1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Rhythm & Blues Barrel Aged - Brouwerij De Molen

Not Rated.
Rhythm & Blues Barrel AgedRhythm & Blues Barrel Aged

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

21 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jeffo on 01-11-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

bostonryan, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JAHMUR, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Rafael_Mindu
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Rafael_Mindu, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Beersnake1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Beersnake1, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Hayley_86, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Jah_Json
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Jah_Json, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of mechti
5/5  rDev +30.2%

mechti, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 4/11/13

A hazy amber, suspended tiny particles being moved around by slow bubbles, massive foam that I have trouble fitting glass, it goes nowhere and has some of the best retention I've seen in a beer. partial rings all the way down and I'm left with a little foam brain at the bottom of my glass

S apple, pear, citrus I can't place, loads of soft caramel, vanilla, marsh-mellow, some wood, and honey, not sure where the booze is hiding

T heavy caramel, wet wood, dried fruit, faint musty yeast, doesn't mimic the nose in every way, caramel and vanilla's still there but the fruits a little sour

M thick and syrupy, bubbles cream it up a bit, a little sticky on the lips but I expected my lips to be stuck together after smelling and tasting so much sugar, a little booze going down and wood and caramel lingering

O I rather like this one, I'm guessing a bourbon barrel, almost has a year on it and i could see it improving with some age

label says brewed exclusively for Torst but I bought this at a Calgary Co-op in Alberta? I'm not complaining or anything like that, let the good times roll!!

wordemupg, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +4.2%

IanSpindler, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

duff247, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. I guess De Molen offerings destined for solely American audiences get a nice English-only label.

This beer pours a hazy dark golden amber hue, with two fingers of lazily puffy, foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent low-lying wall of landward-ho lace around the glass as it steadily sinks away.

It smells of astringent, grainy oak staves, juicy citrus peel, bready caramel malt, some latent vanilla from the wood, which with the snappy alcohol really turns the mind to Bourbon. The taste is much more, but at the same time less of the same - edgy Kentucky hills barrel wood, laid-back, sort of musty caramel malt, a touch of saltwater taffy, pithy, indistinct citrus, a mild, leafy hoppiness, and some rather subdued warming alcohol.

The carbonation is quite understated, not a perceptible peep, really, the body an unsteady medium weight, those barrel characteristics tending to have that effect, and equally marred in its otherwise pleasant smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with the woodiness, blotted hops, and muffled caramel all contributing in kind.

Huh - a low-sweetness, restrained in its woodiness, and well-disguised boozer of a barleywine. My only truck with this is, one, the lack of overt hops, if you're going to ship it stateside, and two, naming it after an American musical institution. So, adorable English cask-treated barleywine it is.

biboergosum, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of ajzy
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

ajzy, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a De Molen tulip shaped taster. The brew appears a clear copper color with rising bubbles that maintain a thin film atop the brew that fades fairly quick. Some strings and spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is sweet and floral with a combination of hops and alcohol. A hint of citrus smells almost like raspberry that fades into more of a generic fruited aspect that is minorly perfume-like. The more I smell this, the more jammy it gets.

The taste is like dried fruits...maybe raspberry or apricot coupled with a strong alcohol character thatbis somewhat fusel. A hint of cardboard like oxidation is noted across the back along with an herbal to medicinal bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite a boozy bugger which is fitting for the style. The fruited quality certainly makes it unique but I was really confused as to whether or not I liked it. It wasnt bad, but wasnt great either.

stakem, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Hazed marmalade-colored body.

S - Oak, bready malts, mild bourbon, toasted grains, and some nebulous earthy flavors; perhaps from the hops? Very low sweetness for a barleywine.

T - The taste is quite similar, with loads of oak, toasted grains, and a light kiss of bourbon. Again, low sweetness for the style, with only a touch of caramel and stone fruit that pops up when the beer warms. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

M - Dry, medium-full body, crisp moderate carbonation, and a low level of alcohol warmth.

D - Solid beer, but nothing particularly memorable. I wish the base beer was a bit sweeter, although it's not totally out of character for an American barleywine. Might be worth a spin if you're at Tørst, but I wouldn't actively seek this out.

MasterSki, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of w00ddy
5/5  rDev +30.2%

w00ddy, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Thorpe429, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Sammy, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +4.2%

eduardolinhalis, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of unclejazz
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Tørst Brooklyn.

Thin white head with a bit of lacing. Aromas of toffee and vanilla. Well integrated bourbon along with a pretty rich base beer. Solid malt bill and it only get better as it warms. Good carbonation levels which compliment the taste. I am really glad I had a chance to try this on tap. Gotta love the BK.

unclejazz, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the De Molen bottle shop in Bodegraven. Apparently it was brewed exclusively for TØRST. Awesome.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 15 November 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a cascading one finger, medium looking, bubbly, white head with good retention. Head fades to a wisp and ring. Hazy burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. A faint wisp remains until the end leaving a few dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel and toffee notes with some light bourbon barrel. Oak, vanilla and cocnut with some touches of red berries. Decent, though too mild perhaps.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness with some leather flavors up front, then some barrel and a burst of spicy alcohol after the swallow. Milder yet lingering finish of oak, vanilla and coconut from the barrels, as well as some caramel, butterscotch and leather from the base beer. A bit of spicy booze plays a roll as well. Flavorful and complex, though not quite as bold as hoped.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with no bite and finishes slightly dry. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Besides a weaker than average nose for these guys, this is a pretty good beer. Both the base beer and barrel are somewhat milder than we are perhaps used to from De Molen, but this is still a complex and well balanced barleywine. While I'd take a Weer & Wind nine times out of ten, this one was still a pleasure to drink.

Jeffo, Jan 11, 2013
Rhythm & Blues Barrel Aged from Brouwerij De Molen
85 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.