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


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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Hazy brown-orange pour with a light tan head. Sweet candy aroma with hints of hops. Intensely sweet flavor, way too much for me. It seems like theres more going on under the surface, some fruit and spice but the sweetness just overpowers and ruins it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2010
33cl bottle, thanks Travir. Clear amber body with no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some alcohol, light raisin. Taste is sweet, caramel, cantalope, some strawberry. Medium-full body, no carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Cardboard in the nose. Very sweet, too much so, lots of orange and citrus. Holy shit is this stuff sweet. Really canít finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4894) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2010
12oz bottle sampled at the DC Local Tasting. Looks like medicine. Transparent purple with zero head. Smells a little medicinal, sticky fruits, a little boozy, some dried leaves, some citrus fruits, a little resin. Flavor has sweet citrus fruits, vegetables, beets, apples, sweet, sugary, red grapes. Finish is a little hot and very sticky. Something definitely medicinal too. Very unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2010
2009 vintage. Brewing date: 2009-02-25. Reddish amber, quite pale actually. No head, just a few random airy bubbles that quickly disappear. Looks like Iíll be having another flat one from De Molen... A very powerful and well defined smell. Lots of vinous fruits (prunes, plums, raisins) and caramel malts. The alcohol adds a nice and subtle layer. Faint notes of autumn leaves and spices. The taste is really good. Itís very sweet with caramel malts to the fore. Notes of toffee. Vinous fruits are all around, mostly in the form of plums and figs. Aromas of oranges and apples. Lots of rum soaked raisins. Strangely enough, the sweetness doesnít get too much, instead the beer comes out as quite balanced. The finish is gently bitter and sweet with vanilla, wood and a mild leafy hop note, and a warming, well integrated alcohol flavor. M: Full bodied with a fat and chewy mouthfeel. No carbonation, absolutely flat. A really good beer. Very taste and characterful. Itís definitely a sipper, but itís impressive that a beer as sweet as this one is so balanced. The vinous and liqueur-like qualities in this one is superb. But it would have been so nice if there was some carbonation. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BoBoChamp (5477) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2010
75cl, new exclusive Dutch brew Anno 2008, bottle 5/279 in a wooden box, bottled on 17 June 2008, from Slijterij van Bergen Eindhoven, very complex brew, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, extremely easy to drink for its 15.2%Vol, top class!, yet expensive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MíARCOlizzo (31) - ITALY - DEC 26, 2009
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a fully gone head.Aroma is moderate to heavy yeasty, fruity, mandarine, apple porridge, alcohol, barley wine. Sweet and fruity. Very nicely balanced and yeasty. Strong stinging sweetness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2009
Rich mahogany, thin dissipating off-white head, very light patchy lacing.
Aroma is very rich and sweet, dark fruits, dates and figs, some alcohol but nowhere near what I expected.
Flavour is of caramel malts, very sweet, lots of plums and raisins, figs, toffee, very rich and chewy.
Lightly warming mouth, med body, med carb.
Finishes only lightly warming, long and very sweet.

Wow, this hides the alcohol very well. Very sweet though.

750ml bottle obtained in a trade with bierkoning, thanks Edo.

Opened on August 9, 2009.

Bottled on November 25, 2008. Bottle #115/230.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
750 ml bottle courtesy of Papsoe This was an interesting beer. Huge flavor of brown sugar. There is no way that I could have drank a pint of this. Itís very sweet and I could see having a small quantity, like a dessert liqueur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10241) - SÝborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2009
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Small almost non existing fluffy beige head. Aroma of ripe fruits. Has some spice and raisins to it. Light alcohol notable. Flavour are sugary, full of vanilla, fruits, other spices, alcohol, light caramel and some kind of nuts. Medium to full bodied. Is sweeet and heavily warming in the end. A monster of a beer, which is a bit difficult to drink by your own.

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