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Hemel & Aarde - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 158
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 14
Gots: 33 | 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 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 yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of rarbring
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 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 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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3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of Dentist666
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with 1-finger tan head, rather low retention. Smell - peat, char, roasted . Taste - peated malts, oak, prunes, coffee. Chewy, oily body. Alcohol is hidden. Delicious.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of weonfire
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Jet Black. No light shines thru. Small white head.

S - Heavy smoke and roast flavor. small traces of chocolate.

T - Wow. Serious smoke. Dislike very much.

M - Medium viscosity. alcohol stings the tongue a bit.

O - Will never buy again. Heavily smoked beers are not for me.

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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 beerpirates
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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

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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 BierJager89
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a big brown head.

S: Peat, roasted malt and maybe cream in the nose.

T: Big smokey peat notes, bready notes, roasty notes, coffee, nice bitter coffee in the aftertaste. No noticeable hint of alcohol.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly smooth.

O: This beer is a more-than-solid example of the style. It's delicious.

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Photo of Nickls
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thin black or dark brown with light edges and a huge foamy khaki-colored head. Smells of phenolic smoke immediately reminding me of peat smoke. Bit of a peppered beef jerky aroma underneath. As it warms, and I acclimate to the smokiness, campfire-roasted marshmallows and milk chocolate notes emerges. Flavor is not so intense as the nose would suggest. There is a roasty, yet smooth maltiness, almost a bit chewy that stands up to the spicy peat. I can pick up hints of things like tootsie roll-like chocolate, caramel and dark chocolate pot de crème, but the peat smoke is still the dominant note. The peat does not, however, overpower this hefty brew overall.

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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 cwguy5
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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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 CookstLiquor
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a deep black with big brownish head. The smell --smoky, meaty, peaty -- is the first giveaway that this is an exceptional beer. It was brewed with heavily peat-smoked malt , which gives it a really robust flavour, as well. It's all about smoked meat, molasses, peat and big Scotch flavours. But they are so well integrated and go together so nicely that you can truly sip this like a fine single malt.

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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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Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
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