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.