Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Collaboration brew with Stillwater Artisanal Ales (USA). Crowned last week with a golden Award for Best newcomer in the world 2011.

This Belgian Strong Ale was married to a still young but powerful style, the Black IPA. You’ll discover a smooth chocolate like strong ale together with the high & bitter hop schedule of an IPA, and you get a great result...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (3108) - FINLAND - NOV 5, 2014
Bottle. Black in color with a tan head. Really musty dark fruityness, bit of peppery spicyness and cold coffee notes in aroma. Bit of burnt wooden smokyness and dark chocolate too. Quite nice. Cocoa and roasted coffee notes in taste, where the chocolate part is more evident at first. Smooth mouthfeel too, excellent. Green herbs and spicy notes in finish together with some warming notes with them nice chocolatey notes still being present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1104) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2014 330ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Pours a deep brown to black color. Forms a quite big and dark beige head when poured. Quite aired. Retention is low, however it never disappears completely leaving an almost brown and bubbled layer. Many lacings are left S: Strong on dark chocolate. Belgian yeasts. Fruity and liquorous. Very spicy, notes of anis, cinnamon and mint. Intense flowery hops. Perfect nose T: Very tasty beer, an Struise (thanx god :p). Sweet upfront. Chocolate, roasted malts, hints of coffee, Belgian yeasts. Again, very spicy. Hints of anis and mint. Stingy hoppy bitter end M: Extremely creamy beer. Molasses. Medium carbonation. Delicious bitter aftertaste O: Absolutely drinkable beer despite the 10% ABV. An Struise, nothing else to say [ BA Review @ 1/6/2012 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3491) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Extremely odd yet interesting and full-flavored beer. Loaded with a tea-like flavors from start to finish. Cola-like sweetness. Boozy, Long Island Iced Tea aspects, too. Aromas of perfume and herbs follow. Hints of chocolate and softened dark grains. Elements of dark fruit slowly surface, especially as the beer warms; prunes mostly. Also some black licorice in there. What a ride.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7272) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"huh...kind of an interesting bastard son of saison du buff and 395 ipa. very herbal aroma, flavor a little more balanced and fruit forward hoppy. nothing subtle about this brew, but very smooth and tasty. would want again."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andriesradu (601) - ROMANIA - SEP 29, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours dark red/brown with a big beige head. Heavy sweet aroma, roasted malt, caramel and grass. The flavor is again a bit grassy, smoked plums, light chocolate and alchool, moderate sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is sweet, berries, sugary, taste is berries, dry, sweet, rich chocolate, quite oxidised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (7775) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle @ Schraevenacker, Oostvleteren, Belgium. Pours dark brown with a creamy brown head. Aroma of malt, yeast, brown sugar, ripe dark fruits, licorice. Flavor is rather sweet, malty, yeast, caramel, brown sugar, licorice, dark fruits, spice. Medium to full body, average carbonation, some warming alcohol. 010814

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3641) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2014
Block like beige head dark pour mild carbonation aromas boozy rich malt fruits yeast doughy spice flavours caramel toffee doughy cinnamon tawny port dark chocolate fudge raisin plums figs brown sugar a bitter sweet goodness lovely on the palate the finish best aftertastes port doughy note rich malts spice fruits rousing ale to drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (496) - GERMANY - AUG 13, 2014
Almost black color, soon vanishing head. Aromas of herbs, roasted malts, overripe fruits and chocolate. Chewy grains against smooth cream, bitter, grassy hops against sweet, roasted, malts and chocolate - this beer is all about contradiction and still tastes very good. Sweet notes define my first impression, chocolate, cane sugar and caramel, balanced by burned, earthy malts. Then, due to a hot alcoholic sting, a complex bitterness rises up. Ripe fruits and alcohol soaked spices melt together with an elegant hop bittness, while a soft roasted, stout-like impression, rye, is backing down the sharpness. Finishes with a gentle dryness, which goes along with ripe, syrupy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (5738) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2014
Lovely dense beige head on top of heavy black body. Smooooth nice aroma. Coffee, some dark sugar, chocolate and some oak. Fine thick body but probably a bit to much carbonation. Made it a bit “fizzy”. I like this beers a bit soft carbonated. Complex and lovely flavor. Caramel and toffee coming up. Mild coffee and some chocolate. Dangerously well hidden alcohol. This one is extreme easy drinkable. Really pleasant and tasty stuff.
[Bottle from a trade with markextrae]

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