Erik De Noorman | Brouwerij Klein Duimpje

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Brouwerij Klein Duimpje

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Crosling on 07-24-2004

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Reviews by eclaycamp:
Photo of eclaycamp
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Okay, so my name is Eric, I’m a big fan of Norse mythology, so this beer should be full of win. I’m drinking a 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter glass. Opening the bottle, and cork comes out easily. We’re off to an ominous start.

My attempts to agitate the beer don’t result in any kind of head formation, though the beer itself clings to the outside of my glass. It’s certainly a pretty color, with a deep consistent amber color.

As I sniff the beer, my first impression is sugary sweetness, not unlike a light caramel. It’s very sugary, with a toffee undertone followed by more caramel. The malt aroma isn’t as heavy as others can be – this is actually relatively light. It also has a certain booziness without the same estery profile that I usually associate with Belgian beers.

My first sip gives me the impression of Belgian candy sugar, and loads of it. Caramel dominates the taste, much like the nose. There are muted notes of raisin somewhere in the background, but this is a caramel bomb. With a beer like this you would expect it to be sweet throughout, but instead, the beer is quite dry, oddly so, particularly in the middle of the beer, but it its defense it does finishes with lingering caramel malt sweetness. This thing also has an almost sour or funky component that seems out of place given the rest of the flavor profile.

The body of the beer is really light, bordering on watery. I don’t’ care if this is a Double, Barleywine, or something in between. I expect more body from this beer and the body is almost inexcusable. It wouldn’t be so bad, but the carbonation levels are quite low, which make the thin profile all the more apparent.

Overall this is an odd mishmash that starts strong, with a promising aroma but goes downhill from there. The taste in and of itself isn’t bad, though it could use a little more sweetness to help balance things out. However, the body of the beer is severely lacking and the carbonation doesn’t help to mask that. On the bright side the alcohol is pretty much undetectable, which is quite a feat. It’s certainly not a bad beer, but just not what I expected it to be.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What's the difference between a strong Belgian dark ale and a Dutch barleywine? Apparently nothing as the terminology is interchangeable with the brewery.

Orange and dark red hue to the beer, good haze, ample head, great retention and lacing. Aroma was bland, so was the taste kind of. The complexities of the yeast and plum I would guess were somewhat interesting. I was surprised what the beer lacked. . . hops, malt, etc. . . I mean, whatever style they are calling it, it should have some heft, some body, but this was a thin feel. How the alcohol didn't show more, I don't know. This was just unfamiliar territory that I doubt I'll be back in anytime soon.

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Photo of Brenden
3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks the part, a heavy but bright, brownish sort of burnt orange. The orange-hued head is a little loose but keeps up a smallish cap after it fizzes down a bit. it does manage to leave some decent spotting behind.
It's sort of an interesting mingling, tart green apple with sweet toffee, a little earthy with a touch of something like I'd find in a Belgian. It's like it's got candi sugar in it, and it's anchored by a sort of spicy yeast note.
The taste tells me the same thing the nose did: this is certainly an interesting take on the style. It's too light, though there's a fortunate easiness to the alcohol. It's got a little leafy/herbal/steely/dusky bitterness set against tartness and toffee. It's yeasty and a note of grains runs underneath. i'm really not sure what to make of this one.
The feel is, like the rest of this beer, too light. It's definitely too thin, and it really lacks depth. It's a little more on the crisp side, and I'd like more smoothness to be sure.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a red-orange amber with a hint of carbonation and no lacing. Light malt with a bit of sour aroma. Medium bodied. Caramel malt, sweet dark fruits, low hops, a bit of Belgian spicing on the finish. A light, pleasant flavor, but tastes watered down. A nicely made, but somewhat bland barley wine. Don't think aging will help this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass as well as some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of toffee, yeast and spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of candi sugar and dark malts, but any sweetness is canceled out by the presence of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a slight amount of warming from the alcohol in the finish (as the beer warms up).
O: The alcohol in this beer is rather well hidden so it is quite drinkable. The malts made it taste a little like a hybrid between a Belgian Dark Ale and a barleywine.

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Photo of russwilliam
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Absumaster
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A clear, orange copper beer with a creamy, thick head.

Smell is malty with fruity notes of the yeast and some coriander. A bit one-dimensional.

Taste is light malty with a sweet candi and biscuit taste. The coriander is a nice addition. Body is medium but appears to have a lot of sugar in it. There are some fusels which I associate with high sugar contents. Little hops, which would have balanced the sweetness and made it a better drinkable beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by Alex, a "Dutch Barleywine." Not sure what to make of that.

A - This is kind of an ugly beer, a brownish orange color with some stuff floating in it. Not much of a head, no lacing.

S - Reminds me of a heavier triple. Belgian yeast, candied fruit, some english style hop aroma. Somewhat strange.

T - I do get an almost barleywine character out of this, but the candied sugar and yeast are dominating enough to make this seem much more like a belgian style beer than any type of barleywine i've had. A little fruity, this is okay, but kind of boring.

M - Smooth, a bit of carbonation, it's also kind of boring.

D - This is surprisingly easy for the ABV, but it went to my head really quickly which made me want to slow down. This beer was an interesting experience, but not great.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A mixture of orange and red colors, even some light brown. The head was almost a full 1" and it had impressive lace and retention going for it. Aroma, was more like 'what aroma?'

Taste revealed some dark fruit like yeast notes, straddles the line between belgian strong dark ale and English barleywine. The body was almost thin like compared to expectations given the high alcohol and strong yeast notes. But it still hid the alcohol relatively well all things considered (NPR shoutout).

Glad to check it out at the SDIBF because I doubt I would have otherwise or ever will again.

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Photo of DCon
4.16/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this brew w/ GeoffTheAleMan from Schnucks in Frontenac, MO for $13.49. Poured from the Awesome ocean/ship painted scene on the Bottle labeled "Dutch Barley-Wine Style Ale into a Groupon Pint Glass and does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a light bourbon aroma with light spiciness. Has strong malts and quite a bit of intensity. May have fruit in here but the alcohol covers it up.

Appearance- Pours 5 fingers of frothy head that stay forever. Has a darkish, orange color body that is as hazy and full of character as it gets. Sudsy lacing but almost none of it sticks on the sides.

Flavor- Has a strong malty, citrusy, and mild sweet taste all the way through. Has hints of being a Barleywine with its strength and high bitterness. Not sure what a "Dutch BarleyWine Style" is, but I'm digging its complexity!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Very High Carbonation, and leaves tons of dark cherries and a strong malty taste on the palate.

Overall Impression- Very strong, rich, and complexed! I enjoy trying styles that I am not sure of (Dutch BarleyWine) and this one really made me think twice about dissing Holland beer... The only ones I've had from the Netherlands were Heineken(brewery visit) and Amstel/Amstel Light. I would suggest you get your hands on this dangerous and intense brew if your a fan of barleywines.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB jul 05. Good white head and amber-bronze clowdy beer. Nice nose giving lots of apricot fruit& sweet ripe apples in a good malty and litle yeast& koreander spiced juice. Lilte sweet corn in it but not disturbing the fresh overal impression.
Taste is full and sweet, alcohol much more present as in nose, good maltyness with a hint of caramel. Aftertaste is caramellic and moderate bitter, together with good carbonisation making it quiet enjoyable but sweetness hurts drinkability.

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Photo of zeff80
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with bronze highlights. It had a long-lasting, two-finger head of thick, tan foam. It left a little lacing.

S - It smelled of raisin and other dried fruits. It also had a malty sweet aroma.

T - It tasted spicy and yeasty with some dried fruit flavors. It had some roasty malt notes, too.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Odd and inconsistent.

D - This is an okay ale that is hard to define. It's not dark enough to be a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and its too "Belgian" to be a barleywine. The taste reflects this confusion. It is kinda all over the place.

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Photo of josephwa
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of taez555
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How can any beer named after me, Erik, be bad? We shall see. :-)

This beer poured a clear amber body with a choppy dull white head.

Nose is malty with a mild fruity note. Caramel with some mild spice.

Taste is medium bodied and rather bland. Taste at first is a little off and funky. Not a huge alcohol note at all. A Dutch Barleywine huh? It's not quite English, not at all American and maybe a few touches of Belgian. Not really sure what to make of this. Some subtle fruit flavors with sharp acidity, nothing distinct, but dark acidic fruit. It's honestly a arahter bland barleywine that has an idenity crisis. It has a lot of funky wild ale flavors that if I didn't know it was a barleywine would suspect. Ends with a lingering acidic funk.

Oh Erik, with a K(like me), I was expecting so much more. :-( It's ok, but just not sure what it wants to be. It's funky like some wild ales, but at the same time not even remotely like a barelywine. decent beer, but nothing amazing.

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Photo of PrimScrewhead
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of number1bum
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of NEPA BC split #19.

Pours a medium amber color with one finger of light beige head. Based on the description I expected this to be darker in color, but it's pretty light. Keeps a thin lace, a full rimjob and leaves some stick.

Smell is boozy and fruity, sweet and malty. I'd call the fruitiness oranges and berries and cherries, maybe, with some candy sweetness and caramel malt. Good dose of alcohol, too. It's ok, but not wowing me so far.

Taste is malty but bland. There is some caramel malt and candy sweetness, but there's also a grainy flavor which is somewhat astringent and just not very tasty. Good amount of fruit, too, oranges and citrus especially, but it's not as pleasant as it was in the nose. There's a sharp grainy bite and a bit of booze through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but feels very thin in the mouth. Not nearly as hefty and chewy as the strength might suggest. Must be a good amount of candi sugar to bulk it up without adding to the body, but the body really should have a bit more to it.

Overall this beer is a disappointment. This just comes across as bland and uninspired. Definitely not something that's worth coming back to.

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Photo of ziggy13
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Split this with my friend Neil at Coopers. came in a 25oz. corked bottle and was poured into two snifters.

A - Murky, dark brown with minimal head and it was virtually impossible to see through. they called it a barleywine, but it really wasn't.

S - Not too much there. A slight malty sweetness in the nose, but other than that it was pretty unrecognizable.

T - Again, not as much flavor as I would have hoped for. A slight hop presence that was quickly overcome by the heavy malt. Here on BA the style says that it's a belgian SD ale, and I think that that was even a stretch. The alcohol was heavily, heavily masked in this beer. Literally no idea that it was almost 10% ABV.

M - Medium bodied with a slight chewiness.

D - At 9.5% this is a highly drinkable beer. It's just good enough that you could definitely enjoy a few, but I would prefer to have something else.

Not a bad beer, but I expected more for the price. Try it, if you can find it, but I think you'll see what I'm talking about.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy amber with a think foamy golden head.

S - Mild malt smell at first with a very fresh fruity presence. Very crisp and nice.

T/M - Tastes and feels rather thin, but pleasant enough. Slightly floral and citrusy, malt is very light. Fits the 'wine' part of the barleywine.

D - Very very easy to drink.

Nothing special, but easily quaffable and pleasant.

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Photo of PAYankeeFan
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the NEPA beer split. The banana wheat tinge reminds me of what is enjoyable about several Dutch beers but the fruitiness seems a bit unbalanced with a malty kick riding against it. There is some dryness in the palate but the texture is a bit watery for a barley wine-style beer. The aroma is almost non existent except for some shades of cloves and bananas which figure prominently in the flavor. Lots of cloves seem to be in the flavor so you probably don't want to smoke one before sampling this beer!

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Photo of EasyReader
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A reasonably vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a red stained, amber color that shows a quite clear, orangish tinged, light red hue when held up to the light. Fairly hoppy, with a candied citrus and bright berry aromatic note to it. Towards the back end a touch of sharper citrus oil notes and perhaps a touch of pine comes out. Bergamot oil aromatics play a nice role here and provide a nice, bright orange note to the nose. Surprisingly little malt character is noticeable under the hop character though it certainly boosts the fruit and berry notes found in the aroma. This doesn't have an over-the-top hoppiness to it and I am actually a bit surprised I don't get more malt aromatics.

Quite light bodied for a Barleywine; almost a bit thin. Citrus hop flavors of candied orange zest, lightly sweetened tangerine juice as well as a touch of berry notes towards the middle. This seems to pick up a touch of oxidation flavors towards the finish; it is quite light, but seems to accentuate the berry flavors a bit as well as adding a touch of sherry. For a Barley Wine the malt character is surprisingly muted; I would expect lots of toasty grain and caramelized malt notes here, but these barely play a role in the flavor profile.

This has a surprisingly high alcohol content given how light the flavors are; it definitely hides the alcohol fairly well too. An interesting interpretation, I could definitely use more malt flavors and heft here. This comes off as being a nicely hopped, slightly big, Amber Ale. Not bad, but not overly exciting either.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle that proudly proclaims this is a Dutch-style barleywine. No clear freshness date, although I've had this for a while - got it in Secret Santa 2008 from mymrnngjckt. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass.

A - A hard pour yields only a few bubbles, and they quickly dissipate to...nada. No lace, cap, collar, nothing. The body is a murky prune brown with obvious suspended sediment.

S - Belgian yeast, candi sugar, some nebulous fruit character. Slightly musty as well. Surprisingly mellow - you'd never guess this was 9.5%. Unfortunately, it's somewhat bland as well.

T - Some oxidation, caramel apple, lightly toasted grains, toffee, yeast, and candi sugar. Oddly tripel-like. Alcohol is again very well hidden.

M - Low carbonation, but not totally flat as implied by the appearance. A smooth medium-full body, with no alcohol heat.

D - A fairly average Belgian dark - not sure what makes it a "barleywine". The well-hidden alcohol really helps.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Erik De Noorman as it reads ont he 75omL also boasts as a Ducth Style Bwine STyle Ale and 9 ABV on the label

A: Poured a orange gold color with low carbonation and a small white head that quickly disappears

S: Apples and toffee on the nose

T: Lots of apples here. Green apples, apple sauce, apple juice, toffee, booze sting, caramel,very tasty

M: Low carbonation, medium to big body

O: Okay

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Erik De Noorman from Brouwerij Klein Duimpje
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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