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De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals - Brouwerij De Molen

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90
outstanding

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Narke, belgian strong ale aged in bourbon barrels

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-19-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

hhollins11, Wednesday at 03:53 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

DahWag, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

RBuckley73, Oct 07, 2014
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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%

Canada_Dan, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

spycow, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of stakem
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Im guessing this has been brewed more than once. My bottle was dated Feb 28, 2013 and had an abv of 10.6% not the listed 11.1

12oz bottle poured into a matching De Molen taster tulip. The brew appears black in color with a rich mocha head that displays awesome powers of retention. A thick cream cap lasts for quite the duration considering its abv level. As it fades, patches of lace stick to the glass.

The smell contains notes of dark fruity sugar like raison and a tangy bourbon component before the onset of the malt imparting acents of chocolate, roast, caramel and some vanilla from the barrel aging.

The taste is boozy with bourbon upfront then malty with roasted grain and chocolate/earth flavors. In the middle and towards the finish you can pick up notes of raison, molasses, earth and herbal hops. Lots of character to take in here, nicely done.

This is a medium to full bodied brew. It is rich and modestly carbonated. The alcohol content is tame except for the occasional bourbon feel that pops out. This beer flirts between the lines of an imperial stout and belgian strong dark ale and it reallybis difficult to draw a line one way or the other. I liked this beer quite a lot but dont forsee myself ever having it again unless the price gets reduced dramatically.

stakem, Sep 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

BeerTruck, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Kegatron, Sep 13, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

MichaelLamb, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

brianmandell, Sep 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

GRG1313, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

iwantmorehops, Sep 08, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Hootie159, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was almost no head or lacing to speak of.

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

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, dark fruit (plums), some chocolate, malt, and a sugary sweet ingredient as well. A little boozy, but it's negligible. A complex and robust (but not overly so) flavor. Nicely subtle.

M: A below average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Goths & Vandals is a solidly made, well done beer. Its high ABV% is never an issue and it's very easy to like.

avalon07, Sep 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

bourassa23, Aug 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Denzo, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Griffith, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

brpendergast85, Jul 29, 2014
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random846, Jul 17, 2014
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De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals from Brouwerij De Molen
90 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.