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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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Hel & VerdoemenisHel & Verdoemenis

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 39
Gots: 120 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website

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 ricke


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with plenty of small floaters in the liquid. A small dark beige head settles rather fast and leaves basically no lacings.

S: Huge roasted aromas - very powerful. It actually turns to burnt every now and then. Roasted malts, heavy roasted coffee, charred wood, spices, chocolate, faint licorice, perhaps some fruity notes. There is also noticeable hints of rather fresh hops. Light alcohol. Very powerful smell, but not very balanced due to the massive roasted character.

T: Wonderful coffee flavors - espresso, heavy roasted and almost burnt coffee, tannins. Big sweet malty backbone with a distinct roasted character. Rich notes of dark chocolate. Some licorice and dark fruits, but they don't really manage to balance the deep roasted flavors. Very faint notes of hops. The finish is powerful with a coffee-like roasted bitterness, some alcohol, spices and lingering notes of general roasted flavors.

M: The body is full, but kind of light compared to some other examples of the style. Quite a lot of carbonation as well making the beer seems rather lively. Towards the end, it gets a little smoother.

D: I really liked this one, but with the richness of the roasted flavors of coffee and malts, it's rather demanding. So it's definitely a sipper. Would absolutely like to try it again, and since I have another one in the cellar, I will.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 13:02:03 | More by ricke
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've decided to write this review as if I was the conclusion of a trendy network show. After the link finishes buffering read on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwqhdRs4jyA&playnext=1&videos=EMK9E6j-i1c&feature=artistob
(copy and pasting may be necessary.)

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

To me this is a snifter beer, plus it's a fun word to say. Sadly all I had was a pint glass, I had great company so that counter balances it completely.

I went back to my former home of Columbia, Mo for the weekend and along the way I stopped by Gomer's Independence to acquire some awesome beer; once of which was Hel & Verdoemenis. I bought this because the $22 price tag was just as exciting to me as the limited release, this beer was 1 of 1094, I had to have it. Plus, this was amends to a friend of mine, who our summer plans were to visit each other in their respective town and show them the other the merits of living in either, her Saint Louis, MO me Kansas City, MO (KC-MO, Whoooo). Sadly our summer plans fell apart, but this beer was a backbone of a great evening.

I brought this over to her apartment and after enjoying the hell out of some Fantome we opened this. H&V is a beer that cannot be enjoyed under normal circumstances, this is a beer that Denny Crane and Alan Shore would have enjoyed on a their balcony at the end of another amazing episode; which is what we did. Sitting on her balcony, people watching, enjoying some beer I began to reflect on my former home, my college town and miss the fuck out of it. This is where the song comes into play. Sitting on the balcony drinking an imperial stout that had zero head, and no carbonation, pitch black as dark, I began to look at how limited my experiences in Columbia were as to this beer. How there was much more life their I want to live, but I was glad for it's fleeting moments, because of it's exclusivity, I enjoyed it the most.

A wonderful smell emerged from the glass, a complex coffee scent that would make the biggest coffee nerds turn their heads, a rich chocolate scent, maybe some raisins, with a hint of smoke and alcohol, I was enchanted. This was like walking onto Mizzou's campus for the first time without my parents. A sense I loved, but wasn't overwhelming. I could get used to this. As time passed, it warmed up and more complexity was added to the flavor hitting your nose.

I love balconies. They add a sort of dynamic to whatever happens, from sitting and reading, to drinking, to simply playing around on your computer as the sun falls. This beer and the irreverent dialogue that follows is 1 in 1094. The odds may not seem that great, but when you're the 1, that's the best odds that could happen to you in the world. The taste of this beer was everything that the look may have lacked and the nose eluded to. This rich, robust chocolate flavor along with the coffee, which dazzled my roommates roommate (who dislikes beer) was perfectly balanced and it left such an amazing after taste that you were happy to empty the pockets for this beer; the smoke was there as was the alcohol itself which burned a little, but in a good way. I may have noticed some plum or other sort of fruit along those lines in the beer. It was an absolute joy to drink.

The mouthfeel was sadly weak, like my degree. The mouthfeel was watery, weak and it lacked character. As you drank more and as it warmed up it became clearer why it was good and why you were glad you spent the time with it, it became better with age.

Drinkablity seems like a laugh in all honesty as there's so few out in there in the world. There may be others like it, but there's truly so few. It's expensive, but as you drink you realize it's worth the investment. You can hold onto it for twenty-five years (as it says on the label) and it still may be good. It will never be as good as when you were with it the moment you bought it, that evening enjoying it with your closest friends at that time. Twenty-five years is a long time from now, priorities and you will change by then, enjoy it the moment you buy it (it's more than enough of a reason to open it) with you friends on a balcony - don't drink this alone - there's only you, your friends and now, your memories can come later.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 08:46:11 | More by FernMaster
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly completely died down, leaving a thick ring of big bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of leather and some hints of alcohol. The smell also has some hints of cigar tobacco.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of roasted malts with hints of alcohol and chocolate.
M: It feels full-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is warming from the alcohol, particularly in the finish, which also has dryness.
O: The beer is a good sipper as the taste is very complex. The alcohol is definitely noticeable but does not substantially detract from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 19:39:39 | More by metter98
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again, RoyMunson, you've outdone yourself!

Bottle #14 brewed Sept of 2008.

Pours a very dark and cloudy brown with a grayish to dark tan head. 1/8 inch head remains as it sits idle in my snfter for about 10 minutes. No lacing seen in my pour.

Sweet, roasted nuts, sweet malts, baker's chocolate and coffee grinds on the nose. Big and plentiful...

High carbonation for a RIS... BIG flavor profile, lots going on. Thick, rich and nasty. Flavor on the mouth reflects that of the nose... It all wraps up with a slight warming from the alcohol presence.

Wow. Try this beer if you get the chance!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 22:33:28 | More by beachbum1975
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South Africa

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Bottled on 22 June 2011

Appearance: Pours pitch black in the glass, but a strong backlight reveals dark red edges (it’s always a disappointment when a RIS is not totally opaque). Massive, slightly creamy mocha coloured head that displays great retention and leaves good lace for the Abv.

Smell: Great RIS nose! The first sniff yields tons of chocolate syrup and coffee; however heavily roasted malt, charred wood and a little ash quickly take over. Vanilla, cocoa, tar, smoke, yeast and a light sweetness are also noted.
There is surprisingly little hop character for such a fresh bottle.

Taste: It has been a while since I had a 'black-flavoured' imperial stout, I have missed these flavours! Roasted malt, charred wood and heavily roasted coffee dominate with ash, smoke, cocoa and burned raisins also present.
There is an odd sugary sweetness just before the bitter, dry finish. Great Abv. cover up, I barely noticed the 10%.

Mouthfeel: Full body, but not as thick as I expected. Slightly oily with light ultra smooth carbonation.

Overall: Great RIS, though a little fuller flavour and thicker body would take it up a notch. I will most certainly have this again! I will be buying a few bottles to see how it holds up over its 25 year life span.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 11:31:21 | More by Thehuntmaster
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown to black color, many remains in the bottom. Forms a small and dark beige head when poured. Good retention, it never disappears completely leaving a brown, fizzy bubbled layer. Some lacings are formed

S: Strong notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and wood. Citrus and earthy hops and alcohol in the end

T: Very strong taste. Dominated by roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. The 100IBUs do really count here: Deliciously bitter. Strong personality. It's a dry and bitter beer after all. It has a very creamy and molasses body but not much about sugar

M: Extremely creamy and molasses body. Low carbonation. Delicious bitter aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable beer despite of the 10.2% ABV. Great beer

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 17:02:35 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of tmoneyba


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. This is standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:42:07 | More by tmoneyba
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch, midnight black colour with a creamy, foamy, long lasting tan head. Great lacing. Pretty much as good as a stout looks.

Chocolatey roast with distinct alcohol notes. Mild herbal hoppiness. Good.

Bitter, roasty, chocolate flavour. Mild coffee. Distinct, earthy, noble hop flavour. Very good with excellent balance.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid beer with plenty of appropriate flavours and a delightful hoppiness which complements the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 09:40:04 | More by dgilks
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little lighter than black, a thick and viscous dark brown liquid with a creamy hazel-colored foam.

The nose is big and brooding, rich and velvety dark chocolate with butterscotch and vanilla. Not much of coffee comes through, it reminds me more of dark roasted nuts, molasses and hops, which gives it a nice balance with mostly pine breezing through.

The flavor is big and packs a punch, more bitterness and coffee notes here than on the nose. The alcohol gives it an Irish Coffee-like character which is not at all a bad thing, if you know what I mean! The chocolate, caramel and herbal hop flavors linger on the tongue for well over a minute, this is one to savor slowly as a dessert, or by itself if that's how you roll.

All in all very smooth, very delicious and memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 05:46:07 | More by mj001jk
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured in my tulip cantillon glass

A : Pours a nice deep black color, Nice lacing. Mocha creamy head of 2 fingers , after a while the head is about half a finger

S : rich chocolate, roasted malts, raspberries, and some warming alcohol in the end. Deep and complex,

T: rich dark chocolate, strong roasted malts, coffee/espresso ,a small taste of vanilla, and some warming alcohol
Finishes with strong roasted malts and alcohol warming. This is a truly excellent Imperial Stout,

M: full bodied and heavy, Nice carbonation ,

Overall a very Nice smooth russian imperial stout

Serving type: bottle

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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.