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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.


Melker's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melker (232) - Varberg, - OCT 6, 2013
Dark amber colour, small white head. Aroma of citrus hops (orange, lemon), caramel, hay, apple and champagne yeast. Taste is very sweet but the sweetness calmes down after a few sips. Kinda bitter and vinous, almost a little bit tart.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (465) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
Reddish brown with a thin frothy head. Aroma of fruit preserves. Taste is sweet, sticky and easy to drink for a strong beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ninecats (285) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Bottle, systembolaget. Clear copper, yeast at the bottom, minimal white head. Aroma of bready, grainy, caramelly malt, dried apricots, mandarin. Taste is big on malty flavours, caramel, dark fruit, slight bitterness thatís growing to the finish with some dark fruit and slight (albeit very faint) alcohol. Medium to big body, low carbo, sticky texture. Well composed, well hidden alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (674) - SWITZERLAND - APR 30, 2015
Amber-brown color with big head. Aroma is tangerines, malt, sweeeet cherries. Taste is tangerines, sweet malt, nice spices, smooth soft carbonation, incredibly pleasant velvety texture, warming boozy finish. An amazing Barleywine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reli (2) - - APR 23, 2015 does not count
Mindblowing! Extremely drinkable for 15,2% ABV! In aroma sweet tangerines, caramel, some mango, very pleasant, absolutely no alcohol. I think I moved some yeast from bottles bottom - beer is quite hazy. It has copper color, nice tan head leaving very nice lacing on the glass. For this ABV - head is long lasting. Taste is amazing: itís dry! How they hided this alcohol? In first taste weíve get a lot of carmelized tangerines. Next accent is caramel - light, not burned. In third taste bitterness is nicely countering caramel malt, but itís not dominating. Aside from sweet tangerines in aroma, in taste weíve got also so figs and hints of raisins. Alcohol is accented in back of throat. Beer is full and oily, but not too sweet. Carbonation is low, which, in this case, is great. Beer bottled on 28-01-2015. Amazing, almost session barleywine. Unusual, but brilliant!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (83) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2015
UPDATED: APR 20, 2015 Uitgeschonken in een De Struise bierglas. Donker iets troebel amberkleurig bier, met een bescheiden schuimkraag die vrij snel wegzakt. Aangename aroma's van rijp fruit, rode wijn en eikenhout. Complex smaakpallet van rozijnen, pruimen, overrijpe bananen, zoete appels en cake. Verdere complexiteit door tonen van rode wijn, eikenhout, vanille en tawny port. Fantastische Barley Wine van Brouwerij De Molen, met een zacht en zoet zijdeachtig smaakpallet. De alcohol van maar liefst 15,2% is in eerste instantie goed verborgen, maar naar mate het bier opwarmt naar kamertemperatuur wordt het steeds meer alcoholischer. De afdronk is zacht en zoet met een licht fruitige nasmaak, de carbonatie is licht. Wederom een prachtig artisanaal bier van Brouwerij De Molen. Binnenkort eens naar Bodegraven rijden..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2264) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
330ml bottle. Hop Hideout, Sheffield. Clear, copper colour. No head. Buttery, granary bread malts. Smells like Wards brewery, which is a really good thing. On top of that, thereís sweet, baked apple. Raisins. Vanilla. All very decadent, and pudding like. Drinks rich, smooth, robust, and at the same time, quite fresh, fruity, and well under the ABV. Opened this to supposedly sip. Didnít quite work out that way...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
martjoobolut (1279) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 31, 2015
0,33L bottle (from Koht auction), bottled 05.02.14. Pours amber without head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malt, candy. Flavor is sweet, sticky, candy, caramel, some alcohol. Finish is malty with some warming alcohol. Overall: great brew.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Abrakarl (377) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2015
Too bitter in the taste. Extremely alcoholic and not my type of beer. Bottled 2,5 years ago. Apparently is good for 25 years after bottleing..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thorongil2 (1518) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
(bottle) clear, bright reddish amber colour with a small tan head; aroma of honey, sweet stewed fruit; clean and balanced flavour with a long, light sour and bitter finish with an ashy and mineral bitter afterfinish; interesting

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marduk (3545) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 22, 2015
330ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Clear copper color. No head. Almonds, sweet, cake, bit of chocolate in aroma. Raisins, sweet, cake, almonds in taste. Really cakey in aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice full body. Soft bitterness. Fantastic!


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