Pijl & Boog

Rating: 3.55

This one, my second beer from the De Molen brewery based in Bodegraven, Netherlands can be translated to “Bow & Arrow” and is a huge, 10.3% Belgian strong pale ale that I ordered from the Brewdog online shop earlier this year and have been saving since then. The majority of the brewery’s beer as are quite hard to get a hold of with most being brewed as one-offs or for a limited period, often once a year leading to quite high demand for their beers. The brewery was upgraded last year however and now has a 6000 hectoliters per year production capacity, roughly speaking. This one is my second from the brewery, following on from their Single Hop Citra that I picked at Brewdog Aberdeen in January this year and for once the pricing on the beer was good from Brewdog with this one priced at £4.00 which is pretty good for a beer that comes in at over 10% abv.
Pijl & Boog

Appearance (4/5): An orange amber colour with a thin and slightly bubbly head that quickly turns to a soapy lacing on top after a few seconds, although this was expected considering the abv. of the beer.
Aroma (8/10): This one starts with a grape like aroma and a whiff of Belgian yeast together with some subtle hops and plenty of spice. Naturally for a beer so strong there is some background alcohol coming through but it’s not excessive. Some light hops, a touch of malts and some juniper berries round things off nicely.
Taste (7/10): Spicy with some yeast coming through and a mix of grapes and juniper together with a floral, hop like taste and hints of perfume that linger on the taste buds. There is a fruity base coupled with a hint of pine, some citrus and a stronger orange flavour towards the end plus some dry sweetness.
Palate (3/5): A thick and almost sticky mouthfeel with a full body and quite lively carbonation, although thankfully it doesn’t seem gassy. The beer is definitely spicy and backed with a lot of alcohol, with more than I would have liked coming through on the palate. A boozy and very strong beer but certainly a drinkable one.

Overall (13/20): This is a beer that starts out pretty good and initially has a nice balance with the alcohol mostly hidden in the aroma and masked by the spice and fruits but as the beer opens up and has time to breath the alcohol seems to become more pronounced, eventually starting to overpower the rest of the flavours. The beer was definitely  still drinkable but it’s not one I’m likely to have again, especially considering the strength of this one.

Brewed In: Bodegraven, South Holland, Netherlands
Brewery: Brouwerij de Molen
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Abv: 10.3%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £4.00

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  1. November 5, 2013 at 09:49

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