Friday, December 16, 2011
BEER: BROUWERIJ DE MOLEN Bommen & Granaten (Bombs & Granades)
From my favourite Dutch brewer (oh, you don't have one?) comes a very big barley wine.
54 EBU, 15.2% abv, 750ml, wax and cork seal.
Despite the Fort Knox seal, my bottle is flat as a tack so I can't comment on carbonation. The unfortunate thing with buying beers from de Molen in Australia is that the carbonation is wildly unpredictable: you could get a flat beer, you could have a beer that tries to explode in your face (my roof is dented from the time a cork and net shot off before I'd even touched it).
That dark-brown/gold, hazy colour that all good barley wines have.
The smell of alcohol that all good barley wines have. Maybe a little sweet grain and red apple.
Front palate is yeast, alcohol, grain. Bitter sweet. Mid and back palate is where the fun is. Big tart red apples, orange peel, honey, yeast. Superb length in a delicious finish.
Another very good beer from a very good brewer. It's not my favourite de Molen (I rate Hel & Verdoemenis, Mout & Mocca, Bloed Zweet & Tranen and Rasputin higher (in descending order)) but it's up there.