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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - APR 7, 2015
Pour moi, davantage un imperial porter qu’une belgian strong ale, bien que cette bière fantastique possède un peu des deux. Les malts sont des malts clair, cara et chocolat. Les houblons Premiant et Saaz. Elle titre à 10,2 % abv pour 21 ° plato, et un niveau EBU de 78. Couleur noir intense, profond, d’une opacité totale (EBC de 160). Mousse qui est un nappage beige moyen en « tourbillons ». Arômes de café très fin, chocolat, pointe de chicorée, noisettes grillées, pointe de Nutella et cognac. 1ère bouche douce et souple, à la magnifique entame sur malt grillé, malt noir, et café, bois brûlé. Arrière-bouche très harmonieuse, riche, complexe. 2ème bouche splendide, équilibrée, dense, riche, harmonieuse. Arrière-bouche d’une perfection exceptionnelle. 3ème sur un fantastique ensemble, une pure merveille. Arrière-bouche nette, pure, splendide. La longueur donne du toffee, des noisettes, des fruits noirs, pointe de dattes, chocolat, raisins secs, tabac brun de la Semois. Les jambes sont d’une part très finement marquées et en partie lisses. La levure est d’une très grande veine, la classe. L’alcool est parfait pour soutenir tout cet ensemble, avec son niveau remarquable de 10,2 %. La finale est un rêve. CONCLUSION : quelle bière de classe !! Quelle splendeur !! Quelle maîtrise du brassage !! Un 5 indiscutable, inévitable, inaltérable, imbattable et … impitoyable (meedogenloos ...). Prima !!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gangstergafje (684) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2015 OMG. This is heaven in a bottle. The beer is pitch black. Not dark brown, black. It is so dark, light doesn’t even shine trough. The beer pours a tiny amount of brown foam. The beer is a treat for the eye. Than the smell... The smell is strong and rich. There is fruit, a nice sour aroma, and some spices. there is something that reminds me of ’kruidkoek’, a Dutch cake with various spices. The taste is just as beautiful as the smell. There is perfect harmony between the sweetness, sourness and bitterness. There is some chocolate, wich are responsible for the bittersweetness. The taste is really great. I have no words, try it yourself. The beer tingles your mouth, massages it. Perfection from our beautiful Dutch ground.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (423) - Padova, ITALY - APR 26, 2016
ASPETTO: marrone scuro, in pratica nero impenetrabile. Schiuma marroncina, fine, persistente e abbastanza abbondante. AROMA: caldo e avvolgente, prugne , ciliegie sotto spirito, leggero tostato. GUSTO: dolce, ma una dolcezza stemperata dal tostato, liquorosa, calda e avvolgente. Veramente un capolavoro.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alusmamuts (1566) - 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)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
urban24 (30) - POLAND - APR 10, 2016
Uderzająco mocny owocowo-kwiatowy aromat, cytrusy, czerwona porzeczka, ciemne winogrona. W smaku bardzo dobry balans pomiędzy słodowością pierwszego łyku i goryczką wzmagającą się z każdym kolejnym. Barwa ciemnobrunatna, przejrzyste, bardzo delikatna piana, piwo oblepia ścianki szkła, ale z powodu swojej oleistej konsystencji przynosi to na myśl lacing w whisky. Nisko nasycone, pełne, niesamowicie pijalne. Jedyne do czego można się przyczepić to goryczka, określona wedle etykiety jako 78 EBU w rzeczywistości jest jej tu dużo mniej - po za tym jednym mankamentem piwo jest wyśmienite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3123) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (4380) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KingCecil (2081) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm_Warning (82) - 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!

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