Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Bodegraven, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 644   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   IBU: 81   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
21 Plato, 81.7 EBC, Czech hops: bittering hops Premiant, as final hops Saaz.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1895) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2014 33cl bottle to taster Aroma of caramel, bread, molasses, treacle, and salt. Appearance is a deep reddish brown with a large bubbly tan head. Taste is quite sweet, caramel, blackstrap molasses, and soy. Medium bodied and oily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Draft at WLV, Zwanze Day 12. Pours a deep brown with a thin tan head. Nose is caramel, faint phenol, sweet and brooding. Some dark melanoidins from the malt and bread. On tasting, quite sweet with a balancing bitterness. One-dimensional. Bready malt comes through and some herbal hopping. Lacks overall complexity. Closer to a barleywine, imo. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - DEC 2, 2012
Aroma caramello, datteri e una punta di alcol. Nel bicchiere appare nera con riflessi rubino con tantissima schiuma molto persistente. Al palato ingresso dolce caramelloso supportata da una buona dose di alcol. Vira alla fine verso un amaro erbaceo e aromatico dello Zatec. Un p troppo slegata. Un p una delusione. Forse non in perfette condizioni... ma non penso.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
langeveld12 (481) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2012
Large light brown creamy head that mostly diminishes. Body is ruby and cloudy. Aroma contains bread, molasses, dark chocolate, lemon, dough, spices and licorice. Flavor starts off with sweet and chocolate, to be followed by malts and yeasts, with a bitter hoppy finish. Acidity is always around, strong in the beginning and middle. Palate is medium to full, with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Although it contains quite some alcohol it' s hardly noticeable. First few sips I disn't really like it but it grows on you. All in all a good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPad

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (3519) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Big tan head that dissipates. Lots of raisin in the flavor with a touch if sweetness and a bit of roasted coffee malt. Some chocolate flavors and a cocoa gritty texture. Love the big beers from these guys and this does not disappoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1625) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
Large beige head atop cola dark-brown bottle. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, coffee, some raisin, earthy/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some raisin. Sticky full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2803) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Last of the De Molen bottles that my wife gave me for my Bday. Pours lovely jet black with a generous tan foam head that stays till the last sip. Nose of chocolate, flowers, vanilla, and brown sugar carries through into the taste. Silky smooth full body, enough carbonation to help. This is fantastic, need to add more to the cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle. Almost black with a thick fluffy tan head. Chocolate, caramel, and soda bread aroma and taste with nice strong floral orange flavors on the back end and vanilla and candy tastes to the finish and a creamy bright palate. This one takes on some interesting grape and vinuous character as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (7334) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2012
Black colour with a fine frothy beige head. Coffee, licorice and roasted malt aroma. Medium to full body. Balanced fruity sweetness with a soft texture. Toffee, licorice roasted malt and fruity flavour. Soft carbonation. Very well hidden alcohol.
[Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (5103) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
(33cl bottle) Purchased from Cook Street Liquor for around $7.90/ea. pours a decent beige head atop a brown-black body. Nose and flavour is mainly of raisin and plum - though its one-dimensional and finishes light. This beer hides its ABV% well - as it does also with the taste. Average.

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