daje (3349) - NORWAY - MAY 22, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Grünerløkka mat- og mikrobryggfestival 2015. Dark brown body with a tiny beige head. Aroma of roast, alcohol, wood, vegetable. Taste starts with licorice and chocolate, dry, with a hot chili kickin in at the finish. Burning hot, taking away most of the rest of the beer, a faint malt and choco character is noticed. It’s all good, though I believe adjusting the hotness down a tad to make room for more of the qualities this beer proves in the beginning would be wise. That said, for an over the top hot chili beer it’s damn good.
Alengrin (4163) - BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of 2,5 years old at 11% ABV, a barrel aged imperial stout with (very) sharp chili pepper varieties added. Regularly shaped, medium thick, creamy, light beige head with good ’edge retention’ and patches of foam in the middle; colour is a very dark reddish burgundy on the edges but black in general appearance. Rich and beguiling aroma of so many lovely things: espresso, warm chocolate sauce and pure black chocolate, black pepper, green olive, Cuban cigars, dried and smoky chili peppers, charcoal, dusty pipe tobacco ashes, bayleaf, stewed beef, kahlua, whisky and spicy old ’jenever’, leather, tree bark, dried thyme, Worcestershire sauce, roasted pine nuts, some shoe polish, old furniture, vanilla, candied fig, ginger powder, teriyaki, dried seaweed, cured ham, soy sauce. Intense flavor right from the onset, bombarding the tip of the tongue with hearty umami (dry black olive, cured ham) paired with nice and well-restrained candied date sweetness as well as a very light salty soy sauce touch; stinging spicy notes are already apparent from the start. An abyss of deep, big, fat maltiness ensues, caramelly, toasted, thoroughly nutty and eventually mouth-filling coffeeish bitter and roasted, while that dried chili spiciness grows and grows, eventually taking over the finish by force and leaving a steady, red-hot burn in the back of the mouth and the throat, which you will only appreciate if you are into spicy food; underneath, a drying, tannin-rich woodiness also builds and adds to this megastructure of a beer, as well as peppery hop bitterishness which does nothing but support the roasted bitterness and the spiciness, and a well-positioned afterglow of whisky- or even tequila-like alcohol. Complex, daring brew, even to De Molen standards; in certain ways, this is the stout equivalent of their Groot & Sterk. The few years of ageing must have done this beer good, as is often the case with these barrel aged Molens; in any case, and as usual with this brand, a fascinating flavor adventure bringing sweet, umami and bitter together and subjecting them to chili heat without smashing them completely (though I could imagine this spiciness may have been too much when it was younger). Admittedly it takes a certain amount of capsaicin tolerance to be able to enjoy this but I sure do and in this slightly aged form, I find this beer fantastic. I love this brewery!
sjogro (2138) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Borefts 2015, Day one. Tap. Koffie/peper porno.... Backlog from 2015/09/25.
DSG (11117) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[9/25/15] Draught sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2015 in Bodegraven. Black. Aroma of wood, vanilla, roast, some fruitiness. Flavor starts sweet with chocolate, wood, vanilla, dark fruits, finishes hot. Rounded mouthfeel.
kermis (9609) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Borefts ’15. Pours dark brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of big fruity chilli, dark chocolate, dark fruits, roast and toffee. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with a nasty chilli burn and soft carbonation. Another one ruined by the chillis..
Earlier Rating: 9/29/2013 Total Score: 3.9
Draft at BBF13. Pours near black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, toast, vanilla and bourbon. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter with a moderate pepper kick in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
tderoeck (7668) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2015
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
25/IX/15 - on tap @ Borefts 2015 (Bodegraven) - BB: n/a (2015-1298) Thanks to 77ships and the Israeli beer tickers scene for sharing today’s beers!
Clear dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: sweet, maple syrup, very heavy, roasted, caramel, sugary, bourbon, vanilla. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots and lots of chillies, bit roasted, sweet touch. Aftertaste: nothing but burning chillies. Nope, that’s just fucking up what once was a nice beer...
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2015
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2015
25th September 2015
Borefts VII. Day 1. Keg. As Hot and Spicy 4 (Madame Jeanette). Almost opaque dark brown beer, no head. A somewhat oily feeling palate with low carbonation. Smooth dark malts. Touch of emulsion paint. Spice. Smooth finish. For me a rare De Molen RIS miss.
2nd August 2011
GBBF. Opaque black beer, no real head. Sweetish dark malt with toffe and chocolate tones. The chilli is quite poky and blooms in heat and spice in the mouth. Finishes smooth with some unsweet dark chocolate underneath the chilli flames! Burning mouth aftertaste.A bit too poky for me. Love chilli im my food - not so much in my beer.
Theydon_Bois (16006) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at BBF 7, Bodegraven, 25/09/15.
Black with no head.
Nose is rich dark fruit, spice, chocolate, roast malt, burnt toffee, chilli notes.
Taste comprises tangy dark fruit shreds, green pepper, dark malt, dark chocolate.
Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, light peppery heat in the close.
Earlier Rating: 10/12/2013 Total Score: 3.2
Tap at Borefts ’13, 27/09/13.
Mid black with no head.
Nose is dark roast, woody notes, toffee, vanilla fudge, boozey strains.
Taste comprises light spice, cocoa, dark toffee, dark fruits, peppery.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light chilli spice in a slightly warming finish.
Does what it says on the tin and a well balanced spicy beer at that.
Bosbouw (2510) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Zwarte kleur zonder kraag. Ruikt vanille, pittig. Smaakt subtiel gekruid, peper. Aardig.
Earlier Rating: 9/29/2013 Total Score: 3.5
Hot & spici III. Zwarte kleur met weinig schuim. Zoetige rum, chocolade geur. Smaakt prima, zoetige en een lichte peper in de keel.
Vaiz (4182) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted @ Borefts Beer Festival 2015. Spicy, but also a bit messy. Not much character aside from the peppers.
Earlier Rating: 10/2/2011 Total Score: 3.9
Draught @ BBF2011. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted burnt malts and some spices. Flavor is spicy chillies all the way. Tasted nothing else for the next half hour.