Bloed, Zweet & Tranen - Brouwerij De Molen
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2.9/5 rDev -26.6%
Served in a Duvel tulip glass.
I don't believe I got the Bruichladdich edition, but I wouldn't really know anyway... Regardless, this stuff pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger of relatively short-lived glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises bacon-y smoke, light Band-Aid, light roasted malts in the background, and a vague sense of molasses The taste really ups the Band-Aid ante with its smoke component, with the dry biscuit ad very light roasted malts unable to do much to assuage my tastebuds. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid (verging on almost-watery) feel. Overall, this beer just didn't work for me. I believe the peated malt just did too much and didn't quite gel with either the beech-smoked malts or the regular malts surrounding it. One thing's for sure: it didn't gel with my sensibilities much...
10-23-2012 14:35:53 | More by TMoney2591
3.35/5 rDev -15.2%
From 09/25/10 notes. Sampled at Churchkey in Washington, DC.
a - Pours a dark brown color with less than one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of smokey malts, peat, roasted malts, toasted malts, and sweet chocolate.
t - Tastes of smoke, citrus, roasted malts, dark fruits, anc sweet fruit. Kind of weird; not sure if the smoke and sweet fruit works together.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - I thought this was an ok beer, but kind of weird in that it taste smokey and sweet. Not my favorite smoked beer and probably wouldn't order it again.
09-29-2010 00:29:24 | More by mdfb79
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
Pours a deep burgundy, bordering on black, with a loose beige head that dies quite quickly.
A tricky nose to decifer. Biscuits came to my mind straight away, then plum jam. A slight umami note is there aswell. Not very smoky or potent for a smoked beer.
Salted caramel, soy sauce, a little smoke comes through in the finish.
Mouthfeel is really tidy by comparison. Big and chewy, without being overbearing, not over carbonated, this is the nicest part of the beer.
Tasted a little tame to me, nothing really jumped out and wowed me here like some other de molen beers.
02-04-2012 10:07:50 | More by
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
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
The beer pours a very dark brown going on black with off-white head.
The nose is strongly of those peaty whiskey malts they use and not much else.
The taste is of peaty whiskey but there is an off-sourness to it and some fruitiness - not quite sure what I make of it.
The beer is quite drinkable for such a strong brew and I may revisit it just to make up my mind
08-21-2010 20:18:46 | More by DerBayer
3.56/5 rDev -9.9%
an interesting smoke beer from de Molen
Pours dark brown/ruby. Small head, didn't last all that long
Aroma is smokey, but it's not strong. Almost like liquid smoke. Hints of dark fruit and bread
Not sure how I feel about this one. Definitely not a go-to smoke beer. It's not bad, just a bit thin. The smoke seems fake, if there is such a thing, in that it's fairly light. The breadiness is also thin. Seems rather malty; the sweetness is an afterthought, though. Fairly dry given the malt forward.
Not a bad brew, but for the money, go with a German smoked beer or Alaskan
01-11-2013 07:05:36 | More by Mebuzzard
3.61/5 rDev -8.6%
Bottled 5/22/12. Definitely a Scotch-y, smokey smell to it, and maybe some port wine or grape to a lesser extent. Sweet up front, followed by some grapeor maybe some sort of berry-type flavor. Smoke just a tiny bit later with a hint of slight bitterness. Aftertaste is a bit like ash, or salami.
03-05-2014 02:36:24 | More by Mikeluzzjr
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
Bottle dated 22/05/12
Deep mahogany color with a thick, creamy beige head. Sweet, smokey scent; hints of caramel malts. Nice smoked malt flavors; touches of roasted grains and a nice hop bitterness sneaking up towards the finish; barest hints of alcohol. Medium-light body; smooth; semi-dry finish.
The smoke characteristics are up-front yet not overboard. Smooth drinking, malt-forward beer with a definite smoke and alcohol background. Nicely balanced overall. Not overly complex compared to a Schlenkerla variety of a rauchbier, but unmistakably a very good example of the smoked beer art.
08-05-2013 01:52:50 | More by beergoot
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
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
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
330ml bottle 8,2% abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on 06/07/2011 good for 5 years
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Appearance: Another one of De Molen’s hugely over filled bottles - thankfully it did not gush; though judging by the size of the head (1 inch of beer and a glass full of head) it is well overcarbonated. The head is tan in colour and displays annoyingly good retention (I want to be able to smell the beer sometime today!) and leaves good lace. The body is a very dark mahogany brown with deep red highlights and orange edges when backlit.
Smell: It looks like the thickness of the head was not the only thing stopping me from appreciating much on the nose. Bloed, Zweet en Tranen is quite underpowered for a smoked beer. Peat smoke, charred wood, a touch of saltiness and underlying dark fruits are noted. Very little of the Bamberg Rauch-malt is present.
Taste: The flavour is an improvement on the nose, but still not quite there. The peated malt is again at the fore with the smoked meat character of the German malt only just noted in the finish. The finish is reasonably bitter with a touch of herbal hops. No alcohol is noted.
Mouthfeel: As expected the beer is well overcarbonated and feels quite harsh. Some vigorous swirling is required to settle things down. That said the body is pretty good at a medium-full level.
Overall: A pleasant beer, but not really what I expected from a smoked beer. I would say that the Bamberg malt should be doubled!
12-28-2011 14:41:55 | More by Thehuntmaster
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
Bloed, Zweet & Tranen from Brouwerij De Molen
88 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.