Beer Review: Brouwerij de Molen - Vuur & Vlam

  • ABV: 6.2%, Style: American IPA ish
  • Brewed in Bodegraven, NL
  • Bottled on 7 June 2012
  • Served: 330ml bottle poured into a 2/3 imperial pint stemmed tulip
  • http://www.brouwerijdemolen.nl/

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So after reviewing the De Struise Vuur & Vlam I thought I’d go back to the source. I picked this one up from Gaslamp where my ginger beer failed to win the home brew competition a few weeks ago.

Look: After seeing a few De Molen gushers and a key keg of this beer being poured and looking like ice cream at Font, I opened this bottle very cautiously. I need not  have bothered as it’s very lightly carbonated. Beer is a mostly clear pale gold colour with a bit visible yeast in suspension. The bottom of the bottle was rife with the stuff, but I managed to do a decent job on the pour. Due to the low carbonation, the white head was less than a finger deep and produced very little lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet malt, rather rich and buttery. Hops come across as wood and resin mainly. Bit of sawdust, some damp vegetation.

Taste: It opens with sweet, flat toffee flavoured malt which gives way to bitter hops. The bittering isn’t overwhelming but is very pleasant. As with the nose, it’s more piney than citrusy. Some nutty flavours are present too. Tastes rather American to me for a European beer.

Mouthfeel: The low carbonation was disappointing, I wanted this beer to be a bit more frothy. Quite a slick beer.

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Overall: A nice European impression of a US IPA. The carbonation is an issue here and I don’t think it’s consistent with how I’ve had this beer on keg in the past. Either way, it tastes great. De Molen need to make more of it and sort out their carbonation issues. Will definitely be drinking it again. 4/5

- 22nd January 2013, Sustainable Alcoholic

  1. wanttobrew said: I do love a de Molen. Haven’t had this one but I’ve tried the lower ABV american pale ale that was good, though I remember it too had a slight issue with the carbonation.
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