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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 198
Hads: 569
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 46
Gots: 148 | FT: 7
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 198 | Hads: 569
Photo of wordemupg
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged poured into tulip 14/2/13

A not quite black with a deep cola edge and just enough clarity to see some bubbles feeding a well sustained two finger mocha head that leaves no lace, perhaps a dirty glass?

S some plum, cherry and chocolate covered raisins, faint peat smoke, cold coffee grinds, hazelnut, hard toffee and just a little booze

T some char and slightly sour cherry with espresso in the mouth opposed to the coffee on the nose, the chocolate's darker in the mouth and I get just a little licorice I didn't smell. much like the nose she's pretty rich but the roast is even darker in the mouth and the booze is better concealed

M medium bodied and just a little foamy, very faint heat with a long chocolaty coffee finish

O what can I say? a great tasting beers easy to like, nice dark roast but not overly intense but not for the faint of heart either, nice and smooth almost to easy to drink

This one's worth looking for, I hope I can get my hands on some of the barrel aged versions in the future. I like the "enjoy within 25 years" on the label made me feel like i was in a rush to drink this beer and I was looking for an excuse to drink a big bottle of stout tonight. (1,211 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This little bottle of ale was pretty expensive, but it had to travel all the way from the Netherlands, so I understand it probably shouldn’t be cheap. Here’s to money (hopefully) well spent.

Brewed a little less than the year before the date of this tasting (bottled on a leap day, 29 FEB 2012).

A: Deep brown color with a slight bit of light showing through during the pour, like black coffee. A wet tan head rises to an inch, glistening with an oily shine as it bubbles down to nothing. Lots of residual bubbles collect along the edge of the glass.

S: Strong mineral scent layered on top of a bed of milk chocolate aromas. A sweet, rich nose with background tones of black licorice, caramel, and vanilla, as well as a back-end roasty character of hickory smoke, like ham. Savory.

T: Opens with a sharply bitter, piney hop front and dry mineral water tastes, giving a mildly metallic tone. Soon, though, the astringency is washed away with a rich taste of melted dark chocolate, showing off a hefty character of residual sweetness – some notes of marshmallow and molasses appear, as well. Oaky smoke, roasted coffee, and warm bourbon flavors provide an intense, memorably burnt finish that lingers with hop residuals for quite some time.

M: Medium body, not thick at all for a stout, though there is some syrupiness apparent from the sugars. Hop dryness tightens up the body, as does the roasts; booze heat warms slightly.

O: Almost every European beer I’ve ever tasted has had that metallic tinge to it – something with the water, I’m sure. With this beer, it’s definitely welcome, seeing as the palate was packed with sugar. Overall, a fantastic beer. Worth the money? Almost. Any 12 oz bottle sitting at $10+ is hard to justify. (1,753 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Jet Black. zero head. doesn't look real think.

S - Chocolate, roasted malt.

T- Excellent. Chocolate really comes thru. sweetness is very nice. not too sweet either. Almost a fudge taste. Barely taste the 10.2ABVs.

M- medium viscosity. coats mouth decently.

O- Very very good. At $14 i probably won't get this again. but cut that price in half i would. (360 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 red wax edition. i wanted to like this one more than i did. it pours a dark woody brown color, apparently thin, with a quarter inch of tan bubbles. the smell is quite smokey for a russian imperial, a little sweet, very earthy and booze heavy. my girlfirend said it tastes like aftertaste. not totally sure what she meant by that, but i somehow agree with her. the beer is very subtle for being so big, and i guess does kind of taste like its already been swallowed as soon as its sipped. some tobacco notes mixed in with the smoke. this is very alcoholic, especially as it warms up. the mouthfeel is relaxed on the carbonation and fuller bodied but still somehow on the thin side, like watery. i actually like the way it felt, less filling and overbearing than some other examples of the style, but to me this beer tasted like an old closet. the bottle says it could be good for 25 years, who knows, maybe it should go in an old closet for awhile to develop...

edit: more than two years later this drinks like a dream, wow has aged helped this! bumping up a few scores to reflect flavor integration and complexity increases. stunning with some time on it. (1,161 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dark chocolate color with a mocha head.

S: Dark chocolate and roasty coffee in the nose.

T: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt, but it's a paragon of the imperial stout style, in my opinion.

M: Full bodied for sure, more so than Rasputin/Disputin/Cease and desist. Probably at least smoothish, but I don't remember the carbonation, I just remember that I loved this beer.

O: I don't think I can speak more highly of anything I would call a paragon. Anything more is ineffable. I'd love to try the barrel aged versions, especially Wild Turkey. A Four Roses or Elijah Craig version would be the best beer ever. (623 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black pour, even when held to light, with a bit of brown near the edges when held to light. Nose is quite good with a very appetizing roasty aroma and dark chocolate. A nice whollop of flavors on the palate with more roastyness, hearty grains, bitter chocolate, and hops that enter in to balance it out. Finishes long and delightfully roasty, of course. (358 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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". (1,542 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/11/2011

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. (445 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (938 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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). (837 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (775 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (541 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, 11/04/10 bottling date
Pinocchios snifter

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. (685 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (399 characters)

Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (329 characters)

Photo of Arno
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pitch black, mocca head. Not much retention.

smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate and red fruit. Black currant or something like that. Can't really define it.

taste: Quite a taste sensation going on. It starts off with a mellow milk chocolate and red fruits combo, followed by brown sugar and then coffee and dark bitter chocolate kicks in, leaving a quite bitter coffee like aftertaste. It lingers nicely like a coffee does together with some black currant flavor, but is quite heavy. So not really your day to day type of drink. Take your time ;)

mouthfeel: Quite fluid and creamy, with a nice tingly carbonation finish. Quite thin considering the huge flavors. Which is a good combination.

overall: a very nice, but different, beer. It's well balanced, but quite defined and powerful. I's not the easiest beer to drink. So make sure you're in the mood and not in a hurry and o my, what a drink it is :) (917 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Properly cellared 2 year old bottle. Pours dark brown with ruddy tones, appearing black in the glass. Thin fine light tan head dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass. Intense aroma of roasted malt, mild dark fruit and lots of chocolate. Flavor follows, rich dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, lighter coffee and dark fruit notes, incredibly well integrated. The body is thick and creamy. An all round well made treat for the senses. One of the best RIS I've had and hands down the best two year old aged bottle of any stout I've experienced. I'm not getting any oxidation notes from this. This is not distributed in my state and I wish I had bought more of these for the cellar. I see that the other very high scoring review was from the same vintage as this one and also tasted after 2 years, so I'd advise aging this one for a few years for a treat. Exceptional. (909 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/29/2012, 330 ml bottle into an oversize wine glass.

A - Pitch black body. A large three finger mocha head formed initially. Settles down to a thin cap with edging. Excellent lacing and retention with small and tight bubbled, leaves behind an alcoholic film.

S - Nice blend of roast and sweetness. Some milk chocolate, vanilla, liquorice and coffee. Has an odd almost savory burnt plastic like finish though.

T - Much better than the aroma. Roasty malts, bitter espresso beans, and milk chocolate. Subtle dark fruits and liquorice on the finish which give it that unique RIS taste. Some warming alcohol on the end. Mouth feel is between thin and medium with low carbonation. Despite the thinness it comes off sort of sticky and syrupy.

O - A nice RIS. Didn't blow me away but its very simple and well put together. I don't really see the point in aging this one though, its drinking pretty great fresh. (917 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (760 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/11/2011 so just over a year old.

A: Pours jet black with almost no head despite an aggressive pour. Just a smattering of medium brown bubbles. Just the slightest hint of lacing as you might expect.

S: Wonderful roasted coffee. Dark chocolate too.

T: Lots of anise and char up front. Turns into chocolate and then coffee bean. Finally, a bitter coffee/char combination that lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Thick and velvety. Mouth-coating oil slick.

O: Despite the lackluster appearance this is a surprisingly tasty stout. The mouthfeel definitely stands out here. It really is silky smooth and thick at the same time. (633 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter jet black with a tight sticky deep beige head that held thru the duration of the glass.French roast coffee and bitter chocolate mainly in the nose,as it warms a sweet shot of alcohol fruitiness comes into play.Highly roasted on the palate with some dark fruit-like sweetness,mocha flavors are quite big wich was to be expected.It's a very good imperial stout although it doesn't have any one thing that jumps out at ya,still it's great for the style. (472 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with brown highlights. The tan head is short and creamy; leaves a nice frothy ring when it settled.

The aroma is of roasted malt with a twang of acidic fruit. Deep prune aroma with some carob. Some woody notes. A bit too sharp in the aroma.

The flavor is of a smooth roasted malt and milk chocolate. Some mild vanilla and caramel provide some sweetness. There is a subtle dark fruit/acidic note but not nearly as strong as in the aroma. Like a dark chocolate and caramel candy bar.

The feel is ultra smooth and creamy. Sweet and lightly bitter on the palate; some light tart notes. Finishes a bit sticky.

I had no idea what style of beer this was until I read some reviews. The aroma lead me one way but the flavor was of a sweet smooth stout. Very flavorful. (788 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, frothy dark mocha head.  Excellet retention only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.  Looks amazing!

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma that doesn't become burnt or acrid. Hints of toast, dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and oatmeal along with subtle lactic cream and sweeter malt notes.

Medium bodied with a good balance of roasted malt, silky chocolate, sweet booze, lactic cream and subtle hops.  Chewy and roasty that verges on being burnt but never tips over that edge.  Lactic cream and sweeter chocolate notes balance things out.  Bitter earthy hops with a touch of pine compliment the dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and oatmeal.  Complex, well balanced and easy to drink.  Slight boozy swetness and heat toward the finish but overall the high abv is nicely masked. (930 characters)

Photo of AronVietti
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 33cl bottle, gave about an inch of beige head that died down quickly with moderate lacing. Brewed on March 09 2011, bottles April 13 2011.

A: Dark brown, has reddish hues when held up to the light.

S: Dried Fruits, coffee, chocolate and some alcohol.

T: Dark Chocolate and currants, plum, espresso, not as boozy as the smell suggested but still present with an in style warmth.

M: Good body, not overly viscous like some examples of this style. Stays on the palate for a good 5 seconds fading from fruity to a pleasant bitterness.

O: This would be a great beer to serve by the fire, or after a light meal with some chocolates and dried fruit. I would love to taste a bottle that has been aged for a few years! (749 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Notes
OG: 1115
EG: 1031
EBC Colour: 308.9
EDU: 99.9 (717 characters)

Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
91 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.