Donder & Bliksem (US 8.2 % Version) | Brouwerij De Molen

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Donder & Bliksem (US 8.2 % Version)Donder & Bliksem (US 8.2 % Version)
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Donder & Bliksem (US 8.2 % Version)Donder & Bliksem (US 8.2 % Version)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ccrida on 06-28-2008

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 22
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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Bubba83
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Very dark ruby/amber hue with some bright white head, two fingers width. Decent lacing and the head has pretty good retention as well...

Smells a little sour somehow, with some dark fruity plum aromas and indescript sugar.

Taste is not very complex, sugar plums up front, but not dancing in my head... Slight caramel and cherries. Tart flavors are here but rather indescript too.

Mouthfeel is decent, maybe a little too bubbly/lively for what I am used to. Could be a lot smoother across the tongue. Finishes pretty dry.

Just an okay dubbel overall, I thought the tart flavors might add an interesting dynamic, but unfortunately there just isn't that mich depth.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a short tan head that falls to a spotty surface foam quickly.

Smell: very faint malt and fruit sweetness.

Taste: moderate malty profile with some prunes, red grapes, yeast, hint of pepper, moderate bitterness and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: slower sipping Dubbel that is decent but not overwhelming. Worth a try.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

USA version is aImperial pilsner, not a dubbel at all. Premiant and Saaz hops ar primary taste, drying hops, yet balanced not too bitter. Medium plus mouthfeel. A bit of spiciness in smell.Mild lime, like Perrier with better carbonation. Drinkable but a 750 ml. is too much.Decent of-white head.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle of the Dutch version--a strong pils at 5.9%, according to the label. BBD of 3/10. Pours quite cloudy and dark for a pils, with the most massive head I've seen on something purported to be a lager; like meringue. Plenty of sediment. Smells very floral and tropical fruity. A sweet background with some very light brown sugar. Tastes of bitter, aromatic hop up front, followed by earthiness and a lingering sweetness. Finishes dryly. Slightly oxidized, though still pretty good. Light-medium feel with too much carbonation. Interesting stuff.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St. Bernadus goblet.

The cork reads 2007, indicating some decent age. Wonder what the result is? Well, it certainly does not pour clearly; rather a dark, murky amber-brown that leans toward garnet-ness with the addition of light. A minor amount of off-white bubbles stands in for a head, but not for long. There's a heavy dose of wheat and flour in the nose, like a bakery prepping for some hard-core pasrty-makin'. Not much else, though there may be some walnuts or cashews hidden somewhere on the table. Luckily, there's quite a bit more goin' on in Flavor Country. There, loaves of rye bread are plentiful, walnuts literally grow on trees (...wait...), red apples are on sale, and molasses seems to drip from certain trees at certain times of day. A lovely country, no? Its carbon footprint is of average size, allowing development to continue unabated (though increasing taxes is beginning to slow the rate of development to a much more easily managed level).

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Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of glid02
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle out of the Brick Store cellar shared by a generous soul. 2007 vintage.

Pours a hazy purplish-amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of robust medium malts with large amounts of boozy medium and dark fruits - pears, figs, and hints of raisins. Also present are hints of clove and brown sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of spices. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns toward fruit - mostly dried figs with hints of syrupy pears. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

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

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer as the flavors seemed thinner than they should have been given the aroma and mouthfeel. A decent beer for the style but one not worth seeking out.

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3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer style wasn't mentioned on the label, so I don't know what to expect.

A - A clear golden beer with a decent white head, that slowly turns into a fluffy cream. The is some nice carbonation bubbles rushing up, always pleasant to see.

S - A real Pilsener smell of yeast and hops, not really in a pleasant way though.

T - Tones of flowers, grain and some pine which bring a bitter taste.

M - A soft to medium carbonation that fits the taste excellent, slightly creamy too.

O - A good ???, type of beer. The complexity is good and the body too. - Now I see it was supposed to be a Double. I never would have guessed it, because of the bright and clear color. Now that I know I can still appreciate it in the same manner though, maybe even more.

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Photo of Radome
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a goblet.
A - 3.0 - Beer was a cloudy, opaque medium brown. It appeared deep orange when held up to the light. The head was tan colored and made up of thin, fairly large bubbles that looked soap-like.

S - 4.0 - A very nice, rich malt aroma with some roasted notes. There is alcohol in the background along with a sweet, wine-like character. It reminds me of a Russian Imperial Stout smell, but not as aggressive.

T - 4.0 - The taste is very malt-centric. Aside from malt, there is a little chocolate, roast flavor along with some mild hops flavor and even some wood character. There is also a sharp, slightly astringent taste in the finish that is reminiscent of a Flemish brown.

M - 4.0 - Slightly thin body with some mild alcohol burn. Very low carbonation. There is hops bitterness along with an almost vinegar-like astringency which I would guess comes from some wood-aging and souring.

D - 3.5 - This is an enjoyable beer with some characteristics of a Flemish brown, but having more hops and roasted grains than typical for that style.

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Photo of realmpel
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice dubbel, alive with butterscotch and raising flavors. Pours a nice chestnut brown with a thick head which lingereth on the side of the glass. This beer warms up nicely; give it time.

Not a complex beer, but a solid and great tasting dubbel.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle (dated 2.007?) into a mug (purchased at Green's on Buford, $14.99).

A: Poured a hazy brown with an moderatly thick, more than 2 finger pour, thanks to the carbonation, off-white/light brown head that dissolved fairly quickly. A thin layer of the head stayed throughout the drink.

S: The aroma was heavy on the malt with some hints of either cocoa or coffe and a slight hint of alcohol.

T: The beer had a good flavor to it. The malt of the dominate flavor, but it is also slighly sweet, with a twinge of alcohol and hops.

M/D: The beer was fairly rich and creamy with a more than fair amount of carbonation, but certainly not in a bad way. The aftertaste was bitter and slighly off-putting. Overall, a very good beer and one that I will buy again.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6-23-10 - poured into a Brewer's Art goblet - 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz cage corked bottle

Appearance: Pours a murky, chocolate brown. A full, creamy tan head fades to thin. This beer has light lacing that stays close to the head.

Smell: Aroma of sweet roasted malt, raisins, rum alcohol, walnuts, syrup, and brown sugar on the nose.

Taste: Roasted malt sweetness, rye (beer of the month says pumpernickel), chocolate, rum, and syrup. This beer has a dry finish with a nutty aftertaste, and the alcohol provides subtle warmth. Also, it has an element of acidity commonly found in old ales.

Mouthfeel: Low to moderate carbonation. This beer is light and thin over the palate but maintains a creamy feel.

Drinkability: A very drinkable and complex hybrid beer. This beer shares many good characteristics of several beer styles.

Comments: A beer of the month club selection. I am not sure of the vintage. Overall, a good beer that pushes the boundaries of the dubbel style.

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