SSS - Brouwerij De Molen
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3.58/5 rDev -8%
Review from notes during our blind tasting. Thanks to Bob for bringing this. Been wanting to try this for a while and was quite a surprise when unveiled.
Poured dark brown, probably a dark chocolate brown with an egg nog colored head that was rather scant. It wasn't murky but definitely not clear. Nose is booming with alcohol. Very little else, maybe a hint of roast and some dark chocolate. Let's let this sit and warm up for a bit.
Ah yes, there we are. We served it too cold. Now I'm gathering much more complexity. The aforementioned chocolate gives a nice cocoa sweetness followed by a burnt toast flavor. Then the ash. Oh man this is an ashy beer. And the alcohol is still quite prominent. It's a bit harsh and the very light body doesn't really help IMO. It's a two dimensional beer: a couple of flavors + alcohol. Good, but not great.
07-10-2011 03:40:22 | More by DmanGTR
3.48/5 rDev -10.5%
2008 Vintage. Bottle number 10 of 616
Pours dark brown, settles virtually black. Tan head of a couple fingers adorns. Aroma is rich malts, roasted malts, bitter chocolate and dry cocoa powder. Slight yeast esters and maybe some stale hop notes. Taste is much more chocolate and cocoa, or even a bakers chocolate. Rather roasted and toasty. Some yeast esters and a hint of oxidation. Feel is near full, with a bit elevated carbonation, but a creamy, dry finish.
May be better fresh. Not sure I would age one the full 5 years it claims.
08-20-2011 16:37:22 | More by EgadBananas
3.18/5 rDev -18.3%
Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!
A-pours a jet black liquid with a thinner light tan colored head.
S-notes of dark chocolate with a fair bit of slightly burnt coffee, sweet malts in back with notes of plums and dark cherries.
T-dark chocolate, hints of vanilla up front, ashy coffee, slightly burnt and bitter, malt sweetness with plums and dark cherries.
M-silky smooth and soft on the palate, medium body, slightly less than I would have enjoyed, with light carbonation but holds.
D-not the most fantastic stout, lacks balance in flavor and complexity but doesn't do anything wrong. that ashy bitter coffee flavor is something I find in a lot of foreign made stouts such as mikeller and I'm not a huge fan.
09-25-2010 21:06:29 | More by cpetrone84
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
Thanks to beergestapo for sharing this on 11/16/09.
A - Poured a muddy, chunky brown with lots of active carbonation and half a finger of beige head that settled into a thin ring of retention.
S - Initial aroma is quite chocolatey with a roasted malt character and a hint of coffee.
T - Pleasant roasted malt quality with a hint of chocolate and some bittersweet cocoa notes. Finishes with a hint of earthy bitterness, albeit rather subdued.
M - Medium bodied with a smooth, albeit a tad watery, texture. Finish is semi-dry with a touch of hop bitterness on the palate.
D - Surprisingly nice stout with plenty of chocolate and roasted malt goodness.
11-20-2009 03:32:06 | More by ffejherb
3.38/5 rDev -13.1%
On-tap at Holy Grale at their De Molen Tap Takeover Event.
A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin collar.
S - Dark chocolate, toasted malts, light roast, light coffee.
T - Pretty much right in line with the nose with a mix of bitter dark chocolate, toasted bready notes, malts, some coffee beans. Alcohol is well-hidden for 10%. Finish is chocolate & roast.
M - Medium body, over-carbonated, creamy finish.
O - A decent Export Stout (of some sort) but not something I'd really go after again. I didn't hate this beer, but I also didn't think it was good enough to order again or seek out a bottle of.
07-20-2012 21:32:43 | More by Sean9689
3.5/5 rDev -10%
Tons of info on the label, including "Original 1914 Recipe London triple Stout." Brewed 16 Feb. 2011, bottled 21 March 2011. Bottle # 1116 of 1182. 9.99% ABV.
Ok, this is only one of two caged beers that doesn't twist off in exactly six turns. The other was some U.S. beer. Sure the Belgians would never break such tradition. Once uncorked it offers a superbly opaque dark brown (darkest brown) liquid, topped with an absolutely gorgeous light tan head of fluffy stuff, stiff and long lasting. Sheets of mocha lace left on the glass. This thing looks legendary.
Aroma is immediately problematic. Has that stiff, coin-like whiff of something way too mineral/chemical, which masks what seems to be a very bitter roast smell. Also a bit phenolic, chemical, plastic. Uh oh.
Taste isn't as bad as the smell suggests. If you like bitter dark roast mainstream coffee (like Folgers or something) and the allure of powdered chocolate milk mixes (Quik). These are the prevailing flavors, along with a decidedly mineral snap. Alcohol plays into the taste, in a good way, giving it a nice glow that helps keep it on the enjoyable side. Pretty huge layer of smoke; raisin too. In fact, with warming, raisin abounds. Hops are definitely big, bigger than I imagine they were in 1914, betraying the citrus-y ghost of U.S. influence.
I would like this beer a little more if the texture weren't so tingly and sharply carbonated. It's smooth enough but not at all stout-ish, neither in the traditional nor amped-up super-thick American sense. Feels like a bubbly IPA of some kind. Bothers me, as this demands a much milkier texture.
Love the shit out of this brewery's Heaven & Hell (one of the best-ever stouts), but SSS is merely okay. It fails biggest in the Smell and Mouthfeel categories. It has redeeming elements too, but considering how transcendent H&H was, I'll be sipping on it with less enthusiasm than expected.
01-01-2012 22:08:26 | More by Metalmonk
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
750ml. Bot march 2011. A very dark brown, some light does get through especially around the edge. A thin layer of white.
Aroma, dark fruit and dark chocolate. Maybe a little peaty maltyness.
Taste, a good dose of raspberry, cherry up front. Works quickly to more toasted malt, chocolate. Finishes pretty dry with a mild roast and cocoa.
Carbonation is just a bit too sharp to be creamy at first, but it gets there as it sets a bit. Solidly mid bodied. A very faint warming.
Knocking out a few more of the Belgian characteristics would have put this over the top. As it is, pretty good, though a tough price point.
The best I have had from the DeMolen brewery.
11-10-2012 03:11:25 | More by Bung
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two 20oz imperial pints. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!
Brewed on 17 Januari 2008
Bottled on 21 Februari 2008
Bottelnumber: 696 of 696
A: Pours a cola-brown color with reddish-mahogany tinting at the edges. Very creamy cocoa-brown colored head that tops out at about two-fingers and doesn't leave any lace in the glass.
S: Nice aromas of cocoa, lactose, toasted oats, raisins, roasted malt, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke, and brown sugar. I swirled the last two inches and poured all of the sediment into my glass and I was rewarded with a dose of milk chocolate and earthy yeast.
T: Excellent mixture, of cocoa, dark fruit, smoke, and dark chocolate. As it warms more complex flavors emerge; milk chocolate, lactose, oats, roasted malt, and tangy fruit. Flavors of caramel and cotton candy in the finish.
M: Starts off pretty smooth and creamy but quickly takes on a drier, bitter edge. Nice levels of sweet, creamy, and dry.
D: We found the drinkability to be quite high. I was expecting more of an alcohol presence but it was non-existant. The soft and creamy chocolate and oatmeal/lactose flavors & aromas made this one go down like a stout with half the abv!
03-08-2009 23:28:31 | More by GbVDave
3.81/5 rDev -2.1%
Bottled 9/15/2010. Almost exactly 3 years old.
A: Bottle doesn't explode when the cork is popped but the bubbles build very slowly inside the bottle. After making my pour of a full snifter, 10 minutes later it was foaming out of the bottle. Very unusual, it continues to foam over even when the bottle is half empty. Pours a very dark brown but not quite black. Very large and very thick, fluffy light brown head. Head fades slowly with absolutely zero sign of lacing. Great retention however, especially since it seems capable of generating its own head without even touching the bottle or glass.
S: Nice mellow burnt malts. Roasted coffee. Fairly sweet and creamy, almost a caramel-like sweetness to it in fact. Hints of sweet milk chocolate.
T: Nice roasted coffee up front with a sweet milk chocolate backing. Some chalky char in the middle leading into bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Fairly dry finish in fact, one of the driest 10% stouts ever, IMO. Lingering charry flavor between sips, distinctive of de molen stouts.
M: Medium bodied, smooth but a little thin for almost 10%.
O: Not a bad FES. Age has mellowed and smooth it out but it still has a prominent and sharp char character. Can't imagine how strong it was 3 years ago. Alcohol is completely hidden, drinks like a 6-7% porter not a 10% stout. Nice drinkability as a result. Good beer, lacking a bit in complexity but I enjoyed it.
09-01-2013 01:53:07 | More by Dope
District of Columbia
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
I had this one as part of my warm-up act at Zwanze Day 2011 presented at Churchkey.
A: Pitch black, with a MASSIVE and extremely foamy head that looked like whipped creme with cracked pepper.
S: Roasted barley upfront in spades, with milk chocolate, mild coffee, and more than a hint of rye bread.
T: First of all, the finish was grainy and extremely dry. On the brew itself, along with milk chocolate, I also got a tinge of caramel, along a sort of a sour, burnt-roast quality that was very unique.
M: Moderately thick, with a tinge of off-kilter (sort of sour) sweetness, and the lacing was somewhat ridiculous.
O: One of the weirdest stouts I've ever tasted, but also one of the most memorable. If David Lynch were to go into the brewing business and create a stout, this would be the result.
09-19-2011 03:24:20 | More by Chaney
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Nice revisit to an old porter recipe, smooth and quaffable.
Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew such as bittering hops, EBU's (84.5), OG (1090), bottle number (314 out of 616), which will be good for five years from the bottling date (23 May 2008). Notes 9.99% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.
A - Very dark brown pour with a fair head, moderate retention and surface memory, and some touches of lacing.
S - Good nose with roasted malts. Touches of coffee and a hint of chocolate.
T - Taste flows accordingly with dexterity an quite a composed sense: roasted malts, coffee, the touch of chocolate, a minimal fruitiness around the bitter finish.
M - Medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth with the alcohol very well integrated and balanced.
O - Nicely quaffable and with a good flow.
Notes: Nice historic exercise. Maybe not too exciting but what Pattinson and Menno do here is rather welcome. Quality offering and a stimulating insight into vintage brewing.
06-18-2011 03:06:23 | More by Daniellobo
4.2/5 rDev +8%
Dark brown/burgundy color with a long lasting light tan foam. Aroma seems a little incomplete, with yeast smells and a touch of leather. Flavor is different, but quite outstanding. Not roasty or chocolate-like at all, but loaded with dark fruit flavors, caramel, toffee, peanut brittle and then on top of all that, the finish is nearly 20 seconds. Really complex flavor profile, nearly perfect. Not an Imperial Stout, but it's not claiming to be one. It's too bad the nose isn't so great, because this beer is nearly perfect in every other way.
06-23-2008 14:34:24 | More by Crosling
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
Doops picked up a bottle of this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht for me. Thanks bro!
From a 750ml into a snifter.
Brewed: 16 Feb 2011. Bottled: 21 March 2011
Label reads "Original 1914 recipe London Triple Stout."
APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour makes a three finger, medium-thin, looser, crackly, light brown head with pretty good retention. Clear dark brown body, almost black, with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap that remains until the end and leaves some decent splotchy lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Roasted malts, smoky notes with cocoa powder. Classic De Molen nose. Bold enough, with earthy peat aromas as well and some nice milk chocolate under everything. Good stuff.
TASTE: Roasted and smoky malts with a burst of cocoa powder and hop bitterness. Some milk chocolate and licorice with some nice peat flavors as well, moving into a bold and lingering bitter hop finish. Earthy hops with just a touch of booze, roasted malts and some cocoa powder linger nicely on the palate. Tasty stuff.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Pretty light on the palate, semi- creamy, and goes down smooth with a little burn after the swallow. Finishes slightly dry on the palate.
OVERALL: Another good De Molen brew. This is kind of a touchstone for their stout beer, as it is a tasty and aromatic beer, but would need a heavier, thicker palate to really get the flavors over the hump. A tighter head would also help the scores. That said, I enjoyed this one very much. If you’re interested in the brewery, this would be a stout to check out. If you enjoy it, then their barrel aged and smaller batch stuff would be well worth tracking down. A good beer that I’ve had before and will have again. Recommended.
09-12-2011 20:19:22 | More by Jeffo
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged & corked.
Served in an oversized wine glass.
Bottle number: 317.
Brewed on January 17, 2008; bottled on February 21, 2008.
Deep molasses-brown in color. Carbonation-filled off-white head that settles as a thin, creamy sheet. No lasting lace to mention
Creamy, milk chocolate with hints of roasted espresso. Rough floral hops admist bitter chocolate and light toffee. Sharp, acidic hints of alcohol.
Bitter dark chocolate and unsweetened caramel. Notes of bland tea along an earthen floral hop profile. Licorice and saffron spices. The alcohol presenece is dull, but warming following the rough finish.
Full bodied; rough, earthen, and slightly dry in texture. The alcohol component adds a touch of slickness to the muddy mouthfeel.
Billed as the "original 1914 recipe London triple stout by Ron Pattinson brewed by the Mill". Certainly drinks like an export stout that is a little more bland and rough than most of the style.
06-22-2008 23:39:04 | More by NEhophead
3.93/5 rDev +1%
Brewed: 16 February 2011
Bottled: 21 March 2011
Clear yet dark brown body topped with a rich, creamy tan head. Roasted grains, slightly toasty; baking chocolate in the aroma. Lightly charred grain flavor, bitterness sneaking in midway and lingering in the finish, slight alcohol warmth; slight sourness. Medium-light bodied; clean with lingering sugar residuals.
A great looking stout; great roasted scents. I was somewhat surprised at the relative lightness to the body. The rich, dark malted character dominates the initial taste, giving away to a nice hop bitterness (and, perhaps, grain huskiness or tannin note) and a faint hint at the relatively high ABV.
10-24-2012 00:07:53 | More by beergoot
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
Bottle # 119 out of 696.
Pours out kind of dark but light does penetrate as if it was a really dark root beer. Very effervescent because the bubbles are sticking to the bottom of the glass. Lots of small brown suds here.Some lacing around the pint glass.
Smell is coffee and chocolate. Pretty strong because you smell this right out of the pour.
Fills up the room with a wonderful coffee aroma.
As it warms up it has a sugary maltyness.
Taste is very mellow and malty sweet with the golding hops coming through. This is an all around great beer.
Mouthfeel is dirty but perfect for what this is supposed to be.Some alcohol is present in the aftertaste but it doesn't seem like a 10%er.
Drinkability is way good here but this is a rare bird and as high as the abv is I think one should watch out!
09-01-2008 03:57:09 | More by peabody
3.43/5 rDev -11.8%
Vicious, awful when cold. Almost pushed back a glass that wasn't empty, but I growed up for a few moments and eventually put it back.
It very nearly tasted like Jäger in that initial Arctic range of temp - highly medicinal sweet/sour booze enveloped in a coat of bitter licorice and mid-grade jet black espresso. After quite awhile and as it boosted into the 50s, the bitter licorice subsided, becoming instead a sort of bitter Belgian chocolate, still devoid of any sweetness which could've complemented. But for the longest time there, each sip yielded a two-dimensional, palate-arresting, potentially hazardous shock of fermented bat piss, or something of that nature.
Even after the flavor became a hell of a bit more palatable, the ultra-smooth, semi-ultra-clean, semi-thin body still held little in the way of malt nougat. It's a slick, flat-silky boozy-strong porter-esque brew. Not much to excite over on the nose either - really, the scent was a notch or two more frozen stiff than the initial taste, lacking depth and richness and only toward the end revealing some charcoaly bitter roast, and maybe some hop (probably not), while the booze faded, without anything to round it out or play against.
Billed as a stout on the chalkboard at the Shelton Bros event - you could/should bump this up into the "imperial porter" category.
06-11-2011 18:39:32 | More by Bouleboubier
SSS from Brouwerij De Molen
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.