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

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RATINGS: 453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   IBU: 81   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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21° Plato, 81.7 EBC, Czech hops: bittering hops Premiant, as final hops Saaz.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Tap at biero. Masterpiece. Aromas of liquorice, caramel, and chocolate.Taste has sweet and bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is silky, with a medium-to-full body. Dark brown, with a creamy head.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alusmamuts (226) - LATVIA - MAR 13, 2013
Dark, dark brown with rich light brown foam cap. Light "roasted" sweetness with rich bitter aftertaste. Very vell rich balanced overall taste (I’m not a big fan of dark beers, but like this one really much)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2210) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Lordy, what a great beer of amazing dualities! Poured at a good temperature with a grand, foamy, fluffy, billowy, thick, light tan head that lasts and lasts, plus good lacing. Color is a clear mahoganey with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is a clean blend of malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, and yeast. Flavor is like nose and at first sweet, but then plenty bitter with the carbonic tang enhancing and elevating both the bitter and sweet. I find myself going back to ponder the sweet and then the bittter. Then again the bitter and then the sweet. I can’t hardly imagine this beer being better. Body is full, but not too, carbonation is perfect. Finish is like flavor, of average length, very clean, and a hint warming. The only reason I don’t give it a better rating in aroma is my snooter doesn’t work so well. Fabulous beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (3771) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Pours very dark, with a trim white crown. Smells wonderful: sweet fruit, clean hop, richness. Taste is equally beautiful: fruit compote, raisins, warming alcohol. Superbly drinkable, but crammed with malty berry and hop breath. A seriously good beer, one of the best I’ve ever sampled.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KingCecil (2043) - DENMARK - OCT 4, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2013 Fra flaske, dufter sindsygt dejligt af humle ! , fremstår super flot meget meget mørke brun med mørkebrunt skum ! smager super godt mest af humle, dejlig fylde ! i alt en rigtig dejlig strong ale ! .... 03-09-13 ... vintage ´12

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm_Warning (77) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2012
Currently drinking while typing. Yet another sensational brew from De Molen! Great aromas of plum, raisin, cherries, hops, sugars, rich dark cocoa and caramelled malts, very striking and different from what you expect. A very pretty looking dark black but subtle red vessel with a big bubbly foaming head of a tan colour, was a very slow gusher! I took the cap off and the foam started climbing slowly up the bottle neck. The flavours in this beer are incredible! Completely didn’t expect it to taste so hoppy and light for a dark looking 10.2% brew. Good flavours initially of floral hops, grape, plum, toasty malts and a gentle bitterness to the hops, all fading into a lasting floral and grassy hop aftertaste. Great feel in the mouth, the colour of the beer suggests it would be chewy and thick in the mouth but it has a delicate form that leaves the tongue tickled with suitable carbonation and not laden with heavy textures. Honestly I can’t praise De Molen’s brewing techniques enough! Absolutely love their work, definately recommended!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
McDear (32) - Napoli, ITALY - JAN 17, 2013
Una birra praticamente perfetta ! Schiuma presente e poco persistente, aroma profondo, amaro, con discreti richiami di caramello e cioccolata. Profumo di caramello delicato ma persistente. Livello alcolico alto ma mai fastidioso. Nel complesso una birra decisamente complessa e piacevolmente invitante che reputo tra le migliori assaggiate fin d’ora. Assolutamente da provare e ... riprovare.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdwinLitzau (320) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2014
Donkerbruine kleur, amper schuim. Ruikt naar peat en toast. Smaakt fantastisch, zwaar en toch zacht, zoet maar niet te.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3681) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2011
bottle@Kulminator: black with a tanned head that leaves behind some might impressive lacing, smell is very fruity & earthly hops which follow over into the taste which is strong on bitter coffee, strong dark earth presence that borders almost on peat, cocoa powder, espresso, brown sugar and sweet dark fruit, dark malt & sweet wood, great RIS, despite what RB says - “Mooi en Medogenloos” is how “The Bold and the Beautiful” is called in Dutch, a joke that might be lost on non-Dutch speakers

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
warenik (4) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013 does not count
Gorgeous red-purple appearance, far too much toffee-colored head, cognac nose, bitter black currant and brandied cherries in an alcoholic wet dream. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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