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SNAB
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Purmerend, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter

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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14834) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
25th May 2008. Cloudy brown beer. Lots of chocolatey malt leading to a hoppy but not bitter finish. Smooth and a little frothy. Well joined up and very moreish!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4801) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2009
0.33 L bottle, 9.2% abv, from de Bierkoning, Amsterdam. A thin layer of beige bubbles covering a foggy, deep reddish-amber body. The aroma is light sweet, quite hoppy and medium malty with caramel notes. Also a prominent scent of red berries and fruitcocktail. Notes of herbs, mint and wood. Medium to fulll body. Moderate malty, nutty and caramelly, not very sweet, with a plummy fruitiness, and a bold, fruity and spicy hop presence. Also some sourness, wood and pepper tones. Feels thick in the mouth. Lingering hop bitter finish. Not outstanding, but a pretty good BW.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2009
Hazy reddish amber with a small off white head. Malty aroma with prunes, plums, raisins and leather. Taste is sweet, ashy and full of floor polish and alcohol. Mid bitter finish. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2009
Draught at Arendsnest, Amsterdam Hazy amber body. Lightly brown, creamy head. Aroma of caramel, orange peel, citric hops, yeast, ... bit sweet. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour of oranges and caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit weak and also has a tweak in the taste which makes it out of balance. Quite nice, but not fully ok.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6080) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2009
(Draught at Arendsnest, Amsterdam, 2 Aug 2009) Reddish amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried fruit, grapefruit and a touch of resiny hops. Fruity, malty taste with grapefruit, caramel, resin and orange peel. Full bodied, sweetish, well balanced with a distinct, generous, citrussy hop bite. Some alcohol warmth as well. Lovely beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8036) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle. Hazy red brown with a small off-white head. Aromas are toffee and molasses with woody pine and some herbal aspects. Smoky with floral notes. Flavours are spicy pine with sweet toffee and chocolate. Grapefruit bitterness with peppery notes. Decent but could do with even more punch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2009
From the Bottle at Tom’s Ultimate Glasgow Tasting, Blackfriars 01/12/2007 Very hoppy aroma. Amber golden coloured and very hoppy with a crisp and bitter lasting malt finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7379) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2009
On tap at T’ Arendsnest, Amsterdam, 07-06-09 Pours a hazy, puddly brown colour with an off-white bubly head. Aroma is US hops and there is some honey sweetness also. Silky smooth in the mouth, floral honey flavours, tasty big beer with good hoppiness throughout that drinks far too easily and is a little dangerous in that respect but I enjoyed it. A7 A4 F8 P4 Ov15 3.8

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3966) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle.Wonderful malty aroma on opening. Malts then dominating making for a full bodied ale that is easy to drink considering its impressive strength. The ultimate winter warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2009
Yet another kind gift from our MesandSim. Murky cloudy brown with a beige head. Nice yeasty aroma with a fair few flavours in. Alcohol nicely hidden, nice sweetness and bitterness. Lovely.


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