de Molen is an award winning small craft brewery in Netherlands. The brewery, whose name means "The Mill" is located inside a historic windmill building that was built in 1697. The de Molen beers are experimental, complex, and "magical". The beers often have whimsical names consisting of paired words such as Hel & Verdoemenis (Hell and Damnation) and "Donder & Blisem" (Thunder and Lightning). In 2011, Brouwerij de Molen was rated Fifth in RateBeer's "Best Brewers in the World" list of top 100 notable breweries.
Our groundbreaking series of beers is continued by Bloed, Zweet & Tranen. It’s a combination of English peat smoked malts and another smoked malt from Bamberg, Germany. Anyone who watched Fawlty Towers knows how hard it is to create a lasting peace between the English and Germans. It cost us blood, sweat and tears but we are convinced we succeeded. Maybe we should go into politics? No, we think not. We’re to good at brewing beer. Try it! It’s sweet, it’s bitter, has all kinds of berries in the flavour next to coffee and chocolate accompanied with of course smoke.”
Style: Smoked Stout
A very special brew compared to our regular ways. Unlike almost all our beers this is brewed completely according to the traditional way. Not with other malts, other hop varieties, special ingredients, aging on oak or other stuff. Just a regular Porter, the way it was supposed to be once.
De Molen is well known for the big dark ales, and also the lighter pale ales and IPA’s. But a great brewer can turn their hand to any style. Heen (‘ee’ is pronounced ‘a’, as in hate) & Weer translates as ‘Back & Forth’, and is De Molen’s take on a Belgian Tripel style.
The Belgian yeast aromas are present, but there is also a big malt sweetness as some peppery spice.
This follows through in the flavour. An initial sweet malt hit offers brown sugar, ripe fruits and an alcohol warmth. Then the bitterness works to balance the sweetness, much higher than a normal tripel. Coriander and a little peppery bite aid the hop bite to produce a lingering bitter, spicy finish.
Style: Abbey Tripel
What a name: Hell and Damnation
Brewed with brown malts, an English traditional specialty malt, we created an Imperial Russian Stout that has won prizes at festivals across Europe from Sweden to Italy. It’s big (10% ABV), black, roasted and complex. We are convinced that not trying this ale will be a mortal sin to your taste buds and beer experience.
Style: Imperial Stout
Made with the most heavily peated malt in the world from the Bruichladdich distillery. Almost pitch black and opaque, small head. Furiously peated aroma, hiding the malt, licorice and dark chocolate somewhat. Very full bodied, thick mouthfeel, like fluid bread. Dark chocolate, loads of peat, lapsang souchong tea, chocolate cake, culminating in an almost endless aftertaste that also has licorice.
Alcohol varies by batch.
Style: Imperial Stout
Mout & Mocca is especially brewed for lovers of both coffee and imperial stout. Rich and full, sweet and roasted. A perfect beer to finish your diner with. Flavour indication: coffee (strong), chocolate Translates as Malt & Mocha
Style: Coffee Imperial Stout
Op & Top is an English bitter-style beer brewed by the Dutch from de Molen. It is original in that it uses American hops, in particular Cascade and Amarillo. It’s a rather light beer since its ABV reaches 4.5%, it features an aromatic profile which is absolutely unexpected for this style of beer.
You will have understood that this amber beer is at the crossroads between English Bitter and Indian Pale Ale. It is per consequent perfect for quenching your thirst during a warm day!
Style: American Bitter
Our first Imperial Russian Stout is named after probably the most famous Russian of the Romanov court. According to our own made up believe he was personally responsible for the fact that during the rule of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra this style was born. So this is why we dedicated this beer to Rasputin. It’s brewed only once or twice each year in a limited edition.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
No smoke without a fire goes an old saying. But although we had many smoke in several of our beers there still wasn’t a fire. That’s why we decided to do something about it. The result is this perfectly balanced beer with hints of smoke and an small fire on you tongue.
Style: Smoked Stout with Chili
A collaboration beer with Brew By Numbers from London. It is Dutch Pancake Pale Ale’ish.
Style: Pale Ale