De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals - Brouwerij De Molen
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3.99/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to my good friend ROBD for gifting me a bottle of this. Always wanted to try more De Molen, perhaps this will inspire me to do so.
A- Upon opening the bottle, only a small his exits the pried cap hinting at a lowly carbonated brew. Poured into a snifter with a dark-brown, pretty much black body. At first it looked like no head would form but a small coating of foam slowly builds on the beer and recedes quickly to the edges as a small ring. Lace starts out spotty at the top and ends quickly.
S- Didn't know this was Bourbon aged, upon some research it seems that it most certainly is. It has the barrel feel I remember in Bois/Black Tuesday, perhaps aged for a longer period? A ton comes to mind and here it is in rough order, Belgian dark fruits and spices, molasses, caramel, figs, raisins, oak vanilla sweets, apples, toast grains and slight alcohol. Some nice, smooth aged whiskey opens more with warming.
T- It seems like with this beer each sip reveals another new flavor. The overriding things I get throughout are notes of Belgian yeast and the barrels. Fruits like figs, raisins, grapes, apples and plum come to mind and seem to anchor the beer overall. Barrel flavors of vanilla, medium toast oak and subdued whiskey bounce of those. With time a dark cocoa powder feel opens up from the roast grains. Hints of caramel, molasses, toasted grains, rustic wheat bread, rye spice and aged rum.
MF- Thick and oily body that reminds me of an Old Ale or once again Bois by The Bruey, just coats the palate with oily beer. Carbonation is at a low level but not something you have to search for and works with the rich, complex flavor profile. The alcohol warming also helps with the lack of carbonation.
A lot of complexity and a true sipper. The leading fruity character (for me) is just a tiny bit much as grapes and figs just keep coming back to mind and push out the other amazing flavors at times. Still, would I have this again? Of course. I am glad I drank this bottle alone because the flavors just seem to radiate especially as it warms.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 03:39:39 | More by cbutova
4.36/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
330ml bottle 11,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Bottled: 28 Feb 2013.
Appearance: The bottle lists this as a rye imperial stout, however the appearance seems to contradict this somewhat, with the beer appearing a medium brown in the glass and a backlight showing a fairly deep red colour bordered by a stick slice of amber. A rough pour yields a small light tan coloured head that lasts fairly well for a BA beer but doesn't leave any lacing. Swirling the beer yields light alcohol legs on the glass.
Smell: The nose offers far more barrel character than I was expecting, but given the quality I am not complaining. Initially the nose is reminiscent of a barrel-aged barley wine, with wonderful creamy vanilla and toasted coconut combining with caramel, brown sugar and a touch of milk chocolate. As the beer warms the nose becomes a lot fruitier with notes of raisins, dates and even a touch of fig becoming apparent. Surprisingly ,given the strength of the barrel character, alcohol only becomes apparent in trace amounts as the beer hits room temperature.
Taste: The flavour is even sweeter than the nose suggested and actually strays dangerously close to being too much after while. That said, it is still pretty damned delicious. Notes include: Brown sugar, caramel, some milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, a little coconut, dates, raisins, a touch of rye and a hint of alcohol. There is no trace of any roasted malt or bitterness that I have come to expect from De Molen's stout which reaffirms my view that stylistically this is much close to a Belgian strong ale or an old ale.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium-full and quite sticky, while the carbonation is of a lower medium level and fantastically smooth.
Overall: Goths & Vandals is another fantastic barrel-aged beer from De Molen and one that I will be very interested to try with a few more years on it.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 10:10:33 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.15/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The line between Belgian darker, strong ale and that of Barleywine has just been fused. The combined efforts of De Molen and Narke gives us a sweeter, richer and chewy beer but with the brandy tones of fruit and spice that suggest lightened vinous tones. There might be multiple personalities living inside this complicated and complex ale.
Taken back at the ale's lacking and lumbering head formation, the ale seems to simmer lightly in the snifter with a dainty skirt of foam that amounts well after the ale pours. Underneath, the darker-than-usual tawny and rusty-brown ale carries a deeper tone than is usual for either style. Even a strong swirl does little to regenerate any head character while the ale prefers to coat the glass with clinging legs.
Its deep and deviant aromas of molasses, toffee, brown sugar and root beer kick things off, but its undertow of brandy and port offer up a decadent wine note. Dark fruits of figs, dates, raisins, plumbs and prunes all signify a savory sherry scent while a skim peppery balance pangs away at the nose with peppercorn, wood spice, and rum.
Its savory sweetness leads the taste with flavors of hard candy, black-strap molasses, maple and brown sugar. As the taste turns toward wine, glimpses of port and sherry open up for a savory fruity middle, full of cherry, grape, plumb, blackberry, currant, fig and date for a medley that's early and sweet throughout. Even as the ale attempts to finish, it does so on the heels of vinous spice, peppercorn, tangy balsamic, soysauce and brandy-type warmth.
Its bold and chewy texture labors on the palate and relegates the ale to a slow and steady sipper- much like after dinner port or sherry. Its exhorbant sweetness is felt largely due to its hardly existent carbonation that does little to give the beer a lift, but also allows the ale to saturate the taste buds with its full brunt of sweetness. Lingering indefinitely, the taste of fortified wine and molasses tread onward into the next sip.
Probably more of an English Barleywine than a Belgian dark ale, the beer shows a plethora of intangible taste, those that are hard to achieve. But its balance struggles to come around as does its ability to offer any supporting body or dryness. I love the ale... but I also see its potential.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 06:09:13 | More by BEERchitect
3.98/5 rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Brewer calls this a strong dark ale on the label, so reviewing it as such. Got it from the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.
From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 28 Feb 2013
APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, light brown head with decent retention. Brown body, clear, with higher levels of carbonation. A ring and splotchy wisp remains with some falling dots of lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Dark fruits, raisins and dates, light milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and some woody bourbon barrels. Brown sugar as well. Nice and enticing.
TASTE: Dark fruit sweetness up front with bourbon, oak, some vanilla and coconut, with alcohol through the middle into the swallow. Bold and boozy aftertaste of bourbon, oak, dark fruit sweetness, spicy notes and some hints of bitter chocolate and leather lingers on the palate. Pretty flavorful and enjoyable.
PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, smooth going down and scratches a bit at the swallow. Finishes rather sticky and some heat lingers.
OVERALL: Really, really good, though a bit too hot and boozy at this point. This review is actually made from notes about a half year ago and now, quite a while later, the bottles have really mellowed and my score would probably be a touch higher. This will probably do very well over the next few years. Recommended if you get the chance.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2014 21:01:43 | More by Jeffo
3.59/5 rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance is very thin and light for an Imperial Stout. Little foam around the edges and no head to speak of. The color is a brown with mahogany tones and is somewhat translucent. A touch of foam remains but no lace whatsoever.
Aroma is somewhat sharp with a finish of sharp oak and even some sherry notes. Really reminds me of sherry…….
Hmm, drinks like a sherry as well. Oaky, raw slightly vinous. In wine they speak of Old World & New World wines. This is clearly an Old World (European) style beer. As it warms a touch of chocolate and black cherry. I will say this, there is a lot going on here.
Body is clearly thin for what I know as an Imperial Stout, but that takes me back to the Old World comment…..
Interesting beer and one that I am delighted to have been able to try. If your looking for a classic North American Imp Stout, this is not your beer. If you are looking for an interesting, somewhat avant-garde little treat… try to find this.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2013 21:11:58 | More by Reagan1984
4.14/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a Firestone Walker tulip at Chris' place.
A - A very thin tan foam settles to an even thinner collar and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body.
S - Lots of bourbon; extremely reminiscent of De Molen's other recent Buffalo Trace offerings, so I'm guessing that was at least one of the barrels used. It's a tad harsh and solventy, with loads of spirit and only mild oak. Malt bill supplies spicy rye malt, biscuit, chocolate, nuts, etc. - the quintessential De Molen brown malt backdrop with very little roast.
T - Spicy rye malt shows up more in the flavor, with perhaps a bit of roast creeping in. Less whiskey here, with more dark bread, dark fruits, dark chocolate, biscuit, and accompanying bourbon and oak. Not as barrel heavy, but that's a good thing as the aroma was a tad rough.
M - Some definite warming alcohol. Silky, medium-full body with fairly low carbonation. Not still, as some De Molen's are, but definitely on the verge of it.
D - The aroma is a tad rough, but otherwise this is pretty good. Seems a bit boozier than the listed 10.6%, but it's pretty tasty on the whole. I anticipate this will be quite excellent in 6-9 months.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2013 02:19:21 | More by MasterSki
De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals from Brouwerij De Molen
90 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.