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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 498   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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Abio (1519) - Waasland, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2010
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Bottle at home. Nr 271/429. Bottled 16 nov 2009, brewed 07 oct 2009. No head at all, no carbonation at all. Amber, some red colour. While the taste (sweet-fruit) isnít bad but way to sweet,, the lack of any carbonation and foam makes it hard to call this a beer for me. More like a cider. A brewer, famous like that, that canít get any gas in his bottles? It was expensive enough to hope for some gas! What a dissapointment... Good as a degustive, bad as a beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkevin (371) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2010
Bottle from De Molen. Pours a flat beer with no head. No carbonation in this beer. Complex aroma with hints of dark fruits, apples and berries. Taste is wonderfull. Huge beer with such a complex, full body. Love this Barley Wine. Again hints of berries, grapes and apples. Every new sip brought new hints of something great thatís hidden in this beer. Bit sticky but still great. Had a young bottle. This beer should be aged before drinking it! Great beer from a great brewery!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (2646) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2010
02-APR-2010, bottle @home, from "Fish & Beer" Lovely orange/brown with almost no head. Sweet, sugary (brown sugar), dried fruit and alcoholic nose. Sticky sweet, low carbonation, very full. Not bitter, not roasted - funny barley wine, but nice beer. Dessert like.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
gunnar (4868) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2010
75 cl Bottle from ōlkonsortiet, Ňlborg. Batch 477, bottle no 430. The FG on this bottles label warns me, but canít quite prepare me enough for the amount of sugar in this one. Pours murky amber with no head at all. Strong sweet fruits,caramel and some yeast in the nose. Medium bodied. Oily and sticky. Taste is over the top sweet and vinous. Caramel, sugar and alcohol mainly. Way too unbalanced for me, remins me of some mead....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010

Name: Bommen & Granalen
Date: March 12, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: could burnt orange, scant frothy head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, caramel sweetness, touch of alcohol
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of fruity character, candy caramel sweetness, balancing hopyness, light spicyness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Pours a dark aramel ruby red chestnut brown color light orange hues very thin off white head Sweet alcohol aroma with some leathery caramel malt toffee raisin and other dark fruit Chewy fuller body with sweetness from malt and alcohol but not much heat. Abv well masked. Very drinkable toffee caramel raisin dark frut burn toward the end sweet

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours a hazy amber body with an off white thin head. Malty sweet warming with a light vanilla and oak tone. Chewy sweetness with honey notes and a some dark fruit as well as port wine. Strong sweet fruity barley wine, not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (4817) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2010
750 ml corked, wired and waxed bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Bottle No. 28 out of a batch of 429 bottles. Brewed 7. Oct. 2009. ABV is 15.2%. OG 1150, FG 1041. Nugget and Saaz hops, 53.9 EBU. Pours reddish brown without any visible carbonation and no head. Intense and attractive aroma with vinous and oaky notes, also notes of dark dried fruits, curacao liqueur and tangerine. The flavour has an overwhelming sugary and malty sweetness, with some fruity and vinous notes. The absence of carbonation makes the mouthfeel oily and cloying, and the alcohol is noticeable. The relatively high EBU kind of disappears behind all the sweetness. Declared fit for 25 years of cool and dark cellaring - sounds like a really good idea, if you are of the patient kind, and have faith in your own life expectancy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - MAR 9, 2010
Bottle bought at De Molen. Pours slightly hazy brown coloured totally flat with no head. Aromas of dried fruit, oranges, sweet malt, caramel, warming alcohol and marmelade. Thick, oily and soft mouthfeel. Sweet and warming flavour with notes of caramel, orange fruit, raisins, honey and a nice bitter finish. Very sweet brew - the hoppy finish was very much appreciated. Tasty and different barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8250) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2010
(bottle, 75cl, # 0053) Hazy, copper colour without any significant head, except for a quickly diminishing small off-white layer. Sweet toasty malty aroma with notes of caramel, figs, lemon zests and alcohol. Sweet flavour, full bodied with an almost oily mouthfeel. Viscid toast-malty and fruity, also quite molassy/sugary taste with caramel and herbal spicy accents; sweet and slightly bitter toasty and fruity finish with a noticeable alcoholic presence. Demanding and interesting dessert beer. 02.III.10


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