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

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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   IBU: 81   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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21° Plato, 81.7 EBC, Czech hops: bittering hops Premiant, as final hops Saaz.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
Bit odd. Not unpleasant. Too much cola. I like De Molen, even when they’re not brilliant they are still interesting. Just like me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11614) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with an average to large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex hop floral aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Solid balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a smooth complex solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2866) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2013
330 ml. bottle. Bottled 2/13/12. Pours a thick, lasting, varied bubble beige head, with extensive lacing, over a slightly cloudy dark reddish brown (SRM 20) body....nose is heavy fruity malts, with plum, date, raisin, brown sugar, treacle, hints of spice.....taste is heavy sweet fruits with plum, raisin, date, leading to a harsh bitter, peach pit, spice finish......mouth feel thick, sticky, astringent, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low after the initial exuberance. This falls well into the Abt/Quad piece of the Belgian Dark Strong Ale style. The bitter finish is too harsh and lingers over much. This is probably from a badly handled bottle as neither of the hops used should do this. The net effect is that the flavors are off making for a disappointment in this particular bottle. BJCP 8/3/12/5/7

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4711) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Pours deep ruby-tinged mahogany into a snifter. Tan head with excellent retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Caramel and pit fruit aromas. Dark caramel and chocolate upfront turning to dry pit fruit in the lasting hot pith finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJvd (944) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown with a light brown head that seems to last forever. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits and caramel. Taste is also dark fruits and chocolate that lingers for quite a while.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
McDear (34) - Napoli, ITALY - JAN 17, 2013
Una birra praticamente perfetta ! Schiuma presente e poco persistente, aroma profondo, amaro, con discreti richiami di caramello e cioccolata. Profumo di caramello delicato ma persistente. Livello alcolico alto ma mai fastidioso. Nel complesso una birra decisamente complessa e piacevolmente invitante che reputo tra le migliori assaggiate fin d’ora. Assolutamente da provare e ... riprovare.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1932) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
Quite an odd beer with an unusual aroma. The pour is a purely opaque black with a thin roaring beige head that settles slowly. The nose has odd fruity notes, noble hops, floral and a very mild roast. A deceiving nose to say the least. The flavour has a mild smokey roasted malt that intensifies quickly and an enboldened noble hop flavor. Suprisingly different from the aroma with a prominent chocolate malt and a bitter dry finish. Does a really great job of hiding >10.2% ABV and an odd brew overall.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
obguthr (4387) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
MIld aroma of dirt and cola. Clear maroonish brown and thick tan head, attractive lacing. Full body and sweet. Maraschino cherries and figs with an unusually bitter orange peel overtone. that lingers on the palate. The two competing flavors do not blend well together and offer no sense of balance. Weird, uunpleasant beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zenkis (640) - Ogre, LATVIA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours ...clear black :) with brown creamy top, good stamina. Aroma is intense fruitiness (seems that from hops also) mixed with roasted malt, coffee and sweet maltiness ( I really start to like Saaz hopping). Taste is sweet with good bitter both from chocolate malt and hops. Alco is well hidden so no negative aspects of that in flavor. Well, mild spiced on tongue. Good bitter, light dry finish. This one reminds me of porter, but with more sweetness and noble hops in aroma. Weird to be Belgian strong ale, but overall - very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at Kulminator (Antwerp, Belgium)
Dark brown, with a lasting head. Took a while to pour. Sweet fruit on the nose...like apricots, raisins, dates. Taste is fruity, sweet, caramel, butterscotch. Medium body. A slightly dry and sour finish. I have yet to be disappointed by De Molen.


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