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Bommen & Granaten - Brouwerij De Molen

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Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten

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BA SCORE
86
very good

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.89%
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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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet almost syrupy nose and flavor is sweet toffee, not cloying, high ABV is hidden. Pricey at $11.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Brewed Jul 2012.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Phil for sending me this in a trade!

Poured deep maple with a very slight trail of bubbles. Perfectly clear, the light produces a brilliant deep amber glow. Lots of caramel and toffee here. Very nicely balanced sweetness that lasts the entire sip followed by an earthy bitterness. Low carbonation works for this sipper. Thick and chewy body. Quite an awesome beer indeed!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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coenbust

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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bark

Sweden

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2012.

The colour is amber (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is compact and off-white; it sinks very slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet and a bit sour. Some bitterness, raisins, ripe apples, green plants, minerals, and smooth alcohol. It is quite strong, although I have expected even more sweetness.

The taste is very, very sweet. Apple juice, minerals, ripe red fruits and some biscuits. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is also sweet with raisins and dried fruits, minerals and chalk. The long finish is sweet with lots of toffee.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are long-lasting. The liquid is thick and sticky, yet a bit dry.

There is almost no alcohol in the taste which is impressive. There are lots of mineral-chalk in this one, a bit too much I think.

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02-12-2014 19:19:49 | More by bark
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Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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Belgium

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North Carolina

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California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Virginia

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Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A little over two years old, 11.2 oz. bottle filled to within a mm of the cap.

a: Slightly hazy golden amber; poured a small, big bubbled head.

s: Boozy raisins and plums and molasses; sherry and a hint of oxidation; sugary toffee. Very enticing.

t: Bit of a let down from the smell. Lots more sugar than fruit. A little raisin flavor, tons of sugary sherry, and some oxidation.

m: Big and syrupy with gentle carbonation.

o: The label says this can age for 25 years. Wouldn't this just get sweeter and sweeter over time? Anyway, this was interesting to try but I think I would have preferred a fresher bottle with a stronger hop presence.

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Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.