Bommen & Granaten | Brouwerij De Molen

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Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten
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3.94/5
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231 Ratings
Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: British 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:
#11,399
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
231
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
68
Trade:
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Ratings: 231 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobv
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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!!!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of miltm
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tschude
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mishi_d
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +3.8%
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 +14.2%
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 +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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 +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +10.9%
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 -2.5%
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 -4.3%
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 +4.8%
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 +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Epiktetos
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deNerval
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of janubio
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

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Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 231 ratings