Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Porter
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Well known card play throughout the globe, famous black Swedish condom on the other hand, and now a Porter brewed for Jack Pano at Belgobaren. ""MOTVERKAR TRISTESS"" is Swedish for ""Prevent boredom"". After a lot of development trials, some even with the whole Monks crew next to the kettles, we finally launched this Porter aged on oak. Jack will happily propose this ale to friends, relatives, family & clients...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2009
(Bottled) Very dark reddish brown with a tiny, beige head. Strongly licoricey, sweetish-malty aroma with dried fruit and tarry notes. Flavor is sweetish, salty-licoricey, very slightly tart, and with low bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Medium body, a bit watery palate with almost flat carbonation. Nice aroma, one of my favorite styles, and better than a too burned IS - but somewhat watery and boring flavorwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2009
Dark, almost black coloured beer with a creamy but kind of airy brown head. Deep roasted malty aroma. Full roasted palate. Finish is full malty, bitter roasted coffee creamy with a long ibtter roasted dry finish and some light ripe fruity hints. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle (dregs)... Murky, dark brown ale with a small, fizzy, light beige head. The nose is chocolaty and earthy… mildly funky. Medium-bodied with gentle carbonation. Tangy and sweet; earthy and chocolaty. Lightly bitter in both the flavor and finish. Kudos to mcbackus for sharing the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown. Very thin wisp of a head. Dark aroma of molasses, alcohol and smokey wood. Sour front; winey. Thin winey, cherry, sour stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2009
Bottled. Quite dark amber colour, medium beige head. Aroma is quite alcoholic, some liquorice, some quite sweetish syupry stuff. Flavour is liquorice, alcoohol, sugar and some mild fruity and sweet wooden notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Courtesy mcbackus. Pours a dark and murky chocolate mahogany color with a thin, swirly, tan head. Minimal, spotty lacing is scattered about the glass. The aroma is quite nice, showing rich choco-nougat sweetness, robust coffee roast, vanilla, and a mild, dry, oaky tartness. Flavors are considerably different, with buggy, soured oak asserting more of that tart tanginess that seems out of place amongst the cocoa and coffee richness. Likewise, the body falls short of expectations, feeling a bit too thin for the style, though it is silky and smooth. In short, this one looks and smells great, but disappoints otherwise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Nice smokey porter with a slight bit of tartness in both the aroma and flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2009
330mL bottle courtesy of fonefan poured into a tulip. Pours dark, dark brown with mahogany hints around the edges and a small bubbly tan head that dissipates almost immediately to a thin ring and leaves no lacing at all. The aroma strikes me as very sweet but with coffee and chocolate notes. It’s almost like an iced mocha with some sweet dark malts thrown in. There is some smoky tobacco hints as well as some semi-sour fruits. The taste starts with the vanilla and chocolate sweetness but fades into a fairly nondescript malty backbone and the finish is slightly sour and bitter with used coffee grinds and spoiled fruit. Honestly, it let me down a bit. The mouthfeel is very viscous with little carbonation and dry, almost ashy, in the finish. This is a fair attempt at a porter/imperial porter but not one that I would go back to. Definitely not up to the high standard I would expect from Struise, with an interesting mishmash of sour fruit, coffee and dark malts that doesn’t seem to come together very well and, literally, leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2009
Bottle. Deep deep dark brown - if not light black - with a small light brown head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavour of coffee, sour fruit and ashtray.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12865) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2009
Dark brown with a small, tan head. Aroma instantly hits me as cold coffee and I don’t like that in a beer. Lots of cocoa too, and a vegetable note. Cold coffee and ashtray flavour with sweet caramel in the background.

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