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Brouwerij De Molen

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch 753 printed on the label. Label also lists a 4.42% abv, rather than the 4.50% abv listed on BeerAdvocate. My first beer from Brouwerij De Molen, and I believe also my first beer from The Netherlands. Got this bottle on sale at the local Binny's for like $3.00 or so. Going in unbiased; I have no idea what to expect.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours four to five giant pillowy fingers of cloudy white foam. Body is a light lemon-orange color with massive carbonation bubbles streaming topside like a geyser on the ocean floor. Some small dark yeast sediment sinking to the bottom. I won't lie, I think it looks pretty nice. Becomes a dark murky orange, almost muddled brown color when I finished pouring the rest of the bottle into the glass. Lots of dark brown yeast gunk dripping out from the bottom of the bottle.

S - Smell is kind of subdued and buried beneath all that foamy head, but has some dusty funky yeast, some lightly tart citric lemongrass, and some light earthy hop presence.

T - Taste is entirely unexpected based on the nose. Lots of bready musty yeast, crisp carbonation, lightly citric lemongrass, apple juice, maybe some green grapes, dirty earthy herbal hop presence, & some copper / metallic notes on the finish. Lightly tart, with maybe some champagne yeasty presence, also.

M - Feel is more thick and heavier than one might initially suspect, but the fluffy head adds a nice light cloudy carbonation to each sip. Light-medium bodied due to the carbonation. Some apple skin flavors, and some dry breadiness on the finish.

Overall, an extremely strange, and not entirely inviting beer, yet still strangely alluring. Interesting, to say the least. Low abv, lots of flavor, but not exactly what I would call a "highly drinkable" beer. Definitely worth a shot for the more adventurous beer lovers out there.

De Molen Engels ---4/5.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch 695, label says 4.42% abv. this is an oddball to say the least. upon opening the beer it launched white foam all over the kitchen, and continued to spew foam slowly the entire time, even after most of it was poured into a glass. there was about one part beer, 5 parts lacey head from a gentle pour, very strange. the nose is odd too, its got a dusty sort of smell, ancient in a way, exhumed. the yeast is spicy and heavy, while the hops are unique, oily and crisp. the flavor has some of that same dusty vibe, but has a finish that reminds me of the hop extract oils ive tasted, pungent and powerful, long lasting. the mouthfeel is different as well, its heavier from all the yest suspended within, but its made really light by all the delicate foam you cant help but fill your mouth with on each sip. 11.2 ounces of this was enough for me, but i am glad i tried this one of a kind beer. really out of the box brew here, worth a try.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden. Big white head. Lots of bubbles

S-smells old and possibly adjunct. Some nutty grains and maybe even sugary spearmint?

T-comes in with a light but very solid taste of light Belgian spices and aged grains. There's a pretty good lack of after-taste. 

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a pretty dry finish.

O-it's not a bad beer at all. It's different. Not much like an English bitter at all. It's more like a mix between a great Belgian and tonic. It's a fine drinker though.I'll enjoy the whole bottle, but I won't be getting more.

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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle to stein. 4.42% ABV listed. Batch #695, sampled 6/15/11.

A: One centimeter of headspace. A gentle pour fills the glass entirely - with nothing but a bright white, light and fluffy, airy head - and the most obnoxious staying power I've ever seen. The body is light golden yellow-orange in color, murky, with a decent amount of small, dark particulate settled at the bottom. Enormous clumps of the head remain attached to the glass on all sides.

S: Small malt contribution with a misplaced caramel note on the end. Sladek hops provide a heavily floral and perfumey aroma with light scents of lemon and orange lingering in the background. The yeasty qualities imparted notes of must and cheese?

T: Light citrus and fruity esters. Slightly dusty or chalky, kind of reminiscent of the candy Smarties. The flavor is complex and especially great when considering the low ABV.

M: Light body with a thin minerally texture. Fizzy/ lively carbonation. Finishes chalky and bitter.

O: I love it when a brewer can coerce this much flavor out of a sub 4.5% beer. Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11oz bottle into a snifter, of all things.

Pours with a massive, soapy/foamy head over a very cloudy, dirty brown body. Good lacing.

Plenty of herbal aromas, but very soapy. Also along for the ride are a touch of old lime and cardboard... Not painting a pretty picture, I know.

Flavors are pleasant, with flowers, some Belgian yeast, wheat, sour lemon, earth, and sneakers.

Mouthfeel is somewhat gritty/grainy, but also light & tangy in the finish.

Not terribly representative of an English Bitter, but it's absolutely packed with aroma and flavor for something with just 4.5% ABV.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass, Batch 695
A – Large 2 finger + head barely fit into pint with full (11.2oz/33cl) bottle pour, subsided very quickly while leaving minimal lacing to a thin layer, a hazy golden yellow with some amber 3.5
S – Lemon citrus leads with slightly sweet & earthy malts following in this very nice aroma 4
T – Semi-sweet toasted malts with orange/tangerine citrus and a good floral grass hop bitter finish, caramel notes, a very balanced beer that flows well from start to finish 4.5
M – An easy drinking beer with a light mouth feel, refreshing and thirst quenching, slightly watery but after pouring I was interrupted so the carbonation had dissipated a little too much 4
O – Very good drinkability, would love to have a case or two of this in my cellar, enjoyed this enough I will be looking out for it in the future… hopefully at a lower US price point 4

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Photo of trappistlover
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(11.2 oz bottle from El Cerrito Market). Batch 695. Pours almost all white head. I had to wait some time for it to dissipate. Pours a hazy golden color with active carbonation. Aroma has some grass, hay, bread and some lush tropical fruits. Taste is sweet with a weird bitterness to it. Metallic? Medium bodied with a slick texture. Dry finish. The off-taste was distracting, but I could catch a good enough glimpse of the beer to see what it was. I would like to try again to see if I had an older bottle.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
batch 695
A- This beer pours a golden yellow body that is clear with a thick column of microbubbles cascading to the surface. The second pour is much more hazy with a thick popping egg cream head that last a good bit.

S- The smell is fragrant during the pour even. The saison yeast character has a shampoo quality, but in a good beery way. There is hints of green hop pellets and spicy hops in the finish.

T- The soft clean flavor has some fruity ester notes with dried orange notes and a dry finish with a crisp quality. There is more spice that citrus character to the slight bitterness in the after taste. There is a soft dry bubblegum note in the esters as the beer opens. The after taste takes on some green notes as the beer warms aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a full texture in the finish.

O- This beer is light but has a nice ethereal spicing quality to it.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and poured with a finger high bright white head. The head eventually completely faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of lemon citrus in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite lemony and has notes of bready and grainy malts plus yeast in the flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are also some hints of dryness.
O: The beer is a remarkable take on the style and is definitely a lot more interesting compared to bitters brewed on the opposite shore of the North Sea. The light body makes this beer easy to drink and the citrus aromas and taste lend refreshing qualities.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. Huge hiss when the cap is pryed off.

Huge white billowing head. Great retention and lacing. Body is a hazy dark golden color.

Light bitter and herbal hops with some grainy malt as well.

Taste follows nose. Bready and grainy malts (more grain than bread though). Light peppery hop presence, some spice from the hops as well, pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. SUUUPER dry. Surprised how dry it is considering such a little yeast presence.

A nice light slightly hoppy beer.

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Photo of meeekyh
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is from a 1/3 liter bottler into a Fin Du Monde glass.

I was just trying out bitters and this was among the choices at my local favorite liquor store. Expensive at around $5 so I hope it is in the Mikkeller league.

When I open the bottle the foam starts to escape. A well placed glass saves me from having to clean up a mess of spilled beer. The head is HUGE and fluffy white, without much density but plenty of staying-power. The beer itself is a rather light golden with a haze that obfuscates details on the other side of the glass. Lacing is modest but there is some to note.

Smells are a bit of biscuit and citrus and a hint of sweetness lingering. Fresh and clean present themselves as suitable descriptors for this ale.

Taste is tart and thin with not much grain nor complexity. There is little to no sweetness and the only other notable flavor is a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is likewise thin thought the carbonation is very high. Finish is dry but not really clean.

Drinkability is OK but not good in that the complexity and flavor are lacking and the price is wicked-high.

Slainte but spend your bitter-dollars elsewhere.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This starts out as a very lively brew with a massive head as you pour. It makes you wait to finish the pour. Upon finishing the pour the sediment hits the glass and gets kicked around by all the bubbles in there. The look of the beer is not a foggy yellow gold and cannot see through it anymore. The beer has a very little spicy note to the finish along with some banana in the mix. The bitterness is there in the beginning and it sticks around for a little. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.31/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... An ugly murky dark gold, hints of copper, so blah. A big light tope head, good retention and lacing. This head doesn't make up for the body... Some could consider this a weak aroma but I like its subtlety. Very light caramel and toffee notes, just sweet enough to raise an eyebrow. After that loses some points for being a bit plain and going to the next flavor level. I can't detect any hops, or anything else but a whisper of alcohol... WTF is going in the taste, has this gone bad. Biscuit bread at first, then yeast, funk, and smoke. Like a smoked lager but not executed correctly.

Something has to be wrong with this.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So happy to see any of this brewery's ales on the shelf in my local town - one of the finest breweries in the world and rarely seen outside of Europe. Picked up a 11.2 FL OZ of this from Olive Tree Market here in OB for $4.50 and poured it into an Old Speckled Hen pint glass.

On the bottle: EBU: 32.2, Batch: 695, Hops: Sladek, ALC/VOL: 4.22%

A: Hazy and unfiltered straw-like hue with sediment floating at the bottom of my glass - ridiculously fluffy white head that sticks around in an ice cream cone fashion leaving massive amounts of lacing from start to finish.

S: Wild yeast funk, slight herbal hop, fermented fruit, earthy and grainy with a sweet malty finish.

T: Funky yeast - dry wood and musty leather followed up by sour apple, cereal grains and some earthy hoppiness - (you would never get a taste like this from an American brewer) very unique and tasty!

M: On the bolder side of light-bodied, vigorously carbonated, finishing dry and crisp like a fine champagne.

D: If you don't mind the somewhat extreme carbonation (which is common for Belgian/Dutch ales of the style) you'll love this one - definitely an all night drinker.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasing and richly hopped bitter/pa.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Simple label with an illustration of an angel carrying a barrel from the Netherlands to the UK. Brief lines note purity of ingredients and credits to the brewery. Notes 4,5 Alc vol, and best by date 14/09/11. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy golden pour, very rich towering head, great retention, receding very slowly, nice surface memory and good lacing. Another looker from De Molen looker. Great pour...

S - Nice and rich hoppy nose, very pleasing, lemon, citrus, a bit floral, dash of a malty backbone.

T - Flavor follows the nose with dexterity, the grassy and lemony feels grows with a pleasing bitterness, and nice pale malt sense.

M - Light to light/medium body, medium/soft carbonation, with a rich dry and somewhat crisp finish.

D - It all comes together beautifully, great session brew, low Alc. and great flavor.

Notes: One of the most unassuming offerings from De Molen I've been lucky enough to try, and again quite a pleasing ride. Not overtly complex or remarkable but in its simplicity and flow it felt mighty good.

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Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. One and one half inch head of a white color. There is some suspended sediment. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, citrus, slight floral, hint of tea, hint of tart malt, and slight yeast. The mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of an English Bitter. Tastes of slight pale malt, yeast, hint of tart malt, dry hops, and hint of tea. Overall, good body, blend, aroma, and appearance.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a straw color with a large, fluffy white head. The aroma is heavy on the flowers and biscuit malt. The flavor is very similar with a few additions. The dominant flavors are biscuit malt and floral hops, but I also get a little bit of grassyness from the hops. As I continue to drink the beer, the flavor gets a little bit medicinal. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Stark white spun cotton head on a hazed golden body.

S: Soap? Mountain breeze? Some sweetness below but the artificial cleaning product smell may be hurting the beer.

T: Medicinal hops, weak soap and sweetened tea are in the forefront. Behind is some golden grain and light biscuit.

M: I have not complaints about the composition here.

D: No thank you. I use soap to clean my glasses but don't drink the soapy water afterward.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Richard for sharing this here beverage.

A: The pour is a cloudy straw color with a large white head.

S: A nice hop note up front, but there's a lot of strange stuff going on here. Some spiciness and yeasty qualities that gave me the impression this might be a Belgian pale ale of some sort. However, there was also some light skunk to this, which was disappointing.

T: Lots of sweet malts and citrus flavors, specifically oranges. A bit of a biscuit malt and yeast sort of thing going as well as some hints of spice and butterscotch. Better than the nose, but not fantastic.

M: The body is light with a somewhat soft carbonation.

D: This was just a strange beer. It had qualities of a witbier, a Belgian pale, and a bitter, but I can't say that any of them worked all that well.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Respectfully, I'd would have to agree with the immediate prior review, except that I'd use "light" and "weak" with most of the words.

Cloudy orange with a white head. A pleasant wheat nose with a med/thin mouthfeel. Medium hop bitter with a light malt flavor. Pleasant and subtle. Nice witbier character. But a bit simple all around coming from this great brewer.

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Photo of dfernandez77
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does it taste like an English Bitter? No.

Slightly warm blond color with some shine from suspended yeast/protein. Very little head that quickly subsides.

Cumin, lemon. butterscotch, liquorice root, new leather. Floral character is chamomile and a tiny hint of orange blossom. Sweetly malty and very organic. Picks up ripe nectarines and a full fruitiness when it's warm. Very pleasant and unique.

Full, slightly sweet , and complex. More like a big Vienna Lager than an English Bitter. Chamomile again, with a slightly tart finish. Again, nectarine and sweet pitted fruits on warming. Mild hop bitterness.

Rich and dry at the same time. Slightly astringent. Finishes slippery and sweet as saliva converts the complex sugar - and fades to hop bittering backnote.

Overall Impression:
It's not an English Bitter. It's very much a Northern European Pale Ale. I'd say the style should be (BJCP 16B) Belgian Pale Ale. However, it's lovely. Very nice - refreshing when cold,; rich, warm, fruity when warm. Complex all the way through. Very tasty.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I have two de Molens beers in my cellar and have yet to try their stuff. This one should give me a clue as what I could expect from them...and I love English bitters

Pours hazy, golden, light body. Head is white, fluffy and somewhat dense. Settles to a nice collar and film.

Aroma is wet, sweetbread with some citrus and light honey essence. Slightly yeasty with clove.

I haven't reviewed too many bitters, but have had plenty while in UK. This is a solid effort from the Dutch. The malt is more of a honey, or honeysuckle sweet than bready. Hops provide a nice combination of citrus and spice. The Sladek hop is new to me, and I quite like it. The end feel to this one is a semi-dry, honeysuckle biscuit wetness. Makes sense, yeah?

Very nice beer

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Photo of nickd717
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle from K&L, paired with a tuna steak.

Pours hazy copper in color with a one-finger white head that quickly fades.

The aroma has citrusy hops, sweet malt, and a slight funky note similar to a Cantillon beer almost.

This funk is even more present on the flavor, making this beer really interesting. Being cask-conditioned, maybe it's possible some wild yeast made it in here. Besides that there is sweet malt, lemon, floral and citrusy notes, pale and biscuity malts.

Very smooth mouthfeel with medium body for the style and soft carbonation. Hell of a bitter overall.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale and mildly bready malts with good amounts of light citrus and mildly herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are quickly beefed up by hints of breadiness. Shortly afterward good amounts of light citrus - grapefruit with hints of lemon - join into things. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn more toward earthy and slightly herbal flavors, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

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

Overall I believe this is my first experience with this hop (unless it's Belgian for a more commonly used hop) and while not ground-breaking it imparts some nice flavors. Worth a shot.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious, light English-style pale ale that stays crisp and clean through the session.

A froathy and hazy pour settles into a solid golden color, retaining quite well and slight evidence of lacing. Lighter in color than expected, otherwise a handsome impression.

Sharp hops begin the aromas with earthy spiciness, crisp pine, and citrus rinds. Light malt aromas seem nearly pilsner-like, except for a slight hint of sweet breads in the background.

Sweetish malts begin in flavor where the aromas left off. Very lightly kilned grains give flavors of crackers and shortbread. But that is all short lived as the hops begin to dominate with pine resins, orange rinds, fresh cut grass (or lemon grass), and spicy flavors that usher in the crisp and clean finish; giving impressions of mint late.

Light creamy early textures fade quickly to a fleeting dryness, reminescent of cask ales. Well attenuated and refreshing with an effortless ease of drinking.

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