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Rook & Vuur - Brouwerij De Molen

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 19.83%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: johnnybravo on 04-06-2010

Premiant hop & Saaz as late hop.
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4.72/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had it in a side by side tasting with Schlenkerla Rauch Märzen. It's the same quality but the Rook & Vuur is so more intense in many ways. More smoke, better smoke if you'd ask me as in the side by side Schlenkerla tasted more like an ashtray and the Rook & Vuur like smoked sausage. It has way more body, but of course a higher ABV as well. Looked great, when down easy.

Photo of rinhaak
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at Maruhn's in Darmstadt, Hessen. Brewed on January 20, 2011, bottled February 18, 2011, tasted January 5, 2012.

Bottle number 167/432

Pours a dark, nearly black color with an enormous head; the beer completely gushed out of the bottle when I opened it.

Aromas of red peppers, green olives, chocolate and sea salt. There is something definitely salty about the nose.

The flavor nearly knocked me over. Very intense with tremendous complexity, I could easily sip and analyze this all night. It starts a little sour with a cherry fruit flavor, progresses to a nicely hoppy bitter taste, evolves into chocolate, oak, and smoke flavors, finally finishing with chilis and an overriding peat. This is definitely a dark roasted beer, but what surprises me is how balanced the smoke and peat flavors are. This isn't a smoked beer, nor does it taste like it was aged in oak barrels (which it wasn't). But their peat smoked malts add just the right amount of extra character to really take this beer up to the next level.

This beer really blew me away for all its complexity and uniqueness, while constantly maintaining the perfect balance of all its flavors. My particular bottle almost had a brett flavor to it's sourness; it makes me wonder if they did any natural fermentation.

Certainly worth drinking; track it down if you can.

As an aside, I enjoyed half the bottle with chicken molé, and the combination was fabulous.

Photo of monketeeth
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass, bottle dated 8/18/2011

A: Highly carbonated (too much), meringue like foam, excellent retention. Deep brown body with ruby-like hues.
A: Heavy smoked malts, some roasted malts, and maple sweetness.
T: Mesquite wood chips followed by liquid smoke, which blends into wisps of semi-sweet chocolate, and finishes with a long duration of slightly sweet smoke. Chili heat arrives mid palate, and makes its presence known without disturbing the smokey/sweet balance.
O: I must say I am impressed. Chili heat is dialed in, the balance of sweet and smoke is on point, and the mouthfeel is excellent. Top notch Rauchbier!

Photo of lmaduells
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay chalice at Local Option.

It's funny: I came to the Local Option looking to try a different De Molen smoked beer, only to find it kicked and this one freshly tapped. Fair trade to me. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises campfire, smoked honey-baked ham, caramel and toffee. This is what I'm talkin' 'bout right here! Tasty. The taste brings in more of the same, with a lighter bit of toffee and more of a beech-leaning smoke, as opposed to the woodsier campfire of the smell. Still pretty tasty. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a damn fine bit o' smoky goodness. Good times.

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle at Volo release day. Outstanding smoked. Aromas of rich smoked malt and wine. Very rich malt, chocolate, peat, whisky, really tasty, with chiles in the finish.Good amount of retained head. One of the best beers I have had in last few months.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a murky texture. There was an absolutely massive, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: As expected, a very smoky aroma, with a good amount of malt, too.

T: The flavor was dominated by the smoky quality, but that's to be expected - on some level it reminded of an Aecht beer. Also had hints of chocolate and caramel, and a surprisingly strong hops presence. A solid flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Of course, a beer like this won't please everyone, but it is worth a shot if you like rauchbiers.

Photo of beerpirates
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A : A pitch black beer with a beautiful huge creamy dark brown head.
S : The aroma has notes burnt wood, roasted malt, dextrose, and hints of chocolate.
T : The flavor is sweet with strong notes of tar to start off, then comes medium notes of roasted malt, dextrose, dark bitter chocolate, and wood, leading to a very dry, roasted and bitter finish, where a note of cocoa appears. The chili tickles the mouth.

M : high carbonation , very smooth

D : alcohol is very well hidden , very drinkable !

Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a light mocha head.

S: This one acts infected, but doesn't smell infected. Nose is a nice blend of smokey and roasty characters, with notes of scotch smoke, dark roast coffee, espresso and dark chocolate.

T: Taste is much more smoke forward, with just a little dark chocolate and espresso.

M: Full side of medium bodied with IPA-esque carbonation. Could stand to be smoother.

O: First off, I don't know that I'd call this a rauchbier. I'd call it a stout with peated malt. Second, if you like Scotch smoke with roasty notes, I'd definitely recommend it. I liked it a lot.

Photo of aasher
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light bodied milk chocolate brown with a billowing three finger, very carbonated and active mocha head. Like most of their 12oz bottles, this one appears to be a little too carbonated. The nose is full of chile pepper, leather, and peat. It's very intriguing. I'm glad it holds its own on the pepper front. The flavors are smoky, dry, leathery, has some bark to it, and earthy musty pepper. It's interesting. It's peaty. The peaty characteristic is it's greatest strength. It drinks lighter in body than you'd think, because of the carbonation. It's effervescent. Overall this was a nice smoked beer. It was pretty well balanced between the peat, earth, and pepper. Solid beer from De Molen.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is dark brown with a tall dark beige creamy head that slowly sets into nice lacings.

S: Smoke (obviously) and sweet malt. In the back there's some dark bitter chocolate.

T: Sweet roasted malt with lots of smoky notes. It tastes almost like smoked ham. There is a vanilla/chocolate vibe to it.

M: Aftertaste is long and holds smoky bitterness. Body is medium and carbonation rich.

O: Considering everything this is a pretty nice Rauchbier - complex.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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Rook & Vuur from Brouwerij De Molen
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