Bommen & Granaten | Brouwerij De Molen

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3.94/5
Very Good
230 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:
#10,946
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
230
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
68
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 107
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 cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy amber color with notes of a thin brown head.

S-the nose is a little ashy, notes of peat, caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar, light doughy biscuit in there with a fair amount of malty sweetness in the back.

T-good malt base, lightly toasted biscuit, lots of caramel and burnt brown sugar, dark fruits and a fair amount of sweetness in the back.

M-smooth and creamy, full bodied, syrupy feel to it, moderate to low carbonation but enough to balance the body.

D-big malt bomb, a little sweet but not cloying, the huge flavors and the big body go well together. more carbonation would probably have helped balance and reduce some of the big sugar flavors in this.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brad, I couldn't drink a lot of this but it was interesting to try. Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head of low retention.

Aroma is vinous and fruity with some alcohol.

Beer is like port, raisins and grapes with a fortified liquor quality to it, interesting but not great. I liked it but wouldn't have much of it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a medium caramel color with no real head, though none is expected from a brew like this. Nose is strong malt and sweetness with some fruit in the background. Flavor has quite a bit of sweetness drowning out some of the subtleties from the nose. Medium-full body. A bit viscous. Some booze. Pretty good.

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Photo of Heeenrik
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into a snifter. Brewed on April 15, 2010, bottled August 29, 2010. Bottle #1725/2304.

The beer pours a good amber color, lots of dark brown influence, very opaque and hazy. However, it looks extremely flat, no head, no lacing, just a bubble or two when shaken vigorously, not very pleasant or inviting. The aroma is wonderful, lovely malt sweetness, big grains as if from a soft brown bread, nice fruit presence, tart apples, plums and dark cherries even, molasses, caramels, brown sugars are all there, great balance as well. Despite the sweetness from the malts and sugary aspects found on the nose, alcohol is hidden very well, especially for the high gravity. The flavors are solid, nice tart apples to start, brown sugar and molasses are right behind it followed by a long smooth malt experience, grains, sweetness, almost a honey like flavor comes through as well with some dark fruits and a hint of booze at the finish. Unfortunately, as suspected, the beer is completely flat, syrupy in texture with no liveliness. It's a bit hard to get down, viscous in nature, and really detracts from the entire experience. I found it more enjoyable when sipped very slowly, in small servings, like a port wine, but still rather unpleasant.

Verdict: So much potential here, wonderful aroma, great flavorings, but just poor delivery. The lack of any carbonation ruins any hope of having a good experience with this beer, perhaps it's just the age of the bottle, and maybe some oxidation setting in, although it really didn't taste like that was the case and many other reviewers, even of fresher bottles have complained about the mouthfeel as well, so I'm not convinced.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, now with the simple black text on white background label, and coming in at 11.9% ABV.

This beer pours a clear, bright mahogany amber colour, with a thin cap of wispy and faintly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of streaky archipelago lace in places around the glass as things slowly drop away.

It smells of pungent and soused dark orchard fruit - cherry and plum, mostly - Mars Bar-worthy caramel/toffee malt, a bit of spicier rye and/or wheat graininess, the musty area under the stairs in my parents' house, reduced honey, candy sugar, and a barely perceptible earthy hop bitterness. The taste is rather overly sweet caramel malt, toffee candies, treacle, besotted and muddled black stone fruit, a fading spicy yeast essence, and an even weaker leafy, earthy hoppiness, one barely touched by the admittedly well-hidden booze.

The carbonation is quite light on its feet, with only a timid frothiness popping up here and there, the body a solid medium weight, and smooth, sure, but in a caramel pudding sort of manner. It finishes sweet, of course, the toffee and other sundry sugars not really letting up at all.

Yeah, this is just too damned sweet, like the fermentation stopped early, and the worker yeast just up and expired. Props for the decently integrated alcohol must be put forth, though, but that's about it for nice things to say in summing up this particular brew.

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Photo of Freepack88
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gwydno
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2012.

The colour is amber (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is compact and off-white; it sinks very slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet and a bit sour. Some bitterness, raisins, ripe apples, green plants, minerals, and smooth alcohol. It is quite strong, although I have expected even more sweetness.

The taste is very, very sweet. Apple juice, minerals, ripe red fruits and some biscuits. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is also sweet with raisins and dried fruits, minerals and chalk. The long finish is sweet with lots of toffee.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are long-lasting. The liquid is thick and sticky, yet a bit dry.

There is almost no alcohol in the taste which is impressive. There are lots of mineral-chalk in this one, a bit too much I think.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good English Barley wine pouring exactly the reight colour but no head so it s only a 3.5 for that.

The smell is of raisins and caramel and not much else.

The taste is of raisins and caramel also with little hops - a very sweet beer as you woulkd expect of a barley wine.

Mouthfeel is smnooth but maybe a bit cloying.

In all not as good as others i ve had but may have it again.

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

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

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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

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

Bommen&Granaten from a recent bottling. Sweet and malty, some caramelisation. Pleasant, with well-hidden alcohol. Beautiful color and aroma. Slightly better than what I remember from the 2012 bottles.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Craigory
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of random846
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of millelacsmark
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 230 ratings