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Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten
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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
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
196
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
20.83%
 
 
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20
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -2.6%
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 Casey3236
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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 paco1029384756
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of matt_duthie
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2012, purchased on a work trip in Iowa a few weeks back, opened tonight. Pours bright and clear til the last quarter, all murky and full of sediment. Ruby/copper color. Aroma is distinctly English Barleywine and grape. First sip tasted startlingly of grape juice with a touch of boozyness still, even served room temp. A little spicy with just a hint of earthy hops on the finish, but basically just sweet for days. Sweet toffee/brown suger/caramel with raisin and dark fruits along for the ride. Thick, viscous coat-your-mouth feel. Really good, should have grabbed another since I doubt well-kept seriously aged bottles of this stuff are very common...

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Photo of Sathanas
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aged nearly two years. Pours a murky ruby/brown colour with a thin cap of tan head. Smells and tastes of intense caramel, toffee, coconut, marmalade, dark fruits, dirty hops, etc. Amazingly balanced, sweet, sticky and absolutely no indication that it is 11.9% abv! Probably the best barleywine to date due to the balance, drinkability, beautiful malt profile and absence of the abysmal American hop profile that is way to common in the barleywines of late. A touch of black or chocolate malt would improve this to a 5/5! Cheers!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

de molen impresses me more and more with each brew they do. this one was not whats pictured here, but the small white and black texty labels they do for most of their stuff, definitely a few batches ago, and aged with care. its hazy and thick, caramel colored without any more head than some bubbles softly popping along the edges of my wine glass, or brandy sphere, or whatever this thing is. it means bombs and grenades, which i think is a little harsher in terminology than the beer is, especially for how strong it is. as barleywines go, this decidedly english, all grain and yeast, no hops in sight, but its more than that. butterscotch and raisin and fig and rum all come up in the aroma and taste too. toasted coconut, dried plantain, clove, and mace are there too. its layered and spice and brown sugar sweet, but still super smooth. maybe the most hidden alcohol content for a beer this strong i have seen, im sure age has helped that aspect. all the layers from just grain are splendid, makes it unique right off the bat. de molen does so much on the dark beer end of the spectrum that anything i pour from them with a color lighter than tar intrigues me to the highest degree. one of the better barleywines ive had in awhile, these guys can do no wrong. not to be missed if you see it on a shelf...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Dentist666
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32% Plato. Pours hazy reddish copper beer with almost no head. Smell is rich - rye bread, honey, buckwheat, red berries, overripe apples. Taste follows the smell, walnuts, oily, chewy, boozy, heavy body, low carbonation.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

3 year old bottle, from August 2012. Carbonation was basically non-existant. The taste is like raisins rolled in sugar. At this point it tastes more like a strong ale than a barley wine. Too sweet for my taste, even for a barleywine. A nice treat to find such an aged bottle though. The 15% holds up the age rather well.

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Photo of bwood06
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark red in color with no head whatsoever. 3.5/5

S - Dark stone fruit with some oakiness. Honey and molasses. Very sweet. 4/5

T - Ultra sweet. Dates and raisins. Honey and molasses. Sickeningly sweet. 3.75/5

M - Very heavy and viscous. Sticky sweet. Very little carbonation. Chewy. 3.75/5

O - Good barleywine. Do not drink with dinner. Drink this with dessert. Dinner probably biased my review heavily. 3.75/5

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Photo of RickyS
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into teku glass. Very nice dark amber/red colour with little carbonation and tiny bubbles. A bit hazy. The head dissipates very quickly. Smells just great! Reminds of honey, caramel, dates and molasses with the alcohol hidden very well. Maybe a tiny bit of leather in the background.
Tastes sweet, with dark caramel upfront and a slight bitterness at the end, which somehow survives in the aftertaste. Feels syrupy with medium body and low carbonation. Absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of patre_tim
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant copper with a tinge of red, no carbonation, a very faint haze, topped with a half finger of sulfur yellow head.


S: Strange almost vomit like scent, Italian proscutto all the way or Serrano Ham, burnt sugar, crème brulee, light alcohol scent, light fruitiness.


T: Crème brulee, burnt sugar, the same strange proscutto flavor is light, thick brandy alcohol, throat burn.


M: Thick syrupy texture, very low carbonation.


O: I got this on Wishbeer, Thailand, drank in Kunming on January 9th, 2015. Its that time of year to have this one, especially on the day of the first snow in our city! Memories of having barley wine with my bro in Canada this around this time of year.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy, dark orange color with almost no head. Pleasant malty aroma with some fermented fruit that are also present in the taste along with some caramel. Not overly sweet like some other barleywines. The high ABV is pretty well hidden. Body is heavy and makes the beer a bit difficult to drink. Not bad but not really good either.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Whoa! this is a Wiley monster. Poured with a traditional tiny fine off-white head, a little lace and a hazy/cloudy dark honey amber color. Aroma is wet grain, malt, figs, a bit of citrus, a hint of yeast. flavor is like aroma but the first thing that jumps out is the sweet tartness. The citrus is an interesting twist for Barley Wine. It pretty much Hides most of the Malt. The body is perfect. Alcohol is well hidden. This is a good ass Beer, By cracky.

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Photo of superspak
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/24/2011. Pours hazy/cloudy dark ruby red color with minimal head or lacing. Some light carbonation bubbles linger at the surface. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light leather, herbal, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light leather, herbal, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark fruitiness and rich dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with very slick and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English barleywine. All around good complexity and balance of dark fruitiness and rich dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet almost syrupy nose and flavor is sweet toffee, not cloying, high ABV is hidden. Pricey at $11.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Brewed Jul 2012.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Phil for sending me this in a trade!

Poured deep maple with a very slight trail of bubbles. Perfectly clear, the light produces a brilliant deep amber glow. Lots of caramel and toffee here. Very nicely balanced sweetness that lasts the entire sip followed by an earthy bitterness. Low carbonation works for this sipper. Thick and chewy body. Quite an awesome beer indeed!

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Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 DIM
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A little over two years old, 11.2 oz. bottle filled to within a mm of the cap.

a: Slightly hazy golden amber; poured a small, big bubbled head.

s: Boozy raisins and plums and molasses; sherry and a hint of oxidation; sugary toffee. Very enticing.

t: Bit of a let down from the smell. Lots more sugar than fruit. A little raisin flavor, tons of sugary sherry, and some oxidation.

m: Big and syrupy with gentle carbonation.

o: The label says this can age for 25 years. Wouldn't this just get sweeter and sweeter over time? Anyway, this was interesting to try but I think I would have preferred a fresher bottle with a stronger hop presence.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle with quite the intricate and detailed label. Brewed on 15 April 2010, and bottled 19 August 2010, so this beer is about three years and two months old, making this probably the second oldest beer I've ever had, next to the Mikkeller / BrewDog Devine Rebel I drank yesterday, which is also an English barleywine.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a thick viscous muddy mahogany caramel colored body with no head, no bubbles, and no lacing. Looks even more flat than yesterday's beer. Some dark specks of sediment noticeable.

S - Not getting too much in the way of smell, but the beer is still pretty cold. Some caramel, taffy apples, and some cinnamon sticks. Getting some burnt brown sugar and some dark fruit presence like figs, dates, and prunes also. Some alcohol fumes on the finish.

T - Taste is pretty nice. I'm getting lots of caramel covered apple goodness, some booze heat, and some dark fruit flavor in the background.

M - Feel is thick, syrupy, sweet, sticky, and boozy. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish. Heavy bodied with pretty much zero carbonation.

Overall, I quite enjoyed it, although I don't think it held up quite as well as the Mikkeller / BrewDog Devine Rebel did, but that's another story. I love the caramel and apple flavors present here, they are truly great. Very high 15.20% abv is noticeable, but doesn't feel nearly that high, although I'm sure it is destined to doom me. Recommended.

De Molen Bommen & Granaten ---3.5/5

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Photo of Jeffo
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one a few times but have never bothered to review it. With the recent release of a Bordeaux BA version, it seemed like the time for a 15% night.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 21 August 2012
32 Plato
IBU 57

APPEARANCE: A thick and viscous pour produces a small, tighter, bubbly, off-white head with decent retention. Head cascades really slowly, which is mesmorizing. Fades quickly to a sandy wisp and bubbles around the glass. Perfectly clear burnt orange with almost no carbonation evident. A bubbly ring sticks around but looks almost flat by the end. Pretty nice looking for the style, though the head needs a bit more staying power.

SMELL: Bold and boozy nose. Caramel, toffee, some red fruits, raisins and spicy alcohol. Candi sugar and berries as well. This is going to be big, sweet and boozy.

TASTE: Lots of sweetness up front. Toffee, red fruits, berries, and some apple sweetness into a boozy and spicy, alcohol laced finish. Booze, pepper, herbs and spices and a good dose of grainy sweetness as well. Bold and lingering aftertaste, but surprisingly not hot. Flavorful and very herbal and earthy. Maybe a touch peaty, with some lingering bitterness trying to compete. This is a challenge and perhaps too much so.

PALATE: Fuller body with lower levels of carbonation. Heavy and oily, but not overly creamy, goes down fine and finishes slick and sticky. A bit of a burn at the swallow with lingering heat on the palate. A little watery as it sits perhaps. Pretty good for such a monster.

OVERALL: This is big. Very big. Maybe too big. Very sweet and lots of grainy flavors. Every time I have this I'm reminded that it's just not really my thing. The cascade dry hopped version was excellent, as the hop flavor overtook the sweet, grainy flavor that can be so dominating here. Let's see how the Bordeaux version is.

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