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Hel & Verdoemenis - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 200
Hads: 585
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 18.2%
Wants: 47
Gots: 148 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

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Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 01-22-2009

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a nice looking coca-cola brown with about a finger of light tan head. Rolling bubbles at the bottom.

S – Vanilla, chocolate, toffee, molasses. Ass kicking aromas all throughout this one.

T – Big roasted malt flavor to start. Followed along with a nice dose of vanilla and dark chocolate. Coffee bitterness in the mix. Caramel malt and with a great smokiness and twinge of burnt flavors. Great layered flavors. Deep breath at the end runs the alcohol burn down your throat.

M – Medium bodied and much lighter on the palate then the look would suggest. Still it coats the palate well.

O – Loved this. Flavors were just dead on. Complex flavors. Tasty. Will be seeking more but it is not cheap. Well worth the money.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black. Huge brown head. Web like lacings all the way to the finish.

I get mostly dark chocolate and alcohol on the nose.

Wowza. Big hit of alcohol right up front. Followed by dry dark chocolate and some well roasted coffee beans. Boozy throughout, like a triple Irish coffee. Finished with a bit of alcohol soaked fruit. Can't analyze for too long or it burns your tongue off.

Mouthfeel and strength aren't working well for me, quite harsh.

Bottled a few months ago, definitely needs a few years on it. Might turn out pretty tasty.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, brown foam, coal black color.

Aromas are defined by fresh roasted coffee beans and burned malts, with hints of bitter chocolate, almost espresso-like, with biting alcohol.

Begins sugary sweet, with toffee and bready malts. Then an intense bitterness rises up from the back of the palate, which contains a huge load of coffee and espresso beans. Sweeter flavors are still noteable on the palate, but only support the bitterness in a moderate and complex fashion. The Finish adds a warm, stinging alcohol note to the full coffee body, with a soft, smooth, almost oily, bitter finish. Carbonation gets recognizable in the end, as it is very lively, still fitting, adding a subtle copper hint to the dry, coffeeish tobacco character of this beer.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. 2010 vintage.

A: Opens with a substantial hiss and the pour yields a really aggressive mocha head. The way it explodes reminds me of an infected beer, but fortunately this isn't being murdered by yeast. Very deep black.

N: Lots of whisky, chocolate, metal. Brandy and raisins. Vanilla. Plenty of brown sugar, burnt caramel, coffee, and peanuts. Plenty of smoke.

T: Acrid smoke, burnt caramel, intense oak. Can be somewhat astringent and it varies behind really harsh and tasty. However, the end of this is really, really, bad as all the yeast settled to the bottom.

M: Very well carbonated and the mouthfeel seems somewhat thin. Dry and acrid. Lack of alcohol.

O: All over the place. Complex, smokey, then very flawed and astringent. Don't think I'd buy this again.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance - As black as black can be with dark brown edges. Had a semi medium aggressive pour which surprisingly resulted in zero head.

smell - dark chocolate is the most prominent thing that comes to mind

taste - Major coffee and chocolate hints to be found. Somewhat nutty. Not much boozyness to be found here.

mouthfeel - Medium thickness. Not quite as thick as I like my imperial stouts to be. Practically no carbonation.

overall - I'm in the netherlands for a month due to a work project, so obviously I immediately searched out the solid offerings this country has. Turns out Europe does not have the infatuation with stouts like we do here in America. Overall though, this is a pretty solid russian imperial stout that has managed to soothe my needs for a European stout.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle 10,2% Abv. Bottle number 444
Served room temperature in a Westvleteren glass.
Bottled on 9th of March 2011

A - Pours pitch black in the glass, no foam what so ever. Maybe something wrong?

S - So much chocolate, wood, raisins, dark fruit, coffee. The first sniff yields tons of chocolate syrup and coffee; however heavily roasted malt, charred wood quickly take over and a light sweetness is also noted.

T - Roasted malt, charred wood and heavily roasted coffee, cocoa and burned raisins also present. What a complexity!
There is an odd brown sugary sweetness just before the bitter, dry finish. Is there any alcohol in there?

M - Full body, but not as thick as I expected. Slightly oily with ultra light and smooth carbonation.

O - Great RIS, I will most certainly have this again!

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Photo of JackieKu
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. In a tulip.

A: opaque black. Two fingers high head with nice retention.
S: Intense roasted aroma. Some caramel.
T: Roasted. Moderate sweet. Chocolate. A little bit apricot. Some herbs like spicy. Moderate bitterness.
M: full bodied and creamy.
O: Fairly good.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Huge, billowing, long lasting, big bubbled, tannish head. Little lacing. Apparently too much carbonation.

S - Dark roasted malts, dark fruits and a huge solventy booze aroma. Hot and burning.

F/M - Dark fruity esters, big dark roasted malts, some chocolate and a little coffee. Resinous and earthy hops with a moderately firm bitterness, accentuated by dark malts. Solventy hot booze throughout. Medium full bodied with excessive carbonation. Lingering boozey fruit flavor.

D - Hot, solventy, and harsh, this is exactly what I expected after tasting Black Damnation (a blend of Black Albert and H&V). To quote my wife, "It just attacked my mouth."

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Photo of Brez07
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewing from notes. Had this on tap at Novare a couple of months ago. 16oz pour into my chalice

A: Very dark pour. Leaves an extremely thin layer of head. As I drink, sporadic lacing is left behind

S: Big nose, but pretty limited in components. Basically, smells like raisinets soaked in booze

T: The description at the bar stated "monstrously rich and dark" - I couldn't agree more. This one is scorching hot. Roasted malt and chocolate barely cut through the heat. Seems like there is raisin lingering in the finish

M: Full bodied. Appropriately carbonated for the style. Roasty finish with an alcohol kick

D: Man, this is boozy. I sipped this for a while. In it's current state, I don't think I'd drink again. However, I've seen this in stores so might grab a bottle to stash for a few years

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Photo of flannelman808
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 2053, april 2011

A: mars black with tan head, large pancake batter bubbles, and decent retention.

S: Smells kind of like xhocolate covered gummy bears... tart cherry. awesome. coco creeps up as we warm up.

T: wow the nose mimic's the palate. This stuff is pretty fantastic. ever so slightly tart and bitter cherry wrapped in a chocolate coated tobacco leaf (thin leaf).

M: awesomely astringent.

O: this is a really great beer, I'm impressed. I can't wait to see how she ages. bottle claims 25 years, and Im inclined to see what happens.

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Photo of ricke
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of juju7
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sex in a bottle. Perfectly even head over a black as black body. As well as the chocolatey tar aromas there is a niggling underlying scent of a fruity kind - black cherries. Burnt black cherries maybe? A very delicately balanced RIS. All the flavours gel beautifully in the mouth, very moreish. Manages to feel quite dry while hinting at sweetness at the same time. Really good stuff.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Brewed March 2011, bottled April, bottle number 304.

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown color with two fingers of tan head. Good lace and outstanding retention-- head lasts the entire glass.

S: Rich milk chocolate and some well-integrated floral notes. Really good.

T: A floral malt flavor up front yields gently to sweet molasses before ending with a gently smokey bitterness. There is also some coffee and chocolate in here. Full-flavored and refined. Some vinous overtones gradually emerge, and also the alcohol shows a bit, but not a problem. Towards the end some mint joins in for a great, bitter mint chocolate flavor. Very complex.

M: Full bodied with lush creaminess and viscosity, almost obscene it is so good.

O: Wow, fantastic stuff. Label says it can age for 25 years, little chance of it lasting that long in my cellar. Pricey and worth it, try it if you can.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Acquired in March in Amsterdam. Label states "Brewed on 19 October 2010, Bottled on 21 December 2010. O.G. 1105. F.G. 1021. EBC Colour 308.9. Cech hops: Bittering hops Premiant as finalhops german Hallertau. 99.9 EBU. Recommended drinking temperature 15 degrees celcius. This beer will be good for 25 years if kept cool and dark. This batch 632 bottles from 33 cl. Bottle number: 277. 10.2% alc/vol."

Deep, dark brown with a volcanic head that settles into a nice layer of brown foam. Floating particulate obvious in the glass.

Aroma of roasted malt and a touch of smoke. Smooth and thick on the palate, like a milkshake of roasted malt, molasses and alcohol. Thick and syrupy-sweet.

A big, bold, anything but bashful beer. Yowza.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle with red wax). Bottle 497/2040. Bottled June 2010. Pours dark brown with loads of yeast and tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate that I can smell it from a distance. Also getting some anise, leather and wet dog. Taste is roasty bitter with a sweet malt backbone. The alcohol is very noticeable at first sip. Full bodied and slick texture. Finish is dry and roasty. Fairly hoppy. A nice impy and one I'd probably prefer with some age on it.

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Photo of crusian
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle thanks to greggerino...

bottle number 833 from March 20th 2009 bottling.

pain in the ass to open due to the red wax on it. I have a 2008 in the cellar and it is not waxed at all. pulled the cork out, and no pop... uh oh. no carbonation.

pours a thick viscous black... again, no carbonation.
nose is weak chocolate, figs, and roasted barley.

taste is not impressive. I was hoping for a HUGE RIS, and I was severely disappointed... it is thick , nice mouthfeel points for that, minus for no carbonation... chocolate on the palate, roasty, blah blah blah... basically if you like non-carbonated stouts, get it... if not, dont. The 10% is covered well, but seems like this was a screw-up to be honest. this would be really good if it was carbonated. reminds me of the Sam Adams triple boch when I had it a looong time ago.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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).

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Photo of BrownNut
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2010, drunk Feb 2013 near room temp in a tulip.

A - 3.75 - Black with a thin mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - 4.0 - Sweet malt like Sugar Smacks cereal of old, plus chocolate. Just a hint of something stiffer and roasty. Also a hint of something vinous.

T - 4.25 - All of the elements of the nose carry through on the palate. The prior reviewer mentioned chocolate covered raisins in the aroma. I would not have thought of that, but I get that note on the palate now that they mention it. Another reviewer mentioned a metallic taste. I got none of that until the very end when I was drinking the last sip full of sediment, then I got a noticeable metallic taste amongst the good tastes - I recommend skipping the sediment. Prior to that, the aftertaste and exhale consisted of a nice and manageable level of bitter black malt char. No heat.

M - 4.0 - Medium-heavy body. Not as viscous as expected

O - 4.0 - Very nice, and thankfully complex. Really expensive. I'm glad I tried it, but at this price-to-enjoyment ratio, I likely would not buy it again.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was opened up at a March tasting with Tony, I'm finally getting around to transcribing my notes.

75cL bottle with a bottled on date on September 18th 2008. Bottle number 159/570. Poured into a snifter.

It poured a deep black with a nice mocha head that lingers for a while before settling down.

The first thing that hits me is the lack of sweetness that other RIS' have of a similar strength. It's actually quite a refreshing change of pace. The smells that are present are strong bitter chocolate and some straw/grain notes but not nearly as roasty as I'm used to.

The bitterness is very evident in this beer. Paired with the bitterness are a ton of roasty bordering on burnt malt with a ton of bitter chocolate flavors. There is a little medicinal alcohol taste on the back end and that is the only flavor I'm not liking on this stout.

This beer is very full bodied and I'm very surprised by the final gravity reading on the bottle that this beer appears so dry and be light on the tongue to me. Reading the bottle beforehand I was expecting a thick sweet syrup of a beer. Due to this perceived dryness I thought drinkability was above average for the style.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle from 2011, served in a tulip at Lord Hobo. Reviewed from notes.

It pours like a spirit, or maybe iced coffee. The body is black, pure and impenetrable. Not even a wisp of a head on this one. Some legs down the side of my glass, but this isn't really a looker.

The aroma is huge. Prunes and other dark fruits some through in abundance. Lots of molasses, with a rich sugary sweetness. There's a sweet toffee aroma that really reminds me of an English barleywine. Plenty of alcohol phenols with a nostril hair-burning heat detracts from the overall package.

The taste is similarly barleywine-esque, but far less brash than the aroma. Prunes, plums and other dark fruits come through, but chocolate is the predominant source of sweetness. It's quite smoky and roasted, and there's a prevalent bitterness throughout. This is far less sweet than most American Russian Imperial Stouts.

I didn't expect much carbonation after watching this beer pour out of the bottle, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is basically dead, flat and borderline lifeless. It's very thick and full, lush and chewy, but just a little bit of carbonation would really help.

A more drinkable mouthfeel would elevate this beer significantly in my view. The taste and aroma are very good and this is drinking well, even though it's rather young. With just a little bit of added carbonation, this balanced stout would be a real winner for me.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle, dated 8/28/13. Pours black with a smaller sized khaki head. Smells of cocoa and roasted malt. Taste is close with roasted malt, cocoa, and some char. Some dryness in the finish; also somewhat harsh. Medium body and some prickly carbonation. Overall, it's a good example of a RIS, but a bit harsh.

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Photo of IPA35
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled the first of May 2012, from their webshop.

330ml, 10% ABV

Pours a very dark beer, slight light comming through at the bottom. Lots of creamy head, Stays on forever. Just a huge, huge frothy head.

Smells pretty big. Plenty of charred roast in here and tons of molasses, dark chocolate, some coffee and sweet maltiness. Not overly fruity or anything. Infact it is quite earthy like tradition British stouts or even Köstritzer Schwarzbier, that distict aroma on the nose.

Surprisingly sweet on the taste though.
Malty sweetness with a tiny but of smoke, a quite bitter. Not really a hoppy bitterness but a roasty bitterness. Liquorice. Als it sits in the glass more if the dark fruitiness comes out which adds to the beer in my opinion, I really dig big sweet beers.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Quite full bodied. This is not one of those really, really big RIS's. But goes down very well. Low carbonation, but still well noticable.

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Photo of tmzl
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Syrupy pour with delicious, creamy, average size, dark mocha head. Has good retention, bubbles popping away slowly, creates a creamy, thick top layer, which leaves very fine lacing. Some carbonation visible on the side of the glass. Dark, dark brown, can't see through. Some yeast bodies sediment to the bottom. Everything as it should be.

Smell: Roasted coffee with caramel and dark chocolate up front. Also some milk chocolate with dried plums, nuts and vanilla. A bit of freshness from sour dark berries, dark fruit. It's sweet, fat, creamy, stuffy, you can feel those 24 Plato degrees that went into this beast. Couldn't stop smelling it - rich, as soon as you find one note, another one comes along.

Taste: Medium (to high) sweetness, starts with mostly caramel and some burned sugar, milk chocolate with light berry sourness (makes it fresher and juicier), dry plums. Then it transfers into dominant roasted coffee with some dark chocolate. Roasted coffee driven medium to high bitterness with a tiny bit of alcohol finish the ride. Some soft chocolaty notes come out deep in the after-taste.

Mouthfeel: Full body, creamy almost syrupy. A very faint hint of alcohol warmth. A big, fat beast.

Overall: It's quite a beer. A fat one, full of darker malt wonders. Good play of flavours and balanced but still relatively demanding - not for your everyday, but well worth your time, when you have that fat stout urge.

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Photo of STEG
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle

Ever so carbonated, glad my 29$ didnt go to waste. Poured into a duvel tulip at room temperature.

A quick pour initially yields no head but then a small amount of head arises from the black abyss...and there was much rejoicing...yay....

The smell, like the taste has huge chocolate notes, earthy herbal hops. Slight anise, slight coffee. There's a slight bitterness even at 2 years old there's still some bitterness left from the hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery but heavily syrupy but the very light carbonation makes it almost sinfully smooth.

Overall when this beer is carbonated it is spot on, a true masterpiece but when uncarbonated.... it's an arduous mess to get through, my last uncarbonated HV was a drainpour about 1/4 of the way through.

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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.