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


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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Thanks to nimbleprop for opening this one up. Pours near black with a good light head and some moderate lacing as it makes its way down. The nose brings forward some dark fruits, a bit of roast, and a piney/spruce-type hop character. Light yeasty spice there as well. Very strange and I’m not sure everything really comes together. The flavor adds in a bit more integration and the hops and underlying beer come together a bit more. Yeast is nice, but I still don’t quite love where this is going. Good body with just a touch of booze. Well made, but I didn’t really love the direction. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-31-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (9465) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle at First German Ratebeer gathering at Idar Oberstein courtesy of Travlr. Chocolate malt, cinnamon, and white pepper aroma. Opaque brown color with moderate head. Sweet toffee and white pepper flavor with bitter herbal hops finish. Full body. Spicy - an excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3437) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2011
Draft. Pours hazy deep brown with a little, creamy and beige head. Nose of brown sugar, raisins and yeast notes. Sweet flavour with dark fruits, brown sugar and spicy notes. Medium to full-bodied. Flat carbonation. Oily/ creamy texture. Ends up more dry with some alcohol too and slightly bitter. An interesting and well coposed strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
dark brown, thin beige large bubbled head. Licorice, pepper dry nose, bit of paper. Flavor is earthy, licorice, light chocolate and faint plum, bit oversexed (? that’s what my phone says :/). dry earthy finish with fruit skin in finish, bit chalky. Like the soft dryness here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6170) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2011
Bottle (33 cl) from the Cracked Kettle. Dark brown, medium beige head. Caramelly malt aroma with notes of liquorice and spices. Medium bodied and smooth. A bit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9190) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2011
33 cl bottle thanks to ekstedt! He got it from Cracked Kettle. BB 01/02/2016. Sampeld on April 16, 2011
Dark reddish brown to black color, smallish brown head. Sweet, licorice, lactic, alcohol, almond paste scent. Light acidic, spicy, alcohol, lactic taste. Salty aftertaste. Noticable alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
God stuff for sipping, but it would take some time to finish a bottle on my own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Had on tap at the armsby abbey stoutfest, black saison, has the sage and herbal flavors that stillwater does so well, with the sweet licorice of a belgian stout, one of my favorite all time beers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8799) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2011
Medium, very dense & fine, irregular and stable beige head over deep-brown beer. Alcohol, fusels, liquorice, whisky, spiced fruit - as clove-studded oranges - and a touch of lactic acid. Stout, burnt flavours, very light acidity and roasted barley. Less alcohol to taste than the nose suggested, but the warming backthroat feel tells enough. Mint, basil, sour cream in the finish. Very well-bodied & smooth. Generally speaking classical, but I’m in two minds about the mintflavour at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 14, 2011
Fairbar, Aarhus, DK. Tap, 110411. Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted barley. Flavor with chocolate and alcohol presence with spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (12053) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 13, 2011
Draught. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Prune and oher dark fruits present. Long nice moderate bitter finish. Oily palate!

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