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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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 01-22-2009

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Reviews: 200 | Hads: 585
Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to injuredreserve for sending this one my way.
bottle 512
brewed 4/30/2010
bottled 6/18/2010

a - popped the top and filled my ccb snifter. poured a watery black with a reasonable white head that was gone quick leaving a thin slick on the surface.

s - deep roasted chocolate malts. really nice. some coffee notes. big and bold. vanilla glaze.

t - lots of big chocolate and roasted malts. coffee slaps back. some alc, but great roasted chocolate. one of the better RIS i've had in a long time.

m - first thing i noticed when it hit my lips was the silkiness. this is a big bold and full beer, but silky soft and smooth. bready and cooling.

o - overall, world class. one of the best RIS i've ever had. there is just so much goodness in this beer.

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Photo of Rutager
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl red waxed bottle, bottled Sept 16, 2010, #715

Appearance. Pours a dark brown, close to black with a thin light-tan head.

Smell. Sweet chocolate liquer, creamy coffee and a bit of dark malts. Quite sweet and boozy.

Taste. Big coffee and dark malts, semi-sweet dark chocolate, rum and some bitter grassy hops, especially in the finish. Maybe a little wood too.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and a little thin for what's going on, low carbonation.

Overall. A good tasting, big stout that just didn't have the feel to back it up. Enjoyed it and felt like this beer is almost something great, but missed the mark.

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Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours almost completely opaque black with a one-inch creamy tan head that recedes slowly to a nice collar with some very spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet with licorice and cocoa with some underlying toasted malts and coffee. Maybe some toasted nuts in there as well - a big nose overall.

The taste is not quite as sweet with dry cocoa up front supported by some heavily roasted malts underneath. Lots of coffee bitterness and some licorice sweetness coming back in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with strong carbonation which makes it seem lighter bodied than it is.

This is definitely the best beer I've had from De Molen, a full-bodied impy stout that still maintains good drinkability.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with big chunks of beige sediment and mountains of cafe au lait foam that is stiff and lasting. Nose is coffee grounds, tar, wood, some hops spice and a whiff of diesel. Molasses, prune, and oak malts with sharp grassy and sandalwood hops. Tingly, tight finish. Full, chewy, viscous, oily, lots of burn.

Man, does this need some age. Bottled on date was June 18, but 5 months could easily turn into five years.

Big interesting flavors, but so many sharp edges, it comes off almost like a black Sambuca. Needs to calm down to be drinkable, but the talent is there.

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Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this several times during our tastings.

Very dark brown, nearly black. Off white head when it's carbonated, otherwise it leaves a faint trace of bubbles. Lots going on here. Huge notes of coffee grinds, dark chocolate, burnt toast, leather, earth, cremini mushrooms, figs, and prunes. Layers and layers repeat themselves as you smell and sip. Medium bodied, alcohol barely noticeable. I highly recommend this great example of a RIS.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, #661 of a batch brewed in '09 and bottled in '10, into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Big thanks to Dan for sharing this one.

A: After the wax is cut away the cap pops with the absolute loudest sound I've ever heard come from a non-corked beer's opening, and a slow upwelling of foam begins to overflow into a hastily-provided glass. Once actual beer starts coming out, it's visibly chunky with particulates; every pour from first to last comes complete with a host of solid matter. My particular pour has a dark-brown body playing host to a galaxy of black particulates, topped by a soapy head that quickly recedes to a spotty ring. Foul.

S: Huge, crazy mix of smoke and raw chocolate. Some hops and caramel as well. Intense, and hugely enjoyable. The chocolate alone is just stunning.

T: Spicy, strong, smoky and chocolatey. Less great than the nose, but still enjoyable in small sips.

M: The chunks carry over here, and just highlight the boozy sharpness of the flavor with a bit of gritty three-dimensionality. Laughably bad.

O: The bottle says this one can sit for 25 years, and I think at least a handful would be necessary just to get all the crap to come out of suspension. The aromas and flavors are big and enjoyable, but this is a seriously flawed beer right now. I can certainly see its potential, though, and can't wait to try the Misto version that's on-deck.


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Photo of scottfrie
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Young 375ml bottle (bottled 4/11/11) poured into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours black with a few soapy bubbles for a head. Not much in the way of lace as well. I guess I should be glad I didn’t get a gusher bottle like some of the other reviewers, but some kind of head would have been nice.
S: Crazy strong notes of roasted malt, toasted dark grains, deep dark chocolate and volatile alcohol. I get a hint of vanilla and burnt wood as well.
T: Flavors from the nose are present and they definitely lean towards char, peat, burnt wood, earth, and tobacco. I get sweeter notes of caramel and vanilla in the finish, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter with rich dark chocolate, but this is one roasted and toasted beer.
M: Very low carbonation that makes the mouthfeel very slick and watery. The body is thankfully fairly thick, but really this feels like drinking heavy water.
O: Obviously I didn’t get a bottle with any bubbles so the mouthfeel definitely suffered. The flavors were also fairly complex but had a char/roasted/earth theme. Overall a pretty solid imperial stout; perhaps some age would make it better.

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Photo of Resuin
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Westvleteren goblet. Bottled on February 29, 2012 which is 1 year ago.

Appearance: Pours a jet black and a small tan, half-finger head lingers for a bit before fading out.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted & smoked malts, dark fruits: plums, raisins, figs. Some toffee. Smells very nice.

Taste: Matches the scent very well. Chocolate, some coffee, toffee, smoked malts, as well as the plum, figs, raisins. A nice balance of a whole bunch of different flavors. Very interesting. The alcohol is very hidden in this one.

Mouth-feel: Starts out kind of light but gets pretty thick once it hits the palate. On the heavier side for beers of this style which is nice, and there is still some carbonation in here, albeit not a whole lot.

Overall: This is a very well balanced stout. The combination of a rich, full body along with a myriad of dark flavors make this one worth savoring. I recommend it if you can find it.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with absolutely no carbonation. Aroma of burnt toast, bitter burnt chocolate. Flavor is also incredibly burnt with some chocolate and roasted malt notes. Some alcohol presence. The flatness of the beer was off-putting too. I don't know if this beer was "off" or not, but I did not enjoy it. There were some good moments in tasting this beer, but overall the odd (ie burnt) moments overruled.
6/3/7/3/14 (3.3/5)

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Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Bottle #034, Brewed on 14 August 2008 & Bottled on 18 September 2008.

Poured a dark black color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roastiness, some smokiness, licorice and lighter dark fruits. Tastes of roast, coffee, chocolate, some dark fruits, and licorice. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark dark brown - looks black 1+ finger tan head that had decent retention and left lacing all over the glass

smells of dark roast - some smoke - licorice - chocolate

taste is out of this world - just like the nose i get all the notes very roasty malt chocolate coffee licorice but add in some fruity hop flavors maybe its the dark fruity malt mixed with all the other flavors but whatever it is - its amazing

mouthfeel - medium body - low carbonation feels slick

overall - a tad on the expensive side but one of the best nom barrel aged RIS i have had in a while - glad i picked up 2

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black as night with no head. This has very little visible carbonation activity and leaves nearly no lace down the glass.

Incredibly aromatic beer with lots of roast, coffee beans, rich dark chocolate, and a strong ash/burnt/smoke component as well.

The roast and chocolate are dominant in the flavor along with a mild coffee component. The ash character isn't a distraction though there is a strong, boozy element as well. Tasty and complex--changes as it warms.

Medium to full mouthfeel, a bit oily, and very little carbonation.

An incredibly aromatic and flavorful beer, but I wish it had some more bubbles.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kevin for sharing this brew!

A- Body appears pitch black-but when held up to the light translucent red hues shine through. Pouts with a thick medium brown collar-some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Overripe plum dominates the nose. Behind this is a balance of licorice, anise, roasted malt, some anise, and a hint of alcohol astringency.

T- A slight roasted malt flavor is prominent upfront along with dark chocolate, ripe plum, and a hint of alcohol. The finish is consistent with the initial flavor but adds a hint of licorice and anise. What lingers are impressions of the initial flavor and a warm alcohol heat.

M- Smooth thick and creamy body with low carbonation.

D- This is a nice RIS. The fruit character is a bit ripe for me but the addition of a slight roasted malt presence more than makes up for it. Great brew overall

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black-brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, some light dark fruits and vanilla, and a hint of booze.

T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, dark cocoa, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, some raisin and other dark fruits, bit of hops, hint of lactose, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.

D - Fantastic RIS. Just about perfect balance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, wood, light caramel

T-chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, caramel, little dark fruit, hint of licorice, slight char

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a very nice well-balanced stout, enjoyable sipping

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Photo of DIM
3.17/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very dark brown color and it was served to me with a couple of big bubbles for a head.

s: I found a weird kind of smokey molasses with hints of charred licorice, toffee, and coffee.

t: This was an odd stout and I'm not sure I liked it. It was possibly a bit oxidized. I found it strangely earthy and smokey overall with flavors of toffee, molasses, and dark chocolate. The alcohol was fairly moderate but noticeable.

m: This might have been the bottom of the keg, it was pretty flat and a bit oxidized.

o: This was interesting enough, but I can't say I necessarily liked it.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured pretty much completely black... dark mocha tan head poured very big thick and foamy with a pock marked meringue like topping which faded slowly to good thick covering with lots of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of roasted / charred chocolate malts, tar, sooty smoke, charred bread, molasses / treacle sweetness, dark fruits (black cherries and grapes, dates, raisins), roasted nut brittle, yeasty, very earthy, salty, burnt coffee beans...

Taste - Lots of charred / burnt chocolate malts and liquorice to the fore followed by treacle and molasses sweetness, sooty notes, strong espresso coffee, toasted / charred bread, stewed prunes, black cherries, slight candy sugar hints, grassy hops, light oakiness, vanilla, quite peppery, nice warming booze...

Feel - Sharp initially then and smooths out nicely... full bodied... incredibly drinkable for 10% although you can certainly feel the effects of the booze after one bottle..

Overall - An excellent and very complex beer... highly recommended...

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Photo of grub
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at hopcat as part of the 3rd annual extreme beer fest, jan 22/2011.

pours stark and opaque black with a very dense cap of light brown head. the head drops fairly fast wtih a sheet of lace.

aroma is great. super rich dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. espresso. dark fruit - date, raisin, fig. toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. earthy and woody. tons of depth.

taste is great. comes over you in waves. starst with big herbal/minty character, then goes caramel and toffee, then rich dark and bittersweet chocolate and espresso. dark toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of dark fruit. just over medium bitterness level, but mostly chocolatey. lightly warming alcohol. woody and earthy. more licorice and fruit comes through as it warms.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. very fine carbonation, just under medium level.

drinkability is great. great balance. great depth and complexity. this is one tasty stout. definitely not an american stout, and even a bit of a slant compared to your typical RIS, but damn fine regardless.

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