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

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RATINGS: 535   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
CarlJonas (212) - Linköping, - NOV 10, 2012
Dark copper, no head. Sherry and figs on the nose with some higher alcohol. Malt heavy, sweet vineous taste balanced by lots of warming alcohol. Some peppery bitterness in the finish but I’m not sure if it’s from the hops or the alcohol. Thick liquid but almost no carbonation. More dessert wine than beer but pretty nice.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmr (37) - - SEP 20, 2014
A: hazy golden orange/ small head/ huge legs/ no lacing S: malty/ yeast/ cherry/ caramel T: MASSIVE sweetness/ raisins/ alcohol/ slight bitterness Body: MASSIVE HEAVY THICK OILY

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2258) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle. Heavy to harsh cookie and caramel for the malt, moderate to heavy cooked orange for the hops, moderate dough and leather for the yeast, with dried fig, dates and cherry, and brown sugar. There was no head, and color is muddy dark brown. Flavor starts heavily to harshly sweet, then finishes heavily sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy, with no carbonation and has a moderately alcoholic finish. A little cloying, and I missed the carbonation from letting this Barley Wine age, but this is a massively tasty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freretoc (707) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 14, 2014
Bue à la pression en 12.5cl à la Fine Mousse (Paris) et en bouteille deux semaines plus tôt au Sherwood Pub #743 (Nicorvo), couleur caramel, pas de mousse, pas d’effervescence, une bière très sucrée avec un goût caramel de cassonade et gros goût d’ananas. Pas mal mais qui tabasse fort, on ne sent pas du tout l’alcool en plus.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1199) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours cloudy amber with a little sediment and a white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, yeast, fruit, and alcohol - with a slightly alcoholic finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 2, 2014
Where and how: bottle 330 ml at Volo
Aroma malty sweetness, refined alcohol feel, plenty of caramel sugars. Not very complex.
Appearance :
Top: rocky, mid sized top, sparse lace.
Base: dark ruby-amber.
Palate : full bodied.
Taste: sweet, candy sugars. Sugary residue all the way in. Alcohol on top.
other notes should be renamed candy and sugar,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2611) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2014
330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/24/2011. Pours hazy/cloudy dark ruby red color with minimal head or lacing. Some light carbonation bubbles linger at the surface. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light leather, herbal, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light leather, herbal, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark fruitiness and rich dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with very slick and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English barleywine. All around good complexity and balance of dark fruitiness and rich dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weark (303) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle From Erzbierschof - Hazy amber color with a fleeting beige head - Aroma is malty, fruity, dried fruits, orange peel, vinous, caramel - Flavor is malty, dried fruits, orange jam, vinous, apple,caramel very complex - Full body, medium bitterness, medium carbonation, sweet malt, sweet malt caramel fruity finish - Another amazing and complex beer from De Molen, I will put the others in my cellar and try them in few years.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1391) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2014
July 27. Bottled august 2012. Pours light hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is raisins, caramel, oranges, vinous. Taste is sweet dried fruits, caramel, spices. Light vinous and alcohol finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EtOHops (14) - - AUG 19, 2014
How: tap /// Where: Les Fleurs du Malt le bar, Lyon, France /// Appearance: hazy orange /// Aroma: madarins, dried fruit, caramel, prune /// Body: full /// Taste: sweet and a light bitterness finish, medium alcoholic

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (1928) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2014
33 cl. bottle poured in to a Snifter. Bottled in February 2012. Deep, hazy amber colour with a golden hue. Thin, off-white head. Sweet aroma with rich malts, oranges - other overripe, sweet fruits - mandarins, apples and light yeasts. Taste is sweet . rather heavy, still great. Full body with an oily texture and a soft bordering flat carbonation. Very rich. Long lasting sweet finish, only a discrete bitterness.Some warmth from the alcohol. Alcohol is otherwise hidden. A big, rich, filling beer. Excellent.


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