Something a little different here from De Molen. Although it is a slightly odd thing to say about a brewery that produces such a range of beers.
But I can’t think of another American Brown Ale that we’ve had from them over the past 6 years or more, so it is different enough.
American Brown Ales are a great style of beer, though sadly we don’t see too many of them in our local market. Characterised by a balance of roasted and chocolate malts with a firm bitterness, this style offers a little of something for everyone.
This beer pours a deep chestnut colour, and gives off notes of chocolate, toffee, burnt toast and a little nuttiness. These all follow through in the flavour. Initially sweetness from the chocolate and toffee malt, giving way to a roasted malt bite and a firm bitterness that carries through to the finish. And because it is De Molen, there is always that little bit more of everything, so its an Imperial American Brown.
A style attributed to the homebrewers of America, creating their own style based loosely on the brown ales and porters, but of course with a lot more hops; as is the American way.