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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Nickls on 08-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
192
Reviews:
71
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
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13
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43
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2
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Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wanderlust389
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of STEG
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

.18cl Poured room temperature into a goblet. I need to thank Jeffo for this excellent hookup.

Looks as a stout should, pitch freakin black, light does not pass though it. Head is espresso foam colored. and has outstanding retention over 3 minutes of slow dissipation makes this quite the looker. Bubbles are fine to medium in diameter and make this stout look imposing.

Huge peat smoke nose, with a roasty earthy presence absolutely wonderful. Dark chocolate, sweet liqueur, earthy hops wet wood and licorice are all present in the back.

Taste is well, odd at first, somewhat smokey and medicinal at the same time up front then recedes into a sweeter mocha like phase before becoming a bit bitter towards the finish showing off those bittering hops nicely.

Mouthfeel is freakin awesome, this stuff is lucious, with a mild tingly carbonation mid way through, wonderfully thick and smooth.

What a beer, when De Molen is on they are one of the best "stoutists" in the world. When the carbonation is on and the mouthfeel and that signature olfactory punch hits you with every smell and taste makes a truly outstanding beer.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another solid beer from de Molen crew.

A very dark brown pour, almost black. The off brown/tan head rises to about 2 fingers in a snifter glass. Lacing is tight and slick.

Leather hits me first in the aroma. Dark chocolate and tannin. Black plum, raisin, dark fruit, prune perhaps

The leather is present in the flavors as well. Along with the black fruit, dried fruit and chocolate there is a roasted malt character going on. Something of a smokiness comes and sits in the background. Some tobacco comes in.

Very nice beer. It has a sharp, yet velvet finish. Nothing sweet. A real good stout!

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4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amguerra305
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Stella Tulip

A - Pours a deep deep Ebony colour witha very tight tanned head that just doesn't move at all.

S - Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts, and slightly medicinal aromas, very complex indeed.

T - Massive earthy notes and some Whiskey barrel flavours that take over before giving way to a nice balanced vanilla/chocolate flavour. The finish is roasted coffee and smokey malts.

M - Full bodied with minimal carbonation.

O - This is a massive stout and will provide you with a taste experience to remember

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Photo of mitlinks
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SayBoom
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisledTitan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mcss
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mscottjohnston
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Mplsbrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BenBreeg
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a deep black with big brownish head. The smell --smoky, meaty, peaty -- is the first giveaway that this is an exceptional beer. It was brewed with heavily peat-smoked malt , which gives it a really robust flavour, as well. It's all about smoked meat, molasses, peat and big Scotch flavours. But they are so well integrated and go together so nicely that you can truly sip this like a fine single malt.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1068; Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a creamy, tightly beaded, brown tinged, dark tan colored head that sits on top of a black and viscous looking body. The aroma is salty and a touch sour'ish some how; this turns into peat smoke and roasted, dark coffee notes pretty quickly though. There is a deep, toasted peanut aromatic note to this beer which is quite intriguing and as the beer warms up rich notes of chocolate start to come out.

The beer feels thick and viscous as it first hits my tongue; it really clings to the palate quite a bit. There is a really nice mix of peat smoke, roasted peanuts, dark roasted espresso, burnt malt, burnt cocoa, malt sweetness and even a touch of cherry like character to this brew. The finish has a sharp smokiness to it as well as a bitterness that is distinctly contributed from burnt grain and the hop character. This is very nicely balanced between flavors of roasted nuttiness, peat smoke and rich malt; I am really enjoying this far more than I expected, as I was needlessly worried that this would be horribly peat influenced. A fantastic brew that I wish I had more of.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased from de Bierkonig in Amsterdam. Poured from bottle into tulip. Sampled 10.23.10. Reviewed from notes.

A - poured solid black with thick, glistening eggshell colored head; left some consistent lacing
S - smooth aromas of leather and medium roast; maybe some tobacco
T - nice bold, dark malt flavors up front with a slightly crisp finish; some french roast linger
M - thick body but not too heavy or syrupy; nice balanced RIS with interesting apple crispness at the end; would love to have again, and again

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Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
4.04 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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