Bommen & Granaten - Bordeaux BA | Brouwerij De Molen

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Bommen & Granaten - Bordeaux BABommen & Granaten - Bordeaux BA

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Fux on 04-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 8
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4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thrilled to see this one already on BA (I've become lazy over the years, in regards to adding new content/posting new beers) and even more thrilled to see it's my buddy FuX who added this to BA.

Pours a surprisingly excellent copper color with a 2 finger off white head (to be perfectly honest, I hoped it was carbonated, but assumed it would be still, just like my last experience with De Molen's Bommen)...

Nose; sweet malts, rich raspberry jam and some red wine.

Taste; not surprising it is almost cloyingly sweet but the wine barrel characteristic gives it notes of rich and ripe fruits (raspberry, plum, raisins), an enjoyable dryness from the oak barrel, and a hint of cough syrup but in a good/drinkable way.

Mouthfeel, a bit slick and cloying but for fuck's sake, it is over 15% abv.

Overall; delicious, but a bit difficult to knock out a bottle to yourself, will be sure to stash a few for aging/sharing with friends...

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4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours deep dark amber, opaque with a foamy off-white head, thick and creamy, with some golden glints going from the glass. It first appears very dense but still the carbonation seems quite good for such a high ABV beer.
S: wow! Full, rich, intense, very complex. Upfront are mixed notes of caramel malts and chocolate, fruity esters (raisins, figs, berries, orange peel), and spices. Some tartness sweetened by notes of vanilla. the wine barrel comes after with an oaky and lactic character. A bit of alcohol comes as it warms up, but is just supporting other aromas here. Wonderful nose!
T: Taste is quite sweet, malty (molasses, chocolate malts), with an oaky character, notes of vanilla, even some coco. The sweetness is balanced by some lactiness from the barrel ageing. Fruity esters are not as present as in the nose but still detectable (dark fruits and dry fruits mainly). Finishes on gourmet sweet chocolate. This seems not adapted for a diet.
M: Mouthfeel is very high bodied, far more than expected from appearance and nose, velvety, smooth, very enjoyable. This high body is very well balanced by a slightly puckering tartness enhanced by quite a good carbonation. Still a sipper, but very drinkable. Perfect for the style indeed.
O: I'm always very impressed by the barrel aging program from de Molen. This one is to be classified among its great successes. I surely will have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.31/5  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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from hoppypocket for CanBIF Fall 2013. Bottled January 28 of 2013. Good to have De Molen back in my life

A - Pours with good carbonation and a two finger beige head. Colour is a cloudy amber-ish. Good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Tons of lovely dark fruits. Lovely inviting complexity. Very faint vinous character. Smells like a big, boozy, barleywine.

T - A bit more vinous in the flavour. Lot's more dark fruit, sharp bit of alcohol. Sweet, spicy alcohol. Complex. Different from the base which I had a few years ago on tap. It definitely has a boozy, malty thing going on, but also has the wine barrel thing going on too. The barrel doesn't overpower though, and is pleasantly complementary.

M - Mild to medium carbonation, full and thick body with a sweet and dry finish with a bit of booze.

O/D - This was a great barleywine. It's nothing that's gonna knock your socks off, but it when you sit back and think about what you're dirnking, it dawns on you that it was better than you thought. Enjoyed it.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

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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  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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Bommen & Granaten - Bordeaux BA from Brouwerij De Molen
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