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


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RATINGS: 330   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...

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Pours a orangish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aethien (34) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle from 2011, doesn’t look great anymore with only a small head that disappeared fast but the aroma is amazing, brown sugar, lots of spice, some raisins and prunes and a little tobacco; reminiscent of a Christmas ale. Flavour is less sweet with more of a smoky tobacco flavour but without losing anything from the aroma, very rich and super smooth. It really reminds me a lot of Christmas pudding and I love christmas pudding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2326) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2015
Flaska från Etre Gourmet, 2011 vintage. Söt och kryddig doft och smak. Pors, muskot, ingefära och torkad lite syrlig frukt. Stor söt kropp, len munkänsla, ingen alkohol som sticker ut alls, lite söt och lätt syrligt torkade bär och frukter typ körsbär, fikon, tranbär. Lite Pannepot-karaktär helt enkelt och riktigt gott. Humlen är helt försvunnen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (4671) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle from Etre Gourmete bottle looks pretty old rosty cap etc but is vintage 2011 cons 2015-03-06 Duved AR: cheery vinos, dark black chocolate, figs and pruns when poured some old ginger bread AP: murkey dark brown, frothy/stouty steady cream brown head F: rich carbonation, wee cloves, dark chocolate, warming feeling, wee grainy, dry, vinos, still OK but were probably better some years ago?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rikstar (1113) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
0,33l fles gedeeld met bryanvdv zwart met een creme kraag. Smaak en geur zijn munt en menthol met drop. Body is medium. Heel apart, niet lekker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bryanvdv (614) - - JAN 23, 2015
Gedeeld met rikstar. Zeer donker zwart met minimale kraag. Aroma is mint. Smaak is mint. Erg apart, niet mijn ding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freretoc (980) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 25, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl à Molenhof Restaurant & Bar Oud Postje, couleur brune, belle grosse mousse blanche, effervescence moyenne, en bouche première attaque sur le miel de fleurs, puis attaque caramel, caramel au lait type Klaus, et fin de bouche sur un malt caramélisé et torréfié.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (1051) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 24, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Magnifique produit, arômes de café, d’alcool, amertume qui vient derrière. Forte corpulence. Grosse longueur en bouche. Superbe !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (853) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. LOT 01/01/2011. Black with a light brown head. Aroma of cocoa and red grapes. Flavour of roasted malts with chocolate sweetness, a vinous touch and a long lasting malty bitterness. Potent stuff and very, very delicate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2856) - 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 (999) - 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 ]

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