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DAY 22: Brouwerij de Molen, Tekst & Uilteg

DAY 22! This Sunday brew is brought to you by one of the finest breweries in Europe, De Molen. The Tekst & Uitleg Pale Ale Saison-ish is a clever and truly inspired blend of styles.
Brouwerij De Molen info via Wikipedia:

"Brouwerij De Molen is a small brewery, distillery and restaurant in Bodegraven, the Netherlands.The brewery, whose name means The Mill, is in a windmill called De Arkduif, built in 1697. The premises also include the brewery taproom and a retail beer store offering European and American craft beers, as well as regional products such as farm cheese.

Having started out as a homebrewer, and after stints at several small breweries, head brewer Menno Olivier worked professionally at Stadsbrouwerij De Pelgrim in Rotterdam before founding De Molen in 2004.De Molen has participated in joint projects with other breweries such as Mikkeller and De Struise Brouwers. They have also participated in re-creations of historic beer recipes, such as those of the defunct British brewery Barclay Perkins.

Accolades: In 2010, De Molen was rated tenth in RateBeer's "Best Brewers in the World" list of the top 100 notable breweries.

De Molen's products dominated RateBeer's Best Beers of the Netherlands in both 2008 and 2009, occupying 7 and 8 of the first 10 slots in those years.

De Molen brewer Menno Olivier was the recipient of the 2008 Zilveren Knuppel ("silver bat"), awarded annually by the Dutch beer society PINT for his contributions to beer culture in the Netherlands.

De Molen Tsarina Esra was voted the Most Appreciated winter beer of the 2008 PINT Winter Beer festival.

De Molen and several of its beers were listed among the Beers of the Year 2008 by UK beer journalists Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan.

In 2016 Ratebeer's awards, De Molen was rated No.1 brewer of the Netherlands and ranked 6th in the "Best Brewers in the World" list."

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We finish Advent in darkness with two of the darker beers in the calendar: one from the USA , the other from Belgium.

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