Rook & Leer - Brouwerij De Molen
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Reviews by mscottjohnston:
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Couldn't pass this one up. Served from the tap into a tulip. Two finger cherry wood colored head dissipates slowly leaving subtle lacing. Aromas of smoke and cherries. Tastes starts with cherries moves to a wonderful smokey flavor and finishes with a sour kick reminiscent of a wild ale. This is a half wine half stout combination that is well worth checking out. That said, I feel Moa did it better with their Pinot noir imperial stout; this one is more like lambec, rather than a subtly wine flavored stout. Still a fun beer to drink.
Serving type: on-tap
09-22-2013 15:07:50 | More by mscottjohnston
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4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle 11,5% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Bottled on: 04 July 2013
Good for 10 years.
Appearance: Wow, Rook & Leer is the darkest of the recent De Molen beers that I have had - appearing midnight black in the glass and a strong back light revealing only a sliver of deep red along the edge of the glass. A rough pour yields a good sized dark tan coloured head that lasts reasonably well and even leaves a few splashes of lacing clinging to the glass. A light swirl coats the glass in thin alcohol legs.
Smell: The initial nose is fantastic, offering loads of chocolate, sweet vanilla, whiskey, oak, and some sweet caramel/toffee. After a minute or two things really starts to open up, with tart cherries, lots of raisin, some earthy leathery notes, a touch of smoked malt, a tart Flanders Oud Bruin character, red wine and a little vinegar all becoming apparent. This is certainly one of the most complex noses I have come across and seems to be in a constant struggle between sweet and tart, with the sweetness just coming out on top.
Taste: The flavour is far tarter than I expected, with tart cherries, an earthiness, metallic notes (Flanders Oud Bruin like), musty old wood, red wine and a little vinegar dominating the initial flavour profile. Soon some smoke and leathery notes become apparent, alongside raisins and a little underlying sweetness. There is surprisingly little barrel character present in the flavour and the sweetness from the nose is only present in trace amounts.
This is by far the most sour stout I have had and I can't help but think I might have preferred the flavour with a little more of the base imperial stout or barrel character present to balance the tartness and sour flavours.
Mouthfeel: The body is just shy of full and seems as if it should have a certain stickiness to it, however the brett seems to have eaten this away resulting in an almost watery feeling in the finish. The carbonation is of a medium-low level and nicely creamy.
Overall: Rook & Leer is certainly one of the most interesting beers I have had this year and one I would love to have in the future to see how the brett changes the flavour profile.
On a side note I think the tartness in the flavour demands that this be reclassified as an American Wild Ale.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 21:59:51 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.34/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Monks
Appearance: pitch black, small head.
Nose: Big sour cherry and lemon juice up front, plenty of smoky, peaty scotch and sweet vanilla underneath.
Flavor: So weird and so good. Big acidic kick up front with lets of vinous red wine character, then tons of smoke and chocolate and a peaty, oaky finish. So many things going on that all work wonderfully together. Alcohol is invisible.
Mouthfeel: A little bit on the thin side, but still decent.
Overall: Unique and awesome. Very happy to have gotten to try this one.
Serving type: on-tap
10-20-2013 04:56:04 | More by fdig23
4.49/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of the strangest beers ive ever tasted--its straight up funk barrel smoke sour bomb. i really wasnt expecting it to be so many different flavors because the waitress told me it was an imperial stout. bottome line, if you ever get the chance to try this beer--def do so.
FYI--had this in philly at monks cafe
Serving type: on-tap
10-17-2013 18:29:23 | More by ChrisMQ
Rook & Leer from Brouwerij De Molen
93 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.