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


on tap

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RATINGS: 634   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (6285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber with no head. Very sweet aroma and taste. Berries, malt, dried fruits, caramel, jam, some alcohol. No carbonation. Thick body. Not a thirst quencher but a good dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (5248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle @ PPSG’10, man i love deciphering messy notes. Amber still pour. Sugarbomb full of sweet malts, fruit and sugars, without such alcohol would probably make this brew undrinkable, still a bit of warming but at 15%+ understandable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndreaDel (56) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 26, 2010
Tap. Brown/red color no head. Massive fruits and sweet aroma. Very sweet taste, full body. The sweetness makes hard to identify single flavors, doesn’t seem to drink a beer. Very low alcohol persepction.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (8062) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle from De Molen. Adventurous beer, sticky sweet with high alcohol %. The alcohol taste is evident and unfortunately overpowers the other flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
12 oz bottle shared.by weeheavy sd. Big fruity aroma. Strong carmel notes. Flavor has citrus amd apple. Big warm and sweet but no hint of the alcohol. Linger sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2010
little Bottle 237/1200 from K&B. Shared with bikesandbeer. Nice to see de molen in the states. Pours copper brown with no head. Nose is sweet and relatively innocuous, basically smells a bit boozy, but there isn’t a clear fragrance that I can pinpoint. Taste is sweet, and full of caramel and toffee, the mouthfeel is pretty nice and the high abv is obscured.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - DEC 13, 2010
Bottle from the shop at Pizza Port Carlsbad -- last one. I felt bad about opening this without sharing until I drank it. Pours a syrupy amber color with no discernible head and a fair amount of sediment. Smells and tastes predominately of apple cider, grape juice, orange zest, dried apricots, and caramel. Closer to a gluwein than a barley wine, to me. Way too sweet and under-carbonated, unfortunately

   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.

   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,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
smith4498 (3320) - 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.

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