Bloed, Zweet & Tranen - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 109
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 5.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Absumaster on 12-07-2008

Smoked Stout. A combination of English peat smoked malts and another smoked malt from Bamberg, Germany.
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark brown, looks a bit oily, with barely any head, and no lacing.

This one smells mildly smokey, with some chocolate and caramel. If only the aroma carried over to the taste.

Upon first sip, I got some sweet caramel and treacle flavors, and I thought I'd be ok, but the aftertaste brought a horrid phenolic bandaid character that is just super hard to get past. The rest of the bottle followed in such a way, a mild slightly sweet start, and just an overriding smoky bandaid flavor. Trying to finish this quickly, to get it over with, was akin to ripping off a bandaid off. And then shoving it in your mouth.

This is thin bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. Really not drinkable at all.

This was a big disappointment, a gamble that didn't pay off. (859 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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... (873 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (587 characters)

Photo of
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (573 characters)

Photo of philipquarles
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (399 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 (366 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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 (576 characters)

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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. (295 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (594 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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. (348 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle 8,2% abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on 06/07/2011 good for 5 years
Other bottle information:
EBC: 169
EBU: 29

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! (1,519 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (252 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,403 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 3/4/12

A dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to the light, I can't quite decide if the 4/5 of a glass of tan foam is a good or bad thing, took several pours to get the beer in the glass but the foam did hang on ending up with a steep peak that resembles a swirled ice cream, strange to say the least. Lace is random and scattered

S campfire and band-aids but it somehow works, a little booze and herbal hops, well I'm not sure if its hops but its herbal

T chocolate malt and smokey earthy wood, no band-aid and what I thought was herbal hops I don't find here, better then the nose however and quite enjoyable

M medium bodied with a long smokey aftertaste but way to carbonated and quite foamy

O over carbonation is my only major complaint, decent stuff but nothing to put it in the "World Class'

I like the smokey chocolate notes but it lacks the intensity and complexity of some of my favorite smoked malt ales (965 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i liked this beer i think the least of all of the de molen stuff i have had lately. not to say i didnt like it, but it was the least distinctive i think. to be fair, i had a heavy buzz on at the time of consumption last night, so take it for what it is. a smoked porter type with a ton of smoke to it, downright sooty and campfirey. lots of froth to the feel, but that classic de molen yeast i love so much is lost a little bit to the smoke, its just so overbearing. thats the point though i suppose. the other thing, is that its spring now, and this is a decidedly autumnal beverage. i want this while grilling the thanksgiving bird, its that kind of thing, it needs an occasion, at least a context, and i really didnt have much of one last night. my bottle was also pretty old i think, looking not like the one pictured here, but the standard white and black label these guys do, so maybe its faded some with time. all of the de molen beers are very unique, unique to them i should say, and this one certainly is that, although its not quite as for out as they usually take me. i like the frothy feel and i like the meatiness, but the residual smoke turns almost acrid bitter for a second, and the alcohol is a little exposed, but im real glad to have had the privilege of enjoying another fine de molen ale! (1,310 characters)

Photo of popery
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown. Looks cloudy but it's hard to tell. Head is smallish and beige. Fades pretty quickly. Little to no lacing. The aroma has a lot more smoke than expected. Otherwise, there's a rich caramel/molasses malt sweetness with some chocolate and oak. A touch of grapes and plums. Smoke is the star, though. Little roast. Lots more smoke in the taste. Pretty similar to the aroma in other respects, as well. Moderately sweet. It's a bit meaty with some dark malt fruitiness. Mild bitterness in the finish. Some tannic oakiness dries things out. Mouthfeel isn't quite as full as I'd like for the flavors. It's not thin; it just could use a creamier feel as a backdrop for the flavors. Carbonation is relatively low. Decent beer. Nothing really stands out as particularly good, though. The smoke flavor is nice but kinda takes over. The other flavors are too far in the background. (890 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky bronze-orange colour. Head is modest but retaining very well; nice tightly-packed bubbles on top and some pretty special, sticky lace around. Fair haze in the body and a steady bead that's invisible except when tilted. Pretty good.

Smell is odd, quite smokey. Lots of charred meat and wood character with a slight brandy snap sweetness at the back. Slightly sour overall and frankly a bit weak. Could use more aroma, or more complexity to it. But nice for what's there.

Taste is quite roasty actually. A large caramel malt flavour on the front then develops into strong smokiness, with hints of bacon and wood smoke, some pine bark flavour on there. Mid-palate gets quite dark and roasty and that's what you're left with at the end. Some espresso notes and maybe a slight licorice spice with a slight bite of alcohol at the end. Really quite pleasant - the curious flavour of a smoked beer, but subtly melded into an enjoyable dark beer palate.

Fair body but feels slightly lighter than I would want. Leaves smooth, though.

Yeah, quite an enjoyable beer. Curious flavours done well, finely crafted into a pleasant beer. (1,137 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, more like dark caramel with mahogany hues where the glass will let in some light. Excellent clarity can be observed at the bottom where you can see the perfect bubbles rising to the top to greet a fat tan head of creamy foam. The head won't fall down no matter what and leaves thick creamy lace. Striking appearance.

Nose is smoke, ash and char. A bit of malt sweetness. It has deep blackened grain, dry biscuit and a an almost dry cookie like sweetness. No fruit but a nice woody earth. Taste is sensational. Smoke flavor dominates and the roast is big and full. Mouthfeel is smooth and the grain is blackened and earthy. Carbonation is perfect. It lightens the beer. Great balance and touch bitter in the finish from the burnt grain. The sweetness comes a bit forward as it warms to a terribly light caramel. The drink is pure simplicity.

Earthy, smoky and splendid. I loved this beer. (910 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leathery amber with unholy amounts of rocky beige head that leaves chunks. Nose is slightly medicinal but not unappetizing Kielbasa smokiness.
Wood chips, brown bread crusts, some iodine, carob and a clean herbal bitter hops end.
Smoky meat finish and spicy tingly linger. Light to medium, crisp, round, smooth.

Based on the head, I'd say de Molen still have that carb problem they supposedly solved...

The ingredients are a laundry list for this one. Don't really get the chocolate malt or the roasted barley. Sladek is similar to Saaz, apparently - I guess it makes sense to keep the hops simple with some much else going on here. Not so sure mixed peat and Bamberg smoke is a good idea.

Opens up into a very decent smoked brown ale (not quite Schlenkerla but you can see it from here) but seems like a lot of trouble to get there. (838 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 't Arendsnest in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Black pour with dark brown at the bottom. Good lacing remains from the beige-ish head with thick layers but there isn't much retention.

S - Lot's of coffee and a mild coffee and smoke element but the smoke is blended in so as to make it quite mild.

T - Coffee is strong with sweet notes and licorice and chocolate. Smoke is very mild but there.

M - Medium carbonation and a full body. Definately a chewy aspect.

O/D - Not too shabby. It seemed more like a stout when I was drinking it. Not too sweet, mild smoke. Worth a shot. (585 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (659 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Really dark brown, almost black, half finger light beige head, quick to a thick lace.
Nice layered smell, with salted smoked bacon up front, then strong peat (burnt rubber tire galore), some faint dark chocolate, salt water taffy, scotch. Nice German-English smokey goodness so far.
Peat is strong and quite "barbaric" right at the start, feels rather medicinal (big band-aid feel), with burnt plastic/rubber and also.. manure. Bamberg-style smokiness reminds me of fir-smoked cheese (kashkaval), but there's a bit malty sweetness that kinda messes with the overall smokiness of the beer. Or maybe sugars and smoke don't make such a nice combo for me. Thus, some overripe dark grape, light chocolate. Sugar coated roasted malts make up the finish, covering up the smokiness, with just some hints of smoke and some bitter hop.
Medium body, a bit sticky, low carbonation. Sweet aftertaste with some lingering peat and chocolate.
If only it wasn't so sweet, instead leaving more space for the smoked malts to shine, this would've been a real gem. Pity. (1,049 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle that includes a note it will last 5 years. Wow! Bottling date is 6/7/2011.

A - clear brown/dark amber with a VERY fluffy tan head that leaves streaky lacing down the glass. Lots of carbonation in the glass. Takes a while to settle.

S - huge, sweet smoke and honey on the nose. Exceptionally powerful.

T - this one is all smoke, start to finish. Underneath is fairly strong grassy hops finishing with dark fruit. Very earthy/leather undertones throughout. Smoke still dominates, but there are some other interesting tastes there.

M - mouthfeel is a bit harsh on initial taste. After a few minutes it settles significantly. Body is light to medium, and even after losing a bit of carbonation is a touch harsh.

Overall - this is a crazy beer. I've had Rauchbiers and lots of smoked porters, and plenty of Islay Scotch, and this is probably the most intense smoky beverage experience I've had. Impressively there are still some nice flavors under the smoke, but it's still super-intensely smokey. (1,018 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (376 characters)

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