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De Molen Lang & Kaal (Tall and Bald)

De Molen Lang & Kaal (Tall and Bald)
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Formerly brewed at Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
The beer is to be produced in 350L every year. Oak chips have been put in 40 year old cognac and then added to the beer.

Special brew made for Jens Ungstrups 40 year old birthday. Name is still provisional, other options were: Fourty, Fat and Finished (suggested by "friends" of Jens) - Fourty, Fit and Firery (Jens’ own version).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Defreni (2997) - Husum, DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
Flaske: Brun øl uden antydningen af skumhoved. Absolut ingen karbonering. Tilgengæld en lækker duft af karamelmalt der fortsætter i smagen. Vanilje og eg giver også et fint bidrag. Minder faktisk om Angels Share, men har det samme problem med manglende karbonation hvor vi havde været helt oppe og ringe. Men daym øllen smager godt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6785) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2010
Lactic nose, wood. Golden brown low head. Big wood, vanilla, cookie, rest sugar. Oily, light herbal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2010
A litlle hazy dark orange/brown colored beer, with almost no head. just a little and it’s beige. The aroma of sweet caramel with some dark fruits with alcohol in the back. The taste of sweet dark fruits, it’s malty with some spices. There is warming alcohol. The aftertaste is stickey and some bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber coloured with no head and no bubbles. Aromas of caramel, oak, dried fruit, honey and warming alcohol. Super soft texture. Warming flavour with notes of honey, syrup, wood, raisins, alcohol and malt. Heavy and sweet, yet very drinkable stuff..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2010
(Bottle #549 at Pikkulintu) Poured ruby red and hazy with almost non-existent head. Aroma contained raisin, dried plum, malts, vanilla, alcohol and molasses. Palate was full bodied, warming and dry with low carbonation. Flavours were sweetness and more sweetness, malts, raisin, figs, mild bitterness and mild roastedness. Aftertaste was sweet and mildly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2010
No sound on opening of bottle. Thin coarse head. Hazy amber body. Deep syrupy toffee aroma with marzipan notes. Intense sweet plummy alcoholic dried fruit taste with syrupy earthy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild mouthfeel, but flat. Hardly any CO2 at all. Sweet honeyish strawberry and peppery marzipan aftertaste with earthy plummy notes and traces of apple. Totally lacking in bitterness, and therefore unbalanced. Not too bad, but would improve with a decade of cellaring. (0.33l bottle, Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Bottled 2009-04-10. Bottle #532.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2010
33cl bottle, green wax dipped. Brewed 25-02-2009, bottled 10-04-2009, and consumed on 14-01-2010. Bottle #740 of 1134 for this batch. Opening with so much as a his, the body pours basically flat, with no head. Colored a deep reddish amber, the liquid looks quite dense in the glass, but surprisingly leaves little sheeting or legging. The aroma shows notes of plums, figs, dates, and caramel, with hints of dessert bread and some dusty, faded, orangey hops. Bready, doughy yeast and heavy vanilla lend a weighty, sugary feel to the nose. Flavors are incredibly sweet, obviously loaded with the aforementioned malty notes of figs, raisins, dates, and heavy, heavy caramel sugar. A slight hint of tart cherry enters the fold, perhaps a nod from the cognac, though vanilla seemingly shoves everything out of the way to take center stage. A dash of oily citrus ring brings in a bright hop note, but make no mistake, even at 62 EBUs this one remains a massive malt bomb. Sugary, almost syrupy on the tongue, the body just seems to drag, lacking grace. An oxidized, sherry-like warmth comes through at the very last second. Alcohol is well hidden by all the massive, fruity sugars, but that’s not necessarily a good thing as it’s the sweetness that is the primary detractor here. I was not impressed in the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2010
0.33 l bottle at Konttori, Tampere. Slightly hazy reddish brown color. Thick, sweet berryish aroma with cognac, dark sugar, licorice, vanilla, oak, red wine and toffee. Sweet oaky and berryish flavor with caramel, toffee and cognac. Thick smooth palate. Firm oakiness but not overboard. Nice complex aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2010
33 cl bottle. Clear amber with some bubbles around the edge. Nose is honey, vanilla, plum brandy and grassy alcohol. Smooth medium body; sticky with a trace of carb. Taste is very sweet caramel, apple and honey; quite like a mead. Cognac adds some complexity but doesn’t dominate. Finishes with melon and citrus peel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borresteijn (6371) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2009
33cl Bottle from Bert’s Bierhuis. Slightly hazy nutty amber colour, no head. Aroma of full on very sweet malts and lots of fruits like prunes, white raisins, alcohol. Flavour is very sweet, too sweet imo, very fruity and malty, light cognac feel in the finish, but I’d like that to be more pronounced. Fullbodied, but no carbonation at all, and I strongly dislike that, a beer should have at least some bubbles imo. It’s also way too sweet for my liking. It’s a well-crafted brew, but just not for me.

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