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Bommen & Granaten Bordeaux BA - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  15.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Fux on 04-19-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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IPA35

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Bottled the 28th of January this year (2013).

I guess this look slightly more reddish than the normal beer. Still that dark, slightly hazy sirupy look with slow and few visible carbonation. Head is very small and fades away quickly. Light tan foam.

Oh boy, I love how this beer transforms. Add cascade to it and it becomes something else, put it in wine barrels and it smells very different again.

Still a sweet beer but the red fruits are certainly dominating, red wine and as the other reviewer says almost like jam. But more like prune or strawberry jam (if you are from the Netherlands you know what I mean). That same sugary fruitiness. Smells very interesting.

Ah, this one is very sweet much like the standard version. Filled to the brim with sweet malts this one! But this one has a much more fruity flavour were the original is more caramel centred. There is indeed this hard to describe sensation from the barrel that cuts the sweetness somewhat (more on the aftertaste though). Tasty!

Thick, full and smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Overall a recommended beer, if you are not afraid of sweetness. Not as extremely sweet as Black Hole (Tequila BA) but still very sweet.
I recommed getting all three versions like I did to see the pretty big differences (even though the Cascade Dryhopped version is the most different).

04-24-2013 19:06:49 | More by IPA35
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Jeffo

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 28 January 2013
32 Plato
IBU 57

APPEARANCE: A thick and viscous pour produces a small, looser, fizzy, off-white head that vanishes immediately. Darker color, coming out maroon red with no carbonation evident. No wisp or ring remain, making it look rather flat and unimpressive pretty quickly.

SMELL: Grapes, red wine, red fruits, berries and even sangria maybe. This is pretty much all wine barrel, though the aroma overall is a little muted, unfortunately.

TASTE: This is actually quite nice, and much more forthcoming than the nose had indicated. Very sweet again, like the base, but with better balance between the base beer and barrel aging. Red wine up front with toffee and grainy sweetness through the middle into the swallow. Sweet red fruits, berries, red wine again from the barrels, a touch of sweet oak, and some spicy alcohol. A touch of bitterness as attempted balance. This is a nice combo of Bordeaux barrels and B&G.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Heavy and oily for sure, but still very creamy smooth on the palate as well. Good weight here, goes down smooth and finishes slick and sticky. A bit of a burn at the swallow with lingering heat on the palate. Creamier and more dominating than the base version.

OVERALL: Besides the lack-luster-at-best look, this was pretty delicious. It is so big and heavy that it becomes a test of the will half way through, so it's best to drink this one in small doses. It's times like this I wish De Molen still used those 18cl nips. In any case, this is one you won't soon forget, for whatever reason, so give it a shot if you get the chance. Recommended.

06-19-2013 20:17:18 | More by Jeffo
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle from hoppypocket for CanBIF Fall 2013. Bottled January 28 of 2013. Good to have De Molen back in my life

A - Pours with good carbonation and a two finger beige head. Colour is a cloudy amber-ish. Good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Tons of lovely dark fruits. Lovely inviting complexity. Very faint vinous character. Smells like a big, boozy, barleywine.

T - A bit more vinous in the flavour. Lot's more dark fruit, sharp bit of alcohol. Sweet, spicy alcohol. Complex. Different from the base which I had a few years ago on tap. It definitely has a boozy, malty thing going on, but also has the wine barrel thing going on too. The barrel doesn't overpower though, and is pleasantly complementary.

M - Mild to medium carbonation, full and thick body with a sweet and dry finish with a bit of booze.

O/D - This was a great barleywine. It's nothing that's gonna knock your socks off, but it when you sit back and think about what you're dirnking, it dawns on you that it was better than you thought. Enjoyed it.

10-11-2013 00:10:20 | More by tbeckett
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

330ml bottle 15,2% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Bottled 28th Jan 2013
Good for 25 years.

Appearance: The beer pours a lovely (almost clear) deep red with a golden-amber appearing along the edges of the glass when back lit. A rough pour yields a good sized cream coloured head that lasts well for such a strong beer and even leaves a few thin patches of lacing. Swirling the beer coats the glass in a thick sticky residue.

Smell: Wow, the barrel aging has had a huge effect on the initial nose - as soon as the cap is cracked a fantastic jammy character (strawberry) just bursts out of the bottle. As the nose begins to open up notes of brown sugar, caramel, treacle, sweet red wine, some fruity alcohol, a touch of Belgian yeast (I have noticed this in the recent standard B&G bottles as well), oak, golden raisins, a little alcohol and a touch of citrus peel.

Taste: The initial flavour is absolutely fantastic with a ton of super sweet brown sugar, caramel, treacle and strawberry jam, however towards the middle of the mouth some rather out of place Belgian yeast and bitter alcohol flavours become apparent. Other notes include: Raisins, oak, sweet red wine, a hint of citrus peel and a pinch of spice. There is a little bitterness in the finish, but it does little to balance the massive sweetness.

Mouthfeel: There is far more carbonation than I expected (medium-high level), but thankfully it settles down pretty quickly and is nice and smooth. The body is superb - full, chewy and sticky.

Overall: The time spent in wine barrels has really altered the flavour of Bommen & Granaten adding a huge strawberry jam character. That said, I would like to see less carbonation and the spicy alcohol and yeasty notes missing as they were in the earlier vintages of B&G.

01-28-2014 19:55:45 | More by Thehuntmaster
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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Fux

France

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%

A: pours deep dark amber, opaque with a foamy off-white head, thick and creamy, with some golden glints going from the glass. It first appears very dense but still the carbonation seems quite good for such a high ABV beer.
S: wow! Full, rich, intense, very complex. Upfront are mixed notes of caramel malts and chocolate, fruity esters (raisins, figs, berries, orange peel), and spices. Some tartness sweetened by notes of vanilla. the wine barrel comes after with an oaky and lactic character. A bit of alcohol comes as it warms up, but is just supporting other aromas here. Wonderful nose!
T: Taste is quite sweet, malty (molasses, chocolate malts), with an oaky character, notes of vanilla, even some coco. The sweetness is balanced by some lactiness from the barrel ageing. Fruity esters are not as present as in the nose but still detectable (dark fruits and dry fruits mainly). Finishes on gourmet sweet chocolate. This seems not adapted for a diet.
M: Mouthfeel is very high bodied, far more than expected from appearance and nose, velvety, smooth, very enjoyable. This high body is very well balanced by a slightly puckering tartness enhanced by quite a good carbonation. Still a sipper, but very drinkable. Perfect for the style indeed.
O: I'm always very impressed by the barrel aging program from de Molen. This one is to be classified among its great successes. I surely will have it again.

04-19-2013 21:07:23 | More by Fux
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Bommen & Granaten Bordeaux BA from Brouwerij De Molen
90 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.