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SNAB
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Purmerend, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Thin, soapy Barleywine. Dark with an off white head. Sweet and fruity. Tried this with Jess at the Jopenkerk in 2012.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1394) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 (Bottled) seductive fumes rise from the tulip glass....slugishly relaxed vibes of booze covered over caramel. woody hops wave hello as a buttery maltiness shines over apple and orange citrus complexity...
nice glowing deep apperance ..beige head ,customary and glowing
in the mouth i cant find a complexity to reach the nose.. rich and fruity every sip and goes in a circle..a plesant one though ,the booze is pleasantly intoxicating me .

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2433) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2011
33cL stubby bottle purchased at Bierkoning on my Amsterdam trip. BB 8/12/11, consumed in October 2011, so not fresh but should be fine enough for a barleywine. Consumed in my hotel room at room temperature. Poured into a De Molen tuliped copita glass. Pours with a very small head. Color is a dark orange glowing copper. Too dark to see through the beer. The pour looks a bit slick. I see this beer is a wannabe of Bigfoot. In this case the beer is a little old or just bad. Either way it should be better. The beer has muddled hops with sweet barleywine hops behind it. Its just not good, the base barleywine is too fusel and sweet. This was a big let down. I wish I could have gotten the cool label we have on the site but even the label was a letdown.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8234) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Hazy dark orange color, off-white color. Smell sweet, malts, fruits and caramel. Taste sweet, citrus, caramel. Nice firm carbo and a medium to full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3548) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - AUG 9, 2011
Dark copper body light tan head. Aroma is malty with raisin, candy, pear, some white chocolate and ginger. Nice and full. Tasty as well, starting little sweetness and slowly getting towards the fine dry finish. Light alcohol in the back gives it an uplifting kick. Lively enough to keep me interested. Well brewed, although I expected the body a bit fuller especially in the beginning. Overall a very pleasant sipper. (33cl bottle, 2,50 EUR)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11132) - DENMARK - JUL 20, 2011
Bottle. Hazy amber/brown with medium off-white head. Flaovur is malt, caramel, fruit, little vinous, hops, bitter and a little sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoFi (1593) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2011
Bottle. Copper with a large beige head: Aroma: tropical fruits, peaches, toffee. Taste: raisins, fruity, malty, medium bitter, Werther’s, candy, earthy, herbal, a light spiciness. Pretty full-bodied, small bubbles. Surprisingly good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (5078) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle shared at Doerak, Delft. Poured slightly hazy with little head. Strong sweet malts to both aroma and flavor along with winter fruits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkevin (389) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle from Van Pernis, Arnhem. I always enjoy a good Barley Wine and this one was not disappointing. Dark amber pour. Very nice aroma with hops, dark fruits, sweet notes and syrup. In the taste all sort of flavours pass. Smooth taste with dark fruits, syrup, honey and other pleasant sweet notes. Bitter dry finish. A very nice brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huib (55) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2011
Interesting combination. Aroma has the sweeter components like raisins and chocolate, while the taste has a fair amount of bitterness, which I think is a good way to compensate for the sweetness in the aroma and the strong appearance of alcohol. One of the best barley wines I have tried so far.


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