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Struise Five Squared

 (RETIRED)
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93
60
style
Formerly brewed at De Struise Brouwers
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Oostvleteren, Belgium

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 750   ABV: 25%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Five Squared, a beer part of the Struise beer recrystallization project. Limited edition of 216 bottles, made from our Quadrupel X. You could become the proud owner of this unique charity bottle, and to be sold at the ACBF. All proceeds will be transferred to an honorable project, to be revealed at the festival.


grunx's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
grunx (367) - - MAR 23, 2012
ACBF. L’altra joia del festival. Mermelada de taronja. Aromàtica, gustosa. És tant densa que al carbònic li costa arribar a la superficie per fer una corona d’escuma. Obra d’art!


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerconnaiseur (73) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
On draught. Boozey and sweet. Caramel, sugar, alcohol heat. Nose of wood, vinous dark fruits, prunes, dates. Beautiful sirupy viscosity... what a palate treat this 25ABV gem!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (1296) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Eisbock-processed version of Quadrupel X, leading to an astonishing alcohol strength of 25% ABV and produced only in extremely limited quantities (216 bottles, I was told), sold at 100 EUR per bottle, but the gainings are used for charity, apparently. Despite the massive alcohol content, it still carried a quite firm, off-white head over a hazy deep amber hue. Very powerful, if not overpowering, complexely perfumed aroma of amaretto and marzipan, caramel candy, honey and orange liqueur. Very sweet, orange- and almond-like taste, near to syrupy mouthfeel, cloying, liqueurish, very complex and long-lasting, inevitably very alcohol and ending in a dry and long, liqueur-like alcohol warmth. Maybe a bit too strong for what it can bear, but very fascinating nonetheless. A kind of beer liqueur, one could argue, and more a super-strong barley wine than a true quadrupel to me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8241) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle I shared at Goulet’s tasting. PoursPours dark amber brown head. Nose/taste of candy sugar, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel syrup and alcohol soaked fruit cake. Full body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3255) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle thanks Jtclockwork. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet warmth, dark fruit and other deep tones. Very warm flavor, some burn, dark sugars and fruits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4167) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
Big bottle at En öl och whiskeymässa Gbg, vintage 2011 AR: port wine, red grapes AP: mahogny oily, no head F: peppery, port wine, red grapes, rasins, pruns, still fizzy, wee liqurice, heavy warming vs the 25% ABV - poured by Skrubbe, thx for the extra treat man!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4130) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle (mega thanks to BelgBeerGeek for this one and to hannont for bringing this over)... Poured clear, reddish with no head. Nose of wood, vinous dark fruits, prunes, raisins, etc.. Super thick, completely coated my palate. Sweet, heavy booze, spirit-like with a ton of alcohol heat. Lots of dark fruit characters, dark cherry with some vanilla and sugary candied sweet tones. Intense.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (940) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2013
finally. we had this bottle at a tasting with 4 other people. took some time to take of the wax. poured into molen tasting glasses. poured a deep amber red colour with no head. smell was like a port, strong boozy nose. with sweet sugar / caramel. with some fruits hidden in the back cuz’of the alcohol. and wow! the viscosity of this beer is so incredible thick! never had a beer that had such a thick mouthfeel. it’s like you would take a spoon to eat it out of the glass. verry sweet taste, with apples, more candy sugar, wine feeling. well it was for a good charity

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1206) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle shared by "hannont". Colour...semi cloudy garnet-amber with no head. Nose...butterscotch, boiled cherry sweets, marzipan and macerated cherries soaked in booze. Palate... Massively cloying and boozy with a thick feel that reminds one of kirschwasser or framboise liqueur. The palate is eminently coating and the booze and dryness really hits mid and back palate. This doesn’t seem like 25% and I’ll bet it could sneak up and kick your patoot right quick!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1759) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2013
75cl bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: dark blond beer, nice stable beige head. NOSE: alcohol, herbs, grains, little oxidated. TASTE: lots of alcohol, herbs, sweet, caramel, red fruits. Too much alcohol and not totally in balance...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2013
750 mL bottle, huge thanks to Greg for sharing! Reddish chestnut colored pour. Nose and flavor bring big notes of red berry, plum, sherry, caramel, vanilla, marzipan, and sweet red wine. Definitely some alcohol burn, but I wouldn’t peg this for 25% were I to drink it blind. Definitely has some things going on and drinks all right, but not nearly as impressive as Double Black.


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