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


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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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. ABV on the label reduced from 15 to 11.9%. Recipe remains the same

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer5000 (5825) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 Shared bottle at RBNAG 11. Orange body with no head. Strong aroma of sweetish caramel, fruit and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malty, some fruit and warming alcohol. Fine body, nice, hot, vinous aftertaste.

re-rated @ Patricks. Redish orange body with a thin off-white head. Aroma is vinous and fruity with some malt and caramel with dry fruit. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, dry fruit, berries and warming alcohol. Balanced bitterness, long aftertaste, Harmonic. Quite hot, nice for sipping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaartenRF10 (1850) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2011
Mijn derde Bommen & Granaten. Eigenlijk zou er een onderscheid gemaakt moeten worden tussen de "gewone" en de "carbonated". Eén van de flessen die ik had (gebotteld 13 april 2010) is namelijk carbonated. In tegenstelling tot degene die ik hier beoordeel had deze batch wél koolzuur en wél een kraag. Deze batch was daardoor veel prettiger drinken. Deze beoordeling gaat om de batch van 19 januari 2011. Enigszins troebel donker amberkleurig bier zonder enig schuim. Vol, stevig. Smaak zoet, fruit (rozijnen, dadels), toffee, mout. De smaak bevalt me wel, maar door het totaal ontbreken van koolzuur ligt het bier niet prettig in de mond en drinkt het niet fijn. Jammer. Mocht de "carbonated" variant terugkomen, dan wil ik het bier graag nog eens drinken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (13523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle, pours dark mahogany with zero head. Aroma is extremely boozy and liqueur-like, with brandy / sherry upfront, dark fruits (grapes especially), and red wine. Flavour is extremely boozy and sweet, with sweet candied dark fruits, a mirage of different liqeueurs, some red wine notes and alcohol. Flat carbonation, allowing all the flavours to come through, though masked by the alcohol. So, despite the obviously apparent ABV, this was still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (3504) - Mosterřy, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2011
Shared bottle at the RBNAG-11 grand tasting. Pours hazy orange. Honey and caramel on the nose. Generously flavored. Sweet, alcoholic, light bitter. Full bodied and flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (6255) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2011
33cl bottle from Bierkompass, 15,2%, bottled 23/08/2011. Poured unclear amber color with no head. Sweet aroma of raisins, dates and grapes. Flavor is overly sweet, raisins, alcohol, more dark fruits, Finish is sweet with alcohol burn and more raisins. Sticky and very oily mouthfeel. Quite complex, but too sweet for me to be really enjoyable. Should leave one bottle for ageing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 20, 2011
Csak a jó sör, Budapest. Sötét rézvörös színe van, ami belül opálos, ködösen gomolygó, habja pedig egyáltalán nincs. Illata erősen aszalt gyümölcsös, édes, karamellás, malátás és likőrös. Ízében is az aszalt gyümölcsök dominálnak, mint a füge, mandarin, datolya, illatos körte, égetett cukor, édes fűszerek, virág méz és egy csipetnyi komló. Ahogy melegszik úgy mutatja meg egyre több oldalát. Nehéz, egészen sűrű, szirupos teste van és kevés, apró buborékot tartalmaz. Az alkohol rendesen zsibbaszt benne, de mégsem tolakodó. Utóíze is igen gyümölcsös, keserédes, kissé pipadohányos és igen hosszan tart. Igazi téli sör, ami remek befejezése egy gyümölcsös, alkoholos édességgel záruló vacsorának. Nagy sör!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13259) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with little lacing. Moderate to heavy alcohol and dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3953) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2011
0.75l bottle @ RBNAG11. Pours a lovely light clouded copper-orange body with no head what so ever. Aroma is not to extreme but it has some woody tones, sweet caramel, leafs, a little bit of alcohol and light fruity hints as well. No carbonation in this one and it has this really sticky mouthfeel. The most sticky beer I’ve ever had I think. Sweet as hell flavors as well with lots of raisins, extreme amounts of dates, caramel and some floral tones toward the finish. A bit to sweet for a whole bottle I would imagine, but a glass was just perfect!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gEUS (1703) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2011
33cl Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Pours deep orange/amber with no head, just some hazy impressions. Nose of raisins, caramel, madeira, malt, peach, orange peel. Taste is so full bodied; massive sweetness from the beginning, mid tones of biterness and alcohol, medium dry finish. Taste of raisins (makes me think about a Loire sweet wine, type alike Quarts De Chaume - pourriture noble of Chenin), orangette (orange peel confit)... Niiiiice sweet desert beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - OCT 3, 2011
From the bottle. Poured a dark yet transparent amber. Like drinking apple juice with honey and cream. Not really sure what to think.

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