De Molen Heil & Zegen (Salvation & Blessing)

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Imperial IPA
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Red wax capped 33cl bottle filled May 8, 2009 and consumed 4 months later. Bottle #98 of 1248. Pours a hazy, dark, reddish-sienna color. A thick and lasting head of clingy tan foam drapes ultra-sticky splatters of lacing that coat most of the glass. The aroma is massively resinous and very piny, with a green "wet" hop feel, grass, and grapefruit notes. The underlying malt base is of toasted toffee, dessert bread, and faint dark fruits. Flavors show the same, with piny, grassy, resinous hops lending substantial bitterness, coming together beautifully with the burnt toffee sweetness. Its quite tasty. Big and rich on the palate, theres a certain yeasty dryness up front that transitions to a semi-sticky, ultra-hoppy finish. Damn good imperial red. Sort of a slow sipper, but tasty all the way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
Sampled at DE Beerfestival 2009, Valby. Pours an unclear mahogany beer with an orange/beige head. The aroma and flavor is hops and citrus. The palate is bitter and overall a really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapez (1563) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle no. 244. Raisins, ripe fruits, amarillo hops and caramelin aroma. Unclear brown colour with large beige head. Very nice bittersweet flavour, a bit spicy. Dry bitter aftertaste. Nasty name but very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (8020) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle. Unclear brown body with a small off white head. Hoppy aroma with lots of caramel, malt and light chocolate notes. Flavour is hops, lots of barley, chocolate and some fruit. Very well balanced. More like a barley wine that a DIPA. Very powerfull taste. Its almost flat carbonated which is pretty sad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MennoO (148) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2009
bottle, brown reddish with small head. De molen usually pleasantly suprises me, but this is not what i hoped for. old-fermented fruit aroma with some souerness. taste is bitter/souer with the old-fermented-(rotting)-fruit aftertaste. not my cup of tea

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9705) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle at Arensnest. This dark brown ale poured with a generous beige head and a slightly sour aroma. There is a hearty dark malt flavor with raisin and chocolate. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Defreni (3087) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2009
Flaske: Fuldstndig uden karbonering. Flad som en pandekage, hvilket virkelig trkker ned p en ellers velduftende l. Smagen er ogs fin men simpelthen for tyndt at der ingen karbonering er. Gr den langt mindre drikbar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle from De Bierkoning. Pours dark burgundy with a big, tan head. Wonderful hop aroma including grapefruit, oranges and even pine notes. Nice, well-balanced caramel and citrus hops with warming alcohol. Soft mouthfeel. Nice and soft. Wraps its punch in velvet, but the kick is definitely there. One of the best of its style?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19872) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2010 2010-03-04, bottle (brewed/bottled Sept/Nov 2008), 1 year old, 7-4-8-5-16=40
Brown color, small head. Aroma of caramel, sweaty hops, light fruity hops, some alcohol. Good body strength, strong caramel flavor, semi-sweet, with strong bitterness; the hop, even if nicely mingled with the caramel, is partially resiny and fruity. Solid.

2009-05-16, draught at Kbenhavnske ldage 2009, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Cloudy brown color, small head. Very good aroma of American hops, oranges, a bit resiny. Good caramel flavor, fruity and resiny hops. The final is a bit astringent, tannic. Powerful, but a bit confused; yet, very good.

2009-05-09, bottle, 7-3-7-3-15=35
It pours an opaque brown color, completely still. There is some nutty caramel aroma. Good body strength, strong malt flavor, with caramel, well sweet, a bit nutty, and with a respectable final bitterness; quite English style. The final is less powerful than expected, weaker, moderately short. Unfortunately the complete lack of carbonation has a negative impact on this beer. Im generous just because of my addition to Barley Wines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 7, 2009
750 bottle #349 out of 384 (a very gracious gift from Pipper) into snifter. Bottled on my most recent birthday (November 17 2008), a month and a half after it was brewed. Despite the abv, the cork had a pretty aggressive pop and the pour yeilded plenty of carbonation. It is a muddy tangerine (orangish-brown) color with a pretty nice khaki head that holds pretty well. The aroma is very pleasant with plenty of juicy citrus American hops (grapefruit, lemon/lime, and some orange) with a very sturdy malt backbone that exhibits hints of caramel doughy cake, and more. A bit on the sweet side, but still quite inviting. The thing smells like a rich robust monster. The flavor isnt as sweet as I was expecting, but still does carry quite a bit of unfermented sugars. The hops are more bittering than flavorful (not as juicy as the aroma might suggest, but still quite delicious). Some nice resinous piney hop character in there. The big winning factor here is the degree to which the abv is hidden. With each sip, you know your drinking a big beer, but I would never guess 11%. Nice and warming on the stomach though. Medium carbonation with medium to full body. Overall: this beer is very similar to many American Style Barley Wines. Maybe not as hoppily bold as many IIPAs out there, but still very well balanced and crafted. Thanks again Pipper for the change to try this one! A WORD OF CAUTION!!!: I am down to the last 3rd of this beer. It is now that I notice the nearly half inch of yeast on the bottom. I left over a half inch of beer in the bottle and my last pour literally looks like mud. ZERO clarity. So, my advice is that, considering De Molen seems to have put quite a bit too much yeast in this one, let your bottles settle for at least a few weeks beofre opening them. Mine had been sitting for over a week in my fridge and the first pour was still very murky (forget about the last pour, its a total yeast cloud).

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