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Rook & Vuur - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 84
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 19.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: johnnybravo on 04-06-2010

Premiant hop & Saaz as late hop.
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Photo of rinhaak
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Photo of AgentZero
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown beer with a pretty good sized carbonation head that left some spots on the sides.

S - Char, burnt wood, little smoke, lot of heavy malts, slight bit of dark fruit.

T - Taste is a lot like the nose, but it focuses mostly on the char and ash. Slight bit of dark fruit and a dose of malt.

M - A lot of carbonation, too much actually. Body is also too thin.

O - Not particularly good or memorable. Taste is too bland and mouthfeel is kind of a wreck on this beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Eric for the share.

A - It pours black and fizzy, and has a very large amount of dark tan foam atop.

S - Smells infected in a medicinal band-aid type of way, and besides that it is campfire-smoky.

T - Tastes like smoky infected dark Euro Strong Ale. In other words, the beer tastes like Porter-meets-Malt-Liquor in a funeral pyre of tar and ashes. Alternatively, car exhaust would be another apt descriptor.

M - Thin, fizzy, badly overcarbonated.

O - Drains were invented for times like this.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric (TurdFurgison) for sharing this with me. 750ml bottle - #267 of 498. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving splotchy lace. Brown body with some transparency at the fringes.

S - Smoke, some light chili peppery notes, bock-esque malt sweetness.

T - Taste is much more heavily peated, with some char and ash. Not nearly as sweet as the nose implied.

M - This is overcarbonated, and has a thin medium-light body. Some dry smokiness in the finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.

D - It's a nice smoked beer that is hampered by a weak mouthfeel. I'd try this again on-tap if I saw it at Local Option or one of the few other bars that have De Molen kegs.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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 !

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Photo of johnnybravo
4.72/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

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Rook & Vuur from Brouwerij De Molen
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