Hemel & Aarde - Brouwerij De Molen
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3.96/5 rDev -0.8%
330ml / 10% alcohol / bottle date is partial but looks to be from March 2013.
Appearance - Pour into a snifter is blackblackblack with a surprisingly voluminous tan head. Great retention but not much lace.
Smell - Intense peat and salty scotch-like smokiness first and foremost with very minimal roast, char and dark chocolate. Some earthy tones. Having some Rex Attitude flashbacks...
Taste - Definitely more balanced and generally stout-like. Burnt chocolate, caramel, coffee w/cream, dark fruit, and nutty malts coming out while still maintaining a good amount of peat and smoke. Some hop bitterness there. Coffee ground finish. A pretty harmonious balance as it starts to warm, certainly trumps the nose in that aspect.
Mouthfeel - What it lacks in heftiness, it makes up for in velvety smoothness with easy-going medium level carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Overall - Ultimately I think the Scotch-smoke is a little overkill here, moreso in the scent. Either way the taste/mouthfeel is great though. Complex flavor, well-hidden alcohol, smooth, nice balance.
03-19-2014 01:23:29 | More by Chico1985
4.21/5 rDev +5.5%
On tap @ Monk's Cafe Mad Monday
A- pours pitch black with a creamy off-white colored head that leaves lots of good lace behind. Smells of smoky peat moss, woodsy & earthy, chocolate and fresh band-aide. Taste is smoky peat with woodsy notes, sweet chocolate & smoked meat with a dry smoky finish. Medium carbonation and body with s upper smooth and creamy mouthfeel and finish. The peat moss works well with the base beer, as it does not overpower and mixes in some nice woodsy notes as well. Definitely not for everyone, but worth the try.
03-13-2014 13:25:24 | More by Treyliff
4.23/5 rDev +6%
A: Black with a big brown head.
S: Peat, roasted malt and maybe cream in the nose.
T: Big smokey peat notes, bready notes, roasty notes, coffee, nice bitter coffee in the aftertaste. No noticeable hint of alcohol.
M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly smooth.
O: This beer is a more-than-solid example of the style. It's delicious.
02-05-2014 22:59:53 | More by BierJager89
Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.