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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
Reviews by Thehuntmaster:
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4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 11,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Bottled: 28 Feb 2013.

Appearance: The bottle lists this as a rye imperial stout, however the appearance seems to contradict this somewhat, with the beer appearing a medium brown in the glass and a backlight showing a fairly deep red colour bordered by a stick slice of amber. A rough pour yields a small light tan coloured head that lasts fairly well for a BA beer but doesn't leave any lacing. Swirling the beer yields light alcohol legs on the glass.

Smell: The nose offers far more barrel character than I was expecting, but given the quality I am not complaining. Initially the nose is reminiscent of a barrel-aged barley wine, with wonderful creamy vanilla and toasted coconut combining with caramel, brown sugar and a touch of milk chocolate. As the beer warms the nose becomes a lot fruitier with notes of raisins, dates and even a touch of fig becoming apparent. Surprisingly ,given the strength of the barrel character, alcohol only becomes apparent in trace amounts as the beer hits room temperature.

Taste: The flavour is even sweeter than the nose suggested and actually strays dangerously close to being too much after while. That said, it is still pretty damned delicious. Notes include: Brown sugar, caramel, some milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, a little coconut, dates, raisins, a touch of rye and a hint of alcohol. There is no trace of any roasted malt or bitterness that I have come to expect from De Molen's stout which reaffirms my view that stylistically this is much close to a Belgian strong ale or an old ale.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium-full and quite sticky, while the carbonation is of a lower medium level and fantastically smooth.

Overall: Goths & Vandals is another fantastic barrel-aged beer from De Molen and one that I will be very interested to try with a few more years on it.

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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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Photo of DahWag
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of 77apm
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

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of simoen
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of RobertH50
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%

Photo of Brocktoberfest
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%

Photo of GRG1313
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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De Molen / Närke Goths & Vandals from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 114 ratings