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Hemel & Aarde - Brouwerij De Molen

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89
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Sammy, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

nmann08, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If strong cigars are your thing; if espresso is too weak for you; if there's not enough chocolate flavor in cocoa powder; then maybe you can find comfort in this beer.

Hemel & Aarde pours with a voluptuous rise of foam that erupts from the beer underneath in most billowing fashion. The absolute black pour beer is capped with a marshmallowy brown foam that's strongly stated for even the darkest of ales. Retention and lace are no problemn here as the foam accompnies the palate right down to the last sip, aligning the glass with rings and spider webs of lace all the while.

Strong roast aromas span an array of scents from rich espresso and malted milk, to lit cigars, spent coffee grounds, campfire smoke and heavily peated whisky. Woody hops, burnt currants, and grapes offer secondary notes to accompany the roasty attack.

The onslaught of roast not only continues but intensifies going into taste. Bitter ground espresso beans, strong ash, cocoa, smoke, damp soil and moss all play a part in the bullying flavor. The alcoholic taste of scotch whisky, licorice, and fennel give slight vinous fruity taste to the scorch while the firm but somehow lost underpinnings of toffee, malted milk candy, and bready starch help to support the fruit, alcohol, and roast.

Full and expansive as the carbonation pushes the beer outward for a very creamy and lush early palate. But the finish of powdery ash, burnt grain astringency, and abrasive alcohols limits the beer's drinkability. Dry, hot, and sharp- the aftertaste reminds me of smoking the wrong end of a maduro cigar.

As with many of their stouts, De Molen prefers the acrid roast character for dryness, bite, and burnt grain. But the amount of these flavors cause difficulty in taste as it gets away from the more succulent, supple, and gentlemanly qualities of better balanced versions.

BEERchitect, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Texasfan549, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.3%

kjkinsey, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

zeff80, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

nickfl, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jeffo? #139/768, brewed February 6th, 2008 & bottled March 11th, 2009. Served in a Kuhnhenn goblet.

A - Creamy tan foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and spotty lace. Very dark brown body, with tons of sediment at the bottle of the bottle (and my glass, seeing as I got the last pour).

S - It's pretty smokey, with generous amounts of roast and peat, but the age has brought out nice notes of milk chocolate and dark fruits as well. Good balance and minimal alcohol.

T - Taste is nice too, with a mixture of char, roast, malted milk chocolate, dark fruits, and caramel. The mildly burnt and earthy finish is the only thing keeping it from being as good as the aroma. Alcohol presence is minimal here as well.

M - Medium body, but not too thin for the listed 9.5%. Pleasant carbonation, chewy texture, and a dry, smokey, finish. Again, no alcohol heat to be found.

D - This beer has aged really nicely - I remember it was a smoke bomb last time I had it (which I also enjoyed), while it's far more balanced and complex now that other elements have risen to the surface. Would happily drink again.

MasterSki, May 15, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Slatetank, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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, especialy as it warms. i love the expansive feel of this. truly a stout like no other, one of de molens best in my opinion.

StonedTrippin, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Gueuzedude, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +0.3%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

A-

kojevergas, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of wl0307
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At 10%abv., coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle; bottling date 03/05/2012, served mildly chilled in a long-stemmed wine goblet. Notes: the beer label specifies the ingredients to include water, munich, cara, brown, bruichladdish barley malts, premiant and sladek (late hopping) and yeast.

A: pitch black in colour, coming with a 1cm thick creamy dark khaki frothy head with very good retention, on top of rather mild carbonation.
S: the dense and oily aroma upfront is dominated 50-50 by the peated malts and savoury-sweet black prune-ish notes; given a good swirl, the pronounced peatiness mixes well with bitter cocoa, gristy black beans, vanilla, plummy fruit esters, black cherry skins, and bitter-sweet root herbs as of licorice. Complex, but also strangely the aroma is uplifted by the lovely peaty edge of the malts.
T: smooth in carbonation, the foretaste is slightly metallic, savoury-sweet and robustly peated-malty, delivering lots of smoky and deep-roasted aroma alongside smoked longan-fruits, black prunes, licorice roots and bitter chocolate syrup, followed by a dry tinge of herbal bitterness as well as a thick body of lubricating Munich and brown malts with an aromatic bready touch. The bitterness retains its intensity towards the finish, where the peated-malt and smoked prune-ish aroma lingers with excellent earthy undertones to elevate an otherwise potentially heavy aftertaste.
M&O: the mouthfeel is excellent, lubricating and soothingly carbonated at the same time, while the fulsome body doesn’t go quite heavy at all. This is a successful, robust and yet very approachable Russian Imperial Stout that drinks so well alone, but can also benefit from different types of barrel-ageing. Highly recommended.

wl0307, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

afsdan, May 01, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another solid beer from de Molen crew.

A very dark brown pour, almost black. The off brown/tan head rises to about 2 fingers in a snifter glass. Lacing is tight and slick.

Leather hits me first in the aroma. Dark chocolate and tannin. Black plum, raisin, dark fruit, prune perhaps

The leather is present in the flavors as well. Along with the black fruit, dried fruit and chocolate there is a roasted malt character going on. Something of a smokiness comes and sits in the background. Some tobacco comes in.

Very nice beer. It has a sharp, yet velvet finish. Nothing sweet. A real good stout!

Mebuzzard, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 24/10/12

A dark brown liquid with a edge not quite colas darkness, large tan head forms a short lived dome of foam over the top of the glass, just a few patches of lace

S great mix of milk chocolate smokey bacon and peat, just a little dried dark fruit and campfire clothes the day after, not sure where the 10% is hiding

T not as smokey but that still leaves a shitload of smokey peat, more booze then I could smell but still well concealed, some dark hard toffee and there's a couple nuts in the chocolate, great tasting stuff

M medium-full not as dark as the color would suggest but far from thin, bubbles foam up briefly and flatten out quickly. A little slick after the fact with heat hitting your chest more then the mouth and throat, aftertaste is strong to say the least with a long lingering smokey coco finish

O this one grew on me and I liked it from the start, great blend of chocolate and smokey peat, very strong flavors are somewhat straightforward but everything it needs to be. Perhaps a little too easy to drink for a 10% brew, enjoy with caution

I'm going to pick up a few more of these for sure, age a few, trade a few and well.... drink a few. Well priced at 6$ and worth every penny, loving the smoked malt in this one

wordemupg, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

jrallen34, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

avalon07, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

dgilks, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

tbeckett, May 16, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

laituegonflable, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: On-tap at Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse. Pours a jet black with a thick, imposing tan head that takes several minutes to settle.

S: Aromas of peat, prunes, raisins, roasted grain, dark chocolate, and coffee assault the nose. This is obviously not going to be a subtle stout.

T: Notes of roasted grain, burnt toast, dark chocolate, fudge, prunes, raisins, dried black cherry, black currants, coffee, vanilla bean, peat, leather, and earthy, minty, tobacco-tinged hops wash across the palate. The finish is heavy and rich with an odd, but pleasing, combination of peat, chocolate, prune, raisin, and coffee flavors. Some slight earthy hop notes linger in the background.

M: Very full-bodied, chewy, firm, and dry. A little chalky in the mouth. Carbonation is relatively crisp for the style. Alcohol presence is very pronounced, with what can only be described as something of a sucker punch on the tail. Will make you sleepy in no time.

O: This is a very robust stout with a hugely complex flavor profile. I can see why it is regarded so highly overseas. Very nice. Would make a good evening sipper.

mrfrancis, Jun 20, 2012
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Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.