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Stewart x De Molen Problem Solved Imperial IPA 7.5%

If the “problem” was that you couldn’t find a good beer collaboration between a brewer from Edinburgh and a brewer from Bodegraven, then this could well be the solution.

An extension to Stewart’s First World Problem core range, this collab brings in some Dutch expertise for a Belgian Double IPA that is full-on with sweet fruit.

Look

Amber-orange on the pour with a well-lasting white head and medium carbonation; quite subtle-looking for a Belgian DIPA.

Nose

Naturally hoppy, almost grassy, with those obvious bold citrus orange notes coming through, plus grapefruit and mango.

Taste

Again subtle for a DIPA but obvious hints of caramel and biscuit, toasted malts; some yeast shining through. Sweet and juicy fruits in abundance: orange, pineapple, melon, maybe even some cherry tang from the sugars moving to a mildly bitter finish.

Verdict

I have a problem in my life: I need to consume more salad. Well, with this beer I’ll be happy to consume much more (beer that tastes like fruit) salad. Problem solved.

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De Molen Mooi & Meedogenloos Imperial Stout-ish 10.2%

Or is Mooi & Meedogenloos (Beautiful & Ruthless) a Quadrupel-ish?

Depending on the batch the label might say one thing or the other, but the beer is always somewhere between the two.

It certainly starts out looking like an Imperial Stout, dark black with a nice brown head.

There isn’t much in the way of aroma with this beer. First impressions on tasting are of a rich dessert Stout but then you notice the higher level of carbonation and the complexity of the malts which introduce some Quad-like qualities.

If we had to put it in one camp or the other we’d have a hard job deciding which.

So we’re just going to sit back, enjoy the beer and take some time to contemplate the question.

You’ve got almost 5 years on the best before date with this one, but we can’t help thinking that if you wanted to keep it for longer it would age beautifully.

 

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De Molen Dag & Dauw Bergamot IPA 7.1%

Dag & Dauw is De Molen’s seasonal IPA with bergamot.

It pours a hazy brown in the glass and smells like a citrusy IPA with lime and a touch of perfume.

To taste there’s pine, grapefruit and peach from the hops, with a creamy malt body and more of that perfume from the bergamot.

It would be easy to overdo the perfume in a beer like this, but De Molen have got the balance just right.

So if you thought bergamot was something you only found in hotel toiletries, its time to think again.

 

 

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De Molen Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter 10.1%

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Tsarina Esra pours dark black with a thin head and lots of lacing.

The smell is malt and woodsmoke, and to taste we get sweet plums, roasted malts and lots of bitterness from the hops in the finish.

Another brilliantly balanced beer from De Molen.

Food Pairing

Try pairing it with the Irish classic of Boiled Bacon and Cabbage this St Patricks Day.

OK, so its not an Irish Stout – but we aren’t going let a small detail like that get in the way of a delicious food pairing.

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