502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 bottle #349 out of 384 (a very gracious gift from Pipper) into snifter. Bottled on my most recent birthday (November 17 2008), a month and a half after it was brewed. Despite the abv, the cork had a pretty aggressive pop and the pour yeilded plenty of carbonation. It is a muddy tangerine (orangish-brown) color with a pretty nice khaki head that holds pretty well. The aroma is very pleasant with plenty of juicy citrus American hops (grapefruit, lemon/lime, and some orange) with a very sturdy malt backbone that exhibits hints of caramel doughy cake, and more. A bit on the sweet side, but still quite inviting. The thing smells like a rich robust monster. The flavor isn’t as sweet as I was expecting, but still does carry quite a bit of unfermented sugars. The hops are more bittering than flavorful (not as juicy as the aroma might suggest, but still quite delicious). Some nice resinous piney hop character in there. The big winning factor here is the degree to which the abv is hidden. With each sip, you know your drinking a big beer, but I would never guess 11%. Nice and warming on the stomach though. Medium carbonation with medium to full body. Overall: this beer is very similar to many American Style Barley Wines. Maybe not as hoppily bold as many IIPAs out there, but still very well balanced and crafted. Thanks again Pipper for the change to try this one!
A WORD OF CAUTION!!!: I am down to the last 3rd of this beer. It is now that I notice the nearly half inch of yeast on the bottom. I left over a half inch of beer in the bottle and my last pour literally looks like mud. ZERO clarity. So, my advice is that, considering De Molen seems to have put quite a bit too much yeast in this one, let your bottles settle for at least a few weeks beofre opening them. Mine had been sitting for over a week in my fridge and the first pour was still very murky (forget about the last pour, its a total yeast cloud).
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate: bottle at Pre ZBF.
Bloody hell! Another De Molen beer!
If only ryan could see me now! What a blinkered fan boy huh? This is a storming IPA. Hazy orange amber with an excellent beige head. Hops, hops and more hops. Superb grapefruity mandess. But there is more to this than meets the eye. Somewhere in the middle some amazing malt complexity just launches at you and sneaks in a smooth bolo punch. Sweet and earthy with plenty more dark rich fruit. Just as quickly it’s grounded and pounded by more earth shattering hoppage. Massive resinous and lengthy finish. Such a big beer but such a delight to drink. Fantastic.
yngwie (13948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Copenhagen Beerfestival. It’s a hazy, orange-brown beer with a small, creamy, beige head. Citrusy, resiny hops in the initial aroma, soon having company of sugary sweetness and some alcohol. Quite massive sweetness in the mouth, but with enough hops to cope with it. Resin and pinecones and a good bitterness. Some alcohol warmth. Lasting bitterness in the finish with a good dash of balancing sweetness. Full-bodied and rather sweetish. A nice beer indeed, but a bit on the sweet side maybe. (090516)
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella. Deep dark red brown colour. Sweet, very hoppy, caramel, citrus, dark fruity alco aroma. Well filling sticky mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet and hoppy with alcohol, dark fruits and malts, caramel, a good bitterness, citrus and pine. Sweet long lasting dry bitter piney alco dark fruity finish.
MrGGen (312) - ITALY - JUN 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colore bruno scuro con incredibili riflessi rubino(wow!),buona la schiuma leggermente marrone.Aroma tagliente di agrume,luppolo e caramello.Gusto amaro ma non astringente,ben bilanciato il corpo.Ottima
daniele (5681) - ITALY - JUN 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ambrata carico poca schima non molto persistente quasi piatta il mnaso luppolo anas caramello in bocca ritornano le note dolciastra buon corpo un po di fruttato alcolico amaro deciso ma armonico lieve sentore erbaceeo da luppolo a metà saaz e finale esotico amarillo
Rune (8348) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
100ml poured from a bottle. Unclear, dark amber body. Fine laceworks on the glass. Rich aroma of citrus sharpness. Peels of different fruits in flavour, sustained by berries and malty sweetness. Nice and lingering bitter finish. Well crafted ale and on of the best I had at the festival in Valby (CBF, 16.05.2009).
deyholla (6863) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Copenhagen beer festival. Poured a cloudy brown with a brown head. Aroma consisted of hops and a bit of malts. Also a fruity note present, perhaps grapefruit. Starts sweet and ends bitter with fruit undertones.
caesar (5298) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ de Molen. Pours a beautiful redbrown color with a thick and lasting creamy off-white head. Aroma of hop, grapefruit, some pine, some caramel malt. Very thick and creamy mouthfeel. Good bitter taste, but not astringent or harsh like some american dipa’s. Very nicely balanced, full bodied with caramel malt. The 11% cannot be noticed at all, which makes this a splendid dipa.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl #251, bottled on 17/11/08. Dark hazy ruby, lovely fim amber head. Red grapefuit nose, slight pine & resin, yeastiness, pretty similar to Nogne #100. Very bitter, resiny flavor, slight herbal notes, grapefruit, floury grains, lingering tangy resin and some licorice in the finish. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation. Good aroma, but a bit too tangy flavor.