Larie & Apekool BA - Brouwerij De Molen
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
330ml bottle 11,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Bottled on: 9 July 2013
Good for 10 years.
According to Google translate 'Larie & Apekool' translates into 'Poppycock'; however I did find one website that translated it to the phase "Nonsens & Fraudulent Buffoonery". It this is in fact a correct translation, this is the coolest name for a beer ever!
Appearance: Larie & Apekool appears pitch black in the glass, however a back light reveals a generous slice of deep red along the edge of the glass. A rough pour yields a small tan coloured head that fades to a thin cap that lasts most of the way down. A swirl results in thin alcohol legs clinging to the the glass.
Smell: The initial nose offers a fantastic combination of sweet chocolate and mellow whiskey. The chocolate however soon fades into the back ground allowing some of Hemel & Aarde's trademark earthy peat smoke to become apparent; alongside notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, a little liquorice and some sweet cherry notes. There is a little alcohol noted as the beer approaches room temperature.
Taste: The flavour is far more mellow than I expected from a De Molen RIS. There is some roasted malt and a fair amount of bitterness in the finish, but it is nothing like the typically harsh roasted/charred character that usually characterizes their stouts. Other notes include: Mellow whiskey, mellow vanilla, oak, a nutty character, some earthy smoked malt, underlying sweetness, sweet cherries, a little caramel and a little alcohol on the swallow.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium-full and nicely chew, while the carbonation is of a low level and fantastically smooth.
Overall: Larie & Apekool is probably the best beer from De Molen I have had this year. I really wish I had bought a few extra bottles.
12-22-2013 21:24:10 | More by Thehuntmaster
3.99/5 rDev +3.9%
Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a snifter at Kan's place.
A - Tan foam settles to a wispy, partial cap, thick collar, and specks of lace. Very dark brown body. Seems a bit light for an 11% smoked Imperial Stout.
S - Super smokey, with honey-glazed meats, campfire, and light roast and oak rounding things out. Considering the ABV and smoked malts, this is surprisingly mellow, a pleasant change from some of the other De Molen stouts I've had recently.
T - The taste is a bit sweeter, with more sugar cookie, caramel, and light chocolate malt flavors. Barrel is pretty restrained, but a moderate level of smokiness persists; good balance and not overly boozy. Typical De Molen in the lack of roast and heavy brown malt emphasis; more fruity and nutty than your typical smoked stout.
M - Medium body that seems a bit thin for 11%. Chewy texture, light tannins, and well-hidden alcohol. Fairly low carbonation.
D - I was advised to open this sooner rather than later, as there were some reports of 'off' bottles. I didn't notice any problems here, but I didn't try to the original draft release, so who knows? A solid smoked stout with fairly restrained barrel character; assuming it was bourbon? (N.B. Apparently it is Bourdeaux and bourbon; in any case, quite subtle.) Solid, but not a beer I'd actively seek out again.
11-26-2013 20:11:50 | More by MasterSki
Larie & Apekool BA from Brouwerij De Molen
85 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.