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:
193
Reviews:
72
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
43
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Lost about a quarter of the bottle as it was a gusher when I opened it. Pitch black pour with two finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Huge smokey, roasty nose with a ton of peat and hints of mocha and coffee and a touch of burnt electronics. Thankfully the peatiness and burnt electrical doesn't really show up in the taste. It's totally dominated by the smoke and dark chocolate with hints of espresso, oak, tobacco, alcohol, and just a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, thick and chewy with a nice bitter finish. If it weren't for the smell, this would be a really great beer. I am not a fan of peaty or smoked beers, and this beer has all those characteristics in the smell. The rest of the beer is solid and enjoyable.

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3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to my friend Richard for this brew!

A: Black in body with a very large and dense brown head.

S: Dark roasted malts, with a nice hit from the peated malt. A bit of a bready smell followed by licorice.

T: Dark bitter chocolate and black licorice dominate. Followed by roasted malts, a touch of smoke, and an earthy bitterness at the finish. There is almost a hint of sea air at the finish. As it warms a bit the sweetness comes a bit more to front.

M: The body is thick, the carbonation is fine, and fairly abundant. While there seems to be plenty of carbonation, it doesn't seem over carbed. The finish leaves a little bit of a coating.

O: Overall I like it. It certainly favors a more aggressive style over the overly sweet and smooth one. I'd like to imagine heavily scarred men, wearing bits of dead animals, and smelling of pine and earth would drink this around a campfire while eating bits of dead animals that were not fit for wearing.

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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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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3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex!

A - Pours darker brown, thin tan-colored head, thin collar.

S - Chocolate, peat, char, and roast. Lots of sweetness but also lots of char/smoke to balance things with a lot of peat on the back end.

T - Peat, chocolate, and brownies mixed with char, smoke, and roast. Very much like the nose, lots of sweetness but also some nice smoke and char to help bring it all together. Alcohol isn't noticeable at 9.5%. The finish is chocolate and roast.

M - Medium to full body, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A nice De Molen RIS with good sweetness and nice roast to keep things balanced. A nice beer to sip on and enjoy over time and something I would have again.

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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of meat, bacon, ash. Taste tons of smoke, ash, sweet malt, chocolate. Nice smoke!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hemel & Aarde from Brouwerij De Molen
4.04 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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