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


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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikereserva (4) - Schin op Geul, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2013 does not count
This one is GREAT. It’s fruity and has a nice combination of hop and malt bitterness. Perfectly balanced in taste and aroma. Colour is dark brown / almost black. One of my favourite Struise brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13617) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle. A dark brown beer topped by a dense, finger-thick light beige head. Ginger, roasted malts, licorice and some alcohol on the nose. The flavor has a faint touch of ginger, with roasted malts, licorice and some alcohol. Warming, full-bodied and nicely carbonated. Bitter finish with alcohol. Certainly a nice one, well worth a revisit. Tasteful and pleasant. 121005

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Piero1987 (686) - Iglesias, ITALY - APR 3, 2013
Black color with beige head. Coffe and chocolate flavour; pretty balanced with spicy flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
makromaniak (129) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2013 Bottle@home... Dark brown almost black colour with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of liquorice and caramel with notes of peppery spices. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel, dark fruit and liquorice with notes of peppery spices and some chocolate. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2791) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pours cola brown with a tan fizzy head. Aroma of mint, chocolate, and dark fruit. Creamy mouthfeel with mint chocolate taste with wheat, citrus, and Belgian yeast. A bit hot at the end. Very nice and different beer. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1402) - SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2013
Pours dark dark brown with low off white head Aromas of violet liqourize, mint chocolate. Very interesting aromas to be frank. Not sure I’ve sensed that combination before. Looks and feels more like an abt than a belgian strong ale. Tastes of licourise, mint chocolate and hints of caramel malts. Palate is a wee bit to watery, low to medium bitter, medium sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
snzcujo (282) - RUSSIA - MAR 3, 2013
Tasted from the bottle, on 03/03/2013. Pours dark-dark brown, with a lovely long-lasting creamy head. Aroma is full of different candy sugar syrups, a bit floral and spicy, slightly zesty in the end. Taste is surprisingly totally different! A lot of roasted notes, oats is also here, following by a fruity/citrusy wave (of hops?). After some warming, could feel candy sugar as well. Aftertaste is warming and just a bit boozy. Recommended+ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (1388) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2013
@ Saint Eugène. Black redbrown colour. Sweet (dark fruits, ahorn sirup) but also bitter finish and burned malts. Low carbonation. Very balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1623) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Black with a small khaki head. Aroma is flowers (yarrow, tansy), fruit, sweet grain and a bit vinous. Some liqourice and chocolate too. Taste is medium+ sweet, medum body, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Finish is long and flowery/spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
A - Dark black, bit of brown around the edges, finger of frothy khaki colored head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Roasted milk chocolate malts and caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, and light pine hops, rye, wheat, Belgian yeast, spices, light booze. T - Roasted milk chocolate malts, caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, pine hops, bitterness, spicy rye, wheat, Belgian yeast, spices, hint of coffee, light booze. M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted, bitter, dry, warming finish. D - Really nicely balanced and complex.

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