Bloed, Zweet & Tranen | Brouwerij De Molen

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3.84/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: Smoke Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoked Stout. A combination of English peat smoked malts and another smoked malt from Bamberg, Germany.

Added by Absumaster on 12-07-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,521
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
138
pDev:
14.58%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
22
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by Aethien:
Photo of Aethien
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark brown with a HUGE tan head that almost spills over the top of my Duvel tulip, almost but not quite. It did stick out over the top though. Aside from the explosion at first, it's a really nice head that sticks at close to half an inch and leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.

Smell: An intense smell of smoked bacon fills the nose with complimentary malts, chocolate and some grassy hops and dark fruits. The bacon is definitely the star though.

Taste: Smokey and charred malts, chocolate, dark fruits and the bacon is still in there as well though nowhere near as prominent as in the smell. There are some mild spices and medicinal notes in the flavour as well which really add to the meal in a cup taste.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light given the taste, foamy and an almost smoke like feel with a dry finish that leaves an aftertaste like you've just inhaled some smoke from the barbeque, but in a nice way.

Overall this is a surprisingly easily drinkable meal in a cup. The only real downside is the rather explosive head that makes pouring this beer in one go a real challenge, even with a large tulip.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of braugon
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of -DF-
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Firmabier - Pours dark black with a thin foamy tanned head. Medium carbonation. Smell - Smoky, roasted malts. Taste - Smoky, chocolate, caramel with a crisp dry bitter finish. Nice well balanced not overbearing smoked dark ale.

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Photo of Marius
2/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It smells as if the malts were smoked over burning tyres. The taste is only slightly worse than the smell. I should note that I am not a fan of peat-smoked malts.

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Photo of chickenm
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RickyS
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into teku glass very aggressively: moderate head which dissipates quite quickly leaving some lacings.This thing is pitch black! No reflexes even when put in front of a lightbulb... Smells like smoked bacon, hiding black olives, some medicinal notes, and dark caramel. Tastes like it smells with slightly bitter and long aftertaste, where the smokiness is rising up again at the very finish. The carbonation is moderate and the mouthfeel is quite syrupy, in a pleasant way. Never had one of this style before, but overall quite an interesting experience, though also a bit awkward!

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Photo of Arherring
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

330ml bottle, 8.2% ABV. 'Blood, Sweat, and Tears'. Yum?

This beer pours, it um, pours, well, it pours with only a slight initial bottle tilt into a tumultuous, disturbingly fast-rising tight foamy ecru head, which comes perilously close to beer shame overflow, and eventually gives way to a fuzzy painted wall of lace around the glass as it lazily settles.

It smells of smoky caramel malt, salted meat, some surprisingly inoffensive medicinal notes, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, and herbal, grassy hops. The taste quite a drop-off of the Islay by way of Bamberg nature - more of a big caramel chocolate malt, mild iodine and sour fruit edgy offsets, and a nice prodding grassy hoppiness.

The bubbles are still a bit prickly, the body a sturdy medium weight, airily creamy, and tacitly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the relatively new-found chocolate malt still in its heyday, the bitter, smoky, phenolic components mostly laying by the wayside.

Given the awkward first impressions, I'm glad I powered through it all, to get to the real goods - a pungent chocolate malt offering, with more subtle smoked beer leanings - making it a much more drinkable affair than initially imagined.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grows on me.Big thick and substantially smokey. Very brown colour with some retained head. The malt is secondary, the hops are there and subordinate. Not coughing smoke, but its right up there. Decent drinkability if sipped over a long meal.Thanks Luc.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, near black. Nice creamy beige head. Not much in the way of lacings.

On the nose, initially, a big hit of acrid smoke. This gives way, almost shockingly, to some really nice, sweet, malt. Roasted and lovely chocolate aroma.

Again, acrid smoke right up front, verging on sour, but it's followed by really nice roasted malt. Less chocolate in the taste, it switches to more dark fruits with a slight vinous touch to the finish.

A nice smooth drinker, good body.

This is an interesting smoked beer. I can't quite make up my mind about the smoke taste. I stand by "acrid" as a descriptor but I waffled between hating and liking it. Worth a shot.

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Photo of beersampler6
2.12/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Maybe I just don’t appreciate this beer style or I had a particularly bad batch. But the aroma and flavor just hit me very strongly and reminded me of the formaldehyde smell in anatomy lab. I could barely sense anything else outside of that - maybe some smokiness, molasses, grain and malt. Nice dark rich brown color with minimal head and lingering lacing. Smooth finish. But I just can’t get over that smell and taste. Couldn’t drink more than just a few sips.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle via trade thanks to bierkoning on ratebeer.

Pours dark brown with a large tan head and good lacing.

Aroma is peaty smoked ham, roast, coffee, and some mild fruity notes. Really smoky and great for this style.

Flavor is also smoke city. Peaty with smoked ham/BBQ notes, scotch whiskey, wood, roasted malt, and some hop bitterness.

Palate is smooth and smoky with medium body for the style.

Drinkability is good and the ABV is well-hidden. Overall I like this one.

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Photo of KaeptnBlaubaer
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark brown color close to black. A thin white foamy head started and dissipated within a sly roughly thirty seconds. Lacing seems to slide right on into the beer itself. The aroma is beautifully and wonderfully done ranging between the smoke, the sweet, the meat, the peat, the caramel and toffee malt and then some light vanilla and subtle milk chocolate. The flavor leads with the smoky sweet blend of arranging cool fresh sticky malts. Sticky sweet to smoky blend roaming into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation feels fairly low. Super smooth all around. Overall, damn nice smoked beer!

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Photo of beer_bottle
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mscudder
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a creamy off-white head that has great retention, and sticks around long after the pour

S- aroma is dominated by smoked peat, giving that classic band-aide aroma, smoked meat & earthiness. Underlying chocolate and charred dark malt

T- Chocolate and charred dark malts up front, along with a hint of caramel & earthiness. Most of the smoke doesn't hit until the finish, bringing out bold smoked peat, smoked pork, phenolic, as well as herbal/medicinal notes. Long smoky linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a foamy finish, abv is hidden well

O- I'm typically not a huge fan of heavy peated beers or whiskeys, but this one seems to have just the right amount. Not overbearing & blends well with the other ingredients

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Photo of philipquarles
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle. Gusher. Pours a solid milk-chocolate brown with a much-too-large light brown head. Smells heavily of brown sugar and ripe dark fruits like plum. Vinous and spicy. Alcohol is only noticeable in the warming. Tastes of roasty malt and brown sugar/molasses. Vinous again in the taste. Warming alcohol and spice. Starts sweet but finishes surprisingly dry. Medium-full body. A nice digestif.

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Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of waddellc2
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a stupidly large head.
Nose shows smoked malt, sweet caramel, soft roast and chocolate. Pretty damn tempting.
Pretty smoky flavours. The roast shows more than in the aroma but is still pretty gentle. A bit of the booze pops up in the finish. Fairly sweet and approachable.
Way too much carbonation. Great apart from that.

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Bloed, Zweet & Tranen from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 138 ratings