Bloed, Zweet & Tranen - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 109
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 5.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 109
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 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 pixieskid
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (361 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (502 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 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 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)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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 dgilks
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 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 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 LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (540 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 Halcyondays
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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 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 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 nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 EskimoDave
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a large wooden cask (225L I believe).

It is a nice dark brown beer.
Has a tempting malty smokey aroma.
Smokey flavour with chocolate followed by coffee. Definitely a smoked beer. The alcohol blends well and has a nice warming effect.
Has a larger medium body.
It goes down quite well, could drink a few in a sitting. (328 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 Absumaster
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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)

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Bloed, Zweet & Tranen from Brouwerij De Molen
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