Hel & Verdoemenis | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by paco1029384756 on 01-22-2009

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Ratings:
647
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217
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
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Photo of benjaminkhlaw
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weonfire
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Jet Black. zero head. doesn't look real think.

S - Chocolate, roasted malt.

T- Excellent. Chocolate really comes thru. sweetness is very nice. not too sweet either. Almost a fudge taste. Barely taste the 10.2ABVs.

M- medium viscosity. coats mouth decently.

O- Very very good. At $14 i probably won't get this again. but cut that price in half i would.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

inflatablechair brought this to Friday's tasting.. Bottle #17.. Sept. 26th '08. Thanks Sam.

Fucking HUUUGEEE gusher.. Eric was twisting off the cage and had maybe a few turns when the cork hit the ceiling like a cannon round.. He got it to the sink and after a coupla pours... it's still foaming like nothing I've seen before... still foaming after 5-6 pours... we walk away for a while.

Once into the glass... and the expected enormous head dies back, a pretty classy brew comes in... 2" dark tan head.. black brew.

The foam is gone.. and this is a pretty damn nice RIS.. thick and roasty.. deep chocolate and coffee... I swear I am getting some nuttiness.

Flavor is very rich with milk and bittersweet chocolate. some espresso.. and again.. some sort of nuttiness that begins midpalate and lingers to the finish.. after a while, a thick and creamy body shows despite the lingering carbonation slam... I wish I would have taken better notes.. because, this is a seriously nice brew.

Sam.. Your last bottle should be put into a bigass ziplock bag and be put immediately into the fridge .... I doubt all bottles have that carbonation... but that cork could have done damage :-)

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Photo of wordemupg
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged poured into tulip 14/2/13

A not quite black with a deep cola edge and just enough clarity to see some bubbles feeding a well sustained two finger mocha head that leaves no lace, perhaps a dirty glass?

S some plum, cherry and chocolate covered raisins, faint peat smoke, cold coffee grinds, hazelnut, hard toffee and just a little booze

T some char and slightly sour cherry with espresso in the mouth opposed to the coffee on the nose, the chocolate's darker in the mouth and I get just a little licorice I didn't smell. much like the nose she's pretty rich but the roast is even darker in the mouth and the booze is better concealed

M medium bodied and just a little foamy, very faint heat with a long chocolaty coffee finish

O what can I say? a great tasting beers easy to like, nice dark roast but not overly intense but not for the faint of heart either, nice and smooth almost to easy to drink

This one's worth looking for, I hope I can get my hands on some of the barrel aged versions in the future. I like the "enjoy within 25 years" on the label made me feel like i was in a rush to drink this beer and I was looking for an excuse to drink a big bottle of stout tonight.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Crown Liquors, downtown Indianapolis. This was kind of a suggestion by Rempo.
The packaging is unique in that it is corked, caged and dipped in red wax. Its a softer wax than found on most bottles so it made a bit of a mess of my hands. The label is very concise and doesnt fuss around with design, style or anything eye catching at all, as you can see by the picture provided.

O.G. 1115 F.G. 1031 Brewed on 17/18 Feb 2009 Bottled on 20 March 2009 EBC Colour 308.9 99.9 EBU 15* C drinking temp Batch 1092 Bottle number 057 blah blah blah, these Dutch must be one for numbers and facts.

The cork pulled out with a suspicious lack of a pop, with really no force behind it. So I gave it a rough pour, assuming its going flat.

A- A rough pour yields no head, initially. Some bubbles slowly rise to form only a collar. Swirling will draw up a pillow of sand colored foam and leave little polka dots sticking to the glass. The beer is a dense black, pretty much what you want in an RIS.

S- This is a full, rich smell for sure. Aggressive roasted malts and dark fruits. Black licorice, oak, copious medicinal alcohol. Bitter, dark chocolate and leather, soy sauce, some tobacco. This aroma brings everything to the table.

T- Quite rich on the chocolate. Various forms of chocolate with the dark and bitter variety dominating. It moves into a more bitter realm with a nice level of roast, augmented by figgy fruits and licorice. Things sweeten up for the finish allowing cocoa powder to reign. Alcohol is quite subdued, especially as compared to the smell.

M- At first I was thinking this is trying to go flat, now I am playing around with the idea that this is just how this beer is. What ever the case, the body is fairly full with a creamy smoothness and very very low carbonation. It could use a pinch more activity on the tongue.

D- This beer drink surprisingly well. It is robust and complex enough to not be boring, but the alcohol is toned back enough to make it enjoyable. It has a nice balance between bitterness and sweetness. I just wish it didnt seem to be going flat.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to Jonno79 for the bottle. Owe you a box still!!

A-- hmmmm, visible carbonation on a De Molen beer!!! Big plus!
Poured near black and settled black. Just a touch of ruby at the top. Three finger mocha colored head that slowly faded down. Stayed at film through drinking.Very clean and left no lacing. Did get spotty lacing on drinking. Great head retention on swirling.

S-- Chocolate powder, roasted malt, ash, char and chocolate syrup. Not that much hop presence in the nose but a delicious smell to this.

T-- Scorched chocolate, burnt malts, ash, tobacco, and chocolate syrup.

M-- oily, sweet, thick and a bit port like. Has elements of ash in the mid and back mixed with char as well as in finish. Sweet chocolate syrup in the front and a small bit of hop spice.

O-- Quite good. Some US elements and some European elements blended together well. Well hidden ABV and very drinkable. Big, slow sipper and good to cellar as well. Very, very nice.

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Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours almost completely opaque black with a one-inch creamy tan head that recedes slowly to a nice collar with some very spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet with licorice and cocoa with some underlying toasted malts and coffee. Maybe some toasted nuts in there as well - a big nose overall.

The taste is not quite as sweet with dry cocoa up front supported by some heavily roasted malts underneath. Lots of coffee bitterness and some licorice sweetness coming back in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with strong carbonation which makes it seem lighter bodied than it is.

This is definitely the best beer I've had from De Molen, a full-bodied impy stout that still maintains good drinkability.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mj001jk
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little lighter than black, a thick and viscous dark brown liquid with a creamy hazel-colored foam.

The nose is big and brooding, rich and velvety dark chocolate with butterscotch and vanilla. Not much of coffee comes through, it reminds me more of dark roasted nuts, molasses and hops, which gives it a nice balance with mostly pine breezing through.

The flavor is big and packs a punch, more bitterness and coffee notes here than on the nose. The alcohol gives it an Irish Coffee-like character which is not at all a bad thing, if you know what I mean! The chocolate, caramel and herbal hop flavors linger on the tongue for well over a minute, this is one to savor slowly as a dessert, or by itself if that's how you roll.

All in all very smooth, very delicious and memorable.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again, RoyMunson, you've outdone yourself!

Bottle #14 brewed Sept of 2008.

Pours a very dark and cloudy brown with a grayish to dark tan head. 1/8 inch head remains as it sits idle in my snfter for about 10 minutes. No lacing seen in my pour.

Sweet, roasted nuts, sweet malts, baker's chocolate and coffee grinds on the nose. Big and plentiful...

High carbonation for a RIS... BIG flavor profile, lots going on. Thick, rich and nasty. Flavor on the mouth reflects that of the nose... It all wraps up with a slight warming from the alcohol presence.

Wow. Try this beer if you get the chance!

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Photo of pkeigs
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites, very fortunate to be able to drink it on tap several times in Amsterdam and at the De Molen. Wish the bottles were more consistent in Colorado.

Opens with to much carbonation, almost seems like it might be a little infected. Pours thick and viscous with a mocha brown head, that leaves great lacing the entire way down the glass. Smells like dark malt, little caramel, little coffee coming through. Tastes like coffee, burnt cocoa and dark malts. No burn from the 10.2 abv, finishes a little dry but leaves me wanting more and more.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey DC during DC Beer Week 2011

A: Motor oil thick pour without any head or lacing 3.5

S: Deep chocolate, roasted malts and some booze. 4

T; A ton of chocolate on this. Creamy, rich chocolate. Mix that in with roasted malts, some coffee, and a hint of booze and you get a great taste. 4.5

MF: Really heavy body. Thick and creamy. Low carbonation. 4

O: Great beer. Been waiting to try this for a while and it did not
disappoint. 4.5

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Photo of Dentist666
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with 1-finger tan head, rather low retention. Smell - chocolate. Taste - licorice, coffee & chocolate. Very smooth & drinkable. Tasted it in pair with Hemel & Aarde, although they both are completely different but all are excellent.

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Photo of billab914
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tasting glass. It poured pitch black in color with a modest but bubbly tan head to it. A little lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of dark chocolate to it right off the bat. It comes off a lot like a dark chocolate brownie with a little nuttiness to it as well. I get some bitter, roasty, coffee flavors but it's an afterthought compared to the dark chocolate brownie flavor. Very appealing aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the chocolate to it up front with some roasty, coffee flavors coming out in the finish. Again, I get a little nuttiness in it as well. Like the aroma, the dark chocolate is what really shines in it for me.

The mouthfeel is heavy with lower carbonation. Overall I thought it was an excellent beer. I loved the thick, heavy mouthfeel mixed with the dark chocolaty, brownie like flavor. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of FernMaster
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've decided to write this review as if I was the conclusion of a trendy network show. After the link finishes buffering read on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwqhdRs4jyA&playnext=1&videos=EMK9E6j-i1c&feature=artistob
(copy and pasting may be necessary.)

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

To me this is a snifter beer, plus it's a fun word to say. Sadly all I had was a pint glass, I had great company so that counter balances it completely.

I went back to my former home of Columbia, Mo for the weekend and along the way I stopped by Gomer's Independence to acquire some awesome beer; once of which was Hel & Verdoemenis. I bought this because the $22 price tag was just as exciting to me as the limited release, this beer was 1 of 1094, I had to have it. Plus, this was amends to a friend of mine, who our summer plans were to visit each other in their respective town and show them the other the merits of living in either, her Saint Louis, MO me Kansas City, MO (KC-MO, Whoooo). Sadly our summer plans fell apart, but this beer was a backbone of a great evening.

I brought this over to her apartment and after enjoying the hell out of some Fantome we opened this. H&V is a beer that cannot be enjoyed under normal circumstances, this is a beer that Denny Crane and Alan Shore would have enjoyed on a their balcony at the end of another amazing episode; which is what we did. Sitting on her balcony, people watching, enjoying some beer I began to reflect on my former home, my college town and miss the fuck out of it. This is where the song comes into play. Sitting on the balcony drinking an imperial stout that had zero head, and no carbonation, pitch black as dark, I began to look at how limited my experiences in Columbia were as to this beer. How there was much more life their I want to live, but I was glad for it's fleeting moments, because of it's exclusivity, I enjoyed it the most.

A wonderful smell emerged from the glass, a complex coffee scent that would make the biggest coffee nerds turn their heads, a rich chocolate scent, maybe some raisins, with a hint of smoke and alcohol, I was enchanted. This was like walking onto Mizzou's campus for the first time without my parents. A sense I loved, but wasn't overwhelming. I could get used to this. As time passed, it warmed up and more complexity was added to the flavor hitting your nose.

I love balconies. They add a sort of dynamic to whatever happens, from sitting and reading, to drinking, to simply playing around on your computer as the sun falls. This beer and the irreverent dialogue that follows is 1 in 1094. The odds may not seem that great, but when you're the 1, that's the best odds that could happen to you in the world. The taste of this beer was everything that the look may have lacked and the nose eluded to. This rich, robust chocolate flavor along with the coffee, which dazzled my roommates roommate (who dislikes beer) was perfectly balanced and it left such an amazing after taste that you were happy to empty the pockets for this beer; the smoke was there as was the alcohol itself which burned a little, but in a good way. I may have noticed some plum or other sort of fruit along those lines in the beer. It was an absolute joy to drink.

The mouthfeel was sadly weak, like my degree. The mouthfeel was watery, weak and it lacked character. As you drank more and as it warmed up it became clearer why it was good and why you were glad you spent the time with it, it became better with age.

Drinkablity seems like a laugh in all honesty as there's so few out in there in the world. There may be others like it, but there's truly so few. It's expensive, but as you drink you realize it's worth the investment. You can hold onto it for twenty-five years (as it says on the label) and it still may be good. It will never be as good as when you were with it the moment you bought it, that evening enjoying it with your closest friends at that time. Twenty-five years is a long time from now, priorities and you will change by then, enjoy it the moment you buy it (it's more than enough of a reason to open it) with you friends on a balcony - don't drink this alone - there's only you, your friends and now, your memories can come later.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown to black color, many remains in the bottom. Forms a small and dark beige head when poured. Good retention, it never disappears completely leaving a brown, fizzy bubbled layer. Some lacings are formed

S: Strong notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and wood. Citrus and earthy hops and alcohol in the end

T: Very strong taste. Dominated by roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. The 100IBUs do really count here: Deliciously bitter. Strong personality. It's a dry and bitter beer after all. It has a very creamy and molasses body but not much about sugar

M: Extremely creamy and molasses body. Low carbonation. Delicious bitter aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable beer despite of the 10.2% ABV. Great beer

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Photo of dgilks
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch, midnight black colour with a creamy, foamy, long lasting tan head. Great lacing. Pretty much as good as a stout looks.

Chocolatey roast with distinct alcohol notes. Mild herbal hoppiness. Good.

Bitter, roasty, chocolate flavour. Mild coffee. Distinct, earthy, noble hop flavour. Very good with excellent balance.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid beer with plenty of appropriate flavours and a delightful hoppiness which complements the beer.

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Photo of ricke
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with plenty of small floaters in the liquid. A small dark beige head settles rather fast and leaves basically no lacings.

S: Huge roasted aromas - very powerful. It actually turns to burnt every now and then. Roasted malts, heavy roasted coffee, charred wood, spices, chocolate, faint licorice, perhaps some fruity notes. There is also noticeable hints of rather fresh hops. Light alcohol. Very powerful smell, but not very balanced due to the massive roasted character.

T: Wonderful coffee flavors - espresso, heavy roasted and almost burnt coffee, tannins. Big sweet malty backbone with a distinct roasted character. Rich notes of dark chocolate. Some licorice and dark fruits, but they don't really manage to balance the deep roasted flavors. Very faint notes of hops. The finish is powerful with a coffee-like roasted bitterness, some alcohol, spices and lingering notes of general roasted flavors.

M: The body is full, but kind of light compared to some other examples of the style. Quite a lot of carbonation as well making the beer seems rather lively. Towards the end, it gets a little smoother.

D: I really liked this one, but with the richness of the roasted flavors of coffee and malts, it's rather demanding. So it's definitely a sipper. Would absolutely like to try it again, and since I have another one in the cellar, I will.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
4.13 out of 5 based on 647 ratings.
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