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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 528   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
McDear (32) - Napoli, ITALY - OCT 2, 2012
Eccezionale birra Barley wine da meditazione. Riservata a palati esperti ed estimatori. Schiuma aderente, Aspetto opalescente, intensità olfattiva elevata con una finezza molto elegante, frizzantezza scarna, corpo strutturato, amaro percettibile, Persistenza retrogusto discreto. Determinato il profumo agrumato e floreale, presente ed elegante mai invadente. In bocca e nel naso un concerto di profumi e sensazioni.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - APR 19, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2011 Assaggiata in bottiglia: barley wine stratosferico! Di una bontà senza eguali.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2010
A true contender for the title of Best Beer In The World--its muscular strength carrying a boatload of resonant fruity, herbal and malty flavors. Only complaint is that you can’t find it in every nightshop or 7-11.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - FEB 6, 2012
Poured in a small INAO wine glass. Orange color, no foam, almost no bubbles. Date, maple syrup, fruit cake and a lot of malty and yeasty notes invade your nose! And in mouth, fantastic complexity. Like a sweet "Botrytised Barley wine" (if it existed, that would be that Bomb). Actually: caramalised prune, rhumed raisins, overriped fruit. I just love it ! Some people say it’s not a beer ! If it’s not a beer, I may not like beers ... Cheers

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GBZ59 (1116) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - JUL 1, 2012
Botella de 330ml. Copa globo. Catada en jul´12. Color ámbar rojizo y apariencia turbia. Espuma beige amarillenta, de espuma pequeño-mediana, que crea una corona cremosa con bastante buena retención. Aromas de lúpulo Noble, toque picante, intenso malta caramelo y caramelos con trazos de canela. Maltas caramelo dulces y frutos muy maduros –melocotón y albaricoque-, gentil calidez alcohólica y sutil amargor desde el primer sorbo. Paladar oleoso, abundante y voluptuoso. Uvas pasas y pomelo dulce en el intermedio. Cuerpo pleno y baja carbonatación. Final suave, cremoso y ligeramente terroso. El retrogusto aporta matices de caña de azúcar, azúcar moreno y notas de ron. Aromas y sabores sorprendentemente bien equilibrados. Deliciosa. ¡¡¡ Cerveza obligatoria!!!. Comentario: El año pasado saboreé una botella de 750ml; recuerdo que estaba deliciosa pero no tome notas. Bien, ahora, al mirar las etiquetas he apreciado: Botella # 113 ed ltd de 750ml 24,3EBC 53,9IBU y Botella de 330ml 45EBC 57IBU. 330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Review on jul´12. Reddish amber color. Foggy appearance. Yellowish beige, medium to small bubbled, froth creates creamy, fairly good retention, crown. Noble hop, spicy, intense caramel malt & candy aromas with hints of cinnamon. Sweet caramel malts, very ripe fruits –peach & apricot-, gentle warming & subtle bitterness at first sip. Buttery, plentiful & voluptuous palate. Raisin & sweet grapefruit in the middle. Full body, low carbonation. Smooth, creamy, slightly earthy finish. Aftertaste carries sugar cane, brown sugar & soft rhum-like hues. Amazing well balanced flavors & aromas. Delightful. Mandatory beer!!! Comment: Last year I enjoyed a 750ml bottle. I remember it so delicious but no notes were taken. Well, looking at labels I´ve realized: 750ml ltd. Ed. -#113- bottle 24,3EBC 53,9IBU but 330ml bottle 45EBC 57IBU.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
666ale (54) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2013
really sweet complex taste, caramel and sugar in the front, strong warm brew for the afterdinner!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarin (202) - ITALY - MAR 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2011 Tasted at Ma che siete venuti a fa. Appearance: dark amber. Aroma: malt, sugar. Taste: sweet. Body. full. Overall: 20/20

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alusmamuts (226) - LATVIA - MAY 3, 2013
Light brown / dark amber colour with minimal white cap. Mild but rich aroma. Rich taste with well balaned sweetness and bitterness

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
netty (66) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle provided by Cuso. Many many thanks! Amazing barley wine style beer. I love it.! Combination of strong fullness beer with brandy, fruit, sweet taste. Alcohol is strongly present in pleasant way. Winter cottage, fireplace, and this beer in couple. Heaven on earth.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrisoni (13563) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 Bottle at the Alvinne pre Zythos event 09. I spent 10 minutes wandering around talking to people about this as I had no idea what it was, what it should taste like, because my tastebuds had just gone into bizarre-land and I had no point of reference. No idea it was this strong either or the story behind the beer. I ended up saying to Menno that this was as good as any dry Oloroso sherry that I’d had or some sweet Aussie wines from NW Victoria. Ruby, no head. It’s like a dessert wine. Just a stunning beautiful, brown sugar beer with some dryness on finish and bit of hop sting. Glorious and a bit of calvados/tangerine fruit. Wonderful. 4.3/5. 75cl bottle from Kulminator 30/10/09. Even better than earlier this year. When I saw this in De Molen’s shop the next day at 12.50 euros a 75cl bottle I thought it was a complete steal. I wish I could do justice to the complex fruit and warming feel it gives you without ever having a single bit of alcohol heat anywhere near it. So smooth it has no burn. Truly amazing and utterly one of my favourite beers. Dessert beer in a glass. Bring on the chocolate torte.


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