Bloed, Zweet & Tranen - Brouwerij De Molen
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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
3.98/5 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
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
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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
04-04-2012 06:26:55 | More by wordemupg
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
3.75/5 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
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
12-10-2011 00:17:09 | More by StJamesGate
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
From Notes: 11/10
Poured a nice brown color with a solid head.
Nose; definite roastiness and smokiness.
Taste; caramel, almost rootbeer-like, earthy and smokey and hints of chocolate. Finishes with a touch of brown sugar and meatiness.
Overall; great balance and nice smokiness that wasn't over the top, but there just enough to add some additional complexity.
12-07-2011 10:10:47 | More by pixieskid
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
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
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
05-13-2011 20:54:19 | More by tbeckett
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
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
4.38/5 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
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
Dark brown colour with a slight reddish hue. Not particularly clear. Moderate sized creamy tan head.
Big smoky aroma backed up with some fruitiness, alcohol and mild earthy, almost funky notes. Really interesting.
Rich peaty flavour, mild sweet malt, Belgian yeast character sits in the very back. There's some clear alcohol here but the overall picture is quite good.
Good medium body with moderate carbonation. The overall mouthfeel accentuates the beer nicely.
A nice smoked beer here which is different to some of the smoked beers out there.
10-15-2010 09:11:12 | More by dgilks
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
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
10-01-2010 02:18:15 | More by laituegonflable
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
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
A 12 oz. pour into a tulip shaped glass at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.
Jet black with a substantial head and sufficient lace. Average head retention. Apple aroma with a bit of smoke. Fruity sweetness, as well. A bit of carbonation bite up front. This fades to a middle that has apple and prune sweetness with a subtle hint of smoke. Back end is a bit on the sour side and noticeably dry. Medium light mouthfeel. Not your ordinary smoked beer, and the smoke characteristics are very subdued. Alcohol sweetness is present in the finish.
09-23-2010 02:42:53 | More by LittleDon
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a deep true brown colour with a few accidental floaties of sediment. Looks pretty damn heavy and opaque. Head is full and frothy and extremely rocky, a big beige bubble of lace-giving divinity. Looks very rich and robust.
Odd smoked notes on the nose -- certainly smoked characters in general, but it's a green smokiness, with big rippling vegetation characters mingled with the smokiness. Smells like a wood fire in the heart of the jungle. Pretty nice.
Certain smokiness on the front of the palate, which fluctuates in and out of view for a while as a roasted, chocolate malt note dives into the mix. At the very end of the palate, when the sweetness dies away, you're left with the crackling embers of pure smokiness, which dances on the tongue with its dry, parched finish. Really unique and lovely.
This is a really damn good smoked beer. Probably one of my favourites. It has this lovely sweetness to connect everything, but the delicate smokiness takes the lead. Really interesting and very drinkable.
09-18-2010 05:08:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours a very dark brown with a creamy off-white head, good retention.
S: Great smoky nose. Really a mix of Islay and Schlenkerla, beautiful.
T: The heavy smoke has a great interplay with the residual sugar with a lot of dark malt flavour, very tasty.
M: Medium-bodied, not the biggest feeling beer. Creamy and smooth, smoky aftertaste.
D: Cool beer, it would go great with BBQ, glad to try it. If you like Alaskan Smoked Porter and Schlenkerla Rauchbier you have to try this, almost an imaginary blend.
09-12-2010 23:23:03 | More by Halcyondays
Bloed, Zweet & Tranen from Brouwerij De Molen
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