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SNAB
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Purmerend, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle. Hazy red brown colour with a small off-white head. Sweet fruity hopy aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a sweet dry light alcoholic finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2006
Hazy reddish orange coloured beer with a nice offwhite head. Nose is hoppy and fruity (oranges, some berries, like in candy). Nice round fruity taste with oranges and berries, ending in a very intense hopbitterness. Thick mouthfeel, full palate. Very intense and good beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 (Bottled, 9.8% ABV) Deep, dark ruby red with a thick, lacy and partly lasting head. A very delicious, strongly hoppy and liquourish, strawberry-sweetish aroma. Aromatic-hoppy, malty and lightly grainy flavor with dried fruit and well-hidden, yet warming alcohol. Medium to full-bodied, low-carbonated, slicky-rough palate. A very enjoyable and balanced, deliciously hoppy barley wine. I wish all Dutch beers were like this (well, it was Belgian, after all :P)!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2007
Deep mahogany & somewhat cloudy body, with a huge and rocky IPA-style head. Fruity, hoppy aroma with a strong & sweet malt backbone; unmistakable Cascade grapefruit and peach, plus a nice malt profile with brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. The flavor starts out fruity, with sweet malt plus peach from the hops, and finishes bone-dry with typical dry C-hopping grapefruit and some peculiar ash-like roasty flavors which linger for a long time. Actually quite well-balanced for a such a bold brew. Not as huge or impressive as some behemoth barleywines like SN’s Bigfoot, but more delicate & detailed. Low on carbonation, thick on the palate and luckily not cloying. Surprisingly good, nice to see such a solid barleywine coming from a Dutch brewery.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle at ultimate glasgow tasting. Aroma is bursting with piney, resin american hop character, hints of spicey yeast character. Taste is similarly bursting with american citrus peppery hops, a good pale malt base, the alc is weel hidden. A very nice and different barley wine.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (9665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2008
A unique barkeywine, with the aroma akin to an English old ale, with citrus from Cascade hops, yet only moderately hoppy. An expirey date of December 15 2007 yet no matter. Pours grapefruity with lots of hanging lace. A medium to full mouthfeel, very smooth. A complexity of mild tastes: caramel, grapefruit of course, tropical fruit, sugar, yeast. One of the best barleywines I have tasted. Alcohol hits the nose, and is warming. Thank you Absumaster.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4402) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnicolaescu (1319) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - OCT 20, 2014
BOTTLE 33 CL from Douberd. Look: clear copper, beige orange frothy head. Aroma: rich toffee and fruity, with lots of hops, citrus, orange. Taste: intense, sweet, fruity acidity, toffee, lots of hops but the malts stand up.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4139) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear amber beer with a beige head. Fruity, citrus, raisins and caramel aroma. Fruity , toffee, raisins, bready flavour. Some herbal notes. A nice beer :-)

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3368) - BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2015
Dutch barley wine brewed in Belgium, tasted at Arendsnest. Thick, sticky, creamy, yellowish white head, hazy amber colour with copperish hue. Aroma of vanilla, almond, cognac, candi sugar, strawberry, treacle-waffle, wood, lime, red apple, orange. Sweetish taste with slight sourish accent, banana, candied orange, brown sugar but all in a concentrated, refined way, caramelly and honeyish malt sweetness in a vinous texture, smooth, with dry, woody, candied sweet and liqueurish finish, dried by peppery hops and whisky-like, warming but not too obnoxious alcohol. Warming, vinous, rich: this is how any good English-style barley wine ought to be.


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