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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 589   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, - DEC 31, 2012
33 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pours a clear amber with a two fingers light brown head that is very small bubbled. Aroma is very fruity with notes of tangerine, sweet yellow apples and some other citrus stuff. Taste of tangerine and a weak alcohol warm in the background. To be a 15.2% this is well done. Full body, sticky texture, flat carbonation and a long fruity finish with some hoppy notes.


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: it’s dry! How they hided this alcohol? In first taste we’ve get a lot of carmelized tangerines. Next accent is caramel - light, not burned. In third taste bitterness is nicely countering caramel malt, but it’s not dominating. Aside from sweet tangerines in aroma, in taste we’ve 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 (79) - 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 (2228) - 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, there’s 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. Didn’t quite work out that way...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
martjoobolut (1250) - 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 (1492) - , 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 (3528) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (10032) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2015
330ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut
Cherry slice - cakey, almondy. Massively full malty taste. Delicious and chewy. Lovely and bocky, doppelbocky, Hops present, nicely bitter, but subtle. Too good to rate, just want to sip. For a malt-fan, this is magic. Have one in my cellar - looking forward to that.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (1538) - ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2015
Semi-clear brown beer, almost no head. Nose is yeasty, malt and caramel, bready-fruity notes. Flavor is intense caramel, burned sugar, bready malt, vinous boozy notes. Some hops balance it nicely. Lingering caramel. Pretty delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
atrox (329) - Kraków, POLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Ruby colour with good, beige head. Sweet, malty, fruity and licorice aroma with some herbal notes. Taste is also sweet with fruits, herbs and hint of honey. Very good balance and masked alcohol. Soft carbonation.


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