Ever wondered what that windmill is all about on De Molen's labels?
Well, here's a good place to start: "De Molen" is Dutch for "the Mill," a reference to the giant windmill that rises above the original brewery. Simple enough.
But Menno Olivier and his band of brewers have moved on from that original location. In order to facilitate a recent expansion, the brewery had to make the long, arduous journey to its new location. About 100 feet from the original spot.
Since the move, we've been loving De Molen's beers more than ever. We've just received a shipment of some favorites new and old--check it out!
Now available in 330ml bottles:
Hel & Verdomenis (Hell & Damnation)
Another perfect imperial stout from the brewery that brought you Rasputin and Tsarina Esra.
Like those, this is a dark, rich, force of a beer. Ultra-dense but not cloying, strong but not boozy, and aggressive but elegant.
This is complex stuff--a beer to be sipped slowly and allowed to transform on its approach toward room temperature. Menno suggests that this can be cellared for up to 25 years, but good luck hanging onto it for that long.
A perfect 100 on RateBeer!
Commercial description: “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.”
Hamer & Sikkel (Hammer & Sickle)
Just stretching over 5% ABV, this is a surprisingly un-extreme beer from a brewery known for their aggressive beverages. Drinkable without sacrificing in complexity--expect flavors of licorice, smoke, and dark, bitter chocolate.
90 on RateBeer!
Commercial description: “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.”
SSS Triple Stout
Beer historian Ron Pattinson and De Molen came together to brew this recreation of a 1914 recipe that Pattinson discovered in his research. Full-bodied and sweet, this is a rich, malty stout that is quite unlike anything else made today. A very well hidden 10% ABV.
97 on RateBeer!
Lost & Found (a collaboration with Pennsylvania's Tired Hands!)
A dark brown beer aged and dry hopped in oak casks. Lightly tart and bitter with grapefruit, pepper, and cherry flavors amidst funky Brettanomyces character. Drink one now and save some for later--this beer should change dramatically with age.
Got a few minutes to spare? Check out this great interview with De Molen founder Menno Olivier from our friends at Shelton Brothers: