Bommen & Granaten - Bordeaux BA | Brouwerij De Molen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Fux on 04-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
8
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.83%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
10
For Trade:
2
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Reviews by Thehuntmaster:
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4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle 15,2% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
Bottled 28th Jan 2013
Good for 25 years.

Appearance: The beer pours a lovely (almost clear) deep red with a golden-amber appearing along the edges of the glass when back lit. A rough pour yields a good sized cream coloured head that lasts well for such a strong beer and even leaves a few thin patches of lacing. Swirling the beer coats the glass in a thick sticky residue.

Smell: Wow, the barrel aging has had a huge effect on the initial nose - as soon as the cap is cracked a fantastic jammy character (strawberry) just bursts out of the bottle. As the nose begins to open up notes of brown sugar, caramel, treacle, sweet red wine, some fruity alcohol, a touch of Belgian yeast (I have noticed this in the recent standard B&G bottles as well), oak, golden raisins, a little alcohol and a touch of citrus peel.

Taste: The initial flavour is absolutely fantastic with a ton of super sweet brown sugar, caramel, treacle and strawberry jam, however towards the middle of the mouth some rather out of place Belgian yeast and bitter alcohol flavours become apparent. Other notes include: Raisins, oak, sweet red wine, a hint of citrus peel and a pinch of spice. There is a little bitterness in the finish, but it does little to balance the massive sweetness.

Mouthfeel: There is far more carbonation than I expected (medium-high level), but thankfully it settles down pretty quickly and is nice and smooth. The body is superb - full, chewy and sticky.

Overall: The time spent in wine barrels has really altered the flavour of Bommen & Granaten adding a huge strawberry jam character. That said, I would like to see less carbonation and the spicy alcohol and yeasty notes missing as they were in the earlier vintages of B&G.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at THT June tasting. Dark ruby pour with a thin tan head. Prunes, raisins, dark fruit and dried fruit. Full bodied with a sticky-sweet aftertaste. Good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

Photo of IPA35
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled the 28th of January this year (2013).

I guess this look slightly more reddish than the normal beer. Still that dark, slightly hazy sirupy look with slow and few visible carbonation. Head is very small and fades away quickly. Light tan foam.

Oh boy, I love how this beer transforms. Add cascade to it and it becomes something else, put it in wine barrels and it smells very different again.

Still a sweet beer but the red fruits are certainly dominating, red wine and as the other reviewer says almost like jam. But more like prune or strawberry jam (if you are from the Netherlands you know what I mean). That same sugary fruitiness. Smells very interesting.

Ah, this one is very sweet much like the standard version. Filled to the brim with sweet malts this one! But this one has a much more fruity flavour were the original is more caramel centred. There is indeed this hard to describe sensation from the barrel that cuts the sweetness somewhat (more on the aftertaste though). Tasty!

Thick, full and smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Overall a recommended beer, if you are not afraid of sweetness. Not as extremely sweet as Black Hole (Tequila BA) but still very sweet.
I recommed getting all three versions like I did to see the pretty big differences (even though the Cascade Dryhopped version is the most different).

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.17 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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