1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hemel & Aarde Bourbon BA - Brouwerij De Molen

Not Rated.
Hemel & Aarde Bourbon BAHemel & Aarde Bourbon BA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

15 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 21.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jeffo on 06-19-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev +6.4%

kscaldef, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of jhlosito75
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jhlosito75, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of nineworldseries
1/5  rDev -73.4%

nineworldseries, May 25, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev +6.4%

ygtbsm94, May 23, 2014
Photo of Rekrule
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Rekrule, May 04, 2014
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +6.4%

DrBier, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +6.4%

gillagorilla, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

bsuedekum, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Krakpoff, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of SStein
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SStein, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 11,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Bottled on: 30 Jan 2013
Good for 25 years.

Appearance: It seems that De Molens imperial stouts aren't quite as dark as they used to be. The beer still appears pitch black in the glass, however a fair amount of deep red becomes apparent when backlight. A rough pour yields a medium sized tan coloured head. The head actually lasts pretty damn well for a BA beer and fades to a small creamy cap that lasts most of the way down. Swirling lightly results in thin alcohol legs clinging to the glass.

Smell: I wasn't sure that Bourbon would be the best treatment for the earthy smoke of Hemel & Aarde, but based on the initial nose it seems to have worked reasonably well. There is a fair amount of sweetness with notes of vanilla, sweet cream and dark caramel/brown sugar; as well as a decent amount of earthy peat-smoked malt, a little roasted malt and a little chocolate. As the beer warms, the nose becomes oddly sweet and the smokey character seems to vanish.

Taste: The balance of the initial flavour is pretty good, offering a nice combination of bourbon, vanilla, sweet cream, peated malt and some roasted malt in the finish. There is some bitterness in the finish but not as much as I remember in previous variants. Sadly (similarly to the nose) as the beer warms the flavour seems to become far sweeter and looses most of the balancing smokey malt.

Mouthfeel: The body is just about full and quite sticky. There is a medium level of fairly smooth carbonation. As the beer warms and becomes sweeter the mouthfeel seems to become stickier.

Overall: A good beer from De Molen, but it just become too sweet and lost balance as it warmed. I far preferred the Islay whiskey BA versions and hope that the Wild Turkey version I will be opening tomorrow will be a little better.

Thehuntmaster, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Pnell316
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Pnell316, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

JAHMUR, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev +13%

mtbdonn, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one a while ago at the brewery in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 30 January 2013
24 Plato
IBU 108

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yeilds a 1+ finger, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a nice full wisp. Black body with no carbonation evident. Only a ring remains until the end leaving no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted and smoky malts, some bourbon barrel with light vanilla notes. Sweet cream and light chocolate as well. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Smoky and roasted beginning with some burnt malt and bourbon barrel at the swallow. A big and lingering aftertaste is roasted and smoky with bourbon, oak, vanilla and sweet cream, as well as some sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate underneath. Chocolatey and roasted with a bourbon barrel finish.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes sticky. No bite.

OVERALL: Good stuff, but the base is a more impressive creation. The bourbon barrel adds more boozy flavors, but doesn't make the beer more enjoyable than the base beer is. On the other hand, the barrel doesn't dominate and hurt the base beer either. A good beer that I'll gladly drink a bunch of, but don't need to start picketting for another batch. Recent batches of the base beer have been excellent as is.

Jeffo, Jun 19, 2013
Hemel & Aarde Bourbon BA from Brouwerij De Molen
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.