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Hemel & Aarde - Brouwerij De Molen

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89
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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

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 BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of jwat
1.5/5  rDev -62.3%

Photo of MaseFace
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of andjriz
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  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.

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of rufusb
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of Caterwaul
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of dgilks
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of MisledTitan
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Hellrob
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of jrpapajcik
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of fetschdw
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of codysjb
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of cwguy5
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Photo of BeerManAway
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
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

Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.