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Hemel & Aarde - Brouwerij De Molen

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89
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%


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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rufusb

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gushes like a bitch. Foam goes everywhere but I still end up with a bit of beer. Inky black is what's left with a tan head. Fair head retention.

Very smoky with lots and lots of alcohol. A touch earthy. More peat. Quite interesting.

Sweet and malty with a fruity hint. More peat. Chocolate. Caramel. Earth. Interesting but not as well integrated as it could be.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Over-carbonated.

To me this beer must be a touch infected or way overcarbonated. The gushing has led to a beer that is out of sync. Nice but not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 11:18:53 | More by dgilks
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Hellrob

Italy

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good imperial stout but too smoked and only a few drinkable. however, not bad.
a good imperial stout but too smoked and only a few drinkable. however, not bad.
a good imperial stout but too smoked and only a few drinkable. however, not bad.
a good imperial stout but too smoked and only a few drinkable. however, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 12:31:23 | More by Hellrob
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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
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codysjb

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 16:04:21 | More by codysjb
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased from de Bierkonig in Amsterdam. Poured from bottle into tulip. Sampled 10.23.10. Reviewed from notes.

A - poured solid black with thick, glistening eggshell colored head; left some consistent lacing
S - smooth aromas of leather and medium roast; maybe some tobacco
T - nice bold, dark malt flavors up front with a slightly crisp finish; some french roast linger
M - thick body but not too heavy or syrupy; nice balanced RIS with interesting apple crispness at the end; would love to have again, and again

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 03:39:52 | More by cwguy5
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BeerManAway

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 18:48:47 | More by BeerManAway
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Stella Tulip

A - Pours a deep deep Ebony colour witha very tight tanned head that just doesn't move at all.

S - Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts, and slightly medicinal aromas, very complex indeed.

T - Massive earthy notes and some Whiskey barrel flavours that take over before giving way to a nice balanced vanilla/chocolate flavour. The finish is roasted coffee and smokey malts.

M - Full bodied with minimal carbonation.

O - This is a massive stout and will provide you with a taste experience to remember

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 17:15:43 | More by eric5bellies
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 20:27:53 | More by tbeckett
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rarbring

Sweden

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black with brown tones, a high brown head that settles slowly and leaves some lacing. Good curtains.

Smelling much of roasted malt, toast, dark roasted coffee beans, sweet licorice, it also has much vinous and fruity tones.

Starting sweet, dark chocolate, dried fruits, sherry, bitter coffee and cocoa beans.

Low carbonation, small soft bubbles, a huge body, an oily syrup feeling, a dry finish.

Well done, well balanced, much to discover while sipping.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 15:46:31 | More by rarbring
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psiweaver

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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STEG

New York

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

.18cl Poured room temperature into a goblet. I need to thank Jeffo for this excellent hookup.

Looks as a stout should, pitch freakin black, light does not pass though it. Head is espresso foam colored. and has outstanding retention over 3 minutes of slow dissipation makes this quite the looker. Bubbles are fine to medium in diameter and make this stout look imposing.

Huge peat smoke nose, with a roasty earthy presence absolutely wonderful. Dark chocolate, sweet liqueur, earthy hops wet wood and licorice are all present in the back.

Taste is well, odd at first, somewhat smokey and medicinal at the same time up front then recedes into a sweeter mocha like phase before becoming a bit bitter towards the finish showing off those bittering hops nicely.

Mouthfeel is freakin awesome, this stuff is lucious, with a mild tingly carbonation mid way through, wonderfully thick and smooth.

What a beer, when De Molen is on they are one of the best "stoutists" in the world. When the carbonation is on and the mouthfeel and that signature olfactory punch hits you with every smell and taste makes a truly outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 00:57:15 | More by STEG
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 01:13:59 | More by Daniellobo
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1068; Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a creamy, tightly beaded, brown tinged, dark tan colored head that sits on top of a black and viscous looking body. The aroma is salty and a touch sour'ish some how; this turns into peat smoke and roasted, dark coffee notes pretty quickly though. There is a deep, toasted peanut aromatic note to this beer which is quite intriguing and as the beer warms up rich notes of chocolate start to come out.

The beer feels thick and viscous as it first hits my tongue; it really clings to the palate quite a bit. There is a really nice mix of peat smoke, roasted peanuts, dark roasted espresso, burnt malt, burnt cocoa, malt sweetness and even a touch of cherry like character to this brew. The finish has a sharp smokiness to it as well as a bitterness that is distinctly contributed from burnt grain and the hop character. This is very nicely balanced between flavors of roasted nuttiness, peat smoke and rich malt; I am really enjoying this far more than I expected, as I was needlessly worried that this would be horribly peat influenced. A fantastic brew that I wish I had more of.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 17:43:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

18cl bottle poured into my Darkness tulip...Black pour with nice tan head that comes right away leaving a solid cap. Spotty but nice lacing...Really strong aroma, peat moss, muted smoke(no pork notes), light coffee. Flavors in the same vein, hurting balance but still pretty good...Taste lots of peat, roasted coffee, bitter, a little alcohol, finish is warm...Feel is very warm, long aftertaste that is a little harsh.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:11:46 | More by jrallen34
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18 cl bottel poured into my cantillon tulip glass ,

A : light dark brown head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Black color.

A: complex smoke, wood, chocolate, roasted malt and liquorish.

T: Quite strong and balanced taste. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and dry light alcoholic texture. Moderated to heavy sweet and mild bitter flavor. Lingering smoke and sweet liquorish like finish.

M : smooth and creamy

D: alcohol is present but soft , soft carbonation , very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 14:38:36 | More by beerpirates
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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
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laituegonflable

Australia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 03:49:43 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really pleasant opaque black, with a frothy pancake-bubbled light brown. Good lacing. Head is surprisingly thick and robust. Very pleasant looking.

Nose is incredibly dark and roasted - it almost slides towards a smokiness. Quite sweet for all the darkness. Indeed, there's some real classic and abysmally black stout characters to it. Extremely powerful. Lovely.

Taste is very black and roasted. Very pleasant deep roasted stout characters. It's black, dark and roasted to the extreme. Alcohol comes forward on the back, but the mouthfeel is extremely smooth and slick, which really gives a soothing effect. This is a really lovely brew. Dark, devilish and delicious.

This is a very good RIS - extremely dark and roasted and extremely robust. It ticks all the boxes for me stylistically - this is a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 09:05:51 | More by lacqueredmouse
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baggio

Sweden

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle@home

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 :)

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 20:55:19 | More by baggio
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tpd975

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another little gem from SeaBass. Bottle 1239.

A: Pours a nice dark brown / light black hue. Nice tan head good retention and some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of lightly smoked malt, earth, and dark fruit. Very subtle dark chocolate notes with hints of earthy coffee.

T: Wonderful light smoke flavors. Peaty and earthy but not a bit over the top. Mild chocolate, grassy hops, and dark fruits. Chocolate and coffee are there but they are in the background. Earthy flavors rule here.

M: Medium in body, subtle carbonation, dry, a bit bitter in the finish.

D: Nice, a nice brew that I could sit down and sip on for quite sometime.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 23:51:02 | More by tpd975
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Belgium

3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a black coke like color with almost no carbonation or head.

Smells of an old used chimney.

Taste is smokey, burnt, some alcohol. Burnt flavor linger for a long time. A bit sweet up front.

Good thing about this beer is the flavor and just the right touch of alcohol. Bad things are the oiliness and lack of carbonation.

Bottle says it will stay good for 25 years, I think aging would help this beer immensely.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 22:25:29 | More by weissbierdrinker
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes - share from a kind RB)

A - Deep dark brown verging on black at points; oily looking; little to no head

S - Smokey; peaty; earthy; roasted; dark chocolate

T - Alcohol sneaks in at first; then deep roasted malts; hint of sweetness; peat comes through as well; finishes with a more chocolate finish

M - Thick, viscous and very subtle carbonation

D - Nicely drinkable for the complexity and weight; good sipper; bit a bit much after a while.

Overall, a wonderfully complex version of the style and immensely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 02:36:21 | More by Nickls
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 13:25:24 | More by Treyliff
Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
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