Rook & Leer BA
Brouwerij De Molen

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Brouwerij De Molen
Smoked Beer
4.25 | pDev: 11.76%
Dec 13, 2015
Jun 07, 2012
Rook & Leer BARook & Leer BA
Notes: A collaboration between Tom Peters of Monk's Cafe and Menno that was brewed in September 2011. A smoked imperial porter that was aged in whiskey barrels with brettanomyces. His beer has a ton of beechwood smoked malt, so it will not have the phenols often associated with peat smoked malt. Rodenbach yeast added later.
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4.29 by amano_h from Oregon on Dec 13, 2015
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3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by grover37 from District of Columbia

Tried to be objective as I didnt realize this was a sour until after I ordered. This would have been great without the Rodenbach pitch though - totally ruined this one.

Jun 27, 2015
4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Nov 07, 2014
4 by GeorgeCarroll from Pennsylvania on Aug 18, 2014
4.75 by Jeeb from North Carolina on Jul 09, 2014
4.5 by Giantspace from Pennsylvania on Jun 13, 2014
4.5 by erialbill from New Jersey on Jun 09, 2014
4.5 by jwhancher from Pennsylvania on Jun 07, 2014
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2.91/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with no head. Thin collar of foam, though.

Smell - Smoke. Dark chocolate. Whiskey. Oak. Fudgy, but with a brightness I can't pinpoint.

Taste - And it's sour, how odd. Chocolate, but it's very brief. More roasted malts. Oak. Finishes with a peaty smokey flavor and a lingering tang.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Low carbonation. Sour.

Overall - This is one strange beer. It's certainly a unique combination of flavors and I was not prepared for the sourness. The nose didn't suggest it at all.

May 13, 2014
4.5 by afsdan from Colorado on May 01, 2014
3.5 by deapokid from Pennsylvania on Apr 22, 2014
4 by mltobin from Connecticut on Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by brianmandell from California

Bottled 2013. Enjoyed at Monk's Cafe (beer is collab with Tom of Monk's)

This is one of the most unusual and complex beers I have encountered. I will attempt to do this justice in words. Black motor oil pour with minimal lacing.

I smell dark fruits like a strawberry and plum jam, sweet and smoked malts, vanilla, chocolate and some acidity.

The smell carries over to the taste. I haven't been a huge fan fan of smoky beers in the past but this one integrates the smokiness into the flavor like my favorite Scotch, Lagavulin 16. The taste is imminently fruity and very much influenced by the rodenbach yeast. The fruit is fresher on the palate than it is on the nose. Fresh berries like BC backyard rye carries into a mild sourness that grows as you sip. There is a little oakiness and vanilla and finishes with some well integrated scotch and booze. I am left with a dry, smoky and woody finish.

The mouthfeel is viscous but is lightened by the acidity. Wonderful.

This beer is an experience in its complexity and intensity. Memorable and unusual. Perhaps best enjoyed by a warm campfire rather than a bar but I'm not complaining! I love this beer. My only complaint is that it is a touch too sweet for my taste.

Apr 06, 2014
3 by imperialking from Illinois on Feb 17, 2014
4.25 by Ciocanelu from Romania on Feb 11, 2014
4.75 by leitmotif from Romania on Feb 11, 2014
4.25 by oglmcdgl from Pennsylvania on Feb 10, 2014
4.75 by drew74 from Pennsylvania on Jan 01, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Thehuntmaster from South Africa

750ml bottle 11,5% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Bottled on: 04 July 2013
Good for 10 years.

Appearance: Wow, Rook & Leer is the darkest of the recent De Molen beers that I have had - appearing midnight black in the glass and a strong back light revealing only a sliver of deep red along the edge of the glass. A rough pour yields a good sized dark tan coloured head that lasts reasonably well and even leaves a few splashes of lacing clinging to the glass. A light swirl coats the glass in thin alcohol legs.

Smell: The initial nose is fantastic, offering loads of chocolate, sweet vanilla, whiskey, oak, and some sweet caramel/toffee. After a minute or two things really starts to open up, with tart cherries, lots of raisin, some earthy leathery notes, a touch of smoked malt, a tart Flanders Oud Bruin character, red wine and a little vinegar all becoming apparent. This is certainly one of the most complex noses I have come across and seems to be in a constant struggle between sweet and tart, with the sweetness just coming out on top.

Taste: The flavour is far tarter than I expected, with tart cherries, an earthiness, metallic notes (Flanders Oud Bruin like), musty old wood, red wine and a little vinegar dominating the initial flavour profile. Soon some smoke and leathery notes become apparent, alongside raisins and a little underlying sweetness. There is surprisingly little barrel character present in the flavour and the sweetness from the nose is only present in trace amounts.
This is by far the most sour stout I have had and I can't help but think I might have preferred the flavour with a little more of the base imperial stout or barrel character present to balance the tartness and sour flavours.

Mouthfeel: The body is just shy of full and seems as if it should have a certain stickiness to it, however the brett seems to have eaten this away resulting in an almost watery feeling in the finish. The carbonation is of a medium-low level and nicely creamy.

Overall: Rook & Leer is certainly one of the most interesting beers I have had this year and one I would love to have in the future to see how the brett changes the flavour profile.
On a side note I think the tartness in the flavour demands that this be reclassified as an American Wild Ale.

Dec 29, 2013
4.5 by FrankShirley from Massachusetts on Dec 23, 2013
2.75 by Gonzoillini from Illinois on Nov 26, 2013
3.75 by Holland from Illinois on Nov 17, 2013
4.5 by billyshears from Connecticut on Oct 28, 2013
4.5 by JRod1969 from New York on Oct 24, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by fdig23 from Pennsylvania

On tap at Monks

Appearance: pitch black, small head.

Nose: Big sour cherry and lemon juice up front, plenty of smoky, peaty scotch and sweet vanilla underneath.

Flavor: So weird and so good. Big acidic kick up front with lets of vinous red wine character, then tons of smoke and chocolate and a peaty, oaky finish. So many things going on that all work wonderfully together. Alcohol is invisible.

Mouthfeel: A little bit on the thin side, but still decent.

Overall: Unique and awesome. Very happy to have gotten to try this one.

Oct 20, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ChrisMQ from New York

One of the strangest beers ive ever tasted--its straight up funk barrel smoke sour bomb. i really wasnt expecting it to be so many different flavors because the waitress told me it was an imperial stout. bottome line, if you ever get the chance to try this beer--def do so.

FYI--had this in philly at monks cafe

Oct 17, 2013
5 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts on Oct 15, 2013
4.5 by WanderingFool from Massachusetts on Oct 12, 2013
4.25 by Porter from Pennsylvania on Oct 06, 2013
4.5 by sbart518 from Pennsylvania on Sep 30, 2013
4.25 by mikeburd1128 from New Jersey on Sep 29, 2013
4.75 by mj81 from New Jersey on Sep 28, 2013
4.75 by Number3red from Pennsylvania on Sep 27, 2013
4 by garuda from Pennsylvania on Sep 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mscottjohnston from Pennsylvania

Couldn't pass this one up. Served from the tap into a tulip. Two finger cherry wood colored head dissipates slowly leaving subtle lacing. Aromas of smoke and cherries. Tastes starts with cherries moves to a wonderful smokey flavor and finishes with a sour kick reminiscent of a wild ale. This is a half wine half stout combination that is well worth checking out. That said, I feel Moa did it better with their Pinot noir imperial stout; this one is more like lambec, rather than a subtly wine flavored stout. Still a fun beer to drink.

Sep 22, 2013
4.5 by AdamP from Pennsylvania on Sep 19, 2013
4.5 by RichD from Rhode Island on Sep 15, 2013
4.5 by thampel09 from New Jersey on Sep 15, 2013
4.76 by tkdchampxi from New Jersey on Sep 14, 2013
Rook & Leer BA from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 55 ratings