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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 499   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andregoncalves (1100) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 3, 2014
On tap at Festival Cervezorama, Madrid. With John Brus himself by my side. Dark orange color with thin head. Body is medium. Aroma is fruity, gum, cereal and hop.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1459) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
This is one sugary booze bomb. Aromas of corn and corn syrup. Flavors are sweet and corn syrup like. So sweet. Iím going to brush my teeth now.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (1949) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014
Since they say this is cellarable for 25 years perhaps it wouldnít be as sweet in 2039, but as it itís pretty damn sweet. Nice though and abv incredibly masked considering how strong it is. Nice beer but you better like sweetness. Yo!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABT_S54 (96) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
33cl bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours an orangey colour with little to no head. Taste is sweet but hides the ABV astonishingly well. I have tried beers with 5% less ABV that seem more boozy. Mouthfeel is thick as would be expected and pours with a real glug. Hardly any carbonation. Almost as though it was brewed to be strong with little regard for taste or aroma. I have tried much, much better beers from this brewery.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PaulW (97) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Ginormous beer!! Pours a ruby red brown, almost thixotropic. An aroma of dark currants and sweet oranges. The taste is amazing. Fruit, malt, almost liqueur like. There must be masses of hops in here as the balance is there but on the sweet side. Huge hit of treacly booze coats the tongue. At 15% this is very drinkable. Dangerous and utterly gorgeous.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RW80 (341) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2013
75 cl bottle (shared) Appearance:Hazy amber color, with a very small sized head, with good retention. Aroma: ALcohol,red fruit (Strawberies, a sweet citrus, yeast, and malts. Taste: Sweet fruity,caramelised malts, finish is a bit more hoppy. Suprisingly the alcohol in the taste is much more hidden as the aroma. Body is huge, syrupy texture, Low carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
swoopjones (5333) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
bottle from a Co-op in Montpelier Vermont. tough one for me. copper orange pour, huge fruity syrup, orange, tangerine, alcohol syrup. too big, too much. not for me

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mmahut (630) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2013
Pours in golden hazy orange with no head at all, looks oily at glance. Aroma is like a fruit basket, a lot of citrus type aromas up front with sweet mandarin and strawberry. Amazing. Taste is sweet with medium biterness. Body is huge, oily but easily drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KLTZK (50) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle 30 cl. Pours a thick off-white head. Deep dark red appearance, looks a bit like red wine. Fruity very sweet aroma with peach, alcohol, a little bit of hops, malts, sweet apple and some yeast. Very sweet taste, hints of caramel, peach, malts, sweet apple, herbs, cough syrup and some alcohol. The aftertaste is hoppy. Syrupy, very sticky texture. Itís barely a liquid. Very warming. A good beer for a cold winterís day.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mjp12 (155) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
An incredible beer, sweet fruity, malty aroma, orange and spicy flavour, while the aroma flags up the 15 abv, it doesnít quite taste that strong, loads of mandarin converts the sweetness . Would have liked some carbonation .


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