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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle kindly shared by Beerlando. Pours amber with a scant white head, no retention. A huge sweet, fruity, caramel malt barleywine with some new world citrus hops in the nose. Sippable, low carb, the alcohol isn’t overbearingly boozy and actually thins this out and makes the sweetness bearable. The hopping is mainly aromatic and don’t show up with a strong bitterness. Still very fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Brewed 2/25/09 and bottled 4/1/09. Wax dipped 11.2oz bottle #528 of 1200 from this batch. Pours a hazy, dark golden-orange amber color. A minimal, clear bubbled head laves no lace, but shows some dense, sugary sheeting on the glass. The aroma shows massive amounts of malt, most notably sweet caramel, candy, and reduced apple mash. A bold citrus hopping shows ample, bitter aromatics, though it doesn’t live up to the huge malt billing. Flavors again include massive candy, caramel-dipped apples, browned pears, and a touch of golden raisin. Vanilla and a hint of cinnamon lend smooth, spicy depth. The body is Hardy’s thick, sugary as hell and smooth, with little carbonation. The sweetness covers up the huge alcohol well, but leaves a sticky residue that is hard to deal with. Though I couldn’t drink much of this, it makes for a solid after dinner barleywine to be shared amongst a few people. Good stuff in small quantities.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with no head. Sweet, boozy aroma with notes of orange, toffee, cherry, sweet malt and apricot. Flavour is much the same, possibly even fruitier. Thick, sticky mouthfeel with a huge sweetness on the front, followed by lingering bitterness on the back palate. Not sure if my bottle was in the best condition, no carbonation at all, will have to re-rate at a later date. Still an interesting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2009
750, corked, baled, and waxed. Thanks, after4ever! Pours cloudy light copper with a white ring of foam. Sweet toffee, fig, and citrus aroma. Full body, nearly still. Apricot, orange, toffee and cookie dough taste with an earthy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2009
33cl #0177 (bottled 01.04.09) from Kihoskh. Hazy, murky copper, no head. Nose has white wine vinegar, vegetable rice, old apples and alcohol. Flavor is massive sweet malt, sweet madeira, alcohol, luckily misses that vinegar, slightly spritzy apple juice. Oranges, cointreau and little wood in the finish. Full bodied, very low carbonation, pretty vinous mouthfeel. Mildly wine like autumn warmer, just a bit messy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2614) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Courtesy Beerlando. Pours a hazy amber with no head. Sweet sherry citrus aroma. Possibly one of the thickest beers I have ever tasted! Lots of citrus, brown sugar sweetness in the taste. Hides the alcohol very well. Just a wild brew, thanks Bryan!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2009
DØE Valby 09. Pours copper with no head. Aroma is vineous, sweet fruit, raisin and plum. Flavour is sweet dried fruit, vineous. Well balanced and complex. light alcohol in aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
Sampled at DØE Beerfestival 2009, Valby. Pours a brown beer without a head. The aroma is sweet, malt, fruit and a little alcohol. The flavor is fruit and sweetness. The palate is a little alcohol and sticky. Overall a good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5591) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2009
apple tart some cidery dusty notes, honey, brown sugar - maple. Hazy orange pour thick viscous. Orange liquer, syrup sugar sweet - weird malt liquory note, dusty boozy with some bitterness and heat. Apricot, orange. Liquerish. 7 4 6 3 14 too strong for alex. Too sugary.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (10420) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle. Frothy white fair mstly deminishing head. Dark yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Vinius and alcoholic. Very alcoholic. Long finish. Creamy palate. Unbalanced but powerfull.


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