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Struise Dirty Horse

Formerly brewed at De Struise Brouwers
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Starting with a Lambic grist bill composed of 70% barley malt and 30% unmalted wheat. No yeast was artificially added to the wort, but was exposed for two days to the open air in one of our plastic tunnels at the Noordhoek Ostrich Farm. First fermentation took place in second hand sherry oak casks for six weeks. 200 grams of Northern cherries per litre and the Roeseleire yeast strain were added after six months, provoking a new fermentation process. Eight months later, we pumped over the young ale to oak casks and let it mature for another 3 years. This project was realized after a tasting of the same recipe Urbain once made 20 years ago and was barrel aging in his garage in De Panne eversince and while he was in Africa and forgot all about it. As this is a very limited version, this ale will not be suitable for export but rather for sale at the farm when available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16507) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2012
On tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. 1983 vintage. An unclear, orange-golden beer topped by a minimal-sized off-white head. Rather oxidized aroma with berries and sourness. Caramel notes too. The flavor too is rather oxidized, with caramel notes, some berries and a pleasant sourness. Medium body, dry and tart, finishing with sourness and oxidation. Trying to look behind the oxidation, I find a beer that was probably very nice some years ago. In this state itís not very good, even for me who often think some oxidation is nice. Maybe I shouldnít have rated it, but my ticker-brain canít resist. 120511

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Sample provided by dudeabide. 100 % unblended 1983 batch. Pours a slightly hazy, reddish amber color with zero head. The aroma has tart berries, barnyard funk, oak, musty notes with mild caramel sweetness. The flavor has tart berries and cherry, musty basement, wood, funk, light vinous notes and sweet malts. Medium bodied, with zero carbonation. This has definitely held up very well over the years and added another special beer that lived up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle thanks to Jer. 70% 1983. Pours with a hazed amber hued body with a small tan head. Aromas are musty and funky, cheese, rustic, cherries, acidic, strong horse aromas (apt name I guess), pie cherry, vinous. Flavors show medium to medium low acid, but huge vinous red wine and absolutely massive and intense funk character. Lots of brett. Floral and extremely complex. Bright and elegant. Low bodied, medium carbonation. Very good! #6700.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (13469) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Shared by alexsdad06. Poured a hazy reddish copper color with a minimal frothy off-white head that slowly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart cherry, yeast and musty wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation and small particles. Medium to heavy tart cherry flavor with a medium to heavy sour cherry finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer and good beer for 7800. Thanks Brad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernbourbon (1548) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Sample of the pure 1983 thanks to Blake! Holy shit! Thank you so much man! Pour is beautiful cloudy deep red with only a touch of head. Aroma is stunning: funky, barnyard, light fruit, faint spice, and light tartness. Flavor is still so good. Tart up front with light fruit notes and then funk, faint spice, and a light vanilla smoothness. Surprised at how well this held up. Really very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Canít thank bsuedekum enough for letting me in on this one. Thanks a ton and then some, Blake. 100% 1983 batch. Pours a hazed, dull ruby color with no head. Aroma of aged berries, leather, musty funk, oak, yogurt, and a bit of caramel sweetness. The flavor has earthy funk, tea, berries and other well-ripened fruits, basement, and sweet malts. Medium-bodied, with no carbonation. Starts funky and syrupy and finishes wet and dank. Pretty impressive for a beer the same age as I am.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b3shine (8123) - Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Keg to sealed vial (filled Saturday evening), poured into snifter. Original 1983 vintage. HUGE thanks to Dudeabide! Words cannot express how grateful I am to get to try this beer, Nate! Here we go... Looks great; a slightly cloudy reddish-copper with a little fizz upon being poured, but no lacing. Smells great; FUNKY with some notes of cherries still lingering in there. Tastes good; as delicious and funky as it smells. Outstanding, especially for a beer made in 1983. Pleasant on the palate too. This whitest of whales has withstood the test of time, and Iím delighted to have gotten the opportunity to try it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
dirtied horse. 1983 batch on tap at ebenezerís belgian fest. very small sample. notes of dusty, leather cobweb funk, old earthy cherries, moderate rustic yogurt sourness. some light old wet oak. dry. complex. holdin up pretty well it seems. nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2012
Vintage 1983, sampled from tap @CBC 2012. A red-shaded blond lace over an slight unclear reddish-brown body. Soft fruit aroma. Jammy berries, dried dark fruits, cherries and grapes. Tones of caramel, port, dried wood and mellow sourness. Taste is soft and rounded. First a light fruity and berry-ish sourness, then some fine vinous tones. Hint of wood, caramel/toffee and burnt sugar. Supersmooth in the mouth. Not very full, yet perfectly balanced. Light fruity-tart endnotes. A gem! And what a great experience tasting such a rare item.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2841) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2012
Tap @ CBC. Hazy amber body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is cherry, earth, barnyard, nuts. Flavor is red fruits, acetic, tart.

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