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Hemel & Aarde - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 161
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 16.63%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | 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 StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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, especially as it warms. i love the expansive feel of this. truly a stout like no other, one of de molens best in my opinion.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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

Thank God for beer and whisky ! And when they use peated whisky malt for beer, yummie ! ! !

I have to admit I have soft spot for 'De Molen' since I discovered 'Hel en Verdoemenis' en de 'Black Damnation' serie (in collab w/ De Struise). And when I saw this one on the shelf @ my friend's place, I knew I had to try it out ...

Hemel en Aarde (Heaven & Earth) pours a thick, black liquid in the glass. The room gets filled with nice smokey tones. The smokey tones are a bit overwhelming for the nose and cover up the natural aromas you would expect from an Imperial Stout. But as soon as the tastebuds come in contact with the fluid, you know why they call this beer 'heaven'. Dark chocolate with a herbal undertone, nicely balanced with a hint of licorice which continous in the aftertaste, nicely surrounded by the smokey flavour from the peated malt.

This beer deserves a place in my 'private' collection so I'll have to visit the neighbours in the North again.

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Photo of Arno
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Nearly black, huge mocca / tan foam, not much retention or lacing.

smell: Peat straight away. Coffee. Some sweetness which is hard to define, but seems to be most dark / burnt caramel like.

taste: Had the Tsarina Esra of the same brewery before and this a whole lot different. It's very peaty & earthy. I get a lot of burnt & smokey flavors. Burnt malts & coffee. Leather like. And in between there is some caramel and chocolate sweetness to balance it out a bit. All in all has quite a "whisky effect".

mouthfeel: This is the part i don't really like. I think the flavors are interesting, original, different. But it lacks a bit of body or creaminess. It's quite raw with a hefty carbonation kick. Not the best i've had on this area.

overall: A very different and original beer. I like the whisky like flavors with the peat and earthiness. It's different but having another, more fruity, porter before is not the best way to go. But halfway down i start to appreciate it more. Very interesting beer. Try it out if this description suits you ;)

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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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Photo of rufusb
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Hellrob
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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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 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 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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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 BeerManAway
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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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 tbeckett
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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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 psiweaver
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of STEG
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
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