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Bommen & Granaten Bordeaux BA - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Fux on 04-19-2013)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

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look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

tbeckett, Oct 11, 2013
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Bommen & Granaten Bordeaux BA from Brouwerij De Molen
91 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.