Bommen & Granaten | Brouwerij De Molen

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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
Ratings:
216
Reviews:
99
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
13.95%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
68
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of SLeffler27
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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 -0.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +6.7%
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 +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Epiktetos
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deNerval
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yuno
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of janubio
5/5  rDev +29.2%
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 +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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 +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pioppo
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Everydayoff
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of SomethingClever
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of Dzu
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tykechandler
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jroof1
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of -DF-
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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 BdM
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
3.87 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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