Engels | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brouwerij De Molen

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 08-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by philipquarles:
Photo of philipquarles
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle of Engels--with an S. Pours a cloudy caramel color with a billowing, rocky white head that lasts. It eventually recedes to leave thick lacing. Interesting, estery smell with notes of fruit and bubblegum. Not really characteristic of a bitter, but great nonetheless. Grassy hops and some lemon. Light caramel malt in the background. Very pleasant tasting, with prominent aromatic hop notes. Sharp, refreshing bitterness. Yeasty, fruity taste, again with some citrus. Very light roastiness at the end. Bone-dry finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Great, utterly drinkable stuff. I would classify this as a saison, actually, though with British caramel malt used to cut the usual Belgian pils.

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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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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 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 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 Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy Absumaster. Pours malty, a bit funky smelling white parachute head that leaves but a littl lace. Light body underneath that has an understated bitterness to it, understated carbonation, medium mouthfeel with some mouth tingling. Drinkable, drying aftertaste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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 zonker17
4/5  rDev +9%

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 ohoh
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33 cl bottle bought at Ölbutikken, Copenhagen. Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours hazy amber. Small yeast particles floating around. Impossible to see through the glass. Huge light, foamy head dissolving quite quickly and leaving lots of traces on the inside of the glass.

Smell & Feel & Taste: At first a flowery, hoppy smell that turns into a mild scent of... bitter. Feels good in the mouth. Lots of tiny bubbles attacking my tongue with little pieces of hops. Next to no maltiness, which is exactly what I'm looking for. Leaves my mouth dry and itching for more.

Conclusion: I bought two bottles but I wish it was two cases.

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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 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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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 tln13
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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 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 mitlinks
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Absumaster
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the "in de Wildeman" in Amsterdam, where they put the cask on the bar. The beer was tapped by gravity and was at roomtemperature.

Appearance was a muddy, orange color with a thin, coarse head, which disappeared after 30 seconds.
Smell was very flowery, with some earthy hops and a nice resinous hop aroma.
Taste was flowery, somewhat soapy with some malt and light caramellic flavors. The bitterness was just right for an English bitter and hop taste was typical English. The body was thin and drinkability was good.

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Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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 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 avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus and malt.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Citrus (lemon maybe?), malt, and some yeast. Not your classic English bitter flavor, but still good tasting.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

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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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Engels from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 59 ratings