Boekanier (57) - - MAY 30, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok beer, especially the color and aroma stand out. Nice floral and hoppy aroma. Taste is slightly bitter with a bitter finish. Decent bitter, but Iím missing a malty backbone.
andrewje41 (1583) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle poured. This beer was a foam explosion. Ended up being about a 10 oz pour as a result. This bottle is a little past itís prime, bottled on 04/16/2013. Since I missed the two year mark I will be sure to rerate this if I get the chance, but still tastes fresh to me. Smooth, rich caramel malts. Earthy hop aroma. Lingering balanced caramel malt and earthy hop finish. Unique to my usual beers, and very enjoyable.
VDuquerroux (727) - Airvault, FRANCE - SEP 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A brown opaque beer with a medium white head ; poor retention. Landscape of fruits (citrus, orange), resin, herb and biscuit (+). Light to medium sweet, light to medium dry bitter refreshing, light warming background. Light to medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation, sweet and warming finish, herbal note. Overall, a pleasant fruity bittersweet beer ; watery texture, light carbonation.
sound67 (570) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maker: Brouwerij de Molen, Bodegraven, The Netherlands ***
Beer: De Molen Op & Top (bottled, unfiltered, 330ml) ***
Style: Bitter (?!) ***
ALC.VOL.: 4.5% ***
"9į Plato, 30.4 EBU, bittering hops Premiant, as late hops Cascade and Amarillo." [brewery note] ***
Colour: Deep hazy orange, with a small, fluffy off-white head. ***
Nose: Zitrus, pine, herbs. ***
Texture: Light to medium body. Watery. Active carbonation. ***
Taste: Pinewood is strong at first, with a dry, mildly sour citrusy note floral hops and some mild chewy malts in the background. Middle is drier still, with some resin, muted fruitiness. Bitterness increases towards the end, which otherwise is dry as before. Floral hops and malts in the after taste. ***
Impressions: Supposedly this is a Dutch interpretation of the English bitter style (the label says "American bitter-ish"). I find few connections, except in the after taste. Otherwise it strikes me as being closer to some Belgian ales. Very dry, not very fruity (as a result), and a little too fizzy/overly carbonated (and that couldnít be further from an English Bitter).
agent_persik (571) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange color, small white head. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit, grain, piney hops, yeast. Dry and lightly sweet taste with mild hoppy bitterness in finish and state. Light to medium body and average carbonation. Quite drinkable.
anstei (447) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - SEP 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Erzbierschof Zurich. A bit soapy in aroma, but also some lemons. Due to the soap that makes it smell like your dish cleaner... Quite dry and a bit watery, but the bitterness is well crafted with the nice taste.
ippopotamo36 (864) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Belgrade Beer Fest in Serbia. Pours a very cloudy deep golcen color, tick off-white cap. Nose: lemon skin, citric, De Molen character. Mouth: toasted malts, medium-low carbonation, floral notes, fresh feel. Mild but pungent bitterness. Nice beer.
Slubgob (239) - West Hartford, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottling, so a bit beyond the two year recommended drink fate. Very carbonated pour, thick of white head, hazy light copper color. Bitter nose hint of lemon. Blend oh hops, early in the mouth, finished with somewhat pine hops. Solid bitter.
AntoineGRD (67) - - AUG 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
La Op & Top est une bière de type Bitter anglaise brassée par les hollandais de De Molen. Elle puise son originalité de ses houblons américains, notamment le Cascade et l’Amarillo. Plutôt légère puisque titrant à 4,50%, cette bière présente un profil aromatique tout à fait étonnant pour ce style de bière !
Cette bière hollandaise se pare d’une robe très légèrement ambrée et aux superbes reflets orangés. Le tout est surmonté d’une abondante mousse blanche. Le nez nous dévoile des arômes de pèche, d’agrumes et de caramel tandis que la bouche fine et légère apparaît très fruitée. La fin de bouche se veut sèche et relativement amère.
piscator34 (2178) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Not an overly aromatic beer, but some faint pale malt and Amarillo hop (sour peach candy) notes are there. Flavors are a blend of spicy Belgian yeast, Belgian cara malts, and orchard fruit. Lighter bodied than expected. More like a Belgian Pale than a Bitter in my estimation.
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
September 9, 2014 - on draught at Old Fountain. Such an oddball beer - what a find; a "Belgian hoppy bitter" - and yup, thatís this one all right. Hazy amber with a lovely creamy tan/beige lasting head - lots of sticky lace. Has that unmistakable Belgian yeast character (sharp, floral, sweet, loaded with esters), cereal grain and fresh pungent floral bitterness - maybe not quite balanced, but interesting as hell (8-). Taste follows - less malt sweetness, just slightly raw graininess, extra bitterness, a little cat and resin which was not in the aroma - an oddball. Chewy, slightly light body, very very airy on the palate, with only a medium pungently floral finish - not all that aggressive, and impressively "not sweet" - I will have this again.