Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
First blended by Glenn & Urbain at the Bles Festival in Zottegem Belgium, last October 2008, for the beer geek public, and around closing time. Many positive feedbacks around the blend, kept following both breweries. As a tribute, and honour to the late Pre-Zbf 2009 festival, we decided together with Alvinne, to officialize this blend to a one time labelled bottling this year. Only a thousand 33cl bottles were filled, to be distributed and sold on this fest, and in our respective shops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2010
Bottle@home; muchos gracias Mes! Poured an enticingly dense hazy dark red colour. Aroma was tart and big on ripe cherries, with plenty of da funk. Pretty lively carbonation. Flavour had lovely tart cherry aplenty, and the lemony notes that developed were a welcome and tasty twist. Started sour, than dried a bit , then finished off sour with more slightly sweet (glace?) cherry. Dig it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a reddish color with a small white head. Has a fruity and slightly tart cherry aroma. Fruity slightly tart cherry flavor with hints of cherry pits. Has a fruity cherry finish with some tart hints in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2010
Darker red coloured beer with a short pink head. Enjoyable cherry fruity and light sour aroma. Medium to full, light sticky fruity palate. Finish is light sour, sweet cherry fruity touched. Nice, different and definitly no mainstream fruit beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Thanks Jason. The beer pours to a deep purple grape juice colored body with a thin white head. Murky looking. The aroma is extremely sour cherries and sour funk, perhaps some pie crust. The flavor is sour cherries and mint or cherry leaves. Definite herbal leafy thing going on. The palate is sour but not hugely acidic. Medium-light bodied. A bit more sour and funk and this would be top notch. Add that Cantillon funk and this is world class! Oh so close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottled. Poured clear garnety-pink with more of a pink-tinted head than I’d expect. The aroma picked up sweet and sour cherries, some lemon and oak, and a touch of dusty earth with more sweetened cherries beneath.. soft and airy presentation with a lively fruit presence. The flavor opened with tart cherry and oaky notes, with much more assertive lemon and vinegar tartness behind than expected from the nose.. dusty yeast, cherry dust, and more vinegar rounded it out. Medium-bodied and nicely tart throughout on the palate.. tasty and well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigMomma (226) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2010
33cl bottle at ’The Demervallei’. Label says it’s a blend between Kerasus (cherry beer with nice soft sourness from Alvinne) and Struiselensis (spontaneous fermented beer from Struise). It pours a nice red colored beer with white foam. Aroma is cherry, musty basement and a very weak sourness. Taste starts with the sweet cherry’s, deep acetic taste at your cheeks and a beatifull musty dry sourness which disappears way to soon. Nice beer that says it isn’t a kriek but actually is almost like one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3806) - Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2009
33 cl bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is ruby read, cloudy with a slight off white head. Looks a lot like murky cranberry juice. Aroma of cherry fruit, sugary, with perhaps a touch of straw yeastiness underneath the fruit. Pleasant, though straightforward and one dimensional. The straw comes a bit more to the front as the beer warms. Taste is the nose, with cherry fruit sweetness, followed by the earthy yeast character. Taste is nice, certainly more expressive than the nose. Palate is medium to thin bodied with active carbonation and a brief sweet finish. I really enjoyed the Struise beer that was used in this one, and the blending turned it into a pretty straight forward Fruit Beer. Thanks for sharing this beer with me Eugene, always appreciated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3388) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2009
From fata2683, thanks Keith. Pours with a small head that fades quickly. Color is pretty, cherry juice, too dark to see through. The color makes the lacing seem lighter. Aroma is sweet, slightly tart, cherry. The tartness grows a bit even the slightest acetic quality emerges. But in general once I taste it its all cherry juice to me. Nothing complex, very poppy, but just a soda cherry brew. Doable for what it is. As it really warms up, like an hour later, it losses a lot of the soda pop characteristics. But its still an underwhelming example of any type of sour ale.
11.2oz bottle in a Duvel tasting glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerohen (2164) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2009
Bottled from De Molen shop. Amber/brown colored, small pinkish head. Fruity nose, cherries, marzipan. Initialy sweet flavor, cherries, marzipan, more sour in finish. Personally i don’t really like the notes of marzipan, and it could really use some additional flavors such as oak. Not my kind of Sour Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
Bottled at pre-Zythos bash, Alvinne, March 2009. Works very well as a blend. Red colour. Mix of fruit and tart. A little sour kick at the end. Supremely drinkable. Perhaps would have shown even better if not surrounded by so many top notch big beers.

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