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


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RATINGS: 554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (13631) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
Malzig-viskoser Antrunk mit passenden Süßnoten. Der Alkohol ist kurzzeitig erkennbar, verschwindet dann aber hinter dem starken, dennoch nicht aufdringlichen Malz. Die Süße steigt, das Malz bleibt auf hohem Level. Dabei wird das Malz fruchtig, das Bier vollmundig. Langer Nachgschmack mit Whiskeyzügen, Rauchnuancen, Schokolade. Sehr gut! 11/12/10/13/11/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mortlach (1378) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 28, 2011
27/05/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Bevuta al De Molen beer festival. Color rubino intenso, con buona schiuma bianco sporca poco persistente. Al naso spicca il malto, dolciastro e caramellato, bilanciato da note luppolate ben evidenti. In bocca conferma le stesse sensazioni, dividendosi tra le note dolciastre del malto e quelle amare del luppolo. Corpo pieno, buona carbonazione. Strana, e nel complesso non troppo convincente. Una belgian strong ale atipica.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Edo picks wonderfully again and this is quite difficult to do with strong beers for me. The intense noble hops spice this up detectably (big pepper) and you have a very spicy Belgian yeast (licorice!). The aroma is spicy plus earthen fields. The conditioning is absolutely outstanding, perfect. One of the most drinkable 10% beers you can imagine. Very nicely Belgian. A touch too alcohol hot. Delicious. Had this in a scotch glass tumbler on the train from Lodz to Krakow with the inlaws. De Molen really are wonderful...I suspect this beer would age well with the hops mellowing nicely. Thanks to bierkoning...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJestersBeer (2279) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2011
Bottled 2010-03-25. Pours a dark brown, with a firm beige head. Big, malty, roasted, fruity nose with notes of coffee beans, chocolate, hops, liquorice. Full bodied, some sweetness, distinct bitterness. Rich, complex taste, lots of roasted malts, hops, chocolate, liqurice root, coffee, earth. (2011-03-20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2967) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2011
75 cl bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown, hazy liquid with huge, brownish head. Got beer all over the room when opening it. Smells of chocolate, dark fruits, belgian yeast, bread and some floral hops. Quite nice. Sweet taste with medium to high bitterness and similar notes as the aroma. Balanced. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Well done, nicely tasting and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (5215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle thx to ekstedt cons 2011-04-01 Göteborg AR: coffey, brown sugar AP: dark brown body, wee beige head F: musk, coffey, tart

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6186) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2011
Bottled. Thx rlgk Dark amber with a huge, tan head. Aroma from burnt letaher. Dark sugar in the flavour. Slightly metallic and a bit too much alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - APR 29, 2011
Bottle 33 cl bought @ Bir & Fud Bottega (Rome, Italy). Pours intense brown with ruby reflexes. Aroma of dark fruits, herbs, hops, typical De Molen in the end. RateBeer classifies as a Belgian Strong Ale, but for me has NOTHING of that style. As a matter of fact, BeerAdvocate state: "Russian Imperial Stout". Anyway, it distance itself from pimp IRS: taste is dark fruits, coffee, wood, cocoa, pepper. Some vanilla, some meds. A hint of marzipan, right carbonation. Nice finish of Saaz, grassy. Not bad, balanced but probably nothing new. Hel & Verdoemenis remains THE De Molen basic IRS still.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
(33cl bottle brewed May 23, 2010 bottled Jun 24, 2010 thanks to bu11zeye) clear rich ruby with a lasting tan creamy head. Nose of brown sugar, chocolate malt, and a bit of smoke. Taste of brown sugar, smoke, whiskey, bitter and flavorful. Creamy and awesome palate linger. Nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (9287) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle at First German Ratebeer gathering at Idar Oberstein courtesy of Travlr. Prune/chocolate malt and astringent alcohol aroma. Dark brown color with large head. Sweet prune/brown sugar malt and astringent/bitter alcohol finish. Nicely made - but probably not the best idea to have this towards the end of an epic session.

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