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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2702) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2010
330ml bottle. Copper. Still, no head. Aroma of orange liqueur, Tokay, dark vinegar toffee, pepper, Calvados, medication. Taste has alcohol before sweetness, which is saying something. Big syrupy sweetness with pronounced medicinal bitterness growing to dominate at the finish. More like an amaro than anything beerlike Iíve had. About 100mls was a good size serving for me. Not my sort of thing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
33cl bottle. Pours a murky caramel brown with a small collection of bubbles that splits quickly and leaves nothing behind. The aroma is seriously sweet and very fruity - port-like. Red apples, caramel, vanilla, maybe some oranges. Less alcohol in the nose than I expected. Taste has more burn than the aroma suggests. Very sweet - caramel apples and alcohol. Definitely lots of sweet port, especially in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very, very slick with low carbonation. This is a sipper - very sweet, like a dessert wine. Not the best body in a barleywine but pretty drinkable, especially for the ABV.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7244) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Rich amber beer with no head. Sweet malt and sherry aroma. Sweet malt and sherry flavor with light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Sweet malt and sherry lingers with dark fruit.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dudebun (137) - GERMANY - JUL 17, 2010
Cork came out with no pop, poured a beautiful ruby colour, but no head at all. Taste reminded me of dried fruit, but the syrupy consistency and sweetness were too much for me. Not my thing at all. Felt like with some carbonation it would have been better. Girlfriend, after wrinkling her nose at it, said itíd be best served as a dessert wine/beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2010
Jan 2010 Bottling
A beer-wine hybrid if I ever saw one. Iím probably swayed by the fact there is next to nil carbonation in this bottle (normal?) but the masses of sweet brandy fruit point strongly to dessert-style fortified wine. Murky dull brown in colour (no head of course) with aromas of licorice, brandy and tropical fruits. Surprisingly elegant in the mouth, at least early, again with fruity characters before some hard licorice and growing bitterness kicks in late, both seemingly driven by the alcohol. Flavours donít really stand up to the alcohol in this instance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3493) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2010
A murky ochre coloured pour no head to speak of carbonation near nil but still a good look in the glasslike polished wood aromas soy vegemite toffee citrus caramel brown sugar grandy raisin flavour brown sugar vegemite like honey caramel smoothness dark raisin cumquat and curacao of mandarin other citrus tastes orange al;cohol well hidden missing so fizz and zip very sweet aftertaste fruit malt still good to drink

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2010
Small bottle, enjoyded@In de Wildeman, Amsterdam. A layer of tiny beige bubbles over a foggy, orangey amber body. Big aroma of fruits and malts. Ripe citrus and alcohol-soaked dried fruits. Sweet caramelly malts and brown sugar. Fat malt body, alcoholish, with a remarkable sweetness. A berry-ish fruitiness underneath, and notes of grassy hops and pepper. Viscous texture, almost syrupy. Alcohol heath and sweet malts in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2010
Bottled. Big thanks to Mes and Sim for bringing this to Birmingham, and to Simon for sharing his (ahem) birthday imbibulations with us. Pours mahogany with a slight whitish head. This is really boozy. Massive alcohol with Christmas cake, raisins, currants and all spice. Warming and long dessert beer with lots of retronasal qualities. A true sipper and pretty tasty but itís quite bonkers and not the beeriest beer Iíve ever drank. The whole experience was what made this fun, except of course that bloke who insisted in being Simonís strippergram.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (4037) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2010
Bottle, kindly shared by MesandSim in the Wellington, Birmingham. Delicious rose beer. Smooth, so mellow. Lots of flavour: rosehip, christmas cake etc. Rooty, sweet, smooooooth. Mahoghany colour. So good - cannot believe it is so strong.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3761) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle #207 (small bottle). Sweet front, definitely a dessert beer. I got lots of apples and the champagne yeast is clear from this. A little tart with a citrus foundation. Not my favorite of the De Molen beers but my friends loved it.


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