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Nieuw Ligt Grand Cru Vintage 2005 - Stadsbrouwerij De Hemel

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Nieuw Ligt Grand Cru Vintage 2005Nieuw Ligt Grand Cru Vintage 2005

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 02-27-2007)
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Reviews by johnnybravo:
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the most expensive Dutch beers available to me. I paid almost 7 euros for a 33cl bottle. Was it worth it? Well, as I one time treat yes. Would I buy a few others as well, guess not. Not if you can get Rochefort 10 for 1.58 euro instead. It's a powerful beer however. Intens aroma and flavor. Sweet, nutty, malty, spiced. Those words come to my mind. Had it on tap once at a festival btw. But I liked the bottled version better.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 09:10:57 | More by johnnybravo
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%

07-22-2013 01:28:54 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

08-14-2012 19:42:26 | More by JohnK17
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

07-16-2012 21:32:28 | More by smi
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

12-24-2011 08:24:03 | More by jophish17
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New York

2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 10/30/11 notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. The number 248 is hand written on the bottle; no idea if that is from the store or not. Picked this one up at the Liquor Locker in NJ.

a - Pours a hazy mahogany brown color with very light carbonation evident and very light head, less than an inch.

s - Smells of bready malts, musty notes, caramel malts, toffee, alcohol, and molasses. Somewhat sweet and seems oxidized, and the alcohol is still pretty prominent.

t - Taste musty again, of bready malts, earthy notes, light caramel malts, alcohol, sugar and sweet dark fruits. Again, sweet and a ton of alcohol; bothers me more here than it did in the nose

m - Medium body and very low carbonation. Alcohol heat and not enough carbonation hurts the mouthfeel here.

o - Overall not a great barleywine that seems to have not held up too well. Very hot still after 6 years and very sweet, not something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 16:48:59 | More by mdfb79
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4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nieuw Ligt Grand Cru 2005 Vintage

Appearance: Opens with a slight pssst of carbonation. Pours a hazy, murky brown. Surprisingly a quarter inch of head forms and dies away.

Smell: Aroma of fig, dark fruits, very much a barleywine. Some alcohol and notes of oak show up as well.

Taste: First off I must say this beer has held up VERY well. Delicious toffee like malt, paired well with an ageless English ale yeast with fruityness still viable. A touch of anise like spice, which the bottle suggests was picked in the garden of Eden (where the brewery supposedly stands, a tall claim). Some alcohol is there, understandably. Subtle notes of oak and woodsy tannins. Caramelized sugar and booze come out more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is perfect, more than moderate, actually alot more than what I was expecting. Warming alcohol can be felt, and ultimately, this would be a perfect brew for colder months. Has an impressive, drying finish full of oaky mildy astringent tannins. Near perfect.

Overall: Very tasty and has stood the test of time. This beer makes me want to start collecting barleywines. Aged to perfection (and well kept during this time), I feel this beer can hold up for several more years. To say this has peaked would be unfair. As it is now, what a delight.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 06:33:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - A hard pour yields some wispy quick-dissolving bubbles and a thin ring. Murky and turbid sultana raisin brown body.

S - Burnt sugars, dried fruits, apple skins, some nice caramel, spicy alcohol, and a bit of sherry-like oxidation. A first I thought the spice was from the alcohol esters, but as it warms up I'm starting to think there's nutmeg and cinnamon added. Alcohol seems excessive for a 6-year-old beer - I'm guessing this was a monster when it was fresh.

T - Taste is a bit more oxidized, with paper, leather, and lightly bitter finish. Less sweet than the aroma suggests, with a not insignificant amount of toffee, kola nut, molasses, and bready malts. Alcohol is significantly more mellow to taste.

M - Very low carbonation, thick chewy texture, full body, definite alcohol heat. Surprisingly dry finish. Quite appropriate for the style.

D - I didn't care for this initially, but as it warmed up it grew on me. I found this surprisingly drinkable. The brewery suggests it peaks at five years, but I'd be more inclined to think 3-4 years might have been the sweet spot. I'd be interested in trying the 2009 vintage in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 18:24:26 | More by MasterSki
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4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somehow this odd bottle landed in an excellent local shop (Blue Max, a must-stop Twin Cities destination) & my beautiful wife picked it up & bought it for me for my birthday ten months ago. Looked appealing tonight. 11.2 oz, bottle dated 2005, so it already has good time on it.

Pours a very light brown with a nearly invisible reddish halo, plenty of suspended sediment, & hardly any froth even on a hard pour. Swirl, & the odors of caramel & soda pop greet me. Not Coke or Pepsi, but the kind your mom used to buy (if you're old) by the case. Shasta. As it warms the rich, amazingly deep malts come out to tantalize. Yum.

Niuew Ligt brings a brown sugar, alcoholic sting to the genre of English Barleywine. Caramel piles on top & loosens the grip of the booze, along with a big malt grin, but the combination leaves a bizarre, almost dentist-like numbness to the palate. Single spruce needles were likely tormented over the boil to produce what I'm tasting. Big alcohol finish washes over the beach of other tastes & blasts them out to sea. Even after five years, this one still carries the big ABV stick (my bottle says 12% ABV, for the record). Nonetheless, the intriguing mish-mash of tastes means this is a fast sipper that's slipping rather quickly out of my little cup. And once again, the warmer this gets, the better, as the tastes integrate & complement the fine nose.

Excellent beer from a brewery that's truly obscure here in the states. Making a massive brew like this that invites the lips as frequently as this one does is an accomplishment in & of itself. Love to find something else from this brewery, very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 19:11:11 | More by maximum12
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish glowing fossilized amber, spotty ring of lace, glassy surface. Crystal clarity.

Spicy dried apple fruit leather aroma. Fruitcake or spice cookies. Despite the waxed bottle it seems a bit oxidized, but obviously that's expected, and even a positive trait in a vintage barleywine.

Flavors of sweet toffee, burly rich malts, orange peel, musty leather, cloying sweetness. Somewhat dry with low carbonation, lots of residual sugars in the aftertaste. Syrupy. Smooth with no hint of the abv, surprisingly. Knowing this would be hit or miss, it wasn't terrible, but is best shared. This was split 3 ways and that was plenty.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 02:40:34 | More by emerge077
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2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Almost no "hiss" when I opened the bottle. Here goes nothing.

A- Pours a murky ditch water brown. Zero head. A few clear bubbles surround the edges.

S- Candied sugar, caramel, Belgian yeast and a hint of alcohol. Faint overall.

T- Reminds me of a jack and coke thats been sitting in ice way to long and now a watered down mess. Faint alcohol and caramel and brown sugar.

M- Very thin, basically no carbonation.

D- A disaster overall. Couldn't finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:42:05 | More by Yesac
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2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased from Toronado's bottle list. Poured into a 4oz tasting glass.

A-Pours a hazy auburn color with a thin ring of off white bubbles. No head.

S-Candied citrus skins, burnt sugar,sherry, a trace of oxidization,lemongrass.

T/M-Caramel sweetness at odds with citrus fruit acidity and booziness. There's a good beer in here somewhere, but ultimately, it suffers from being too boozy. The alcohol dries out the back palate and distracts from some of the more appealing aspects. I would've saved this another 2 years, but reviews of the '03 seem to suggest that it is oxidized. Full bodied with very little carbonation.

D- Drainpour. Couldn't finish more than one glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 05:14:18 | More by DaveHS
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2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a lifeless cola brown. Uhh.

The aroma is sweet caramel, dark fruit, floral hops, sweet sweet sweetness.

The flavor is cola, raisin, dandelion, sweet maltiness, more cola, some banana, and a final dose of cola.

The body is medium and flat for the most part, but not inappropriate for the style.

This one wasn't horrible, but there was just too much cola sweetness and combined with the body it was like drinking a flat can of Pepsi. I don't think I would drink this again if it was offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 04:31:44 | More by alcstradamus
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted caramel malts with hints of deeper chocolate malt aromas. Also present are large amounts of winter spices - nutmeg and brown-sugar-dusted orange peel.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the spices aren't quite as intense. Sweet caramel malt flavors with mild amounts of toffee and butterscotch kick things off. Midway through the sip mild spices enter into things - again they serve more as a supporting cast member than in the aroma. The ending is mildly sweet.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was an interesting beer but I can't say that I was terribly impressed. I could see this being one of the few beers that benefits from serving at a warmer temperature, although I probably won't try that due to the high cost. Don't avoid but don't seek out.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 20:25:52 | More by glid02
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to someone for opening this brew. Pours a clear light brown with faint copper highlights. The head is white. It has a light aroma that hides its complexity. I get mild notes of spice, fruit and vague sweetness. The flavor attacks the palate with sweet dark fruit like plums, raisins, hints of grapes and also smooth blended spices. Then I get caramel hard candy sweetness cut by hints of alcohol, mild tartness mixed with cherries. It really dries out approaching the finish leaving a mild caramel and cherry dark fruit flavor behind.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 16:52:15 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The last beer of my beer drinking evening with PapaEugene. It slowly becomes a tradition that we end our sessions with a vintage beer. This time a beer from one of my favorite Dutch breweries. Poured this beer into a Rochefort glass. The beer pours an amber color with no head, which is not surprising for an almost 5 year old beer.

Smell: sweet caramel, brown sugar, clove and very strong alcohol

Taste: alcohol, alcohol and oh, wait, did I mention alcohol already? What a pity, it tastes like the brewer added pure laboratory ethanol during bottling. Besides the alcohol, there is some very well hidden taste of dark fruits, caramel malts and sharp spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, which is surprisingly high for a vintage beer. Soft and somewhat medium-thin bodied.

Overall: Simply too alcohol, spoils everything. Like PapaEugene mentioned, maybe it needs another 5 years....

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 18:55:32 | More by rvdoorn
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3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Last beer of the second beertasting with rvdoorn.

A: Poured into my Urthel glass. A nice amber color with no head. Small bubbly ring of foam.

S: Alcohol, alcohol and alcohol. After that dark fruits, cloves and caramel.

T: A huge alcohol afterburner that takes away the attention of the rest of the palette. Raisins, plums, malts and some spice. Comes close to a barley wine.

M: A medium body with a low/medium carbonation

D: I really wanted to like this beer.... great bottle design, great brewery and a true vintage beer, but the alcohol spoils it all. Maybe if stored another 5 years...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 21:22:53 | More by PapaEugene
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions 1 year ago and aged in a temp. controlled cellar since then.

Appearance: Borning flat iced tea with no head, lacing, or retention. Of course this is a 4 year old 12.00% abv brew so that is not uncommon.

Smell: Beautiful nose full of sweet sugar, ripe fruit (actually smells like Japanese Yuzu fruit to me!) raisin rum cake, and sweet malt.

Taste: Surprisingly different from the nose! Touch of Yuzu in the beginning followed by a quick splash of hop bitterness, then a candied sugar / malt blast, and a medium finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin.

Drinkability: Not bad for a brew of this abv. Gotta love what some age can do to some bottles.

I'd say give this one a go anytime btw now and 3 more years from now.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 00:05:40 | More by koopa
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 04/15/2009
11.2oz. bottle into Snifter glass
2005 Vintage

Pours a deep brown color w/ ruby red accents. Thin tan head w/ beautiful lacing - this brew has held up well over the last 4 years. Smell is of raisins, plums, dates, figs, and candied sugar. Taste is a nice malt fruitiness w/ a finish of medium hop bitterness and a medium amount of alcohol warmth. Not overwhelmingly sweet as would be expected by the smell. Clean on the mouthfeel. This is a definate sipper as ABV @ 12% is pretty present. Overall, this a nice brew but I am somewhat disappointed - would have actually preferred this to be a touch sweeter and more malt dominated - IMO it was a touch too hoppy for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 16:50:35 | More by mikeyv35
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition is around in places. Pours a bit medium brown, with many drops of lace.Smells like an aged barleywine. A little tingly on the tongue. Above average in volume of mouthfeel. Boozy warming, a little cognac, actually well integrated barleywine. Fairly good drinking, and like a great aged conditioned beer, to the very last drop.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 02:21:37 | More by Sammy
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brownish amber color with very little head (high ABV and 3 years of age); leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Alcoholic blend of toffee malt and cardamom

Taste: Opens with a toffee flavor that adds a spicey dimension by mid-palate, with cardamom dominant, but some interesting fruity cantelope flavors as well; after the swallow, the fruit flavors predominate, with orange and cherry accents appearing as well; lingering woody sweetness on the finish, with a bit of earthy bitterness as well

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: A very pleasant barleywine but short of spectacular

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 20:20:17 | More by brentk56
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 12/07. 12% abv.

A: Poured a moderate cranberry ice tea color with a quickly dissipating thin bubbly head.

S: The nose was clean with a light hints of cherry sourness, and ripe fruit.

T: The initial flavor was very tart and acidic with sour malt and apples. Visible carbonation was very light but the mouthful was lively from the sharp acidic nature. There were sour juice juice notes, some sour maltiness and a big spicy alcohol bite for a finish. Higher alcohol fusels were noticelable along with some spiciness (cinnamon). The beer was tart, acidic and overpowing alcohol at times distracting from the flavors. The first initial sips were hard to get down, but surprisingly as the beer warmed up and you progressed the multitude of layered complexity became more evident. There was some subtle underlying notes of sweet honey, fresh apples, and some fresh wildflowers coming through as well some holiday spices (all spice). The beer becomes much easier and enjoyable to drink once you get past the initial impression.

M: light in body, smooth, with a soft carbonation.

D: A very big, tart and acidic grand cru that drinks like a champ.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 12:20:01 | More by beerthulhu
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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber orange with a skim but not thin white head. Nose is caramel and dark fruit with some spice. Taste is alot of dark fruit, some caramel and slight toffee with a good spiciness that doesnt over power. Fruitiness lingers on the palate after each taste. Thin in the mouth for the style, and it could be sweeter, despite the fact that it is already quite sweet. (This is "english barleywine" were talking about right?) Drinkability is pretty outstanding for the abv. Apparently this one has done pretty good with the couple years it has had on it. Really not a bad beer, excited to open another one in a couple more years. Get some.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 08:38:55 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an ever so slightly hazy, dark amber body with a small, white head.

Smell: Aromatic nose smelling of sweet, candyish malts, genever, spice cake, rose hips, and liquor-soaked fruits.

Taste: Sweet, sweet maltiness tasting of caramel-coated candy corn. Dash of spices. Big mouthful of pound cake with peach schnapps and triple sec drizzled over the top washed down with herbal tea. Hit of gin, too. Fig based fruitiness throughout. Warming, spicy-sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit pricey, a bit unusual, but it still makes for an excellent, late-night sipper -- even in the dead of an August in Atlanta.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 05:11:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at State Line a few weeks back. Finally got around to cracking it open.

The beer pours a toffee brown color, looking more like ice tea then beer. There is minimal head retention or lacing with this beer, which surprises me a bit. On the nose the beer smells pretty good. It is very sweet smelling, with an aroma of vanilla, chocolate and cherry. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there is a hint of bitterness in the background which helps the beer's drinkability. I get almost a cotton candy flavor to this beer as it sits in the glass, and this beer is really pretty rich. Drinkability is fair, though with the sweetness and high abv., a little bit goes a long way. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and is really not the least bit heavy or tiring to drink.

A solid beer from De Hemel, though probably one to be enjoyed in the winter before a crackling fire as opposed to late July in Baltimore.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 13:16:53 | More by John_M
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Nieuw Ligt Grand Cru Vintage 2005 from Stadsbrouwerij De Hemel
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