Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Classic, dull de Molen black-and-white label. I love how iconic and yet how boring these are.
Pours a deep, fine black, turning to weak coffee coloured at the very edges. Head is solid—surprising, given how little it vzzted on opening—a good, decently thick and fine mocha brown. Some spotty lace. Carbonation is persistent and very fine. Looks very good indeed.
Nose is toasty and dark, with a fiery character to it: not quite smoky, but almost sulphury or like match phosphorous. Certainly a sharp, volatile hint of booze to it, but it's really tied nicely to the darkness and the intensity—one of those beers that really uses the extra alcohol content as leverage for flavour. Lovely. It does a bunch of stuff that is rare or special, even in a big RIS.
Taste matches this: big roasty characters, and lovely boozy notes integrated into the body and structure of the beer. Roast, coffee, charred pork belly, minimal, but sticky sweetness on the back. This beer is based on a dark roast character, and it sticks by it beautifully, embellishing it here and there with beautiful accents that make it complex and interesting.
Feel is smooth but a little thin: certainly good enough, but perhaps not pulling its weight as far as the beer goes on the whole.
Overall though, this is very, very good stuff. Complex and rich, tasty and drinkable, and yet laced with slightly unusual characters which make it stand out on its own—that's enough to push this beer from "good" to "superb".
01-04-2013 06:47:07 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.6/5 rDev -13.3%
Light brown head, amber around the bottom of the pint glass. Head settled quickly.
Pretty much roasted malt and chocolate on the nose and palette. Straightforward. Slightly bitter but sweetness is pretty prominent.
Smooth medium-full bodied beer with a nice level of carbonation that makes it easy to drink.
The bottle seemed a little weird. The beer was way up in the neck of the bottle and the carbonation died quickly.
12-20-2012 05:02:59 | More by MattSweatshirt
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
330 ml bottle (11.2 oz.), bottle number 531/2080 brewed on March 7 and bottled April 11, 2011. Poured into a short stemmed tulip/snifter
Pours the darkest brown possible, viscous, topped with a two finger fluffy beige head. Great retention and wispy lacing left along the sides of the glass. Deep dark fruit, dark chocolate, and phenol alcohol on the nose. Opens with bold black cherry, plum, and raisin, joined with deep rich chocolate. Finishes smooth with continued rich dark chocolate covered dark fruit and some final hints of roasted malt and roasty bitterness. Exceptional mouthfeel, full-bodied, velvety and creamy. Low, but a very appropriate level of carbonation. Very complex, bold flavored Russian imperial stout. The brew tends to highlight chocolate and dark fruit flavors and could very easily trend overly sweet, however the balance in this brew is excellent. A definite "must-drink" for any Russian imperial stout lover.
11-30-2012 04:50:20 | More by chanokokoro
3.9/5 rDev -6%
Initial pour seems somewhat undercarbonated, yet very dark reddish brown body gives rise to a finger of tan head.
Roasted malt features pronounced chocolate and subdued coffee aroma while malt exhibits bready character and unrefined sugar sweetness. Dark fruit esters are noticeable whilst alcohol -although clearly present - remains unobtrusive.
Flavor mostly follows the aroma: cocoa,chocolate and coffee-like qualities of roasted malt blend with sweet malt and dark fruits (rum-raisins and cherries) while warming alcohol provides some balance to the maltage. Aftertaste exhibits mild roastiness and pleasant alcohol warmth.
Thick, chewy body with low carbonation is sufficiently attenuated to avoid being syrupy.
In short, a massive, sweet chocolaty Imperial Stout with warming alcohol (330 ml, bottled 02-29-2012,into tulip).
11-18-2012 22:50:48 | More by crnipeter
3.9/5 rDev -6%
330 mL bottle poured into a Firestone snifter. Bottle #1058, 4/8/2011.
Appearance - Black body with a nice khaki head. Nice thick collar. Swirls nicely with a thick layer of bubbles on the side of the glass.
Smell - Roasty. Bitter chocolate and strong coffee. Molasses comes through, too. A little boozy.
Taste - Even roastier than the aroma hints. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee. It's the most dominant flavor. The finish gives just a hit of molasses and toffee. A lingering sweetness balances a strong bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Just a little bit too sweet in the finish. It balances the roast well, but it lingers a long time. Well carbonated. Maybe too much.
Overall - Nice. Lacking in some complexity, but a nice experiment in intense roasted malt flavors.
11-07-2012 02:27:07 | More by Alieniloquium
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
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
12oz, 11/04/10 bottling date
A: Pours pretty much pitch black. Three fingers of medium tan colored head. Carbonation through the roof. Popped my stopper off the bottle. Knocking score for over carbonation.
S: Slight roast hints. Black licorice. Bakers cocoa powder. Some piney hop profile actually, almost like an American black IPA or something. Surprised it has lingered this long.
T: Lots of cocoa. Euro hop profile, leading to some bitterness. Adding to that is the slight coffee bitterness and dark chocolate. Dry finish. Interesting stout style than American Imperial Stouts.
M: It's full bodied, but mainly on back end. Carbonation makes it feel thinner.
10-23-2012 17:23:56 | More by inlimbo77
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
A: Glassy black with a nice tan head. Decent lacing.
S: Potent maltiness in the nose - heavy coffee, roasted malt, chocolate.
T: Sweet coffee notes dominate, with a bit of char and roasted malts, chocolate, cherry-like sweetness. A lot smoother than I was expecting.
M: Relatively thick with moderate carbonation. Somewhat silky.
O: This is a great RIS, nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.
10-12-2012 01:53:08 | More by Etan
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
The long awaited taste of the 'Hel & Verdoemenis' @ Gollem, Antwerp ! It didn't disappoint ... There's no foam, so appearance is a bit strange but the taste is and mouthfeel is ... unbelievable ! Beer enjoyment in its purest form. I need to have one more to actually describe it because the first time was like living in a dream.
08-31-2012 12:29:45 | More by BelgianBeerPope
Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
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