De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals | Brouwerij De Molen

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De Molen / Närke Goths & VandalsDe Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Narke, belgian strong ale aged in bourbon barrels

Added by MasterSki on 04-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Ristaccia
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shows some slight signs of oxidation but generally in good shape for the almost half decade of age on this. Pours a very dark brown with a small, tan head produced with aerated pour. Aromas and flavors are both sweetly floral and dark fruity, with a decent barleywine-like malt profile. A hint of dark chocolate as well. Thick, oily mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation, which impacts the mouthfeel some. Nice Belgian yeast character


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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle sealed with De Molen pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Murky brown body almost a light black colored body. Thin bone white cap that quickly drops down to no head.

Smell: Huge bourbon notes and huge dark fruits with hints of brown sugar and belgian candi sugar. Tobacco and coco nibs. Smelling a hint of cardboard as well.

Taste: Prune malt profile and bourbon by the boatload. Very dry bakers cocoa and molasses. Caramel and toffee. Oak and an earthy / peppery spice. A light taste of soy sauce and cardboard.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Low carbonation. Thin and slick. Not a hint of booze at all.

Overall: I think that this should be listed as an English Barleywine. This one is started to fad away towards the oxidized side, but the bourbon is still seems fairly intense.

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Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very underrated beer in my opinion.

Tan head. Dark brown color. Love the barrel flavors here. Great bourbon notes. Oaky with vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Figs, morasses, and dark dried fruits. Apple skins. Raisins and plums.

Medium to full bodied. Ends a little dry.

A really nice beer with a lot of flavors. Very complex.

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Photo of DrBier
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Toffee, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, dark cherries, port and booze. Earthy and restrained sweetness on the mid palate. Medium, dry finish. Real low carb, smooth. Tastes like a BA Old ale to me.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer for those who like big full flavor and full creamy mouth feel. Poured thick with creamy head that couldn't hold itself up for long. Scent was bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts with some molasses and some dried figs. Taste matched scent but came across as more in line with a BBA imperial porter which is not surprising with the Swedish/ Narke influence. This bottle was a bit heavy with vanilla and bourbon or I'd score it higher. Feel was thick motor oil. Very nice sipper from 2 very impressive breweries. Maybe self fulfilling prophecy but it did take me back to Narke Stormaktsporter. 375 bottle was perfect for one decent tasting and some residual for lean back sipping and enjoying.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Oliver's in Albany, enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a taster tulip.

The color is deep almost burgundy brown with practically no head however carbonation is visible with a ring of fine beads. The smell is very nice with the barrel aging apparent in the aroma -mild woody vanilla and slight alchohol with dark caramel notes. The feel is rich with viscous body and strong feeling with a sweet quality with moderate alcohol presence warming in the finish.

The taste is good with layers of dark malt and dried fruit sweetness coupled with a slight bourbon aged flavor with woody vanilla and raisin and caramelized sugar with light oxidative quality since it has a couple years on it-a subtle woody and boozy flavor as it finishes. Overall I was glad I tried this a very interesting malt heavy dark belgian with barrel flavor that blends with the base well.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The bottle was filled about 1mm from the cap. Impressive. Lots of yeast sediment. Right off, you get hit with a sugar bomb that you seem to get used to as it warms up. Bourbon backbone. Nice mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one. The initial sugar shock wasn't too pleasant, but that subsided.

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Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, sticky, bold. Dark brown, garnet, little head once it settles and no lacing. Plums, raisins, a splash of oak, leather, smoke, bourbon heat, and some yeast notes (clove, generic spiciness, bubblegum) in the background. Flavor kicks it up a notch - more of the bourbon vanilla flavour wrapping up the chewy malts, the plum and spice. Coating, not cloying. Some sweet quad like elements. This strikes me as a great Fall after dinner beer.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date.

A: Pours a very very dark brown. Almost no head at all. No lacing either, obviously.

S: Big malty aroma. Lots of caramel, dark bread, raisins and some indistinct earthiness and spiciness. Decently boozy to boot.

T: Huh, much more mellow than expected. Smooth caramel up front. Ultra smooth. Decent amount of raisins follow with a dark bready flavor. Not too far from raisin bread overall. A little bit of oaky vanilla and earthiness in the finish with a lightly boozy and fruity aftertaste.

M: Heavy with a syrupy mouthfeel.

O: Nice BSDA. Not much bourbon but there is a nice smooth caramel coating over everything. Has a thick, syrupy sort of background mouthfeel if that makes any sense. Well balanced and easy drinking. Fairly sweet overall but it works.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color. It poured with thick wisps of lacing on the surface but without a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits and strong notes of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: alike the smell, the taste is a little sweet, having flavors of dark fruits and vanilla and notes of bourbon, the latter of which strengthens as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes somewhat strong from the sweetness, but does a good job at masking most of its alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ystazi
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brocktoberfest
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Josh012012
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

another awesome beer from de molen, who is gaining ground on mikkeller as one of my favorite brewers. this is an insane beer, so strong and sweet, as much bourbon on this as any beer out there. weird to have it listed as a belgian style, i got none of that at all. maybe in the construction of the malt side of things, but certainly not the yeast. instead i get the familiar and always pleasing aroma of de molens high gravity house strain thats always a mix of funky and cakey and its just so distinct. the beer is brown and thick, decent head on it, but super dense and cloudy, not overly attractive, although its weird and unique looking, which i appreciate. the bourbon is so intense, literally like whiskey was added to the beer, its very very impressive. vanilla and brown sugar come right out of this one, there is a candy sugar sweetness too, which is a little overbearing and the only thing i dont absolutely love about this beer. i couldnt drink a ton of it because of the sweetness, but at this strength, splitting a a bottle with a buddy is about the right amount. something to be savored for sure, it has an almost creme brulee flavor to it, heavy caramel, but is one of the few de molen beers i have had that doesnt have that big rich heavy roast. lts fo body still, very light on the carbonation. drinks more like a barleywine than anything else, but not boozy in the least, very impressive. still on some shelves around town too, go check it out!

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 114 ratings