De Molen Bommen & Granaten (Giovanni)
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Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
Bourbon barrel aged with brett. Borefts 2013 festival special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesusO (48) - - FEB 18, 2014
Probada en Borefts 2013. La mejor de las cervezas que probé, o al menos la que más me gustó. Para repetir. Si la original Bommen en granaten es una barley wine dulzona, aunque sabrosa y bastante bebible el toque ácido del brett hace a esta Bommen en Giovanni adictiva, compensa perfectamente el dulzor. Entra muy bien aunque es peligrosa, en nariz toque acético, fruta madura y almíbar. Poca presencia de lúpulo, cuerpo oleoso y postgusto largo. Excelente.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbeatty (1240) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle from de Molen shop, tasted 12/07/2013. Pours chestnut brown, ruby highlights, nearly flat with a still surface yet some residual bubbles occasionally rising to the surface. Aroma of cherries, berry jam, slight tartness, strong vinous funk and brett, subtle vanilla, wood in the finish. From time to time acetone notes come into the nose which is a bit off putting. Taste is cherry, prunes, other ripe dark fruit notes, red wine, brown sugar and toffee, acetic finish, fruity vanilla and light bourbon lingering in the aftertaste. Syrupy and viscous body. Approaching something like a sour barley wine, not entirely my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2013
75cl, as Bommen & Granaten ’Giovanni’, new exclusive Dutch collab. brew Anno 2013, with Brettanomyces, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex sweet brew, sweet/fruity and slightly alcoholic/vinous, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet expensive!, WOW!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inbreak (4214) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 27.09.2013, tap @ Borefts:
Completely flat. Aroma is kind of strange fruity, hops, canned fruits, oak, butterscotch, citrus. Taste is sweet, canned fruits, dried fruits, sugar, hops, oak, cardboard, honey, grass, cardboard, butterscotch. Very dry mouthfeel even though it’s so sweet. Interesting at most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2013
Draught at Borefts BeerFest 2013. Clear amber/brown - no head. Dried fruits, bretty notes, caramel, borubon, vanilla, oakey, vineous, citric, barley, sweetness, coconut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElManana (1727) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2013
Lighter coloured than expected. Strong aroma of dark fruit, fresher berries, sweet brown malts, grapes and a herbal note. The taste is a tat bit diluted though compared to the normal (and extra hopped) versions. You do get a touch of acidity which is interstingly different. Prefer the original(s) though. This one feels like it doesn’t need 15% alcohol. (On tap at Borefts 2013)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gEUS (1685) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2013
Tap at BBF13 - one of my favourites of the festival - hands down. Pours slightly hazy amber with no head (just some bubbles), faint carbonation (in palate as well) and a rich malt and fruit jam nose. Full full body but the slight tartness is really agreeable! Taste is that typical B&M goodness and added with some sweet wine alike flavours (oaky, sweet grape notes, full peachy notes...). Love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16262) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Tap at Borefts ’13, 27/09/13. Hazed dark amber/chestnut brown with no head. Nose is big on dark fruits, woody, boozey, soured cherry aroma, tarte fruits, sugars. Taste comprises sweet sugars, earthy tones, dark fruit, sweet cake mix, boozey notes, woody oaky sweet alchol drench. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet in the execution. Decent enough barley wine, the alcohol is well integrated for 15%, a little overly sweet throughout which prevents this one reaching a higher draw for moi !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2013
Draught. Dark amber coloured. Light beige head. Aroma. Berries, ripe fruits, spice, sugar, vanilla and bourbon. Flavour. Ripe fruits, vanilla, sweetness, light caramel, just a tad sourness. Medium to full bodied. Ends fruity and spiced with a light sour touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (21227) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2013
27th September 2013
Borefts Beer Festival 5. Day 1. Hazy amber - brown beer, no real head. Palate is smooth with superfine carbonation. Lovely sweet malt with sweet toffee. Nice Port Wine berry fruits and general vibe. These two aspects are well integrated. Finishes smooth. A wonderful sweet, smooth and tasty barleywine and for me beer of the festival. Not the first time for a Bommen & Granaten variant!

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