Bloed, Zweet & Tranen - Brouwerij De Molen
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3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-16-2013 04:03:46 | More by popery
4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
04-19-2013 19:40:14 | More by metter98
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
04-12-2013 04:25:23 | More by ngeunit1
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
I lost a bit of this one when I opened it, as it unexpectedly fizzed out on to my counter and floor after just cracking the cap. It had been sitting unmoved for weeks, too, so it shouldn't have been too stirred up. Be careful!
A: The remaining beer pours a dark near-opaque brown, with a surprisingly small amount of dense tan head given the head explosion that happened when I opened the cap. This dissipates to a thin layer, leaving mild lacing.
S: Smoked ham. Lots of smoke, and lots of ham. There's a bit of malt too, but basically, smoked ham.
T: Lightly sweet, fairly smoky, and it feels like a touch of meatiness.
Overall, this is a weird one. It's pretty good though, as long as you aren't turned off by the smoked ham-ness.
03-30-2013 02:00:27 | More by seand
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
On tap at the Armsby Abbey on 10/08/2012.
Served in a tulip.
Pours a deep maple with a shade of grey beneath a slightly off white creamy head. The most prominent aroma of course is the leathery-smoke quality which overwhelms your senses in the best way possible. Notes of creamy milk chocolate & caramel along with some oak as well. Although the smoke is the main player in flavor as well, the darker malt flavors are initially much more pronounced; not quite rich, but it does add some depth to this ale. Hints of apple and grape, precede a slightly dry finish with more leather in the aftertaste. Full bodied The texture certainly distinguishes this one from a lagered Rauchbier; much fuller and rounded. A really nice smoked ale that I would recommend, especially on tap on account of its added smoothness.
10-09-2012 19:28:21 | More by NEhophead
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
10-05-2012 13:10:21 | More by avalon07
3.95/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-13-2012 20:25:04 | More by DoktorZee
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +2%
Poured from a 330ml bottle. This bottle produced a ridiculous amount of thick beige head no matter how carefully it was poured. That said, it really provided quite a whiff of the smokey goodness. There's lots of sweet bacon & leather on the nose. It's oddly enticing. The taste, however, is unbelievable. Doesn't seem like it would work, but the dark fruits, chocolate and smoke flavours are balanced and integrated with a lovely bit of sweetness that is gently knocked on the head by the bitter finish. So complex and interesting, even if you're not a fan of smoked beers.
06-25-2012 21:55:46 | More by CookstLiquor
Bloed, Zweet & Tranen from Brouwerij De Molen
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