Bommen & Granaten - Brouwerij De Molen

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 18
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  15.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hoppymeal on 11-12-2008

750ml: 53.9 IBU
330ml: 57 IBU
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Photo of AlexAfonin
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The labeling on this Beer SUX, I am being constructive because I really dig this beer. However there are about 4 or 5 classifications on the web for this beer.

I love beer, I really like Beer Advocate, there are others but this is the site I use.

Beer is a hobby of mine, and I love tasting all kinds of beers, I travel for work (41 countries and almost all the continental US). And I try to sample and review where ever I go.

This Beer I got at perhaps a reall Kewl Beer store in the Bay Area. The Willows Market in Menlo Park.

The Beer Manager (yes they have someone who's job is beer) recommended it to me.

I forgot what kind of beer it was, but I was in a beer stocking mission.

I put it in my Cellar (14 Deg C) where I put anything that is Like a Barley Wine or Most Belgians. On A Whim, after a fresh Hop NOR CAL IPA Beer I wanted something well, different.

I popped the cap and poured into a Konigshoeven Glass.

Appearance: Foamless if you omit the tiny ring of bubbles at the rim that disappear soon after you finish pouring into the goblet.
Rusty reddish brown with a fair amount of "Sinkers" (residual yeast) on the bottom.

Smell: WOW. SWEAT! Fruit and malt comes through very strong. Maltose, if you were running for president I would crown you, the maltiness and fruit in this pour was wonderful.

This beer reminds me of a Port. The sweetness and warmth really make this a desert beer.

I was so inclined to have a Ice Cream Sunday with Whipped Cream as I slowed my night down to enjoy this beer.

It is big, I should say BIG! A casual observer might try this beer with the wrong palette and not get it. If taken too early in the day, or prior to eating, your mouth would or could find the sweetness in this beer offensive.

But taken later, after thirst and hunger are quenched, perhaps after a meal and prior to or in leu of desert, this beer will hit you correctly.

Afternoon sessions of beer can be detrimental to beer styles. Especially barley wines and spiced christmas beers, beers better consumed after the sun has retired and our practical selfs have also retired.

Taste: Sipped and not quaffed as you would an ale or lager. This beer is sweet. This beer is a desert beer. The prune and date sweetness, almost like a molasses comes through, but it finishes dry.

This is a beer to relish, to enjoy at the end of the day, while reading or writing about beer.

I an enjoy this beer on introspective occasions.

Mouthfeel: I can suck at my cheeks for hours after drinking this and enjoy the after taste.

Overall: I really like this beer. I will stock it in my cellar for special occasions. It is not cheap, $9.99 US for the 33CL bottle.

One Bottle could server 2 easily if you sever like port.

At 15.2% it could make the space up.

This goes well with B&J Super Fudge Chunk and Whipped cream!

Photo of andysk
4.76/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absoutely fantastic. Almost closer to a port than a beer. Where can I find more!?

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Review on jul´12. Reddish amber color. Foggy appearance. Yellowish beige, medium to small bubbled, froth creates creamy, fairly good retention, crown. Noble hop, spicy, intense caramel malt & candy aromas with hints of cinnamon. Sweet caramel malts, very ripe fruits –peach & apricot-, gentle warming & subtle bitterness at first sip. Buttery, plentiful & voluptuous palate. Raisin & sweet grapefruit in the middle. Full body, low carbonation. Smooth, creamy, slightly earthy finish. Aftertaste carries sugar cane, brown sugar & soft rhum-like hues. Amazing well balanced flavors & aromas. Delightful. Mandatory beer!!! Comment: Last year I enjoyed a 750ml bottle. I remember it so delicious but no notes were taken. Well, looking at labels I´ve realized: 750ml ltd. Ed. -#113- bottle 24,3EBC 53,9IBU but 330ml bottle 45EBC 57IBU.

Photo of claybob43
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Top notch barley wine. Good on a cold night.

Photo of RickyS
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into teku glass. Very nice dark amber/red colour with little carbonation and tiny bubbles. A bit hazy. The head dissipates very quickly. Smells just great! Reminds of honey, caramel, dates and molasses with the alcohol hidden very well. Maybe a tiny bit of leather in the background.
Tastes sweet, with dark caramel upfront and a slight bitterness at the end, which somehow survives in the aftertaste. Feels syrupy with medium body and low carbonation. Absolutely fantastic!

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 15,2% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 23/08/2011 good for 25 years.

Other bottle information:
EBC: 45
EBU: 57

De Molen seems to have a bit of a problem with their bottle filling machine; this bottle was filled right to the top, there was almost no air!
I wasn't expecting much of a hiss when I opened the bottle, but there was no audible noise - I hope the beer isn't totally flat.

Appearance: Bommen & Granaten almost gloops out of the bottle - it looks amazing thick and syrupy. The body is a lightly clouded reddish-amber with beautiful orange edges when backlit. To my relief a small collar of white foam forms and lasts most of the way down. A light swirl yields light alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmmm, big sweetness to start - toffee, treacle and brown sugar covered cooked apples, dates, figs and plums. Molasses, some sherry character, candied citrus, golden raisins and a touch of nutmeg are also noted. As the beer warms I was very surprised to find an earthy leather note. The 15% is not noted in any way in the nose.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is stunning. Initially very sweet with toffee, treacle and brown sugar notes. This is followed by plums, stewed apples, dates, figs and golden raisins. Light rum and sherry notes are present, but in flavour only as the alcohol is superbly well hidden, there is a light warming in the back of the throat, but nothing that would make me think this was more than 10%. This finish is lightly bitter with the faintest note of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Stunning feel - quite heavy, sticky (almost syrupy body) with very mild carbonation that is just enough to lift the beer and keep it from being cloying.

Overall: I adore these massive beers and this is one of the best! I will certainly have this again. I think it would be a perfect after dinner drink on a cold winter’s night.
Surprisingly this is also my mother's favourite of all the beers I have given her.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Whoa! this is a Wiley monster. Poured with a traditional tiny fine off-white head, a little lace and a hazy/cloudy dark honey amber color. Aroma is wet grain, malt, figs, a bit of citrus, a hint of yeast. flavor is like aroma but the first thing that jumps out is the sweet tartness. The citrus is an interesting twist for Barley Wine. It pretty much Hides most of the Malt. The body is perfect. Alcohol is well hidden. This is a good ass Beer, By cracky.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-orange with very little off-white bubbly head.

S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, caramelized malts, dark fruits, pine and a bit of citrus hops, brown sugar, and some booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, caramelized malts, brown sugar, figs, prunes, and other dark fruits, some light pine hops and resiny bitterness, some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Fantastic bold and rich barleywine. Great overall balance.

Photo of ricke
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Brewing date: 2009-02-25.

A: Reddish amber, quite pale actually. No head, just a few random airy bubbles that quickly disappear. Looks like I'll be having another flat one from De Molen...

S: A very powerful and well defined smell. Lots of vinous fruits (prunes, plums, raisins) and caramel malts. The alcohol adds a nice and subtle layer. Faint notes of autumn leaves and spices.

T: The taste is really good. It's very sweet with caramel malts to the fore. Notes of toffee. Vinous fruits are all around, mostly in the form of plums and figs. Aromas of oranges and apples. Lots of rum soaked raisins. Strangely enough, the sweetness doesn't get too much, instead the beer comes out as quite balanced. The finish is gently bitter and sweet with vanilla, wood and a mild leafy hop note, and a warming, well integrated alcohol flavor.

M: Full bodied with a fat and chewy mouthfeel. No carbonation, absolutely flat.

D: A really good beer. Very taste and characterful. It's definitely a sipper, but it's impressive that a beer as sweet as this one is so balanced. The vinous and liqueur-like qualities in this one is superb. But it would have been so nice if there was some carbonation.

Photo of johnnybravo
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had 7 bottles of the stuff. 6 of them from a batch in March and 1 from June. The brewer already mentioned that he was more satisfied with the second batch and oh my god! what a great evening filling beer this is. The first batch was great, but it looked horrible and imo it was also too much on the sweet side. The second batch however is a real improvement on those faults. The beer is still very sweet but in a good way because of the strong bitterness underneath and the filling thickness. It's a dessertbeer for sure. After a good heavy meal you should open up a bottle and when done finish it off with a glass of Lagavulin to make the evening perfect! I'm glad I have 5 bottles left. Let's see how they develop over the next 5 years or so.

Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Hazy, dusky reddish tan. Slight head and lacing but pretty damn full for a 15%er.
smell: Some fruitiness and malt. Very tame for such a beast.
taste: This is nice. Mellow and full. A hint of something like raspberry. Complex but tame.
overall: Thanks to my buddy for a fantastic birthday present that included this. A very unique and wonderful concoction.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A succulent and delicadent Barleywine that has all the halmarks of perfection, except for the absolutely still body, leaving the beer somewhat lifeless.

Aside from the stillness of the beer, a medium cloudy appearance of rusty coppers and orange colors avoids head formation, retention, and lacing, but the brandy-like legging gives creadence to the alcohols and sugars hidden within.

Mouthwatering brown sugars, molassas, and deep toffee ignites the fire in this sweet-tooth. Rounded by rummy, figy, and raisony esters and alcohols, the aromas are warming and inviting.

Flavors pick up on all the syrupy goodness with elements of rum-soaked fruitcake, candied stone fruits, sweetbreads, and sherry only begin the onslaught of flavors that take on the tastebuds.

Sweetness early fades into a delicate oiliness that fades into herbal/fruity and alcoholic dryness. The beer never dries out, but gives the impression of lightening and lifting off the palate despite the omittion of carbonation.

This barleywine is as classic flavored as they come; similar to the well-aged J.W. Lees and Tom Hardy's ales.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 175 of 477 from 6/17/08 bottling. Neat presentation, comes in a wood crate marked 'danger'. After pulling out a prybar/nail puller, I'm ready to begin. Beer pours a very hazy medium copper, plenty of evidence of bottle conditioning. No head to speak of, a few traces of whitish bubbles cling around the edge of the glass, but it appears fairly still. Aroma is a very nice blend of orange and sweet honey, much like a dessert or after dinner drink, maybe a liqueur. Also some notes of strawberry, sweet sugary caramel, coconut, a bit of bready yeastiness and a burning at the nostrils indicating a good sized alcohol presence. Taste follows the aroma with oranges and honey dominating, a toasty yeastiness rides over the tongue behind these flavors. Sweet sugary caramel blends with a bite of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the thick side due to the nearly non-existant carbonation, slightly syrupy, but not too heavy, at least in moderate quantities. Bite of alcohol towards the finish leads into a very warming finish, perfect for a cold night. A nice treat from De Molen, I felt the lack of carbonation was both pleasing in that it allowed some strong sweet liqueur like flavors to come thru, but also allows the sugariness to come thru, possibly limiting how much one can enjoy in a sitting. A delicious sipper imo, the low/no carbonation and sweetness make for a fine night cap, glad to have one to lay down for a few years and see what develops.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a complex and stimulating take on a big, classic, and long barleywine.

Presentation: 33 cl brown, capped and red-waxed bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew. O.G. 1050, F.G. 1041, EBC Colour 24.3 Hop bill, EBUs 53,9. Adds recommended drinking temperature, and cellaring range (up to 5 yrs.). Shows brewing and bottling date (22 Jan 2010, 23 Feb 2010), and that this is bottle 161 out of a 243 33cl bottles batch, alongside Alc. by Vol. (15.2%) Small drawing of a bomb box and a grenade on the numbering area. Served in a snifter.

A - Hazy deep amber to amber brown pour. No head to speak off, there is a bare bubbly attempt at something but it is probably just a consequence of the pour. Pour bubbles go leaving no head , surface memory, or lacing. Acceptable for something of this magnitude but while not unpleasing it is very shot of enticing.

S - Nose starts going up the ladder revealing a great sweet sense, caramel, malt, fruits... Some fresh some coated in leather, apricot..

T - The mouth goes one step higher with a nice rich long fruity sense riding over the rummy booze, which is well integrated. Caramel, toffee, soft sugar, peach with a hit of tamed hops in the back. Very rich and tasty.

M - Medium to medium-full body more so because of the complexity I guess, and the alcohol that never interferes but that is a big player, with a warm soft touch in the finish, lasting in the tongue. No carbonation, and after all.. It works well with the sweet finish.

D - Hmm, as a complex sipper, as it reaches its full sense, well, it is quite remarkable.

Notes: Quite a progression brew, if one likes it this is the one that goes from blah (appearance) to quite outstanding. I´d love to have a couple around for the aging. Thanks Toño, once again, for the treat.

Photo of IPA35
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first real barley wine save for the Anchor one and my strongest beer till date.
Bottled: 21-08-2012

A dark amber, hazy beer. Honey-like. Off white foam, no real head.
Very little visible carbonation.

Big alcohol legs on the glass after swirling it a little.

Smells very potent. Caramelised apple, alcohol, some dark fruits. A very malt forward beer ofcourse. The brewer says it should smell of mandarins as well, I can get that.

I did not really know what to expect but this is a tasty beer (as expected). Again, caramel sweetness, apple juice, some bready malts and light hints of dried dark fruits. Noticable alcohol but if you told me this was a 11% beer I'd believe you. Some grape, slight white wine even. A slight leaf hopiness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Low carbonation.

Overall a pretty nice sipper. But really a sipper!
And I still got the Cascade Dryhopped and Bordeaux Barrel Aged version to review.

Photo of seand
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark brown with just a bit of off-white head. A ring around the glass retains along with just a bit of surface film, which just leaves a few transient spots of lacing.

S: Deeply sweet molasses and caramel.

T: Candied apple and liqueur, with touches of yeast. The same deep caramelized sweetness from the smell is also quite apparent.

M: Full body, low carbonation.

Overall, a good and super strong barley wine. I'd like to try one after a few years in the cellar.

Photo of Chrisfarleywine
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours very thick with almost no head. Lack of carbonation and very viscous, almost like a thinner caramel sauce.

S - Very malty with heavy notes of caramel. Lots of sugar in here to get the ABV up to the 15%.

T - smell matches the taste. Lots of caramel, malt and a touch of bitterness. If anyone has had a stroopwaffel, imagine that flavor in the beer, but balanced out by bitterness. The sweetness balances out the heat, which is nice.

M - The thickness of the pour didn't match the mouthfeel. There is little carbonation so the liquid is heavy. It seems more of a wine that a beer in feel.

O - good, quality beer. Not what I was expecting but well balanced between esters, malt and bitters. I cellared one and imagine this will be excellent in 5 to 10 years.

Photo of jwinship83
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz red waxed capped bottle drank out of my duvel tulip. a questionable choice for a 97degree day, but it just called my name. review #1000.

A- the pour yields a very murky reddish brown body with barely any head on top at all. what there is appears cream colored and becomes no more than a crown in a matter of seconds. nothing is left on the sides of glass as far as lacing goes.

S- the massive amount of alcohol makes itself apparent immediately. after that i get some intense sweetness from brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a variety of fruits. plums, figs, dates, raisins, and cherries. very faint earthy hops finish this one off.

T- the taste starts off with more of the sweet malts that i could smell. caramel and toffee lead the way, with brown sugar coming in after that. then come the fruits. cherries, raisins, plums, dates, and figs. there are faint earthy hops at the end. the alcohol seems very well hidden for something this large.

M- the body is on the upper side of medium. the carbonation is on the extreme low side without being actually gone, which really works well here. palate coating and syrupy. moderate warmth from the alcohol which is more than ok for something this massive.

O- obviously too strong to drink more than one of, and the one i drank took me some time. a definite sipper, but very enjoyable. ill definitely be picking some more of this up to see how it ages. the bottle claims it can stand up after 25 years in a cellar.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl bottle (even if the label says its a 1pt 9.4fl oz bottle) bottled Feb 24 2010. No bottle number in the spot, just a picture of a grenade. I think I got this from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO for around $13. Into an Epic snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful light mahogany color, almost exactly the same shade as my faded brown Les Paul Studio, one of my favorite shades of brown. No head at all, not even any bubbles that would resemble carbonation, even if there was a slight hiss when the bottle was opened. Regardless, for a 15% barleywine this isn't exactly surprising. The color is perfect.

S: Huge rich and bready malt profile, absolutely huge all the way around. Tons of caramel, overripe cherries. Probably the truest definition of a malt bomb that I've ever smelled. Surprisingly enough there is zero booze, pretty respectable for a 15%+ beer.

T: Again a ton of malt in this beer. Tastes a lot like the first runnings from an IPA I recently brewed, or basically like drinking straight amber malt extract. Really sweet, tons of caramel and grain, no real bitterness to speak of. No boozey flavors to speak of either. A slightly burnt sugar/almost roasted barley flavor finds its way on to the tongue way in the back. A really sweet, yet tasty beer. Perfect for dessert.

M: Fairly thick, absolutely zero carbonation, and a sweet finish. A touch of warmth, but really nothing that would trigger this as a 15% beer. Sticky. Just a touch of carbonation would really help.

O: Really tasty, and very flavorful, but it would help out if it was carbonated. Impressive stuff though. I can't really think of any other beer that fits this much of a malt profile into the flavor with this high of an abv without being obscenely boozey. Glad to try it, and I wonder how a bottle would taste with 25 years of age on it.

Photo of steve8robin
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Random buy. 2010 12oz bottle # 676...

A: Deep ruby red and burgundy blended with hints of brown. No head. A small lace atop the brew. Good...

S: Super sweet sugary malts blended with hints of apple and bready yeast. Slight grape and liquor scent on the backend. Decent.

T: Wow! This tastes like grape juice upfront. This is 15% ABV? Where? I taste hints of sweet malt and licorice. Very sweet, and the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well! Sort of like a liquid twizler. Very good!

M: Does not leave an entire lot on the palate. Decent.

D: Goes down super easy despite the high ABV. The alcohol is very well hidden. Way to go Brouwerij.

All in all, this was a good brew. Had some interesting notes to it. The taste was a lot better than the scent gave of and the drinkability was a lot better than you would have thought for 15% ABV. Good brew!

Photo of DARIVA
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a red-brown color with minimal head.
Very soft beer with a little tingle.
Beer is pretty sweet and has a link with wine.
Furthermore, I sense the presence of grenadine and raisins.
Taste remains long in the mouth.
Particular, it is, however, that the beer which is to settle, so that there is a slight emulsion, the bottom of the glass remains in place, which is similar to the grenadine.

Photo of gford217
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle.

Pours a murky caramel brown with a small collection of bubbles that splits quickly and leaves nothing behind.

The aroma is seriously sweet and very fruity - port-like. Red apples, caramel, vanilla, maybe some oranges. Less alcohol in the nose than I expected.

Taste has more burn than the aroma suggests. Very sweet - caramel apples and alcohol. Definitely lots of sweet port, especially in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very, very slick with low carbonation.

This is a sipper - very sweet, like a dessert wine. Not the best body in a barleywine but pretty drinkable, especially for the ABV.

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Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
87 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.