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De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

47 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2014 08:44:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-29-2014 02:42:43 | More by brpendergast85
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California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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osuskin

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -15%

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Washington

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-08-2014 22:11:35 | More by mdaschaf
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 23:22:32 | More by jaasen64
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9%

06-29-2014 12:58:20 | More by KevinmusPrime
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magictacosinus

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Sweden

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-28-2014 18:59:22 | More by MarkyMOD
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deNerval

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-26-2014 02:53:17 | More by deNerval
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cyrushire

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

05-25-2014 03:50:23 | More by cyrushire
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cck5

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals from Brouwerij De Molen
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.