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

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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2490) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottled shared by Diego. Another fantastic beer by De Molen. Not very much carbonation, but loaded with sweet caramel and dark fruit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ambcompte (47) - SPAIN - NOV 14, 2010
M’ha recordat les belgues tipu rochefort10, per ex. Olor embriagadora i sabor que t’entra a tsunamis. Ara, durilla, que són 15 graus!!!

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle. Pour is hazy orange/ copper with not a bubble to be found. Is this supposed to be still?? Aroma is sweetness, caramel, toffee, orange, dried fruit, apricot. Smells sickly sweet. Flavor is powerful sweet. Cloying for sure. Also notes of raw malt up front and notes of orange and dried fruit in the finish. Actually hides 15% quite well. The lack of carbonation and the cloying sweetness make this one painful Not a chance that I will finish this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Poured clear dark amber, no CO2-flat, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol, little bready, little vinious.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ReAle (120) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 75cl bottle bought @Brasserie 4:20 (Rome) - Intense orange-cognac color. The aroma is deep, strong, persistent. Dark fruits, mostly cherry and caramel. The taste is sweet too and fruity but delicate, not so strong as I imagined. Full body, incredibly dense, no foam. It seems a sort of Passito di Pantelleria or Sciachetrà delle Cinque Terre. What a good Barley Wine!!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pantanap (3366) - 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 (2823) - 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 (40) - 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 (4559) - 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 didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping.


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