De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals - Brouwerij De Molen
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Jeffo:
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
01-30-2014 21:01:43 | More by Jeffo
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
04-13-2014 03:39:39 | More by cbutova
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
03-13-2014 06:09:13 | More by BEERchitect
De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals from Brouwerij De Molen
91 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.