Bloed, Zweet & Tranen - Brouwerij De Molen

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
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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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 49
Photo of NEhophead
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(on tap at Monk's Cafe - served in a tulip)

A: nice, creamy foam cap on the pour - fell down to a ring... dark brown liquid... not a ton of lace

S: phenolics in the way of band-aid, but only as a highlight.... moderate punch of caramelized wood.... bold, underlying base of huge base and flaked malts, painted like an imperial stout, by way of Scandinavia

T: basically a thick, strong, sweetish stout at its core with a smattering of phenolics (roasted, smoked, band-aid-y) making brief appearances through the sip, ultimately coloring overall taste.... the band-aid (which is merely a background nuance) and roast start off, thick cakey malt mid-way, with the caramelized, smoky-bacony hit flaring up at the end.... the dense malty stout is central and center-stage, all said

M: static roast scrape up in the front of the palate, while a lightly-grainy, medium-thick, worty-viscous malt goo slips on through .... buzz of roast embers left... moderate residual coating, little alcohol to mask/thin

O: most, if not all, of De Molen dark ales have pretty much the exact same flavor profile, just kissed with a aura of whatever adjunct added or barrel aged in... not knockin' them - whatever base beer they brew here is killer - some really pop, others are just good... i don't know why they file this under "German-style" - doesn't taste like anything from Germany I've had... regardless, the mixture of peat- and beechwood-smoke malts clashes a bit - doesn't really add any dimension to the beer... still a fine sipper though

Photo of farrago
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a healthy two finger head of dark tan foam, delicate in appearance, almost all microfoam with a mottled surface. The liquid is a rich brown hue, opaque although you can see a great deal of hyperactive tiny bubbles rushing towards the surface. The nose is as advertised, huge smokiness, peaty with a saline quality as well as gaminess, old school plastic band-aids, there are some chocolaty notes, all of the above wipes out any fruit which might be there, general pungency lasts for some time. Medium-bodied, creamier texture than expected, the smokiness prevents excess sweetness from building and also aids in gluing it to your palate. Charred campfire wood, grill fat, tar, more peat than straight-up earthiness. The carbonation is as strong as the visuals suggest, this helping to relieve some monotony. More chocolate, caramel coming though here. Perhaps moments of plum and, oddly, apricot. Releases well and does not force itself on you, for its category not heavy handed. Given its relative intensity and higher alcohol, this is one I could drink more than one in a single sitting.

Photo of pixieskid
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Marius
2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It smells as if the malts were smoked over burning tyres. The taste is only slightly worse than the smell.

Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Photo of beerpirates
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Photo of philipquarles
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of seand
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of EskimoDave
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of bgold86
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disgusting smoke bomb, completely undrinkable.

Photo of DerBayer
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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

Photo of DoktorZee
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Dark. Almost no head. Smells super smoky, like a German rauchbier. Tastes like smoked... bacon. And maybe chocolate. Tasty. Body is medium. Surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RickyS
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into teku glass very aggressively: moderate head which dissipates quite quickly leaving some lacings.This thing is pitch black! No reflexes even when put in front of a lightbulb... Smells like smoked bacon, hiding black olives, some medicinal notes, and dark caramel. Tastes like it smells with slightly bitter and long aftertaste, where the smokiness is rising up again at the very finish. The carbonation is moderate and the mouthfeel is quite syrupy, in a pleasant way. Never had one of this style before, but overall quite an interesting experience, though also a bit awkward!

Photo of Aethien
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Bloed, Zweet & Tranen from Brouwerij De Molen
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