Pek & Veren - Brouwerij De Molen
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3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
No bottle date but guessing this is a couple years old (last review was almost a year ago).
A: Pours a dark brown. Decent sized and fizzy medium brown head. Head fades somewhat quickly with no lacing, but has great retention.
S: Mild mellow chocolate. When swirled I get a smoky umami with it as well.
T: A bit of dark chocolate with lots of umami. VERY meaty. Smoke joins it along with a touch of soy sauce. Flavors are pretty mellow and smooth. A bit bitter and acrid in the finish from the smoke and bitter baker's chocolate.
M: Medium bodied, smooth.
O: Not a bad FES. Smooth, mellow and easy drinking. Lots of smoke and umami though which really isn't my thing. Just too savory. Flavors are decent and balanced at least, I think my personal bias is mainly the problem here. Decent beer.
06-29-2013 03:23:53 | More by Dope
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
750 ml bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass. Thanks once again to Gordon's on this score of a beer.
Appearance: this beer poured a two finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black beer with no visions of carbonation coming up through the glass.
Smell: roastiness, chocolate mocha, some booziness, molasses, and some fruitiness to the beer.
Taste: all of the above plus smoke and some bitterness.
Mouthfeel: dry, full bodied, medium to high carbonation, a little bitterness, and slightly smooth.
Overall: not bad for a foreign extra stout, it got better with warming up to room temperature, but flavors could be blended better and the aftertaste took a little bit adjusting to.
09-14-2012 02:53:39 | More by Flounder57
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
750 mL bottle courtesy of Auslander pours a foggy, dark brown color with a small cap of tan head.
Nose is interesting...TONS of bruised, dark fruit, black licorice, molasses and brown sugar. Wife thinks it smells smoky, hmmm…maybe some smoke aromas do creep in there a little.
Smooth, rich and velvety with lots of yeasty plums and figs. Touch of sweetness offsets the fruit nicely. The malts show some light roast and maybe some molasses. This is a nice middle ground stout...somewhere in between a Foreign Export Stout and a Belgian Stout. Has an odd little earthy, mushroom presence as it warms. Definitely worth a try based on uniqueness alone, not to mention it is pretty tasty!
04-20-2012 15:33:31 | More by twiggamortis420
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours black with a brown head that's frothy and dense.
Molasses sticks out for the nose as well as caramel, sweet malts that are lightly spiced.
There's a tinge of smoke, notes of cherry and chocolate that tip-toe around a creamy coffee. Pek & Veren is earthy, complex with maple and toffee, some whiskey gives it a bite as opposed to sharp hops.
Not your usual stout in terms of texture as it lends it self more to a soda. Surgary/sour is welcome to break up this potent brew.
01-09-2012 01:58:26 | More by pants678
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and half frothy tan head. The head stays around a while, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is kinda weak, the brew smells like dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, and a bit of smoke and coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (plums, red grapes, somewhat tart berries), chocolate, roasted malt and some smoke. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's an OK beer, but there really isn't anything about it that stands out or would make me want to buy this again.
11-24-2011 23:06:12 | More by bluejacket74
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a faint thin glow of brown at the base of the glass. There is a thick bubbly tan head that turns to a sticky film and it is a bit too dense to see any carbonation.
S- The dark cherry notes and root cellar hint turns to more of a red wine tannin as the beer opens and a smooth black roasted malt aroma lingers.
T- The roasted black malt is a mellow blend with some flanders red cherry notes and a red wine tannin tartness that surrounds it. There is a chocolate richness that comes through and an earthiness to the dark roasted malt but never a bitterness.
M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat but does have a gentle fizz. There is no astringency or alcohol noticed.
O- This beer has a nice earthy flanders red quality with some nice dark stout characteristics for support. The tartness grows but the malt flavors still stay pretty subtle then the bitterness grows a bit in the finish. This beer paired pretty nicely with a mild white goat cheese.
10-19-2011 21:24:57 | More by rhoadsrage
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
750ml C&C bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO. Around $12. Into an old school NB Globe.
A: Pours a nice dark brown with a light tan colored head that an aggressive pour barely coaxed a quarter of an inch, quickly recedes to an island of bubbles in the center and a tan ring around the edges. A fairly dark beer, but a lot more towards the brown end of the spectrum.
S: Lots of toffee and brown sugar notes, some over ripened dark fruits, and a decent amount of chocolate as well. Caramel notes are way in the back but mix nicely. Smells like a malt bomb.
T: Not at all what I had expected from the nose. Dark fruits really dominate the flavor profile, pretty nice plum profile, some ashy burnt malt flavors linger on the end of the swallow. Its definitely an interesting beer, but not exactly what I had expected. I guess not having the huge toffee flavor and general huge malt profile that I smelled is disappointing. Seems watery. Faint bit of bitterness on the end.
M: Um...way off. This is way too thin and incredibly overcarbonated as well. Prickly on the tongue. Slight bit of boozey warmth. Unfortunately watery really comes to mind here.
O: Meh, for the price there are much better examples of an export stout, this just falls short in a lot of places. The mouthfeel and overall flavor of this beer just don't do much for me. Not offensive, but certainly not great.
04-21-2011 01:44:25 | More by pokesbeerdude
3.15/5 rDev -12.3%
From 04/09/11. Got this bottle from ShogoKawada in the Birthday BIF; thanks Phil, always down to try a new De Molen beer.
a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, sweet and a bit of spice.
t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, spices, and sweet fruit. A little too sweet for me.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
o - Overall, an interesting stout from De Molen, but a bit too sweet for me. Glad to have tried it but wouldn't seek it out again.
04-12-2011 02:16:42 | More by mdfb79
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured dark into a tulip. A big bubbly head followed a wisp of smoke once the cork was popped.
On the nose I get some bitter chocolate and a touch of candied melon.
On the tongue I get a higher than expected mineral-salt count (a tad salty), some molasses and a bit of a dry dustiness. My friend adds, "It's kinda gamey"; wild & savory, probably from the all too-subtle peat smoked malts (I wish they dominated a bit more). As it warms a strange faux-dessert flavor asserts itself kinda like a soy-chocolate ice-cream, weird.
Overall, drinkable, but not my favorite. I think I'm starting to understand De Molen stouts and look forward to trying more of them.
04-08-2011 05:58:36 | More by burnheartsMKE
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high beige head that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose that intensify as the beer warms up.
T: Flavors of roasted malts dominate the taste; no malt backbone or hop bitterness are evident. There are some notes of smoke.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit creamy on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness throughout the initial taste and finish.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste. I could easily drink more than one of these in a night because it's not very filling.
01-01-2011 06:33:42 | More by metter98
3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
Fruity and smokey, this beer has much different flavors and aromas that are normally expected in Export Stouts.
The pour has a viscous and dark, dark brown color that releases a medium tan and froathy head that rises quite quickly- nearly overtaking the glass before settling into a thick and even blanket across the beer. Good lacing all the while.
Black licorice and red grape aromas give the first impressions while burnt grains, rich malt, and smoke rise in complexity and entertain the senses.
Roasty flavors and smoke gives a bold campfire impression, not too dissimilar to smokes meats. Estery grape, currant, berries, dates, and figs add complexity and nearly overtake the flavors. The balance of the beer doesn't give the roasty-malty-rich flavors in the same way we're used to.
Froathy and creamy early, the beer makes a quick transition to a light, dare I say thin or watery, body that seemingly falls off of the clift. Leaving a flat cola-like taste in the end.
Some of the fruity and smokey characteristics are nice, but if they were kept in check by the roast and malt, this would have been a good beer. But in the end, the water chemistry and balance makes the beer unrecognizable for the style.
09-09-2010 03:45:03 | More by BEERchitect
3.95/5 rDev +10%
Poured into a tumbler glass.
A: Pours a clear, dark burgundy color with 2 fingers of taupe head that fade medium-quick leaving a decent layer floating and little to no lacing. Ruby highlights around the edges.
S: Smells of chocolate, plums, and a little bit of coffee. Little to no alcohol or hops present.
T: In contrast to the smell, this is quite roasty, with plenty of chocolate shining through. Fruit presence is actually fairly muted.
M: Very smooth, other than the introductory bitter kick. Nice.
D: Pretty good export stout. I could (and will) easily polish off a full 750ml bottle. Thanks De Molen.
07-23-2010 23:18:17 | More by NewGeneric
2.28/5 rDev -36.5%
Huge bummer. Could tell it woulda been much better before it turned. Cork popped with a nice crisp burp. Poured a decent tan head. color was a hazy brown. Aroma was malty roasty and fruity but dominated by sour. Sour with the first thing noticed in taste, then the other components came out. Body was good and so was carbonation. Finish was like flavor and not so good.
04-21-2010 04:10:09 | More by drpimento
4.05/5 rDev +12.8%
If nothing else, this is one of the most complex stouts that I've had. It pours a slightly matte mahogany brown with a smallish tan head, a bit creamy, no lacing. The nose has lots of Baltic Porter written all over it, lots of woody qualities, some ABV in the character of some booze soaked caramels.
The taste won't disappoint. There is a slightly fizzy, slightly tingly quality to this beer on the tongue that makes it very unique. The beer has an unmistakeably smoked, woody, and slighty charred quality to it. There are chocolates, some Baltic Porter charred ABV brown sugar qualities, there are caramels in here, some roasted notes, but the smoked and woody assertiveness really define this beer. The booze soaked caramels are not as present as the nose would have you think. There is a definite ABV presence towards the finish, and some sweeter flavors underneath all that smokey, woody maltiness. The tingly feel on the mouth keeps this beer from being overly smooth. There is also a slightly burnt brown sugar quality to this beer as well. This is a complex stout if there ever was one. Worth seeking out on that basis alone.
04-02-2010 21:31:59 | More by albern
Pek & Veren from Brouwerij De Molen
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.