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Donder & Bliksem

Rating: 3.75

I’m slowly working my way through the last few bottle I ordered from Beers of Europe late last year and this one was that must have slipped my mind as I would usually drink a pilsner fairly quickly after picking it up, luckily though this one was still pretty fresh and well within the two-year recommended window to drink the beer in. Donder & Bliksem, translated to English as Thunder & Lightening will be my fifth beer from Dutch brewers de Molen, my first since reviewing their Amarillo double IPA back in November of last year. It should be noted that I am reviewing the original flagship, pilsner version of this beer but there is also a US version which is a doppelbock and I believe has since been retired, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it available again at some point in the future. The beer is from a brewery that I’m a fan of and I try to pick up any of their beers that I come across (the only exceptions being the ridiculously priced ones anyway), in fact I also have another to of theirs sitting to be reviewed at some point in the future but for now here’s what I thought of this one.
Donder & Bliksem

Appearance (4/5): Golden amber and topped with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that initially looked bubbly. There is some light lacing on the sides of the glass and retention is good with only a slight reduction in size over the opening minutes.
Aroma (7/10): Fresh and lively initially with a good citrus and lemon aroma up front before some subtle hops and touches of spice start to come through. Some freshly cut grass, floral notes and even a touch of tart follow with the beer similar to a pilsner in a lot of respects but it seems refresher and more fruity; I’m looking forward to tasting this one now.
Taste (7/10): This one starts with some good citrus flavours followed by light touches of tart and sourness from the nose. The beer is fruity with some bitterness and what seems like grapefruit and a few lager malts. There is a solid floral flavour from the nose as well which add to the bitterness a little and fresh, grassy hops round things off.
Palate (4/5): A very smooth beer with fine, medium strength carbonation and a pleasantly bitter finish. The beer is an easy one to drink with a good balance, clean mouthfeel and a subtly dry finish.

Overall (15/20): Another pretty good beer from de Molen, this one a nice twist on a Czech pilsner with more of a floral and lightly hopped taste that seemed very fresh and was particularly easy to drink with a great balance and a smooth body. The beer wasn’t a stand out offering from the brewery with a couple of others, their Rye IPA Legacy in particular, rating better but the beer was definitely a good one and well worth trying.

Brewed In: Bodegraven, South Holland, Netherlands
Brewery: Brouwerij de Molen
First Brewed: Brewery since 2004
English Name: Thunder & Lightening
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 6.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: BeersOfEurope.co.uk
Price: £2.29

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