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Hemel & Aarde - Brouwerij De Molen

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 08-26-2009)
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Lost about a quarter of the bottle as it was a gusher when I opened it. Pitch black pour with two finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Huge smokey, roasty nose with a ton of peat and hints of mocha and coffee and a touch of burnt electronics. Thankfully the peatiness and burnt electrical doesn't really show up in the taste. It's totally dominated by the smoke and dark chocolate with hints of espresso, oak, tobacco, alcohol, and just a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, thick and chewy with a nice bitter finish. If it weren't for the smell, this would be a really great beer. I am not a fan of peaty or smoked beers, and this beer has all those characteristics in the smell. The rest of the beer is solid and enjoyable.

01-29-2012 16:30:51 | More by beerdrifter
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codysjb

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

12 oz bottle that gushed at ton (more than other beer thus far), lost a good 1/3 to the drain from gushing. This may have been from it being on two recent planes.
A: Jet Black, huge head that take a long time to fade.
S: Coffee, chocolate, lots of booze (too much).
T: Coffee, roasted malt and booze.
M: Alcohol, chocolate, very strong distinct taste.
O: this is a very hard beer to classify. On the one hand its obviously very complex, but it's not great maybe I just don't like this style all that much. Very, very strong pungent smell, almost too strong for a beer.

11-12-2011 16:04:21 | More by codysjb
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Date on bottle reads Dec 5th, 2011.

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch black with a moderate amount of carbonation. Huge tan head that takes up half of the glass before slowly fading to a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A big dark aroma that is very smoke and peat driven. Dark roasted malts with a strong scent of smoke and peat. Hints of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Big hints of molasses and anise licorice spicing. Subtle hints of dark raisin, fig, cherry, and prune. Light hints of earthy and grassy hops. The smoked malt, peat, and chocolate stand out the most.

Taste: Follows the nose with a dark malty taste driven by smoke and peat. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of smoke and peat along with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, burnt caramel, toffee, yeast, grains, and biscuit. Sweet taste of molasses. Licorice taste from some anise. Undertones of dark dried fruit with notes of dark cherry, raisin, prune, and fig. Very subtle earthy hop presence. A very good smoked and peated malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Kind of thin for an imperial stout. Alcohol heat is light.

Overall: A really good smoky stout. It may lack a little in body, but the dark smoke and peat flavors are really good.

04-28-2013 06:17:42 | More by MattyG85
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-05-2014 19:52:40 | More by hagbergl
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quirkzoo

Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%

Dec. 5 2011 on the shelton brothers label on the back, not sure what the date means.

Pours an absolutely gorgeous jet black with 2 fingers of small bubbled light tan head.

Lots going on in the nose. Smokey, chocolatey, woodsy and lots of roasted grains.

Taste is more of the same. Smoke definitely dominates but isn't totally overpowering. Just a touch of alcohol warmth, exactly what you want in a RIS.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and ever so slightly creamy. Definitely a sipper but relatively easy drinking for the ABV (my bottle said 10%)

Overall this is a solid RIS, especially if you like a touch of smoke. Glad I picked it up, might get another one at some point to try with a bit more age on it.

06-24-2013 06:46:27 | More by quirkzoo
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weonfire

Illinois

3.04/5  rDev -23.8%

A - Jet Black. No light shines thru. Small white head.

S - Heavy smoke and roast flavor. small traces of chocolate.

T - Wow. Serious smoke. Dislike very much.

M - Medium viscosity. alcohol stings the tongue a bit.

O - Will never buy again. Heavily smoked beers are not for me.

02-03-2013 01:57:57 | More by weonfire
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BeerManAway

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +9%

Brewed on 14-Dec-2009
Bottled on 18-Jan-2010
Opened on 9-Aug-2011

Bottle nr. 110/1683

Recommend drinking temperature 16 ˚C.

Beer poured from 18 cL bottle into wine glass at 18 ˚C.

A - Very dark (349 EBC), has a nice brown head that doesn't vanish.

S - Aromas of chocolate, espresso and of course roasted malts, complex.

T - Espresso and whiskey notes, well balanced.

M - Unlike some other beers by De Molen it has just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Just like the other stouts by De Molen it's heavy
and complex, but more balanced and better carbonated that the average one.

08-09-2011 18:48:47 | More by BeerManAway
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle #267. Pours thick black,with black head as the De Molen RIS seem to do. Hoppy aromas. This one is above-average mouthfeel, it is hoppy,some bittersweet chocolate,roast, and in the finish, a hit of smokey peat. All well-integrated. I did it, I drank it all.

04-25-2010 03:17:20 | More by Sammy
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mchen

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-16-2012 00:10:05 | More by mchen
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rufusb

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Bottle, poured into tall pint glass. Smell is more faint than other RIS I've had. Malts, peats, unusual aromas. Taste is just as unexpected. A sweetness along with expected dark overtones of roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. Alcohol is prevalent. As beer warmed that became worse. Very interesting flavor, but not a fav. Worth trying this beer.

04-25-2012 03:12:24 | More by rufusb
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-15-2011 18:18:45 | More by kkrez
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BeerZack

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a thin black or dark brown with light edges and a huge foamy khaki-colored head. Smells of phenolic smoke immediately reminding me of peat smoke. Bit of a peppered beef jerky aroma underneath. As it warms, and I acclimate to the smokiness, campfire-roasted marshmallows and milk chocolate notes emerges. Flavor is not so intense as the nose would suggest. There is a roasty, yet smooth maltiness, almost a bit chewy that stands up to the spicy peat. I can pick up hints of things like tootsie roll-like chocolate, caramel and dark chocolate pot de crème, but the peat smoke is still the dominant note. The peat does not, however, overpower this hefty brew overall.

05-24-2013 03:29:57 | More by BeerZack
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-24-2013 01:54:20 | More by Bunuelian
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-15-2014 03:12:29 | More by jsnoek
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

09-11-2013 22:14:59 | More by crosenkrantz
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Treyliff

West Virginia

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
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

750ml dated 7 dec. 2011. Thanks Hoppypocket!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, black in the glass with two fingers of tan head.

Smell. Smokey peat and dark roasted malts, just a little molasses and maybe some dark fruits as well, but the smoke is pretty predominant.

Taste. Again very smokey and peaty with some tobacco and tar. There's also a bit of dark malt, molasses, and maybe a trace of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, very light for the abv and it actually works well. Medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. A very interesting beer that doesn't really conform to any style. High abv, lighter body, smokey as hell, and some big stout characteristics ...very interesting indeed.

04-27-2013 02:25:50 | More by Rutager
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SeriousALEment

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

07-19-2012 23:48:58 | More by SeriousALEment
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Beejay

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Much thanks to my friend Richard for this brew!

A: Black in body with a very large and dense brown head.

S: Dark roasted malts, with a nice hit from the peated malt. A bit of a bready smell followed by licorice.

T: Dark bitter chocolate and black licorice dominate. Followed by roasted malts, a touch of smoke, and an earthy bitterness at the finish. There is almost a hint of sea air at the finish. As it warms a bit the sweetness comes a bit more to front.

M: The body is thick, the carbonation is fine, and fairly abundant. While there seems to be plenty of carbonation, it doesn't seem over carbed. The finish leaves a little bit of a coating.

O: Overall I like it. It certainly favors a more aggressive style over the overly sweet and smooth one. I'd like to imagine heavily scarred men, wearing bits of dead animals, and smelling of pine and earth would drink this around a campfire while eating bits of dead animals that were not fit for wearing.

04-26-2012 23:59:39 | More by Beejay
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-28-2012 00:30:46 | More by Psychmusic
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mrcraft

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-22-2014 21:08:05 | More by mrcraft
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

2011 vintage (10% abv):

Absolutely gorgeous looking stout... cola brown to pitch black with mountains of medium brown froth that cling to the glass... quite the photo friendly beer this is.

Rich, earthy peat moss aromas explode from the glass. Fudge and brownies beneath that with a smooth sense of caramel and toffee as well. Very smooth given both the alcohol content and the headlining peat character. A touch of dry smoke but mainly just that dirty, grassy moss profile.

Bitter chocolate on the palate, rice hulls, big dry peat moss flavors from start to finish, the finish is incredibly pronounced - an arid moss bit, some drying alcohol and oily coffee beans... bitter. It's a slow drinker but delicious indeed.

I'd love to try a barrel aged variant someday.

01-06-2013 01:30:43 | More by yamar68
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a deep black with big brownish head. The smell --smoky, meaty, peaty -- is the first giveaway that this is an exceptional beer. It was brewed with heavily peat-smoked malt , which gives it a really robust flavour, as well. It's all about smoked meat, molasses, peat and big Scotch flavours. But they are so well integrated and go together so nicely that you can truly sip this like a fine single malt.

11-09-2012 22:49:27 | More by CookstLiquor
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Irish12

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

09-24-2013 16:24:15 | More by Irish12
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fetschdw

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-25-2012 20:54:38 | More by fetschdw
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Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.