Nood & Deugd – Brouwerij de Molen (Netherlands)

Nood & Deugd (Necessity & Virtue), 6.2% ABV – 35 IBUs, 33cl., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

-It’s been over 4 years since I’ve had a Schwarzbier, the previous one being Kostritzer [C+].

Ingredients: water, pale, choc, cara and roasted barley malts, sladek and saaz bitter hops, yeast (bottom fermenting)

  • Style: Schwarzbier (German dark lager, more info @wiki)
  • Taste: Sweet creamy smooth roasted coffee/chocolate notes subtle stealth hops
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / West Vancouver
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 33cl., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Their standard basic label, I like. Pours almost jet black with a large 1cm super long-lasting frothy head, sticky lacing, no visible activity.

Nose: caramelized roasted barley malts, hints of chocolate. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: creamy smooth, sharp crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), brown sugar sweet roasted barley malt, fruity light coffee,

Finish: light notes of chocolate, subtle hops mixed with roasted bitterness.

Summary: Super clean and smooth with zero sourness – all sweet roast counterbalanced with the hops to finish. The sugars get slightly cloying around 3/4 through and wishing there was a bit more aromatics in the mids to make it an [A].