Brewed by Stadsbrouwerij De Hemel
Style: Barley Wine
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Translated from Dutch, on the painted label: "heavy beer, 12% ABV, from for long cellaring. Full, dark, aromatic. Now ready to drink, but around 2008 at its peak. Store cool and dark. Drinkable until eternity." English bottles: Exquisitely brewed by Browerij De Hemel - "Heaven" in Dutch - and gently accented with spices lovingly picked from the Garden of Eden. It is specially brewed to give pleasure for all Eternity. Keep it in your cellar as long as you can. It just gets better as time goes by.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2009
11.2 oz bottle - Grand Cru 2005: The clear, copper colored concotion coils and curls in my cup. The short lived whitish head with big soap bubbles struggles to remain. A quick swirl releases a boquet of aromas that are heavily hinged on rich oxidation and ethery alcohol. As the nose adjusts, more subtle notes of bourbony raisins and plums start to emerge. The thick, rich body brings the nicely aged caramel malts to the front with a heavy layer of toffee hitting me first. Toast, biscuit and sugar cookie notes come in waves, before the heavy plunk of alcohol heats the stomach. Wow - lots of booze here. The hops play a backseat role here, not making an appearance until the finish, where they balance the sweetness with a bitterness that is extremely rindy. Hmm, lots of interesting things happening here, but yet it seems somewhat sloppy. Lots of malt and lots of booze, but no real flow. Maybe a bit too long in the cellar I am guessing, because some of the meaty middle that you would expect with a beer this big is missing. Still nice, but a shell of what I believe this was a year or two ago.

riksylver (4) - - JUL 9, 2017 does not count
Prima bier met lekkere afdronk. Gedronken op de binnenplaats bij de brouwerij de Hemel; prima ambiance ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Beamer (62) - - JUN 5, 2017
Zoet biertje zeker niet bitter erg lekker, een beetje grand prestige achtig, zeker voor herhaling vatbaar ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

AndySnow (7646) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2017
How: Bottle.
Where: Tasting at Björn, 2017-03-04.
Appearance: Amber colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Malt, plum, fruit, spices, alcohol.
Body: Ful body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, plum, raisin, malt, alcohol.

jvhemert (399) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2017
Bottle 2009 opened 2017. AROMA: raisin, woody, chocolate, dark fruit, leaves, vanilla APPEARANCE: brown, clear, minimal head, TASTE: lightly bitter, PALATE: light body, long, bittersweet OVERALL: wonderful barley wine that tastes very light and has a subtle blend of many aromas. Winner.

ElDesmadre (3627) - Mikołów, POLAND - DEC 21, 2016
Draught at the brewpub. Full caramelly body, lots of red and dried fruit, sweet, sticky, intense, with a really good flavour depth. Excellent.

schavuitje (267) - APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2016
barley wine; lijkt wel wisky vol mouten en omgezette suikers , heel sterk mij te alcholisch

BBHansen (939) - Køge, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle @ DØE Køge. Appearance: pours clear dark amber with ok soapy off-white head and lacing. aroma/taste: barley, brown sugar, caramel, alcohol, light darkfruits and spices. Palette: strong malty aroma, average carbonation, medium to full body, distinct sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, average to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: Nice and tasteful barley wine

PeatyPete (1058) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2016
2012 edition. Murky amber coloured beer with direct disappearing head. Aroma of canned fruit and sugar candy. Taste of vanilla, marmalade, sugary and boozy. Only downside was the price.

77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2016
Thank you for sharing people! 2013 Vintage. Sampled 330 ml. bottle @ “Gouda Winterbier Festival 2016”. Hazy amber with an off-white head. Nose is warming, very sticky sweet candy, orange peel, sugar, light cloves, touch vanilla. Taste is weird cacao, sugar, cloves, warming orange peel, raisin, dates, cloying, grain, spices cake. Low carbonation, sugar & orange peel body. Minor odd flourishes but quite nice if you are into strong, sugary, low carb. vintage brews like this (I am).

Zlotta (3290) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2016 New rating: Sampled from tap at the brewpub. Clear, dark brownish amber with a white to tan head. Sweetish-malty aroma of caramel, honey, nuts and brown sugar. Sweetish-malty taste of caramel, brown sugar, nuts and some hiney, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, a little spicy finish. Medium to full body, creamy and slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft to average carbonation. Nice, a bit rounder than the standard version.

Old rating: From bottle at Winterbierfestival Gouda 2016. Clear, golden amber. Sweetish-malty, slightly sourish aroma of caramel, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and some oak. Sweet-sourish taste of caramel, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and some oak, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter finish. Medium body, slightly creamy and minimally astringent mouthfeel, flat. Very nice! (7/3/7/4/14/3.5)

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