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


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RATINGS: 632   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   IBU: 81   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
21° Plato, 81.7 EBC, Czech hops: bittering hops Premiant, as final hops Saaz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15578) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2012
Tap @ Zly Casy, Prague. Pours dark brown with a creamy head and lacings. Liquorice, dark fruit and caramel. Smooth and full bodied. Very well crafted. Tasty ..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2012
(From notes 12.11.12) Bottle. Medium size, fluffy foam. Dark brown beer. Yeasty, winey, malty, sugary lemon (like home-made mead), dark sugar. Soft mouthfeel. Tastes a bit sour (brings Aardmonnik to mind) and sweet. Aftertaste is bittersweet. Overall, a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5091) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 15, 2012
Med brown color. Sweet malty nose with stewed apples and a hint of spice. Very malty, stew apples, moderately sweet with some cinammon. Lingering stewed apples and brown sugar in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (5734) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle 0.75l from Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with small brownish head. Aromas and flavours are raisins, plums, sweetness and malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2989) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
[bottle at BrewDog pub in Edinburgh] Spicy woody dry pineapple aroma with some barnyard and phenoic character. Opaque black under lacy, light brown. Brightly sour flavour with coffee and fudge brownies and earthy notes. Stout with Belgian yeast--slightly phenolic. Light to medium body, medium carbonation, sugary finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Draft on tap at Zwanze Day 2012 - West Lakeview Liquors (Chicago, IL). Pours a deeper brown hue. Firm darkness in the middle, good haze as the edges show glowing chestnut and amber hues, some light. Frothy offwhite head atop dies to a small layer and laces small. Aromas are dark malts, touches of cocoa and biscuits, firm dark fruit and toasty roast elements work in. Gentle yeast, dryness from the toast and roast. Caramel and toffee. Initial is bitter cocoa, some toffee and some weird dark fruit elements off the bat. Plum, touches of cherry, anise and licorice turn me off quickly. Middle shows dark fruit and toffee, toast and biscuits. Some cocoa as it wins me back. Backend gets more dry, returning to almost a licorice feel, darkness, and dry roasty and toasty malts. The Belgian element here loses me. Finish is a bit harsh and medicinal. Meh. Not my thing. An ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2012
pours very deep shade of brown, pretty much black, with large frothy light brown head. Aroma is dark and fruity with notes of yeast, licorice, medicinal, prune, date, country cane syrup. Flavor has notes of lightly bittered chocolate, with sweet medicinal licorice on the finish, which evolves through different tones of dark fruit. Medium to full bodied, not as syrupy as I expected (although it really does smell like cane syrup). Licorice is a big presence. Overall nice chocolatey, medicinal licorice drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - DEC 6, 2012
Feels like a dark barleywine to me. Smells and tastes bright, but only if drunk extremely slowly. Lots of licorice and caramel. Alcohol is definitely present. Pretty sure I love this. Pretty sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1825) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2014 33cl bottle to taster Aroma of caramel, bread, molasses, treacle, and salt. Appearance is a deep reddish brown with a large bubbly tan head. Taste is quite sweet, caramel, blackstrap molasses, and soy. Medium bodied and oily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Draft at WLV, Zwanze Day 12. Pours a deep brown with a thin tan head. Nose is caramel, faint phenol, sweet and brooding. Some dark melanoidins from the malt and bread. On tasting, quite sweet with a balancing bitterness. One-dimensional. Bready malt comes through and some herbal hopping. Lacks overall complexity. Closer to a barleywine, imo. Okay.

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