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


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RATINGS: 629   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3408) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humpah (131) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 24, 2016
0,33l bottle from Beergium. Pours black colour with small head. Strikes first as a weird beer. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, bitterness, oak, some roasted malts but not very heavy on them. Quite lightish body for non-BA IS with the ABV, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2016
11.2 ounce bottle from Green’s Beverage Buford Highway, bottled 13/02/2012 and enjoyed 4/19/16. Dark brown, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of cherries, toffee, bread, yeast, caramel, a hint of soy. The taste is toffee, cherries, plums, spice, bread, yeast, anise. Medium bodied, still, mild booze. A good bit of oxidation but the beer wears it well. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (2816) - SPAIN - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Zombier, Malaga, Spain. A: Black. T: Malt, chocolate, sweet, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1623) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2016
My treat for myself during a trip to Paris. 2013 bottle (nearly three years old), served on the warm side. Dark, cola brown. Quickly dissipating head that leaves just a swirl in the middle and a ring of bubbles. Very, very sweet nose. That could be the age. Brown sugar, vanilla, malt extract. Flavor adds leather, dark fruit, sweet tobacco, and a slightly meaty note. If it were a little more velvety smooth and didn’t have a slightly tinny note toward the finish, I’d have pegged it as HotD Adam. Almost like someone blended that brew with a half-rate quad. Hops don’t really make an appearance. Again, probably the age. Goood stuff though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesper86 (35) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2016
Nice one. Not much foam. Nice smell. Caramel, cacao, coffee, raisins. Some bitterness. Not entirely balanced for me (sweetness and bitterness could be more subtle), but nice nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PabloZab (1139) - Wroclaw, POLAND - AUG 20, 2016
Butelka 330ml (29.06.2020). Piwo o ciemnobrunatnej barwie, beżowej pianie, dość obfitej choć po kilku chwilach pozostaje tylko cienki kożuszek. W aromacie ciemne owoce, suszone owoce, rodzynki, nuty opiekane, subtelnie winne a to wszystko dość intensywne i bardzo przyjemne w odbiorze. W smaku nuty opiekane, suszonych owoców, winne. Piwo jest półsłodkie, bardzo gładkie choć z delikatną, leciutko ostrą nutą alkoholu ale nie przeszkadzającą a tylko przełamującą gładkość piwa. Piwo treściwe z zaznaczoną goryczką, w głównej mierze alkoholową, pije się długo ale z dużą dawką przyjemności.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3739) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle from Real Ale Store, Newark. Almost black colour with a tan head. Aroma has a big chocolate hit with a light fruitiness. Taste is roasted bitter and deep fruity to mid sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trolleo (1340) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 23, 2016
Pitch black, with minimal traces of foam on the edges. Alcohol kick, little bit too much, than chocolate, cocoa and biscuit. Taste is great. Lovely dark chocolate with some booze, like chocolate candy filled with cherry liqor or chocolate liqor. Full body, creamy, soft carbonated. Just great. //bottle at CR

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enteogenisk (152) - Bålsta, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2016
Bottle in wine glass. Happy to have another De Molen in my glass, even though it is far from his best. Says imp. stout-ish on the bottle and Belgian strong here, I guess I’d say it lies somewhere in between. Expecting an imp im a bit disappointed. Expecting a Belgian strong I’d say it is rather great. In general, definitely something to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
karpik (670) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUL 13, 2016
Chocolate, fruits, spices in nose. Pours dark brown with tan head. Taste is medium sweet and corresponds with aroma. Medium body, low bitterness at the finish. Overall good Imperial Stout with Belgian yeast.

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