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Bommen & Granaten - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
85
very good

82 Reviews
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 175
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 61 | 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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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 175
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.94/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a transparent amber color ale with zero head. Aroma of dry fruits, oxidation and sweet corn notes is quite intense. Taste is also dominated by warm alcohol ester notes with some corn, some oxidized caramel malt notes with intense dry fruit and loads of residual sugar. Body has an oily like texture with zero carbonation and loads of alcohol was apparent. This was bottle in 2010 and is supposedly good for another 25 years! I can’t say I was very impressed with this beer as way too much alcohol and sugar was perceptible. There seems to be a trend of zero carbonation and high-gravity beer with no attenuation and I just don’t get it. (655 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into a snifter. Brewed on April 15, 2010, bottled August 29, 2010. Bottle #1725/2304.

The beer pours a good amber color, lots of dark brown influence, very opaque and hazy. However, it looks extremely flat, no head, no lacing, just a bubble or two when shaken vigorously, not very pleasant or inviting. The aroma is wonderful, lovely malt sweetness, big grains as if from a soft brown bread, nice fruit presence, tart apples, plums and dark cherries even, molasses, caramels, brown sugars are all there, great balance as well. Despite the sweetness from the malts and sugary aspects found on the nose, alcohol is hidden very well, especially for the high gravity. The flavors are solid, nice tart apples to start, brown sugar and molasses are right behind it followed by a long smooth malt experience, grains, sweetness, almost a honey like flavor comes through as well with some dark fruits and a hint of booze at the finish. Unfortunately, as suspected, the beer is completely flat, syrupy in texture with no liveliness. It's a bit hard to get down, viscous in nature, and really detracts from the entire experience. I found it more enjoyable when sipped very slowly, in small servings, like a port wine, but still rather unpleasant.

Verdict: So much potential here, wonderful aroma, great flavorings, but just poor delivery. The lack of any carbonation ruins any hope of having a good experience with this beer, perhaps it's just the age of the bottle, and maybe some oxidation setting in, although it really didn't taste like that was the case and many other reviewers, even of fresher bottles have complained about the mouthfeel as well, so I'm not convinced. (1,685 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. "Enjoy within 25 years" - pretentious bastards. Recommended serving temperature 15 C. Expectations are above average, yet I fear it will be over-hopped like many English Barleywines. Brewed and bottled August 24th, 2011.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with extra vigor as carbonation issues are absolutely anticipated (I've had some bad De Molen experiences in the past).

A: As predicted, it pours absolutely no head whatsoever - even with a vigorous as hell pour. A beige white floater is present about the edges, adding little in the way of appearance. That's what you get when De Molen tackles a 15.20% beer. Colour is a dark rusty caramel-copper. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Wonderful malts - among them biscuit and seemingly well-balanced dark and bright malts. Wonderful caramelization, evoking the wort-like aroma of an ongoing brew. Some booze comes through, but quite little for the ABV. Shockingly, the hops seem complementary to the style and flavour profile, not intruding upon it like so many bad beers in the style. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Has De Molen actually pulled off a good English Barleywine?

T: Quite sugary. Yes, sugar, sugar, more sugar, and a hint of molasses - all over a heavy dose of caramelization. Quite sweet; I assume this is to drown out the ABV - which it does most admirably. It resembles port, but lacks sufficient depth of fruit character to make the resemblance favorable. I do like the fig, but it's in dire need of more. Plums or raisins would do nicely to complement the flavours here, but sadly are not present. In any case, it's a sugar bomb. Hops are vague and indistinct, but stay on the fringe, never entering the body enough to add any real flavour - not that they could with all the sugary malt bomb action. It's damned overwhelming. No yeast comes through, nor does any alcohol - which is a damn fine accomplishment at 15.20%.

It's just a shame there's so little flavour here. No depth, complexity, or subtlety at all. It feels like a homebrew experiment in concealing alcohol. Sure, the yeast ate all the malt, but where do we go from here?

I will say that the alcohol yields a warming sensation in the stomach. I consider this a plus. Moreover, the one note that does stick out is a hint of toffee, which is relatively easy to find and comes in spades on the climax. It lacks dimension, but it's there.

I like it in a general sense, but it's far from great. I'm just glad it's not overhopped.

Mf: Thick as hell from the sugar bomb, resembling the milk leftover in a cereal bowl after an infant gets done with his chocolatey sugar bombs. Understandable, but far from ideal. It's smooth and wet. Syrupy. Undercarbonated - a seeming De Molen common trait. Doesn't feel tailored to the flavour profile, but sure it suits it in a general sense. The mouthfeel does what it can to ensure this 15.20% brew slides down easily enough, and I respect that.

Dr: It's drinkable as all hell for the ABV, but where is the craftsmanship? I could easily get pissed on this brew; in fact I'd go so far as to say it's dangerous. But there's so little on the table here. I wouldn't even want to buy it just to age it; what is there here that would mature over time? It's a fair offering from De Molen, but it's held back considerably by its simplicity. I'm glad they avoided the usual pitfalls of the style, but this is far from a great example of the style. Decently priced for what it is. I've given it a high rating in this category because it truly is a masterclass in hiding ABV.

B-*

*I originally gave this one a C+, but it gets considerably better as it warms, letting the fig notes come out. I adjusted my score to a B-. (4,003 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.75/5  rDev +26%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brad, I couldn't drink a lot of this but it was interesting to try. Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head of low retention.

Aroma is vinous and fruity with some alcohol.

Beer is like port, raisins and grapes with a fortified liquor quality to it, interesting but not great. I liked it but wouldn't have much of it. (331 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong, syrupy aroma is rather sweet, not really like beer at all, with notes of molasses and honey. It pours a clear, dark cola brown with a skimpy head that doesn’t hang around long. Flavor is quite sweet, more like wine than beer - and watch out for that alcohol bite! Well, look at the ABV and then wonder why it bites like an angry pit bull. Texture is rather like a hard liquor, mainly raw alcohol bite with some sweet and fruity and molasses hints. I prefer a beer that smells, tastes and feels like beer. However, different strokes for different folks. (562 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is amber to orange in color, with a thin, rapidly fading head that leaves virtually no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and fruity, with malt, apples, grapes, alcohol.

The flavor is reminiscent of a port wine. Sweet, earthy, rich. Additional notes of caramels soaked in alcohol.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Ideal for sipping slowly.

Best in small quantities, I certainly enjoyed my portion. I would have this again. (484 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Brewed on 15 April 2010. Bottled on 19 August 2010. Batch of 2304 bottles. Bottle 2221.

A: Lots of sediment. NO head. Russet. Translucent.

S: Grapes and molasses. Deep, strong, and sweet.

T/M: Incredibly smooth, round, and sticky. It doesn't taste like 15.2%. No carbonation, but loads of sugars. Rich, brandy-like fruit. One dimensional, but pleasant.

O: Overpowering and oversweet, but a pretty good English barleywine. Wouldn't have again, but might recommend.

Notes
OG: 1150
FG: 1041
EBC Colour: 24.3
ABV: 15.2%
Bittering hops: Nugget
Final hops: Chez Saaz
EBU: 53.9 (625 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've now tasted 2 separate vintages of this beer; one with about 2 years on it and one with just a few months. Both have been equally disappointing in different ways.

The older bottle wasn't carbonated, at all. Had excellent flavor profile though and the abv was well hidden. If it had been carbonated, I would have certainly rated it higher.

The fresh bottle, well, first of all, I can't stand the Sladek hops that De Molen uses. Herbal, vegetal, putrid smelling hops. While this bottle was carbonated, it was overly sweet/sugary, and had no body.

De Molen rocks when it comes to their wide range of Imperial Stouts, but otherwise, their successes are few and far between imo. (680 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chrisfarleywine for this beer.

A: mostly clear deep brown color with some red and orange tint to it. Head is minimal, but exists for a little while, and the lacing has the smallest bubbles I have ever seen, but still sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: huge aroma of malt, caramel, and dates and raisins. It's about as good as a non-barrel aged barleywine gets for smell.

T: hefty taste of sweet malt, very slight hop bitterness, and a huge back end of mild fruit from raisin to apricot. It is very sweet, though.

M: thick and without much carbonation at all. There is foam sticking to the sides of the glass, but I cannot more than the slightest bit of carbonation.

O: This is so sweet I can't handle it. It's as thick as eggnog, too. Some carbonation in this would bring it back to life, but there is none. Too bad these small pieces bring down an otherwise excellent beer. (896 characters)

Photo of Chrisfarleywine
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of DARIVA
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz waxed bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours hazy reddish brown with an off white head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

S: The nose is full of caramel, toffee, orange marmalade, and an earthy hops.

T: The taste is incredibly sweet...almost cloying. Big flavors of toffee, caramel, and that earthy flavor from the nose which kind of cuts the sweetness at the finish to keep it from being cloying.

M: The feel is on the thicker side of medium and a bit oily on the finish.

O: Pretty basic Barleywine but a pretty sweet one. The abv is there but you can't really tell its at 15%. (606 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,819 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear red and brown, dark copper, colored beer, a small off-white head with no lacing, and good curtains.

Smelling of brown sugar, bread and bitter oranges.

The taste is ever so sweet, syrup and caramel, brown sugar, apple juice and bitter orange peel.

Little carbonation, soft and oily, almost sticky, a soft warm finish.

A sweet and sticky dessert. (356 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.05/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is an 08 bottle.

A: Pours a murky, almost opaque, but dirty looking rusted brown color. A tiny, thin, bubbly white head forms, and fizzles out in an instant. Looks flat and lifeless.
S: Very sweet malt, plums, figs, moldy wood, hot fusel alcohol. Over barring sweetness and alcohol in the nose.
T: Again, just way over barring. Huge sweetness and residual sugars. Some dried fruits. Apricots, plums. Very vinous as well. Though mostly hot, burning alcohol.
M/D: A sticky, syrupy body that is pretty much flat. Wow, I can not finish this. Just to much. One of the hottest, most alcoholic forward beers I have had.

The bottle is about 3 years old. Though still over barring and unpleasant. Not something I will touch again for a long, long time. If ever. (760 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (1,984 characters)

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +32.6%
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! (2,831 characters)

Photo of Brent
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting bottle - very artisanal label with a thin, rather oily, red wax coating over the metal cap. Pour was dark chestnut with little head. Very low level of carbonation, bordering on flat. Heavy dose of brown sugar with prune and dried fruit in the background. ETOH was prominent and biting, stabbing through the sweetness with a jagged edge. Finish was overly-sweet and cloying. Unfortunately, I'm just not digging this beer. (432 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 2009 small bottle, red wax.

A liquid caramel pour, perhaps a shade darker. Slick. Little off-brown head. Legs on the side.

Aroma is strong. Malty. Sweet. Rich caramel and candied sugar. Hard to detect anything much after that due to alcohol.

Strong flavors. Caramel and toffee dominate. Candied apples--overripe. Sweet fruits, raisin. Fain wet leather some herbal spice thrown around.

Syrupy feel to it, no carbonation and that surprises me a little bit given the abv and bottle conditioning. Boozey on the end. Glad it was the small bottle (550 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (1,470 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of xaulzan
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just dropped $10 on this 12oz bottle, and I must say, I've had better. In so, so many ways.

Puppy farts are the worst, yet, they come out of the cutest things on Earth, so you can hardly be mad at them. Puppies wag their tail at you as if they didn't just put the taste of poop in your mouth, but they know. Trust me, they know. Even after you are tasting the fecal matter, at least the puppy isn't taking $10 from you. At least not directly, more in the form of food and bills at the veterinarian.

Although consequences matter, so do intentions. And all this puppy wanted me to do was love it for who it is: a peeing, pooping on the floor, shit for brains son of a bitch. I can appreciate that. It just wanted some love. Not everybody is able to poop in the correct place, even after they get the shit beat out of them repeatedly. They're "forgetful". Forgetful in the same way that men forget to put down the toilet seat or women forget to stop complaining all the time.

But let's talk about this beers intentions. It is a high alcohol English Barley Wine packaged in a sexy looking bottle. So sexy, in fact, that I decided to give my money to the clerk in exchange for this bottle. I'm a sucker for cool typography. The wax dip just tops her off.

It means well, it really does. It has a complex palate of caramel and mixed fruits, but the mouthfeel is something that I just can't get on board with.

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with a hint of ruby red. Zero carbonation

Smell: Smells of alcohol, apricots, caramel and maybe some figs. Difficult to tell at this point, I'm almost done drinking it and the alcohol is starting to get to me

Taste: Too sweet. I taste assorted fruits, but more of a candied version of them. Very sweet. Too sweet for me, no bitterness at all

Mouthfeel: Aunt Jemima just pooped in my mouth

Overall: Not bad, but not $10 good. I much prefer the Heaven and Hell which is also by Brouwerij De Molen, but costs $1 less. Won't be purchasing again, far too sweet for me (2,009 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (846 characters)

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3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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... (1,527 characters)

Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
85 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.