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Weer & Wind - Bourbon BA | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by doopiedoopiedoo on 04-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 15
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, Evan.

Has a hazy rusty appearance without much carbonation, just a thin film.

Smells very sweet with an undercurrent of booze. Brown sugar and stewed fruits, some oak but nothing that screams bourbon. Not overly aromatic on the whole.

Tastes extremely sweet, heavy on the brown sugar, caramel and other sweet things. A little bourbon and oak, but it's faint. The sweetness is pretty overwhelming. There's some fruitiness in the form of sweetened stewed fruit. Pretty full bodied and syrupy with no carbonation. Not my favorite from De Molen, very one dimensional and cloying.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeffo for sending me one of these. Shared at the West Lakeview Liquors De Molen event. Served in a Glunz taster glass.

A - Dead still. Looks a bit like bourbon.

S - Bourbon, brown sugar, bread and grains, a bit of apple. To be honest, this smells more like a bourbon on the rocks after the water has melted than like a beer. Somewhat understated too, which is surprising.

T - The taste is also quite bourbon-forward, but isn't as cloying sweet as the aroma. Burnt sugars, treacle, touch of apple juice, and more bourbon. Reasonably enjoyable considering the ABV.

M - Full bodied, juicy, with no carbonation, and a hefty dose of warming alcohol.

D - It's a definite sipper, and not something I'd really be interested in revisiting. Perhaps this will mellow out in a few years - I'll leave it for someone else to discover. I was surprised by how many people got to share the tiny bottle.

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3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

18 cL bottle poured into De Molen Eau de Vie glass at kulminator. Reviewed 9 June 2011. Brewed 15 Oct 2010, bottled 1/9 April 2011. Bottle 1487/1722.

Ar: Bourbon spice, wood, date, slight sourness to the bourbon spice, wood and bourbon dominate, caramel, sweet mild dried fruit, cedar?

Ap: very thick and smooth light tan head, great retention, beauiful maroon amber, lace

T: Sweet and bourbon, very woody, strong caramel, syrupy and sweet, honey, spicy wood, strong dates, spicy smooth bourbon is very strong, strong golden raisins, apricot in finish, strong syrupy/fruity sweetness

M: Full and syrupy, low carbonation, alcohol warmth at end, ends very sweet

O: Delicate, flavors are in balance well but it is way too sweet, nice bourbon and wood character, perhaps having some darker malt character would help

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber color, off-white head, thin collar. Nose is dark fruits, caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, oak, and lots of booze. Flavor is lots of sweetness, hot hot booze, dark fruits, light vanilla. Full body, light carbonation, creamy finish.

Not something I could drink a lot of due to the high sweetness and booze, but at 16.2% I already saw that coming. A decent barleywine, but nothing to go too crazy over.

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3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a flat copper color with minimal carbonation. Aroma is dominated by alcohol. Some bourbon, vanilla, and caramel are there, but mostly just booze. Taste is a bit more balanced, though still boozy. Vanilla, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, and toffee are also present. Plenty of caramel and some hints of dark fruit. Not bad if you can get past the extreme booziness of the nose.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In short summary: it is a like De Molen's Bommen&Granaten but with a gentle twist of bourbon inside. Bourbon is not overpowering, alcohol is undetectable, plenty of flavors and aromas. You can feel the malt backbone of the beer and the vanilla flavors of the barrel.
Tasted in parallel with B&G and other BourbonBA barleywines, this one shines.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Jason. Thanks!

A: Reddish brown and still.

S: Maple and brown sugar meet toffee and caramel. Rich and decadent. Lots of bourbon and oak. Light vanilla.

T: Rich toffee and caramel with ample brown sugar. Firm bourbon presence with a little vanilla. Well hidden alcohol. Low earthy bitterness.

M: Upper medium to lower full body. Essentially still. Smooth and sticky with lots of warming.

Overall: A beast of a beer. A definite sipper but I really enjoyed it.

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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the brewery in Bodegraven.

From an 18cl bottle into a mini snifter
Brewed 15 October 2010 and bottled 1/9 April 2011
Bottle 1564 of 1722
OG: 1150
FG: 1030

Note: According to inside sources, this is Bourbon BA Bommen & Granaten.

APPEARANCE: Pours out quite syrupy and yields a small, medium looking off-white head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a ring and faint wisp. Deep maroon or rosewood red in color with medium, slow moving carbonation evident. Looks thick and syrupy in the glass. Ring remains and leaves touches of lacing down the snifter.

SMELL: Definite barrel up front. Lots of nice bourbon, vanilla and oak aromas. Caramel malt, toffee and some slight hints of red fruits in there, but the barrel is much more prevalent here. Very bold and enticing, full of nice barrel notes.

TASTE: Caramel sweetness with toffee and sweet red fruits up front. The taste is surprisingly more balanced between the base beer and the barrel. Bourbon flavors show up midway through with some nice vanilla and oak flavor of course, and a big burst of flavor at the swallow. Some caramel sweetness with a nutty touch, and lots of wonderful barrel notes mesh well in the bold and lingering aftertaste. Just a slight bit of heat, though you’d never know it was over 16%. Very flavorful and enjoyable, and a great mesh between the base and the barrel.

PALATE: Medium-full body with lower levels of carbonation. Just right if you ask me. Heavy and thick on the palate, syrupy as well, goes down smooth with an ever so slight burn and finishes quite sticky and mouth-coating. This is a big palate that hides the ABV incredibly well.

OVERALL: Admittedly I’m not the hugest barleywine fan, but pretty much anything De Molen throws in a barrel turns out like gold, and this is no exception. The bourbon barrel on this one added a great dimension to an already flavorful base beer, and the two worked together extremely well. This is not one for the faint of heart, but certainly one worth checking out. Moreover, if you can get your hands on a few of them, put one away for a while. I can imagine this would age very gracefully. Recommended.

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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2010/11 nip bottle poured into a matching de molen nip tulip appears mahogany in color with perfect clarity and no head formation.

Aroma of belgian candy sugar, neutral oak and slight soy into the backend. Hints of herbal notes as it breathes.

Taste is sugary sweet with caramel, molasses, vanilla, oak with mild alcohol and an herbal feel into the aftertaste. Some oak tannins/spiciness in the aftertaste makes things interesting and enjoyable.

Thick bodied and completely still. This poured without a single bubble but honestly that didnt bother me one bit. My only gripe is that the ridiculous amount of residual sugar covers up a lot of the nuance you would otherwise take in. To this beers credit though...its friggen 16% abv but drinks effortlessly. wow

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18cl Bottle
number 1655 out of 1722
Brewed on Oct 15th 2010
Bottled April 19th 2011

Poured into a snifter.

A hiss upon opening. Good!

Smells of malts, maple syrup, dark fruits, bourbon and oak.

Tastes of sweet malts, oak, vanilla and bourbon.

With a medium body and moderate amount of carbonation, a bit of heat from the 16.4% ABV. Loads of flavor that linger for a while.

I was not sure what to expect of this one. I was pleasantly surprised. It's not a session beer by any means but will do well as an after diner drink. If you like barrel aged barley wines this one is recomended.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 18cl bourbon BA from april 2011, aroma some caramel vanilla some nuts, cinemon. Color amber/brown hazy, with small white head. Tasted is very sweet , body full little carbonation. A very good barley wine. I think this get better if you aging him for a couple of years.

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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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