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

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RATINGS: 760   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dyum (15) - - DEC 19, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2017 W aromacie czerwone owoce, karmel. Zaskakująco wyraźne nuty wiśni, poza tym trochę rodzynek. Przywodzi na myśl jakieś karmelowe czekoladki z wiśniowym nadzieniem alkoholowym. Bardzo przyjemny zapach. Po dłuższym ogrzaniu wychodzi niestety trochę alkoholu. Piwo gęste, pełne, w zasadzie wyklejajace. W smaku słodycz i lekka kwaskowość o wiśniowym charakterze. Jest gdzieś tam karmel, taki słodki jak rwnież lekko przypalony. Dużo się tu dzieje, rodzynek nie brakuje rwnież w smaku. Wszystko się tutaj układa w dobrze zbalansowaną, świetną całość. Znakomity barley wine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
colui72 (857) - HONG KONG - DEC 17, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2017 On tap. Hazy amber/brown, with a medium cream head. Sticky lacing. Strong malty aroma, pine, caramel, ripe fruits. Taste the same, very well balanced, not over hopped as some American barley wines. Notes of biscuits and caramel, figs, fruits. Very tasty and warm, perfect winter ale. From bottle: hazy amber brown, minimal head, no lacing. Boozier than the tap version, for the rest confirm taste and feelings, happy feelings.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wektor (82) - Toruń, POLAND - DEC 16, 2016
aromat toffi, kukułki, dojrzałych owocw, rodzynek, w smaku słodko, nieco landrynkowo, karmel, ciemne pieczywo

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2374) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - DEC 11, 2016
Was going to wait until 2040 to open this but Ill be mostly robotic at that point and just wont enjoy the finer qualities that Im sure will be offered up. Dumped out a pile of trapped sediment. Honeysuckle, orange, figs and overripe apple, toffee aroma. Maybe a bit disappointed with the flavour mainly cuz I decided this would be beyond amazing and aint. Still solid and Im not complaining. Bottle says barleywine-ish - wheres the -ish part? Oranges, light spice of cinnamon and what ever else, faint heat, sweetness, no alc, almondy malt thing, raisins. Liked it but ended up at a meh level. Is this why I stopped buying barley wines? Thankfully this was not hopped like crazy. Very well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (4741) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a ruddy burnt dark amber close to brown color with a slim little white head that dissipated immediately. No lacing. The aroma clearly leans towards sweet pomme-like fruits such as pear and apple, so huge up front. Some grassy hops builds on a light vanilla. Some toffee-esque malts. The flavor leans to the sweet malty fruits to vanilla side. Light tea-like flavor. Toffee is extremely low here. Big fruity sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a super smooth and slick sort of feel rolling about. No carbonation is felt. Its just sticky fruit on my tongue. Overall, pretty sure I had an old bottle but I really liked how the flavors and aromas blended through its age. I would definitely have this again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kluczbork (232) - Wroclaw, POLAND - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle. Very sweet aroma- orange and sweet apple rule. Copper, with tiny bits and shotr-lasting head. In the taste, its not so sweet as expected from the aroma. Maltyness plays the main role, especially in the aftertaste. Sticky, with low level of CO2. Not bad, but I expected a bit more.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jybi (207) - FRANCE - DEC 4, 2016
"Plus japprends et plus je maperois que je ne sais pas". Cette citation de Galile convient parfaitement ce 100 me rate pour le Padawan que je suis. Mais ce 100 me rate, je le ddie mon matre Jedi sans qui je ne me serai jamais lanc dans ces notations, qui me conseille et me guide. La dgustation dune bire nest pas quune histoire de robe, de nez et darmes, mais galement une histoire humaine, par les hommes et les femmes qui crent et brassent les bires et surtout par le partage qui nous fait rdiger ces commentaires. Ce partage me fait donc ddier ce billet non plus au matre Jedi mais lami quil est devenu. Mais revenons mon ignorance brassicole que jessaie de combler peu peu. En dgustant cette Bommen & Granaten de la brasserie De Molen, je me suis aperu une nouvelle fois du chemin qui me restait encore parcourir, tant celle-ci par sa complexit, sa corpulence et son intensit en font une rfrence que tout amateur de bire devrait avoir savour. En verre, notre bombe est dun ambr opaque tirant sur le bordeaux (EBC de 45). Celle-ci ne prsente quasiment pas de mousse, mais les 11,9 % Abv ny sont certainement pas trangers. Au nez, ce sont les grenades qui explosent, avec une richesse darmes exceptionnelle : fruits confits, pruneaux, porto, pointe de chocolat et de caf ; le tout en une harmonie parfaite. Lattaque est trs ronde sur les crales, les fruits rouges et plus spcialement la fraise et le raisin. Lamertume qui apparait alors est des plus soyeuses (EBU de 30 avec utilisation de houblons Saaz et Columbus) avec un feu dartifice darmes, agrumes, pruneaux, notes de chocolats dfilent. Larrire bouche est quant elle splendide sur les fruits confits et les fruits rouges. La corpulence est exceptionnelle, et lalcool parfaitement matrise. Nous sommes devant une arabesque, fine et prcise, o chaque pice sassemble en une parfaite harmonie. Le final, trs long, laisse dcouvrir des armes de porto et de bois. Le fort taux de sucre en fait cependant une bire quasi liquoreuse qui se laisse donc dguster lentement (pourquoi pas sur un dessert au chocolat noir). La Bommen & Granaten est sans conteste une bire de rfrence qui ne peut valoir que le 5.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Korcz (2409) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Szokująco dobrze ukryty alkohol. Likierowe, słodziutkie. Rum, kukułki, figi, cukier trzcinowy. Świetne.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gr_pa (569) - siemianowice, POLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Reddish-brown, clear, small head. Aroma: soy sauce, dry fruits, plums, caramel, hay, spices, chocolate. Heavy cloying sweetness, full body, medium bitterness. Yeasty and fruity flavour, dry fruits, again soy sauce. Alcohol not quite hidden, but matching. Very oily and sticky. 4 months after bottling and lots of soy sauce?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
chap95 (211) - - DEC 2, 2016
Ciemnomiedziane, zero piany. W aromacie dość intensywnie, toffi, karmel, trochę chleba, figi, daktyle, suszone, kandyzowane owoce, melasa. Smak oczywiście zdominowany przez słodycz i owoce, ale nie jest mdląco słodkie. Nieco biszkoptowe, trochę mandarynek i posmakw winnych. Goryczka niska. Alkohol wyczuwalny, ale nie do przesady, jedynie lekkie rozgrzewanie. Ciało jak można się spodziewać pełne, wysycenie niskie, bez zarzutu.


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