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Brouwerij De Molen Bed and Breakfast: Mistake and Surprise

I’m just going to come right out and say it…I didn’t do my research. I was wondering around State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD and came across this beer called Bed and Breakfast. Noting that the label said it was brewed with coffee I assumed I had come across a stout or porter brewed with coffee from a brewery I don’t often come across and would love. I was very wrong on one of those key aspects.

Brouwerij De Molen is the brewery I don’t have a lot of exposure to (I was right in this case). Located in Bodegraven, Netherlands, De Molen means “The Mill.” It was started back in 2004 by Menno Olivier and is currently in the process of a significant expansion. The brewery has won a ton of medals in various festivals, and is highly regarded around the beer community.

With all this in mind, I finally reached for the beer in my fridge last week. I pried the cap off, poured the beer…and quickly learned that I was about to embark on a journey I had no idea was coming.

Brouwerij De Molen Bed and Breakfast
The beer is, well, it's light! It's golden brown with orange at the edges...this is no porter! Foam started to creep out of the bottle quickly after taking the cap off, which doesn't bode well for the beer. A very slow pour yields a huge, frothy white head that isn't going anywhere fast. Tons of sticky lacing is the result of the head receding, although I wouldn't wait around for it to happen.
This confuses me. It's a light beer, but all I smell is coffee. I'm just going to go with it. It's extremely bitter. I think the coffee and the hops are colliding. I really have no idea what to think about this aroma..
Amazingly, and I'm telling you this shocked me, the coffee is not the only thing I taste. The taste is malty, with a slight hop bitterness. The coffee comes next, but isn't as bold or robust as I had hoped. The roast lingers on the palate until whenever you decide to take another sip. I actually really like the balance this beer has. Honestly when I pour it, I expected the coffee to overtake the more subtle amber ales flavors. I could not have been more incorrect. This is a nice, light beer with coffee to add an extra punch. Truly unique.
Light body with the above average amount of carbonation I expected after seeing the head billow up. The lingering roast is a nice addition, as I actually feel like I'm drinking coffee. I thought the drinkability on this was outstanding, but the body was way over-carbonated.
I believe this beer was $6 for a single bottle, with a discount added because I bought so many bottles on my stop. I'd say that's a little high for how good the beer is, mainly because I doubt I'd buy it again unless it was very fresh.
It really combines two of my favorite things: hops and coffee. A real surprise, probably the most surprised I've ever been by a beer. I had never seen it before picking it up at State Line Liquors, so I can't speak to how hard it is to find. Regardless, if you're lucky enough to stumble across it, please give it a shot. It might just blow you away.

Beer Stats
Style: Amber Ale
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12oz
ABV: 4.40%
BA Score: 78
RB Score: 48

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Written by Russ Beck

Russ can trace his beginnings in craft beer to sitting in Zeno’s Pub in State College drinking various craft beer options from across Pennsylvania. Since then, he has never faltered in finding new brews, whether they’re rare, delicious, or hopefully both. Russ will be writing on a large variety of subjects, including but not limited to: reviews, homebrewing, and how to take labels off of beer bottles. He’ll drink just about anything, but prefers a nice Stout, IPA, or Weizenbock. Find Russ Beck on Google Plus

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