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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 587   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 9, 2010
330ml red-wax bottle -

Man, this is really, really sweet. Lots of sweet orange juice in flavor, apple juice, slightly vinous with an odd bready quality to it. Alcohol kinda creeps in when reaching room temp. Aroma has some muted orange juice aromas, hot caramel dip, and light alcohol. Great mouthfeel with some smooth, velvety body. It pours out completely still, no head, no carbonation yet looks like a brandy or cognac when pouring. I really like it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holy (835) - GERMANY - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle #187/204. Rice amber color, thin white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing. Tangerine, apples and alcohol in the nose. Taste is a thick syrup of fruit, apricots, malts. Strong alcohol in the aftertaste detracts from the overall, but you’ll still be glad you were on the journey,

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
smith4498 (3172) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle shared at Maltzilla’s All American Weekend. Pours cloudy brownish color with tan head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits and alcohol. Very sweet caramel flavor with some dark fruits. Overly sweet, alcoholic and flat. Full body with syrupy mouthfeel and zero carbonation. I’m not sure if this was a bad bottle or a bad beer. The scores seem to be all over the place.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
SirLimpsalot (2467) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2010
En barley wine som för mig var allt för söt. Stora toner av mörka frukter, tydlig alkohol och som sagt nästan sockerlake-söt. Nja.. inget jag måste dricka igen.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
11.2oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color with very little head or carbonation. Nose was candi sugar, and cadied tree fruits. Cloyingly sweet on the palate, pretty hard to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2749) - 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 (1357) - 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!!


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