1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hemel & Aarde - Brouwerij De Molen

Not Rated.
Hemel & AardeHemel & Aarde

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Haybeerman
Haybeerman

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6%

02-06-2013 23:58:45 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of AdamP
AdamP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-27-2012 22:06:33 | More by AdamP
Photo of tom10101
tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6%

01-29-2014 14:54:34 | More by tom10101
Photo of MEW
MEW

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-03-2013 22:40:09 | More by MEW
Photo of beerdrifter
beerdrifter

Germany

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 16:30:51 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of Beejay
Beejay

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:59:39 | More by Beejay
Photo of codysjb
codysjb

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 16:04:21 | More by codysjb
Photo of Sean9689
Sean9689

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 15:07:30 | More by Sean9689
Photo of quirkzoo
quirkzoo

Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 06:46:27 | More by quirkzoo
Photo of Jeffo
Jeffo

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 07:58:19 | More by Jeffo
Photo of Chico1985
Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 01:23:29 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Arno
Arno


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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 ;)

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 00:46:56 | More by Arno
Photo of jsnoek
jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-15-2014 03:12:29 | More by jsnoek
Photo of mrcraft
mrcraft

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-22-2014 21:08:05 | More by mrcraft
Photo of fetschdw
fetschdw

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-25-2012 20:54:38 | More by fetschdw
Photo of psiweaver
psiweaver

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 21:45:09 | More by psiweaver
Photo of DruRho
DruRho

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-14-2013 22:33:52 | More by DruRho
Photo of bbadger
bbadger

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-29-2013 02:39:30 | More by bbadger
Photo of Kaizoku
Kaizoku

Sweden

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-07-2014 09:49:41 | More by Kaizoku
Photo of Los1324
Los1324

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-11-2014 02:23:55 | More by Los1324
Photo of notchucknorris
notchucknorris

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 03:30:05 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of BeerHunter76
BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-10-2013 21:23:17 | More by BeerHunter76
Photo of Kmat10
Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-27-2013 20:08:26 | More by Kmat10
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-10-2013 01:16:52 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Erik-P
Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-25-2014 04:22:26 | More by Erik-P
Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.