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


on tap

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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   IBU: 81   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
21° Plato, 81.7 EBC, Czech hops: bittering hops Premiant, as final hops Saaz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4918) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
(33cl bottle) Purchased from Cook Street Liquor for around $7.90/ea. pours a decent beige head atop a brown-black body. Nose and flavour is mainly of raisin and plum - though it’s one-dimensional and finishes light. This beer hides its ABV% well - as it does also with the taste. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
0,33 bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Bottled 13/04/12. Pours black with a small brown head that leaves a lacing. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate. Light sweetness, heavy bitterness, light sourness and a bit salty. Some weak alcohol notes as well but is very well hidden. Nice one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 8, 2012
Very bitter for the style, but this has panache. Lots of dark, dried fruit, cocoa, wood, a hint of bourbon, some hoppiness. Medium full body, luxurious, dark fruits, woody, vanilla. A decent bitter finish. Nice, though it’s not gonna drop your pants.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1505) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2012
What, a De Moolen beer with carbonation issues? It gushes lightly, but since I pour faster than my own shadow, nothing ends up on my table. In the glass the beer looks more or less black, and has a large, creamy, light-brown, long-lived head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma is strong, pleasant, sweet, roasted and malty. I get lots of chocolate and dark caramel, also sweet dried dark fruits. In the back there are very nice notes of alcohol in a sherry kind of way. The taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Strong flavours that are dominated by sweet tasting chocolate and caramel. In the back lurk the hops, faint spices and liquorice. The body is medium to full, the texture oily and the carbonation is quite lively. I did get some vague metallic hints in the first couple of sips, but they disappear quickly. A very, very nice beer!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 year 3 months after bottling/3 years 9 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CraftBeerNick (1413) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2012
Keg at euston tap, not bad a little on the sweet side for me, but a good example

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2573) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown/red with full head. Aromas of roasted malts and raspberry/blackberry jam. Flavors of sweet dark fruit and dark brown sugar with lots of malt and carbonation. Very Belgian. Name is apt as alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9108) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2012
11.2oz bottle, bottled 13/2/2012. Big khaki foamy head. Enormous, typical of De Molen. Very dark - colored body. Good rows of lace. Strongly cola aroma. And black cherry. Like a cherry coke, but not as syrupy. In fact, a relatively light body, with a soft carbonation and dry texture. Light black pepper. Light licorice. Moderate bitter, more sweet taste. Some dark fruit. Decent, interesting ale, but not my favorite belgian strong

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (1147) - Rīga, LATVIA, LATVIA - OCT 24, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 muddy dark brown with slightly red tone, large and lasting deep beige head, leaving laces Aroma.. roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, hops. Sweet with lasting pleasant bitter dry finish. Creamy. Alcohol well hidden Overall.. really enjoyable brewing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4963) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2012
On tap in a tulip. Pours dark brown with a lacy head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts, a lot of grape and dark fruit, and some floral hops. Flavor the same, with a lot of fruit. Average to smooth texture. A pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (4153) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2012
On 33 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika Black color, good off white foam. Medium intense roasted & low intensity hoppy aromas, some low fruitiness , coffee, licorice- also nice yeast influence. Full body & high complexity. Immediate sweetness, also high bitterness- well balanced. Very enjoyable & good name for it

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