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SNAB
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Purmerend, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Maelstrøm is gebrouwen ter gelegenheid van het 10 jarige bestaan van de SNAB. Terugkijkend in de geschiedenis van het brouwen komen we het verschijnsel van moeder-dochter bier regelmatig tegen. Deze oude brouwmethode, waarbij men gebruik maakte van één zelfde storting om meerdere bieren te maken, is de basis voor onze Maelstrøm (9,8 %) en Snab Pale Ale (6,3 %). Door de zware storting na te spoelen verkrijg je een steeds minder zwaar bier. Om puur praktische redenen worden beide bieren nu apart gebrouwen. In ons streven om vernieuwend te zijn op de Nederlandse biermarkt zijn we hierin ook met de Maelstrøm weer geslaagd. Speciaal voor de liefhebbers van droge, hopbittere bieren is deze American Barley Wine ontwikkeld. Door gebruik te maken van Cascade en Amarillo hop en het toepassen van "dry-hopping" heeft dit bier een zeer uitgesproken karakter gekregen. Water, Pale Ale-, Kristal en Münchener mout, Cascade en Amarillo hop en gist.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (4677) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2008
On tap @ Arendsnest. The big brother of SNAB Pale Ale. Amber/copper colour, off-white head. Aroma of hops, grapefruit, sweet alcohol. Flavour is sweet fruits, caramel, hop bitterness, pine and grapefruit, alcohol. Soft mouthfeel. Treacherous!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10528) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle. Red brown orange colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, citrus, hop, alcohol. Flavour is citrus, hop, sweet, alcohol, caramel. Very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle, from trade with jbrus. It pours a next-to clear dark orange to golden body with a beige head. Hoppy nose with some alcohol, sugars and fruits, and some dried fruits and caramel. Sweet, fruity and malty flavor with some caramel and pine. A bit perfumed maybe. Long finish with hops and malty sweetness. Full-bodied and warming in the mouth. A belgian-brewed beer with an american twist, complex and really good. (080509)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Bottle at Depaas in the Hague. Dark red and brown colored body with a big white head. Nose of crystal malt and grassy, dry Cascade hops. Flavor of cherries and cedar wood from the caramel malt, but quite hoppy and sharp on the palate. Full bodied and rich, malty up front, grossly hoppy on the back with note of cherry and pineapple. Not abrasive or aggressive, actually quite smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2008
reddish amber and brown w/ a large off white head and nice lacing. Hoppy fruity aroma hints of graham crackers and cereal. Nice palate good body well coated and very sticky/oily. Lots of hops in the finish, grass, & strawberry provide a crisp dry fruity taste along w/ some cereals and an alcohol in the swallow.. not half bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11183) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Utobeer market stand, London.
Lightly hazy deep red with a fine, creamy off-white head on top. Fizzes away rather fast, but looks good while it’s there. Aroma is thick wet malts, some cascade hoppiness, light toffee, quite vinious and rather dusky. Low carbonation, rather creamy. Flavour is earthy, light hopped, rather sweet and vinious. Aftertaste has a good toffee caramel note. And stays for quite some time.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2008
On Tap at Arendsnest with Bierkoning. Pours a nice deep woody amber with a lasting off white head. Aroma is very soapy with some solvent aromas, cascade hops with some catpiss and yeast. Flavor is earth, dirt, more cascade hops, big thick sweet caramel malts with phenolicy spicy yeast and some cleaner, and oil in the finish. I get a wierd clash between phenols and metallicy off hops that I used to get in my homebrews which throws me off. Meh.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8711) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2008
Bottled. A slightly hazy mahogany coloured beer with no head. The aroma is pretty heady. Alcohol certainly noted, together with fruit and sweet malts. Pretty yeasty tasting. A little rubbery dry. Fruits. Not an English or American barley wine, but very Belgian. A bit hot. Decent enough but lacking nuances.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9344) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 14, 2008
330ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam)
Rich brown, small self-supporting head. Beautiful potent hoppy aroma - fruits including peach and grapefruit. However, it’s not thin on the malts either. Pleasantly carbonated, and tangily hoppy while in the mouth. Excellent burnt malts, nutty, liquorice, both noble and new-world hops. Tangy, clearly hoppy, bitter finish, spicy, even some ginger. Almost no hint of 9.8%. Quite excellent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - APR 9, 2008
Ruby brown, beige lacing head. Nose is caramel malts and american hops. Quite sweet & spicy. Flavor intense hoppy liquorice, malts, some grapefruit. Bitter finish with sweet liquorice. Medium to full bodied, quite smooth palate. Nicely hoppy and malty barley wine.


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