Bommen & Granaten | Brouwerij De Molen

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Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten
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3.93/5
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226 Ratings
Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
750ml: 53.9 IBU
330ml: 57 IBU

Added by hoppymeal on 11-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,793
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
226
pDev:
13.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
67
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of mishi_d
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: Body is very coppery. Head is very minimal and there's no lacing.
S: Aroma is very prominent on toffee and roasted malts, creating a very unique profile.
T: Taste starts off with toffee, going on after the malts that have released so much sugars due to the roasting. In the end, a slight bitterness and sweetness is very well balanced.
M: Body is high. Carbonation is high. Alcohol is noticed though not that much.
O: Good Barleywine to try once again.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 20/08/12 15.2% abv

L- The beer pours tan and murky. The color falling slightly darker than your average apple cider. The head is about half a finger of large off white bubbles. The head recedes to a thin ring with no lacing.
S- The nose is pretty typical of an English Barleywine. Dark fermenting fruits and of course some medicinal alcohol whose presence is unsurprising given the strength.
T- The palate is quite fruity up front with plums and a bit of raisin. Mid palate the fruits begin to fade little leaving a subtle alcohol burn. At the very back of the palate I'm getting a bit of molasses leaving a slight lingering sweetness as my belly warms.
F- Mouthfeel overall is medium/medium heavy. Carbonation is very light, almost but not quite flat. Consequently the beer coats and lingers on the tongue.
O-Big flavors and ABV in a surprisingly smooth drinking package. I'd like a bit more carbonation , but a beer I could revisit on a cold night.

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Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.9 ABV version

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Photo of thatsmyspot
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My bottle says 11.9% and not 15.2%, I believe that the ABV ratio was lowered years ago.
For a long time De Molen was the epitome for craft breweries in Europe. I heard a lot of good things on many of their beers, I tried some of them and my frustration was there. I can think of two of the most famous brews : Rasputin (or Disputin, whatever) and this one.

I can find three possible explainations :
1) my palate is fucked up
2) the evolution of craft beer those last few years is so huge those beers don't keep up with the competition
3) These guys don't brew like they used to do.
Maybe it's a bit of those three.

Anyway this barleywine pours a flat amber with a really thin head for like two seconds.
The smell is about the grain and the caramel
The taste follows with cough syrup characteristics enhanced by the flat and viscous mouthfeel of the beer.
The ABV is not very noticeable due to the extreme sweetness (do I have to go to the dentist?)

With no real complexity nor a super balance, I was kind of bored by this barleywine. I was expecting more from this one. Don't get me wrong, I drunk it to the end of the bottle but it was no real delightement. Might have been good for throat though

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Photo of edthehead
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Small Bar, Bristol - 11.9% version - Pours cloudy amber to bronze with a small tanned foamy head which quickly disappears to a finger. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Sweet feel the front, candied sugar, rich fruit esters, nutty notes. Taste - Sweet opening - dark sugar, caramel, rich fruit esters, stoned fruit notes, light bitter finish with a little alcoholic warmth. Nice barley wine sipper.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber to brown with no head. The beer is cloudy and almost still while a thick, syrupy film coats an Oskar Blues snifter.

Boozy dark fruits introduce the nose to strong plum and fig. Molasses and fresh baked pumpernickel follow with warmth.

Flavors are strongly influenced by the nose with added sweetness and light bitterness. While not quite balanced, this is not sweet either. The finish is long, mild and luscious.

A dense body with a soft syrupy texture that becomes velvety. There is no sticky residue and while the alcohol is strong, it is less than one would expect from 15.2 %. The beer coats the mouth.

This is an exquisite English Barley wine to be sipped while one contemplates the depths of one's character.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good - but not as sweet as I like for an EBW. A bit dryer and more bitter/balanced than I would have expected.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a ruddy burnt dark amber close to brown color with a slim little white head that dissipated immediately. No lacing. The aroma clearly leans towards sweet pomme-like fruits such as pear and apple, so huge up front. Some grassy hops builds on a light vanilla. Some toffee-esque malts. The flavor leans to the sweet malty fruits to vanilla side. Light tea-like flavor. Toffee is extremely low here. Big fruity sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a super smooth and slick sort of feel rolling about. No carbonation is felt. It’s just sticky fruit on my tongue. Overall, pretty sure I had an old bottle but I really liked how the flavors and aromas blended through its age. I would definitely have this again.
 

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Photo of khmel
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Caramel-amber pour. Hazy, off-white ring. Very slight carbonation.

S: Sweet malt, sugary, dark bread.

T: Sweet shortbread up front, malty. Nice, slight hop bitter in the finish. Really grand!

M: Dense body, smooth and syrupy, glides across the palate. A bit of carbonation in the finish and a touch of dryness.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Epiktetos
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deNerval
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yuno
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of janubio
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amber colour, no head, no lace. Aroma of caramel and more caramel. Oranges, dried fruits, grapes, wood and wine notes, brandy. Full bodoy, creamy, dense, sticky palate. No carbonation. Taste, of course, caramel, dried fruits, notes of chocolate, oranges, wine notes. Fantastic, pure caramel.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 8/20/12; drank 5/18/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull red/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a minimal, bubbly khaki head; almost no lace.

Raspberry, leather, dry red wine & faint strawberry notes in the nose.

Thick, flat mouthfeel.

Raspberry & strawberry flavors up front; leather & dry red wine notes on the finish. Bold fruit punch flavors with a pleasantly dry finish; the flat mouthfeel tells me this was nearing the end of its life cycle, but holy shit this was delicious. I should have bought out the store...

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Photo of madelf66
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pioppo
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Everydayoff
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Bottled 2013, consumed 2016.

Hazy ruddy brown in a showcase, the pour yields no head and just some visibility of spotty lacing. There is just a bubble ring on the surface.

Malt as biscuit, toffee, wild honey and caramel qualities, it nicely mingles with ripe fruitiness reminding of date, cherry, apple and plum. There is also somewhat reminiscent of brandy as well as some floral and spiciness from hop, hint of alcohol sweetness too.

Very nicely balance, solid sweet malt kicks in first with biscuit, toffee, and caramel flavors then extensive ripe fruitiness stated in the aroma as well a note of brandy came in the same time. Some spice in the middle as well as some bitterness, thereafter, yeast yields some medicinal and slight herbal notes. The finish is somewhat tart and sweet warming alcohol that wraps up everything together in the end.

Bold and thick body with relatively low carbonation, anyway, it is not that sticky or chewy but crisp enough to hold all the feelings and smoothness inside the palate, dry finish.

Not that easy or everyday drink but it is worth a try of course with its high complexity, intensity and uniquely genuine. It is good for sipping and for slowly enjoying due to its extreme ABV. You might need some time to get into this delicate beast.

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Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 226 ratings