Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
Theres plenty of fruit like orange, tangerine and sweet apples. Its powerful and full bodied but still easy going. Although the name would suggest otherwise, its our favourite amongst the female clientele yet also highly appreciated by the other sex. Well hopped as always, but the obvious alcohol and the massive malt and fruit character restrict the hops to the background, only to reveal itself in the finish. Full bodied, notes of champagne. Champagne mousse after pouring in the glass. Grapes and a hint of mandarin curacao in the aroma, together with a hint of vin mousseux. Malty sweet flavor, immensely full bodied, with mandarine curacao and vinous notes. Thick mouthfeel, just a touch of yeast in the aftertaste. Huge beer. ABV on the label reduced from 15 to 11.9%. Recipe remains the same

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2013
33cl bottle from Cotteridge Wines.Bottled on 07/02/2012.Will really have to re try this again in the future with an aged bottle,and a larger size too if possible.Considering the alcohol strength i really should have known better and given it more time to mature.Anyone who has ever visited a brewery and tried the brew before the addition of yeast to start the ferment will know what i mean.Way too sweet and syrupy like drinking liquid toffee with alcohol in it although signs of a very good beer are there.Having said that still managed to drink it and will re rate an aged bottle in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
inbirraveritas (1541) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 11, 2013
Bottled, 33 cl. Luminous opalesquent amber body, small yellowish head, which leaves a thin film behind. Liquerique, dried fruity nose and aroma escorted by caramel, sugar and some toast. Syrupy, sticky mouthfeel. Long sweetbitter finish with herbs, citrusses and toasted malt. Serious brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HermanW (1069) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2013
0,3 liter fles @home. Sterk spul zeg. Nul komma nul % schuim. Niet mijn ding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Hazy amber pour with a fast dissipating head. Very low carbonation on the palate. The inital taste is sweet fruits like peaches, pears and then rolls into a toffee finish with a sweetness on the tongue.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2013
Dark ruby pour with a small offwhite head. Aroma is marzen-like, with a weak smell of caramel and not too much else. Taste is pretty strong (and sweet) though. Caramel, raisins and alcohol. Rich and fullbodied, almost chewable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnoud (317) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2013.01.26 - De Molen Bommen & Granaten - 12oz (apparently) bottle in goblet glass. Bottle marked "Brewed on 15 April 2010 Bottled on 19 August 2010". Bottle 951 of 2304 in batch. Pours a caramel raisiny opaque creamy tan / brown. Little to no head, or apparent carbonation. Aroma is raisiny and earth fruit, similar to other barley wine type beers. In the ballpark of Dogfish Head Raison DExtra. Takes a pretty close whiff to get much aroma. Mouthfeel is medium light. Little to no carbonation. Taste is interesting. It comes off as quite light for such a high abv barleywine type. Very smooth. High concentrated fruit (like raisin, fig etc) sweetness and simply fades to nothing and then the very back end is just a very dilute soft spicy aftertaste. Never really any obvious alcohol. Pretty tasty stuff. I cant imagine what this would taste like in a few decades, it can be cellared for 25 years and its amazingly smooth already for 15%. My first De Molen. Probably worth gathering some for cellaring. Aroma 6/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 17/20

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8173) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2013
33 cl bottle @ Kaisla. Rated on 06.04.2010 happy birthday to me!
Aroma is sweet with boozy notes, caramel, some sugar and fruits. Flavour is really sweet with lots of caramel, sugary notes, alcohol, fruits and raisins. A bit too sweet and alcohol comes through too much lets have another try after ten years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3859) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
Balloon-shaped glass, 10-ounce, draught, at Lautre oeil, savoured on October 11 2012; eye: caramel with an orangey hue, hazy, no effervescence, nice sheet of tan head, nice lacing; nose: malt, caramel, alcohol, fruity, light spices; mouth: malt, caramel, alcohol, pumpkin spices, alcohol warmth, fruity, finale in malt with presence of alcohol, full body, not much carbonation, quite sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANAIS Ballon, 10 onces, en ft, Lautre il, savoure le 11 octobre 2012; il : caramel avec une teinte orange, voile, pas deffervescence, belle couverture de mousse fauve, bonne dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, alcool, fruit, lger pices; bouche : malt, caramel, alcool, pices la citrouille, chaleur dalcool, fruit, finale en malt avec prsence dalcool, corse, peu carbonate, pas mal sucre, texture alcoolique; en rsum : bien

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013
33cL bottle, bottled on 11/25/2008, #103 of 240. Poured murky, deep brown with just a swirly dusting of toasted beige head. The aroma picked up a heavy dose of aged caramel, molasses, raisins, and vinous notes.. peppery alcohol, oxidation, and a little green apple accented.. warmth brought out a bit of blood orange that I really enjoyed. The flavor found peppery alcohol, apple skins, and orange zest throughout.. molasses and caramel supported.. vinous notes and tobacco showed at times.. finished hot, but acceptable considering the ABV, with mostly aged malts and some tanginess. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. slick and a little too tangy at times.. overall a big, solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17973) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle at home, thanks to an IP trade with Dennis, 04/01/13. Pours a lightly hazed dark amber approaching brown with no head other than a few bubbles. Nose is dark fruits, toffee, marzipan, almond, ripe orange, sugar, light wood, touch of booze. Taste is more powerful than the nose, dark fruits in abundance, good booze presence, woody, earthy, sweet sugars Full bodied, smooth on the palate, very fine carbonation - absolutely spot on in this respect! A decent enough barley wine but no world beater. The alcohol is very well integrated for 15%, surprised at the lack of depth in the aroma.

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