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Bommen & Granaten - Brouwerij De Molen

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Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten

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86
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 16
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  15.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
750ml: 53.9 IBU
330ml: 57 IBU

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 11-12-2008)
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slayer3604

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

AWESOME! I love high alcohol beers simply because there is so much going on in them...great opportunity to try one of the stronger non-ice-distilled beers out there!

A-To be honest, this pours kinda weak. No head, ruddy, brick, unfiltered look, and a THIN ring of suds on the side of the glass. Not even a hard pour yields a head, and there is zero lacing. BUT! I understand why...high alcohol beers tend to suffer from the inability to produce head, especially 14%+ barleywines. Not going to bitch too much about this, because it is still something I could walk up to without knowing what it is and say "Yeah, I'd put that in my moufff"...

S-CHEA! Molasses, bread, sweet honey, a little tang of phenolic spice and....GINGER???? COMPLEX, BREH!

T-Starts out creamy, then spicy, then fruity, with some rum thrown in there; all of a sudden, here come the bright phenols, and MY GOD, at 15.2%, there is some heat, but nothing that compares to the $120 bottles of Wiskey some people dish out for smoothness....(and yes, I know that this beer does not approach that strength, just a comparison...).

M-So much cream. I'm actually liking the fact that this mofo doesn't have enough carbonation to produce a lasting head...The texture reminds me of Boddington's, and then swings into an inferno of complexities. Why is this not more available? Honestly, it kind of puts AGED Samichlause to shame...that was my go-to strong ass beer! No metallic tastes, no remorse for dishing out more money than a six pack for this thing, I thoroughly enjoy it!

O-Overall, I'd say its a solid brew that could benefit from some solid aging. Five years down the road this is going to be an unbeatable brew, and I dare someone to prove me otherwise.

Cheers, Molen!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:52:36 | More by slayer3604
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Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
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