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Kopi Loewak - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
89
very good

146 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rvdoorn on 11-01-2009)
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IHyphySF

California

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not sure what to expect from this beer because it is the first i ever had from this brewery and haven't heard much likes or dislikes about this brewery.

A: Popped the cap and instantly it foamed right to the top but did not foam out. Instantly poured into a tulip and poured 1/4 beer and 3/4 foam which almost foamed out. The foam color was milk chocolate foam with white haze it later dissipates quite quickly and leaves a nice ring of foam around the glass. The beer is coffee black colored and no visible bubbles are seen in the beer.

S:Smells of cheap coffee like folgers with some sort of sweetner but has huge notes of alcohol.

T:Roasty, Malty, Burnt chocolate, Cheap Coffee upfront it actually ends up having a caramel and almost burnt butterscotch flavor to it. The upfront roasted flavor profile of this is a little too much and wish it had more upfront sweetness to balance this out. Coffee is predominant in the flavor of this beer and if i knew more about the Kopi Loewak Coffee profile it might make a small bit of difference on how well they did on reproducing this taste within the beer.

M: drinks smooth really good carbonation at first but after 30 minutes the carbonation falls dead .

O: Would want to try this with a good year on it but would try it again if i saw it on tap!!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:52:25 | More by IHyphySF
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 11/2/13

A another De Molen gusher but I got all but a few drops in the glass, dark liquid but I can still see the streams of bubbles feeding the light mocha foam that's three fingers deep for most of the glass and leaves chunks of lace well down the glass

S cold coffee grinds, espresso infused bakers chocolate, chocolate covered raisins, plums, dusty coco powder, nice mix of fruit, coffee and chocolate

T some char and just a darker roast in general compare to the nose, earthy with almost a faint top soil thing going for it, tastes better then it sounds

M on the foamy side of cream, slick after the fact with a little heat, dark roast espresso on the finish lingers for ages

O nice big coffee stout going on here, no real flaws and no complaints from me, coffee lovers rejoice

pretty solid brew that I'll drink again, this one will hurt you if your not careful

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 02:39:24 | More by wordemupg
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, 11.2% ABV, packaged on April 19, 2012. Yet another De Molen offering where the Dutch-only label offers little in the sense of a stylistic impression. At least I have more than ample time to jot this down as the initial pour really takes its sweet time.

This beer pours a solid tinted black, with a very over-wrought puffy, billowy monstrosity of scarily rising beige head, which puts down some serious roots, only eventually leaving some broad swaths of caked hanging fuzzy lace around the glass as it slowly fades away. Over carbonation? Yes, methinks.

It smells pungently of dry roasted coffee grounds, earthy and cocoa-striped, some overwhelmed roasted biscuit malt, a touch of gritty dark chocolate, and some middling lactic essence. The taste is dry, earthy coffee, over a bed of semi-sweet chocolate, lightly roasted bready caramel malt, and some weirdly understated vegetal, spicy pepper essences. A bit of lingering yeast and earthy adjunct just adds to the strangeness.

The bubbles are fairly inert, the body a decent medium weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes on the mildly sweet side, as the lightly smoked character merges with the coffee and malt players.

An agreeable enough strong stout, where the alcohol has the temerity to stay under the radar until the near finish, where the heat doesn't exactly rear up, but carries on gamely enough to make itself known. Overall, a nice, warm, coffee-heavy tipple, once you tear through the carbonation screen.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 05:44:06 | More by biboergosum
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popery

California

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with a nice big mocha head. The shade of brown is about the color of slightly too weak coffee. Looks a bit murky, but it's hard to tell with the color. The aroma is strongly coffee-forward. It's a very pleasant coffee flavor but seems to dominate the beer a bit more than I'd prefer. There's just a little bit of roasted malt, caramel and chocolate in the background. The taste is similarly rich with coffee. Again, it's a very nice coffee, but while the taste is somewhat better in this respect than the aroma, I wish there was a bit more complexity to the beer. There's some nice caramel and chocolate blending into the coffee. The finish is really just coffee, though. The coffee is fruity and rich. Very good. Unfortunately, the beer is significantly overcarbonated, at least for my taste. I just don't particularly enjoy these flavors in such an effervescent beer. It's no big deal, since I just waited for the beer to settle, but it seems like an odd misstep. I'm a big fan of Molen, but this beer was somewhat disappointing, despite the tasty coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 06:09:28 | More by popery
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March of 0-12 I picked this up last week. No worries as the label indicates it can be aged 5 years.

Pours great. Big ole brown head, somewhat creamy, but semi rough bubbles. Dark brown/ruby color body. no surprise there.

Coffee aroma. And that's about it. Some faint leather and roasted malt. Maybe figs.

Flavor is coffee forward, but kind of light. Not a wholly powerful flavor, and the abv is well hidden. Easy drinking. Elather and roasted malt come through a bit more as it warms. A nice bite on the end. This is a solid stout; a warm-her-upper

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 09:52:57 | More by Mebuzzard
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kojevergas

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 18/04/12 (DD/MM/YY). Imported by the Shelton Bastards. .11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness stem-goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Poured with vigor as undercarbonation is expected; De Molen has consistent carbonation issues in my experience. Served after a brief period following its removal from the fridge, but allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a glass full of tan colour froth foam of good thickness, good cream, and great retention. It appears in this case De Molen overcarbonated it. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Subtle coffee with some richness and roast, dark malts, slightly stale biscuit malt, cream, and chocolate malt. A rather understated mild aroma, especially considering the style. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol.

T: Roast, dark malts, caramel, coffee, chocolate malt, and some deeper java roast, but not much. It's a bit bland, actually, and the balance is lackluster. Not real well built for the style, but it does hide its ABV well. Lacks yeasty character. A hint of...light chili pepper? What's that doing there? In spite of its flaws, I do love the roasty character that's there. The actual kopi loewak is nice, but nowhere near as evocative as it is in Mikkel's offerings.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Delightfully cream. Impressively light on the palate for the style, showcasing some delicate fragility. The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. In spite of the problems with the presentation/appearance, the carbonation is actually quite good. The mouthfeel is so remarkable; it's a damn shame the flavours aren't up to par.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV, and it's growing on me as it warms. Hides its ABV incredibly well. I'm going to enjoy finishing this bottle, and I'm glad it's a small format. Another great stout from De Molen.

B+

It gains body as it warms. Serve at room temperature - not even slightly chilled.

Drank well out of me Guinness goblet.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 06:27:50 | More by kojevergas
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alfax


4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

English (sorry if there's any mistake in the text):
Had in a bottle at home, bought at a local shop, Labirratorium (Madrid). Pours black with a brown head, which flies away quickly and only leves a small sticky head.
Aroma is pretty intense: mostly dark coffee, but with the sweetness of caramel and roasted malts.
Taste is mostly the same: the coffee is back again but maybe there's a little bit of chocolate in this one.
Full-bodied withe medium carbonation.
This is a really nice beer, and if you also like coffee, you're going to love this one.

Español:
Botella comprada en Labirratorium, tienda local de madrid.
El cuerpo es de color negro totalmente opaco, con espuma marrón claro que desaparece rápido, aunque deja una pequeña capa que permanece ahí el resto del tiempo.
Tiene aroma muy intenso a café, aunque muy bien acompañado de toques más dulces a caramelo y maltas tostadas.
El sabor es prácticamente igual, con el café dominando la escena aunque de nuevo con otras notas dulces.Tal vez tenga un ligero toque a chocolate también.
En general hay que decir que es una cerveza excelente, y al que además le guste el café definitivamente le encantará.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 14:09:13 | More by alfax
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adamette

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle that I bought for $9.49 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. 18/04/12 stamped on the bottom of the back label. I am going to guess that means that it was bottled April 18, 2012. The front of the label suggests "enjoy within 5 years."

A Poured about one half of the bottle into the glass and a huuuge 6 inch thick medium brown head completely dominated the glass with about one cm of pitch black body beneath it. I don't remember this kind of reaction since the first time I poured a Duvel. The massive head remained for several minutes. Seriously, I found myself waiting around for it to dissipate. I probably waited 5 minutes in all. Only the most direct of light allows the slightest very dark mahogany shades through. Other than that the body is absolutely motor oil black. 5.0

S All that waiting allowed me to get a good idea of the smell before I attempted to drink it. A great coffee presence over top of dark roast malt predominate. I smell no hops although the label mentions that one of the ingredients is premiant (bittering hop). I do not pick up much heat at all from the alcohol, at least not to the smell. 4.5

T Wow. This is one special beer. The coffee is there but the taste pushes it to the background (where I believe it should be) and the dark roast malt is in the front. It is a nice, sweet dark roast malt and the coffee tastes dance around the edges and then linger in the finish very nicely. World class Stout. I would not change a thing! 5.0

M There is a welcome syrupy goodness to the feel that helps thicken up the feel and also allows it to linger well into the aftertaste, another welcome development. The feel really suits the taste of the beer and helps to elevate its "bigness" as well. 4.5

D Not really that high for a few reasons:
1. It costs 84 cents an ounce
2. The 11.2 per cent ABV is enough to cut down my ability to repeatedly drink these
Overall though, this is a world class beer. By the way, the drinkability may not be high but I really don't think that it is supposed to be. With all of its qualities it is supposed to be savored and enjoyed (rather than drinking several of them!). Overall: 4.5

Notes: This beer was recommended to me by the owner Wally's sister while I was in the store. Of course I hesitated because of the price. I am glad that I followed through!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 03:16:39 | More by adamette
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle, bottled 18/04/12

A: This beer has an extreme amount of carbonation, particularly for the style. In fact the beer gushed after the second pour. It pours out a very dark brown, almost black. Almost four fingers of head develop with little effort.

S: Molasses, sweet caramel, and faded, but not bitter coffee. I also get a lot of nuttiness that goes well with the caramel and coffee. Little to no chocolate or roast are evident.

T: Taste is similar to aroma, but not as intense. It's also not nearly as smooth. A lot of the sweetness that I got in the nose is completely gone here. The beer starts of with nuttiness with a bit of sweetness and faded coffee. The coffee is only slightly acrid, though I get moderate hop bitterness. The carbonation is a bit distracting.

M: Low to medium thickness with extremely strong carbonation that somehow stays fairly creamy. Either way, it's far too strong.

M: This beer was extremely disappointing. I generally love beers with Kopi Lowak, but the base beer is more of a brown ale than a stout. It's also way, way overcarbonated. With lower carbonation and roasted and chocolate malts added, I could see this being a decent beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 04:10:24 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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AgentMunky

California

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Bottled 18 April 2012.

A: Black, with a mocha creamy head with good retention.

S: Spicy? Hoppy? Worcester? Faint and confusing.

T: Interesting. The coffee here is much more present and lingeringly bitter. A touch of chocolate, sweet-roasted malt, and light hops. All-around balanced and enjoyable.

M: Spicy and carbonated. The spice (or coffee?) is fierce and pleasant.

O: Great beer. Very fine imperial stout. The strength is not noticeable. Drinkable, enjoyable, and recommended. Probably won't have again.

Notes
Plato: 23.7
EBC: 266
EBU: 85
ABV: 11.2%

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 07:04:20 | More by AgentMunky
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark brown, almost black color, with a fizzy tan head. The nose has a touch of roasted malt and then delicious coffee that is better on beer than real coffee. Taste is same, roasty, tons of well integrated clean coffee with hints of vanilla and chocolate and a light to moderate bitterness. Body is creamy and airy, assertive carbonation. Integrates the coffee extremely well without being ashy or peaty and overly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 17:23:17 | More by cpetrone84
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. Bottled on 18/04/12 with a purchase price of $9.50.

4.0 A: Black color. Took two pours to fill the glass since the first gave me a full hand of head. Anyway, big, foamy tan head with a pillowy top. Retention is insanely good which resulted in many minutes passing before I could get the glass full. Decent amount of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Potent, refined coffee sticks out at first sniff. Tons of coffee to the point that it blocks out much of the other aromas. Supple roastiness. That's about all I can say. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. I definitely like it. Booze is absent.

4.0 T: Again there's simply tons of coffee. Smooth, supple roastiness, refined. The base gets to come out and play unlike the nose. Chocolate is the next most prominent flavor with some caramel underneath. Moderate neutral malt sweetness. Booze is again well hidden. Great if you love coffee.

4.5 M: Heavier medium to lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation despite the giant head. Very nice creaminess with a touch of chewiness to it. Super smooth with a light boozy warming on finish.

4.0 D: This is closer to stouted coffee than a coffee stout. That said, it's pretty tasty and worth a try if you like coffee.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:02:06 | More by DavoleBomb
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Arno


3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottled saying the ABV is 11,5%.

For those unfamiliar with "Kopi Loewak" and how this beer got it's name:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak

Summary: It's the world's most expensive coffee, made from Loewak turds holding the digested coffee berries. That's what's used as main ingredient for this beer.

appearance: Dark brown, near black. Non-transparent. Huge, no insane, mocca foam top. Pour with care. Lovely lacing.

smell: Coffee for sure. Roasted malts, bit sourness to it. Hint of dark fruit / berries.

taste: Like the smell suggests. It starts of quite fresh with a slight fruity and sweet coffee taste, then the roasted malt flavors kick in, giving it the coffee like bitterness.

mouthfeel: Quite some carbonation, possibly a tad too much. Maybe the flavor needs a punch not to get dull, bit it also prevents it from getting more creamy like.

overall: It's not bad. It's not great either. "The Molen" has better beers then this. I like the name, i like the story, but the flavors don't wow me. I like the roasted flavors behind the coffee taste, which does taste a little like old coffee. It's all quite mellow considering the ABV, so it's quite a kicker. The slightly sweet dark fruity flavor mellow it out quite nicely.
It's ok, but considering the price there are way better options at "The Molen brewery".

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 21:38:37 | More by Arno
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Dudeabide

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ~ Black, with a big mocha head.

S ~ Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee

T ~ Lots of coffee backed with chocolate. Taste like old coffee, fortunately, I like that.

M ~ Medium bodied, wish this beer was a lot heavier, taste lingers but not for long.

O ~ I enjoyed it, but not enough for the price I found it at

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 19:27:20 | More by Dudeabide
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IPA35

Netherlands

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle filled to the brim, 11.2%, bottled at 19-04-2012
Poured into a Westvleteren chalice by lack of a better clean glass.

If poured too fast or at a wrong angle as I did this form a huge head even in this wide glass. Be warned.

A very dark brown beer, black in the glass with edges of dark brown when held in the light. Lovely head, big and rocky. Cappuccino like.

Smells of coffee and a bit of chocolate with dark fruit underneath, some alcohol. As it warms up the alcohol becomes more pronounced.

A beer with a big coffee taste but without that much coffee bitterness, infact this beer has quite a big malty sweetness, maybe even hints of dark fruits. Noticable, warming alcohol. Rather a simple finish with roastiness and some coffee.
Complex but not that much compared to other Imperial/Coffee Stouts.

Body is medium with quite alot of carbonation.

Overall this is yet another good coffee stout, a pleasant beer. Probably not the best De Molen beer though. I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 17:04:24 | More by IPA35
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mulder1010

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

180 ML nip bottle poured into a snifter
Thanks to Baggio for the bottle

A--- OH, it wants to be a gusher. Careful opening saved that. Thanks other reviewers :). Pours a dark muddy, murky brown. Settles in the glass a murky black with slight tints of brown and ruby. One finger mocha colored head that is thick and stays at one finger for a bit. Does recede to a layer of thick film. Couple spots of lacing.

S-- Lots of coffee. Underneath the big coffee nose is some milk chocolate, roast and citrus.

T-- Coffee, milk chocolate, bittering citrus hops, and roast.

M-- Full bodied and low carbonation. Coffee does smooth out in the mouth and get more of milk chocolate, roast, grapefruit and pine. Good acidic dry coffee finish.

O-- Nice beer. Nothing that wows but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 16:37:18 | More by mulder1010
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am a little confused. I had this beer at my uncle's Peter's place, where he shared this fantastic beer with me. But I wrote down that th ABV is 11,2%!!! Did we have a another batch, because I am pretty certain I wrote it down correctly?

A - Pitch black (alway a good thing if it comes to beer :)) and a beige head.

S - Coffee, chocolate and citrus like hops.

T - Much more taste than the smell gave away. A nice coffee and chocolate mixture with some great hop presence. The beer was sweet upfront and bitter in the finish.

M - A soft carbonation that goes very excellent with the taste. It would have been nice if the body was a little thicker. The finish was a nicely bitter.

O - A very nice coffee stout, to my not so humble opinion among the Dutch best stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 19:33:55 | More by Mar02x
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ImperialStoat

United Kingdom (England)

3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yikes, what a disappointment.

Appearance: Uhh...Black? Not opaque but reddish-black. No head, just a few scant bubbles.

Smell: A French-press that hasn't been washed in a couple of days. It smells of coffee, no doubt, but generic coffee all the same. Otherwise: an ashtray, malted barley.

Taste: The aforementioned stale French-press quality, plus ash and some milk chocolate. Not complex at all, and the complete lack of carbonation/head doesn't help matters. You may as well just smell a bag of old coffee.

Mouthfeel: A medium mouthfeel with no carbonation to speak of. Surprisingly easy to drink, perhaps for that reason.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 20:09:02 | More by ImperialStoat
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Lunch

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Mr. ygtbsm94 at his home during a tasting, thanks!

Poured into a Jester King snifter and this guy foams like a motherfucker. Almost black with some crazy lacing. Goddamn is the nose loaded with coffee and some sweet cream. Taste is very similar, but not quite as rich. Some roast in there as well adds some bitterness.

An interesting beer and glad that I tried it, but not something that I need to have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 19:12:55 | More by Lunch
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psiweaver

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my oakquinox tasting glass. Brought this back from Holland.

A: pours a thick black with a very small dark brown head that disappears almost immediately.

S: lots of coffee and chocolate notes with some roasty malts

T: lots of coffee some chocolate and some roasty malt, not terribly complex but good if you like coffee.

M: a little under carbonated and overly bitter with the coffee

overall a very good beer especially if your into coffee stouts one that is worth searching out.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 21:32:42 | More by psiweaver
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ygtbsm94 for opening this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

The initial pour foams like crazy. Huge light tan head and a bit of lacing as it eventually settles. The nose has coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Coffee galore. Good amount of cream there as well. Nose indicates that this is going to be really smooth and delicious, and the taste confirms that the nose was not lying. Strong coffee with a bit of roast, cream, and a mild oaky presence. Medium body. Smooth finish. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 18:06:41 | More by Thorpe429
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STEG

New York

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Jeffo for this one.

As I got the first part of the cap off of the .18cl bottle my palm was met with a huge rush of air. I hurried to get the cap off, glass at the ready, but unyielding, it rushed the open orifice. fizzing slightly but with another deft cap release I was able to free the beer and pour the majority of the pitch black liquid into the duvel tulip on deck. As the bottle slowly emptied the glass filled at a much faster rate. After waiting 3 times for the head to recede I was able to fit all of the massive 6oz nip bottle into my miniscule Duvel tulip.

A mixed bag of bubbles was present all the way up to the rim of the Duvel tulip for a solid 20 seconds then dissipated to a thin layer of circling bubbles. One of the more impressive coffee noses I've experience. Huge coffee notes are backed up by cocoa powder and earthy wood notes, odd considering there's no oak in the present in the brewing process that I know of. There's also a very slight vanilla note hidden in there somewhere.

Taste has a coffee acidity present up front followed by a sweeter chocolate and malty center and finishing up with more acidity from the monkey shit coffee.

Mouthfeel was really disappointing. Moderately lively carbonation kept you wanting to come back for more but then it falls apart with the excessively thin mouthfeel. I sense no alcohol whatsoever, well done in that regard.

Overall this was worth the try and I was able to get the usual experience with playing russian roulette with de molen. I guess I kinda won with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:39:12 | More by STEG
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is quite over-carbonated. As the head gradually fades, the color is finally revealed...dark brown. Shocker. Ample lacing sticks to the sides of the tulip glass. The aroma brings roast, alcohol, subtle coffee. The taste is alright, with coffee and roast notes. Unfortunately, the beer is indeed over-carbonated, adversely affecting every aspect of the beer. Oh well. Not nearly on the same level with the 666.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 06:39:14 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled July 2010
Well this is a bit excessively carbonated, a soft pour produces a huge, light brown colored head and the body is a dark, black color. The coffee character in this beer is hugely aromatic with some sharper acidic, roast coffee notes too. This reminds me a lot of a mocha and the coffee is definitely the dominant character here, but if you dig there are some touches of toasted grain character towards the finish.

The beer is quite dry tasting and has a touch of acidity to it along with a big roast grain character and coffee note. This is actually very dry, it seems even super-attenuated, which certainly accentuates the acid flavors here. Smooth mocha flavors can't quite help balance out the dryness or acidity. This is a pretty simplistic beer, it really needs some malt and body to be even remotely balanced. This is interesting as a pure coffee beer, but not too great to really drink. I wonder if it has been infected, it doesn't really taste like it , but the fact that it is so over-attenuated makes me think it might be.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 15:32:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

18cl bottle poured into my Darkness glass, picked up in Gent...As i put the cap its gushes a bit, but I'm not expected for all head pour. About 2 oz of beer equalled about 12 inches of light tan head. Great retention, the head is fluffy and interesting with huge bubbles, and nice lacing. I would normally give an appearance like that a better score but the head is so annoying in not only making pour several times but making me wait forever to drink it...A light aroma that just shows off the coffee. The coffee is really nice and smooth but somewhat boring and unbalanced. As it warms some nice sweet chocolate does start to present...The taste is ton of coffee as expected, but I really like it better in the aroma than I do in reality. The coffee is light, stale, alcoholic; ironically its still pretty good, just not great...The feel is lighter but tough and tannic...Glad this is a small bottle, would be tough to drink a big bottle.

This is pretty good, just feel it could be better, slightly disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:25:53 | More by jrallen34
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