Hamer & Sikkel | Brouwerij De Molen

Hamer & SikkelHamer & Sikkel
81 Ratings
Hamer & SikkelHamer & Sikkel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Absumaster on 06-27-2008

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with little light transmission in the glass Foamed out of the bottle and produced a half glass head that dissipated to a persistant half finger khaki head with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, light coffee and some oxidation notes. Just checked the date on the bottle and this is apparently quite a few years old (although new to the store..thanks Shelton Brothers!!!!). Flavor is dry biscuity toasted malt, cocoa, light quality coffee. Finishes with lingering mocha and a mild bitterness. The initial flavor is very attenuated, but the aftertaste is light, but delightful. Medium bodied with peppery, sharp carbonation; over carbonated. This is a mixed bag. If it's as old as I think it is, I'm missing a quite pleasant porter. The flavor is light, but nice chocolate and coffee flavors that are fully exhibited in the finish. The carbonation makes me think that this is over its prime. I liked this and will retry it if Shelton ever ships fresh beer to the Northwest (in my dreams).

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Photo of zladovac
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dzu
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint from 0.33l bottle.
L: Semitransparent dark brown/black with a huge beige foam head.
S: Dark fruits, plums, wine.
T: Dry , fruity, coffee.
F: Medium body and high carbonation.
O: Something between belgian dark ale and potter. Andlike it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a mostly dark brown color with a thin off white to tan thin head. Messy lacing. The smell takes on a moderately thin roasty coffee bean to sweet dark fruity blend running into some milk chocolate. The taste was semi-sweet with the roastiness blending nicely to balance. Delicate aftertaste of the sweet milk chocolate to dark fruits. Dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs about a medium. Bitterness seems to be hidden a bit because of the carbonation. Still, it really moves nice and smooth on my tongue. Overall, as an English Porter - all of the aromas and flavors match. The feel is good too. I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap served in a pint glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

Very deep brown to black in color with thick everlasting khaki head, it withstands with exceptional retention and leaves sticky lacing wave all along the glass-side.

The aroma is invitingly packed up with chocolate and coffee together with roasted, caramel, nutty, woody, brown bread, fudge, toffee, and nice sweetness yet smoothness of oats.

The taste is led by roasted flavor with only slight sourness together with coffee, chocolate, wood, charred nut, brown bread, caramel, fudge, toffee, and both oaty sweetness and smoothness just like the aroma. The finish has upright bitter kick from both hop and roasted profile to give a bitter end.

Medium body with quite smooth mouthfeel and rather low carbonation through the taste buds, the overall feeling is well-rounded with a very dry finish.

Good Porter with its rich and deep character and same time pretty easy to enjoy at any time.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One interesting question is why Dutch De Molen seems to be most successful in the British tradition using dark malts, particularly the RIS. But let's save that question for later.

Before I review, my curiosity got piqued about why DeMolen beers started appearing frequently in Chicago. From their Statement of Purpose on their website, it appears they have an arrangement now with the distribution network for La Trappe. And that makes sense since the 4 De Molen beers I've had all perform at the Trappist level.

Not knowing this new distribution deal, I poured this porter into a La Trappe glass (such serendipity!) and it looked luscious, dark and with lots of tight bubbles. Amazing for a porter bottled almost five years ago (in an 11 ounce size and capped, unlike the picture above.)

Hamer & Sikkel is a playful name I presume to convey that porter was the defining beer of Britain's Industrial Revolution and the hammer and sickle on the red flag of communism. More than a good joke, it is a very pleasant, soft and pleasing porter. Its malts smell and taste blended in the best of the British tradition. But, its mouth is remarkably, perhaps uniquely, bubbly, soft and with just enough of the old/sour to make it authentic. Well Done !

An interesting brewery that I will buy from again... since its importers and distributors are letting me see it more.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Damn near gushing khaki head, with a clear, dark red-brown body. At full pour, including some of the sediment at the bottom of the bottle, it turns it to a muddy, Cocoa Puffs milk.

Smell is nutty caramel, nougat, and downright sticky toffee pudding. I even get some peanut butter.

Taste is treacle, and again stick toffee pudding. They were going for English Porter, well the English feel is layered on thick, regardless of my lack of experience with the actual style English Porter. I also taste cake, nuts, caramel, and a little sweet cola. As it warms, raisin, and smoke emerge.

This beer livens as soon as it hits the palate. Light, fizzy, really frothy and bubbly.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky dark brown with a small off-white head that has short retention

S- malty aromas of brown bread, caramel, some nuttiness along with some cocoa

T- tons of flavor, given the abv; big brown may notes of bread crust, caramel, chocolate, roast and plenty of earthiness, finishes nutty and sweet

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish

O- solid and straight up, with high drinkability

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Photo of rex_4539
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, one finger brown head, nice lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Sweet coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Superb!

T: Coffee, roasted malts.

F: Extremely smooth and drinkable.

O: This is an amazing porter. Will definitely grab it again.

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Photo of BdM
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of -DF-
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khmel
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kristinc
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hansavijaticar
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMZB
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkhara12
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, Beergium - Pours darkish brown/black with a very large tanned foamy head. Medium/high carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted malts, yeasty, caramel. Taste - sweet, lightly smoked malts with a light bitter finish. Lovely porter.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hue is extremely dark brown, nearly black. Head poured 3 or 4 fingers of frothy light-tan foam. The head was absolutely massive and took a long time to settle down. Hopefully it's not infected or something!

Smell: very richly malty with a little bit of chocolate and roasty character. The malt on this bad boy is huge, especially considering its moderate ABV.

Taste: a roasty character with a little bit of chocolate and a nicely malty base. I happen to really like it.

Mouthfeel: medium or medium-light body with an absolutely massive carbonation. This beer doesn't taste infected or soured at all, but the carbonation is really absolutely insane. I like the creaminess but damn, and you'll almost never hear me say this, the carbonation could be taken down a notch!

Overall: a good beer. Crazy carbonation; prepare for a gusher. Still absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of drmeto
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-pours the darkest of brown with copper tinges and a medium,frothy,beige head
-nutty ,coffee,chocolate,spicy,vanilla,toasty
-light to medium body
-medium to high carbonation
Very flat on the nose.Taste is o.k

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Photo of vinivini
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpbarto
4.98/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wonderful flavors of coffee and chocolate with good mouth feel.

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Photo of Gakusei
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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