De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals - Brouwerij De Molen
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4.36/5 rDev +7.1%
330ml brown bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA.
Pours a definite brown colour, with a head that only forms with some persuasion. When it forms it's a fine but impersistent ring of yellowish-beige, but that's not unexpected from a beer of its strength. It ends up sitting still, dormant and oily in the glass, but pretty good overall.
Nose is deep and strong, with a pronounced oak character conflicted with a noticeable mineral note that leaves it pinging with metallic, almost salty overtones. There's a dusty, peppery tone to it as well, that's really quite pleasant. It does feel likely it's going to be very dry, but for some reason, even before I've tasted it, I know it won't be. That's an interesting conundrum.
Taste is, indeed, much richer and sweeter than the dryness on the nose anticipated. There's a chewy chocolate and plum-pudding sweetness here that gives depth and breadth to the body. Oak is also present, but it just provides an unassuming cap over the richness inherent in the beer itself. Slight booziness is noticeable towards the back—but the fact that this is 10% ABV, and I only notice a "slight" booziness is quality in itself. Finish has a moderated touch of cherry kirsch.
Feel is thick and oily, and very, very slick. It's good stuff.
Overall, yes indeed: this is a very fine beer, and possibly one of the best I've had from De Molen. There's aromatics that you may not get in another beer of this strength, but the aging and conditioning on it helps it maintain that silky richness. I liked it a whole damn lot.
08-01-2014 08:44:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Imported from Belgium by the Shelton Brothers.
A- One of the highest bottle fills I've seen, literally just about touching the cap. Cap comes off without much of a hiss. Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque brownish black in the glass, head is almost non-existent but appears to have decent carbonation.
S- Heavy bourbon creating a bit of a boozy profile, raisins, slight molasses, oak, plums and other dark fruits. Nice base beer with some decent complexity and nice aromas but barrel comes off a bit too strong.
T- Raisins, plums, light syrupy molasses, toffee, balanced barrel, finishes with oak, toffee, and some more dark fruits. Nice complexity, barrel complements the base beer, decent overall balance with just a touch of booze.
M- Slightly under-carbonated, slick mouthfeel with a medium body- slightly lighter then you'd expect a beer like this to have, fairly drinkable with only a slight alcohol burn. Could benefit with a little bit more carbonation.
O- This was a nice beer that was definitely worth trying however there were some minor tweaks that could have made this a lot better. The carbonation level could have been a little bit higher and the body could have been a little bit fuller and creamier. While I definitely enjoyed being able to try this beer I don't think I'd spend $11 on another bottle, although it might be interesting to cellar.
07-06-2014 23:22:32 | More by jaasen64
4.14/5 rDev +1.7%
330ml poured to a Fantome tulip on a gloomy - gothic? - Friday night.
Appearance - Filled nearly to the top and barely any 'psst' when opened, per usual from De Molen. Beer is dark brown with some murkiness, bits of light are able to shine through. A finger or so of beige head retains decently as a patchy cap for most of the duration, eventually forming a thick ring by the end.
Smell - Very flavorful bourbon stands out, tons of vanilla, caramel, raisin and spice. Belgian yeasts, toasted oak, bread, molasses, alcohol. Sweet and boozy, but pretty awesome and complex, intensity decreases after some time but quite good.
Taste - Toned down but also smoothed out. Big raisiny dark fruit presence takes over a bit more, bourbon is tamer than in the scent but still a good amount of it. Nice sweet malts of vanilla, caramel, molasses, some chocolate. Biscuit, fruity yeasts and spice.
Mouthfeel - A touch on the thin side with low-but-there carbonation. Definite warming alcohol but doesn't detract. Good, works with all the sweet flavors, but some more oomph here would be nice.
Overall - Sippin' nightcap dessert beer that is probably best split, but a pleasure solo as well. Complex bourbon flavors ontop of a BSDA is a great combo I'd like to see more often.
05-17-2014 00:23:06 | More by Chico1985
De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals from Brouwerij De Molen
90 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.