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Brouwerij De Molen

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

-pours a cloudy amber with a small,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-oranges,tangerines,grapefruit,toasted malt,faint spices
-oranges,tangerine,slightly grassy,toasty,finishes clean
-medium carbonation
-light,watery body
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 Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with off-white head. Aroma has a lot of aromatic hops reminding me of white grapes and herbs. Taste starts also fruity with grapes, green tea and the same herbal note from the aroma. Popping bitterness but not too strong. Body is light, making the beer very easy to drink. Really good one overall.

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Photo of SackBlabbath
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Decent beer, from one of my favorite breweries. Bottle was over a year out of date but i decided to go for it anyways, quite overly carbonated, which i attribute to the additional age put on this beer. Overall very good though.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured at a perfect temperature with a huge long-lasting off-white head, lots of clingy lace and a hazy honey amber color. Aroma is malt hops grain. Flavor is complex with biscuit malt, A hint of Caramel, some fruit spice, plenty of hops, yeast and carbonic tang. Body is a little watery. A little boozy in the finish. Overall a very good beer

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into an American pub glass. A dark reddish honey gold hue with ample beige head, with the latter retaining its shape impressively well. Nose is extremely bright and fruity, with brisk orange juice, green grape, grassy, and floral notes tingling the nostrils along with a more diffuse honey malty sweetness. Tastes like dilute orange juice or mixed citrus iced tea, green herbs, dry peppery spice, a little medicinal aspirin, a initial touch of canned peach that becomes more salient over the course of many sips, and a pleasant lightly toasted caramel malt backbone. I sorta get the English bitter comparisons but this is hopped with Amarillo, man ... Closely resembles many of the brews currently sold as American session IPAs in flavor profile. Noticeably watery body which others have also described and this certainly mutes the overall flavor impact to some extent. I did not find the beer to be overly fizzy and from this and the ABV standpoint does drink like an English ale. Tangy, medicinal, gently bitter finish. The Amarillo tastes great in here (albeit mellow) and overall I am down (or up) for another. And another.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy medium coppery amber with a massive half glass head that slowly dissipates leaving massive lacing. Foamed a bit out of the bottle. Pleasant aroma of bready malt, citrus and grassy hops, light orange. Flavor is orange citrus and citrus hops, mild caramel malt, earthy mint family herbs, finishes with grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A grassy, somewhat subdued IPA, but well flavored for the ABV. This does lean in profile to classic English IPA style, but North American Northwest hops are also evident. Nice variation on an IPA and tasty for a session ale.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head.
Smell : spicy hops, grass & citrus aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : citrus fruit flavors, leading to heavy bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Bitter, but I tasted more interested beers from De Molen.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow body with orange hues beneath the massive, rocky, and foamy head, which eventually fades but leaves a constant creamy lacing clinging to the glass.

Aromas offer crystal malt with a touch of straw and earthy hop bitterness. As it warms the hops become much more floral and herbal.

The flavor offers much greater hop bitterness, floral, herbal and earthy. Also, the pale malts and grain come through as it warms. The hop bitterness really lingers and is actually prickly at the finish, which I believe to be more of the floral/herbal notes.

The carbonation is abundant with medium body and a really dry finish.

This beer through me off a bit. It is pretty darn good but at times really seemed to border between ESB and English IPA if that’s possible. I seem to detect more of the malt presence, especially in the nose than many other reviewers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed at Boudewijn in Rotterdam, and a one-year old bottle at that. On to the beer:

This beer is sunny orange and topped with decent head retention. The nose is fruity; specifics include dried fruits and apricot snacks. It takes a slightly different aproach in taste, which is dry and brings apricot skins first. Quickly following that is floral notes with a little bitterness. It's light-medium bodied and pleasantly refreshing carbonation which cleans the palate.

A likable beer which is made for the afternoon.

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Photo of FLima
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber orange color, nice head with good retention.
Delicious citrus aroma with notes of orange and not very sweet mango.
It has a pleasant bitterness that lingers forever. And a fruity flavor, also with citric notes, and sweetened grapefruits (if it exists…).
Light body with good carbonation.
Great beer with excellent drinkability.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into De Molen stemware at De Molen in Bodegraven. Reviewed from notes taken in July 2010.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Vague hints of cannabis, bright fresh floral hops, and floral notes. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Very floral and hoppy. Maybe some light fruit esters as well. Complex enough, but uninspired for the style and far from bold or interesting. Balanced but built below average for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, yet adequately coarse where it needs to be to bring the flavours out. Too wet, all around.

Dr: Pleasant and light, but limited and bland. Feels catered rather than inspired. Drinkable easily only because it's a bit watery. I've noticed a watery quality to many De Molen beers, and combined with their frequent carbonation issues I'm beginning to view De Molen as a hit and miss brewery.


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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a deep orangey yellow. There are a ton of floral hop notes (and a hint of orange marmalade) in the nose. So it's not surprising to encounter a very big hop presence on the palate. It's not at all unbalanced and in fact the fine carbonation helps make this very drinkable.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 16/9/12

A hazed golden amber with lots of sediment and tiny particles, fast falling soapy thumbs width of foam leaves just a few random patches of lace

S some citrus and toffee with some dry cereals, slightly fruity but pretty basic stuff

T mimics the smell really, some hoppy notes with lots of cereals, faint earthy notes and although its a decent brew its uninspiring

M another De Molen brew that turns to foam in the mouth, airy would be an understatement and I feel a burp coming on

O I could drink another but only at macro prices, basic stuff but there's nothing wrong with its just not very exciting

Meh, I had no issues drinking it whatsoever, in fact it went down quickly so that says something. With all the selection here in Alberta you could spend your money on something better

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

330ml bottle. Another offering with a Danish-only label with granted, an English listing of ingredients, but speaking for we non-brewers, WTF?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a low ebb of pock-marked lace around the glass as it duly sinks away.

It smells of floral, citrusy hops, bready caramel malt, and some further grassy, weedy bitterness. The taste is more sweet caramel/toffee malt, muddled orange and grapefruit fruitiness, and capable leafy, earthy hops.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, but not out of things entirely, the body medium light in weight, and just smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt quite softened, amongst a still active citrus and leafy hop presence.

A decent enough IPA, old-world style, with a whiff of those new-fangled hops, so all is well here. Nothing overbearing, nothing underwhelming, just a nice, drinkable, somewhat hoppy ale.

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

appearance: Yellow, nearly orange and slightly hazy. Has a nice white foam top.

smell: Fllowery, citrus, wheaty, grassy, fruity.

taste: A lovely light flavored beer for a hot afternoon. Floral, hops, wheaty, a nice nectar like sweetness and a light citrus / grapefruit like bitter finish.

mouthfeel: Very soft, nectar like, almost satin. Medium carbonation for a bit of a fresh pop and quite thin and light.

overall: If you're out on a hot day, this is the one you want to drink. It's light, easygoing, but lovely balanced in flavor. It's just has that little zip of flavor that most other beers in regular bars don't deliver. I actually love this one :)

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With experimental ingredients at their disposal, De Molen captures the true essence of artisans with the brew kettle. With no clue as to how or why they name their beers the way they do, the painfully banal labels in no way represent the quality behind the shell. This schizophrenic pale ale is a perfect example....

Op & Top pours with a hazy orange-honey color that allows a serene glow to permit from behind. The beer builds a creamy and densely knit head that retains very well after reducing to a sheet across the glass, but the off white foam laces with pockets of foam that clings to the glass.

Very perfumy as the aromatic hops share a bouquet of flower pedals, citrus and tropical fruit, lavender, cilantro, coriander, and mint. The charismatic scent is backed by the mild honey-like malts that carry and inherent biscuit-starchy scent that gives a glimpse into the British malt complex.

Very fruity to taste as the flavors of tangerine, pineapple, lemongrass, cilantro, coriander, and mild detergent start the bright flavors. Backed by a dry malt taste, the barley provides mild malt support but allows the sharp hops and peach and apricot esters to buffer the developing hop bitterness of grass and herbs. Even a slight and oddly placed peppery note of white pepper and medicine balance the malt and fruit and weave seamlessly into the hop make up.

Mild bodied throughout, the early creaminess quickly morphs into a dry-malt texture to allow the hops and yeast bite to govern past mid palate. Finishing minty, herbal, and with light hop derived astringency, the beer's dryness quite like American ales.

The ultimate perfumy flavor, aroma, and peppery dryness remind me a lot of highly hopped Belgian ales. Oddly compelling, the grass, herb, and flowery character come together in a rather pleasant rendition of pale ale that defies style.

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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Deep golden color, hazy appearance. White, rocky, small bubbled, froth. Not so wide crown. Good retention. Earthy & spicy aromas, citric notes. Gentle clean bitterness, citric fruit touch. Smooth palate, oily texture. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Hints of honey in the middle with citric zest hues. Pleasant session beer. Close to English bitter Style.

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Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly big, sweet aroma of hops, citrus, and malt. Different than I expected.

T: Tasted of hops, a little citrus, malt, grain, and a slight grassy quality in the finish (this last element, which I generally dislike, wasn't that noticeable due to the other ingredients). A very solid, vibrant flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light to medium-bodied.

O: Not your typical English IPA, but well made, interesting and drinkable.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Paris at Express De Lyon.

Pours a proper orange color with a fluffy white head.
Nose is grassy hops and some grains. Tastes pretty much the same but with some soft citrus notes mixed in as well.

It's a very simple and straight forward beer but what I really liked about it was it's crisp refreshing quality that I think I have been in the need for. Really hit the spot last night, good stuff.

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