Op & Top | Brouwerij De Molen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DeanMoriarty on 09-20-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
113
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of qrazvan
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber colour, pouring with a big head, unlike other beer of this type, which is an extra.
Smells flowery, fruity and honey-like.
It has a rather bitter feel during tasting. Some caramel, raisins and grapes towards the end. Unfortunately the hops is not significantly making its presence felt.
Overall, a pleasant, easy to drink beer, with a smell even surpassing its taste.

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Photo of amano_h
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright marmalade-like citrus notes dominate on the nose. There's a nice hint of fresh-baked biscuits that follow, mixed with sprinkles of mashed/powdered grains here and there. It reminds me of the smell that escapes from a bag of multi-grain muesli when you first open the package. The marmalade mellows out while the biscuity wheaty notes intensify with the passage of time.

Somewhat opposite of the nose going on with the palate; you mostly get nice mellow wheaty flour-like flavors up first, which is briefly accentuated by the bright orange from the nose. There's a hint of citrus peel bitterness toward the end which is well-balanced by a mild biscuit-batter like flavor. There's also a hint of vanilla at the end that is well-hidden by the other characters at play.

Mouthfeel is definitely the highlight for this one. Crisp medium body, vanilla creamy, with vibrant, persistent carbonation. The finish is remarkably mild with just the right amount of dryness to make you want to keep reaching for your glass for another sip. Highly sessionable, would probably make a great companion to almost any meal.

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Photo of Wantedandlisted
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dentist666
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amarillo version. 9% Plato.
Poured into pint.
Hazy amber beer with 2-finger off-white head, good retention.
Grassy & citrusy.
Medium bitterness, light body, soft carbonation.
Good, but not essential.

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Photo of tottel
2.43/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jroof1
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jezi89
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasawat
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flyingpig
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Beer52.com (£1.62 aprrox.):
Really interesting stuff from De Molen with good bitterness, hops & caramel opening things up; it's definitely a sweet on for the style too. There's a strong American influence with citrus hops, some pine & the odd tropical fruit. The balance was good & it's definitely one that I'd have again.

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Photo of Martine
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got in a beer52 order.

Pours hazy amber into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle. Off white foamy head starts off at 3 fingers then slowly falls to nothing. No lacing.

The nose is all mango, peach, and just a hint of citrus. Those big sweet notes hide a lot of the malts present, as well as the floral aspect. The aroma isn't strong, but it's unmistakenly sweet and tropical.

The taste is quite bitter for a such a sweet smelling beer. First to arrive is bitter tropical fruit, sweet and sour peach, and hops. It progresses slightly to more malty tones, biscuit, cardboard, and then finishes with more bitter hops. There is a leafiness to this ale, and the smallest herbal undertone which gives it an earthiness as well as a fruitiness.

It feels over carbonated to my tastes which removes some of the nice resiny fruity mouthfeel that it's hiding. Light bodied with a dry finish.

Overall I like this beer but it's a bit too carbonated, and feels a bit underwhelming in flavour from what the nose hints at. Saying that, though, it's still very drinkable, and thirst quenching like an IPA-Bitter hybrid. Good beer.

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Photo of vinicole
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange. No head.
Grapefruit and orange aroma.
Flavour of clementine and lightly toasted brown bread. Bitter finish.
Good carbonation.
A very refreshing brew.

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Photo of renatopi
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vinivini
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of drmeto
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a cloudy amber with a small,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-oranges,tangerines,grapefruit,toasted malt,faint spices
T:
-oranges,tangerine,slightly grassy,toasty,finishes clean
F:
-medium carbonation
-light,watery body
O:
For some Reason De Molen gave this dry-hopped Bitter a 2 yr shelf life.
My Bottle was 20mts old and the hops were clearly faded.
Fresh it's probably great, but as it is it's merely decent

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a hazy golden/copper color with a boatload of suspended yeast! The head is white in color and has plenty of retention that eventually settles into a thin filmy patchwork over the brew. Lacing is rather subdued and there is a fair bit of tight carbonation rising to the top! Overall a fine looking brew!

S- Toasty caramel malts make up the bulk of the sweetness, followed by citrus notes, slight floral tones, and semi sweet creamed bread. Finish is of mild floral bitter hop cones that is somewhat honeyed. Very nice smells!

T- Flavors that are modestly tart....a blend of citrus fruits and creamy biscuit yeast. Cookie like dough in sweetness due to the cara barley and the tart robust finish really compliments and balances......Earthy herbal notes and leafy!

M/O- This is a very sociable beer and is highly drinkable overall. Medium to full bodied and there is plenty of zesty carbonation that explodes morsels of flavor all over the palate! This reminds me very much of a nice proper English Session Bitter and I would have no problems enjoying this throughout an evening and would also like to try this on a hot summer day on the patio. Recommended! Prost!

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Photo of GodDevil
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of der_meister
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenNebulous
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sixpoint
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mercarood
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Op & Top. Heerlijk hop biertje om mee te eindigen. Happy ending.

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Photo of Fabianno
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Op & Top from Brouwerij De Molen
3.76 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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