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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
Reviews by Jeffo:
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3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewer calls this a strong dark ale on the label, so reviewing it as such. Got it from the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 28 Feb 2013

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, light brown head with decent retention. Brown body, clear, with higher levels of carbonation. A ring and splotchy wisp remains with some falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Dark fruits, raisins and dates, light milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and some woody bourbon barrels. Brown sugar as well. Nice and enticing.

TASTE: Dark fruit sweetness up front with bourbon, oak, some vanilla and coconut, with alcohol through the middle into the swallow. Bold and boozy aftertaste of bourbon, oak, dark fruit sweetness, spicy notes and some hints of bitter chocolate and leather lingers on the palate. Pretty flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, smooth going down and scratches a bit at the swallow. Finishes rather sticky and some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really, really good, though a bit too hot and boozy at this point. This review is actually made from notes about a half year ago and now, quite a while later, the bottles have really mellowed and my score would probably be a touch higher. This will probably do very well over the next few years. Recommended if you get the chance.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The line between Belgian darker, strong ale and that of Barleywine has just been fused. The combined efforts of De Molen and Narke gives us a sweeter, richer and chewy beer but with the brandy tones of fruit and spice that suggest lightened vinous tones. There might be multiple personalities living inside this complicated and complex ale.

Taken back at the ale's lacking and lumbering head formation, the ale seems to simmer lightly in the snifter with a dainty skirt of foam that amounts well after the ale pours. Underneath, the darker-than-usual tawny and rusty-brown ale carries a deeper tone than is usual for either style. Even a strong swirl does little to regenerate any head character while the ale prefers to coat the glass with clinging legs.

Its deep and deviant aromas of molasses, toffee, brown sugar and root beer kick things off, but its undertow of brandy and port offer up a decadent wine note. Dark fruits of figs, dates, raisins, plumbs and prunes all signify a savory sherry scent while a skim peppery balance pangs away at the nose with peppercorn, wood spice, and rum.

Its savory sweetness leads the taste with flavors of hard candy, black-strap molasses, maple and brown sugar. As the taste turns toward wine, glimpses of port and sherry open up for a savory fruity middle, full of cherry, grape, plumb, blackberry, currant, fig and date for a medley that's early and sweet throughout. Even as the ale attempts to finish, it does so on the heels of vinous spice, peppercorn, tangy balsamic, soysauce and brandy-type warmth.

Its bold and chewy texture labors on the palate and relegates the ale to a slow and steady sipper- much like after dinner port or sherry. Its exhorbant sweetness is felt largely due to its hardly existent carbonation that does little to give the beer a lift, but also allows the ale to saturate the taste buds with its full brunt of sweetness. Lingering indefinitely, the taste of fortified wine and molasses tread onward into the next sip.

Probably more of an English Barleywine than a Belgian dark ale, the beer shows a plethora of intangible taste, those that are hard to achieve. But its balance struggles to come around as does its ability to offer any supporting body or dryness. I love the ale... but I also see its potential.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Denzo
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass, looks to be well over a year old at this point

A- pours a dark opaque brown color with a very thin fizzy off-white head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- the aroma closely mimics that of an english barleywine; lots of dark molasses, toffee, fig, raisin & dates. Underlying aromas of spicy rum, there are even some port-like vinous aromas. Hints of cola and acetone close it out

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of black strap molasses, melted caramel/toffee, brown sugar & prune. Notes of licorice candy kick in mid-palate, followed by notes of port and spicy wood. Some rum-like spice on the finish with some black cherry and currant sweetness

M- medium-heavy body with moderate-low mouthfeel leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that turns into a sticky finish with a slight alcohol warmth

O- this definitely falls more on the English barleywine side, rather than a Belgian dark ale in flavor. There are definitely barrel notes, but more so of port and rum, rather than bourbon. Overall, very enjoyable

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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 emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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 enelson
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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