Hemel & Aarde | Brouwerij De Molen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Nickls on 08-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,947
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
199
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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12
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Reviews by Beginner2:
Photo of Beginner2
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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 ?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of -DF-
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of codysjb
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that gushed at ton (more than other beer thus far), lost a good 1/3 to the drain from gushing. This may have been from it being on two recent planes.
A: Jet Black, huge head that take a long time to fade.
S: Coffee, chocolate, lots of booze (too much).
T: Coffee, roasted malt and booze.
M: Alcohol, chocolate, very strong distinct taste.
O: this is a very hard beer to classify. On the one hand its obviously very complex, but it's not great maybe I just don't like this style all that much. Very, very strong pungent smell, almost too strong for a beer.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Date on bottle reads Dec 5th, 2011.

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch black with a moderate amount of carbonation. Huge tan head that takes up half of the glass before slowly fading to a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A big dark aroma that is very smoke and peat driven. Dark roasted malts with a strong scent of smoke and peat. Hints of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Big hints of molasses and anise licorice spicing. Subtle hints of dark raisin, fig, cherry, and prune. Light hints of earthy and grassy hops. The smoked malt, peat, and chocolate stand out the most.

Taste: Follows the nose with a dark malty taste driven by smoke and peat. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of smoke and peat along with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, burnt caramel, toffee, yeast, grains, and biscuit. Sweet taste of molasses. Licorice taste from some anise. Undertones of dark dried fruit with notes of dark cherry, raisin, prune, and fig. Very subtle earthy hop presence. A very good smoked and peated malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Kind of thin for an imperial stout. Alcohol heat is light.

Overall: A really good smoky stout. It may lack a little in body, but the dark smoke and peat flavors are really good.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of quirkzoo
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec. 5 2011 on the shelton brothers label on the back, not sure what the date means.

Pours an absolutely gorgeous jet black with 2 fingers of small bubbled light tan head.

Lots going on in the nose. Smokey, chocolatey, woodsy and lots of roasted grains.

Taste is more of the same. Smoke definitely dominates but isn't totally overpowering. Just a touch of alcohol warmth, exactly what you want in a RIS.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and ever so slightly creamy. Definitely a sipper but relatively easy drinking for the ABV (my bottle said 10%)

Overall this is a solid RIS, especially if you like a touch of smoke. Glad I picked it up, might get another one at some point to try with a bit more age on it.

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Photo of weonfire
3.09/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Jet Black. No light shines thru. Small white head.

S - Heavy smoke and roast flavor. small traces of chocolate.

T - Wow. Serious smoke. Dislike very much.

M - Medium viscosity. alcohol stings the tongue a bit.

O - Will never buy again. Heavily smoked beers are not for me.

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Photo of BeerManAway
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 14-Dec-2009
Bottled on 18-Jan-2010
Opened on 9-Aug-2011

Bottle nr. 110/1683

Recommend drinking temperature 16 ˚C.

Beer poured from 18 cL bottle into wine glass at 18 ˚C.

A - Very dark (349 EBC), has a nice brown head that doesn't vanish.

S - Aromas of chocolate, espresso and of course roasted malts, complex.

T - Espresso and whiskey notes, well balanced.

M - Unlike some other beers by De Molen it has just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Just like the other stouts by De Molen it's heavy
and complex, but more balanced and better carbonated that the average one.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #267. Pours thick black,with black head as the De Molen RIS seem to do. Hoppy aromas. This one is above-average mouthfeel, it is hoppy,some bittersweet chocolate,roast, and in the finish, a hit of smokey peat. All well-integrated. I did it, I drank it all.

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Photo of mchen
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rufusb
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, poured into tall pint glass. Smell is more faint than other RIS I've had. Malts, peats, unusual aromas. Taste is just as unexpected. A sweetness along with expected dark overtones of roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. Alcohol is prevalent. As beer warmed that became worse. Very interesting flavor, but not a fav. Worth trying this beer.

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Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of BeerZack
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thin black or dark brown with light edges and a huge foamy khaki-colored head. Smells of phenolic smoke immediately reminding me of peat smoke. Bit of a peppered beef jerky aroma underneath. As it warms, and I acclimate to the smokiness, campfire-roasted marshmallows and milk chocolate notes emerges. Flavor is not so intense as the nose would suggest. There is a roasty, yet smooth maltiness, almost a bit chewy that stands up to the spicy peat. I can pick up hints of things like tootsie roll-like chocolate, caramel and dark chocolate pot de crème, but the peat smoke is still the dominant note. The peat does not, however, overpower this hefty brew overall.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.34/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of crosenkrantz
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

On tap @ Monk's Cafe Mad Monday

A- pours pitch black with a creamy off-white colored head that leaves lots of good lace behind. Smells of smoky peat moss, woodsy & earthy, chocolate and fresh band-aide. Taste is smoky peat with woodsy notes, sweet chocolate & smoked meat with a dry smoky finish. Medium carbonation and body with s upper smooth and creamy mouthfeel and finish. The peat moss works well with the base beer, as it does not overpower and mixes in some nice woodsy notes as well. Definitely not for everyone, but worth the try.

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml dated 7 dec. 2011. Thanks Hoppypocket!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, black in the glass with two fingers of tan head.

Smell. Smokey peat and dark roasted malts, just a little molasses and maybe some dark fruits as well, but the smoke is pretty predominant.

Taste. Again very smokey and peaty with some tobacco and tar. There's also a bit of dark malt, molasses, and maybe a trace of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, very light for the abv and it actually works well. Medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. A very interesting beer that doesn't really conform to any style. High abv, lighter body, smokey as hell, and some big stout characteristics ...very interesting indeed.

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Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 199 ratings