Hemel & Aarde - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
07-08-2010 23:51:02 | More by tpd975
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
06-07-2012 15:07:30 | More by Sean9689
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
03-17-2011 01:13:59 | More by Daniellobo
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
04-20-2011 15:46:31 | More by rarbring
3.95/5 rDev -1%
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.
08-31-2010 07:58:19 | More by Jeffo
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
4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-09-2012 03:30:05 | More by notchucknorris
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
3.61/5 rDev -9.5%
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. 12/2011 bottle date, and it says 10% ABV.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown color. The head is a three finger tan shade with large, aggressive-forming bubbles. It settles down into a thin film after a while, leaving decent streaks of lacing on the glass. This one seems to be strongly carbonated - it almost tried to spill out of the bottle.
S: Wow, the aroma features plenty of chocolate at first. I'm really impressed with how strongly it emanates from the glass, too. As it warms up, this is quickly replaced by notes of peat. This quality is somewhat offputting in my opinion - aside from the ham-like smoke, I pick up notes like algae, rubber, plastic, and even electrical fire. It starts off great and ends up falling on its face, so I'll average it out here.
T: An improvement over the aroma. The peat-laden smoke clusters on the opening, lacking some of the unpleasantries on the nose; it's more of a general hammy/woody tone with a mossy backing. This fades into a midtaste of both licorice and dark chocolate. (in addendum, the licorice qualities here don't bother me...maybe it just bothers me in Stone's IRS, I don't know) The finish is laden with textbook roasted malt dryness, char, seaweed, and perhaps a faint touch of stewed dark fruits. It's definitely peaty throughout; if you don't like seaweed and moss in your imperial stout, you will NOT like this. On the positive side, it doesn't drown out the other notes - in fact, it's solidly complex at the end of the day.
M: I was right, this is strongly carbonated and airy in its feel. Dry, too. In spite of that, it does have a substantial heft on the palate - still, it's too lively on the tongue for a RIS. This becomes a better brew in all palate aspects once the carbonation calms down.
O: Rather unusual. The flavor profile is great, but the aroma is inconsistent and the feel is more in line with a BSDA (not unexpected given its country of origin). Having said that, once I got used to the bold peatiness, I did grow to like it quite a bit. Even at $8 a bottle, I'd entertain the notion of buying this again. Probably not often, though.
07-03-2013 03:28:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
Good all around - very nice pour, deep black with dark brown head that's a good size head for an imperial stout. Nose is intense and quite appetizing with clear peat smoke and a big roasty aroma. Caramel baked goods in there too, but the peat is quite prominent. On the palate there's a rich mixture of flavors ranging from dark caramel, peat, roasted grains, slightly burnt toast, and bitter chocolate. Very carbonated and tickles the palate nicely. Long peaty/roasty finish.
12-21-2012 02:40:15 | More by yemenmocha
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
330ml bottle with a brewed/bottle date of 5 DEC 2011 and a 10% ABV listed on the label.
Deep, dark brown body with an extremely rich, thick head. Roasted grain, a hint of peat, espresso, molasses, and caramel swirl about in the aroma. Deep, chocolate flavor initially that seems to get spoiled by a phenolic, band-aid-like undertone that takes over at the end. In between, there are some good hints of roasted, smokey grains and a rather sharp bitterness. A strong, boozy alcohol presence mixes in with the other off-putting flavors. Very smooth, medium-heavy body with a dry finish.
This is a Jekyll & Hyde kind of beer. A lot of good things come through, but just when you think you're enjoying some big dark beer nirvana, some weird, strange flavors pop-up to ruin the party. Perhaps its the peated barley malts that are at the crux of what I consider off-putting flavors for me. Others may really like that component, it's just not for me. Still, I find enough good things with the beer, so it's not necessarily a bad experience overall, just different.
12-11-2012 02:24:57 | More by beergoot
3.71/5 rDev -7%
On-tap. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on jan´13. Black color, tan froth & fairly good retention crown. Coffee & fudge chocolate notes, roasted malt aroma & licorice candies to the nose. Roasted malt & pepper flavor, bitter/sweet mouthfeel. Medium to dense body. Moderate to low carbonation. Burnt chocolate & licorice touch are shown in a long finish. Dry coffe on the aftertaste. ABV well hidden.
02-28-2013 02:36:14 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.11/5 rDev +3%
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.
01-28-2012 05:36:39 | More by WillCarrera
3.96/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
03-19-2014 01:23:29 | More by Chico1985
Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
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