Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Schwarzbier
Bodegraven, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Sometimes things go wrong at a brewery. While brewing our Donder & Bliksem a mistake was made and we added a lot of malts that weren’t suppose to go in this brew. This is how our Bohemian Lager turned into a Schwarzbier. As you see, we turn our Difficulties into a Virtue.
14.9 ºP / EBC 113 / 35EBU
Pale, Cara, Chocolate malts & Roasted barley. Sladek & Saaz hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9281) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 1, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 330ml bottle (Queen’s Head, London) (6:4:6:4:13=3.3)
Mashy grainy aroma. Lots of husky grains in the body. Rich and full, but feels a bit sub-par for de Molen. A good "save", but you’d hope a designed beer would come out better than this accidental one.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Bierkompass.de) (7:4:6:4:13=3.4)
Pleasant grainy aroma at first, chocolatey later, even later more mashy, some bananey yeast maybe. Very dark, some ruby glints, small tan head. Very malty body, grainy and husky, a little bit nutty. Some nuttiness and marmite in the finish. Anna detects that it’s old, and sure enough, it was BB2013-11, and it’s now 2014-01. Held up well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (7986) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2012
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Valkendorf. Beige bubbly head. Clear, coal coloured body. Impact of dark malts to the nose with hints of dusty hops. Liquorice malts to the fore in the flavour profile supported by grassy hops and nuts. Bittersweet malty ending. Medium bodied. Ok (hotel room, Bergen 17.09.2012).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (2682) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2012
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Vika. Pours very dark brown with a small tanned head. Aroma of roasted malt with chocolate and caramel and hints of hops, coffee and smoke. Quite sweet and malty with caramel and roasty notes. Finishes slighty dry with some bitterness. A tad to sweet for my taste, but still pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esp0r (1964) - NORWAY - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Pours dark, black in glass, tanned head. (Small head for a de Molen) Smells of hops, roasted malts, hints of coffee and grass. Light to moderate sweet, quite dry, roasty with some coffee. Moderate bitter, some earth and coffee. A quite nice schwarz wit a cool back story. Not the most innovative or challenging schwar, but highly drinkable, it’s good beer material

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3183) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2012
On tap, pours a dark black with off white, thick, soapy head, full sheets of lacing. Aromas of roast, bread, coffee, and some licorice. Taste is bread, caramel, chocolate, spice, sticky sweet malts, mollases. Palate is a little sticky at first but finishes with a refreshing lager flavor. Aftertaste is nuts, and roasted malts. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dutchtuga (135) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2012
Again a fantastic De Molen beer! It has all the rich flavours from a good stout, but still manages to be a very friendly and refreshing beer to drink. Nice soft touches of chocolate, caramel and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6065) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2012
(Draught at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm) Black colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dark bread, roasted grain and ashes. Malty, roasted taste with dark bread, coffee, ashes, hints of chocolate and a dry finish with a generous roasty bitterness. Medium body, with a slight sweetness. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a small, slightly tanned head. Aroma of dark malts and molasses. Flavour is medium bitter, mostly because of some roastiness in there. Nice, medium bodied beer and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
daje (2254) - NORWAY - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle at Bar&Cigar. Dark brown, small head. Aroma of roasted malt, rye and chocolate. Dry taste of coffee, nuts and licorice. Good bitterness, and a smoky and sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4781) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle at ’t Arendsnest. Black with a small head. Caramel and melassis, quite sweet and malty, hints of spicy malts. Decent.

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