Bommen & Granaten | Brouwerij De Molen

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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%
 
 
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22
Gots:
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Freepack88
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casey3236
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
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 andpit
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +4.4%
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 k3ve
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Westmalle318
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +2.1%
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 +8.8%
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 HopsForBrains
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like grape juice with an exceptionally smooth body.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
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 Knapp85
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AkAndy
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -4.7%
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 +4.9%
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 +0.3%
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 Heeenrik
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ystazi
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gwydno
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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