Hemel & Aarde | Brouwerij De Molen

Hemel & AardeHemel & Aarde
BA SCORE
87%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 193 ratings
Hemel & AardeHemel & Aarde
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Nickls on 08-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,221
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
193
Liked:
168
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
10.2%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
43
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of jwat
1.5/5  rDev -62.7%

Photo of SeriousALEment
2.25/5  rDev -44%

Photo of rawfish
2.77/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Jonny41
3/5  rDev -25.4%

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 BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If strong cigars are your thing; if espresso is too weak for you; if there's not enough chocolate flavor in cocoa powder; then maybe you can find comfort in this beer.

Hemel & Aarde pours with a voluptuous rise of foam that erupts from the beer underneath in most billowing fashion. The absolute black pour beer is capped with a marshmallowy brown foam that's strongly stated for even the darkest of ales. Retention and lace are no problemn here as the foam accompnies the palate right down to the last sip, aligning the glass with rings and spider webs of lace all the while.

Strong roast aromas span an array of scents from rich espresso and malted milk, to lit cigars, spent coffee grounds, campfire smoke and heavily peated whisky. Woody hops, burnt currants, and grapes offer secondary notes to accompany the roasty attack.

The onslaught of roast not only continues but intensifies going into taste. Bitter ground espresso beans, strong ash, cocoa, smoke, damp soil and moss all play a part in the bullying flavor. The alcoholic taste of scotch whisky, licorice, and fennel give slight vinous fruity taste to the scorch while the firm but somehow lost underpinnings of toffee, malted milk candy, and bready starch help to support the fruit, alcohol, and roast.

Full and expansive as the carbonation pushes the beer outward for a very creamy and lush early palate. But the finish of powdery ash, burnt grain astringency, and abrasive alcohols limits the beer's drinkability. Dry, hot, and sharp- the aftertaste reminds me of smoking the wrong end of a maduro cigar.

As with many of their stouts, De Molen prefers the acrid roast character for dryness, bite, and burnt grain. But the amount of these flavors cause difficulty in taste as it gets away from the more succulent, supple, and gentlemanly qualities of better balanced versions.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Irish12
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of akang
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 weissbierdrinker
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a black coke like color with almost no carbonation or head.

Smells of an old used chimney.

Taste is smokey, burnt, some alcohol. Burnt flavor linger for a long time. A bit sweet up front.

Good thing about this beer is the flavor and just the right touch of alcohol. Bad things are the oiliness and lack of carbonation.

Bottle says it will stay good for 25 years, I think aging would help this beer immensely.

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Photo of drmeto
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,creamy,khaki,head
S:
-smoked bacon,chocolate,nutty,molasses,phenolic
T:
The Peated malt really takes over here
-peat ,bacon,ash,medicinal,heavy burned plastic note,toasty finish
F:
-low carbonation
-medium to full body
-boozy
O:
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.

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Photo of Hellrob
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good imperial stout but too smoked and only a few drinkable. however, not bad.
a good imperial stout but too smoked and only a few drinkable. however, not bad.
a good imperial stout but too smoked and only a few drinkable. however, not bad.
a good imperial stout but too smoked and only a few drinkable. however, not bad.

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Photo of RedTarmac
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of EJJ1848
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of flyingpig
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. 12/2011 bottle date, and it says 10% ABV.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown color. The head is a three finger tan shade with large, aggressive-forming bubbles. It settles down into a thin film after a while, leaving decent streaks of lacing on the glass. This one seems to be strongly carbonated - it almost tried to spill out of the bottle.

S: Wow, the aroma features plenty of chocolate at first. I'm really impressed with how strongly it emanates from the glass, too. As it warms up, this is quickly replaced by notes of peat. This quality is somewhat offputting in my opinion - aside from the ham-like smoke, I pick up notes like algae, rubber, plastic, and even electrical fire. It starts off great and ends up falling on its face, so I'll average it out here.

T: An improvement over the aroma. The peat-laden smoke clusters on the opening, lacking some of the unpleasantries on the nose; it's more of a general hammy/woody tone with a mossy backing. This fades into a midtaste of both licorice and dark chocolate. (in addendum, the licorice qualities here don't bother me...maybe it just bothers me in Stone's IRS, I don't know) The finish is laden with textbook roasted malt dryness, char, seaweed, and perhaps a faint touch of stewed dark fruits. It's definitely peaty throughout; if you don't like seaweed and moss in your imperial stout, you will NOT like this. On the positive side, it doesn't drown out the other notes - in fact, it's solidly complex at the end of the day.

M: I was right, this is strongly carbonated and airy in its feel. Dry, too. In spite of that, it does have a substantial heft on the palate - still, it's too lively on the tongue for a RIS. This becomes a better brew in all palate aspects once the carbonation calms down.

O: Rather unusual. The flavor profile is great, but the aroma is inconsistent and the feel is more in line with a BSDA (not unexpected given its country of origin). Having said that, once I got used to the bold peatiness, I did grow to like it quite a bit. Even at $8 a bottle, I'd entertain the notion of buying this again. Probably not often, though.

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Photo of dgilks
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gushes like a bitch. Foam goes everywhere but I still end up with a bit of beer. Inky black is what's left with a tan head. Fair head retention.

Very smoky with lots and lots of alcohol. A touch earthy. More peat. Quite interesting.

Sweet and malty with a fruity hint. More peat. Chocolate. Caramel. Earth. Interesting but not as well integrated as it could be.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Over-carbonated.

To me this beer must be a touch infected or way overcarbonated. The gushing has led to a beer that is out of sync. Nice but not great.

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Photo of SoPeL
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

330ml bottle with a brewed/bottle date of 5 DEC 2011 and a 10% ABV listed on the label.

Deep, dark brown body with an extremely rich, thick head. Roasted grain, a hint of peat, espresso, molasses, and caramel swirl about in the aroma. Deep, chocolate flavor initially that seems to get spoiled by a phenolic, band-aid-like undertone that takes over at the end. In between, there are some good hints of roasted, smokey grains and a rather sharp bitterness. A strong, boozy alcohol presence mixes in with the other off-putting flavors. Very smooth, medium-heavy body with a dry finish.

This is a Jekyll & Hyde kind of beer. A lot of good things come through, but just when you think you're enjoying some big dark beer nirvana, some weird, strange flavors pop-up to ruin the party. Perhaps its the peated barley malts that are at the crux of what I consider off-putting flavors for me. Others may really like that component, it's just not for me. Still, I find enough good things with the beer, so it's not necessarily a bad experience overall, just different.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on janĀ“13. Black color, tan froth & fairly good retention crown. Coffee & fudge chocolate notes, roasted malt aroma & licorice candies to the nose. Roasted malt & pepper flavor, bitter/sweet mouthfeel. Medium to dense body. Moderate to low carbonation. Burnt chocolate & licorice touch are shown in a long finish. Dry coffe on the aftertaste. ABV well hidden.

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Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 87% out of 100 with 193 ratings
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