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


on tap

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RATINGS: 544   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   IBU: 81   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
21° Plato, 81.7 EBC, Czech hops: bittering hops Premiant, as final hops Saaz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
In short: A very roasted no-style black ale with a spicy edge. Good
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed almost exactly one year after bottling date
The look: »Dark brown body topped by a large dark beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is very roasted, burnt black cake, a little spiciness, some alcohol fumes. Taste is uber-roasted, burnt dark caramel, burnt fruit cake, burnt chocolate cake, burnt cacao, burnt nuts. And all that burnt sweet stuff complemented by a rather strong spiciness that is part black pepper, part anise and part “hot” spices. Alcohol is a bit apparent but not bothersome. Relatively low sweetness sensation because it is covered by the roast and spiciness. Very active carbonation that makes the beer a bit easier to drink Drinks relatively easy fro a 10% beer. And yet another great label from De Molen, I wonder what the De Molen label creator does for the other 23 hours and 55 minutes of his days.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1669) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2011
33cl bottle, thanks tkrjukoff. Pours pitch black with a huge brown head. Smells chocolate malty and abit soy. Tastes coffee malt, bitter and abit alochole with a similar finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (2370) - NORWAY - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle enjoyed at home
Dark dark brown, massive tanned head. Smellso of malts, smoke and belgian yeast esters. Taste is quite malty, some sweetness. Quite peaty, very dominant actually. Fruity tones too. Oily palate, bitter finish. A very nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flavio_b (277) - ROME, ITALY - DEC 20, 2011
On tap @Ma che siete venuti a fà. Black color, white head. Malty taste and sweet enough. Banana smell; nuts in the finish. I like it very much. Great job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle from Nina’s. Pours a dark brown colour with a thick, light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, yeast and grassy hops. Similar chocolately flavour with roasty malt, caramel and some pine also. Heavy carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4696) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2011
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a huge light beige foamy head with a deep brown, red-hued body beneath it. Belgian ale yeast, molasses, raisin and hints of nuts. Taste is raisins, grass, nuts, dark malts and hints of molasses and Belgian ale yeast. Roasty/grassy aftertaste. A bit over-carbonated in my opinion, otherwise a pleasant and rich BSA from De Molen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
330ml bottle shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. 2010 vintage. Deep reddish-black, average but lasting pillowy tan head. Very interesting aroma - like an imperial stout blended with a fruity strong ale like Chimay Blue - deep roast, molasses, raisins, alcohol ... apple, quite herbal. Taste - lovely - the above, some nutmeat and appleseed; oily, even more alcohol, leans a bit more toward imperial stout than the aroma. Oily, somewhat thick mouthfeel, decent carbonation, long-ish slightly burnt somewhat alcoholic finish. Quite liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2795) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Pitch black, thick off white head. Aroma: spicy chocolate, quite hoppy, coffee, slight hint of mint & alcohol. Flavour: Chocolate hops, spicy, hoppy, quite a sherry like flavour, long sticky malty finish. Lovely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On tap. Deep brown in color. Minimal head. The aroma is of hot alcohol and sweet roasted malts. Wood and raisin. The taste is quite sweet, but sharp from the alcohol. Given that, this is well rounded, with a nice medium/heavy mouthfeel that’s slick on the tongue. For whatever reason, this beer felt a bit less than the sum of its parts. I look forward to giving it another shot, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Picked up a bottle while visiting Cambridge UK. Actually thought it was something comparable to their Rasputin when I purchased the bottle. Popped off the cap and foam started oozing out the top. Poured dark brown with a huge head. Taste isn’t what I expected for a Belgian strong ale (e.g. sweet). Burnt malt, spices and balanced hops. Lots of lingering taste in the mouth. Damn good.

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