Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: English Strong Ale
Bodegraven, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   IBU: 49   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Brewed for the first time in May 2011.
Ingredients: water, barley malt (pils, cara), hops (premiant, saaz), yeast (top fermenting).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (2905) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Yeast, sweet dark fruit, and some fumes. Dark coppery brown, 1-2 finger tan head, good lace. Sugary, some dried dark fruit sweetness. A bit of carb burn in mid palate. Final settles out into a dry bitterness. Medium body. Okay. Not sooo interesting, really. A disappointment from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
12th May 2013
Gusher! Very hazy amber beer, mahoooosive pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and crisp and semi dry. Lots of bitterish brett. A little fruit underneath but this is really brett dominated. Dry finish. Infected?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 8, 2013
Kupfer, klar, süsslich nach dunklen beeren im aroma, süsslich und leicht hefig im antrunk/geschmack, abgang und nachklang leicht bitter, geringere rezenz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14655) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle at Arendsnest. Clear brown - white head. Caramel. High sparkling. Sweet malty. Raisins. Light body. Herbal. A bit boring - too carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (8062) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle shared from ABC Beers. Pours clear brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of fruits, caramel, yeast, alcohol. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6299) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle. Dark ruby, light haze, offwhite cream. Berries, light leathery wooden nose. Citric hoppy entry. Goes from berries, orangepeel over tobacco, wood and spices to a very dry hoppy finish. Fullbodied, dry mouthfeel. Long fruitcaramel aftertaste. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSkull (1368) - SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2013
(Bottle). Aroma and taste of sweet caramel malt, raisins and figs. The taste is quite sweet but not too sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (9144) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2013
330 ml bottle. Bottled 22/Jun/2011. From bierzwerg.de.
Clear dark amber colour with a ridiculously huge foamy head. Very malty aroma. Extremely malty aroma. Some floral hops and sweetness there too. The flavour is hops, bitterness, malt, alcohol and Well, I’m not quite sure what this is supposed to be? It might be exactly that but it’s not something I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Brandman (2516) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Brown body, light brown head. Aroma has sweet malt, raisins, flour, cookie dough. Flavour is flat malt and floury yeast, alcohol. Really bad and offlavoured.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (1212) - HONG KONG - AUG 14, 2013

330 ml bottle bought at The Bottle Shop in Sai Kung.

Cloudy hazy dark amber brown colour with lots of dirt like, darkish yeast sediments; Two finger head with rich, long lasting crumpety beige foam, like a Belgian ale. Very sticky lacing with soft fizzy carbonation; Fragrant aroma of full ale malt, with nice light grapefruit, biscuit, bread, plums, orange peel, lemon and light spice; Very nice medium sweet taste of ale malt, with light grapefruit, rich plums and raisins, toffee, yeast, molasses, light spices, light alcohol, citrus and herbal hops; Medium body, slick palate; Mouth feel is fairly rich and tasty ale malt with very good elements of toffee, caramel, raisins / dark fruits, rich yeast, light grapefruits and spices. Very malty and biscuit, yet nicely sweet and dry fruity. All complement each other very well. I feel good! The 7.5% abv is quite seductive, doesn’t hide itself under the sand yet light enough and blends well with overall taste. A marvel! Hoppiness is nice light grapefruit and lemon nose, Moderately spicy and earthy taste, and fairly light herbal grassy hops work well enough for flickering astringency and finish; Slightly dry after taste:, fairly sweet and fruity to mouth.

Comments: This is a very fitting ESA. Although not as outwardly colourful as Fuller’s 1845, it’s rich enough in maltyness, fruityness, yeastiness (loads of dark yeast!), and just spicy and hoppy enough to make this brew refreshing under a post-typhoon Summer night like tonight, or better, a fitting winter warmer like many top dog ESAs. Highly recommended!

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