Bommen & Granaten
Brouwerij De Molen

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Brouwerij De Molen
Barleywine - English
Ranked #127
Ranked #13,888
3.94 | pDev: 13.2%
Feb 24, 2022
Nov 12, 2008
Very Good
Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten
Notes: 750ml: 53.9 IBU
330ml: 57 IBU
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3.38 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 24, 2022
4.02 by DvdP from Netherlands on Dec 15, 2020
3.05 by stephenlee93 from England on Nov 20, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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
4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on May 03, 2020
3.48 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts on May 02, 2020
3.77 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Apr 29, 2020
4.46 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Apr 22, 2020
4.08 by user785335 from Florida on Apr 16, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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
3.93 by ptarmigan98 from Alaska on Jan 19, 2020
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4.96/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by bshefftz from California

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
4 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Oct 28, 2019
4.15 by Avitra from Switzerland on May 06, 2019
4.13 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Mar 19, 2019
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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by josanguapo from Spain

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
3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois on Nov 25, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bobv from Vermont

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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4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by tobelerone from New Jersey

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
4.64 by miltm from Oregon on Sep 01, 2018
3.65 by Tschude from Switzerland on Aug 27, 2018
3.74 by mishi_d from Romania on May 20, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

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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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by igl from Russian Federation

11.9 ABV version

Jan 07, 2018
4.24 by thatsmyspot from Italy on Jan 06, 2018
4.38 by stephenlee from England on Jan 01, 2018
3.75 by paulish from New York on Dec 28, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Bruno74200 from France

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
4 by edthehead from New York on Dec 02, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DJ-Hophead from England

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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4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SLeffler27 from New York

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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3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CoreyC from Wisconsin

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

Jul 23, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by khmel from Ukraine

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
4.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Jul 13, 2017
4.35 by Epiktetos from Czech Republic on Jul 07, 2017
3.71 by deNerval from California on Jul 07, 2017
4.25 by yuno from New York on Jun 08, 2017
4.5 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands on May 27, 2017
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