Storm & Bliksem (Amarillo)
Brouwerij De Molen

Storm & Bliksem (Amarillo)Storm & Bliksem (Amarillo)
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,665
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,248
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 12.99%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
174
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Photo of lmaduells
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pa beers are not my favorite style. But when I taste one of very well done I have to surrender to the evidence. A beer ipa that I repeat. DE Molen does not stay with the simplicities of the ipa beers and draws a beer with some pretty interesting things

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Photo of janubio
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at the Situation. Pours a hazy amber colour, medium head with long retention, good lacing. Aroma of caramel, resins, flowers, honey, notes of tropical fruits. Medium to full body, creamy texture, good carbonation. Sweet finish. Taste of caramel, honey, hops. Great one.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From Decervecitas. In Teku glass. Playing Bioshock, with Tostarica biscuits. Very alcoholic with strong bitter bite. Even the refreshing, citric profile of amarillo hops isnt enough to conpensate this level boozyness

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a BrewDog snulip glass.

A: The body is coppery, having orange to red hues. The color is really amazing. When pouring, I got an head two fingers thick but after a while the retention was minor but still showing some foam. Good for a >9% ABV beer.
S: The aroma is more resinous than expected. Was hoping to find more fruity and tropical notes but only a minor citrus are to be found here. The rest is just resin and a pinch of maltiness. There's also some belgian candi notes I guess, creating a more sweeter than expected aroma for an IPA.
T: The taste begins with a very little, grapefruit to tangerine like citrus, being after a while this flavour completely overwhelmed by the resinous profiles in the beer. To the back of the taste, there's a very good bitterness, some earthy and grass feel to the hops being well balanced. Good work on the back. The front of the flavour has too much resin hints.
M: Body is medium to low. Carbonation is high. Alcohol content goes unnoticed and that's very cool. Bitterness is high and has a good kick.
O: Very nice IPA, would just love to find this with hops having less resinous profile. Besides that, this appears to be mastered by the dutch brewmasters at De Molen. Cheers!

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap served in a snifter at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok.

Hazy deep orange amber color, it tops with very thick fluffy off-white froth that very well retains itself with excellent retention before slowly collapsing to an everlasting foamy sheet atop and leaving stunning and refined lacing all around.

Obviously, the evidence of Amarillo in a nose with its floral and zesty citrus, there are also notes of mild ripe mango, garlic, and slight spice. Malt is there too with its sweet candy, biscuit, and caramel in supporting.

The taste is led by the intensity of hop leading by crisp citrus and floral together with tropical, grass, and some ripe mango. Malt reinforces with its solid candy sweetness also biscuit and caramel. Hop again wraps up in the finish with its persistent bitterness that is also lingering in the aftertaste together with some residual sweetness.

Full body with rather low carbonation but it is enough to carry all the things well under quite smooth mouthfeel, the feeling is a bit hefty while the finish is dry. This IPA deserves the word "Imperial" with its intensity and quality.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip from the bottle here at cervecería Esparte in Conil, Spain.

Appearance: heavy heavy sediments coming off a darker gold body.

Smell: Light hops scent, definitely not the strongest characteristic.

Taste: Complex malts and citrus, has a lighter sweetness but trust me the sweetness of grapefruit and tangerine is there.

Mouth: sticky beer, but comes off a bit dry.

Overall: You see it you grab it, beast beer which smashes the palates. Has a juicy feel which comes off as the best thirst quencher you will ever have. With lust and experience. Salud!

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Photo of qrazvan
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark yellow colour, a bit hazy, with no sediments.
Smells like honey, mango, forest mushrooms.
The taste lacks the characteristic bitterness, being dominated instead by the honey and fruits (mango, peach). The high alcohol content is perfectly hidden.
A great and refreshing beer that makes you wanna drink it bottom up after opening.

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Photo of amano_h
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Dried tangerine peels. Marmalade. Pineapple. Toffee. Caramel. Fresh-cut grass. Resinous pine. Some sort of herbs.
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T: Toffee. Caramel. Delmonte pineapple juice from the can. Overripe oranges. Resin. Same herbal/spice notes from nose.
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M: Medium-bodied. Creamy. Light but stingy carbonation. Slightly boozy.

O: This is apparently de Molen's take on a "typical" American Double/Imperial IPA-ish; bold, sweet-ish malt flavors balanced out by what should technically be a shit ton of bitter and dry hop character. I can somewhat see what they were gunning for as I'm slowly sipping this, but I can't say I'm a huge fan of the result or the style in general. Whereas Amarillo was apparently only used in the dry-hopping stage for this brew, it could probably be greatly improved if some of the more grassy dank notes for the Amarillo was incorporated into the flavor profile as well.

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Photo of rex_4539
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

L: Hazy red-ish color, one finger off-white head, nice lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Booze, hops, tropical fruits. But mostly booze.

T: Sweet, dry, boozy. Slightly bitter on the back end.

F: Mouthfeel is so-so, that booze covers everything.

O: Not a good beer. Very boozy, smells/tastes like 15+ ABV.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - I don't know if the look of the one I poured tonight was normal or not but I had no head at all, with chunks in suspension (a lot of them actually). I'd say this was not too tempting at first

S - toffee mostly, almost no hops

T - whaou, that's a good taste, very balanced. At first you have the fruits (mostly tropical fruits) and the grass, then the bitterness comes almost instantly sweetened by the toffee flavour. The sweet bitterness lingers quite some time. No booze in this one even with its 9.2% ABV! Not a sipper for me, I drank it (too) easily.

F - almost no carbonation, I normally don't like overly carbonated beers and that permits the flavours to really express themselves.

O - maybe I'll have to go back to this one, check if my bottle had a problem or whatsoever. In any case, a really good use of Amarillo hops!

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

333ml bottle, Saveur de Biere, France - Pours hazy amber with no real head. Low carbonation. Smell - Fruity citrus, hoppy, small amount of pine. Taste - Sweet citrus, orange, dry large bitter finish. One to sip. Nice DIPA but personally would like slightly more carbonation (possibly better on tap) and little less sweetness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this bottle was pretty old, even a couple of years old, the store sold it as a double ipa, and i think its basically that, but maybe i thought it would age better than it did, given the gnarly awesome robust yeast these guys use and the way even this label says drink within two years, leaving open a pretty large window for cellaring. its not all that good, and has dropped off quite i bit i have to imagine. i taste a lot more malt than expected for the style, and the yeast is heavy, like it seems to always be in de molen beer, one of the tings i love the most about them. i very much like a yeasty ipa, but the hops dont really come through with much other than a balancing bitterness, so it seems off for the style, and the other flavors just seem too much. i also dont really care for the bitter lasting crackery finish, but i love the flavor of the yeast, and the mouthfeel is really nice as well. de molen can do no wrong in my mind, although this is far from my favorite, i am not writing it off or anything until i can taste it again fresh. amarillo hops are so awesome that this has to be more dynamic than it is. maybe they need to adjust the suggested best buy date, but other than that, im excited to see it again sometime. the bottle i drank had the plain white label, not the one pictured here.

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Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer. Perfect match of hop to malt and carbonation. Both aroma and flavor have a richness of characteristics such as caramel, pineapple, hops, yeast, grain. Appearance is likewise excellent with huge long lasting head, lots of lace and hazy honey amber color. Great body. Super easy drinking beer. Wish I had more.

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Photo of SoPeL
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lot of butterscotch in mouthfeel that overwhelm humble as for an IPA bittering. Alcohol though not really obfuscated. After all a pity for an ever-superb amarillo hops to end up in such a strange caramel concoction.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark golden pour, with a really poor white head, just some froth floating around. Weird.
Rich citrusy hop on the nose, with some peach sweetness and caramel. Sweet honey and alcohol, hinting at mead, some hints of melon, persimmon, and a fresh herbal mix too.
Rich fruitiness, a "funky" kind, with kumquat, haw, persimmon, tangerine and lots of sweet white grapes far from standard Amarillo dry hopped IPAs. Honeyed melon too, some gooseberry, banana, a lot of stuff comes to mind. Caramel maltiness, really sticky and dense, really support the fruitiness from the front, all the way to the finish. Some alcohol shows up here, with some hints of mixed fruit brandy, and a mild leafy bitterness, not enough to dry things up entirely.
Still, the sweet fruitiness in the aftertaste is in now way sugary, but clean and rich, with a bigger citrus character now. Medium body, really low carbonation, a bit sticky and palate coating. Alcohol seems to get stronger, so better to sip.
Awesome fruity hops, a sweet Imperial IPA that really enriches your palate. And imagination.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Giant, white head, color is a cloudy sunny-yellow.

A large variety of aromas, malt, lime, grass, pine, sugar, grapefruit.

Sweet, refreshing hoppiness is mainly defined by sweet, exotic fruits, going well along with sweet malts. Strong on limes and grapefruit, supported by a fitting, lower carbonation, which adds additional freshness. Beer stands in great balance between sweet fruits and bitter hops, underlined by sweet, warm malts. In addition to that, a unique spiciness gives the beer a sharp peak. Beer is medium-bodied with a long bitter finish. Uncompromising bitterness is another notable aspect, which gets even more recognizable towards the end. Fruits, mainly defined by lime and grapefruit, do still underline the taste, while the malts get washed away by the bitterness - which results in a great tasting beer with a decent complexity.

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Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nearly clear dark orange with thick, creamy and cream colored head, plenty of lace haphazardly trailing down the glass. Smell: about what I'd expected with a 5 month old bottling date... still plenty of the Amarillo in action, but past the point of the dry hop popping out of the glass. Orange extract, huge apricot, resiny note; quite sweet and slightly bready backing. Taste: caramelized apricot, orange juice, orange candy, sweet bread, resinous and slightly spicy. Definitely enjoyable and I imagine that fresher it comes off more like a beer that should be named after it's dry hopping.

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Photo of Marius
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Lentebierfestiv 2016 in The Hague. Clear amber with a medium height white head. Malty sweet and medium to full bodied with notes of pine and citrus hops, as well as unripe mango. Very well done, one of those well made malt-forward IIPAs.

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Photo of titvs
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 14C). Bottle 33 cl - Bottled on 01/05/14. AROMA: medium/low fruity and floral aromas, balanced with a sweet malt profile. very prominent alcohol aroma but it isnt hot. APPEARANCE: deep golden/orangeish color and very hazy (dry hopped). good off white moussy head with good retention and alcohol derived viscosity. TASTE: sweet malty profile balanced with floral and slight fruity notes. high bitterness that lingers well beyond a medium-dry aftertaste. clean and smooth alcohol background without solventy character. PALATE: smooth medium body with a smooth warming alcohol profile. medium carbonation. OVERALL: although a nice IPA, its very high residual sweetness isnt characteristic of an imperial/double IPA.

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Photo of fredpck
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belle bière rousse avec un joli col de mousse , elle est très surprenante avec une odeur de litchis. En bouche le gout de litchi reste très présent avec une belle amertume plaisante. Au fil des gorgés ce gout de litchis (soho) devient vraiment écœurant et on ne trouve pas la flaveur de l'amarillo.Dommage on a pas envie d'y revenir.

Beautiful bitter with a generous moss, it is very surprising with its smell of litchis. In mouth the taste of litchi remains very present with a beautiful pleasant bitterness. In the course of the full this taste of litchis ( soho ) becomes really disgusting and we do not find the flaveur of the amarillo. It's a pity we have not desire to drink a new one.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

De Molen Amarillo has an extremely thick, creamy, cream-colored, frothy head, a hazy, orange-gold appearance, with numerous tight bubble stream, heavy lacing left behind, and a descending gray cloud, once the bottom contents are swished and poured into the glass. The aroma is strong and rich- hop oil, caramel, toffee, and white bread. Taste is equally bold- rich, sweet bread crust, bread, caramel, toffee, char, hop oil, bitterness, candi sugar, regular sugar, and a brandy aspect from the pronounced alcohol. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily, and De Molen Amarillo finishes mostly dry, super-sweet, alcohilic, and decently drinkable. This beer is exceptionally good and almost worth the over $6.00 a bottle that is charged for it. A great, great beer!

RJT

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Photo of GarthT
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drunk 6 months after bottling, label states good for 2 years after bottling.

A: Deep gold

S: Dried apricot & peach, mild yeast and some caramel; not getting the expected citrus/tropical

T: Malt-forward, but fairly bittersweet finish so not cloying.

O: Very drinkable DIPA, no alcohol burn though this is a big, rich beer. Good match for charcuterie, preferably 36m jamon iberico

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Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from The York Tap, York, England (£7.00):
Hazy, dark amber. Lots of sediment. Huge, over sized, foamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Lively with lots of citrus and amarillo hops although it wasn't as bitter or hoppy as I was expecting. There is some alcohol and a few lighter malts coming through alongside the caramel and sugar before rounding off with a semi-sweetness.

Stronger hops now with more pine and grapefruit coming through too on top of an intense citrus flavour and lots of bitterness. There is a few nondescript fruity flavours and a strong alcohol kick to finish things up with.

Strong on the taste buds and very bitter with a huge alcohol kick that could have been better hidden although this improved given time. Carbonation was about medium but still seemed lively and there was a big citrus tang with a sharp and dry finish that was coupled with a slightly warming feel to the beer.

Not a beer I particularly enjoyed initially but one that improved considerably once the beer had a little time to open up and breathe some. The alcohol was still a little strong throughout and the palate was quite sharp and unforgiving but it was still a decent beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a hazy orange amber with coppery tones; two finger aged ivory head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Pungent aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark and light dried fruit, light hints of aged cardboard, only hints of grassy hops; if I was smelling this blind, I'd guess it was a modestly aged American barley wine. Flavor is similar, caramel malt, not quite as sweet as the aroma, mixed stone fruits and mild dried light fruit, hints of orange and citrus. Hops component subdued, but a pleasant moderate citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is well covered. Pleasant medium, slightly creamy body. I suspect that this is a bottle with a year of age on it, which probably has mellowed the bright hop flavors, although the typical amarillo citrus components are present. Similar to the aroma, in a blind tasting, I'd guess this was a moderately aged barley wine, but a hopped English style one. I liked this quite a bit and although it was enjoyable as it is, I would certainly jump at the chance to try a fresh one to taste brighter hop flavors. I have enjoyed every de Molen ale I've had and this is no exception.

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Photo of draheim
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle (bottled 1/30/2012 - label says enjoy within 2 years so we're good) into a tulip. Pours a murky amber w/ a huge rocky head with chunks of sticky lace. I'd give it higher marks but beneath that beautiful head is a pretty dirty-looking beer.

Aroma is tons of dried apricots, caramel malt, and candi sugar. Not what I generally expect from an American DIPA. Smells syrupy sweet, fruity, cloying.

Taste is a little more enjoyable than the aroma. Still fruity and sweet, but the floral bitterness of the hops balances it out. Big, bold flavors here to be sure.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, coating.

Overall, this is certainly a unique take on a DIPA with a heavy Belgian influence. This might taste very different fresh, but I'm not inclined to find out.

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Storm & Bliksem (Amarillo) from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 174 ratings