De Molen Donder & Bliksem (Thunder & Lightning) USA version

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Doppelbock
Bodegraven, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
28.7 EBU Premiant and Saaz hops 105 EBC

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shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, green apple, some smoke, roast, and a nice earthyness. Flavor is malty, apple, roast, smoke, toast, caramel, and a smooth earthy finish.

DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
750 from State Line. Pours turbid deep brown, looking worse than a smacked ass. The aroma was malty, nutty, with brown sugary and roasted pumpernickel bread notes. The flavor was caramelly, malty, with a dark bready note and some brown sugary, figgy, hoppy, mild spice, and raisin notes. Not sweet, and not hefty of palate, this one didn’t really knock my socks off.

ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a medium-sized, fizzy, off-white head. Smell: Toasty, caramel maltiness with notes of figs and even bubblegum. Taste: Toasted maltiness with a touch of grain and a medium caramel sweetness. Hint of fruit-flavored bubblegum. Floral, spicy hop character with a medium-high bitterness. More grains. Bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability: A bit different for a doppelbock, sure, but ultimately good beer, whatever it is. As I always say, De Molen De Merrier!

Ernest (7888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2008
750mL bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber to light brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, toasted bread, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, apricot), with notes of gum/banana, coriander, light notes of orange peel, cigarette ash, hint of plastic. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. This is a doppelbock? Well, if so, it’s certainly a somewhat loose interpretation...gummy and almost seems spiced, I originally assumed it was just a general Belgian strong ale. The mouth experience is its weak point; light and watery and not particularly flavorful or rich. It certainly has some enjoyable aspects, but overall it’s quite forgettable.

thornecb (6151) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Pours deep brown into a Trappist glass. Off-white head quickly recedes to skim surface. Mild caramel aromas. Crisp metallic from front to back with a slight bitter finish.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 Name: Donder and Blitzen
Date: 06/03/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

Appearance: muddy brown, fine tan head,
Aroma: rich caramel and chocolate aroma with a nice fruity character,
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice caramel sweetness, light spicyness, touch of earthy bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
The body was deep copper. Aroma was deeply malty with some caramel. There was also a little bit of wood and cherries. The taste was sweet caramel with some dry bread crust. There was also a surprsingly spicy finish.

SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 1, 2008
pours a murky brown with ruby highlights under a small fizzy beige head. aroma of dark malts(not roasted), lightly floral, touches of nuts and caramel. flavors of flowers and toasted caramel with a dark malty aftertaste. not very robust but nicely balanced and well made. a nice sipper. the highlight was the fresh floral flavors. quite hoppy.

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