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Hemel & Aarde - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 161
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 16.63%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Nickls on 08-26-2009

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Photo of tbeckett
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at 't Arendsnest in Amsterdam. From notes. Brewed 10 December 2009. Bottled 7 June 2010.

A - Poured black with a one finger biege head that contained some mocha-esque colour as well. Good carbonation visible and great retention but not much lacing.

S - Good Imperial Stout nose. Coffee and chocolate punch you at first, and follow with a whiskey/woody compliment.

T - The chocolate present is much fainter than the aroma. It was really woody with some tobacco and a big whiskey note. Slightly earthy as well. Really complex stuff.

M - Mild carbonation and a big body. A fairly sweet finish.

O/D - Nice one for sure. Really complex, deep, warming, and tasty. More bitterness would help this, but otherwise, quite good.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 9,5% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass, on my shirt, on my bed, on my computer and on my ceiling!

Appearance: As I sure you have gathered from the numerous ways in which this bear was served it was a massive gusher - as soon as the cage was off, the cork shot out and a stream of black beer and tan foam covered everything in sight. Once the beer made it to the glass, it appeared pitch black, with a massive (go figure) tan brown head. The head displays amazing (read annoying) retention and left thick lacing when it finally decided to recede.

Smell: The initial nose offers a fantastic combination of dark and peated malts, yielding notes of chocolate, charred malt, a touch of coffee, campfire, sea spray, seaweed washed up on the beach, some dark fruits (notably burned raisins) and a very earthy character. As the beer warms, the peated notes take over and dominate almost everything else. There is a hint citric hop noted periodically.

Taste: The flavour follows the nose quite well, but offers more charred character than was present in the nose. Notes include: Roasted malt,, charred wood, ash, campfire, salty sea spray, kelp, an earthy character and a touch of grassy hops. The finish is distinctly bitter and yields a light alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium or just over bodied (a little too light for the flavour profile) with a fairly high level of carbonation, although not as high as you would expect after the gushing.

Overall: I love peated beers, so this one was right up my street! If you are one of those people that doesn't like all things peaty, leave this well alone!

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Photo of yamar68
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and lush smoked RIS...

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew. O.G. 1100, F.G. 1030, EBC Colour 349 Hop bill, EBUs 96.9, and highlights the use of the most heavy peated malt from Bruichladdich distillery. Adds recommended drinking temperature, and cellaring range (up to 25 yrs.). Shows brewing and bottling date (08 July 2010, 19 August 2010), and that this is bottle 907 out of a 960 33cl bottles batch, alongside Alc. by Vol. (9.5%). Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, rich creamy brown head, nice retention, and lacing. Another signature looker from De Molen.

S - Nose displays good smoked notes, dash of malt, coffee and chocolate with a fruity hint.

T - The palate receives an expansion of what the nose promised with rich smoked sense, long and earthy. Touches of dark fruits, coffee and a hint of chocolate.

M - Medium-full body, creamy with soft carbonation.

D - It comes together beautifully, very enjoyable.

Notes: My palate may be getting used to these smoked notes too much. This one does not result in such a heavy experience and while hefty I find it pretty likable. Another looker and an all around remarkable De Molen offering.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark chocolate color, nearly black with a finger of creamy tan head.

S- Smoky and earthy aroma, has a lot of roasted malt in the background with coffee and chocolate.

T- Roasted malt flavors dominate. Definitely some smoked malt, gives a nice smoked flavor. Peaty, earthy flavor meshes well with very dry, roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Some fig in there also, just a hint of booziness and warmth at the end. Sweetness is minimal.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel, finishes dry.

O- A very cool RIS, I like the very roasted and smoky character. I'm a big fan of stouts that are a bit on the dry side, if I could find this more easily I would definitely buy more of it.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-draught into a De Molen stem-goblet at De Molen in Bodegraven. Reviewed from notes taken July 2010.

A: Pours a three finger tan colour head of marvellous cream and thickness. Colour is a solid black. Nontransparent.

Sm: Cream, caramel, smokey notes, roast, and coffee. A mild strength aroma.

T: Smokey notes, minimal hops, roast, coffee, cream, caramelized malt, and light chocolate. Complex and well balanced. Very well built for the style, featuring adequate roast in the foundation. Malty complexity is astounding. I'm very impressed. Little alcohol comes through, though there may be hints of yeast.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but coarse and thick enough to support and coax out the flavours of the body. Impressive.

Dr: Very drinkable - dangerously so at this ABV. Marvellously constructed and very fairly priced (at least at De Molen). Worth a try for anyone who loves beer. One of the best beers I've had so far from De Molen. Wow.


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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stoutfest IV reviews.

Thanks big old musty blue shirt wearin' ass brown dog; aka Matt.

A- Two bottles poured into many glasses with a black body. Foamy and frothy one finger head with good retention. Large blanket remains and the edges become coated in massively thick sheets of lace.

S- Scotch from a certain island called Islay. Super smoky, seaweed saltiness, charred grains, toastiness and a tart feeling brought upon by the heavily smoked malts.

T- Peat and peat. Smoky seaweed saltiness, spiced burnt sugar coated raisins, chocolate and burnt barley, Islay scotch whiskey from the malts, toasted nuts, malted milkballs and a moderate sweetness.

MF- Thick but the alcohol makes it a bit thinner and somewhat slick. Consistency is oily and fairly crisp, frothy. Finishes with a bit of warmth but ABV is seriously invisible. Bitter cocoa.

Peat Islay Scotch and heavily roast tones from the malts; a serious smoke monster like the one that faced Mr. Eko. De Molen is always great to try. Keep it up over there with these beats.

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Photo of baggio
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: PItch black with a huge beige head and lots of lacing.

S: Peat, Malt, Chocolate, Coffee.

T: Chocolate, Tar, Peat, Espresso, Roasted malts, Grain.

M: Very smoky and complex and ends very dry. Lots of things going on in this one. Still, it feels balanced and it has plenty of
carbonation too.

Another great beer from De Molen. Although, 1 18cl bottle was enough :)

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a gigantic, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Surprisingly, a very smoky aroma with this beer. Also had traces of chocolate and malt.

T: Tasted of chocolate, malt, a little coffee, a fairly large amount of hops, and the aforementioned smokiness. This last ingredient makes for an interesting flavor. Very focused and generally pretty tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Full-bodied.

O: This beer probably won't please everyone (smoky beers rarely do), but it's well worth trying.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 edition, listed at 10% abv. the pour is very dark brown with just a hint of red to it when forced to the light. a nice mocha colored head rests on top. the nose is very alcoholic, smokey like peat malt, and rich like brown sugar and vanilla. there is a curious alcohol vibe to the nose, which is reminiscent of novocaine or something, really powerful and somewhat medicinal. still, it intermixes with bourbon, peat, soil, and cocoa powder to create quite the intoxicating beverage. love the woody flavors coming through, in front of the chocolate and smoke. the feel is quite heavy, which it needs to be to support to much flavor, this is a gigantic beer. decent carbonation and a major alcohol sting, especially as it warms. i love the expansive feel of this. truly a stout like no other, one of de molens best in my opinion.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks ridiculous. Pitch black with an absolutely enormous head that refuses to go down. Stays at a solid two fingers of thick khaki foam that jiggles in the glass like Jello. Crazy stuff.

S: Oof. Big peated malt aroma. Some burnt bacon grease, cigar ash, espresso and campfire. Can't say I've ever smelled a beer like this, but I kind of like it.

T: A lot of charred malt with some peat and smokiness to it. Some dark chocolate with a faint trace of fudge, and baking chocolate with some almonds. Really complex and pretty tasty. Not a beginner's stout.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

This is a very peaty stout. Classified as a Russian Imperial, but it sure reminds me of Scotland. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice head and lacing; very dark. Aroma is smoky, and the peat dominates the taste.

The flavor is very strong. My 8 ounce pour (on tap) was almost more than I wanted.

Not your everyday stout, that's for sure, but it's a great change of pace.

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Photo of psiweaver
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into an Elysian pumpkin fest baby snifter. Had this side by side with the barrel aged version.

A: pours a deep rich black with some dark brown lacing, a little bit of carbonation is apparent in the pour.

S: lots of smokey peaty malt, like nothing i have ever smelled in a beer before.

T: peat peat and more peat. its good but overwhelming and there is a bit of a rauchbier flavor to this beer simply from all the peaty malt that was used.

M: very nice mouthfeel with the alcohol very well integrated just the right amount of carbonation.

overall very good though I enjoyed the barrel aged version more. It is a very interesting beer and definitely worth trying once.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Vintage 12/5/11

A - Pitch black with an off white, soapy looking, thick ring of lacing, gentle carbonation through
the middle.

S - Smoke, charcoal, faint dark roasted chocolate.

T - Well balanced throughout, smoky char, charcoal, dark roasted chocolate, oak, peat, and
light coffee.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation and silky soapy bubble finish on the back of the palate.

O - A fantastic beer that will age for a long, long, time.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant black, slight brown colour. Head is pretty special, beige colour with beautiful small bubbles and wonderful retention. Lace is disappointing but noticeable. Yeah, nice dark ale.

Smell is very smokey! Huge smoke with charred meat, lots of roasty aroma with bacon notes and some espresso as well. Yeah, very savoury, salty really. Pretty decent, but yeah, it's a curious one for sure.

Taste is interesting as well. Very roasty, but without that meaty note. Lots of char character, very burnt and bitter. Nicely so. Lots of dark chocolate with some licorice notes, toffee and black pepper coming through on the back. Hints of meat suggest themselves late, and some nice rich, sweet characters. Pleasantly spicy and roasty for the most part.

Pretty sticky on the feel, thick but definitely suits the rich flavour.

Quite an enjoyable and drinkable dark beer. Not exactly quaffable but excellent for a sip.

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Photo of Arno
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Nearly black, huge mocca / tan foam, not much retention or lacing.

smell: Peat straight away. Coffee. Some sweetness which is hard to define, but seems to be most dark / burnt caramel like.

taste: Had the Tsarina Esra of the same brewery before and this a whole lot different. It's very peaty & earthy. I get a lot of burnt & smokey flavors. Burnt malts & coffee. Leather like. And in between there is some caramel and chocolate sweetness to balance it out a bit. All in all has quite a "whisky effect".

mouthfeel: This is the part i don't really like. I think the flavors are interesting, original, different. But it lacks a bit of body or creaminess. It's quite raw with a hefty carbonation kick. Not the best i've had on this area.

overall: A very different and original beer. I like the whisky like flavors with the peat and earthiness. It's different but having another, more fruity, porter before is not the best way to go. But halfway down i start to appreciate it more. Very interesting beer. Try it out if this description suits you ;)

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a few bottles of this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam again. This is a re-review. The first time I reviewed this it came out as a 4.4 overall.

From a 33cl bottle into a snifter.
Bottled on 7 December 2011

APPEARANCE: A very careful pours is brown and relatively transparent, forming a two finger, medium looking, foamy, tan head with very good retention. Jet black body and lots of carbonation evident. Head is relentless, but eventually fades to a thick foam cap. A good wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. This is much lighter in color and carbonated than I remember the earlier batch.

SMELL: Big nose on this one. Lots of roasted malts, some cacao powder and some light peat aromas. Some deep espresso and dark chocolate notes, as well as a charcoal quality. Perhaps some burnt caramel in there as well. Very enticing indeed, and whisky malts work well here.

TASTE: Roasted malts up front with some nice cocoa powder and peat notes from the whisky malts. A good dose of dark, bitter chocolate and some espresso. A bold and lingering aftertaste is plenty bitter with lots of roasted and burnt malts, balanced by some burnt sweet caramel notes. Finishes with a slight touch of booze, but is very well measured. Wonderful stuff, though not quite as bold as the nose and a little boozier than expected.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, but quite light weight, unfortunately. Soft and smooth carbonation, this one goes down smooth, with a little heat at the back, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Alright, though it could be slightly fuller and heavier. Creaminess makes up for it somewhat.

OVERALL: A good brew, with lots of nice roasted and chocolaty qualities, as well as a light touch of peat from the bruichladdich whisky malts for good measure. This was enjoyable, but the higher levels of carbonation and the slightly lighter body held it back a little. Still, this is one worth checking out, and one I'll come back to from time to time. Recommended.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex!

A - Pours darker brown, thin tan-colored head, thin collar.

S - Chocolate, peat, char, and roast. Lots of sweetness but also lots of char/smoke to balance things with a lot of peat on the back end.

T - Peat, chocolate, and brownies mixed with char, smoke, and roast. Very much like the nose, lots of sweetness but also some nice smoke and char to help bring it all together. Alcohol isn't noticeable at 9.5%. The finish is chocolate and roast.

M - Medium to full body, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A nice De Molen RIS with good sweetness and nice roast to keep things balanced. A nice beer to sip on and enjoy over time and something I would have again.

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Photo of codysjb
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

- 2011 vintage (aged 4 years)
- 11.2oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 9-Oct-15

Surprised at how much carbonation there still was. I had about 1.5-2 inches of head. It's too carbonated for the style. It had a bit of Belgian yeast sweetness to it, but not sure if they used Belgian yeast in it. Nice roast and malt profile, typical of an RIS. Based on this experience, this beer hasn't peaked yet. Overall, a good example of the style.

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Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
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