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De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals

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


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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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collaboration brew with De Molen and Närke, brewed in Bodegraven in september 2012.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke (1992) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours a deep dark ruby amber color on the edges but appears black without being backlit. Thin film of khaki foam. Nose is pretty inviting with rich caramel, sweet bourbon, butterscotch, boozy dark fruit ad a hint of earthy leather. The palate follows and is really nice, with a smooth silky mouthfeel. Big layered flavors yet still quite balanced. Sweet boozy bitter. Yum !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7243) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle from the Brewery at Borefts Beer Festival 2013, at Camping As Cancelas a campsite in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, Saturday 21st June 2014. Pours jet black with beige head (btw before I even start Liz absolutely loves this) bourbon is well integrated I hate it when its overdone, its spot on here. Aa Loz suggests quite rightly this floats in your mouth, it just hangs there you get a little burn but not too much. The nose is assertive there is some heavily alcohol soaked prunes, dates & raisins it really has a boozy but fruity nose and a touch woody. Lovely and soft in mouth, thick a little salty liquorice but mostly dark fruity. Love this. A8 A4 T9 P4 Ov17 4.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (2782) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle. Dark brune pour with tan head. Sweet caramel and dark malt aromas, touch of alcohol tones. Roasted dry flavors with caramel, and chocolate sweet influences. Finish has a bit of warmth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
yobrooks (8) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2014 does not count
Smooth, caramel notes, very full bodied with mild carbonation. Wonderful bourbon character on the nose and throughout each sip. A quite unique quad . will definitely seek it out again. I bet the guy who gave the 1.4 rating just opened a dud, no way a person knowledgeable of worldly beer could give a rating that low unless the bottle was corrupted. Try it again and enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (3738) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Aroma is caramel, mild nuttiness and malts. The flavor is caramel/toffee, malts, fruit, medium sweetness and a mildly sour/warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5234) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2014
11.2 oz bottle from Party Source. Pours a clear dark brown color with reddishhighlights and a thin ring of beige bubbles. The lack of carbonation is evident. The aroma and flavor have big dark fruits, raisins, figs, caramel, wood, bourbon, vanilla, cherry, some yeast. Syrupy mouthfeel, the flavor is sweet, but good. The lack of carbonation doesn’t hurt this as much as it would a sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
armando629 (2404) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 24, 2014
0,33 l bottle as a gift.
Deep dark body with a small lacing beige head. Aroma of cherries, bourbon and wood, tobacco and leathet. Strong, killer character in the flavor. Almond, cherries with tobacco, vanilla and bourbon, leather. Fine!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3254) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2014
New Beer Distributors, NYC 11.2oz ($8): Pours murky brown with a small tan head that completely disappears after a bit. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Taste is strong whiskey bite that sits around for a bit. I guess the hops add a strange underlying bitterness. Really heavy and somewhat cloying aftertaste. Plenty of fruity flavors involved trying to sneak in under the whiskey. This beer is powerful and is a sipper for those who have acquired the taste. As the person who gave this a 1.4 said, a beer noob could drink this and be discouraged from ever having another beer. All in all, this is powerful and roasty stuff. I am not sure whether I really like it, but I can respect it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2014
At proletariat with my dad. Pours flat murky red mud brown. Aroma is big fig, some bourbon, figs plumbs burnt raspberry. Taste is sweet fig, bourbon, interesting malt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
DrSilverworm (5898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2014
11.2oz bottle, from Party Source. Imported by Shelton Bros. Labeled 10%. This is probably the most full-to-the-top bottle I have ever seen, ever. The liquid level was actually above that ridge in the glass, just below the cap lip. Unfortunately, that didn’t seem to help preserve the beer. The beer is flat as hell. Goddamnit Party Source, this is the second time you have screwed me over in one night. Something is obviously wrong the moment I pour this... Very little head, just a minimal ring of khaki head is evident moments after I pour. No lace. Head soon fades to absolutely nothing. Murky brown color, which is a little unsettling, because I thought this was going to be a stout. Not that it’s bad that this is a barrel-aged dark strong, it’s just a bit misleading. The label is a mess and hard to read, but screams "imperial stout" from first, second, and third glance. On the 4th glance at the label I notice a nearly illegible text under the portrait on the label that reads simply "ale aged in bourbon barrels". D’oh, silly me, how could I have not known this was going to be a belgian dark strong ale? Flavor isn’t horrible... Pretty cloying sweet, kind of yeasty though. Medium to bigger body. Flat texture. More dry finish. Along with the sweet taste, there’s a big bite and heat in the finish. Flavor is a lot of caramel malt, some dark fruit, bruised mushy grapes, Light bit of smokiness, some bourbon quality. Ahh, fuck. Might be good if it wasn’t just flat thick syrup. That quality makes this undrinkable. Couldn’t even finish half. De Molen, Shelton, [2nd tier distributor], and Party Source... You are all guilty here. Get your shit together. If someone that was relatively new to craft beer took a gamble on this and bought it for $10, they would quit craft beer forever and resent the entire scene. Is that what you want? To ruin the industry? Why even do I keep falling for this BS? I stopped buying movie tickets after I felt ripped off for the umpteenth time... Maybe I won’t be so gullible next time I see a product like this. For the sake of your own longevity bite the bullet and invest in a little quality control.

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