You know you are onto a winner when the name of your brewery’s flagship beer translates as ‘Hell & Damnation’.
The aroma immediately grabs your attention with a full hit chocolate and coffee, raisins and dates, burnt toast and a touch of vanilla. These all follow through in the flavour to create a really well-balanced, multi-layered tasting experience.
The five different malts used in this beer give lots of dark dried fruits and burnt caramel amid an undertone of coffee with a hint of smokiness. This is balanced by some grassy hops and gentle spices that leave a peppery tingle.
Being a favourite, De Molen have made many variants of this beer by aging in different barrels. We’ve recently had the sweert peaty Bruichladdich barrel version, and then some that was additionally spiked with Brettanomyces and aged in a softer Bruichladdich barrel. And for any Struise fans, they’ve even once blended this beer with Struise Black Albert. Now that’s one beer you’d like to find sitting in the back of a fridge one day!