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Bommen & Granaten - Brouwerij De Molen

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 73
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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Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

33cl bottle, brought back from Holland.

#2069/2506

bottled 8/27/09 - best consumed within 25 years

appearance: standard black typewriter font on white label, eroded red wax over the cap. the cap pops to absolutely no sound and is poured into my delirium chalice. clear amber mahogany turns to a cloud as the sediment sneaks in. no head, a few misplaced bubbles that instantly vanish

smell: caramel, tobacco, molasses, pine sap, rum covered fruit

taste: 15.2% is buried somewhere - quite sweet but lacking any real bitterness - caramel, rum soaked apple and plum, brown sugar, citrus peel. fascinating how well the alcohol hides (at least on the palate) - otherwise, not particularly exciting but a fun ride

mouthfeel: no carbonation, medium body, slightly syrupy

overall: not de molen's finest work, but a dangerously drinkable abv monster

dirtylou, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of auroracrisis
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a capped and waxed 12oz into a 22oz brandy snifter.

Pours a still murky ruby brown color. Absolutely no head on this even while pouring. Not even some bubbles from agitation.

The smell is rich with raisins, figs, apricots and caramel like sweetness that give into rum like notes. Some plum in there too. The sweetness begins to really come out once the brew warms up. No booze in there which is surprising at this level.

Upon sipping, the beer welcomes you with a toffee sweetness that fades into candied dark fruit flavors like plum, raisins, figs, etc. The sweetness becomes a bit much once it warms up a bit. Almost tastes like a German chocolate cake coconut frosting at that point with a bit of rum mixed in. Not bad, just a little overbearing at points and could use some balance. But it's surprising that there is not booze in the taste. At 15.2%, one would think you could definitely taste some alcohol, or boozeyness.

Mouthfeel is full and still. The sweetness can become a bit cloying at times...

Overall, this is a good beer but is a bit sweet and not as complex as something like an aged JW Lees Harvest Ale or MS Arctic Devil. It certainly isn't a bad beer though, I do like it. But would I pay $10 for another 12oz I'm not sure. The most impressive part is the hidden alcohol burn. I am pretty impressed with what they have done there.

I would like to see what time does to this beer though, it says on the back you can age it up to 25 years. Maybe I am drinking it prematurely but who knows...

auroracrisis, May 26, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

(330cl bottle from Bruery Provisions. Bottle #2013/2304). Pours cloudy mahogany with no head and some floaties. Aroma has loads of fruit--green apple, orange, some caramel and a bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet with a bit of bitterness on the end. Alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn’t show 15%. Not bad, but not terribly complex.

trappistlover, May 25, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

De Molen's Bombs 'n Grenades (funny dutch comic reference), over 15% abv. Nugget hop.
I'm slightly worried.
Brewed 19 januari 2011.
Bottled 11 march 2011.
So it's a pretty fresh sample.

Red brown, with a thin head. Hardly any carbonation.
Smell is boozy, with quite a heavy scent of earthy hops. some floral and herbal.
Taste is more sweet than expected, but the alcohol dominates this brew nevertheless. It is combined with the heavy bitterness and malt sweet. It's wild and unbalanced.

Aftertaste is of alcohol and bitter hops.
Overall, I think this is far too boozy.

RuudJH, May 14, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

On tap at De Molen in Bodegraven after the waitress walked the tap list board over to us after asking what was on tap. Cheeky girl. From notes.

A - Really creamy two finger beige head on a deep copper coloured body. Hazy. Great sticky lacing and a big island of head remains. Lovely.

S - Dark fruit malts obvious. Bready with dark rye coming to mind. More mild than exprected.

T - Boozy, sweet, and very malty. No suprises there. Lot's of dark fruit and some obvious hop to balance which is nice and keeps this from being too sweet.

M - Mild carbonation, full bodied, and some chewiness.

O/D - Nice barleywine. Nice and fruity and refreshing on the sunny day. Weak aroma but flavour is what counts for me, so this was good.

tbeckett, May 13, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

33cl bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Aug. 19, 2010. Bottle # 1644 of 2304.

(A)- Pours a very thick cloudy caramel color. Some white and transparent bubbles.

(S)- A nice rich aroma with candied figs, toffee, and caramel. Hints at subtle fruits, but otherwise a very smooth yet rich malty smell.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Lots of candied fig, toffee, and caramel. Some heat from the ABV, but not has hot as I was expecting at all.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. Despite having a massive 15.2% ABV, the alcohol is fairly well integrated. Very rich and sweet to say the least.

(D)- A good english barlewyine. Much too strong for everyday enjoyment, but a good sipper to enjoy. The bottle says this can be cellared for up to 25 years. . I would be curious to put this to the test and see what happens.

sweemzander, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +1%

This isn't the prettiest beer but it isn't bad for something at 15% ABV. The deep chestnut brown colour is good with no head being the main issue.

Robust alcohol and dried fruit nose. Quite sweet with port and malt notes. Good on the whole.

Deep, malt on the palate with lots of syrupy fruit character. Raisin dominate. There's some alcohol too. No bitterness. Just a hint of tartness which oddly feels like it is also coming from the sweetness.

Full body with low carbonation. Fine for the style.

A good English Barleywine with nice flavours. The alcohol levels are very noticeable but on the whole it works.

dgilks, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of slayer3604
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

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!

slayer3604, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

Daniellobo, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

33 cL bottle, OG is 1.150, FG 1.041 so I had to try it, brewed on Tax Day '10, bottled 8/19/10, the day before my mom's birthday, No. 2194/2304,

A: Pours a murky reddish brown. No true head, just some light bubbles. In the style, it's OK.

S: Heavily malty. Raisins and dried fruit. Prunes, brown sugar.

T: Lots of sugary dark fruit. Raisins, figs, dates, big flavours. Somewhat boozy. Not a huge complexity but it tastes good. 53 IBUs, but you're not going to taste any of it.

M: Smooth, very full-bodied and viscous, no carbonation, drinks like a dessert wine. These types of beers can have no carbonation and be fine.

D: It says it can age 25 years and I believe it, a good place to start. Definitely needs to age and bring more complexities to the forefront. Glad to try it.

Halcyondays, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of levifunk
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. batch 8? bottle 623.

a - pour is reddish brown. no head at all.

s - dark fruit, caramel sweetness. some yeasty notes. not much of any booze which is surprising.

t - fig and brown sugar. somewhat weak. can taste some faint hops and fruitiness.

m - thin palate and no carbonation.

overall - kind of a let down. I've got another bottle, and given that it says it can age 25 years, maybe i'll give that a go. it is very drinkable, especially given the abv.

levifunk, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%

Pours a deeply burnished amber colour. Head is very disappointing, can hardly even call it a 'film' - more a ring, of small bubbles. Lace also non-existent. Body is very cloudy, which is the only indicator this is a beer made with, like, ingredients. Looks like it was just too heavy to handle.

Smell is quite funkadelic. Massive weirdness coming off that with a huge rubbery aroma, like massive. Corporeal edge to it as well, like sweaty socks. Lots of spice as well though - tobacco and nutmeg and even sumac. Yeah, chilli as well, plus cinnamon. Fascinating and complex, points for that. But you know, weird, as well.

Taste is very sweet and heavy. Lots of caramel and vanilla malt flavours on the front and the flavour continues onto the finish. Large tart flavour comes through midway, a hint of rubber on it but largely fruity with concentrated berry notes, some cumquat and brandy booziness on the back. A hint of cinnamon and more sumac definitely on the finish, works well with that booziness to create a rich, full palate. Fruity and heavy, really. An interesting drop, but I'd reach for other beers before this one. I feel like I could get most of the same flavours from a liqueur.

Extremely syrupy mouthfeel, with the kiss of alcohol-related death on the back. Could definitely use more texture as it just seems thick and soupy. Carbonation would help here as well.

Yeah, a very heavy drop, but it is quite pleasant for the most part. A good sipper - could see it being served as an after-dinner beer.

laituegonflable, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%

Pours a hazed but bright orange-red, almost brown, with absolutely no head whatsoever. It doesn't even fizz as I uncap it. It looks still and heavy and dormant in the glass. Looks very heavy, however; full and thick in the body, with some very small suspended sediment flecks that somehow escaped my ostensibly careful pour. Very interesting, at least.

Nose is big, portly and boozy. Big, rich and sweet, slightly spiritous aromas, that don't particularly rip at my nostrils with their intensity, but which certainly suggest big flavours to come. Lots of brown sugar syrup, dusted coconut ice, and sweet pastry. It's all very round and rich.

Taste is extremely sweet, almost to the extremities of decency. Huge sugary sweetness of roasted toffee, strawberry tart, and straight down the line candy. There's nothing else to it, except the mild acidity through the centre which just evokes different types of lightly fruity and massively heavy sweetness. Feel is smooth and thick as anything.

No, this is too much, as far as I'm concerned. This is a beer that has gone way too far one way and has become unbalanced and difficult to drink. Maybe you're not meant to drink it - maybe you're meant to pour it over ice cream as some sort of sickly delicious sugar syrup, but as a beer, even to sip, it's beyond redemption.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with absolutely no head, save a few large bubbles that were a product of a vigorous pour.

S: Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar up front with a biscuity malt character swirling around. Lots of different fruits - figs, plums, raisins, some light citrus, and green apples. Hints of leather and tobacco.

T: Big fruit presence up front with plums, raisins, figs, citrus, and apricots all playing a part. Caramel, toffee, and some toasted graints show up on the mid-palate before giving way to a sweet, fruit filled finish. Alcohol burn is remarkably low for a 15% ABV beer.

M: Has a very wine like feel, light to medium bodied with the faintest of carbonation...usually an undercarbed barleywine feels too heavy and syrupy, but this really works.

D: It's a sipper, but remarkably easy drinking for a 15% ABV, undercarbed barleywine. I'm probably going to pick up another bottle or two, as I'm very curious how this will do with some age on it.

Xul, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of DerBayer
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

Good English Barley wine pouring exactly the reight colour but no head so it s only a 3.5 for that.

The smell is of raisins and caramel and not much else.

The taste is of raisins and caramel also with little hops - a very sweet beer as you woulkd expect of a barley wine.

Mouthfeel is smnooth but maybe a bit cloying.

In all not as good as others i ve had but may have it again.

DerBayer, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of bobhits
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Reddish orange color, murky to look through. No head

smell. malty nose. Fruity, grape fruit, citrus, slightly bready malt, thin watery at the start, finishes with a fairly mild be noticeable alcohol

Reminds me of many english barely wines though a bit sweeter than anything I've had. Nearly a sparking wine or some kind of grape drink. The most "similar" to wine beer I've had to date. Ends with a slight and very mild hop kiss that leads into that alcohol finish that I expected. Has sugary candy flavor as well after the alcohol. Truly a unique flavor especially without the addition of Belgium yeast.

Extremely easy to drink too much of. The alcohol doesn't kick nearly enough for such a young barely wine.

Not what I want out of a beer, but certainly an enjoyable example of the style. Truly something that people will enjoy and certainly worthy of having sampled. At 12 bucks a bottle, over a dollar and oz, won't be something I do again, and frankly I'm ok with that.

bobhits, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of jmhart
2.45/5  rDev -36.2%

Shared this with Frasier433 during our weekly tasting session. He picked it up at Hop City.

A- Murky mahogany. Zero carbonation. No lacing. I served this to 3 people, 2 pours each. On the very last pour (so pour number 6) I really made it forceful and go just a hint of co2. I'm not looking for a lot, but something. The stillness of this beer really made it seem flat, dull, and unappetizing. Looks like a 40 year port, that oxidized reddish-brown color.

S- The smell was pretty incredible. Obvious nuts and malts. There was a flavor I was trying to define, and I said "Apricots...no, plums...no, apricots AND plums" and then Frasier said "Nah dude, figs". Yes, figs...figs all the way. It smells like a fine aged port. Smells like a 40 year old port.

T- Really sweet, overly sweet, toffee and grape juice, but bitter on the end. A drying flavorless bitter. Actually pretty unpleasant.

M- Medium-full bodied, thick and rolling. Moist.

D- The appearance was acceptable, the smell was incredible, but the taste was just really hard. We had three people drinking a 33 cL bottle, and it was hard for us to finish. Frasier picked up 2 bottles. I said, age the second one for 10 years and let's come back to it, see if the sugars mellow out.

Overall, the smell was really incredible, but the taste was just down right unpalatable.

jmhart, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Mavajo
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into a snifter. Dark ruby color with a very thin white-ish head that fades almost instantly. No lacing. All in all, not an impressive appearance - but I'll give it a pass, considering the huge ABV.

Nose is a malty treat - caramel, burnt brown sugar, etc. Taste follows suit perfectly, with a generous sweetness - loads of caramel, brown sugar and lots of malt. Body is medium to heavy and very stick. My major criticism of this brew is the carbonation - there's virtually no carbonation in this thing, and it leaves the beer a bit flat (no pun intended). Don't get me wrong - I'm not asking for a tingler here, but this thing could use some more carbonation to give it a bit of life. The alcohol burn is certainly there, but it's not offensive - it adds some great character.

All in all, an interesting brew. It's a phenomenal sipper, but not a personal favorite of mine. Something needs to be done about that mouthfeel before I give this one another look - just too flat.

Mavajo, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

A-pours a hazy amber color with notes of a thin brown head.

S-the nose is a little ashy, notes of peat, caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar, light doughy biscuit in there with a fair amount of malty sweetness in the back.

T-good malt base, lightly toasted biscuit, lots of caramel and burnt brown sugar, dark fruits and a fair amount of sweetness in the back.

M-smooth and creamy, full bodied, syrupy feel to it, moderate to low carbonation but enough to balance the body.

D-big malt bomb, a little sweet but not cloying, the huge flavors and the big body go well together. more carbonation would probably have helped balance and reduce some of the big sugar flavors in this.

cpetrone84, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +12%

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Bottle.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a wispy light tan head. The head quickly dissipates leaving no lacing but decent legs.

Smells of sweet and syrupy caramel malts with good amounts of dark toffee. Also present are large amounts of ripe plums and figs and milder amounts of brandy aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky caramel malt flavors with large amounts of toffee and butterscotch flavors kick things off. Shortly thereafter moderate amounts of brandy-soaked plum and raisin flavors work their way into things, carrying through to a decidedly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with very soft carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a big still barleywine - certainly on the sweet side but after a certain ABV it's almost impossible to make them otherwise. I'd enjoy seeing beers over 12% available in the Rogue nip bottles as 12 oz. is almost always too much. Anyways, it's a tasty beer that's worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

gford217, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

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!

steve8robin, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a dark aramel ruby red chestnut brown color light orange hues very thin off white head

Sweet alcohol aroma with some leathery caramel malt toffee raisin and other dark fruit

Chewy fuller body with sweetness from malt and alcohol but not much heat. Abv well masked. Very drinkable toffee caramel raisin dark frut burn toward the end sweet

corby112, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of beachbum1975
3.38/5  rDev -12%

Thanks to Todeon (on RB) for sending me this one as an extra...

Corked and caged, bottled #295 of 558. Brewed Sept 16, 2008 and bottled on October 16th, 2008.

Pours a semi-cloudy, true brown. I'd like to describe more about the color, but all I get is brown in my head. Absolutely ZERO head though...

Smells of insanely sweet, concentrated and complex malts... Alcohol, caramel, sweet fruits (Strawberry?) and decadent sweetness abounds.

Flat, moderately heavy bodied with light carbonation on the mouth. Much like the nose with added heat from the alcohol.

This is a HUGE beer, but no my cup of tea. I don't know how someone could drink and entire bottle of this. It's thick, chewy and sweet leading to much drinkability factor being low.

Wow...

beachbum1975, Mar 21, 2010
Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.