like a light mead... taste is a light mean, a little honey, mostly flavorless.... mouthfeel is terrible, watery syrup... this is an epic fail

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - APR 19, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2011 Assaggiata in bottiglia: barley wine stratosferico! Di una bontà senza eguali.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2932) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2012 Bottled. Pours clear and reddish amber with a tiny, beige head. Nose of caramel and alcohol. Very sweet flavour with caramel, raisins, oranges and alcohol. Full bodied. Average to flat carbonation. Syrup texture. Alcoholic finish with caramel too. Maybe too sweet even for a barley, but after all it is a fine sipper.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerBaboon (1674) - FINLAND - APR 12, 2011
De Molenin Bommen & Granaten on ruskeahkon punertava, samea ja vaahdoton. Haisee imelälle, marjoille, kuiville hedelmille ja humalankin voi tuntea tuoksussa. Maultaan olut on armotonta sokerihedelmäkiisseliä johon on ahdettu humalaa. Tässä on nyt diabetes ja maksakirroosi lasissa. Aivan liian makea.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2474) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2011
Ruby red base with no head whatsoever. Malty alcoholic aroma. Very malty and sweet smelling. Big sugary drinks leaving a sticky sweetness on the corners of the mouth. Vanilla and caramel in the taste. Along with malt and sugar. Smooth and sweet coating left over in the mouth. Nice beer with a big alcohol presence. I will enjoy this for years to come.


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