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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: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle at the RBSG tasting, thanks to Ungstrup I think. Copper with a smallish head. Sweet oak and brandy aroma with caramel and dried fruit. The flavor is sweet and oaky with the cognac showing as well. Very syrupy and full bodied. Nice aroma, but the flavor became a little too over the top sweet for me, and the body was just a tad too sticky. I had no idea this was this strong though and have to cut it some slack is the sweet/sticky department.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle from De Bierkoning. Pours almost without any head and a deep red copper colour. Wonderful vanilla oak and raisins aroma. Sweet flavours, some raisins, marcipane, nuts, slightly drier towards the finish. Like a great vintage port. Sirupy and full-bodied. Just loving it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (23691) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2009
Bottled (from Ölkonsortiet, Aalborg). Amber colour, not much head. ARoma is wood, alcohol and malts. Some spices become present as well. Flavour is wood, alcohol, spices, malts and also some underlying smoked notes. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle at Pre ZBF.
Semi hazy amber with a head that vanished in seconds. The cognac is totally clear but far from being over powering but there are also notes of calvados and sherry. It’s another of those De Molen desert barley wines. Not quite so incredible as the Bombs and Grenades but still mighty tasty. Lots of sugar and toffee and maybe just verging on cloying. Plenty of alcohol showing but not in a bad way, more in a waheeeeyyyyy this is going to get me spangled way. Massive fruity finish that lasts for a week. Possibly just a little too sweet and lacking a bit of bitterness for balance. Still, mad, bad and great fun. Kinda like Jens really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2009
On tap at Copenhagen Beerfestival. It pours a flat, copper-colored almost clear body without any head. Sweetish, syrupy nose with a nice slightly resiny hop touch and alcohol. Sweetish, syrupy flavor too, some alcohol warmth, peaches, some pinecones and a little bitterness. Full-bodied, warming, almost sticky mouthfeel. Burning finish with sugar and some bitterness. A nice one, but a bit too heavy on the alcohol and sweetness. (090516)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2009
Orange, amber colored brew. Aroma is malty, ripe fruits, cognac. The flavor is very sweet and thick. Apricot, ripe fruits, cognac, alcohol. Almost an after diner liqueur. I think this is not at it’s full potential now. Re-rate later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2009
Bottle. Very low and quickly disappearing white fluffy head. Hazy dark red body. Caramel rye vineous aroma. Very sweet caramel black berries honey oak cognac flavor. Low carbonation. Long sweet aftertaste. Be careful out there. No sign of the high alcohol percentage. Very well hidden by the sweetness of the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geuzelambix (243) - København, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2009
Totally flat palate. Extreme aroma - an explotion of dark fruit. The flavor is a tad more subtle but still packed with prune and caramel. Gets a bit too much in the long run (even during a half a small bottle), but a must try I would say - though not a must buy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2009
Draught@Københavnske Øldage 2009. Reddish brown, low carbonated body with good clarity. No head. Sugary and slight peppery caramel aroma. Plummy fruitiness and notes of tinned dark fruits. Very sweet-flavored. Alcohol-soaked, chewy malts, caramel and dark fruits. A faint wooden note. Fat body. Thick and warm in the mouth. No hops detected. Finishes sweet with a quite pleasant alcohol warmth. A sweetheart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11983) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Amber with a small, or non-existant off-white head. Aroma of caramel, bready malt, figs and prunes, and sherry or cognac. Sweet and malty. Like the original, too sugary sweet for my taste, with a lot of alcohol showing, but maybe a little more mellow. I wonder how it might fare in the cellar for a while. Will that be like keeping Jens in my cellar as my Gimp?

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