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Bommen & Granaten - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 175
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 19
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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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 rvdoorn
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer fresh from the brewery. Opened it together with PapaEugene. Poured into an original de Molen sniffer. The beer pours an amber-orange color with some yeast pellets in suspension. No head at all.

Smell: Weak for the style. Grain, barley, sweet honey, orange zest and some alcohol

Taste: The taste is much stronger than the smell. A real explosion of sweetness. Tastes like very sweet honey, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar and some alcohol. Some very well hidden bitterness is also there, but this doesn't balance the beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied, I liked that. Like some other de Molen beers, no carbonation at all. The alcohol is very well hidden for a 15.2% ABV beer.

Overall: Not what I expected. The beer is really too sweet for my pellet. It needs a bit more bitterness to balance the taste. The alcohol however, is extremely well hidden, I wish alcohol was this well hidden in my favorite barley wine (the Sam Smith strong golden). The absence of any carbonation and lack of bitterness makes this beer more like a very sweet liquor. Nice for after dinner, but not if one wants a beer.

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Photo of PapaEugene
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A big bottle which was a joint purchase of me and rvdoorn. I was really looking forward to this Dutch brew since I heard many good things about it.

A: Great hazy orange color with just 3 tiny bubbles on the surface.... meaning no head whatsoever.

S: A huge grainy smell in the foreground, honey, syrup, orange peel and alcohols.

T: Mega sweet and I guess that's why you don't notice the 15% ABV. Grains, honey, syrup and dark fruits. There is also some hidden note of paper.

M: This beer is dead for carbonation, nothing, nada, niente etc etc... it has a medium body and a very thick, glycerol like, mouthfeel.

D: If there wouldn't be the grains, this could be mistaken for an Italian desert wine like malvasia. With some carbonation and some aging to reduce the sugar content this might have been a great barley wine. I'm waiting until I hear about a batch with carbonation then I will surely try and review it again.

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Photo of ricke
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle from the May '08 brewing. The cork comes loose silently, and pouring it proves there is indeed very little carbonation, if any. The beer is surprisingly clear, with a bright copper body and some traces of a would-be foam collar. Looks like a liqueur, and the similarities don't stop there. Smells incredibly sweet, with brown sugar and fruit notes. Lots of orange character. Very boozy; taking a big whiff, it burns the nostrils. Caramel, brown sugar, and honey in the taste, again with a good deal of fruit. There is a surprising amount of bitterness there, though it's easily overpowered by the sweet finish. No real alcohol bite, just a very warming finish. Thick feel that is quite syrupy. Normally not the kind of beer that I really go for, but I think the lack of carbonation is really what lets it work. Rather than thinking about this as a beer, it comes off as being much more akin to a typical dessert liqueur. Definitely a sipper, and not something I want to have more than a 6oz serving of, but then again, one can just recork the bottle and not have to worry about losing carbonation. Really interesting for what it is.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Pre-ZBF festival at Alivnne. The beer poured a cloudy orange body with an off white head that ran away rather quickly. The nose had yeast notes, some citrus character and a bit of alcohol as well. The taste was pretty intense with some alcohol notes, fruit character, orange and a nice hop character and spice as well. Overall a full bodied beer that improved as it warms and the nose and body open up.

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Photo of johnnybravo
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
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