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Brouwerij De Molen

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Arno
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pitch black, mocca head. Not much retention.

smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate and red fruit. Black currant or something like that. Can't really define it.

taste: Quite a taste sensation going on. It starts off with a mellow milk chocolate and red fruits combo, followed by brown sugar and then coffee and dark bitter chocolate kicks in, leaving a quite bitter coffee like aftertaste. It lingers nicely like a coffee does together with some black currant flavor, but is quite heavy. So not really your day to day type of drink. Take your time ;)

mouthfeel: Quite fluid and creamy, with a nice tingly carbonation finish. Quite thin considering the huge flavors. Which is a good combination.

overall: a very nice, but different, beer. It's well balanced, but quite defined and powerful. I's not the easiest beer to drink. So make sure you're in the mood and not in a hurry and o my, what a drink it is :)

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 026, brewed on 6/21/10.

Pours a pitch black body beneath the billowing, foamy mocha head that is very slow to dissipate leaving behind a dense, sticky lacing. Generous yeasts float to the bottom of the glass as the beer settles.

Rich aromas of roasted malts and dark chocolate waft from the glass. The chocolaty aromas compliment the strong roasted malts and there are even scents of fresh tobacco leaves.

The rich roasted malt first coats the palate but quickly gives way to coffee flavors and secondary chocolate notes that sweeten as it warms. The chocolate takes the forefront as the beer warms. at the end there is also a hint of spice and a pleasant yet generous booziness at the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick with generous carbonation and enough malty goodness to take the edge off of the alcohol.

An absolutely excellent imperial stout with tons of flavor and balanced just right to take the edge off the strong abv.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and stubbornly corked bottle, 10.0% ABV. Hell and Damnation, eh? That's a tall order for this style, I would suggest at the outset.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with slight basal cola highlights, and a rising tower of frothy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some randomly splattered honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly slips away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, saltwater taffy, bittersweet chalky cocoa, musty packaged nuts, a softly earthy peatiness, dried cherries and prunes, subdued leafy hops, and a twinge of booziness. The taste is more big toasty caramel/toffee malt, a capably abetting dark chocolate and coffee combo, some rising anise notes, mildly sour black fruit, a bit of charred ash, and overwhelmed earthy, somewhat musty hops. No sign of that big 20-proof booze yet.

The carbonation is pretty laid back, the body full, fairly rich, and really quite smooth, with just a slight, niggly, inconsequential astringency that has to be mentioned for completeness. It finishes well off-dry, the singed caramel, hefty chocolate and dark fruit still prominent in all their integrated goodness.

A rather impressive RIS, the inherent flavours big, more than ably-meshed, and possessing the charm to practically taunt you to have another swig. Toss in the perennially and shockingly absent alcohol, and this offering's name crystallizes into a locus of misunderstanding - this should be called Heaven & Hell, but I hear that name's unfortunately already played out. C'est la vie, I guess.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, I mean, WOW. Pours jet black, opaque, with a small ring of brown bubbles for a head. No lacing (in my tulip glass). Aroma of baker's chocolate, chocolate cake, and fudge, along with that awesome smell of a cigarette when it is first lit. Tobacco, leather, and big time alcohol in this RIS. Low-lying, silky, and heavy on the tongue, this one delivers. Long, tart, robust finish. More roasty chocolate, dark chocolate, and burnt coffee up front. More tobacco, like chewing bourbon-soaked Red Man. The label touts Hallertau hops,and they truly come through in the back. This is one big, bitter bad-ass RIS, and I am so happry I dropped $20 on it. Killer beer.

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Photo of phildow
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 08 April 2011
330mL bottle poured into a Bourbon County snifter type glass. Pours black, one finger tan head. Fades to a lingering lace that's present throughout the entire time drinking.
Smells almost like Bell's Black Note. Dried fruit, sweet sweet smell. Not much else present but that's OK.
Sweet, not much roast characteristics present. Just a little bit of roasted character noticeable in the finish after a drink of water.
Super smooth mouthfeel.
Wow. Almost hitting the "amazing beer" level, but a little one dimensional. Maybe a little sweet, but not too sweet to finish an entire 330mL bottle

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Photo of philipquarles
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from 2008. Pours completely opaque black with a thick, creamy dark beige head that really holds out. Smells strongly of dark roasted malt, espresso, and bitter chocolate. A bit of anise, and little-to-no alcohol despite the 10%. Very dark roasted malt on the taste, though it's not burnt by any means. Plenty of unsweetened chocolate and a bit of coffee there. A bit smoky. A bit of dark fruit. Tobacco really comes through as it warms. Strong bitterness; in fact, this one finishes dry with some alcohol warmth. Full body, without being syrupy at all. Strong and warming, this one is a sipper, but a good one. Normally not a fan of RISs, but this is great.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep black color, but there is absolutely no head and random bubbles along the ring of the glass could hardly be considered lacing.

Scent of rich chocolate, roasted malts, raspberries, some honey, molasses, faint hops, and some warming alcohol in the end. Deep and complex, but nothing amazing.

Taste of rich chocolate, strong roasted malts, anise, vanilla, and some alcohol. Finishes with strong roasted malts and alcohol warming. This is a truly excellent Imperial Stout, as strong as it is there is a marvelous balance and perfectly warming alcohol, definitely worth a purchase, even at the high price.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and heavy, but flat, it's like drinking chocolate milk, but I like it for some reason, even though I have disliked beers with low carbonation in the past.

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Photo of STEG
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle

Ever so carbonated, glad my 29$ didnt go to waste. Poured into a duvel tulip at room temperature.

A quick pour initially yields no head but then a small amount of head arises from the black abyss...and there was much rejoicing...yay....

The smell, like the taste has huge chocolate notes, earthy herbal hops. Slight anise, slight coffee. There's a slight bitterness even at 2 years old there's still some bitterness left from the hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery but heavily syrupy but the very light carbonation makes it almost sinfully smooth.

Overall when this beer is carbonated it is spot on, a true masterpiece but when uncarbonated.... it's an arduous mess to get through, my last uncarbonated HV was a drainpour about 1/4 of the way through.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black with a solid 3 finger khaki brown head...dissipates to a thin lacing.

Nose is of dark-ripe fruits, a hint of smokiness, leather, toffe, and a bit of dark cherries.

Taste; strong dark chocolate, a nice earthy bitterness, strong caramel, and a lingering woodiness with an overtone of warming-alcohol (in a good way).

Mouthfeel; creamy and spritzy, slightly thin body.

Overall; rich, balanced, and a nice distinction between notes. Another solid stout from De Molen, looking forward to the Wild Turkey aged version!

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Photo of raverjames
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Let me just start by saying that my bottle was most likely infected. For this reason, I did not slam it on the mouthfeel or appearance.
When I opened the bottle, it gushed immediately. I poured as quickly as I could into a few glasses, but it was 90% foam. Once the foam subsided, the wonderful smell of chocolate and caramel came forward. The taste was also full of chocolate with a bit of roast. It was creamy and thick like you would expect from a proper IRS. Since it was likely infected, this stout was way overcarbonated. The bottle said to age for up to 25 years, but that might be dangerous. I would caution anyone cellaring this beer. It could be infected and end up as a bottle bomb. I am shocked that there are only 282 bottles of this. I had bottle 138 last night and bottle 100 in the cellar. I hope my other bottle is not infected.

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Photo of AronVietti
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 33cl bottle, gave about an inch of beige head that died down quickly with moderate lacing. Brewed on March 09 2011, bottles April 13 2011.

A: Dark brown, has reddish hues when held up to the light.

S: Dried Fruits, coffee, chocolate and some alcohol.

T: Dark Chocolate and currants, plum, espresso, not as boozy as the smell suggested but still present with an in style warmth.

M: Good body, not overly viscous like some examples of this style. Stays on the palate for a good 5 seconds fading from fruity to a pleasant bitterness.

O: This would be a great beer to serve by the fire, or after a light meal with some chocolates and dried fruit. I would love to taste a bottle that has been aged for a few years!

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a nice looking coca-cola brown with about a finger of light tan head. Rolling bubbles at the bottom.

S – Vanilla, chocolate, toffee, molasses. Ass kicking aromas all throughout this one.

T – Big roasted malt flavor to start. Followed along with a nice dose of vanilla and dark chocolate. Coffee bitterness in the mix. Caramel malt and with a great smokiness and twinge of burnt flavors. Great layered flavors. Deep breath at the end runs the alcohol burn down your throat.

M – Medium bodied and much lighter on the palate then the look would suggest. Still it coats the palate well.

O – Loved this. Flavors were just dead on. Complex flavors. Tasty. Will be seeking more but it is not cheap. Well worth the money.

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Photo of Piddmeista
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

09 bottle, red wax. pours a pitch black, very thin brown head on the rim that fades quickly; I can see some floaters and bits in it too. Smells like rich coffee and chocolate. Taste matches the smell, with a faint hint of tobacco. Massive viscosity on this one. The best way to describe this beer would be rich coffee mocha. The chocolate aspect of it is more chocolate syrup than bakers or bittersweet. No hops whatsover (I think I read on the label it uses czech hops), just a thick chewy slightly sweet mocha. Thanks Whiskeygirlchef. I'd like to try this one fresh to see how it compares.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black pour, even when held to light, with a bit of brown near the edges when held to light. Nose is quite good with a very appetizing roasty aroma and dark chocolate. A nice whollop of flavors on the palate with more roastyness, hearty grains, bitter chocolate, and hops that enter in to balance it out. Finishes long and delightfully roasty, of course.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle 10,2% Abv. Bottle number 444
Served room temperature in a Westvleteren glass.
Bottled on 9th of March 2011

A - Pours pitch black in the glass, no foam what so ever. Maybe something wrong?

S - So much chocolate, wood, raisins, dark fruit, coffee. The first sniff yields tons of chocolate syrup and coffee; however heavily roasted malt, charred wood quickly take over and a light sweetness is also noted.

T - Roasted malt, charred wood and heavily roasted coffee, cocoa and burned raisins also present. What a complexity!
There is an odd brown sugary sweetness just before the bitter, dry finish. Is there any alcohol in there?

M - Full body, but not as thick as I expected. Slightly oily with ultra light and smooth carbonation.

O - Great RIS, I will most certainly have this again!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis on tap at Max's Taphouse in B'more, MD, served in what I would call a "Viking cup" (actually a goblet/chalice). First time I have a "serious" craft beer from Europe.

Appearance: A very dark brown, almost black. Nice foamy head, like a Guinness, that does not subside too soon. Excellent lacing, perfect circles. Beautiful.

Smell: Dark chocolate, some smooth coffee, subdued bitterness. A very-well balanced aroma, smells like an American Russian Imperial Stout. :-)

Taste: A little too dry right upfront, but fine. Smokiness and residual sugars follow, with a bit of brewed coffee. Probably the weakest link in this beer is actually the taste, believe it or not, but still damn fine.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation (at least for the style), some bitterness on the back as it goes down. Medium body. Not as big as most RIS's, but damn nice and chuggable.

Drinkability: High and high! Drinks like a regular stout, but tastes like an Imperial. A rare treat you should not miss if you can find it!

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled on 4/8/2011, bottle 1671. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Got a few gel chunks from the bottom in there too. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, char, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, molasses, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes. Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, toast, coffee, smoke, floral, molasses, vanilla, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, char, coffee, smoke, molasses, raisin, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of deep roasted flavors with moderate dark malt sweetness; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout! Big complexity and balance of roasted and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My 500th review! Saved this one for a while now, a special occasion.

Purchased at the LCBO as a sell off for $3.50 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours nearly no head that stays a film for 2mins or so. Very dark almost black color

S- Chocolate, fig, gooseberry,

T- Touch sour. Might be infected. I can see over that and find plum, cherry and fig.

M- Not thick or rich. Touch bitter at the end

O- Think the bottle was infected. Have one more for later so lets see!

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with.... Lasagna!


UPDATE July 16/16- New bottle. WAY different brew. This one is fruity with coco galore. Gone is this gooseberry. That brew was infected. Smooth. Rich. Chocolaty. Worth the near 4.5 average I just changed it to

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Photo of SeatsTaken
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour: Poured into a snifter. Spent engine oil with the faintest glimmer of head.

Aroma: If creamy dark chocolate exists, it's in this beer. There's sour raisins, a little burnt brownie, some slightly nuttiness, dried plum and dark roast coffee at the end. I can easily picture this being served as an after-dinner drink.

Taste: The first thing that hits you is burnt chocolate with a hint of nut. Over ripened plum follows with very bitter coffee and alcohol at the end. My mouth is still buzzing from the ABV and coffee flavor well after tasting.

Mouthfeel: Low to no carbonation. Very dense on the tongue. This beer coats your mouth and leaves a mild alcohol sting. I'm getting the same sensation as drinking cold brewed coffee. It also numbs the throat slightly.

Overall: There are some very interesting flavors but I can imagine this may be sensory overload for some. It's definitely an event beer that's meant to be shared. I'd suggest pairing with a cigar. This is a harsh beer that needs to be paired with similarly harsh flavors, in a good way.

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Photo of amano_h
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

French roast coffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, burnt toast, raisins, fig newtons... enter almost any stereotypical Russian Imperial Stout aromas here and you pretty much get it; this is almost as textbook as they come, ladies and gentlemen. And it's brewed in the small town of Bodegraven out of all places.

Bitter chocolate is dominant from start to finish with coffee and dark fruit complementing the rich and intense flavor here and there. Some would say this beer is very straightforward while others would say it's one-dimensional; but everyone can agree that this is insanely rich, bitter, and to top it all off has an unbelievably dry finish. There was a hint of oxidization when I first opened up the bottle, but that has completely disappeared with time.

Medium teetering on being full-bodied; creamy initial mouthfeel, with some moderate booze burn. There's a noticeable difference in my state of mind from when I first started writing this review (first sip) to now (about 3/4th through the beer). I guess that's why the beer is called Hell and Damnation.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery, Paoli, PA

Poured into a snifter, an opaque, black, with slight hues of brown around the edges. No head whatsoever, and no carbonation to be seen. Thick aroma rich with chocolate. Hints of dark, roasted malts, vanilla and indistinct alcohol, but predominately chocolate. More chocolate on the taste, deep and rich, with almost nothing else coming through at first. After a few sips, and after allowing to rise a few degrees closer to room temperature, more complexity arises: notes of vanilla, licorice, and leather, with the chocolate still reigning as the dominant flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but mostly subdued. Full-bodied, silky smooth, strong, and very drinkable overall, but obviously to be relished and not chugged.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of IPA35
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled the first of May 2012, from their webshop.

330ml, 10% ABV

Pours a very dark beer, slight light comming through at the bottom. Lots of creamy head, Stays on forever. Just a huge, huge frothy head.

Smells pretty big. Plenty of charred roast in here and tons of molasses, dark chocolate, some coffee and sweet maltiness. Not overly fruity or anything. Infact it is quite earthy like tradition British stouts or even Köstritzer Schwarzbier, that distict aroma on the nose.

Surprisingly sweet on the taste though.
Malty sweetness with a tiny but of smoke, a quite bitter. Not really a hoppy bitterness but a roasty bitterness. Liquorice. Als it sits in the glass more if the dark fruitiness comes out which adds to the beer in my opinion, I really dig big sweet beers.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Quite full bodied. This is not one of those really, really big RIS's. But goes down very well. Low carbonation, but still well noticable.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing co. snifter. Bottled on 20 JUL 2010.

A- Pours a completely opaque black color with no head, just some bubbles on the edge of the glass and just a spec of surface foam. No lacing.

S- Sweet bourbon-laced caramel notes and rich dark chocolate.

T- The flavor comes on with nice notes of dark chocolate, raisin and more caramel. The finish is lovely as the chocolate lingers along with the sweetness and the hint of booze to create a sort of molasses ending.

M- The lack of carbonation is not extremely detrimental to the beer but I could use just a tad bit more. Full body and an oily, viscous feel.

O- I feel like this bottle peaked a year ago but it's still damn good.

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Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz (bottle 1930 of 2144; brewed March 2, 2011; bottled April 8, 2011) into a tulip. Pours a deep black w/ a creamy 2-inch mocha head that leaves behind some abstract lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is big molasses, dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, and booze. Smells sweet and dessert-like.

Taste follows nose. Chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, rum, smoky char and a whole bunch of other rich flavors swirling around. Nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a little thin compared to other big stouts but that's not necessarily bad. Drinks smooth and all too easy.

Overall a really solid Russian imperial stout. It doesn't get a lot better than this.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Classic, dull de Molen black-and-white label. I love how iconic and yet how boring these are.

Pours a deep, fine black, turning to weak coffee coloured at the very edges. Head is solid—surprising, given how little it vzzted on opening—a good, decently thick and fine mocha brown. Some spotty lace. Carbonation is persistent and very fine. Looks very good indeed.

Nose is toasty and dark, with a fiery character to it: not quite smoky, but almost sulphury or like match phosphorous. Certainly a sharp, volatile hint of booze to it, but it's really tied nicely to the darkness and the intensity—one of those beers that really uses the extra alcohol content as leverage for flavour. Lovely. It does a bunch of stuff that is rare or special, even in a big RIS.

Taste matches this: big roasty characters, and lovely boozy notes integrated into the body and structure of the beer. Roast, coffee, charred pork belly, minimal, but sticky sweetness on the back. This beer is based on a dark roast character, and it sticks by it beautifully, embellishing it here and there with beautiful accents that make it complex and interesting.

Feel is smooth but a little thin: certainly good enough, but perhaps not pulling its weight as far as the beer goes on the whole.

Overall though, this is very, very good stuff. Complex and rich, tasty and drinkable, and yet laced with slightly unusual characters which make it stand out on its own—that's enough to push this beer from "good" to "superb".

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Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen
4.13 out of 5 based on 629 ratings.
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