Bloed, Zweet & Tranen - Brouwerij De Molen
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Reviews by Aethien:
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
Look: Very dark brown with a HUGE tan head that almost spills over the top of my Duvel tulip, almost but not quite. It did stick out over the top though. Aside from the explosion at first, it's a really nice head that sticks at close to half an inch and leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.
Smell: An intense smell of smoked bacon fills the nose with complimentary malts, chocolate and some grassy hops and dark fruits. The bacon is definitely the star though.
Taste: Smokey and charred malts, chocolate, dark fruits and the bacon is still in there as well though nowhere near as prominent as in the smell. There are some mild spices and medicinal notes in the flavour as well which really add to the meal in a cup taste.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly light given the taste, foamy and an almost smoke like feel with a dry finish that leaves an aftertaste like you've just inhaled some smoke from the barbeque, but in a nice way.
Overall this is a surprisingly easily drinkable meal in a cup. The only real downside is the rather explosive head that makes pouring this beer in one go a real challenge, even with a large tulip.
05-17-2012 18:17:05 | More by Aethien
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
330ml bottle, 8.2% ABV. 'Blood, Sweat, and Tears'. Yum?
This beer pours, it um, pours, well, it pours with only a slight initial bottle tilt into a tumultuous, disturbingly fast-rising tight foamy ecru head, which comes perilously close to beer shame overflow, and eventually gives way to a fuzzy painted wall of lace around the glass as it lazily settles.
It smells of smoky caramel malt, salted meat, some surprisingly inoffensive medicinal notes, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, and herbal, grassy hops. The taste quite a drop-off of the Islay by way of Bamberg nature - more of a big caramel chocolate malt, mild iodine and sour fruit edgy offsets, and a nice prodding grassy hoppiness.
The bubbles are still a bit prickly, the body a sturdy medium weight, airily creamy, and tacitly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the relatively new-found chocolate malt still in its heyday, the bitter, smoky, phenolic components mostly laying by the wayside.
Given the awkward first impressions, I'm glad I powered through it all, to get to the real goods - a pungent chocolate malt offering, with more subtle smoked beer leanings - making it a much more drinkable affair than initially imagined.
04-08-2012 03:12:32 | More by biboergosum
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
Grows on me.Big thick and substantially smokey. Very brown colour with some retained head. The malt is secondary, the hops are there and subordinate. Not coughing smoke, but its right up there. Decent drinkability if sipped over a long meal.Thanks Luc.
07-03-2011 03:35:31 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Dark brown, near black. Nice creamy beige head. Not much in the way of lacings.
On the nose, initially, a big hit of acrid smoke. This gives way, almost shockingly, to some really nice, sweet, malt. Roasted and lovely chocolate aroma.
Again, acrid smoke right up front, verging on sour, but it's followed by really nice roasted malt. Less chocolate in the taste, it switches to more dark fruits with a slight vinous touch to the finish.
A nice smooth drinker, good body.
This is an interesting smoked beer. I can't quite make up my mind about the smoke taste. I stand by "acrid" as a descriptor but I waffled between hating and liking it. Worth a shot.
01-11-2011 18:47:25 | More by CanuckRover
4.03/5 rDev +2%
33cl bottle via trade thanks to bierkoning on ratebeer.
Pours dark brown with a large tan head and good lacing.
Aroma is peaty smoked ham, roast, coffee, and some mild fruity notes. Really smoky and great for this style.
Flavor is also smoke city. Peaty with smoked ham/BBQ notes, scotch whiskey, wood, roasted malt, and some hop bitterness.
Palate is smooth and smoky with medium body for the style.
Drinkability is good and the ABV is well-hidden. Overall I like this one.
01-02-2010 20:44:01 | More by nickd717
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
33cl bottle. Gusher. Pours a solid milk-chocolate brown with a much-too-large light brown head. Smells heavily of brown sugar and ripe dark fruits like plum. Vinous and spicy. Alcohol is only noticeable in the warming. Tastes of roasty malt and brown sugar/molasses. Vinous again in the taste. Warming alcohol and spice. Starts sweet but finishes surprisingly dry. Medium-full body. A nice digestif.
07-15-2009 07:03:53 | More by philipquarles
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours very dark brown with a stupidly large head.
Nose shows smoked malt, sweet caramel, soft roast and chocolate. Pretty damn tempting.
Pretty smoky flavours. The roast shows more than in the aroma but is still pretty gentle. A bit of the booze pops up in the finish. Fairly sweet and approachable.
Way too much carbonation. Great apart from that.
10-01-2010 09:19:05 | More by CrazyDavros
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
Bottle: Poured dark copper with light haze color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is dominant and quite enjoyable. Taste is also a solid mix between a lightly sweet malt backbone and some huge peat smoked malt with some extra dry smoke also noticeable in the aftertaste. Body is about average with OK carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very good assembling of different smoked notes and I am sure this would pair well with smoked Gouda though I didn't have any.
10-25-2010 02:30:01 | More by Phyl21ca
4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
On-tap at Café t' Arandsnest, Amsterdam, Netherlands
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured into a goblet with a half finger high light beige head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of smoke are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite smoky from the start to finish along hints of underlying dark and roasted malts. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is remarkably easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the smokey flavors do not overpower the taste.
04-19-2013 19:40:14 | More by metter98
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +2%
Poured from a 330ml bottle. This bottle produced a ridiculous amount of thick beige head no matter how carefully it was poured. That said, it really provided quite a whiff of the smokey goodness. There's lots of sweet bacon & leather on the nose. It's oddly enticing. The taste, however, is unbelievable. Doesn't seem like it would work, but the dark fruits, chocolate and smoke flavours are balanced and integrated with a lovely bit of sweetness that is gently knocked on the head by the bitter finish. So complex and interesting, even if you're not a fan of smoked beers.
06-25-2012 21:55:46 | More by CookstLiquor
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
Drank from my Duvel Tulip
A - Pours a thick black colour with a large off White head that reduces very slowly and laces.
S - Nice burnt wood aromas and some sweet malt.
T - Up front some real nice smokey malts with a hint of expresso and sweet chocolate. The finish is smokey and long.
M - Very zingy up front and almost too much. I like the way how it smooths out. The body is medium to full.
O - Loved this one, The smokeyness is really significant and I would liken this to a genuine Rauchbier.
11-11-2011 15:13:06 | More by eric5bellies
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Nice deep crimson in color. Beige, close & dense froth. Copious, rocky head.Piney aromas, cask wood hues & slightly chocolate fragancy. Gentle smoky touch at first sip. Sweet toasted malts & dark fruit notes. Burnt fudge chocolate hints. Silky & bitter palate. Hoppiness in the middle shows a no bothering oily flavor while lingers into the finish. Medium body, soft carbonation. Smoke & cask wood on the aftertaste. Incredible well balanced & voluptuous flavors. ABV is just a gentle warming sensation masked inside a flavorful beer. Once again De Molen is a winning horse.
05-23-2012 10:02:31 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
A - Dark cola brown, almost black color. A little above average sized, creamy and frothy light beige head with average retention and a small amount of lace left.
S - More of a subdued peaty and pork smoke smell. Similar to a Rauchbier but not as strong. Hints of wood, coffee, and dark fruit.
T - A good amount of smokey and woody flavors. The smoke provides a bit of a pork/BBQ flavor but not a lot, especially compared to something like Aecht Marzen Rauchbier. The smokiness here is more woody and peaty. Also fairly present is a roasted malt flavor (with a bit of roasted caramel/brown sugar). A very faint roasted coffee flavor comes out at the finish, although it is very subtle. Just the faintest tart dark fruit flavor is present at the beginning and just peaks its head out every now and then. Mostly it is that woody, peaty smoke taste.
M - Medium body with average carbonation. Slick feeling that slides down the throat.
D - Decent, but you really should want some smoky flavor obviously. The fruity and smokey flavors aren't bad, but I don't really see myself having more than one in a night.
Notes: This has less of the pork/BBQ smokey taste than a Rauchbier. The woody/peat smoke combines with some more vinous and tart fruits. This makes for an interesting flavor, although I would say I slightly prefer the BBQ type of smoke. Not a bad beer, but it's not really worth searching for.
04-17-2010 00:38:51 | More by FreshHawk
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
75 cl bottel poured into my cantillon tulip glass
A : Deep mahogany with a small head, no lacing
S: Sweet caramel with red fruits, raisins and molases. Light hops and light smoke.
T : Smokey and sweet. A bit woody. Some butterscotch. Dry finish. Slightly bitter
M : Carbonation is lively but soft at the same time,alcohol is well hidden
D : smooth and very drinkable
12-11-2010 20:55:32 | More by beerpirates
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
A dark black beer with a thin off-white head.
Smell of dark malt, roasty. Some woody notes that are a bit oaky. Some old coffee whiffs, which are a bit like spent coffee.
Taste is full of coffee, roasted with distinct cold coffee notes. This adds a nice maltbitterness on top of the normal bitterness, which is not extremely high, but does give an extra kick. If I am not mistaking this beer has coffee in it. This does not take over the beer, but adds an extra depth to the dark taste of the beer.
12-07-2008 15:39:16 | More by Absumaster
Bloed, Zweet & Tranen from Brouwerij De Molen
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