Storm & Averij - Brouwerij De Molen
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Reviews by LordAdmNelson:
3.45/5 rDev -7%
Nice orange-gold-amber color, but no head to speak of. Had to do some pretty vigorous swirling to work one up as I drank it.
Nose is ok, though a bit muted. I get some piney hops, booze, and that's about it. I was hoping for something a bit stronger I guess. Flavor is a bit strange. At first it was almost soapy, then a bit watered down, then boozy--all stages that I wasn't looking for. It developed into a nicely piney, spicy IPA, though. A solventy character tended to persist, though. I guess I'm not describing it as sounding good at all, but once the beer had warmed a bit and breathed, it had a nice malt backbone over a rather interesting hop bill.
Moderate mouthfeel, good carbonation to it. Overall I would say it was worth the try, but not something I'll return to probably.
04-25-2011 23:57:29 | More by LordAdmNelson
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3.79/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours into an imperial nonic a lemon tinged honey color with a large bloominh white head,Iam thinking I should have went with a chalice or oversized wine glass here.Big leafy saaz hops in the nose along with some lemon rind and toasted grain,a hint of funk in there as well.Like a few others have noted much more like a hoppy saison than a dipa flavor wise,lemony and herbal flavors dominate,there is some deep fruity sweetness in there as well some more alcohol induced sweetness.Not bad but this seems much more of a northest Europe country ale than any American style dipa.
02-07-2014 22:34:46 | More by oberon
3.45/5 rDev -7%
Hop and funk aroma, saaz and premient are noted for use. So this is not expected to beyour American hop bomb. Carbonation bubbles. yellow, and white bubbly head. The taste is hop and malts, it is a big bitterness, a melange.Thank you Absumaster.Some yeast spice.
09-04-2008 19:56:37 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
The aroma and taste profiles mirror each other, in that the brew is earthy, dusty, lemony, funky, old attic like, honey lemon tea, grassy, and shows ZERO DOUBLE / Imperial IPA aroma or taste characteristics. This is a phenomenal pairing with Savannah Bee Company's Black Sage Honey
10-20-2010 03:32:25 | More by brandoneast
4.65/5 rDev +25.3%
Much thanks to my friends Alanna and Richard for this brew.
Just a word of caution, the second I finished untwisting the cage, the entire cage and cork exploded off the top of the bottle.
A: A very hazy apricot color with a full four inches of head. The head is massive. Gigantic, fluffy white head. Luckily the head drops a bit and settles into a nice white foam.
S: What a lovely smell. Sweet, with a great hop nose. Syrupy sweet, and a touch of vanilla. A touch of pine, along with some herbal scents. A touch of alcohol in the back.
T: Interesting, very very interesting. Probably one of the most interesting beers I have tried, a weird, but working amalgamation of flavors. Sweetness comes out right away, followed by a peppery flavor that I would attribute to the Saaz hops. There is almost a smokiness in the finish, alongside herbal and earthy tones. A little bit of pine rounds out the flavor, with a touch of alcohol heat.
M: Medium in body, the carbonation is fine, and very strong, but it works.
O: Overall this beer isn't amazing, it doesn't have that feel to it like it just happened without effort. What it does have is a wealth of complexity, a beer to ponder and enjoy. This is a beer that is interesting enough that you could sip on it for an hour, and still not have it figured out. One that each time you take a sip you taste something a little different. Very enjoyable.
07-28-2012 01:42:14 | More by Beejay
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy bright orange amber. Lively one finger off-white head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a thin film over the whole glass and lacing. Aroma dominated by caramel malt with a hint of grassy and citric hops; reminiscent of a mild barley wine. Flavor is quite distinct, sweet malt, light fruit changing to a dryer woody herbal or tea like taste. Finishes dry and moderately bitter. Aftertaste of bitter hops and resin. This ain't your father's DIPA, but it is quite interesting. The hopping and herbal bittering is almost reminiscent of a gruit, but apparently this was bittered with hops. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. It's hard to rate this as a DIPA, but I found the flavor progression interesting and the unusual taste enjoyable. I'm also not sure of the age or storage of the bottle, although it came from a shop that seemed to know what they are doing. It is possible the fresh ale has a more distinct hop profile. Still, a very unusual, but successful take on the style.
04-16-2012 03:39:58 | More by LiquidAmber
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high and dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thick layer of bubbles covering the surface and large rings of bubbles down the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy, pine resin and spicy hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather spicy and has a light amount of bitterness, which lingers in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.
O: Considering its strength, the beer is quite drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It’s like drinking a stronger version of an English IPA.
06-23-2011 01:39:25 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
This particular bottle isn't numbered as many of the brewery's are, but its label still boasts production of fewer than 650 bottles of this beer per batch. At 9.2%abv, with little else on the label to go by, I wasn't sure what to expect, and am still not altogether in agreement with the 'Am. double/Imp Pilsner' assignment, particularly as the label calls itself a 'Hand-Crafted Dutch Ale.'
Aromas aren't too assuming, a little bright biscuity malt with a simple spicy hop character. Some mineral earthiness in the back with a touch of fruit - apricot and pear, and a tinge of deeper hop firmness. Sips rather excellently, mild on the palate, with a tight soft light malt flavor and a raspy grainy hop presence. Finishes clean with hints of pine, dusky grains, and some mild warm citrus.
Very nice overall. Drinks with remarkable ease, presents itself as ideal for sipping, but seemingly light. Hop presence is strong but subtly blended into the overall character of the beer. Great spiciness and simplicity on the palate.
05-22-2010 22:57:53 | More by lightindarkness
2.35/5 rDev -36.7%
The problem with having SO MUCH BEER is that you're bound to have ones you may not feel great about sharing. The problem with being friends with someone who has SO MUCH BEER is that he doesn't have to impress you anymore so he's more inclined to dump them on you. Oh, on an unrelated note, thanks to Alex for sharing this one.
A - Copper colored beer with a white head that showed fair retention and some moderate lacing.
S - Sweet malts, little bit of booze, caramel, some hops. Tea?
T - Oops, pass. When the hell is tea a good idea in a beer? If this wasn't supposed to taste like tea, wow. It's not V008 bad, but it's definitely not good. Horrible vitamins taste as well. Didn't get a ton of this down.
M - Lively carbonation! Too lively! Sticky.
O - Gross. Don't drink this.
07-14-2011 21:59:53 | More by AgentZero
4.18/5 rDev +12.7%
From a 750ml with no apparent dating but a nice quote. "De Molen is a small brewery. From each brew we fill no more than 650 of these 750ml bottles." Also on the label the stats of: 77
EBU Premiant and Saaz hops Dryhopping~Premiant hop EBC 39.8.
Cool stuff, wish more brewers/breweries would be more informative up front. With the hand drawn ship in a storm motif this is some very classy and interesting packaging.
With a vigourous pour comes a vigourous head. Which seems to last throughout the life of this beer in a glass. It is also happy to come back up with the slightest of swirl of the glass. Completely opaque with some light carmel like coloring, and that stark, paper white head this is very attractive stuff.
With a grassy lean to the nose this imperial pilsner seems to be on the leafy, green side of the hops spectrum. Salt water taffy, sweet roasted corn, some lactic yeastiness and a minty aspect all meld nicely on the nose. Very developed and with an alluring nature. This make you continue to stick your nose in the glass over and over again.
With a big combination of malt, yeast and hops this is a big flavorfull beer without being extreme. Everything is in balance and perfectly placed. It is like the work of a good carpenter, functional, sturdy and understated. No razzle dazzle, just a solid beer with solid flavors of sweet toasted barley, the carmely malt and a nice finishing leafy bitterness.
This feels like luxury in the mouth, pure velvet. Creamy and yet still with a perfect prickle of carbonation to give it a touch of bite and traction. Think pilsner milkshake. YUM!
This is a beer that was perfect for its setting. The girlfriend wanted something refreshing after a long day at work and it being 80 degrees or so on the first truely hot day of the year. Drank mostly in the back yard in the dark. Refreshing to say the least.
If you can find it, in my book this is a must try...
04-21-2009 06:44:50 | More by bryanbrick
2.98/5 rDev -19.7%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a somewhat hazy, copper amber color, with fair at best head retention and lacing. The nose is OK, though nothing special, showing some sweet malt, a hint of pine and some alcohol. On the palate, this is not all that appealing. The beer is pretty sweet, with some light brown sugar, and sweet fruit. There is very little bitterness in this finish, and I'm amazed that this is supposed to be a DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, malty finish. Drinkability is not good. The alcohol is noticeable, and I'm just not happy with what I'm tasting.
While not horrible, this is just not very good. The fact I've had worse does not make it any more appealing.
03-27-2011 19:56:40 | More by John_M
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
A- Poured from the bottle with a thin off-white head, which slowly receded to reveal some nice lacing. The body was a turbid honey color with yeast chunks of varying size observed in suspension. Carbonation was not visible from the sides of the glass. Almost looks like a beer-filled snow globe!
S- Pungent nose; rich with sweet vinous aromas phenolics and Belgian yeast esters... which translate to aromas of dried apricots and dried red apples. Some noble hops are here too, but they seem overpowered by the vinous/fruity notes. Very interesting nose.
T- A perfect replicate of the nose. The vinous and fruity flavors (dried apricot and apples) are up front. The hop character begins to emerge in the middle in direct competition... almost clashing with the vinous/fruity flavors. Some phenols come into play as well, and it all finishes a touch boozy.
M- A nice big creamy body. The texture from the yeast in suspension is unnoticeable. The carbonation here is pleasantly soft. Like it a lot in the mouthfeel department.
D- Overall it's quite drinkable, despite the ABV. I would call it a bit "challenging" on the palate, but I would enjoy this once in a blue moon.
01-20-2010 15:59:17 | More by jgasparine
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
Before learning about the method behind the madness, I had determined that this beer was something of an English IPA/Stong Ale something or other. With lacking 'American' character, I'm taking this as an English style Double IPA.
Pouring a dirty copper/amber color, the beer carries a lot of haze, part from dry-hopped and part from proteins and sediment. Stark white foam gives a creamy appearance that retains well and laces ok.
Fruity and malty, the aromas give a burst of strong biscuit sweetness, deep caramels, and shortbread character. Fruits of appricots, apples, and pineapples, these seem to come as much from the estery character of yeast as from hops. Pine, resin, and grass make up the remainder of the hoppy scent.
Fruitcake maltiness and gin-like pine character comes to life in taste. Fruit and sweet breads seem to hold a spicy, woodsy, bark-like taste as if oak aged. Even a leathery, tobacco taste persists with the fruits and earthy tones. Leafy, pungent, and resiny- the hops do more than offset the sweetness of fruit and malt. Bitterness is moderate and never becomes a standout beyond the sweet.
Rich and robust, the beer holds onto a lot of it's weight and oily textures throughout the beer. Lacking the signature late hop dryness that Double IPA's are known, the beer remains English in mouthfeel as well.
Undoubtedly a rich and characterful beer; and a joy to drink. But when reaching for a Double IPA, this is not what I think of. Strong Ales and Old Ales can learn a lot from this beer.
08-24-2010 02:35:49 | More by BEERchitect
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
Purchased in spring 2010 at K&L Wines in Redwood City, CA and just now getting around to tasting this. Stored in my cellar between then and now.
Pours a clear deep gold, with an ample head that dissipates to a fine layer, leaving some lacing.
Quite a lot going on with the nose. Aromas of strong-smelling wet hay, barnyard funk. Definitely a vegetal presence here with a melange of green grass, root vegetables (parsnips/turnips), tropical fruits, and brown sugar. Some of this is coming from the yeast and some from the hops.
Taste is malty upfront, then brown sugar, revealing candied tropical fruit, and then a dry, green hoppy finish that lasts long. Alcohol is evident.
Body is medium and with good carbonation, it is mildly creamy at first, but loses carbonation rapidly and becomes flattish as one sips. And that is required at 9.2%.
This is an interesting and challenging beer. The flavors really ricochet around defying a clean description. However, this is decidedly not an American Double / Imperial IPA. This is a Dutch beer that uses Belgian style yeast and European (Premiant and Saaz) hops. Don't know what malts are used, but would guess Belgian or German. Nothing American about this, other than being highly hopped.
08-12-2010 04:10:05 | More by Beerenauslese
3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
Served on tap at O'reilly's during IPA day.
A - Pours deep amber orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving very little lace down the glass.
S - Smells of caramel sweet malt, light citric hops, fresh cut grass, and pine resin. Not the best nose but still decently pungent.
T - Starts off with quite a bit of caramel sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of bitter citric hops, fresh cut grass and pine needles, and some dull wet earthiness. The finish is pretty dry with a little bit of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Juicy, dry, feel that lingers on the pallet for some time.
O - Pretty good. I saw this one on the list and I knew I had to get one. My love for De Molen is strong but this was just ok. Oh well, on to the next one.
10-12-2011 21:17:02 | More by orangesol
4.4/5 rDev +18.6%
Part of NEPA BC split #19.
Pours a dark golden, hazed amber sort of color with a rocky, dense ivory colored head. It's slow to recede, keeps a solid lace and leaves a good amount of stick, as well.
Smell is quite nice, with a good amount of hops, which are grassy and spicy. Nice yeast strain as well, which lends some floral, earthy and spicy notes. There is also a sweet honey aroma and a bit of grain, and the malt overall smells sort of cake-like. This nose is very nice but as it warmed it got to be really boozy. Almost every time I put my nose in the glass to take a sip I got a liquor-like whiff of booze, which took away from the smell a bit.
Taste consists of many of the same things that were in the smell, although maybe not quite as hoppy. Still, it is quite smooth and tasty, with a cake-like sweetness and some earthy, spicy yeast, and grassy and spicy saaz. Also a nice fruitiness that wasn't as apparent in the smell, with citrus flavor especially. Through the finish the dry hopping comes to the fore, with an earthy bitterness that lingers awhile on the palate. Unlike the smell, alcohol doesn't come out even as it warms, and it hides the booze quite well. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and very smooth, with pretty soft carbonation and a medium-full body.
At first I was thinking that this didn't seem to pop as much as the smell, but as I got well into my first glass the fruit came out more, the dry hopping did its number, and I really started to enjoy this a lot. I still think the hops could do even more, but this is incredibly tasty. Douple Pilsener seems a weird designation for this beer. I think it's closer to a Belgian IPA. Whatever, it's still damn good. This was a great find; you would be wise to find it, too.
11-11-2008 01:24:18 | More by number1bum
Storm & Averij from Brouwerij De Molen
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.