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Vuur & Vlam - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 188
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 10-06-2009

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of koolk
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange with a thick white head. Good rentention and carbonation.

Very hoppy nose, very beautiful. Complex frutis, pine and some yeast notes as well. Very floral to boot. This has it all. Grapefruits dominating towards the end.

Those fruit flavours carry over onto the palate - floral and fruity with some citrus peel and spicy tang on the finish. Nice dry malt flavours in there too.

Thick, long and well balanced sweetness/bitterness.

Damn good AIPA from Europe. A bit pricey, but worth a crack. Bottle 113/729. Was 13 months old and drinking well. Would love to see a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/21/10, bottle # 436. 7 months old but what the hell.

A: Cloudy dark amber with a ridiculously huge white head that never seems to fade. Tons of lacing stuck everywhere.

S: Despite the age the hops are still quite fragrant. Definitely a decent variety in this. There's citrus, pine and grass that I can tell. Distinct simcoe smell. Some bread hiding in there too. Quite nice.

T: Still quite hoppy. Perhaps not as strong as when it was fresh maybe but it's still there. There's orange, pineapple and grapefruit, some pine in the middle, joining with grass on the tail end. Bitter pine and grass sticks through the aftertaste quite well. There is a bit of a medicinal herbal flavor floating around too, again mostly in the aftertaste. Herbal flavor starts to come out stronger in the aftertaste as the beer warms and starts to detract slightly, otherwise this would be higher rated. A bit of caramel sort of coats everything.

M: Lots of carbonation for that tingly mouthfeel. Lasting bitterness suits it well and joins in.

O: Wish I could have tried this fresh, I wonder how it compares. It is still very hoppy and tasty though. Not a malt bomb by a long shot. Worth grabbing if you see it somewhere local.

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Photo of ADZA
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sure vuur & vlam means fire and flame but thats what ive heard from better sources and obviously this brew comes in the same standard 750ml De Molen bottle with the standard label and after looking at the label i gotta admit there is alot of hops used here which im looking forward to as i do rate this brewery and know they can produce good brews,anyway this is bottle 133 from 570 brewed on the 28th of november 2009 bottled on the 4th of january 2010 and pours a cloudy apricot hue with really nice carbonation that leaves behind a frothy white two finger head that slowly subsides to a frothy mound in the middle of the glass with heaps of lacing everywhere,the aroma is a really nice fruity perfume mix of grapefruit,lemon,lime,stonefruit and piney hops,the mouthfeel is rather smooth but could be more carbonated with nice tastes of grapefruit,toffee malts and finishes with a good dose of piney hops that leaves behind a nice taste of bitterness on the palette but doesnt over do it and yeah its very drinkable and i could drink all night if it was a little cheaper but in saying that its a top quality take on a northwest IPA from a brewery that is in europe will definately buy again.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up three 750ml bottles (corked and caged) from De Bier Koning in Amsterdam, by recommendation from the shop keep after asking for a good American style IPA, and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass.

On the Bottle:
Bittered with Galena
Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo late hops
Dry hopped with Cascade
42 EBUs

A: Pours a hazy and unfiltered blond/brownish hue with a thick creamy head, leaving massive amounts of lacing in its tracks. Very chunky sediment in all three 750's I purchased - a bit too much for my liking which is why I gave it a 3.5 in appearance.

S: Big piney hops, citrus notes, unique yeast smell, sweet and sugary with toasted malts in the mix as well.

T: Big cascade blast up front, citrus bight, very buttery and nutty, roasted malts, sweet candy sugar flavors and for some reason there's a slight Oud Bruin flavor in there that I thought might just be me, but when I shared one with my brother this past Thanksgiving, he tasted the same flavor - it's very faint but adds a nice dimension to the overall flavor.

M: Medium bodied, sticky and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and tasty, but man those chunks floating towards the bottom of my glass geek me out. I'd like to see this cleaned up a bit, but otherwise great take on a style that is often misinterpreted overseas.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with an amber colored liquid; the head measures a bit more than a finger and leaves some decent lacing behind

Smell: Toffee malt with an herbacious citrus character

Taste: Light toffee, up front, followed by the herbal citrus flavors that add kumquat to the usual range; after the swallow, the herbaciously bitter flavors linger, though there is some residual sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More of a Belgian IPA than an American IPA, due to the yeast profile; decent, but I have preferred others in this style

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are moderate aromas of grapefruit in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, there are strong flavors of grapefruit in the taste but only hints of accompanying bitterness from the hops. There are some hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is extremely well balanced between the hops and malts. It’s very easy to drink compared to other beers in the style because it offers all of the aromas and flavors of citrus hops but without the associated bitterness.

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Photo of FLima
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color with an abundant off-white head with good retention that goes till the end of the tasting.
Aroma of tropical fruits and citrus, hints of passion fruit.
Very well balanced beer, sweet malty flavor with a fruity and citric and bitter taste, presence of grapefruits and tangerine.
Medium to full body with a good carbonation and an effervescent sensation at start.
Had it their Op & Top first, which is also very good and then this, got even better! Excellent beer, difficult to say what to change.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a wide-mouthed goblet.

A - A finger-plus of white foam that has great retention and settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lacing. Hazed copper-orange body.

S - Great juicy aroma of tangerines, tropical fruits, light pine and earthiness, and a bit of citrus zest. There's some faint cereal grain in the periphery, but this is like a delicious fruit cocktail.

T - Taste is nice, but doesn't pop or have the same depth as the aroma. Sweet citrus hops, and some sugary malt in the background. Low bitterness in the finish.

M - Lower carbonation, smooth medium body, and no obvious alcohol. Light hop oil in the finish, but otherwise largely clean.

D - This is a good beer that I'd gladly have again if I knew it was a fresh batch. One of the few European IPAs that I actually really enjoy. Hope there's still a bit left on Saturday night.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Whoa, there was a HUGE white, glass-filling foamy head that erupted from every pour. A bit ridiculous. Ah, but get a whiff, and it's all good. There's loads of exotic fruit hop notes. There's mango, melon and more--it's like fruit cocktail with hints of spice. The ample carbonation was refreshing and the aromatic hops were a bit more subdued on the palate. In fact, the finish, while bitter, dissipated quite nicely, so you're not left with an acrid bitterness. Quite a lovely beer and an interesting take on the American IPA.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 3/4/12

A hazy golden orange, massive half glass of bone white foam retains well ending up as a loose soapy foam that leaves a few chunks of lace

S grapefruit and mango with some floral aspect, lavender perhaps? I get some sauv blanc vinous notes with some "cat's pee on a gooseberry bush" but its much better then it sounds. I want to say pine but it might be spruce with a little tangerine and passion fruit with very faint smoke from the chinook I'd guess, the perfect American IPA from across the pond

T still tropical but harder to distinguish the individual notes in the nose, everything sorta blends into a mellow balance of malty caramel and citric hops, tastes great but as good as it is, it has nothing on the nose

M much like the other De Molen brews I've tried this one has more bubbles then desired, my only complaint in this department

O great IPA with a focus on aroma, other then a little foam in the mouth this one is well above the norm

not sure why I'm above the average with this one because I'd assume everyone would love it, the smell alone had me at hello. The 13$ question finally comes into the equation and perhaps is my best answer, as much as I love this beer for an IPA (no "D" in front) its expensive considering the 6.2%.

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Photo of Caudalie
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a riedel magnum red wine glass, from a 330 ml bottle

A:Pours a pretty deep golden/orange color, with a thick and persistent head.

S: Wow, this is really intriguing, it reminds me of mango, peaches, and cooked/dry apricots. There's also a really nice white truffle smell, almost like stuff you get in overripe or botrytis attacked white grapes used for dessert wines. The beer shows similarities with the roussane grape based wines.

T: This is pretty good, quite balanced. Hops are not as aromatic as they were on the nose, but it's still pretty hoppy, with a great dry finish.

O: I really like it, with a smell reminiscent of american style IPAs, and a mouthfeel halfway between european and american style IPA. I'd smell that all day... Great buy

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2011 notes (forgot to put review on BA). Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange amber with massive, coarse two finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving lacing. Aroma of piney hops and light citrus fruit. Interesting resiny pine and dry bready flavor backed by light fruit and citrus. Semi-dry with a low malt presence. Nice herbal hop finish, somewhat dry and distinctive. Not as intense citrus a most american IPAs. This is quite unique in flavor. I usually like a good malt backbone in IPAs, which is lacking here, but the flavors are so interesting that I still really enjoyed this IPA. A reliably great brewery.

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Photo of rarbring
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clouded amber, has a large off-white head taht settles slowly and a bit unevenly, leaves good lacing.

The smell is citric, bitter oranges, grape-fruit, peaches and melons. Some floral notes, grass, pine needles and resin.

Some toffee and brown bread initially, then grape-fruit peel, oranges, and a good grassy bitterness.

Medium carbonation, intense small bubbles, a good body and a long dry finish.

A fresh hop intense IPA.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl. , bottled 24 june 2011.

This is a great example of beer to me. De Molen usually makes great brews, and this one is just right, particularly in the style of ipa.

Looks orange brown, beige head. Great carbonation.

Smell and taste fresh. Peach, apricot, citrus, pine, green tea. Massive bitterness that stays in the mouth. Spicy bite in the aftertaste. Tough but balanced. Refreshing overall.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this numerous times, finally decided to review it.
Look: golden bronze color with a nice frothy head.
Smell: passion fruits, grapefruits, yeast, hay and fresh hops
Taste: Grapefruits, pine and passion fruit up front, a beautiful balanced sharp bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Nicely balanced
Overall: very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Alex-by
4.96/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Amber color with white head, which dissapears pretty fast.

S: I expected it to be a little bit stronger. Smell is very light - hops, a bit of citrus.

T: A lot of citrus and hops. Though EBU is 63 but it not so bitter as expected. You get more citrus and malty sweetness with higher temperature.

M: Light and fresh.

O: This is one of the best IPA I've ever had. It is not very bitter and really light. Awesome beer.

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Vuur & Vlam from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.