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Rook & Leer - Brouwerij De Molen

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 27
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A collaboration between Tom Peters of Monk's Cafe and Menno that was brewed in September 2011. A smoked imperial porter that was aged in whiskey barrels with brettanomyces. His beer has a ton of beechwood smoked malt, so it will not have the phenols often associated with peat smoked malt. Rodenbach yeast added later.

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-07-2012)
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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with no head. Thin collar of foam, though.

Smell - Smoke. Dark chocolate. Whiskey. Oak. Fudgy, but with a brightness I can't pinpoint.

Taste - And it's sour, how odd. Chocolate, but it's very brief. More roasted malts. Oak. Finishes with a peaty smokey flavor and a lingering tang.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Low carbonation. Sour.

Overall - This is one strange beer. It's certainly a unique combination of flavors and I was not prepared for the sourness. The nose didn't suggest it at all.

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First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

This was a collaboration of sorts between De Molen and Tom (owner of Monk's) and was released for Philly Beer Week in June 2012. The beer was described as a smoked imperial porter. The notes also said it is currently aging in wine barrels, but even in its "un-aged" state, this beer was incredible.

Served in a chalice, a dark, opaque, brown-black liquid with a small, solid beige head that displayed excellent retention and lacing--a bit surprising for a beer with such a high ABV. Aroma was literally like a campfire on a rainy night, with scents of smokey charred wood, musty grass, and roasted dark malts (though I'm not sure that last part is commonplace in a campfire, but you know what I mean). The smoke wasn't too heavy, which was nice. This seriously has to have been one of the most unique and complex beers I've ever tasted. Diverting from the aroma, the taste was actually surprisingly tart up front, flavors of high quality red wine; mid-palate brought in plums and chocolate-covered black cherries, dark malts and sugars, whiskey and spiced rum, with leathery smoke existing as an ever-present background flavor. Smooth mouthfeel, full body, very enjoyable, and despite being relatively young (brewed in September '11 I think), the alcohol was quite mellow. Great beer, and I hope to see it again.

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Have to review this one, based on just how goofy it is. Collaboration with Tom Peters from Monk's and De Molen. I was really glad to see this one on tap last night since I couldn't make the Monk's event during Philly Beer Week.

Served on tap into a tulip glass

A - Big, black imperial stout looking beer.

S - WTF is this?! Smoke, peat, funk, leather, a bit of cherry, and oak? Weird. Really weird.

T - Yep, really really different. Lots of dark fruits, moderate smoke that's covered up by more than moderate funk. Definitely some leather/tobacco notes and some acidity on the finish. I've never had anything quite like it.

M - Not really thick for 13%, and not exceptionally carbonated either. I actually was able to get through this glass surprisingly quickly given both how strong it is and how goofy the beer itself is.

O - Glad to try. This easily could've gone south and turned into something of a mess. Fortunately, it didn't, and instead it's one of the more complex beers I've had in a long, long time. Not necessarily the best beer, but if for whatever reason you see this one on a tap list, get it. It's worth the experience.

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This is one of the most unusual and complex beers I have encountered. I will attempt to do this justice in words. Black motor oil pour with minimal lacing.

I smell dark fruits like a strawberry and plum jam, sweet and smoked malts, vanilla, chocolate and some acidity.

The smell carries over to the taste. I haven't been a huge fan fan of smoky beers in the past but this one integrates the smokiness into the flavor like my favorite Scotch, Lagavulin 16. The taste is imminently fruity and very much influenced by the rodenbach yeast. The fruit is fresher on the palate than it is on the nose. Fresh berries like BC backyard rye carries into a mild sourness that grows as you sip. There is a little oakiness and vanilla and finishes with some well integrated scotch and booze. I am left with a dry, smoky and woody finish.

The mouthfeel is viscous but is lightened by the acidity. Wonderful.

This beer is an experience in its complexity and intensity. Memorable and unusual. Perhaps best enjoyed by a warm campfire rather than a bar but I'm not complaining! I love this beer. My only complaint is that it is a touch too sweet for my taste.

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Rook & Leer from Brouwerij De Molen
93 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.