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


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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.

Melker's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melker (222) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElManana (546) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to Douberd. Pours dark orange almost brown with no head, no oxidation. Aroma of oranges, grain, citrus, malty alcohol. Taste is very boosy, little sour, very high alcohol. Tastes totally off too me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (703) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 23, 2015
Vintage 2009. Color rubí limpio, sin espuma. Aromas de uvas pasas, compota, manzana madura. Cuerpo denso con textura melosa. Sabor intentenso dulce y afrutado de compota y pasas, con final de amargor bajo y seco.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (193) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 18, 2015
Dried fruits, sweet aroma and taste a lot of raisins. Slightly rotten aroma and taste. Good but not brilliant

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
procraste (33) - FRANCE - JAN 16, 2015
Alors ça, c’est un peu comme du bonbon. J’aurais aimé qu’il fasse très froid dehors et déguster cela près d’une cheminée avec un épagneul trempé à mes pieds ...Robe rouge sang / brun; ça parait pas comme ça mais c’est en fait très attirant ... En bouche, c’est direct la fête du caramel au beurre salé tempéré de notes de fruits. Normalement, à cemoment là, je devrais annoncer que c’est beaucoup trop d’arômes et que c’est n’importe quoi ! Mais en fait non, je trouve ça équilibré; ce qui me surprend. J’imagine que le fort taux d’alcool donne de la vivacité à l’ensemble ! Même si ce n’est pas vendu comme ça, c’est en fait une vraie bière de noël. Un truc parfait pour un soir d’hiver aprés une journée à couper du bois.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 11, 2015
330ml bottle courtesy of Benzai. Thanks. Pours a reddish amber color with no head. The aroma is big and bold with sweetened sherry, brown sugar and candied fruits. The taste, like the aroma, is overtly sweet with more candy-like flavors--I get rock candy, sherry, tokay, apples, toffee, caramel and a hint of bitter almonds. The palate is full, like a syrup, and a touch greasy. The carbonation is soft. Finishes medium in duration and sweet. Overall: I am not normally a fan of sweet beers, but they can be done right and DeMolen has figured just how to do that. Its really more like an after-diner aperitif than a beer, but that is alright by me. Just lovely it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
loiz (2) - POLAND - JAN 5, 2015 does not count
Ciemnomiedziana barwa, nalało się właściwie bez piany. Słodki aromat suszonych owoców i karmelu. W smaku wyraźna słodycz owocowa i posmak przypalonego cukru. Pomimo zawartości 15,2% alkoholu, jest on praktycznie niewyczuwalny. Piwo jest gęste i zostawia wyraźny słodki posmak w ustach, ale także średniowysoką goryczkę. Świetne na zimowe wieczory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tabletopjoe (30) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle on Christmas Day and New Year’s eve. This beer is amazing. Sweet nectar for the gods. Orange, almost pink appearance, clear liquid, mildly sparkling and no head. The body of this beer is massive but super smooth. You barely notice you’re drinking a 15,2% beer! Sweet malts, orange marmelade, honey, toffee notes in the taste. Alcohol very well hidden, little if any carbonation. Some nice hops in the finish to balance things out. One of the best barley wines I know. Complex and very well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JGoulart (12) - PORTUGAL - DEC 30, 2014
Full body with malty palate. Complex aroma with bread and tropical fruits. High alcohol with a very sweet ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2531) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2014
Bommen barleywine ’11 at 15% I am scared to try it! The body is a light looking orange gold... It is trying to lull me into a false sense of security... The nose is buttery creamy caramel with bitter fruity hops. A bit fruit cake like. The mouthfeel is slick and fairly full with an incredibly sweet flavor is maple syrup/caramel lollipops, fruits & candy. Intensely sweet but not cloying. Wonderfully simple yet satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatthijsE (919) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aroma is complex bread, tangy fruit/tropical fruit and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is orange/citrus, bread, berries, malts, very thick in body and a medium sweet finish.

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