Tsarina Esra - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 159
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 35
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: johnnybravo on 02-11-2008

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Photo of johnnybravo
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Normally I do not rate much beers. I'm simply too lazy. But to rate this one I had to enter a few other ratings to get to 20 reviews so I could enter this new beer to the database. And I think it was was worth it. This beer is absolutely the best beer ever brewed during the last 40 years (before that I have no knowledge) in the Netherlands. Just amazing. I do like porters and stouts a lot. And this Baltic Porter has all it needs. The aroma is very strong, chocolate, roasted, malty, hops. The flavor just the same. And the mouthfeel. How do they do it? It's so full, so warming, so silky and oily, so warming. And above all that so well balanced. The only others that I had that come close are Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter and Thirsty Dog Siberian Night. (759 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 806, 2007 vintage. Thnx PP!
Look: The beer pours a very dark color with almost no head.
Smell: Roasted malts, banana, coffee, creamy milk chocolate and vanilla
Taste: Malts up front, followed by creamy coffee, chocolate with hints of tobacco finishing with a nice bitter kick from the hops and roasted malts
Mouthfeel: Thick body with low carbonation
Overall: Wow, what a beer! Only disadvantage is (again) the low carbonation of this the molen beer. (459 characters)

Photo of Arno
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: Sort of pitch black, or very dark brown at the very least. Nice 2/3 finger foam head. Not lasting too long, but has great lacing.

smell: Roasted malts together with some sour dried red fruity malts. Dark caramel & chocolate sweetness. Coffee as well.

taste: Quite amazing. First you get sweet & sour dried fruits, like black currant, vigs and plum. Then there is some sweet, smokey, dark caramel followed by roasted coffee flavors. Slightly bitter, but quite mellow for a proper porter. Then as a finish it all seems to come together. You still get the hint of sour, dark dried fruits, the sweet caramel and a bit of coffee. The coffee and caramel fade over time, leaving quite clearly the vigs/plum taste behind. Lovely.

mouthfeel: delicious. Creamy, round and full, but with a proper carbonation kick.

overall: I'm tending to give this one a 5 actually. But usually i only get there after i had a few. This is the one i'd go back to the brewery for so far, after bringing back a whole case of "The Molen" bears last time as tasters. It's quite alcohol heavy, but you don't get none of that when drinking (after maybe ;)). It has such a great flavor balance. I like porters, but most of the time they are just a touch off balance. It's too bitter, too milky or whatever. This one seems to do everything right. Highly advised! (1,344 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle label data: Date of 05/04/12.

Dark ebony and garnet hues exhibited by the body; thick, fine foamed, luxurious head. Ripe plum and fig aroma. Soothing caramel and brown malt flavors; mild brown sugar flavors; subtle smokey tone; vanilla; cocoa. Heavy body with a very soft, smooth tone; medium residual sugar texture; semi-sweet finish.

A very sublime, smile-producing dark ale. Rich, robust, and balanced with an exquisite flavor complexity. A dark malt treasure with no distracting alcohol heat even with it's 11.0% ABV. An exceptional example of what a big beer can be... (582 characters)

Photo of themind
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome, magnificent porter! I love this thing!!! deep dark color with a big head when poured into a goblet. The aroma is fresh and the taste is amazing. I really liked this beer. The downside is this 11.2 ounce brew was $11.00 bucks! so this is pricey. Would I buy again....yup since this was a gift lol! it's really good, very drinkable.

Bottom Line: Porter lovers grab this puppy and hold on tight! (410 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark brown, just a poor thin string of foam.
Nice roasted malt smell, soy sauce, chocolate liqueur, lots of caramel, sweet dried fig, date, faint blueberry. Pretty nice.
Huge fig and date up front, juicy raisin, with lots of dark chocolate. Some licorice, caramel coated chocolate cake, molasses, sweet coffee, nice roasted malts. Faint vanilla and cinnamon. Cocoa powder finish, toasted dark bread crust and faint hints of smoked wood.
Aftertaste has sweet coffee, date, chocolate and some roasted malt. Pretty intense. Medium body, very low carbonation. Alcohol totally hidden.
Awesome flavors, really smooth and absolutely no alcohol present. Not one bit. Awesome! (678 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a large and dense light brown head adorning it. Decent lacing but nothing spectacular.

S: Super fruity, loaded with dark fruits. Cherry, grape, raisin, fig, plums, you name it. Touch of chocolate and char but not a huge amount of roasted malt character. Sweet caramel. Creamy. Even get a hint of anise in there.

T: Starts out fruity with the dark fruits mentioned in the aroma. Turns into some roasted malt with char and a bit of chocolate. Char turns almost ashy towards the finish. Ends with a bunch of char, a little chocolate, some anise and a little residual dark fruit. Hints of ashy char and dark fruit linger forever in the aftertaste.

M: Not as big as you'd expect for 11%. Super creamy and smooth, however.

O: Too many baltic porters are almost indistinguishable from an imperial stout. This one is not. Very fruity without a huge amount of roasted malt like you'd get in an IS. Drinkability is shockingly high for an 11% brew, it's very smooth and creamy and a delight to drink. Excellent baltic porter, possibly the best I've had. (1,082 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted malt, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to moderate to long duration. Solid complex beer. (364 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rich, long, and delicious hefty take on a porter.

Presentation: 18 cl green, capped, and waxed bottle. Simple Label with a an orange oval framing the text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew. O.G. 1118, F.G. 1026, EBC Colour 388.7, Hop bill, EBUs 92. Adds recommended drinking temperature, and cellaring range (up to 25 yrs). Shows brewing and bottling date (17 Nov 2010), and that this is bottle 0714 out of a 1344 18 cl bottles batch, alongside Alc. by Vol. (10%) Served in a snifter.

A - Deep black pour with a 1/2" short lived head, fair surface memory and minimal lacing.

S - Roasted nose, touches of coffee and chocolate, lightly woody with a touch of smoke.

T - Very rich and long roasted range. touches of chocolate, coffee with a bigger intensity, dash of dark fruits, dried prunes... Tiny black-currants, and a touch of licorice. Roasted malts and a touch of caramel mid-palate.

M - Medium/full body, with medium to low carbonation that is held very nicely with the long lasting flavor profile, rather smooth with an oily bitter and creamy finish.

O - Rich and long sipper with an excellent flow.

Notes: Again De Molen offers a tremendous dark brew, well not that their hoppy stuff is mediocre, quite the contrary… But these dark ales have a richness and palate of their own. Well, worth the paid price for this little bottle. (1,375 characters)

Photo of jmscott
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly an outstanding beer. Has an incredibly unique spiciness and a very smooth taste. My only complaint is the lack of carbonation... ZERO. Perhaps I got a poor bottle, but the beer certainly didn't taste spoiled. This beer had no bubbles, no lacing, no legs, and tasted kinda flat, but was exceptional nontheless. (315 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to johnnybravo for sending this over from the Netherlands.

A vigorous pour leaves only the most pitiful of bubbles. Given a minute, the beer is completely still looking. Relatively thick dark, dark brown/black body.

Dark chocolate, molasses, tobacco in the smell.

Molasses, chocolate and funky dark fruits in the flavor. Vinous. Tar (in a good way) and tobacco. Herbs. Espresso. Definitely complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel is thick with virtually no carbonation. Oily. Slightly alcoholic.

A very interesting, and altogether quite tasty, beer. This one really doesn't fit any one style perfectly. Probably best not to go in expecting a traditional Baltic Porter. (684 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the De Molen bottle shop in Bodegraven. Wanted to drink the new batch before trying the Cognac version they'd just brewed.

From a 33cl bottle into a snifter
Bottle 335 of 768

APPEARANCE: Pours out brown and transparent, yielding a 2 finger, thicker looking, tan head with great retention. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good cap and totally coats the sides of the glass. A ring and splotchy wisp remain leaving some nice lacing down the glass. Good looking beer, though it could be a little darker off the pour.

SMELL: Dark malts, smoky malts and licorice notes in there. Caramel notes, dark chocolate and coffee in there as well. Bold and impressive stuff. Enticing.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel and smoky notes, as well as some licorice flavors up front. Some vanilla and sweet cream through the middle, leading into a bitter, pure chocolate and coffee finish. A good burst of booze on the swallow as well. Big and lingering aftertaste is boozy with chocolate and caramel sweetness as well. Very flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: On the fuller side of medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a little burn at the swallow. A slightly sticky finish and some heat lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: This stuff really is world class. The previous small batch was flat, unfortunately, but this one is just as good as I remember the earlier batches being. A great look with a huge nose and piles of delicious flavor. Only the relatively aggressive heat keeps this one from scoring like a champ. Definitely worth the trouble if you get the chance. Highly recommended. (1,680 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought it at the Bierkoning in Amsterdam. It was bottled on 05APR12 and therefore a few month short of a year old. I poured it into my Leute Bokbier glass, which is basically a wine glass without a stem. Let it warm up a bit before the pour. I had this one a couple of times and was always excited about it and finally got to review it.

Nice creamy looking beige head of a few fingers that reduces slowly leaving a thin layer and later only a rim, little lacing. It is dark as (Italian) coffee with some ruby shine when put into a strong light source

It smells of chocolate, malts, only little coffee and some booze.

Taste is of malt, little coffee, alcohol. Sourness from some dark fruits and malty sweetness is well balanced. Finishes sweet and a little bitterness.

Really smooth almost oily texture, with enough carbonation to keep it from being stale.

Perfect beer to end the day with. Very satisfying in taste, smell and mouthfeel. If you dig the style you have here a very fine example. My favorite beer from Brouwerij de Molen so far. (1,046 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Back label says 05/04/12

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam.

S- Sweet, alcoholic aroma of dark roasted malt, caramel and molasses.

T- The sweetness continues with an almost brandy-like quality due to the high alcohol content. So smooth though as multiple sips are taken easily. The dark roasted malt brings notes of coffee, dark chocolate and even some raisin. A hint of oxidation actually complements the other flavors.

M- Slightly creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- I feel like this was the perfect time to crack this one. Aged over 2 and a half years, it's snowing outside and I just got off work, so the warmth of the booze plus the tastiness really hits the spot. Cheers. (890 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Updated from a 4 'Had' score. Some age on this one - bottle date is 4-5-12, I also have had this fresh(er) in the past.

A - Dark brown with some clarity and red highlights. A large beige head forms on the pour falling to about a half-finger, great retention, not much lace.

S - Pretty nice and complex. Chocolate brownie, some roast and coffee, dark fruits, molasses, nutty malts; great balance with nothing overpowering anything else. Some slight oxidation shows itself but it adds to the flavor and doesn't really affect it negatively. Very smooth with no alcohol here whatsoever.

T - More dark fruit-forward here with kind of a port/cigar box feel. Nice balance of chocolate and roast (leaning more towards chocolate), caramel, toast, brown sugar, some licorice. Maybe some leafy hop in there.

M - Very, very smooth but not too hefty, maintains somewhat of a 'porter' feel rather than an imperial stout. Great high-ish carbonation, nice foaminess to it. Alcohol very well-hidden.

O - Other De Molen 'big dark' brews I've had have been nice but always somehow fell short of their potential through big sweetness, booziness, minimal carbonation, etc. This one avoids those pitfalls and delivers on all fronts. Definitely enjoyed it after some aging. Complex and incredibly smooth and drinkable, the 330ml solo was a little too easy. (1,340 characters)

Photo of stx00lax
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, bottle number 3! cool

A- dark brown pour with a light brown head that fades pretty fast. carbonation looks pretty minimal

S-smoked malts dominate. raisins, molasses and ripe plums as it warms.

T- This was the highlight for me. Vinous notes blended with light smoke, bitter roast balance pretty well. Maybe a tad on the sweet side. But i like sweet. Good complexity

M- medium viscosity coats the mouth pretty well and leaves a decent overall impression. I wish it had a touch more carbonation though, it was pretty flat which ultimately hurt its drinkability.

O- great flavor profile with good complexity. Im not sure what the intention was with the carbonation, but if it had more, this would have been solid. (729 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11-07-2011 so roughly a year old by now. Apparently opaque very dark brown body with ruby hue gets crowned by thick persistent tan head that never entirely goes away and weaves firm sheets of lace on the sides.

Pleasant aroma that's not overly complex exhibits pronounced darker malt chocolate quality and shows some esters of dark fruits and currant.

Initial sweet flavor with chocolate-caramel qualities is overrun by dark malts that last through the relatively dry finish, yielding coffee-like roastiness and liquorice notes. Alcohol is noticeably warming yet remains restrained gently wrapping itself around the tongue.

Substantial carbonation makes the full body mouth-filling and seemingly lighter than actually is. I was pleasantly surprised by excellent mouthfeel and appearance provided by Esra. Obviously De Molen has/had serious quality control issues as their Hel & Verdoemenis was a sink-job due to complete absence of carbonation.

So, the tsar has fallen but tsarina still holds the throne. (330 ml, into tulip) (1,040 characters)

Photo of Daktyls
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an SA PP glass. This porter is a deep, dark brown, practically black with a half fingered, mocha colored head that dissipates quickly to a patch of lacing in the middle and a ring of slightly larger bubbles around the outside edge of the glass.

S: Mocha and bold coffee present themselves almost immediately with slight hints of yeast in the background as well as some very slight hints of dark fruits.

T: Light notes of coffee and chocolate combined with some less notes of dark fruits and some breadiness.

M: Creamy feel with a low level of carbonation that allows the flavors to come through without masking any flavors too much, though it does hide the higher alcohol content very well.

O: A nice, solid porter with a lot of flavor. A very enjoyable beer that I would definitely have again. (835 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darn, this is a good beer i got in trade with my beerbuddy Roel who lives in the south of Holland.

Poured this beer in my Struise glass. Very nice big head which stays for quit a while. Good smell. Darkdarkbrown fluid.

Taste is very smooth with the alcohol very well hidden. In the aftersip you get the alcohol. (313 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solidly coffee-black, with no real head nor highlights. Fabulously rich aroma - especially full of sherry flavors, solvent and unfinished birch wood; there's also an akavit-like character of raw alcohol and carraway, as well as some nice herbal notes. Anise, coriander, and artichoke come together for an Italian bitter flavor. Rich and heavy, rummy and bold but neither too sweet nor too sharp - a rare, well-integrated 11% stout. Chocolate, toasted coconut, and black currants contribute nuance to the thick brew. This is earthy and a little bit strange, but also mighty delicious. An impressive imperial stout. (613 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lazily pours out an opaque, inky black body. No amount of swirling, shaking, or verbal abuse can raise a bubble of carbonation from its depths.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with notes of barley, baker's chocolate, and licorice liqueur.

Taste: Richly roasty and certainly sweet. Hint of scorched grains. A taste reminiscient of bitter herbs and wood run loose amongst the other tastes of chocolate, licorice, molasses. A bit of smoke on the long bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that takes on an oily feel due to the absence of carbonation.

Drinkability: All in all, it really is a fine beer. (615 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a moderate head, under a finger, mostly larger bubbles which sizzle off quickly, there is some lacing but it’s extremely thin lines with not great stickiness. The liquid is a murky brown, fully opaque, develops a yellow tint at the rims and surface, you can see a few strands of bubbles within but you are more likely to spy particulate floating about. The nose is at once compact and expressive, German chocolate cake, licorice, vanilla cake icing, toffee, kind of too sweet for real smokiness to show, curious lack of fruit scents, quiet raisin and prune at best, lingers with minimal effort. Full-bodied, layers creamily on the tongue, however, here you get something like bitter chicory which brightens the attack. Low carbonation, more fluffy than refreshing. Licorice, pine sap, crème brûlée, molten chocolate, roasted chestnuts and scone flavors keep the sweetness on parade, one could argue there is an uptick in the plum, prune, raisin, cherry fruit. The finish is somewhat flat-footed, yet no faulting the intensity of the flavors it chooses to spotlight. Does a reasonably good job of masking the alcohol. (1,128 characters)

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jan (from De Bierkoning) for hand delivering this Bottle #101. What an amazing porter; aroma was roasted malt with slight Smokey flavors, strong licorice, more alcohol aroma as it warmed. I had plenty of frothy brown head after the initial pour. Taste was outstanding for this porter; full-bodied with plenty of bitter chocolate, coffee, slight tobacco flavor with an oily feel; very drinkable considering how high the alcohol level. Can't wait to get some more of this stuff! (483 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Arne. Opaque viscous black with a thin brown crust. Black licorice aroma is prominent, and there's a faint charred undertone along with a bit of molasses sweetness. Palate is very viscous, and the flavors mirror the aroma pretty closely, with strong black licorice flavors, molasses, earthy bitter hops, brown sugar cookies and a touch of alcohol. Really nice stuff, this brewery continues to impress me. (412 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I get back from watching Looper and discover that my beer is also a time-traveler. Apparently this was brewed on December 3rd 2009, but bottled nearly 11 months earlier on January 14th. Thanks to Jeffo for this one. Served in a wine glass. Bottle #288/1320 - 18cl.

A - Hard pour yields a thin tan foam that settles to a thin ring, a wispy patch, and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown with some transparency at the edges.

S - Lots of dark fruits, dark chocolate, and a touch of licorice. Alcohol is fairly well-restrained, and there's a savory undercurrent of soy and umami. There's a bit of roast and char, but as with most of Menno's beer it's understated.

T - Taste is super smooth with lots of chocolate fudge and light caramel and toasted bread. Dark fruits are there, but on the sweeter side rather than vinous. No alcohol presence here, and a mild anise bitterness in the finish. As it warms I get a bit of Belgian-style candi?

M - Medium-full body, with moderate-to-low carbonation that dies out over the course of the glass. Smooth texture with a very sticky finish. Not much in the way of any alcohol heat.

D - I had a bottle of this when Menno was in town and it wasn't nearly as good as this one. Perhaps some vintages have held up better than others. 18cl is the perfect serving for this sort of beer if your drinking for one. Hopefully the batch released stateside recently will be as enjoyable. (1,420 characters)

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Tsarina Esra from Brouwerij De Molen
91 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.