Storm & Averij
Brouwerij De Molen

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IPA - Imperial
3.74 | pDev: 15.51%
Brouwerij De Molen
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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aleigator from Germany

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Giant, white head, color is a cloudy sunny-yellow. A large variety of aromas, malt, lime, grass, pine, sugar, grapefruit. Sweet, refreshing hoppiness is mainly defined by sweet, exotic fruits, going well along with sweet malts. Strong on limes and grapefruit, supported by a fitting, lower carbonation, which adds additional freshness. Beer stands in great balance between sweet fruits and bitter hops, underlined by sweet, warm malts. In addition to that a unique spiciness gives the beer a sharp peak. Beer is medium-bodied with a long bitter finish. Uncompromising bitterness is another notable aspect, which gets even more recognizable towards the end. Fruits, mainly defined by lime and grapefruit, do still underline the taste, while the malts get washed away by the bitterness - which results in a great tasting beer with a decent complexity.

Dec 18, 2015
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His_Royal_Hoppiness from England

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curious DIPA - full-bodied and more grassy/ less fruity than others. Interesting to try this a few days after De Molen's Open & Bloot, which is a totally different take on a DIPA.

Jan 04, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial nonic a lemon tinged honey color with a large bloominh white head,Iam thinking I should have went with a chalice or oversized wine glass here.Big leafy saaz hops in the nose along with some lemon rind and toasted grain,a hint of funk in there as well.Like a few others have noted much more like a hoppy saison than a dipa flavor wise,lemony and herbal flavors dominate,there is some deep fruity sweetness in there as well some more alcohol induced sweetness.Not bad but this seems much more of a northest Europe country ale than any American style dipa.

Feb 07, 2014
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very cloudy orange with a good sized and dense off-white head. Fades at a moderate pace, leaving nice pillars of lacing behind. Final pour results in some dark solids, lots of chunks and floaties.

S: Lots of caramel and some raisin. Has a resinous sort of aroma along with a little herbal quality?

T: Lots of resin and caramel up front. Some sort of overripe fruit in the middle, like apple cider-ish. Finishes with a brief grassy hit, a little more herbal quality and resin. Just a little bit of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is a bit high but not horribly so.

O: Very strange DIPA. Only a little bitterness and a mild hop aroma/flavor. Very malty and some odd fruitiness. Not offensive but meh at best. Could be an old bottle but who knows, no indication of a date anywhere.

Sep 06, 2012
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Beejay from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Much thanks to my friends Alanna and Richard for this brew.
Just a word of caution, the second I finished untwisting the cage, the entire cage and cork exploded off the top of the bottle.

A: A very hazy apricot color with a full four inches of head. The head is massive. Gigantic, fluffy white head. Luckily the head drops a bit and settles into a nice white foam.

S: What a lovely smell. Sweet, with a great hop nose. Syrupy sweet, and a touch of vanilla. A touch of pine, along with some herbal scents. A touch of alcohol in the back.

T: Interesting, very very interesting. Probably one of the most interesting beers I have tried, a weird, but working amalgamation of flavors. Sweetness comes out right away, followed by a peppery flavor that I would attribute to the Saaz hops. There is almost a smokiness in the finish, alongside herbal and earthy tones. A little bit of pine rounds out the flavor, with a touch of alcohol heat.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is fine, and very strong, but it works.

O: Overall this beer isn't amazing, it doesn't have that feel to it like it just happened without effort. What it does have is a wealth of complexity, a beer to ponder and enjoy. This is a beer that is interesting enough that you could sip on it for an hour, and still not have it figured out. One that each time you take a sip you taste something a little different. Very enjoyable.

Jul 28, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy bright orange amber. Lively one finger off-white head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a thin film over the whole glass and lacing. Aroma dominated by caramel malt with a hint of grassy and citric hops; reminiscent of a mild barley wine. Flavor is quite distinct, sweet malt, light fruit changing to a dryer woody herbal or tea like taste. Finishes dry and moderately bitter. Aftertaste of bitter hops and resin. This ain't your father's DIPA, but it is quite interesting. The hopping and herbal bittering is almost reminiscent of a gruit, but apparently this was bittered with hops. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. It's hard to rate this as a DIPA, but I found the flavor progression interesting and the unusual taste enjoyable. I'm also not sure of the age or storage of the bottle, although it came from a shop that seemed to know what they are doing. It is possible the fresh ale has a more distinct hop profile. Still, a very unusual, but successful take on the style.

Apr 16, 2012
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at O'reilly's during IPA day.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving very little lace down the glass.

S - Smells of caramel sweet malt, light citric hops, fresh cut grass, and pine resin. Not the best nose but still decently pungent.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of caramel sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of bitter citric hops, fresh cut grass and pine needles, and some dull wet earthiness. The finish is pretty dry with a little bit of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Juicy, dry, feel that lingers on the pallet for some time.

O - Pretty good. I saw this one on the list and I knew I had to get one. My love for De Molen is strong but this was just ok. Oh well, on to the next one.

Oct 12, 2011
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rtepiak from Poland

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a heavily hopped belgian with good bittering and herbal quality that i'm not sure are from the base ingredients or added spice. Almost orange pour with a smaller head of white. Nose of pineapple fruitcake and booze. A tab grassy... A tad boozey. If this is really seen as an american double there is something different in the yeast ester quality. Solid beer but not of the american temperament of ipa's. Made for storing and enjoying later to mellow out... Or i just missed the boat on a not so fresh uniquely hopped double.

Will have to try again closer to the source.

Aug 15, 2011
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap @ O'reilly's -served chilled in a snifter.

The color is deep amber and has golden highlights with good clarity and thin white cap. Smell of slight tea-like herbal and noble hop esters which give an earthy aroma to the ale. This beer has a nice dry feel with som good bitterness and slight malt backing with hint of resins and lasting bitter finish with mild alcohol overall.

The flavor is very herbal, tea like and has a mild grassiness. This beer is hoppy, but not very fruity, more earthy with a slight sweet note and gentle fruit as it warms. The yeast adds to the spice level with mild dry finish. Overall I liked this and found it to be a good hoppy beer, but it didn't seem to break from the standard. It has a nice hoppiness level generally bitter but I consider it a decent example of the style.

Aug 10, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

2.41/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The problem with having SO MUCH BEER is that you're bound to have ones you may not feel great about sharing. The problem with being friends with someone who has SO MUCH BEER is that he doesn't have to impress you anymore so he's more inclined to dump them on you. Oh, on an unrelated note, thanks to Alex for sharing this one.

A - Copper colored beer with a white head that showed fair retention and some moderate lacing.

S - Sweet malts, little bit of booze, caramel, some hops. Tea?

T - Oops, pass. When the hell is tea a good idea in a beer? If this wasn't supposed to taste like tea, wow. It's not V008 bad, but it's definitely not good. Horrible vitamins taste as well. Didn't get a ton of this down.

M - Lively carbonation! Too lively! Sticky.

O - Gross. Don't drink this.

Jul 14, 2011
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metter98 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high and dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thick layer of bubbles covering the surface and large rings of bubbles down the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy, pine resin and spicy hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather spicy and has a light amount of bitterness, which lingers in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.
O: Considering its strength, the beer is quite drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It’s like drinking a stronger version of an English IPA.

Jun 23, 2011
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LordAdmNelson from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange-gold-amber color, but no head to speak of. Had to do some pretty vigorous swirling to work one up as I drank it.

Nose is ok, though a bit muted. I get some piney hops, booze, and that's about it. I was hoping for something a bit stronger I guess. Flavor is a bit strange. At first it was almost soapy, then a bit watered down, then boozy--all stages that I wasn't looking for. It developed into a nicely piney, spicy IPA, though. A solventy character tended to persist, though. I guess I'm not describing it as sounding good at all, but once the beer had warmed a bit and breathed, it had a nice malt backbone over a rather interesting hop bill.

Moderate mouthfeel, good carbonation to it. Overall I would say it was worth the try, but not something I'll return to probably.

Apr 26, 2011
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John_M from Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy, copper amber color, with fair at best head retention and lacing. The nose is OK, though nothing special, showing some sweet malt, a hint of pine and some alcohol. On the palate, this is not all that appealing. The beer is pretty sweet, with some light brown sugar, and sweet fruit. There is very little bitterness in this finish, and I'm amazed that this is supposed to be a DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, malty finish. Drinkability is not good. The alcohol is noticeable, and I'm just not happy with what I'm tasting.

While not horrible, this is just not very good. The fact I've had worse does not make it any more appealing.

Mar 27, 2011
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jrallen34 from Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sometimes I get the feeling Alex doesn't like us but busting out bottles like this he has been trying to dump. Despite the decent rating, I sense a trap...Pours a medium honey gold with a good lasting head, looks fine, so far, so good...The aroma is pretty decent, a sweet tea saison fusion, that's sweet and musky with a tea backbone, somehow this works...The taste is terrible its like sea tea vomit, brings back fond memories of my two Veritas 008 experiences. Nothing at all here works, can't believe how monumental of a failure this is after the aroma...The feel is too carbonated...This was a group drain pour, don't think we drank half the bottle.

Avoid .

Jan 12, 2011
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brandoneast from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma and taste profiles mirror each other, in that the brew is earthy, dusty, lemony, funky, old attic like, honey lemon tea, grassy, and shows ZERO DOUBLE / Imperial IPA aroma or taste characteristics. This is a phenomenal pairing with Savannah Bee Company's Black Sage Honey

Oct 20, 2010
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EPICAC from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Double IPA from a Dutch brewery... interesting. It pours a hazy caramel color, and is topped by a white head that fades to a film. The aroma is malty with overripe banana, buttery notes, and some nuttiness. There's a strong peppery alcoholic whiff, and notes of resiny hops.

Sweet caramel and bready malts upfront move into a center that's sweetened by flavors of overripe fruit. The finish has peppery alcoholic heat, and a resiny, citric hop character, that imparts a moderate bitterness. Full-bodied and moderately carbonated with a smooth finish.

Though not quite an American DIPA this was definitely an enjoyable beer.

Oct 08, 2010
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Before learning about the method behind the madness, I had determined that this beer was something of an English IPA/Stong Ale something or other. With lacking 'American' character, I'm taking this as an English style Double IPA.

Pouring a dirty copper/amber color, the beer carries a lot of haze, part from dry-hopped and part from proteins and sediment. Stark white foam gives a creamy appearance that retains well and laces ok.

Fruity and malty, the aromas give a burst of strong biscuit sweetness, deep caramels, and shortbread character. Fruits of appricots, apples, and pineapples, these seem to come as much from the estery character of yeast as from hops. Pine, resin, and grass make up the remainder of the hoppy scent.

Fruitcake maltiness and gin-like pine character comes to life in taste. Fruit and sweet breads seem to hold a spicy, woodsy, bark-like taste as if oak aged. Even a leathery, tobacco taste persists with the fruits and earthy tones. Leafy, pungent, and resiny- the hops do more than offset the sweetness of fruit and malt. Bitterness is moderate and never becomes a standout beyond the sweet.

Rich and robust, the beer holds onto a lot of it's weight and oily textures throughout the beer. Lacking the signature late hop dryness that Double IPA's are known, the beer remains English in mouthfeel as well.

Undoubtedly a rich and characterful beer; and a joy to drink. But when reaching for a Double IPA, this is not what I think of. Strong Ales and Old Ales can learn a lot from this beer.

Aug 24, 2010
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Beerenauslese from California

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in spring 2010 at K&L Wines in Redwood City, CA and just now getting around to tasting this. Stored in my cellar between then and now.

Pours a clear deep gold, with an ample head that dissipates to a fine layer, leaving some lacing.

Quite a lot going on with the nose. Aromas of strong-smelling wet hay, barnyard funk. Definitely a vegetal presence here with a melange of green grass, root vegetables (parsnips/turnips), tropical fruits, and brown sugar. Some of this is coming from the yeast and some from the hops.

Taste is malty upfront, then brown sugar, revealing candied tropical fruit, and then a dry, green hoppy finish that lasts long. Alcohol is evident.

Body is medium and with good carbonation, it is mildly creamy at first, but loses carbonation rapidly and becomes flattish as one sips. And that is required at 9.2%.

This is an interesting and challenging beer. The flavors really ricochet around defying a clean description. However, this is decidedly not an American Double / Imperial IPA. This is a Dutch beer that uses Belgian style yeast and European (Premiant and Saaz) hops. Don't know what malts are used, but would guess Belgian or German. Nothing American about this, other than being highly hopped.

Aug 12, 2010
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lightindarkness from Florida

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This particular bottle isn't numbered as many of the brewery's are, but its label still boasts production of fewer than 650 bottles of this beer per batch. At 9.2%abv, with little else on the label to go by, I wasn't sure what to expect, and am still not altogether in agreement with the 'Am. double/Imp Pilsner' assignment, particularly as the label calls itself a 'Hand-Crafted Dutch Ale.'

Aromas aren't too assuming, a little bright biscuity malt with a simple spicy hop character. Some mineral earthiness in the back with a touch of fruit - apricot and pear, and a tinge of deeper hop firmness. Sips rather excellently, mild on the palate, with a tight soft light malt flavor and a raspy grainy hop presence. Finishes clean with hints of pine, dusky grains, and some mild warm citrus.

Very nice overall. Drinks with remarkable ease, presents itself as ideal for sipping, but seemingly light. Hop presence is strong but subtly blended into the overall character of the beer. Great spiciness and simplicity on the palate.

May 22, 2010
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Poured with a decent foamy frothy light tan head that sits there forever and lots of lace. Color is an almost clear medium amber. Aroma is yeasty fruity, malty and vineous. Flavor is like aroma. Body is good and carobonation is excellent. Drinkable. Finish is a little boozy, but drinkable.

Mar 26, 2010
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jgasparine from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin off-white head, which slowly receded to reveal some nice lacing. The body was a turbid honey color with yeast chunks of varying size observed in suspension. Carbonation was not visible from the sides of the glass. Almost looks like a beer-filled snow globe!

S- Pungent nose; rich with sweet vinous aromas phenolics and Belgian yeast esters... which translate to aromas of dried apricots and dried red apples. Some noble hops are here too, but they seem overpowered by the vinous/fruity notes. Very interesting nose.

T- A perfect replicate of the nose. The vinous and fruity flavors (dried apricot and apples) are up front. The hop character begins to emerge in the middle in direct competition... almost clashing with the vinous/fruity flavors. Some phenols come into play as well, and it all finishes a touch boozy.

M- A nice big creamy body. The texture from the yeast in suspension is unnoticeable. The carbonation here is pleasantly soft. Like it a lot in the mouthfeel department.

D- Overall it's quite drinkable, despite the ABV. I would call it a bit "challenging" on the palate, but I would enjoy this once in a blue moon.

Jan 20, 2010
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuzzy apricot with golden honey colored trim. Despite an anemic 'pop' on cork extraction, abundant visible carbonation can be seen rushing up to an absolutely gorgeous crown of alabaster cream. Shotgun-blasted sheets of thick lace easily qualify as eye candy. Looks like the Dutch are as skilled as the Belgians where appearance is concerned.

The aroma is more saison-like than Imperial pilsner-like. It's significantly herbal-spicy and has an appealing fruit peel muskiness that's closer to the foreground than the background. The fact that Saaz and Premiant hops aren't very prominent brings questions of the beer's age into play. Let's see what the taste buds think.

Good call of that whole saison/farmhouse ale thing. Spicy-herbal-grassy hops are definitely appreciated, but they aren't as upfront as they are in superfresh beer of this style. By the same token, this big ale doesn't taste the least bit old or worn out. Hmmm. In case you're wondering, Premiant hops are a variant of Czech Saaz.

There isn't an abundance of barley for the ABV. What's appreciated is whole grain toasted bready and provides just enough sweetness to take the razor's edge off what turns out to be an impressive amount of hoppiness. If EBUs are the same as IBUs, 77 of them seems about right. Others flavors include lemon zest, white pepper, ground clove, sandalwood and tea leaves. This is interesting beer. It damn well better be considering what it cost.

The carbonation is more sparkly than integrated and creamy... which is fine as far as it goes. A more voluptuous, plush and silky smooth feel would probably have garnered the next highest score.

Storm & Averij (Storm & Damage) is best thought of as a high-ABV, highly-hopped saison. Whatever style we settle on, it's tasty beer that is as interesting at the midway point of the bottle as it was at the start. Having said that, not only won't I pay $16 again, I can't believe I paid it the first time.

Aug 23, 2009
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bryanbrick from California

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml with no apparent dating but a nice quote. "De Molen is a small brewery. From each brew we fill no more than 650 of these 750ml bottles." Also on the label the stats of: 77
EBU Premiant and Saaz hops Dryhopping~Premiant hop EBC 39.8.
Cool stuff, wish more brewers/breweries would be more informative up front. With the hand drawn ship in a storm motif this is some very classy and interesting packaging.

With a vigourous pour comes a vigourous head. Which seems to last throughout the life of this beer in a glass. It is also happy to come back up with the slightest of swirl of the glass. Completely opaque with some light carmel like coloring, and that stark, paper white head this is very attractive stuff.

With a grassy lean to the nose this imperial pilsner seems to be on the leafy, green side of the hops spectrum. Salt water taffy, sweet roasted corn, some lactic yeastiness and a minty aspect all meld nicely on the nose. Very developed and with an alluring nature. This make you continue to stick your nose in the glass over and over again.

With a big combination of malt, yeast and hops this is a big flavorfull beer without being extreme. Everything is in balance and perfectly placed. It is like the work of a good carpenter, functional, sturdy and understated. No razzle dazzle, just a solid beer with solid flavors of sweet toasted barley, the carmely malt and a nice finishing leafy bitterness.

This feels like luxury in the mouth, pure velvet. Creamy and yet still with a perfect prickle of carbonation to give it a touch of bite and traction. Think pilsner milkshake. YUM!

This is a beer that was perfect for its setting. The girlfriend wanted something refreshing after a long day at work and it being 80 degrees or so on the first truely hot day of the year. Drank mostly in the back yard in the dark. Refreshing to say the least.

If you can find it, in my book this is a must try...

Apr 21, 2009
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KevyKev from Netherlands

4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

deep amber color with a gorgeous head. Pancakes at first and has major staying power. Great smell -- minty, with a scent of hops and yeast. Well balanced taste starts with delicate taste of hops with a slight taste of mint. The taste of alcohol is fairly strong though it is not objectionable to me. The finish and aftertaste are of hops. For such a lively beer, it falls a bit flat in the mouth - not terrible, I just expected a bit more. Quite drinkable.

Definitely more of an imperial pils and not a double IPA. If you are looking for Molen's DIPA try the Amarillo.

Mar 04, 2009
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nick76 from Florida

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The aroma is dusty, hoppy, and malty in a euro lager way with a touch of yeast and fruit. The appearance is deep gold with some floating particles. The flavor is like the aroma and pretty good. The palate is thin. Overall it's not bad but it's not a good example of a IIPA.

Mar 02, 2009
Storm & Averij from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 54 ratings