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


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RATINGS: 308   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.

SirLimpsalot (4698) - SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2018
@ Amsterdam 17-11-27 (backlog rating): Söt och trevlig med tydlig torkat frukt och alkohol. God murring

SVD (2268) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2017
Dark orange beer, medium head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit, spices. Taste is the same, alcohol warmth, ok

gyllenbock (10025) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2017
Bottle from Bierkoning, thanks Eddan. Amber with a small head. Sweetish with malt, dried fruit, brandy, caramel and some warming alcohol. The body was full and the finish long.

DijkBier (653) - AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2017
Bottle from 2012 ("around 2017 at its peak"). Nearly clear dark amber pour, with hardly any head, and some floating particles. Aroma is full, red fruits, raisin, porto. Taste also fruity, sugary, more than medium sweet, light soury. Fullbodied, alcoholic; very low carbo, oily mouthfeel. Of course this is a nice sensation, but actually I expected more richness (just like with the normal Nieuw Ligt); the sugary element also makes it flat.

Eructoblaster (4454) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2017
On tap at the brewpub. Limpid copper body with a thick, lasting, off-white foamy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with barley sugar and woody hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Its good malty/hoppy taste carries fruity, woody, and spicy notes. Alcohol is still subtle. Ends with a moderately warming bittersweet finish. Enjoyable.

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 (134) - Malden, NETHERLANDS - 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 (8305) - 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 (438) - 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 (3984) - 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.

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