Beer #32 - De Molen / Kopi Loewak

Beer #32 - W/C 5 October 2015


When the local 318 year old windmill became available in 2004, Dutch brewer Menno Olivier knew the time was right to re-locate the brewery from his garage to a larger premises. He named his new brewery de Molen (the Mill) and for the past 10 years has been producing some of the most wonderful beer in the World. In fact, de Molen is regularly listed among the best breweries in the World. As well as producing a steady range of around 20 beers, De Molen create experimental beers every six weeks, the majority of which are never brewed again. Brouwerij de Molen works with the Philadelphia foundation to employ a team of mentally disabled people who label bottles and work around the brewery.


At 11.2% this is a beer to be savoured and the intense, complex and rich flavours present mean you'll be in no rush to get to the bottom of the glass. It has a lot of body and flavours are the bitter chocolate and roast malt you would expect in an Imperial Stout from De Molen. The dominant flavour is certainly coffee. Kopi Loewak is named for the style of coffee with which this big stout is flavoured. You may have heard of the 'most expensive coffee in the World' which has been eaten and excreted by Indonesian civet cats. The brewers clearly didn't hold back on the amount of beans they added to the brew. De Molen recently realised that they could not guarantee the coffee had been ethically produced so stopped using it in their beer meaning this could well be your first and last ever taste.

BREWERY // De Molen
BEER // Kopi Loewak
STYLE // Imperial Stout
ORIGIN // Bodegraven. The Netherlands
ABV // 11.2%
TEMPERATURE // Cupboard Temperature - 12-15C
FOOD MATCH // Aged Gouda. Venison. Cheesecake
GLASS // Snifter. Chalace

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