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].

The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #19 – Winterporter (Netherlands)


The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #19

Winterporter – Browerij de Molen, 6.7% ABV – 330ml., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

  • Style: (sour) Porter
  • Taste: Big sour tangy roasted barley malt mild coffee
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Their signature simple label. Pours dark brown with suspended sediment, a large ultra-foamy lasting head, thick sticky lacing, clusters of slow micro streams.

Nose: roasted malt, background sourness, hints of coffee. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: acidic sour-crisp

Mid-palate: ongoing building sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) roast barley malt, cola, barnyard, sour cherry

Finish: tangy-puckery, chocolate-coffee exhale, subtle hops, sour acidic finish.

Summary: Lots of sourness in this one, too much for my liking. Not my style of porter. At last, a de Molen brew that I didn’t particularly like.

Mout & Mocca – Brouwerij de Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands)


  • My Rating: [A],  I gave it a (4.3 of 5) on

Mout & Mocca – Brouwerij De Molen, 11.6% ABV – 330ml., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

Ingredients: water, pale, brown, cara, roasted barley malts, premiant (bitter hop), coffee, wild mocca, yeast (top fermenting). Unpasteurized.

  • Style: (coffee) Flavoured Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Deep roasted bittersweet coffee choco malt super smooth high ABV
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 330ml., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes!!! Finally a beer I’m willing to have seconds
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: absolutely 100%

Visual: A whopping 11.6% ABV!!! Should be good… Pours dark beer bottle brown, a smallish head, a thin ultra-micro bubbly layer of retention, some lacing, a few hard-to-see tiny CO2 streams.

Nose: Fragrant deep-roasted coffee, some caramel malts, lots of chocolate, trace amounts of sourness. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: slick-crisp mouthfeel

Mid-palate: immediate bold flavours of -> (MAIN) deep roasted coffee, chocolate, demerara sugar, mild alcohol detection, late -> (lvl-5) malty sweetness

Finish: light counterbalancing sourness, gentle long-soft bitter hops, background non-invasive alcohol heat, smooth bittersweet roasted coffee finish.

Summary: Initial sip = knew this was a great brew, absolutely stunningly smooth. ABV is supremely well-hidden by the full-bodied mocha-malt mix. It’s like drinking a nicely bittersweetened roasted coffee beverage. Kudos to the De Molen team for such a fab brew. Lots of roasted coffee on the inhale-exhale. Alcohol detection increases as it warms.

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


  • 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.

Amarillo – Brouwerij De Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands)


  • My Rating: A

Amarillo – Brouwerij De Molen, 9.2% ABV – 33cl., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

Ingredients: water, pale and caramel barley malts, sladek and saaz hops, dryhopped with amarillo hop, yeast (top fermenting).

  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Creamy sweet caramel-toffee malts, with stonefruit/grapefruit bittersweet hops
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 33cl., July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Plain label. Basically, you only know of their awesomeness after you’ve tried one of their beers. Pours translucent caramel brown with a small dissipating creamy head, sticky lacing, decent layer of retention, lots of micro bubbly streams.

Nose: Sweet caramel vanilla malts with just a touch of ocean water fishiness (perhaps my imagination..) (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-silky yet thick viscosity

Mid-palate: creamy texture, (lvl-8)-fruity sweetness, (MAIN) sweet caramel malts, bright fruity stonefruit/sweet grapefruit hybrid *hint* coriander

Finish: grassy-lemon, fruity malted, soft bitter hopped sweet finish.

Summary: This is a sweet beer, but it has such a creamy texture with a strong malt backbone a soft hopped finish that it balances out blissfully. A top notch De Molen beer.

Rasputin – De Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands)


  • My Rating: B+

Rasputin – De Molen, 10.4% ABV – 33cl., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: sweet malts -> caramel/choco/vanilla/light roast coffee -> roasted bitterness/malty bittersweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke Liquor Store
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 330cl., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Plain font, plain label as usual. (Note that they have special barrel-aged releases which are labeled clearly on it.) Pours super dark brown with a smallish foamy head, a thin layer of  retention, lots of visible activity near the surface.

Nose: rich caramel malts, lightly toasted (8/10-pungency)

Attack: sweet caramel + malts

Mid-palate: thick-bodied caramel (9/10)-sweetness (MAIN) caramel malts, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, soy sauce

Finish: medium roasted bitterness, chocolate-malty bittersweet finish, minor alcohol detection.

Summary: Very bold flavoured. The alcohol is very nicely hidden. It gets a little heavy on the palate 1/3rd through, as expected. I wouldn’t buy again, but I did enjoy it.

Single Hop Citra – De Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands)


  • My Rating: B

Single Hop Citra – De Molen, 4.8% ABV – 330ml., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

some info about the Citra varietal from wiki:

“Citra Brand is a registered trademark used with HBC 394 cv special aroma hop variety developed by the Hop Breeding Company (a joint venture between John I. Haas, Inc. and Select Botanicals Group, LLC). It was released in 2007. Citra Brand hops have fairly high alpha acids and total oil contents with a low percentage of cohumulone content. Citra Brand hops imparts interesting citrus and tropical fruit characters to beer.”

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: funk/sourness -> grapefruit/tangy malts -> soft grapefruit bitterhops/mild funk finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek Liquor Store
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 330ml., July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Once again it’s their bare-bones basic label with basic font. It’s extremely plain and boring, but at the same time instantly recognizable. What matters most is what’s inside the bottle, right? Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a large, kinda-lasting foamy head with some sticky lacing and retention, lots of scattered, varied-speed streams.

Nose: a mix of barnyard funk, passion fruit & grapefruit. (6/10)-aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming SOFT hops + sour citrus

Mid-palate: (4/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) fruity grapefruit/pomelo, tangy malts, (6/10)-sourness/acidity

Finish: very soft grapefruity (2/10)-bitter hops, residual sourness/minor funk/light dry finish.

Summary: Not as sharp nor bitter as other IPAs, this one is quite easy to sip and finish.

Vuur & Vlam (Fire & Flames) – De Molen (Holland)


  • My Rating: B+

Vuur & Vlam (Fire & Flames) – De Molen, 6.2% ABV – 75cl, (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste Profile: creamy sweetness -> caramel malts/orange -> soft grapefruit hops/lingering soft bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $15 (after 10% off), April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: those who have had De Molen beers in the past will instantly recognize the plain font label; for those who haven’t this bottle will likely go unnoticed.. Corked bottle pours with almost all head even with a gentle pour, translucent golden with lots of activity and ridiculously long head retention.

Nose: caramel malts, hints of tropical fruit especially when chilled – guava and pineapple.

Attack: creamy/yeasty, 5/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: caramel malts, orange citrus

Finish: mild grapefruity bitter hops, lingering soft bitter finish.

Overall this isn’t the most complex but it is well put together, extremely smooth and refined.