Mikkel & Menno - Brouwerij De Molen
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Reviews by Dawkfan:
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
A- Big 2" beige head that has lots of little pockets surrounding the glass similar to swiss cheese. The outer edges give way first, impressive retention, quite mesmerizing. Lace is pretty good too, color is a murky brown. Head finally settled to a creamy cap.
S- Intriguing, this is one hopped up weizenbock. Citrus aromas and rich caramel malt. Faint aromas of yeast, spice, and fruit. Reminds me of a sweeter IPA.
T- Mellow biscuit & caramel malts, the citrus hops are barely noticeable at the start and the bitterness turns very spicy & earthy. The finish is a little hot, also long and somewhat dry.
M- Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, carbonation is medium. Manages to be sort of smooth and creamy though the body is a little light.
D- Quite a change from aroma to taste, and I wasn't a big fan of the finish. Although not to style, it's not a bad beer. Intereesting use of the hop additions.
01-30-2011 00:15:25 | More by Dawkfan
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4/5 rDev +3.6%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat and caramel malt with some banana notes mixed in.
The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of toffee and caramel, with some banana and spice notes mixed in. The pepper and clove notes are very nice and mix well with the other flavor components.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
09-06-2011 03:59:27 | More by Mora2000
3.38/5 rDev -12.4%
Bottle number 297...
This beer pours an opaque, dark, dirty orange brown colour, with a mushroom cloud of really foamy pale beige head, which settles like a deadbeat dad, eventually leaving some random blobs of lace around the glass. It smells of earthy, musty forest floor, with spicy, bicuity malt. The taste is musty wheat grain, bitter chocolate, a bit of dry fruitiness, and earthy, bitter floral hops. The carbonation is quite soft, the bubbles all spent by the erupting volcano of head, the body medium weight, mostly smooth, with a slight astringency. It finishes pretty dry, billowy, and warm.
Another wheat beer, hopped to the nuts, but in this case, it just comes off musty and old tasting. Between that and the constant foam buffer, I shan't be returning to this one.
10-22-2010 23:54:30 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
Bottle 659. Cloudy fruit juice appearance with two inches of soapy white head. Forest hoppy aroma. A tad lighter than average mouthfeel. There is some wheat, where is the weizenbock? Its an interesting fun hoppy beer with Galena as bittering, lete hops Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo. Dryhopped Cascade and Saaz. Tons of lace.
01-16-2011 03:26:21 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours dark amber with a large honeycomb coloured head and lots of lacing.
Nose shows loads of juicy fruit, with tangerines, orange marmalade and apricots before piney resin and spicy hops enter. Very hoppy, hard to pick up much else at first. Later on a little wheat is revealed along with some nutty and caramel malt. Very nice!
Flavours follow along the same lines, lots of sweet, juicy, fruity hops mixing with caramel and doughy yeast. More malt is noticeable here than in the aroma, a little closer to what I'd expect in the style.
Carbonation is very low, could be higher really.
Very unorthodox but amazing anyway.
10-14-2010 10:21:07 | More by CrazyDavros
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color bock with a large frothy off-white head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of bitter hops is dominating with some light pine notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by pine and bitter notes from the hops and a light caramel malt presence with limited sweetness level. Body is lighter then expected with great carbonation. While this is a nice beer it has absolutely nothing to do with a weizenbock and no characteristic usually associated with the style can be detected. It is more akin to a nice hoppy amber ale.
08-27-2010 17:44:06 | More by Phyl21ca
3.13/5 rDev -18.9%
From a 330 ml brown bottle, abv listed as 7.5%, bottle #0209 of a batch of 992 bottles. Pours out an opaque cloudy nut brown. Chunky swathes of lacing.
Dry sherry-like vinuous notes on the nose, light dates, earthy, spicy hops.
Noble hops up front in the flavour, spicy, kind of earthy, dry grass, grainy dryness in the middle, clean dry finish with some more spicy hops. No real malt presence whatsoever.
Medium-light mouthfeel, low carbonation, thin.
Disappointing for a Weizenbock, lacking fullness in flavour and mouthfeel, there's a decent hoppiness to it, but not much else beyond.
08-21-2010 03:10:15 | More by IronDjinn
3.63/5 rDev -6%
33cl picked up at Willow Park in Calgary, Batch 2 bottle number 0027/992.
Pours a ruddy brown with a substantially lighter bottom half, the yeast swirling around and settling. Head explodes in the glass and my careful pour can't quite keep it in check. It settles and leaves some sticky lacing.
Nose is quite earthy with a hint of booze, hint of bandaids and bananas.
Biscuit malt, hint of caramel, cocoa powder, lightly mineral, earth, banana, chocolate. Really nice carbonation, slightly lighter than average body. Dry finish, hides the booze better than the nose.
Nothing too exciting, though quite drinkable and smooth. Not really checking the boxes for a wiezenbock, lighter malt body, not the yeast character I'd expect. Still, it's not all about style and this is not too bad as a beer.
10-04-2010 00:27:50 | More by ritzkiss
4.13/5 rDev +7%
Bottle 402 of 1152 pours a deep reddish brown, with slight haze, into my Brasserie de la Senne tulip. A nice frothy two-finger head, off white, retains well, with pretty solid lacing. A handsome beer this.
On the nose I have pepper and spice, as well as hops and malt.
This is a big beer with a lot happening. Like many of Mikkeller's beers, there is no shortage of hop to this beer and the finish is all bitter hops. However, there is much more. It opens in the mouth with deep flavours: coffee, cardamon, bitter chocolate, spice and caramelised orange peel (almost like an overdone marmalade). I also get mild lactic and smokey undertones.
The head retention gives the beer a complexity down to the last sip. I would definitely drink more of this. Not sure I could do more than 2 or 3 in a session but that is probably a good thing.
05-21-2010 09:46:49 | More by richmof
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Dark amber leading into brown. Small yet firm white head with good lacing and some fine carbonation.
Heavy deep malt aromas with some richer fruit and floral notes. Some wheat as well. Rich dark fruits and some nice yeasty notes. Very good.
Full bodied and rich with tons of strong malt flavours backed up well with some interesting spicy, bitter flavours. Classy and well made.
What the hell is this? I didn't realise it was a Weizenbock until after drinking. Best way to describe it would be a dark malty USIPA. Very enjoyable.
07-28-2010 10:13:48 | More by koolk
3.05/5 rDev -21%
330ml bottle poured into tulip sept18 2010
A a pale muddy brown hazy as all hell and it was a struggle to fit the foam into my glass, the half glass of head just sat there ever so slowly falling to an island and just caked my glass with chunks of lace. pretty sexy looking beer going on here
S some funky yeast with lots of wood very earthy but not what I was hoping for
T some hops on top of what I smell but a little disappointing after looking at this one
M feels like sandpaper in the mouth, very coarse and seems to leave something behind
D not at all what I was expecting from this one a bit of a let down, not a bad beer but I had high hopes I guess
I doubt I'll be drinking this again it's pretty average
09-19-2010 08:18:07 | More by wordemupg
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
A Weizenbock collaboration between De Molen and Mikkeller? Sign me up! Purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.
Being a Weizenbock, I swirled the sediment into the glass at the end of the pour, but prior to that it was a rather splendid clear burnished red colour. With the sediment, it turns murky and darker, with light straining to escape from the hazy brown depths. Head is fine but relatively small--stays in a creamy layer on the top as it settles though. Looks good, with or without the yeast.
Smells of barley sugar and lemon sherbet dominate the nose. Very sweet, but sharp with citric characters. Slight dustiness to it, perhaps a touch of oxidation--this one was bottled in 2009, but I'm quite impressed the hop character has stayed so vibrant during that time. (They do say on the bottle that it will keep for 5 years). An odd nose. Almost as though it's an IPA brewed primarily with wheat.
Taste is also good, and fortunately, the bitterness is tempered a little bit to let the slightly acidic wheat characters come through a little more, along with that hint of nutty subdued vegetative bitterness I always associate with Mikkeller. It leaves an odd mixture in the mouth; an unusual but not unpleasant one. It makes me wonder if I felt this way the first time I tasted a nicely balanced IPA.
Feel is very smooth, with the extra body and booze, and probably the wheat lending a slick richness to the palate.
Yep. This was a good brew, and an interesting one. A hybrid Mikkeller/De Molen beer had a good chance of being wildly experimental--we would have forgiven that, and probably embraced it, but I'm pleased nonetheless that this is such a smooth a drinkable drop instead.
03-28-2011 09:01:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a deep amber color that turns into cloudy brown with a huge off white head that has really good retention (a half finger head stays with the beer) and leaves lots of lacing.
Lots of citrus hops in the aroma with dark fruits and yeast.
Taste is dark fruits, chocolate, citrus hops, spice, yeasty notes with some bitterness and vinegar in the finish.
Has a full body with low carbonation
08-26-2010 04:08:01 | More by OskarL
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
This bottle is number 56 from 1152 bottles and has the usual BROUWERIJ DE MOLEN label with a MIKKELLER twist on it and my bottle actually states that this brew is 7.5% anyway it pours a deep cherry/mahogany hue with decent carbonation that leaves an off white two finger head and sticky lacing all around the rim,the aromas are bananna,dark chocolate,alcohol and caramel wheat,it has a nice full creamy mouthfeel which is perfectly carbonated and slides down quite easy with tastes of dark chocolate malts,caramel and finishes with a fruity/hoppy bitter kick and i could easily drink more than one of these,overall a really nice brew by these two good breweries definately recommend.
04-26-2010 06:29:56 | More by ADZA
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
Bought this bottle today because this beer was flying off the shelf just as fast as it was being put on the shelf.
Poured from a 33cl bottle with a label that holds a ton of information, including the seven hop varieties used throughout the brewing process. The pour produced a huge white head on a murky light brown brew.
The smell is of strong citrus hops.
The taste is pretty much a hop explosion, citrus hops abound, some sourness and a straw like flavor. Trying to taste the malt but I just can't get past the hops. This is not very well balanced for a Weizenbock.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.
This beer is very far from the actual style it was brewed in, in my opinion this is very different from other Weizenbocks I have tasted. I like it but it's more like a thicker, cloudier, American IPA then a Weizenbock.
08-15-2010 00:46:51 | More by alpineclimber
British Columbia (Canada)
4.97/5 rDev +28.8%
Appearance: Dark hazy amber, thick off white head. Good retention and lace.
Aroma: Soft woody hop and rich malt. Hint of coffee and milk chocolate. Vinous. Surprising considering the colour.
Taste: Soft woody hop and rich malt. Some roasted coffee and honey. Hint of milk chocolate. Vinous. Gentle spices such as clove and cinnamon. As the beer warms, the hop intensifies and becomes a predominant pine flavour.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied.
Drinkability: This is a delicious beer that delivers a taste that is very unexpected from its appearance. Not sure that it tastes like a weizenbock but this is a seriously good beer.
08-30-2010 02:55:14 | More by lumikuuro
District of Columbia
4.63/5 rDev +19.9%
An spectacular wheatbock with a tremendously rich and complex hop structure over an intriguingly woven sense of caramel.
Presentation: 33 cl brown, capped bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew. O.G. 1065, F.G. 1011, EBC Colour 72.8, Hop bill, EBUs 53,6. Adds recommended drinking temperature, and cellaring range (up to 5 yrs.). Shows brewing and bottling date (2Dec 2009, 04 Jan 2009? Typo?), and that this is bottle 018 out of a 1080 33cl bottles batch, alongside Alc. by Vol. (7.2%) Served in a tulip glass.
A - Murky dark amber brown pour. Swirling array of currents and floaters, quite spectacular, equally menacing and mesmerizing. Rich frothy head with good retention, nice surface memory, and lacing.
S - Hop and caramel in the strangest of ways. A spicy touch weaves through it highlighting citrus, pine, peach, a wheaty banana touch.
T - The taste follows the nose and more. Long and complex hoppy range, citrus, peach, resin, not overwhelming but very present and with a very particular touch over a yeasty spicy sense. Caramel is beautifully interwoven through it in a bit of an unusual but very enticing manner.
M - Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Nice smooth sense with an insinuation of a bite that never closes the jaws.
D - Delicious and making one regret not having another form the moment it touches the lips.
Notes: Quite the collaboration between De Molen and Mikkeler. Rich, long, complex, well rounded and stimulating. For sure a bottle to grab in quantities if one ever had had the chance to do so. Thanks Toño for the delight.
10-06-2010 16:31:26 | More by Daniellobo
Mikkel & Menno from Brouwerij De Molen
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