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Vuur & Vlam - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
86
very good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 10-06-2009)
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Hazy amber-copper pour with huge three finger head, with great retention and lacing. Really complex and unique floral, perfumey, citrus, nose with hints of ginger, peaches, pineapple, apples, and pine with a touch of soap. As it warms, a solid caramel maltiness emerges. The taste is just as complex and just as bold. Great fresh hoppiness with a nice solid caramel backbone. Loads of bitter pine and grapefruit nicely complemented by the sweet malt. Also getting ginger and a touch of cinnamon along with a little soapiness. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy but creamy and smooth as well with a great tangy finish. Vuur & Vlam literally translates to Fire & Flame, which aptly describes this great offering from De Molen.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 13:55:37 | More by beerdrifter
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BeerMandS

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed 19 November 2010
Bottled 21 December 2010
Bottle 1088 of 3511

Bright slightly hazy golden orange beer with a nice light weight head. It has a very expressive nose of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, passion fruit, dried apricots as well as a graininess. The taste is not as expressive as the nose but it's a very good follow through with an anticipated bitterness that makes you come back for more. Medium bodied with good carbonation I'm happy a purchased two. Thanks Andy!

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 15:31:31 | More by BeerMandS
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alexhahn82

California

2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A golden orange very clear beer, pours with a huge head (I do pour aggressively) that dissipates at a moderate pace.

S - A caramely and fruit like smell on the nose, quite pleasant, not a floral/traditional/mainstream smell to it which is refreshing.

T/M - mehhh. American Style IPA? Me disagrees. MEH. Still hard to put into words, but its caramel, mid to low hop backbone if you will.

O - Hmm, nothing too crazy here, quite safely played and would identify it more as a Pale Ale, not in malt characteristics, but in very tame underwhelming IBU's (42 in this and its an IPA?)

PP (Price Point) - Leftovers from a BA meet up, but if its more than $3 a bottle I wouldn't get near it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 04:21:14 | More by alexhahn82
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RuudJH

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 05:58:46 | More by RuudJH
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:12:23 | More by Dope
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 21:43:11 | More by oberon
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muttyd

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured gently into a tulip glass yield a huge soapy/rocky off white head. As the head settles, it leaves suds all over the glass. Rather murky brew with some hints of sediment swirling around in the glass.

Despite having been bottled almost 7 months ago, this beer has a pretty impressive hoppy aroma; some pine, herbal tea, and citrus fruits. Sweet bready malts & slight alcohol notes follow the aromatic mix of hops. The flavor has a more piney/resiny hop character with a strong toffee/caramel malt backbone. Bitter grapefruit rind and spicy yeast character in the finish. Surprised that the alcohol (being only 6.2%) gives the warming feeling it does going down. Well carbonated and prickly on the tongue, this beer leaves a sticky/oily coating on your palate.

Being the first beer I have ever tried from De Molen, I am rather impressed. I will seek out this (and their other) beer in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:24:04 | More by muttyd
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 21:49:22 | More by rvdoorn
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 13:41:55 | More by Kegatron
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rarbring

Sweden

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 16:28:31 | More by rarbring
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spicelab

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Opaque murky brown. Not an attractive colour in the classical sense. Massive head slowly recedes leaving chunky turbulent looking foam kind of like what you see near river rapids. Gob loads of sediment just adds to the poohey charm. Cool.

Smells of caramelised sugars, fairy floss and sweet citrus, most notably mandarin.

Sweetness again dominates the taste. Lemon sherbet, pineapple and ripe melons. All shit I love, but the flavours seem to get confused or lost in a homogeneous, almost muddy flavour after a while.

High carbonation partially responsible for a slightly harsh and sizzly bitterness, which is a shame because otherwise I could guzzle a tonne of these.

Overall quite an addictive drop for me that I'd love to try fresh

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 10:40:06 | More by spicelab
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 00:46:22 | More by Sammy
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lFair IPA, settled on the hops, and yet with a pleasing bitter sense.

Presentation: 33 cl brown, capped bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew. O.G. 1058, F.G. 1012, EBC Colour 22.2 Hop bill, EBUs 42.6. Adds recommended drinking temperature, and cellaring range (up to 5 yrs.). Shows brewing and bottling date (11 March 2010, 12 April 2010), and that this is bottle 320 out of a1210 33cl bottles batch, alongside Alc. by Vol. (6.2%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber pour. Towering head with problems to settle down... Quite a beauty.

S - Aroma is soft, faded at this point I guess... But still pleasant with a light hoppy touch, light grapefruit with a sweet malt touch.

T - Bitter sense, not so much a full range but a good bitter touch, touch of faint resin and citrus under the bitter coating, but again, not much in the way of complexity or range of hops at this point. Pleasing malty touch in the back, dash of caramel.

M - Medium body with medium to medium/low carbonation, good tingle in the tongue flowing with the final bitter finish.

D - Aged IPA by design... It still drinks pretty well with a pleasing feel.

Notes: Certainly not by far a remarkable De Molen brew, and sure enough despite the rage, mine included, for fresh and rich hops, they can also (and were supposed) to preserve a brew well, and this still is a good drinker albeit shortly it will hit the one year mark. I'd love to put my hands on a fresh one though... Thanks Toño for another De Molen treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:27:59 | More by Daniellobo
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2 ounce bottle from glouglouburp. Pours a muddy/hazy wheat tangerine with a thick and creamy head and soapy lacing. Nose- iced tea and over ripe tropical fruit. Taste- zippy hop bite with a dish soap overtone, and sweet caramel malts and then astringent bitterness. Seems more like a strong pale ale then ipa with the malt bill and level of hopping, although not all that drinkable compared to a good APA. Solid level of carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:38:45 | More by oakbluff
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops is dominant with light traces of cat pee. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with a bitter finish and nice floral notes with some subtle traces of cat pee. Body is full with great carbonation. Well brewed though more floral notes would have been even better.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 19:05:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 19:49:28 | More by DeanMoriarty
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baggio

Sweden

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle@Home

A: Golden copper with a large, white, head and lots of lacing.

S: Berries, Citric notes, Flowers, Caramel.

T: Grass, Citric notes, Berries (raspberry mainly), Hint of butterscotch and pine.

M: Qute hoppy but the hops used works nicely together with the malty caramel backbone. Carbonation is medium and the liquid feels quite soft.

A very drinkable IPA. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:07:13 | More by baggio
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StJamesGate

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber-tan with stiff piles of eggshell foam. Nose is faint caramel, bruised peach and orange rind. Toffee apple malts with vague caraway/vanilla bean yeast spice then pine resin and fresh apricot hops. Bitter finish. Soft, round, medium, some heat, cloys a bit.

According to the label:
Bittered with Galena
Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo late hops
Dry hopped with Cascade
42 IBUs

That label info should have been a clue: why go crazy with the hop bill, only to give an APA-level of bitterness?
And though it says this can age for up to 5 years, with a June 29th bottle date, at 4 months it already seems to have lost some hop brightness. Hop complexity does deepen as it warms; serve this at cellar temp.

Burns too much to be an APA, not hoppy enough to be an IPA. Swampy hops, weak malts, and then that yeast... Belgian IPA? Not sure what this is trying to be.

2nd de Molen beer, and haven't been blown away yet.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 23:48:20 | More by StJamesGate
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arturorg

Spain

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served into a Flying Dog pint glass

A: Hazy brownish with a 1 inch white frothy head with no visible carbonation. Small lace

S: Malt, fruity (Passion fruit I think from the amarillo hop), bitter

T: sweet at first, puckering, not very bitter. Thin bodied. Feel a little bit of carbonation.

Good but could be better for De Molen standards, top notch brewery...

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 13:32:45 | More by arturorg
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 16:24:47 | More by Yoonisaykul
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koolk

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 11:52:36 | More by koolk
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ADZA

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 14:07:25 | More by ADZA
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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in a 750ml/75cl bottle, corked and caged, with the standard De Molen basic labeling. Pours as a slightly reddish amber with a light carbonation. There is a massive creamy off-white head which is persistent throughout. The aroma is as you would expect given the huge dose of c-hops used, there is strong ripe grapefruit, a light pine, and a touch of lemon. From the aroma I would never have guessed that this beer had been brewed outside America. The taste is nicely balanced, the bitterness of the hops is not overpower, which is what you sometimes find in beers like this. There is a smooth bitter floral taste with lots of lemon, and hints of resiny pine. Underneath the bitter runs a mild malty caramel, and a nice subtle smokiness. Really like this beer, definitely one of the best c-hopped outside of the states.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 20:18:08 | More by PartyBear
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2009; this bottle-conditioned ale comes in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 2014, served faintly chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's long-stemmed tulip-shaped goblet. NOTE: much information about this beer is printed on the front label - Brewed on 29 April 2009, Bottled on 2 June 2009; EBC 22.2, EBU 42.6; Bitter-ing hops Galena + as late-hops - Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo + Dry-hopping with Cascade; this bottle is No. 51 from the batch of 1344 bottles only. The label actually looks like some freshly printed "laboratory briefing"...?!

A: a huge and foamy light beige froth sits on top of a moderately carbonated, slightly murky dark amber hue. Phenomenal.
S: the smell is more like a well-hopped Tripel with a bit more malt sweetness upfront; as indicated by the front label, the hop composition is indeed complex and hard to "dissect" for analysis, featuring Cascade et al. US hops' piney, apricot-ish, grapefruity & lychee-ish aroma, while Belgian/Dutch exotic yeasts also render a rich flower-estery & spicy (a touch of vanilla and coriander-seeds) aura in the background. In the middle is a more settled layer of overripe fruits (pears, bananas, and pineapples [smoothie like!]) and mixed, toffee-ish+sugary malts. Very pleasant and tremendously hoppy, but the malt syrup is equally rich to provide a kind of gravity.
T: the effervescent mouthful of spicy-bitter & powdery yeastiness and piney hops is refreshing and kicking my taste-buds hard, waking them up to a dry, citrus-peel-ish spicy-bitter aftertaste that ensues closely, as does a vanilla-ish herbal note... Also in the aftertaste, the bready+caramely malts develop by stealth, but way less significant on a balance already dominated by lingering lychee-shell-ish aroma and chewy, spicy, medium+ level of bitterness from both hops and yeast sediments. Surprisingly, at merely 6.2%abv., this ale should leave an interestingly warmer-than-average swallow as it goes down the throat!
M&D: refreshing and semi-lively carbonated with very fine fizz, giving an elevating effect on the flavour actually. The complex hop profile is all mixed up in terms of flavour, and then engulfed by the rich yeastiness that I couldn't have avoided even if a more gentle pour was applied, as the yeast sediments are by no means settled in the bottle - more in line with a Belgian/Dutch bottled ale. The combined effect makes a heavily hopped and yet immensely yeasty semi-IPA style of ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 20:55:21 | More by wl0307
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Where the old-school though about the "European" flavor was about skunk aromas and subsequent taste, it seems that the newfound relevence in American-style IPAs are developing an overly catty or marijuiana-driven taste overseas. Along with one single glaring problem, this beer captures this notion well.

Despite its dispicable-sounding name, Vuur & Vlaam pours with a very charming appearance. Peach and cammel colors carry an inherent hop-infussed haze that captures the light and dispurses in with an artistic glow. Capped with a dense white skirt across the glass, the beer layers and laces much like English cask ales.

Aromas start with the endearing citrus and topical character that extends over all of IPAs today. Grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, apricot, and lemons are all represented well and are backed with the supple support of light caramel and bread. But it's an accompanying peppery spice that entices the nose at first but then grows into plastic, then rubber, and band-aid aromas that prove to be too distracting to fully appreciate the more IPA-like aromas.

Fruit forward to start the taste, the malts allow the hops to represent fruits with a more candied taste. As the malty sweetness begins to fade, the beer's hop dominance begins. Flavors of ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, mango, pineapple, and lemons rise to command the taste. But its toward the end of mid palate where the beer's peppery taste interrupts and forces a highly plastic note to dominate thereafter. Spice trumps bitterness and creates a mess to close the session.

But the beer's body is spot-on IPA (having to look past the distracting taste). Dry malt sweetness carries an inherent thin creaminess that's aided by zesty carbonation. But even that is short lived as the beer turns bone-dry, alcoholically warm, and peppery to finish.

Although there's only one real problem with the beer, that yeasty phenol character really disrupts the finer elements of the IPA and causes me to miss the herbal character that needs further exploration.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 01:55:21 | More by BEERchitect
Vuur & Vlam from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.