Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Bloed, Zweet & Tranen - Brouwerij De Molen

Not Rated.
Bloed, Zweet & TranenBloed, Zweet & Tranen

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

48 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 48
Hads: 110
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 48 | Hads: 110
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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 metter98
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (692 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Phyl21ca
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (518 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
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 -12.2%
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 Halcyondays
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (535 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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 dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

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 lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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 dgilks
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (549 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of off white, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A smoky aroma, as you would expect, with a lot of malt and a sweet element as well.

T: Tasted of malt - a decently high amount of malt - an earthy quality, chocolate, light hops, and the aforementioned smokiness. An interesting flavor that gets better as you go along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a solid, well made, and drinkable beer. (575 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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 popery
3.81/5  rDev -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 GreesyFizeek
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
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 laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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 StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with just a hint of brown and a big finger of khaki-tan head. Fades very slowly.

S - Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, smoke, oak, coffee, dark fruits.

T - Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, lots of smoke, some oak, dark fruits, coffee.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey, warming finish.

D - Really nice smoked beer with good smoke flavor that is not overpowering. (421 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (479 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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 FreshHawk
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Absumaster
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (506 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Bloed, Zweet & Tranen from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.