Vuur & Vlam - Brouwerij De Molen
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Reviews by soulgrowl:
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Hazy golden sunflower yellow, capped with a sudsy white foam. This looks like a Hefeweizen but smells like an APA, pleasantly hoppy, very floral and citric but not too assertive. Big on lemon and geranium, with mango, passion fruit, and grapefruit as well. Malts and yeast present as but an estery spectre of white wine.
The beer delivers much more malt when you taste it, but this is still a hoppy beer, from beginning to end. Toasted biscuits slathered with orange marmalade, pine resin, grapefruit, and pineapple, with a chewy, frothy feel. Juicy but dry and just a little bit like sucking on raw hop cones. Just a little. Nice beer – I'd happily drink this any day of the week, any week of the year.
01-09-2012 17:08:32 | More by soulgrowl
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3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Bottle on 21 December 2010.Poured overflowing into a nonic a deeply hazed muddy orange,the head even at a gentle pour went flowing over the glass wich was annoying.The aromas are great with big Simcoe and Amarillo sharp hops being the main component,a sweet caramel base is there as well.The mouthfeel is a little light for my taste but it doesnt take to much away from a nice hop profile on the palate,citric and herbal hops overtop of a sweet biscuit dough base.Its a really good ipa,it could be great with a few tweaks.
07-16-2011 21:43:11 | More by oberon
4.11/5 rDev +7%
Found at a random place, Baguetteria del Fico, by the Pantheon in Rome. It was 80+ and I wanted an IPA that I hadn't had before and this is what the owner seggested.
Poured from a very cold bottle into a plastic teku glass. I wanted a cold beer an wasn't going to bitch.
First glance was great. A light golden hue with a finger, maybe two, of foam which slowly faded.
Amazing floral aroma which stayed as long as the beer. The wife, who has a nose like a bloodhound, LOVED the scents coming from this, as did I.
While I'd stop short of calling this amazing, it's a damn good IPA that was not expected since a) I wasn't looking for a craft beer bar and b) didn't know De Molen made a great IPA.
Not sure if this is distro'd in the US, but if so, definately give it a go.
09-23-2013 18:44:33 | More by SanFranJake
United Kingdom (England)
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
A 330ml bottle with a bottled-on date of May 14th 2012. Purchased from Trembling Madness in York a little while back, and stored in my fridge. Five hop varieties and two types of yeast - crazy...
Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned and highly carbonated upon opening. A hazy golden-amber hue with plentiful carbonation and visible sediment. Produces a vast head of fluffy white foam with superb retention; it resembles a meringue. This slowly reduces to a thick surface layer, leaving plenty of lacing behind. I wish I'd used my Duvel tulip instead! Aroma of fruity hops and Belgian yeast. Notes of white grapes, melon, mango, passion fruit, peach and citrus, accompanied by phenolic yeast esters, mild spice and a warming hint of booze. Fantastic.
Tastes of fruity hops and earthy Belgian yeast, underpinned by a hint of light, grainy malt. Notes of melon, white grapes, mango, tropical fruit, peach, citrus, fruity yeast esters, faint clove, phenolics, mild spice, herbs, stewed hops and a warming whiff of background alcohol. Dry and yeasty, with a stinging bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and tingly, with good carbonation and nice body. Stimulates the tongue and dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops, Belgian yeast and a herbal bitterness.
Very tasty - lovely hop presence. More Belgian IPA than American, with tons of fruity hop notes followed by a more restrained yeast character. Dry and spicy; the balance between hops and yeast is carefully achieved. Lovely body - goes down like a dream. A quality brew, and an example of a successful Belgian-style IPA. Well worth trying if you come across it.
12-02-2012 02:13:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
A: Amber, burnt orange with big, white head, medium lasting and medium lacing.
S: Light and refreshing aroma. Noticable floral, grassy, citrus (grapefruit) and piney hops with low aroma of tropical fruits in the background. In the end quite distinctive booz aroma.
T: Refreshing taste. Medium-strong, zesty bitterness. Quite noticable citrus hops (grapefruit peel taste) and floral notes, in the end you can taste also some piney character. Low to medium sweet malts taste (bready). Aftertaste is little sweet with characteristic taste of pale malts, which try to balance this.
M: Medium-light body. Semi-dry, but dry, clean and solid bitter finish. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. No alcohol warmth.
O: Drinkable, solid and refreshing AIPA. Nothing good nor bad can suprise you here. Just solid AIPA, but it should be packed more with tropical and citrus taste and aroma.
05-14-2014 18:34:05 | More by BlazerT
4/5 rDev +4.2%
A kick-ass find on draft at Beer Revolution in Cowtown - not a bad offering to christen (not an Easter reference) my 2000th review!
This beer appears a hazy golden medium amber hue, with one finger of tight foamy off-white head, which takes its sweet time melting away, eventually leaving a sparsely broken wall of painted lace around the glass.
It smells of grapefruit rind, mild bready caramel malt, and a soft pine resin essence. The taste is bitter blended citrus hops, caramel/vanilla malt, and some rank piney acerbic essences. More or less West Coast-ish, with a sight Mikkeller-esque Euro offset.
The bubbles are consistent, but none-too distracting, the body an ambivalent medium weight, and smooth without further outward intrusion. It finishes mostly dry, the hops turning kind of vegetal, retaining little of the citrus and pine that originally made me lust after this.
Not a bad IPA, but sort of middling, given the oomph generally required by the best in breed. Still glad I got a small pint, instead of a fifteen dollar bomber off the bottle-shop shelf.
04-06-2012 22:16:43 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
Great look, with a blinding white head that starts big and foamy and crackles very audibly to a thinner layer. The burnt-orange/rust color is just a shade soupier than your usual IPA. Overall this thing looks top-notch.
Smells American-ish, just one or two tiny twists away from something you could imagine Sierra Nevada brewing. And that twist could be some kind of hop variety that's not playing well with the others, or possibly the way these hops are combined in the recipe: Galena, Chinnok, Cascade (Sierra Nevada's go-to), Simcoe and Amarillo. Gives off a kind of nutty vibe, and it's quite the herbal smell, as well, reminding of various Asian spice mixes you cook Thai or Vietnamese cuisine with. A bit toasty, with a vibe of young/unripe oranges and tangerines. Certainly interesting, although slightly weird.
Same interesting hoppy profile in the taste as in the aroma. Something jutting out with nut-husk coarseness and a big, intense herbal layer. Cascade hops definitely make their presence known. Overall this is a beer with a big, aggressive flavor. On the drier side too, with a pronounced herbal bitterness in the finish that fades fairly quickly.
Clearly a European beer that's highly inspired by American IPAs, but this shouldn't be held up to the greats of the U.S. west coast. Rather, it should be approached as a twist on that whole deal. Pretty good stuff, but I'm still waiting to try a De Molen beer that's as good as Heaven & Hell. They totally nailed it there.
01-26-2012 23:40:22 | More by Metalmonk
3.13/5 rDev -18.5%
A - A white head that relative quickly retracts. Underneath this white cloud lies a clear golden fluid.
S - Citrus and pine along with some mango slices.
T - A reasonable full body with pine, citrus and mango flavors, nice!! It is however the aftertaste that kills this beer, it is a bit mucky.
M - The bitter aftertaste is to strong in this one, even a bit unpleasant.
O - A reasonable IPA, but I think it has been to long on the shelf.
01-06-2012 16:11:47 | More by Mar02x
3.35/5 rDev -12.8%
Bottled in late 2009, good through fall 2014.
Bottle from Fred. Darkish golden with enormous white fluffly head, well carbonated. Very mild hop aroma. Not getting that much hop bitterness in most sips, I am getting more notes of slight sourness.Thnk it was a long boat trip.
02-07-2011 00:46:22 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
A - Pours orange with a thick creamy foam. There is an awesome amoutn of lacing ont he glass. Looks like some sediment swirling in the glass. Just a very inviting looking brew.
S - Scents of simcoe hops with notes of fresh apricot and citrus.
T - The fruity sweetness int he intial taste gives to a hoppy medley and ends with an astrigent bitterness. The finish is a little harsh, but overall a nice taste.
M - A strong IPA with a rugged finish. If you are okay with pungent bitterness this will drink well.
O - A great find amd glad to try this one. Recommended for those who like their IPA's bold.
08-11-2011 03:06:40 | More by socon67
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
33 cl bottle into a tulip glass. This looks to be from the most recent bottling.
Pours a coppery burnt orange, with several fingers of eggshell-white head. This retains with a foamy ½ finger, leaving back a thick frothy cascade of that settles into some heavy swathes of lace. Those Simcoe hops jump right out here in the nose, with a ripe dankness that is punctuated by notes of spice and pine. Sweetness from the malt seems to get lost along the back a bit, as that herbal character really pushes to the forefront here.
The taste has more of an earthy citric bitterness to it (mostly grapefruit flavors), which is amplified by sharper notes of resins and spice. Unlike the nose, there is not as much sweetness coming out from the fruit, with this having to rely more on the malts for balance. Notes of lightly burnt toast hang in the finish, along with a dry and warm spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate prickliness on the tongue before getting more creamy and slick on the edges. There is a smidge of warmth present in the body but no actual alcohol flavors are detected here.
This was a decent and drinkable enough IPA attempt from De Molen, which while remaining overall balanced and hiding its alcohol well, failed to really differentiate itself from the myriad of other attempts out there right now. Maybe getting to this when it was slightly fresher would have helped.
05-12-2011 13:41:55 | More by Kegatron
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Couldn't choose between this and Amarillo. Asked staff at Le Cheval Blanc and was suggested this one. Lots of info on the bottle. I wish more brewers did this.
33cl bottle label says: Bottle 0258. Brewed on Nov 6th, Bottled on Dec 8 2009. Only 712 bottles made. Lucky me.
A- Very hazy dirty peach topped by a mass of tightly knit, dirty white foam. Super head retention. It almost looks still. Careful while pouring, you might end up with a glass full of head.
S- Smells very good right from the bottle. Like a lychee gelly snack. Poured into De Ranke tulip. Great fresh lychee smell. Love it. Then comes a hint of grapefruit and a whole lot of orange julep. Alcohol is a little hot. Looks good, can't wait to taste.
T-Woah. This is really boozy. Tastes a bit like a grapefruit rind vodka drink. not much maltiness left in here so it kind of surprised me, being used to more American malt profiles when dealing with these kinds of hops.
Still a great taste and a different experience. Might be a tad bit watery. Also the more I taste it the more I seem to taste vodka.
M-Greatest part of this beer. Light but full, prickly but pillowy. Foams up and finishes dry. I wish more beers could be like this.
D-Good. clean, light feel make it easy. On the other side, super interesting flavor but rough vodka taste make it a bit harder to drink.
Cool beer. Fun to drink. I'd buy it again if I found it in stores. I do recommend it but it's not completely nuts. It all felt pretty fresh even with a year on it. Glad i tried it even for $ 10.50
10-09-2010 16:24:47 | More by Yoonisaykul
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
A horizontal tasting of the same recipe as interpreted by three different brewers. Take 1: De Molen. At the Farmers' Cabinet. Janlud there too.
A: The IPA is bright, a coppery orange color. A moderate-sized band of head comes along, white a snow.
S: The nose is grassy, possibly the hoppiest of the three. Citrus follows the grass, as does balancing caramel.
T: Pungently hoppy, the ale brings plenty of citrus with resiny pine adding an oily follow-up. Caramel malts, bready, are an adequate counterbalance to the hops. Semi-tropical, the IPA finishes with a grassy bluster. Yeast lends a sweeter presence that also aids in balancing the bitterness.
M: The hoppiest of the three, De Molen doesn't go easy on the bite. That being said, it's not a tastebud-scorcher. A strong take on an American IPA.
06-11-2011 12:26:58 | More by akorsak
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours pale amber with a large head.
Massive lychee hit in the aroma. Pretty much dominates. Graduall fades to let some peach and papaya through along with some spicy phenols and sweet, biscuity malt.
Biscuity and bready malt first up as flavours with a bold grapefruit and pine hop hit after. Some booze and Belgian phenols following, tripel-style.
Too much carbonation.
12-01-2012 01:00:52 | More by CrazyDavros
4.01/5 rDev +4.4%
'tis time review a beer I've savored three times since this summer, and whenever I do, I'm ending up taking full-sized sips of it. This time around it pours hazy amber with a more intense golden core. The white foam is massive and leaves behind some substantial gorgeous lacing.
First thing that hits is the utmost interlaced and complex hop aroma. Vuur & Vlam is hopped with five different hops which donates to a vast fruit aroma spectrum of dried fruits, citrus, fruit bread, marmalade, apricots, tropical fruit and some distant weed. It's not exaggeratedly aromatic, rather nuanced and beyond compare appealing.
It is dry and there's a light malt body with a vivid freshness. A soft carbonation quiver against my tongue as the complex hop character of Fire & Flames spices up my mid-palate. The finish has a satisfying length and most hop characteristics come to life here in grape, grass, apricot marmalade and peach. To me, an almost perfect level of bitterness (around medium+) contributes to a high drink-ability.
Vuur & Vlam, in my opinion, is best drunk on bottle, while still being fresh. Still it is out of harm's way to say that a half year on bottle won't obliterate this beer. Over these last months I've come to develop a firm union to this IPA. The hopping is sophisticated, complex and nuanced. This is wholly up my alley - not explosively fruity and gummy. Vuur & Vlam is a role-model, and a force to be reckoned with. http://quaffable.org/?p=401
02-22-2013 19:15:32 | More by dln646
Vuur & Vlam from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.