Bloed, Zweet & Tranen | Brouwerij De Molen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: Smoked 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
Ratings:
128
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
13.95%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i liked this beer i think the least of all of the de molen stuff i have had lately. not to say i didnt like it, but it was the least distinctive i think. to be fair, i had a heavy buzz on at the time of consumption last night, so take it for what it is. a smoked porter type with a ton of smoke to it, downright sooty and campfirey. lots of froth to the feel, but that classic de molen yeast i love so much is lost a little bit to the smoke, its just so overbearing. thats the point though i suppose. the other thing, is that its spring now, and this is a decidedly autumnal beverage. i want this while grilling the thanksgiving bird, its that kind of thing, it needs an occasion, at least a context, and i really didnt have much of one last night. my bottle was also pretty old i think, looking not like the one pictured here, but the standard white and black label these guys do, so maybe its faded some with time. all of the de molen beers are very unique, unique to them i should say, and this one certainly is that, although its not quite as for out as they usually take me. i like the frothy feel and i like the meatiness, but the residual smoke turns almost acrid bitter for a second, and the alcohol is a little exposed, but im real glad to have had the privilege of enjoying another fine de molen ale!

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Café t' Arandsnest, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured into a goblet with a half finger high light beige head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of smoke are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite smoky from the start to finish along hints of underlying dark and roasted malts. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is remarkably easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the smokey flavors do not overpower the taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Phyl21ca
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured dark copper with light haze color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is dominant and quite enjoyable. Taste is also a solid mix between a lightly sweet malt backbone and some huge peat smoked malt with some extra dry smoke also noticeable in the aftertaste. Body is about average with OK carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very good assembling of different smoked notes and I am sure this would pair well with smoked Gouda though I didn't have any.

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Photo of superspak
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/6/2013. Pours moderate hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with no head and minimal lacing on the glass. Good appearance. Aromas of big wood/peat smoke, salt, bacon, leather, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, toffee, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, light dark fruit, herbal, light pepper, and roast/smokey earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready/smoked malts and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big wood/peat smoke, salt, bacon, leather, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, toffee, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, light dark fruit, herbal, light pepper, and roast/smokey earthiness. Light herbal/spicy and roast/smokey bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wood/peat smoke, salt, bacon, leather, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, toffee, toasted brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smoked malts and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Light carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, lightly slick/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 8.2%. Overall this is a great smoked stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smoked malts and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Was expecting it to be more roasty when I saw this was a stout, but perhaps that would clash too much with the amount of smoke flavor that is present. Very intensely smokey/peaty, but still has a nice malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Really dark brown, almost black, half finger light beige head, quick to a thick lace.
Nice layered smell, with salted smoked bacon up front, then strong peat (burnt rubber tire galore), some faint dark chocolate, salt water taffy, scotch. Nice German-English smokey goodness so far.
Peat is strong and quite "barbaric" right at the start, feels rather medicinal (big band-aid feel), with burnt plastic/rubber and also.. manure. Bamberg-style smokiness reminds me of fir-smoked cheese (kashkaval), but there's a bit malty sweetness that kinda messes with the overall smokiness of the beer. Or maybe sugars and smoke don't make such a nice combo for me. Thus, some overripe dark grape, light chocolate. Sugar coated roasted malts make up the finish, covering up the smokiness, with just some hints of smoke and some bitter hop.
Medium body, a bit sticky, low carbonation. Sweet aftertaste with some lingering peat and chocolate.
If only it wasn't so sweet, instead leaving more space for the smoked malts to shine, this would've been a real gem. Pity.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/25/10 notes. Sampled at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a dark brown color with less than one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smokey malts, peat, roasted malts, toasted malts, and sweet chocolate.

t - Tastes of smoke, citrus, roasted malts, dark fruits, anc sweet fruit. Kind of weird; not sure if the smoke and sweet fruit works together.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was an ok beer, but kind of weird in that it taste smokey and sweet. Not my favorite smoked beer and probably wouldn't order it again.

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

Photo of TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I don't believe I got the Bruichladdich edition, but I wouldn't really know anyway... Regardless, this stuff pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger of relatively short-lived glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises bacon-y smoke, light Band-Aid, light roasted malts in the background, and a vague sense of molasses The taste really ups the Band-Aid ante with its smoke component, with the dry biscuit ad very light roasted malts unable to do much to assuage my tastebuds. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid (verging on almost-watery) feel. Overall, this beer just didn't work for me. I believe the peated malt just did too much and didn't quite gel with either the beech-smoked malts or the regular malts surrounding it. One thing's for sure: it didn't gel with my sensibilities much...

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark brown, looks a bit oily, with barely any head, and no lacing.

This one smells mildly smokey, with some chocolate and caramel. If only the aroma carried over to the taste.

Upon first sip, I got some sweet caramel and treacle flavors, and I thought I'd be ok, but the aftertaste brought a horrid phenolic bandaid character that is just super hard to get past. The rest of the bottle followed in such a way, a mild slightly sweet start, and just an overriding smoky bandaid flavor. Trying to finish this quickly, to get it over with, was akin to ripping off a bandaid off. And then shoving it in your mouth.

This is thin bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. Really not drinkable at all.

This was a big disappointment, a gamble that didn't pay off.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.72/5  rDev +22%
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 Mebuzzard
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

an interesting smoke beer from de Molen

Pours dark brown/ruby. Small head, didn't last all that long

Aroma is smokey, but it's not strong. Almost like liquid smoke. Hints of dark fruit and bread

Not sure how I feel about this one. Definitely not a go-to smoke beer. It's not bad, just a bit thin. The smoke seems fake, if there is such a thing, in that it's fairly light. The breadiness is also thin. Seems rather malty; the sweetness is an afterthought, though. Fairly dry given the malt forward.

Not a bad brew, but for the money, go with a German smoked beer or Alaskan

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a very dark brown with a creamy off-white head, good retention.

S: Great smoky nose. Really a mix of Islay and Schlenkerla, beautiful.

T: The heavy smoke has a great interplay with the residual sugar with a lot of dark malt flavour, very tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, not the biggest feeling beer. Creamy and smooth, smoky aftertaste.

D: Cool beer, it would go great with BBQ, glad to try it. If you like Alaskan Smoked Porter and Schlenkerla Rauchbier you have to try this, almost an imaginary blend.

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Photo of waddellc2
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep true brown colour with a few accidental floaties of sediment. Looks pretty damn heavy and opaque. Head is full and frothy and extremely rocky, a big beige bubble of lace-giving divinity. Looks very rich and robust.

Odd smoked notes on the nose -- certainly smoked characters in general, but it's a green smokiness, with big rippling vegetation characters mingled with the smokiness. Smells like a wood fire in the heart of the jungle. Pretty nice.

Certain smokiness on the front of the palate, which fluctuates in and out of view for a while as a roasted, chocolate malt note dives into the mix. At the very end of the palate, when the sweetness dies away, you're left with the crackling embers of pure smokiness, which dances on the tongue with its dry, parched finish. Really unique and lovely.

This is a really damn good smoked beer. Probably one of my favourites. It has this lovely sweetness to connect everything, but the delicate smokiness takes the lead. Really interesting and very drinkable.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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