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De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

64 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Reviews by Jeffo:
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Jeffo, Jan 30, 2014
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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.

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De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals from Brouwerij De Molen
90 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.