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De Molen Vuur & Vlam

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  • Brewery: Brouwerij de Molen
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Style: American IPA
  • ABV: 6.2 %
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: De Bierkoning, ~3 euro
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Today I’ll be tasting an American IPA, brewed by De Molen, that I brought home from Amsterdam. Everything I’ve tasted by De Molen has been great, so am really looking forward to trying their IPA. My bottle is quite fresh, with the beer being bottled 28.11.2011 (2.5 months old), so there should hopefully be plenty of hop aroma and flavors left in this one. As a little curiosity, I can mention that De Molen’s Winterhop, a generously hopped amber ale, that I also brought home from Amsterdam, tasted almost exactly like my Christmas Amber Ale. Now back to Vuur & Vlam. According to the bottle, the beer has been brewed with Pils and Caramalts, hopped with Galena, Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo to an IBU of 63, and fermented with both a lager and an ale yeast, interesting. Really looking forward to this one, so let’s see how it tastes!

De Molen Vuur & Vlam
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The beer pours a slightly hazy golden-amber color, and a fluffy white-colored head is formed, that collapses quickly, leaving drapes of lacing along the glass.
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The aroma is really hoppy, with tropical fruits and resin dominating the palate. Tones of mango, pineapple, orange and grapefruits are present, mixed with slightly resiny and floral tones. Behind all this there is some caramel and maltiness. The aroma reminds me a bit of Evil Twin's Yang.
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The flavor is not as hop-dominated as the aroma, as it begins with a bready and caramelly maltiness, that is joined by a floral and resiny hop flavor, featuring similar fruity tones of as in the aroma (though not as strong). The aftertaste is quite dry, with a nice bitterness. The beer feels quite well balanced, but based on the aroma, I was hoping for a bit more hop flavors. No flavors really jump out, and they go together quite well.
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The body is medium-full and the carbonation level is moderate, making it easy to drink. As mentioned, the bitterness is well balanced against the maltiness, meaning it gives a pleasant bite.
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Overall a great beer, that unfortunately, after having such a promising aroma, lacked a bit in the flavor department. If the hop flavors would have been more prominent, this would have been a jackpot for me, but still, this is a really nice beer. De Molen still haven't disappointed me, and I'm starting to respect them more and more, since they brew such a large lineup of beers. Luckily I have 6 different De Molen Imperial Stouts and one of their Barleywines still waiting for the right time to open.

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