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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (2194) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2013
from bottle. dark dark brown colour with a creamy tan head. poured with a lot! of yeast. nice to see that the hop smell is gone. lot of sweet toffee, caramel, chocolate, figgs, some sweet raisins, better to leave the last bits in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (7883) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle at Molenhof. Fruity, spicy nose, cola, apple, licorice, cherry. Tastes like a big, strong, sweet Coke. Tangy fruit, super sweet, licorice, coffee. Not my thing really, but flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (8694) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2013
330 ml bottle. L 01/01/2011. BB 01/02/2016. From bierkompass.de.
Black colour with a small creamy tan head. Herbs, chocolate, sweetness, port wine, mild medicine and cookies in the aroma. The flavour is bitterness, whiskey (?), sweetness, alcohol, spices and malt. Not very balanced. Slightly disappointing after the delicious aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (4253) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from the Struise bottle shop in Brugge. Interesting beer, the taste and smell reminds me of coke or pepsi. It has a slight taste and smell of mint. Besides that some roasted malts. Fairly easy to drink despite the ABV. This bottle was bought in 2011 so it didn’t have much of any hops left.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2973) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2013
Powerful beer that can indeed best be described as a mixture between a strong Belgian dark beer and a black IPA. Nice as always.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PriorL (2784) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2013
Rating #500! Bottle shared with Mathieu87 at home. APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, nice stable beige head. NOSE: molasses, liquorice, somewhat smoked, gingerbread, salt. TASTE: liquorice, gingerbread, peppers, a very weird taste, mocha. Rather disappointed in this product from Struise...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1264) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Aroma is fairly spicy but also full of esters. Quite a bit of pepper and clove along with some sweet chocolate notes. Dark fruit with cherry, fig and prune. A hint of nuts. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a moderately thick dark tan head. Head recedes fairly quickly but stops leaving a film on top and along the edges. Light lacing with medium legs. Flavor starts with a slight sweetness but then the phenolic notes take over. Anise, pepper, clove and coriander. Moderately strong hop notes but the hops seem to be of a more noble variety than American. Moderate bitterness. Some burnt sugar, toffee and chocolate. Lighter esters in the flavor but still some cherry, fig and prune. Finish is fairly sweet with some alcohol spice to it and a touch of lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. A little sticky but not too bad. This is honestly a fairly interesting beer and better than I remember. The Belgian yeast works well with the noble hops and darker malts to make a very spicy beer. Good complex malt character with nice complimenting yeast notes. Sweet but not too overly sweet and the alcohol feels fairly clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timmckee03 (27) - Toulouse, FRANCE - AUG 6, 2013
33ml bottle purchased in Bruges Belgium. Pours very dark and heavy with tan full head and some chunky sediment. Rich chocolate aroma and very thick consistency. Nice balanced flavors that hides the 10% well. Great tasting beer, would buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (2128) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
A really interesting unique beer almost like and Imperial Stout/Dubbel. Pours a dark burnished brown with a finger of thin dense beige head. The nose has a mild roasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of smoky espresso with dark dried prunes and raisins. Sweet malty base in the mid palate with fruity flavours. The finish is mildly bitter with toffee and caramel malts. Overall a really well rounded and complex beer that is incredibly tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4356) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2013
330 ml. bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a nice biege head. Aroma of roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, and spices. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, and spices. Some alcohol comes through. Unique tasting, found it enjoyable.

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