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

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RATINGS: 311   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. Youíll discover a smooth chocolate like strong ale together with the high & bitter hop schedule of an IPA, and you get a great result...


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 19, 2011
courtesy of Philipp and Thomas - very dark brown colour with a rubish hue; little beige foam left; aroma of pralines, cacao and vanilla, hints of prune show up while the beer gets warmer; full-bodied and with a solid carbonation, some sweetness and a very strong bitterness; very malty chocolatey hoppy finish, dry and bitter with hints of ginger and prunes - great!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grunx (367) - - JAN 7, 2012
Com no podia ser díuna altra manera. Molt bona cervesa. Textura, amargor, carbÚnic, aroma, tot perfecte.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a rich creamy three finger tan head, that retained throughout the entire beer. Left a little bit of lacing on the glass as it went. Some floaters in this beer. Beligian yeast, molasses, dark fruits all present in the aroma. Flavor was dark fruits, figs. Dark roasted flavors in the finish. The alcohol is present in the finish and more noticable as the beer warms. Big long finish. This beer is wonderful.

4.4
   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. Itís 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 Bottle. Pours a hazy bruin body with a creamy tan off white head with great retention. Aromatically the citrus and chocolate malt tones blend nicely, immediately reminds me of an exit series by flying fish i think it was #13. Spicy cinnamon and cardamon notes with a light herbal and fruit tone. Nice coco notes, spicy cinnamon, light citrus rinds. Just had this again over the weekend, dam i love this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3526) - Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fugitive (1298) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 10, 2012
Bottle 330ml. Color black with big brown head. Aroma malt, caramel, spicy, roasted, cinnamon. Taste sweet, malt, caramel, licorice, dry, bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Poured from 330ml to Duvel tulip: Pours with very minimal clarity and an excited medium brown head. Milky, stubborn consistency with decent lacing. Head is incredibly dense, like insulation. The nose is scattered with caramelized sugars. Honey, oats, milk duds, not much of an alcohol presence, cocoa, brown sugar, hot chocolate bits. Taste is extremely unique. The nose suggested something run of the mill but this is far from it. Grapes and booze up front... all those various chocolate hints donít show themselves as clearly on the tongue. Some Belgian yeast surfaces after a bit of warmth. Very interesting. Overall, this is exactly what I want from a pricey brew - not a textbook example of the style, but an adventurous take on a genre that I thought I knew. Very good.

4.3
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 Bottle @ home. Aroma is red fruit, smoky roasted malt, some buttery chocolate and caramel. Flavour is loads and loads of chocolate and coffee roasty goodness. Definitely the closest to actual chocolate beer Iíve ever tasted. Perfectly covered by a subtle and smooth yet quite strong hop bitterness. Finish sweeps between all flavours for quite a while. Awesome blend of bitter and sweet. Good good stuff.


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