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


on tap

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RATINGS: 735   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8494) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2013
Sampled 33 cl. bottle (thx. to tderoeck / Tim) bottled on 07/02/2012 alongside a 75 cl. / 2010 Vintage bottle bottled on 08/11/2010 (thx. to Martinus) & 33 cl. Cascade BA bottle (thx. to Sebletitje I believe, hope that is correct) @ Tims De Molen & assorted beers tasting. Been meaning to get this one for a while but price has been always holding back me to be honest. I did try the Cascade BA & Cascade dry-hopped versions before. Main review is for the 2012 / 33 cl. bottle. Pours a sherry amber / red with white bubbles for a head. Smell is sweet oxidized barley wine goo, thick malts, caramel, toffee, oranges, marmalade, thick dried fruits, grapefruit, lots of sugar, booze covered by the sweetness. Taste is light oxidation, caramel, toffee, marmalade, sweet candy, sugar, fruits, light bitter herbs, sweet liqueur, touch exotic fruits, flowers. Less carb, light oxidation body. I didnt expect it but I liked the Cascade BA way more & more Cascade dry-hopped which is slightly below Cascade BA for me. 2010 Vintage is limited to 492, 75 cl. bottles, touch bitter, oxidation has become way more significant, will dominate soon, age doesnt go well for this one despite what you might expect, the other versions I tried before were really fresh, sweeter, fuller, lovely. Still not bad but dig the others more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4562) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2013
Ruby red colour, off white head. Aroma of ripe fruits, toffee, red fruits, caramel, lots of marmalade, light alcoholic, light raisins, vanilla, orange peel and furniture wax. Light bitter flavour, somewhat sweet. Quite full body, quite rounded (at least more rounded than a fresh one), bit cloying. Finish marmalade, honey and light hops.
It does improve with age, at least in my opinion.
(At the DMT @ Tims living, Gent. Side by side tasting of an aged bottle -75cL, 2010, brought by me- and a fresh one -33cL, shared by tderoeck-, next to a 33cL bottle of Cascade BA B&G for comparison. Rating of the aged bottle. Fresh: 8-4-7-3-14=3.6)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (8570) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 Note: this is a combo of two versions of the same beer.

30/XII/12 - 33cl bottle (cant remember from where, probably from Geers, Oostakker) @ home: De Molen & assorted beers tasting - bottled: 7/II/12 (2012-1433)

Ar: 7, Ap: 3, T: 8, P: 4, O: 14, Total: 3.6
Clear orange to amber beer, small irregular white head, unstable, adhesive. Aroma: sweet grain, malts, strawberry jam, sugary, syrup, bubble gum. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: very sweet, strawberry jam, sugary, red berries. Aftertaste: sugary, little bitter, citrus, hoppy, little dry in the end, still mainly sweet, wayt too sugary, alcohol is well hidden though.

30/XII/12 - 75cl bottle @ home: De Molen & assorted beers tasting - brewed: 18/X/10, bottled: 8/XI/10 - bottle #475 (2012-xxx) Thanks to Martinus for sharing the bottle!

Ar: 7, Ap: 4, T: 7, P: 4, O: 14, Total: 3.6
Clear ruby red beer, irregular small yellowish head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: bit fruity, piny hops, bit sugary, sweaty feet, alcohol. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: sugary, sweet, syrup, some cough syrup, red berries, strawberry jam, sugary. Aftertaste: sugary and sweet, syrupy, little hoppy, dry ending, red berries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2012
33 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pours a clear amber with a two fingers light brown head that is very small bubbled. Aroma is very fruity with notes of tangerine, sweet yellow apples and some other citrus stuff. Taste of tangerine and a weak alcohol warm in the background. To be a 15.2% this is well done. Full body, sticky texture, flat carbonation and a long fruity finish with some hoppy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3625) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! The beer is amber to orange in color, with a thin, rapidly fading head that leaves virtually no lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity, with malt, apples, grapes, alcohol. The flavor is reminiscent of a port wine. Sweet, earthy, rich. Additional notes of caramels soaked in alcohol. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Ideal for sipping slowly. Best in small quantities, I certainly enjoyed my portion. I would have this again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-04-2012

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cunningham (7334) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2012
Deep amber colour with almost no head. Rich vinous aroma with some oak and light fruity notes. A round dominating sweetness and a oily texture. Very well hidden alcohol. Rich fruity and some suger. Should have stayed longer in the basement.
[Bottle from Slijterij & Wijnhandel Meijer in Egmond Aan Zee, Netherlands]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fejez (46) - ITALY - DEC 22, 2012
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2012 Brewed January 2010. Bottle #108. Pours murky brown with almost no head. Rich aroma of dried fruit, spice, and brown sugar . Complex flavors, mostly apple. Huge body with just the right amount of carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Drink now or hold onto a few more years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (5919) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Cranberry and canned tomato paste aroma. Sweet molasses accents are there as well. The perception of tomato very well may be a product of the seemingly disparate sweet and sour aromas, and not a sign of infection. Murky ochre, no head. Full body and rich. Date and fig flavor, intense and sweet. There are nutty and bready hints, making it much like liquid fruit cake. Finishes woody with elderberries and decidedly less sweet. Alcohol, even at this concentration is barely perceptible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hugi (475) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - DEC 15, 2012
Brown, full but fastly disappearing head. Intensive sweet smell,grapefruit, fruity, flowers. Malty sweet taste but hoppy bitterness. Full body, Very bitter aftertaste.

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