Hemel & Aarde
Brouwerij De Molen

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Smoked Beer
Ranked #7
Ranked #6,363
4.05 | pDev: 9.88%
Brouwerij De Molen
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Notes: Hemel & Aarde is brewed with the most heavily peated malts we could find. Not for the fainthearted. This powerful brew overwhelms you with smoke, chocolate and coffee. Flavour indication: smoke, chocolate, coffee Translates as Heaven & Earth
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle, bottled on 28th November 2014, and with a best before date of 28th November 2039. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Smoky, bacon, roasty, chocolate, coffee.

Taste: Roasty malts, smoke, peat, bacon, chocolate, coffee, light ash, and slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: A nice peaty smoked imperial stout like beer. It’s a good sipper, and one for those that enjoy peat.

Jan 20, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found a bottle at Susan’s Fine Wine in Santa Fe, NM. Bottled in 2012, so nicely aged.

This beer, as far as flavors and feel go, is smooth as silk; probably helped by the aging. Pours very dark brown with a cream beige head and excellent lacing. Smokey, earthy smell and taste. Herbal, dark wine flavors mixed in. Very interesting array of flavors, nothing really dominant. Like an imperial stout. Some dark chocolate as vanilla he beer warms. Nice, comforting beer!

Oct 13, 2019
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janubio from Spain

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a balloon glass at Las Buenas Pulgas. Pours a black colour, medium beige head with short retention. Small lacing. Aroma is smokey, with tobacco, leather, vanilla, chocolate. Medium to full body, sticky texture, normal carbonation. Dry finish. Smokey taste, also with tobacco, leather, some chocolate and vanilla. Good one.

Apr 30, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

2.94/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

De Zombier. En copa Teku. Viendo Umbrella Academy 2x01. Le echo en falta mayor cuerpo y menos presencia del ahumado, que satura, aplanadlla y tapando los matices propios de las imperial stout

Mar 10, 2019
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Radome from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 300 ml bottle into a snifter.

L - Deepest brown color and opaque, as expected for the style. Impressive head is light brown in color and piles up several inches high on initial pour. It is sticky and moussey and lasts almost immovably throughout the drinking experience.

S - Aromas of roasted malt include espresso, chocolate and slightly burnt coffee beans. Blended in are the aromas of the barrel, with a strong peat and smoke that immediately makes me think of Islay single malt whiskies. It even has the sharp "medicinal" note of Laphroaig or Lagavulin.

T - The flavors are amazing if you like Islay malts. The peat, smoke, salt, medicine and scotch whisky characteristics pop right out, somewhat overshadowing the Imperial Stout flavors. Those are there as well, with chocolate milk and espresso, but they take a back seat to the barrel character. That's just fine with me, but might turn off some.

F - Thick body with low carbonation, but the effect is silky, smooth and velvety. (I wonder if there are oats in the grist to provide the silky feel?) Strong hops bitterness is evident, despite the lack of overt presence of hops in the flavor or aroma. Alcohol shows a presence, especially in the finish and aftertaste, where a single malt-type bite lingers.

O - Some of the base beer characteristics get subverted by the strong barrel-derived flavors and aromas. But, if you like Imperial Stout and you like peaty, smoky Scotch whiskies, you'll love this like I did. Bravo!

Jan 01, 2019
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Agrosy in Atlanta.

Lagavulin in a stout. Smooth. If you like the single malt, the drink this beer as it gives you all the smoke and peat you want without the alcohol bite.

If you don't like peaty, then don’t even say this beers name out loud.

May 21, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a tan foamy head that held for at least a good minute. Mild glossy tan lacing strung all about. The aroma has a superb blend of milk and dark chocolate malts to smoke. Dried meatiness at the end. The flavor combines the milk and dark chocolate sweetness to the smoke. Leans to a slight sticky milk chocolate sweet aftertaste and rolling on into the aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation seems to run very low and allows a light stickiness running all around. Overall, damn fine smoked porter or stout or imperial stout, whatever the hell this thing is supposed to be.

Jul 14, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Very deep brown to almost black in color with some amber tinge along the edge when hits the light, the small tan head slowly builds up and recedes simultaneously to some bubble film atop and leaves lots of lacing spot yet lots of sediments behind.

It is heavily smoked and peaty in both aroma and flavor with notes of smoked barbeque and lots of intense peat, roasted malt too with its burnt caramel, roasted coffee bean, vanilla, dough, and dark bread while there is also rich espresso and creamy yet milky chocolate. Further than that, there are as well notes of licorice, some dark fruit in kind of prune and plum, yet some spiciness from hop that also imparts its modest bitter end together with smoky and roasted malt profile.

Medium body with rather low to medium carbonation through the palate, the overall feeling is pretty good with some smoothness and very dry finish. Smoky as silk Stout!

Feb 15, 2017
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
Strong stuff from De Molen here, this one was a very aggressive & almost overpowering imperial stout that was very malty, coming through with plenty of earthy flavours & a lot of peat. The dark malts show the show here with a little vanilla & sugar backing them up but everything end up being just a bit too strong for my liking & the balance wasn't the best either. It remained very much a drinkable beer that got better the longer it had to open up & develop but sadly I can't see it being one that I'd go for again; perhaps if I enjoyed my whiskies a little more than I'd have appreciated this one better.

Feb 01, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smoky (no way!), smoken sausage like. Big earthy hops presence. Medicinal with a bit of band aid(that's too bad). A good mouthfeel, quite dry. A bit out of balance

Dec 09, 2016
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a touch thin and produces a good amount of head that I was not expecting. Retains a solid layer of khaki colored foam throughout and looks black but not entirely opaque in the glass even though not much if any light comes through around the edges; unique. Smell is very interesting. I have to preface everything I am going to say because Islay Whiskies are my favorite and you immediately get a peat smell in the nose which is lovely. I can see how someone may be taken aback by it though as it definitely stands out. Otherwise the smell is classic Russian Imperial Stout, roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. The sweet perfume peat smoke blends excellently with the stout. The taste is truly something else. First impression was peat smoked dark chocolate. As it warmed you also got notes of caramel but is also surprisingly sweet despite having a dry bitter bite at the end (though nothing like other brews from De Molen). Definitely feels a touch thin and is medium low for the style and remains rather carbonated. Overall this is a great little twist and nuance on the classic russian imperial. The peat smoked barley really mixes well with the underlying flavors of the beer. A tad too sweet for my taste but overtly so. It was three years old when I had it; I would love to let the other one I have sit for a good long while as I am sure there is magic in this bottle that only time will bring out.

Oct 21, 2016
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Also enjoyed at Amsterdams Arendsnest on 26SEP16, at €5.00 for a 0.25l draft glass. Ended up having two glasses...

My glass held a black hole of dense opaqueness. A creamy, short tan head left great lacing. Aroma was a big mix, with roasty bitterness, smokiness, and some peat-like characteristics. Body was medium-plus and oh-so-smooth!

Had some caramel malt, plus roasty, bitter dark chocolate. Some raisin and currant action came into play, with a floral hop flourish at the finish. Very nice!!

4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Oct 10, 2016
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just love the look and feel of this beer. So full of flavour. Get lots of coffee and chocolate but also some smoke and peatiness. Would like to age one 25 years... just to see

Aug 03, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've Had this probably three times and look forward to the next time.
Because of its strength, it has to settle into the RIS category. But Hemel & Aarde has all the roasted malt subtlety of a stout or porter at almost half the strength. Plus of course, it has the dark, dried fruit and chocolate of an RIS.
Consider Hemel & Aarde a two-for-one.

Hemel & Aarde is good. It puts me in the mood for dinner... But also so good, I'm going to save some for dessert.

Listed on the "1001", the reviewer tells de Molen's story fans have heard about it being the smallest, best brewery in The Netherlands. The story continues about how Molen is a crafter who collaborates with like-minds in Belgium and internationally. So... what is wrong with me that I've Had only 3 of Molen's 142 ales ?

Jul 27, 2016
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice glass right from the bottle right here at Cerveceria Esparte in Conil, Spain.

Appearance: Thin black colored body with medium to heavy bubbles. Tan head is straight tan which comes off extra bubbly.

Smell: BBQ meat with tones of coffee bean. Sounds awkward but I'm not making it up.

Taste: Wow this brew is all over the place. Smoked bacon covered with coffee and dark chocolate. Malty as it can get but full confusion to the palates.

Mouth: Full bodied with medium carbonation. The smoked after taste hovers the cheeks.

Overall: Tough to love but also told go to dislike, my wife didn't like it but this brew has potential. If you're a carnivore like myself you would greatly appreciate it. Always in a glass my friend. Salud!

Jul 18, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Smells of dark cherries, chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, bourbon, cocoa, caramel and dark berries. The taste is well balanced, with notes of roasted malts, peat, cherries, chocolate, some coffee and whiskey. Very nice balance, all the notes are kind of mellow and toned down.

Mar 16, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros and Tim.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brown hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of peaty smoke, caramel, chocolate, really rich peat. The smoke is not oppressive at all.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of peat, some smoke caramel, the bottle almost comes across as maybe over attenuated. Really decent.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit thin.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, nice smoke. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 13, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud, Dec 7, 2011

Big foamy thick head fades at a fair pace, mild bubbly lacing, super dark pitch black beer.

Nose big smoke, tons of Islay peat smoke, big scotch, plenty of roasted malt, iodine smoke, candy syrup toffee.

Taste big smoke, peat smoke and iodine, little medicinal, with chocolate background, creamy cocoa, bitter roast and char, little spicy hops, Smokey scotch, candy notes and yeasty phenol touch. Finish sticky but dry, bitter earthy hops, more Smokey peat and iodine.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, big fluffy carb.

Feb 13, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,creamy,khaki,head
-smoked bacon,chocolate,nutty,molasses,phenolic
The Peated malt really takes over here
-peat ,bacon,ash,medicinal,heavy burned plastic note,toasty finish
-low carbonation
-medium to full body
De Molen mentions "Bruichladdich" malt on the label,so it was probably for their "Octomore" smoke monsters.I enjoy peated Scotch, but the burned plastic taste is just too prominent here and makes it hard to drink.

Dec 27, 2015
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Rollzroyce21 from California

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

- 2011 vintage (aged 4 years)
- 11.2oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 9-Oct-15

Surprised at how much carbonation there still was. I had about 1.5-2 inches of head. It's too carbonated for the style. It had a bit of Belgian yeast sweetness to it, but not sure if they used Belgian yeast in it. Nice roast and malt profile, typical of an RIS. Based on this experience, this beer hasn't peaked yet. Overall, a good example of the style.

Nov 05, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with 1-finger tan head, rather low retention. Smell - peat, char, roasted . Taste - peated malts, oak, prunes, coffee. Chewy, oily body. Alcohol is hidden. Delicious.

Jul 22, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stoutfest IV reviews.

Thanks big old musty blue shirt wearin' ass brown dog; aka Matt.

A- Two bottles poured into many glasses with a black body. Foamy and frothy one finger head with good retention. Large blanket remains and the edges become coated in massively thick sheets of lace.

S- Scotch from a certain island called Islay. Super smoky, seaweed saltiness, charred grains, toastiness and a tart feeling brought upon by the heavily smoked malts.

T- Peat and peat. Smoky seaweed saltiness, spiced burnt sugar coated raisins, chocolate and burnt barley, Islay scotch whiskey from the malts, toasted nuts, malted milkballs and a moderate sweetness.

MF- Thick but the alcohol makes it a bit thinner and somewhat slick. Consistency is oily and fairly crisp, frothy. Finishes with a bit of warmth but ABV is seriously invisible. Bitter cocoa.

Peat Islay Scotch and heavily roast tones from the malts; a serious smoke monster like the one that faced Mr. Eko. De Molen is always great to try. Keep it up over there with these beats.

Jul 20, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle States 10.00%. 2011 Vintage.

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. The aroma has big peat smoked malt and also dark fruits. It breathes like a good whiskey. Big roasted malts in the taste, certainly some peat and earthy wood. The roasted, coal like goodness is complex and addictive. Character abounds from Hemel & Aarde, this is a Russian Imperial Stout from the Netherlands that is worthy of seeking out. Full bodied, lush, well carbonated. A pleasure and a real treat. Delicious stuff right here, I love the roasted and slightly smokey flavor.

Dec 10, 2014
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VashonGuy from Washington

4/5  rDev -1.2%

This is a very peaty stout. Classified as a Russian Imperial, but it sure reminds me of Scotland. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice head and lacing; very dark. Aroma is smoky, and the peat dominates the taste.

The flavor is very strong. My 8 ounce pour (on tap) was almost more than I wanted.

Not your everyday stout, that's for sure, but it's a great change of pace.

Nov 06, 2014
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Vintage 12/5/11

A - Pitch black with an off white, soapy looking, thick ring of lacing, gentle carbonation through
the middle.

S - Smoke, charcoal, faint dark roasted chocolate.

T - Well balanced throughout, smoky char, charcoal, dark roasted chocolate, oak, peat, and
light coffee.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation and silky soapy bubble finish on the back of the palate.

O - A fantastic beer that will age for a long, long, time.

Oct 16, 2014
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 212 ratings