Going Dutch Jenever Barrel Aged Imperial Porter – Brouwerij De Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

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  • My Rating: C-

Going Dutch Jenever Barrel Aged Imperial Porter – Brouwerij De Molen, 9.5% ABV – 75cl., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

Ingredients: water, pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted b arley malts, premiant and saaz hops, katjes drop, yeast (top fermenting). Unpasteurized.

  • Style: (Jenever) Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
  • Taste: Barnyard sour roasted malts
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $20 (after 10% off) – 33cl., June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: certainly not for everyone, it’s pretty funky; at your own peril

Notes: A beer made for Sherbrooke Liquor store and Keg n Cork Liquor store, both of which I’ve frequently visited in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I’d say Sherbrooke has the best selection of beers in the city and if you buy enough they should hook you up with a 10% discount. By the looks of the reviews this beer is only available in AB and BC. Pretty special considering De Molen is a world-class craft brewery IMO and Edmonton is a pretty… plain city of about 1.1 million people.

Visual: Pours jet black with a large lasting foamy head, extreme lacing, a thick layer of retention, some streams if you look closely.

Nose: pukey sour, light smoky malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming gueze sourness

Mid-palate: high yet manageable sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) pukey barnyard, roasted malts, mild oak

Finish: lingering sour roasted malts

Summary: Initial sip = this is f*ckin’ weird! Quite interesting, certainly and idiosyncratic brew. Barely any alcohol detection. This drinks like if you mixed a geuze and porter = sour porter. I’m not getting much of the juniper from the barrel aging but just a bit of oak and the malt. Last sip = this is still f*ckin’ weird! My least favourite De Molen brew so far; it’s pretty hard to finish alone.