Bommen & Granaten | Brouwerij De Molen

Bommen & GranatenBommen & Granaten
BA SCORE
3.92/5
217 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#7,141
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
217
pDev:
13.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
67
Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traded from the Netherlands. Pours a rich dark brown colour with a little head, noneby the end of the bottle. Fairly full mouthfeel, supplemented by lots of caramel. This is sweet and apricot fruity. Very sweet, this is one year old of its stated 25 year life, and should be even more interesting after five years. Drinkable and super high alcohol is hidden.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A succulent and delicadent Barleywine that has all the halmarks of perfection, except for the absolutely still body, leaving the beer somewhat lifeless.

Aside from the stillness of the beer, a medium cloudy appearance of rusty coppers and orange colors avoids head formation, retention, and lacing, but the brandy-like legging gives creadence to the alcohols and sugars hidden within.

Mouthwatering brown sugars, molassas, and deep toffee ignites the fire in this sweet-tooth. Rounded by rummy, figy, and raisony esters and alcohols, the aromas are warming and inviting.

Flavors pick up on all the syrupy goodness with elements of rum-soaked fruitcake, candied stone fruits, sweetbreads, and sherry only begin the onslaught of flavors that take on the tastebuds.

Sweetness early fades into a delicate oiliness that fades into herbal/fruity and alcoholic dryness. The beer never dries out, but gives the impression of lightening and lifting off the palate despite the omittion of carbonation.

This barleywine is as classic flavored as they come; similar to the well-aged J.W. Lees and Tom Hardy's ales.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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 kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. "Enjoy within 25 years" - pretentious bastards. Recommended serving temperature 15 C. Expectations are above average, yet I fear it will be over-hopped like many English Barleywines. Brewed and bottled August 24th, 2011.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with extra vigor as carbonation issues are absolutely anticipated (I've had some bad De Molen experiences in the past).

A: As predicted, it pours absolutely no head whatsoever - even with a vigorous as hell pour. A beige white floater is present about the edges, adding little in the way of appearance. That's what you get when De Molen tackles a 15.20% beer. Colour is a dark rusty caramel-copper. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Wonderful malts - among them biscuit and seemingly well-balanced dark and bright malts. Wonderful caramelization, evoking the wort-like aroma of an ongoing brew. Some booze comes through, but quite little for the ABV. Shockingly, the hops seem complementary to the style and flavour profile, not intruding upon it like so many bad beers in the style. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Has De Molen actually pulled off a good English Barleywine?

T: Quite sugary. Yes, sugar, sugar, more sugar, and a hint of molasses - all over a heavy dose of caramelization. Quite sweet; I assume this is to drown out the ABV - which it does most admirably. It resembles port, but lacks sufficient depth of fruit character to make the resemblance favorable. I do like the fig, but it's in dire need of more. Plums or raisins would do nicely to complement the flavours here, but sadly are not present. In any case, it's a sugar bomb. Hops are vague and indistinct, but stay on the fringe, never entering the body enough to add any real flavour - not that they could with all the sugary malt bomb action. It's damned overwhelming. No yeast comes through, nor does any alcohol - which is a damn fine accomplishment at 15.20%.

It's just a shame there's so little flavour here. No depth, complexity, or subtlety at all. It feels like a homebrew experiment in concealing alcohol. Sure, the yeast ate all the malt, but where do we go from here?

I will say that the alcohol yields a warming sensation in the stomach. I consider this a plus. Moreover, the one note that does stick out is a hint of toffee, which is relatively easy to find and comes in spades on the climax. It lacks dimension, but it's there.

I like it in a general sense, but it's far from great. I'm just glad it's not overhopped.

Mf: Thick as hell from the sugar bomb, resembling the milk leftover in a cereal bowl after an infant gets done with his chocolatey sugar bombs. Understandable, but far from ideal. It's smooth and wet. Syrupy. Undercarbonated - a seeming De Molen common trait. Doesn't feel tailored to the flavour profile, but sure it suits it in a general sense. The mouthfeel does what it can to ensure this 15.20% brew slides down easily enough, and I respect that.

Dr: It's drinkable as all hell for the ABV, but where is the craftsmanship? I could easily get pissed on this brew; in fact I'd go so far as to say it's dangerous. But there's so little on the table here. I wouldn't even want to buy it just to age it; what is there here that would mature over time? It's a fair offering from De Molen, but it's held back considerably by its simplicity. I'm glad they avoided the usual pitfalls of the style, but this is far from a great example of the style. Decently priced for what it is. I've given it a high rating in this category because it truly is a masterclass in hiding ABV.

B-*

*I originally gave this one a C+, but it gets considerably better as it warms, letting the fig notes come out. I adjusted my score to a B-.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.94/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a transparent amber color ale with zero head. Aroma of dry fruits, oxidation and sweet corn notes is quite intense. Taste is also dominated by warm alcohol ester notes with some corn, some oxidized caramel malt notes with intense dry fruit and loads of residual sugar. Body has an oily like texture with zero carbonation and loads of alcohol was apparent. This was bottle in 2010 and is supposedly good for another 25 years! I can’t say I was very impressed with this beer as way too much alcohol and sugar was perceptible. There seems to be a trend of zero carbonation and high-gravity beer with no attenuation and I just don’t get it.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of superspak
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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 olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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 dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +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 smithj4
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is amber to orange in color, with a thin, rapidly fading head that leaves virtually no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and fruity, with malt, apples, grapes, alcohol.

The flavor is reminiscent of a port wine. Sweet, earthy, rich. Additional notes of caramels soaked in alcohol.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Ideal for sipping slowly.

Best in small quantities, I certainly enjoyed my portion. I would have this again.

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Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Bommen & Granaten from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 217 ratings
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