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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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of MEW
3.75/5  rDev -6%

MEW, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

nmann08, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Eric908, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of weonfire
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

weonfire, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of mitlinks
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

mitlinks, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

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 Chrily
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Chrily, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

yamar68, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of yemenmocha
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.

yemenmocha, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of mchen
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

mchen, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of beergoot
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.

beergoot, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

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!

Thehuntmaster, Dec 06, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

girlmeetsbeer16, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

safaricook, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

CookstLiquor, Nov 09, 2012
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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.

notchucknorris, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +0.3%

schopenhauerale, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +1%

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
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4.43/5  rDev +11%

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 BelgianBeerPope
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

BelgianBeerPope, Oct 05, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

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 ;)

Arno, Aug 09, 2012
Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.