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Spanning & Sensatie - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
88
very good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jeffo on 07-09-2012)
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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. A properly cellared year old bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, mocha coffee, slightly spicy. Flavor is dark toasted malt, charred coffee, slight dark fruit, mild smokiness; a nice light chili pepper bite in the finish. Medium bodied. A nicely balanced rich flavored imperial stout with complex flavor and deftly handled pepper finish. Aged well, although it may have thinned out a bit in body. A welcome stout from a brewery only sporadically available in the Northwest.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of chocolate, malt, and dark fruit.

T: Like the aroma, the taste was very big and aggressive: Chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, chili peppers, coffee, and a hint of hops. Quite a complex brew with some disparate elements that seem to work well together.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Full-bodied.

O: Spanning & Sensatie is a well made, flavorful, and powerful beer - basically everything an RIS should be.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 12/11/12. First thing I smelled when I opened the bottle was lots of grape. I'm now noticing a fair amount of dark chocolate, and some smoke and wood. A good amount of nice dark chocolate flavor. Not really getting any heat from the chilis (maybe its faded due to the aging?), but maybe a hint of flavor. Not really noticing the salt either. Fair amount of grape and a little raisin flavor. Very roasty/ashy aftertaste, with a bit of bitterness.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with a thick, creamy khaki head that leaves very little lacing as it recedes.

S: Aromas of woodsmoke, spiced pear, dark chocolate, roasted grain, sea salt, black cherry, Medjool dates, caramel, dried blueberry, and chile pepper fill the nose.

T: Notes of woodsmoke, roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, chile pepper, sea salt, spiced pear, apple skin, dried blueberries, blackberries, black currants, figs, Medjool dates, and dried black cherries fill the mouth. The finish is smoky, roasty, and intensely fruity with pronounced pepper, sea salt, blueberry, fig, and black cherry flavors.

M: Very full-bodied, dryish for the style, and somewhat silky. Carbonation is firm. Alcohol is pronounced, but mellow.

O: An interesting and immediately appealing experimental stout. The combination of flavors is a bit out of the ordinary for the style, but it works. To me, this is just further proof that Brouwerij de Molen may be the best and most consistent maker of big, flavorful stouts on the planet right now.

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3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. 'Voltage & Sensation'. Why to I get the feeling they're running out of good ideas for this particular marketing meme?

This beer pours a solid black, with prominent basal cola highlights, and four fingers of puffy, densely foamy beige head, which leaves some pleasantly spectral webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of thin coffee, black licorice, relatively weak bready caramel malt, saltwater taffy, charred cocoa, an ashy nuttiness, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is bittersweet chocolate malt, a touch of caramel/toffee candy, simmering chili flakes, fading anise, milky coffee, an independent saltwater acridity, mild fleshy black fruit, herbal hops, and a burgeoning suggestion of metallic alcohol.

The carbonation is generally unobtrusive, the body a sturdy medium weight, yet somewhat wanting in its thinning smoothness. It finishes on the sweet and smoky side - chocolate, anise, coffee, and a murmuring chili heat tempering things a wee bit.

A slightly strange offering at the outset, but in the end, it winds up a just another well-made RIS, with a bit of tingling, due in mostly equal parts to the guest spice and salt ingredients. Worthy of a try, if you lust after such flavours, in the Mexican cocoa ideal, but that has never been my thing, so this will be a one and done, thank you ma'am experience for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Spanning & Sensatie is like looking down into the middle of the ocean at midnight - you won't see anything but blackness and yet staring off into this nothingness can be strangely entrancing. The beer pours with an absolutely huge, mocha-tinted head that is also well worth gazing at.

There's nothing strange about noting espresso, black licorice, and dark fruits in the aroma of a Russian Imperial Stout... except when said RIS is brewed with cocoa and chilli peppers (and sea salt, though I doubt you'd be able to smell much of that, at least you shouldn't be able to).

Of the latter, only the cocoa is appreciable. Lots of dark chocolate comes through in both smell and taste, the intensity of which varies depending on the size of the sip and the temperature of the beer (more is noted as it warms). Even more prominent, however, is the flavour of strongly-brewed coffee. No heat, no salt. Everything is pretty normal and uneventful so far...

I would have anticipated issues involving too much chilli spice. But it turns out that my biggest complaint is the bitter astringency of the espresso/pure cocoa notes. While I found it to become gradually obnoxious, it was easy enough to shake given the beer's heavy sootiness and smoke elements. At more than a year old, this bottle is still holding itself together well.

For me, just the sound of a stout brewed with cocoa, chilli peppers and sea salt is enough to induce cravings, but Spanning & Sensatie ("Voltage & Sensation") surprisingly provides little of either. A nice enough beer, but disappointingly ordinary given the unusual cast of ingredients.

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Spanning & Sensatie from Brouwerij De Molen
88 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.