Bommen & Granaten
Brouwerij De Molen

Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten
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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #139
ABV:
15.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,806
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 13.1%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
244
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Brouwerij De Molen
 
Netherlands
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  23
Gots
  67
SCORE
89
Very Good
Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten
Notes: 750ml: 53.9 IBU
330ml: 57 IBU
Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 244 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Jan 15, 2016
Pours no real head just some bubbles, hint of lacing though, nice legs, darker murky brown to chestnut color

Nose brings some oxidation and hints at cardboard but doesn't get there, plenty of burnt caramel and toffee notes, molasses, candied dates and fig, little prune, toasted malts, little winey oxidation, sweet candy

Taste brings loads of caramel and sweet candy again, a little toffee and dark toasted grains, boot strap molasses, light warming alcohol, a little chocolate and nutty notes, a bit of dark fruit, candied dates and fig notes as well, a little dark berry as well, a bit of a chewy caramel malt, light bitterness, mild oxidation as well with a winey character

Mouth is fuller bod, thick almost chewy like, pretty much no carb but also no alcohol which is crazy for 15%

Overall this was a nice aged barleywine for sure, and it's only a few years old, it has the character of a 10 year old, mild oxidative affects, no alcohol presence, lack of carbonation (which is not necessarily a good thing for a 4 year old barleywine), but nice complexity and taste, glad I drank it now and didn't sit too long or it would probably go too far.

May 25, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 8/20/12

A- pours a murky brown color with a very thin off-white head that disappears almost immediately

S- tobacco and leather, caramel, beef stew, spent grain, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, a bit woody

T- sweet and malty up front with flavors of caramel, toffee, fruit cake, rum soaked raisins, figs, molasses & brown sugar. The finish gives some musty woody notes and lingers of raisins, caramel and slight oxidation

M- medium-thick body with virtually no carbonation leads to a chewy mouthfeel and a silky finish, abv is hidden well, given that it's over 15%

O- the aroma was a bit off but the flavor was very nice, dark fruits & caramel. ABV hidden quite well

Jan 20, 2020
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bshefftz from California

4.96/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Almost as good as a British Barleywine gets, mouthfeel and flavor would have benefited from a little more carbonation. Bottled August 2018 and purchased November 2019 in Zurich, listed as 11.9% ABV. A fine, strong beer from De Molen that I’ve never seen in the US.

Nov 05, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Viendo El protegido. Sin espuma. Perfil tipico de una barleywine, con bastante melaza. Sin embargo, le falta algo especial que la haga destacar y la saque del aburrimiento

Jan 21, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date stamp: 15JAN2016.
Moderate pour yields a thin head that hasn't subsided in ten minutes as I'm waiting 'til it warms. Murky brown body as seen in many barleywines. Nose of candy sugar, raisins, sweet cake, and as it warms, other dried fruit aromas come forward with other sugars including molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. No real hop aroma as of yet, but maybe as it warms more hops will surface. For flavor perspective we have the aforementioned sugars and dried fruit and now some hop bitterness tries to muscle its way in but is no match for Team Sugar! What a fantastic sipper we have here and all this talk of sugar may scare you away, but it's not too sweet because it mostly has just the flavors of the sugars. My first BW from De Molen and I'm impressed. Almost stout-like characteristics in that it's smooth and not harsh at all. Very nice feel and overall, do not pass this one by, grab it! Cheers!!!

Sep 24, 2018
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

15.2% abv version bottled 15 January 2016. Dark, coppery body with minimal head and lace. Just a little darker and flatter in appearance than one looks for in the style. Fruity, brown sugar aroma with faint fusel notes underneath.

Flavor brings more complexity, combining expected raisin and prune with apple, a woodsy oaky note, some warming but rounded and welcome boozy undertones. Brown sugar and toffee. Very faint lingering hop bitterness. Medium body with some stickiness and a long lingering semi dry finish.

Nice barleywine from the purveyors of some awesome malty beers. Would love to try some of the barrel aged iterations of this beer.

Sep 02, 2018
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Mar 10, 2018
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.09/5  rDev +3%
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.

Feb 19, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Dec 07, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Oct 13, 2017
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Aug 06, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev -5%
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.
 

Jul 14, 2017
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khmel from Ukraine

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Jul 14, 2017
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janubio from Spain

5/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

May 17, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
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...

Feb 28, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

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.

Dec 07, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Creamy slightly off white head body is a brown brackish hue.

S: lots of toffee raisins and a lot of a yeast smell. Some burnt sugars a little bit of hops.

T: Lots of raisins, dates, figs, sweet candied sugars and toffee. Nice balanced yeast brings a smooth flavor.

M: Quite light and almost bordering on thin with little carbonation.

O: Drinks almost like a Belgian quad. The smoothness and lightness of the body is extraordinary.

Nov 29, 2016
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.33l bottle into snifter.
L: Turbid dark red-brown with a weak short-lastinf foam head,
S: Sweets, prunes, red berries.
T: Candies, berries, raisin, wine.
F: Tight body and weak carbonation.
O: Interesting beer, very good balanced.

Nov 22, 2016
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a chalice glass from the bottle at Cerveceria Esparte.

Appearance: Hazy Amber color with medium light bubbles to the body.

Smell: Malty scent, feels but sour upon scent.

Taste: Sweet and slight sour. Malts and notes of wood and wine. Sweeter than most, with slight tweaking could be done to subtract sugars from the recipe.

Mouth: Sticky absolutely no doubt but has no the most appealing after-taste.

Overall: Good brew but I have had better barleywines in the past few days that wouldn't necessarily but this one to shame but worth definitely trying. Salud!

Jul 17, 2016
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XicanoBeerRun from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on February 24, 2010. 12 ounce bottle with red wax. Did not make a sound when I cracked it open and had zero carbonation when I poured it. Dark reddish orange color. Smelled like a barley wine and slightly boozy. Viscous and chewie. Burnt sugar, cedar planks, bitter candied orange peel, dates. I get some alcohol in the aftertaste. Tastes fantastic but the viscocity is a bit of a turn off. This is the oldest beer I've had to date.

Jul 10, 2016
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Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perfect example of the style; sweet, almost no hop bitterness. Though not barrel aged had some wood and vanilla notes for me. No way I would guess this is 15%! Very smooth. Paired with a duck breast salad, it was awesome.

Jun 24, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from a rather pricey growler in a snifter. This nice barley wine pours a rustic rusty brownish orange with a moderate head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and excellent lacing. Nose features dates, raisins, brown sugar, cherries, and strong brandy like booze. Flavors exceed the nose with dates, raisins, and prunes up front, brown sugars laden with booze hit middle to back, and subtle citrus notes hit on the sides and rear with notes of pink grapefruit and orange zest fading into rich caramel on the back with strong booze. Great mouth feel, sticky, slick, coating, and light carbonation making for the perfect sipper.

Superb

Cheers

May 07, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/20/12 bottling poured into a matching De Molen snifter. The brew appears a clear burnt copper color with a khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

This smells sweet and herbal with citrus notes before a bit of burnt candy sugar and bourbon. The taste has more burnt sugar sweetness before giving way to bitter herbal hops and a toasty resinous pine character.

This is full bodied, modestly carbonated and overall an intetesting sipper that is packing some serious heat at over 15% abv yet its easy enough to approach that I could take down a couple of these and feel no pain in short time.

Apr 14, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. 2012 date on the bottle, unknown storage history; appeared new on our market recently. Pours a quite hazy pumpkin orange with absolutely no head and only a few stray bubbles. The bottle was filled within a 1/8" of the top, which was unusual. Aroma of dark fresh and dried plums, raisins, dates, a bit of apricot; moderate cardboard oxidation, a bit of a light tartness. Flavor of fresh plums, raisins, less prominent dried plums, dates and light stone fruit, caramel malt, rye bread, mild hops in the finish. Heavy bodied, but mediocre mouth feel due to lack of carbonation. Has classic English barleywine aroma of flavor profile, but somewhat muted for barleywine of this strength. Oxidation flavors are mild. Almost no indication of high ABV, it is covered very well which is surprising due to the moderate flavor profile. A good, but not memorable English bareywine. Due to the low carbonation, I would not age this any further.

Jan 29, 2016
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like septic tank runoff with minimal carbonation. Scent of dates, brown sugar, earth and a little booze. Taste of caramelized sugar, dates, raspberries and brown sugar. Flavors of bread and dry yeast come in on the finish. Get this if you enjoy strong beer.

Jan 22, 2016
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