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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 41
Gots: 121 | FT: 9
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 01-22-2009)
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Photo of smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-04-2014 23:27:13 | More by smithj4
Photo of billab914


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

750ml bottle poured into a tasting glass. It poured pitch black in color with a modest but bubbly tan head to it. A little lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of dark chocolate to it right off the bat. It comes off a lot like a dark chocolate brownie with a little nuttiness to it as well. I get some bitter, roasty, coffee flavors but it's an afterthought compared to the dark chocolate brownie flavor. Very appealing aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the chocolate to it up front with some roasty, coffee flavors coming out in the finish. Again, I get a little nuttiness in it as well. Like the aroma, the dark chocolate is what really shines in it for me.

The mouthfeel is heavy with lower carbonation. Overall I thought it was an excellent beer. I loved the thick, heavy mouthfeel mixed with the dark chocolaty, brownie like flavor. Excellent beer overall.

08-04-2011 17:24:27 | More by billab914
Photo of valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-19-2014 05:49:21 | More by valianes
Photo of Hayley_86


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-27-2014 16:57:25 | More by Hayley_86
Photo of ADTaber

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-14-2013 00:04:47 | More by ADTaber
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-24-2012 23:59:03 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-09-2014 01:31:01 | More by starshockey9
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottled on 10/11/2011

Beer is black with a small tan head. Great lacing and fairly good retention.

Lots of dark fruit in the nose- much moreso than expected. Prune and black cherry. Roasted malt. Cocoa. Surprisingly sweet smell.

Lots of roasted malt in the flavour, with anise and some bittering hops. Dark chocolate. A bit of coffee. Some cherry, prune and general dark fruit flavours. Finishes fairly bitter. Very good.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit sticky- a heavy beer.

Overall, a very good RIS. Big flavoured and heavy.

10-27-2012 03:13:32 | More by jrenihan
Photo of rapidsequence


4.23/5  rDev +1.9%

330 ml bottle from Wim. Bottled Dec 6, 2009.

Appearance: Pours completely black with no highlights, but you can see through it a bit when you drink it. Medium brown head with aonly a couple minutes of retention. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Some sweet, fruity notes too. Not over-roasted like some RISs. Not boozy.

Taste: Again, coffee and bittersweet chocolate with some dark fruit. There's some roasty and alcohol bitterness that balances the sweetness from the big finishing gravity. It has a very nice flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sticky, but really not as big and creamy as I'd expect. Good though.

Overall: A very nice, drinkable RIS with very little detectable alcohol for such a big beer. Very glad I got to try this.

07-12-2012 00:56:16 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of largadeer


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Bottle opened by nickd717. I'm uncertain of the batch.

Opaque dark chocolate brown appearance, very little carbonation and no head, only a slim collar of foam.

Very chocolate-forward aroma with fruity undertones, almost vinous. It smells rich but balanced, reminding me of aged port.

Rich and fruity to the palate, chocolate fudge and dark fruit flavors are prominent along with traces of red grapes, dates and molasses. Full-bodied with low, almost absent carbonation, which wasn't detrimental to my enjoyment of the beer. It finishes bittersweet and chocolatey while hinting at smoke and charcoal. Delicious, though I don't know if I'd want more than a small serving.

08-12-2010 23:43:42 | More by largadeer
Photo of Jeffo


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

This is a re-review. My first review was back in '09 and I scored it a 3.23. Carbonation was also an issue back then. However, De Molen has been much more consistent lately and the newer batches of H&V have not only been carbonated properly, but they've all seemed to be much more flavorful. Anways, time to give it another go.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 21 June 2011
Drunk beside a Rasputin

APPERANCE: A dark brown and slightly transparent pour yields a one finger, thicker looking, fluffy, light brown head with great retention. Opaque black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foamy wisp cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bolder nose of roasted and smoky malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans, cocoa powder and some black licorice. Bold and interesting, and much more stout-like than Rasputin.

TASTE: Bolder flavors of roasted and smoky malts and a good dose of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso coffee and charred malts at the swallow. Lots of bitterness as well. Bold and relentless aftertaste of roasted and burnt malts, bitter coffee and bitter, dark chocolate. Bold flavors and very roasted and chocolate forward. This is more my kind of thing.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, enough weight as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of heat lingers, but well measured.

OVERALL: Now this is more like it. The newer batches have been much improved compared to the older ones, and this imperial stout is way, way more my thing than Rasputin. Big nose and flavor profile, with all the stout characteristics I love, and a good look and feel to top it off. Definitely glad they use this one for their barrel aging projects, as it’s got the big, roasted and chocolate flavors to hold up. Definitely the clear winner over Rasputin. Top notch stuff. Recommended.

01-17-2012 12:19:27 | More by Jeffo
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

February 2012 bottling reviewed August 2013. Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. The beer pours out black with no light escaping. Viscosity looks about average for the style. It sports about a finger of rocky tan head that quickly dies down to a chunky lacing. The nose is really nice. Lots of roasted notes, char, coffee, and baker's chocolate balanced by an underlying vanilla-like sweetness.

Full body and lots of roasty bitter flavor. Big notes of espresso and char up front and a fairly prominent hop profile that meets the bitterness like some kind of perfect storm. There are some rummy dark fruit flavors on the back of the palate. The finish leaves lots of roasty bitterness lingering behind.

Yet another terrific RIS, though a bit pricey on this side of the pond. There isn't much sweetness to be found in this one and the bitterness is bruising, even for this style. I imagine it is intended to cellar well. I have two more bottles from this batch that I will allow to sit for a while longer. This one definitely has some aging potential and could be unbelievable with some more time on it.

08-25-2013 01:17:49 | More by deadonhisfeet


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Growler. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Deep amber color. Beige foamy crown shows fairly good retention. Amazing aroma profile: roasted malts & burnt caramel, hints of licorice, anise & fennel, subtle coffee & ripe figs, as well as floral notes. Fresh warming alcohol & sweet sensation at first sip followed by dry & clean bitterness. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Long bitter/sweet finish & brandy hues on the aftertaste. Mighty & delightful!!

03-04-2013 08:45:20 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Batch 171

Holy crap! This is an insane beer! Opening the bottle, the foam began to rise from the neck. A quick pour into the chalice brings a billowing brown head that quickly topples the glass. Trying to inhale the foam, I get choked up because of the power of the beer.

The beer is as black as possible with no penetrating light. The loosely knit bubbles of the head retain well, lace well, and leaves legs on the sides of the glass. An ideal look for a stout.

After the beer settles a bit, it gives up huge aromas of espresso, bitter cocoa, grassy hops, charred woods, light platics, and rich roasted malts. Low on esters or any other complexities, this beer is intimidating to the nose.

Severe flavors of all-things-burnt: cocoa beans, coffee grounds, charred timbers, and a light ashy flavor dominates the glass. Hops try to combat the malts and cannot stand up to the maltiness; but they do give a much needed repreive from all the roasted character. Burnt currants, figs, nuts, dates, and berries are light but rise as the beer warms.

Aggressive and at times, harsh in the texture. Fusal alcohols give a cough-syrup mouthfeel that will undoubtedly take time to mellow out. A wood-like tanning astringency also hinders the mouthfeel a bit. Large, rounded, and thick, this beer is kind of a bully. (1.035 FG?, 1.115 OG? Are you kidding me?) Big time hop bitterness further emphasize the dry and astringent finish. (99.9 EBU? Seriously?)

The batch that I have is a year old. The bottle suggests that this beer can age for 25 years. I believe it will take nearly all that to properly round out.

Thanks jlindros!

01-11-2010 04:46:48 | More by BEERchitect
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

I had this on tap at O'reilly's served in a snifter.

The color is deep earthy brown like a mocha or redeye with tiny beads that dissipate quickly. The nose is full of strong cocoa scents like belgian chocolate with moderate sweet odor that is still somewhat bitter with mild roasted smell but very fudgy overall. The feel is of a strong stout with moderately heavy body and a little warmth with spicy tinges and moderately high sweetness with a subtle bitter edge as it finishes with moderate carbonation which suits the style.

The flavor is roasty and heavy on chocolate which I like, the mildly roasted malt with slight caramel has a nice synergy with the gentle spiciness and mild hop flavors. There is a mild char tinge which adds to the complexity, not quite smoky more like the burnt edges on the brownie that came in contact with the pan. The alcohol is mild in the taste with slight woody aspsect in the dry finish. Overall I found this to be a pretty high quality stout, a pretty quaffable for a beer this big. I enjoy the gentle yeast influence with plenty of malt to recommend this for those who like Russian imperial stouts

11-12-2011 16:17:08 | More by Slatetank
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

I drank this from the bottle into my Orval glass.
This bottle was brewed August 2008, bottle number 56 of 282.

Thos beer is a huge gusher. The cork almost jumps off and oozes head. As your pour you get at least four fingers of super fluffy medium tan head. The retention and lacing are excellent.

The aroma is strong and supremely unique. It is very sweet giving off a unique flavor of sweet chocolate milk of ice cream. Its really awesome and I keep coming back for more. You also get a whiff of toffee and cocoa.

The taste is pretty malty as well. You get lots of cocoa, a little of the sweet milk left over, with a bitter chocolate finish. A lot is going on here. Its nice but a little something is missing that I can't put my finger on.

The feel is really nice. Tons of carbonation on the tongue and a slight warm bitter finish.

Drinkability is decent.

Overall, I really liked this. It was super unique for a RIS, something I would recommend.

03-30-2010 02:14:34 | More by jrallen34
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District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Quite a remarkable take on an imperial stout. Deceptively, and deliciously drinkable for such a sturdy brew underneath the easy feel.

Presentation: 33 cl brown, capped, and waxed bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew. O.G. 1115, F.G. 1031, EBC Colour 308.9, Hop bill, EBUs 99,9. Adds recommended drinking temperature, and cellaring range (up to 25 yrs...). Shows brewing and bottling date (18 Nov 2009, 19 Jan 2010), and that this is bottle 407 out of a 744 33cl bottles batch, alongside Alc. by Vol. (10.2%) Served in a snifter.

A - Deep black pour with a 1/2" short lived head, fair surface memory and minimal lacing.

S - Roasted nose, touches of chocolate, minimal coffee, lightly woody with a touch of licorice.

T - Rich and long roasted range. touches of chocolate, faint coffee again, hint of a fruity sense lingering in the back, dried prunes... Tiny touch of licorice.

M - Medium/full body, almost a tad watery in the beginning but runs very smooth and is picked up by a small but nicely balanced carbonation in the finish. The sense in the palate is tremendous. It is doing something strangely very well, the way it flows is making all the difference for me and gives it an very pleasing sense. Very unusual...

D - Nice sipper, flowing very nicely.

Notes: Such a diverging range of opinions for this brew. It feels as if we were all trying different stuff. Well, I guess it will only be sorted out by trying to drink it again and compare notes. Thank you Toño for the great treat.

10-12-2010 13:03:32 | More by Daniellobo
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured on tap into a sampler flight at Pizza Paradiso Dupont.

Dark walnut brown appearance but there's some really nice red hue to this particularly noticeable when finishing. Perfect espresso looking head, with a coffee creamy tan top that's always present while drinking. Really does look like an espresso presented in this taster.

Bouquet just rips. Thick roast coffee flavors and dark roasty malts and lots of sweet smelling cream. Vanilla tones nearly peek out a bit, with a mix of dominant coffee that match wonderfully. Fantastic smelling brew.

Palate delivers but with a little less fanfare than appearance and aroma. Classic coffee angles, and a slick dark bitter chocolate in the mid palate. Lots of hop bitterness on the finish as well complimenting but sort of indistinguishable to pick out. Light bodied in feel but not watery but some thin carbonation distracts a bit from the palate.

Overall though a very worth Russian Imperial stout.

07-27-2013 14:23:58 | More by smakawhat
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

So, I have had two versions of this beer: One served in a 0.75l bottle and one in a 0.33l bottle. The first one was utterly fantastic: licorice, moderate carbonation, smooth bitterness and balanced aromas. The 0.33l was very harsh and I suspect it has to do with the maturation. The first would be a suberb score, but I suspect the other will come along with a couple of years in the cellar.

09-16-2011 08:41:02 | More by ErlendA
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a snifter. Brewed on 6 August 2010. Bottled on 16 September 2010. Bottle number 771. Batch of 468 bottles. (Hmmmm, 771/468?)

A: Nice off-white head with great lace. Noticeable yeast in the dark brown-red beer.

S: Weird. Some fruit. Bright with some alcohol. Musty yeast. A little like an old ale.

T/M: This is an excellent beer, chock full of unexpected coffee and excellent bitterness. Round and full, with boozy sweetness and subdued red fruit. Lingering aftertaste is sweeter than not. Damn good. My only complaint is a sort of flatness.

O: An excellent imperial stout. Highly recommended; so good. Will definitely have again.

OG: 1115
EG: 1031
EBC Colour: 308.9
EDU: 99.9

04-14-2012 06:35:53 | More by AgentMunky
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours black with a very thin layer of tan foam on top. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing but some decent legs.

Smells of heavily roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and char. Also present are mild amounts of dry oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Strong roasted malt flavors kick things off with hints of char and tobacco. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of dark chocolate. The sip dries out a bit near the end with hints of woodiness. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is almost non-existent.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a well done beer but for the price I'd have thought the carbonation would be a bit more consistent. Still, it's worth a shot if you're willing to spend the money to find out for yourself.

05-19-2010 05:23:56 | More by glid02
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured into Aecht snifter. Uncoventional look for a Russian Imperial Stout. More of a hazy dark brown than anything else. Slight lacing and light foam head does not completely recede.

Buddy mentioned that the smell is very funky which is right on point. Almost has a barnyard feel to it with all kinds of coffee and cocoa. I like the funk.

Front palate is extremely smooth with milk chocolate, toffee, hazlenut and coffee. The "funk mentioned previously is on the back end.

Beer is exceptional until you pull it through, and taste the booze and funk that you didn't think it had.

I feel like this beer is gonna be a hit or miss with a lot of people. The funkiness of this beer just made me more interested with every sip. A must try for the stout-minded

01-11-2012 05:27:11 | More by zep9865
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Bottled 06 Dec 2009, two years to this exact day. Not planned so that's neat. Bottle 824. Acquired in trade from Iguenard - thanks!

Pours a wonderful rich black with two plus fingers of fudge colored head which bubbles down to a thin cover - quite a fizzy head variety which rather quickly fades to black.

Even from the pour a rich mocha fudge aroma spills out, some booze, roast, dark fruits and a slightly tannic/winey smell.

Quite a dry roasty character to this one, not much of the rich sweet mouthfeel that I also look for in a RIS. Coffee, toast, lots of roast, slight notes of oxidation, dark fruits, tannins. Light sweetness, dark chocolate, molasses. Really dry finish, hides the booze really well, just a faint warming down the throat, on the more carbonated end of the spectrum for RIS but within range, really quite drinkable for style.

Great beer, really well crafted, mouthfeel is perhaps its weakness but, nonetheless, a pleasure to drink.

12-07-2011 04:41:50 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of cpetrone84


4.15/5  rDev 0%

Big thanks to Kevin Sharing this one!

A-pours a black liquid, tan caramel colored head.

S-the nose has roasted malt and dark chocolate. a fair amount of anise in middle. caramel malts and toffee lie behind, notes of lactose, bitter burnt coffee in the back.

T-tons of roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate and burnt coffee. a touch of anise behind, vanilla, toffee, caramel. sweet plums in the finish with a touch more bitter coffee.

M-extremely smooth and creamy, full bodied, enough carbonation to hold the body, finish is a little thin.

D-this is a big imperial stout with tons of roasted malts and a good light sweetness to it. nicely done, very good stout.

06-08-2010 23:26:48 | More by cpetrone84
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Bottle at 't Arendsnest in Amsterdam. Bottle #790. Bottled 10 September, 2010. From notes.

A - Didn't even get the whole bottle in. Two finger, crazy creamy head. Khaki colour on the head. Totally black body. Really creamy head retention. I wrote about 4 lines about how awesome the head retention was, let's just say it was amazing, sticking to the glass everywhere.

S - My initial reaction was filled with explatives. Really inviting, chocolate, coffee, and yeast. Really grabs your nostrils.

T - Tons of chocolate, coffee, and roasted, dark malt. Dark fruit finish and slightly bitter. Everything it should be. Flavours are very intense. No alcohol to speak of.

M - Slightly bitter finish, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a full body and chew.

O/D - Lovely stout. Tasty, looks great, smells great, tastes good. A good beer from de Molen. Proper Imperial Stout.

05-10-2011 11:02:27 | More by tbeckett
Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.