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Bommen & Granaten - Brouwerij De Molen

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Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten

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BA SCORE
87
very good

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 17
Gots: 49 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Jeffo
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one a few times but have never bothered to review it. With the recent release of a Bordeaux BA version, it seemed like the time for a 15% night.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 21 August 2012
32 Plato
IBU 57

APPEARANCE: A thick and viscous pour produces a small, tighter, bubbly, off-white head with decent retention. Head cascades really slowly, which is mesmorizing. Fades quickly to a sandy wisp and bubbles around the glass. Perfectly clear burnt orange with almost no carbonation evident. A bubbly ring sticks around but looks almost flat by the end. Pretty nice looking for the style, though the head needs a bit more staying power.

SMELL: Bold and boozy nose. Caramel, toffee, some red fruits, raisins and spicy alcohol. Candi sugar and berries as well. This is going to be big, sweet and boozy.

TASTE: Lots of sweetness up front. Toffee, red fruits, berries, and some apple sweetness into a boozy and spicy, alcohol laced finish. Booze, pepper, herbs and spices and a good dose of grainy sweetness as well. Bold and lingering aftertaste, but surprisingly not hot. Flavorful and very herbal and earthy. Maybe a touch peaty, with some lingering bitterness trying to compete. This is a challenge and perhaps too much so.

PALATE: Fuller body with lower levels of carbonation. Heavy and oily, but not overly creamy, goes down fine and finishes slick and sticky. A bit of a burn at the swallow with lingering heat on the palate. A little watery as it sits perhaps. Pretty good for such a monster.

OVERALL: This is big. Very big. Maybe too big. Very sweet and lots of grainy flavors. Every time I have this I'm reminded that it's just not really my thing. The cascade dry hopped version was excellent, as the hop flavor overtook the sweet, grainy flavor that can be so dominating here. Let's see how the Bordeaux version is.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Brandywine
2.45/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2010 Vintage

Appearance: Murky brown tinged with orange. No head or carbonation to speak of. Big alcohol legs but not as sticky as I'd expect at 15.2 % ABV.

Smell: Brown sugar, caramel, apples, slight smell of booze. Then it all fades quickly.

Taste: A little harshness from the booze, sweet sugary apple flavor but kind of watered down. Some caramel. Very one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of full or maybe even medium. Disappointing for a beer of this style especially one that is such high gravity.

Overall: Very disappointed in this beer. Not worth trying especially at the price point. It's a very simple brew but the few notes it does have are not particularly enjoyable and the body comes off thin for what should be a huge barley wine.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of IPA35
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown. No head, no lacings, just a few bubbles off the pour that vanish immediately.

Fruit and chocolate on the nose. Dark red fruit, carmelised sugar, and milk chocolate.

Nice dark fruit, berries, plums, and dates. Deep malt profile, really complex. Alcohol is soft and well-incorporated.

The mouth let's it down. Just not pleasant to drink. No carbonation whatsoever. A real shame, because the flavour profile is really nice.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a medium caramel color with no real head, though none is expected from a brew like this. Nose is strong malt and sweetness with some fruit in the background. Flavor has quite a bit of sweetness drowning out some of the subtleties from the nose. Medium-full body. A bit viscous. Some booze. Pretty good.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent, dark amber color with barely any head, whatsoever. No lacing.

The nose has notes of caramel, figs and plums. The high abv is fairly muted but makes a slight presence. Sweet smells dominate here.

The flavors are dark fruit forward and are also quite sweet as the nose suggested. A ton of sweet and giant flavors. There is a decent amount of caramel flavors that also add to the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and thick. Barely any carbonation.

Overall, this is a stand-up barleywine that hides it's deadly ABV nicely. Just a bit too sweet.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled August 19th, 2010. Just over 2 years old. Bottle 1561 out of 2304.

A: Pours a rusty reddish-brown. No hiss when uncapping. Zero carbonation or lacing (of course). Completely flat.

S: Boozy raisins and dark fruits. Molasses and caramel. Very sweet, it literally smells syrupy with all the caramel and molasses in there.

T: Very boozy. Loads of raisin and caramel up front. A bit of molasses kicks in in the middle. Brown sugar and more raisin in the finish. A touch of apple lingers in the aftertaste too. Did I mention it's boozy? Spicy alcohol everywhere. However, not overpoweringly so and not like pure spirits. But close. Warms the belly on the very first sip, if that gives you any indication.

M: Heavy and thick but the strong alcohol cuts it quite a bit and keeps it from becoming cloying despite the lack of carbonation.

O: Very intense barleywine. Very big, very sweet and fruity. A sipper for sure, especially since it is dead flat. But surprisingly not as harsh as you'd think and surprisingly balanced for what you get. To be honest, I enjoyed it as a really unique and strong barleywine.

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3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled in August, 2010 (#393/2304).

A: Murky reddish brown with a small head of coarse off-white bubbles. Pretty ugly.

S: Sweet and slightly oxidized. Grapes and raisins, fig, brown sugar, a bit of a solvent note from the alcohol.

T: Not quite as sweet as the aroma, with some savory roasted grain qualities to it to offer a bit of balance. Mushed raisins, prunes, burnt sugar. Warming.

M: Thick and syrupy. Flat.

O: I don't see this beer going anywhere good. Meh.

Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
87 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.