Blikken & Blozen - Brouwerij De Molen
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
330ml bottle. The name seems hard to translate. More maybe on that later. For now, it sounds like the Dutch term for what one too many of these will render you.
This beer pours a hazy, dark orangish amber colour, with a rising tower of over-ebullient, tightly foamy, and creamy ecru head, which settles in for long while, before giving up an Ayers Rock sort of wall of lace around a portion of the glass.
It smells of sharp, muddled tropical fruit, juicy oranges, spicy yeast, caramel/toffee malt, and floral, musty hops. The taste is semi-sweet orange, tangerine, pineapple, and lemon fruit, bready caramel malt, faintly funky, and still warmly spicy yeast, and a pleasant leafy, perfumed hoppiness (the only indication, and an indirect one at that, of any booziness).
The carbonation is a little edgy, but generally easygoing, the body a sturdy enough medium weight, and pretty smooth, with just a wee bit of cloying pull. It finishes off-dry, the malty sweetness keeping its wits about it, while the fruitiness trembles, and the yeast moseys on out of town.
Apparently this is a 'dark saison', which could verily be amended to 'imperial dark saison', a style bastardization that I've come across recently. If we're to give up on the original sensible reasons for the base style to exist, then I guess it's time for new denominations to come about, which is only natural. Blah blah blah - overall, this is a rather tasty offering, balanced enough with that kitchen sink of ingredients thrown at it, and the alcohol does well to be all sneaky and such.
04-17-2013 02:44:09 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
33 cl bottle bottled July 12th, 2012 and consumed September 6th, 2012.
Pours out a hazy orange with a big fluffy whiteish head that won't quit.
Lots of sweet tropical and citrus fruit in the nose. The funky yeast slips beneath the dry hopped smell.
Not much of the wonderful fruity aroma on the taste. There is some orange in there though. It is more straightforward saison. Lots of yeast character and some hop bitterness. This is a highly effervescent beer. Just moves right along tingling your palette. After a while the carbonation becomes taxing for the tongue.
This is definitely a beer to have fresh. Worth trying for the saison and hop lovers out there.
12-07-2012 23:02:04 | More by MattSweatshirt
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, bottled on 12/07/2012; served chilled in Hapkin’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.
A: pours a muddy/cloudy dark copper-ish colour, coming with a thin dark beige head and low level of carbonation.
S: exotic fruity and perfumy flowery esters abound, on top of lactose acid drink-like yeastiness, caramely maltiness, a touch of overripe cherries, citrus fruits and melons. A very good swirl gives rise to a perfumy whiff of overripe plum-like esters as in English barleywine even. Hops and esters dominate, full stop. Mustiness? maybe there’s just a touch of it somewhere…
T: nicely carbonated and smooth on the entry, the flavour initially has, again, English barleywine-like estery fruitiness on the palate, combined with caramely maltiness, brown prunes, dates, and lactose-acid drink-like sour-sweet and rough yeastiness, followed by an earthy bitter palate leading to an aftertaste that is slightly cherry-ish fragrant as well as dry-ish bitter on the palate.
M&O: rounded and smooth, at the same time softly carbonated, this full-bodied beer has a decent flavour profile, pleasantly estery, the malt backbone is sufficient to carry through enough hop bitterness and hop flavours… but all in all fails to tick enough boxes to be a Saison that I know of. Also, the attenuation level is not as high as would be required of a Saison, and the sweet edge is slightly more than ideal.
10-08-2013 20:20:47 | More by wl0307
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
A: Reddish brown, with small, white short-lasting head, hazy and fluffy, low lacing;
S: Medium yeast-derived phenols - low basement aromas, somewhat earthy, medium spice aromas - more pepper than clove. Medium to high fruity esters - orange, hints of lemon. Medium sourness and acidity aromas. Low alcohol aroma noticable.
T: In the beginning sourness with some nice fruity aromas - citrus (orange) and low tropical fruits (mango, lychee). In the background you can taste hints of sweetness, but not malty character, which disappears quickly. From the middle medium bitterness accompany with spiciness, which leads to dry, lemon-peel like finish.
M: Medium body, sticky, almost oily, light-medium carbonation, no alcohol warming,
O: In my opinion little too heavy and too little carbonation for saison, but still solid beer. It could be also more refreshing. The beer is highly drinkable and all de molen fans should try this.
05-04-2014 15:20:34 | More by BlazerT
Blikken & Blozen from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.