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Struise Dirty Horse

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

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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChinoSkillzian (152) - The Hills, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Bottle thanks to Jerz. Pours a nice red/rust color with minimal head. Notes of cherry, tartness, some funk with oak and fresh red fruit and very light citrus mixed in. On palate, great acidity with flavors of sour cherry, slight used oak, and citrus with great vigor to the mouthfeel. Overall, great tartness balanced by the right amount of fruit and aged oak.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 You’re the best, Jer! Pours a hazed cherry red color with a small head. Nose is sweet cherry pie with a nice lactic tartness underneath. A bit of musty wood, grass, apples, and berries. The flavor is nicely tart, mostly lactic with just a hint of red wine vinegar. Musty oak along with lots of cherry flavor. A hint of red fruit (berries?), some leather, and a definite citrus zest quality. Was not expecting this to be that good, but I really enjoyed it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyotoLefty (6141) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 22, 2012
Kindly shared at RBSG. Never though I would get to try this. Reddish yellow, really funky looking, with lace. Nose of lemon, dust, and a bit of vinegar. Lightly sour flavor, very dusty and funky, with cherry and lemon. Very interesting and less sour than expected. Complex and lovely, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2121) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Clean sour, dry with wet hay. Lightly citric and pome fruit. Light medium effervescence golden color fine white foam. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
From notes from July 4th 2011. Big thanks to Urbain for sharing this with us as well as purchasing a grill so we americans were able to bbq on the 4th. Offered us both the unblended ’83 version as well as the unblended ’05 version side by side. Score is the higher one.

We’ll start with the ’83. Pour is a dark copper with orange edges and thin bit of light tan head. Nose is pretty solid for how old it is. Some leather brett like notes up front with accompanying cherries. Some dusty cob webb and lactic acid notes behind. The taste has dry, dusty cobwebs with a leathery note behind. The cherries are nicely blended with some vanilla and lactic notes behind. Very faint sourness in this. The body is light and creamy with a gentle carbonation and fairly dry finish. Solid beer for the age, held up well. Flavors are a bit muted, not very bright, but well integrated and deep character. 747415.

Now the ’05. Pour is dark ruby red with light pink head. Nose is dusty, dry brett, light leather, brighter tart cherry and some low pleasant acidity. Taste is well integrated cob webb funk and leathery brett blended with very tart cherry and assertive sourness. Lactic notes in back. Body is light and soft with a gentle carbonation balancing enough and a very dry finish. 848416

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2012
Tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Pours cloudy red with a fine, pink head. Ripe cherries and fructose in the nose. Light to medium sweet flavor with mild tart berries, well ripened, with some bread and light, dank must. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately sweet on the finish, fairly dank with hints of mold, and more cherries. A very nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Shared by craytonic, this legendary beer kicked off the tasting yesterday. Thanks a lot Matt! 100% 1983 Auction bottle 96/100 The beer appears a rusty orange color with no head whatsoever. What do you expect from a nearly 30 year old unblended lambic? The aroma offers caramel candies, cherry juice, a hint of chocolate. Not as big and bold as I was expecting, but definitely an inviting scent. The flavor takes it up a notch. Cherry flavor is surprisingly present, with a lightly sweet caramel character. Not sour or acetic like I was expecting. Silky smooth feel. Wow. This beer goes down so easily. Light without being thin. Like drinking old cherry juice from the barrel. What a joy to sip this seemingly mythical beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
spdyfire83 (32) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2012
On-tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012 (highlight of the event and worth the trip to Denmark alone). Vintage: 1983 100% unblended. Deep cherry red (almost maroon, but not quite). Single (off-white) fingernail head fades slowly. Smells of soft sour cherry, oak, and faded mixed berries. Touch of funk and must, but not terribly pronounced. Hint of lemon, spice, and vanilla fade to aged, worn leather. Definitely old, but soft earthiness makes this quite appealing. The complexity of the nose is very inviting! Taste is deep, rounded, and complex considering its age! Loads of soft cherry tartness up-front followed by touch of lemon zest, vanilla, oak, and plum. Mixed berries follow along with soft yeast and mild spice. Sourness and funk is smooth and slightly faded, but very enjoyable nonetheless. The complexity, yet simplicity, is what makes this beer amazing and so tasty! What can I say...this beer lived up to the hype for me and I thought it was absolutely stellar. I was happy to enjoy multiple pours of this each day at CBC and think the character, fullness, and depth is brilliant. I’d be curious to see how this holds up in the bottle. Superb beer that is worthy of the hype! Urbain doesn’t disappoint and neither does this beer. Standing ovation!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dunt (281) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Thanks Alex for bringing this bad boy, another of the whitest whales. This blend is 90% 1983, 10% 2005. Pours a clear to hazy light red in color. Nose is exceptionally funky, very musty, basement, cob web, and some cherry. As it warms, i notice a little more oude bruin character to it. Taste is less focused on the funk and more cherry forward...very nice beer. Mouthfeel is light, gentle carbonation, and a moderate to long finish. Incredible beer, thought this might be another product of hype, but holy shit is it good. Probably one of the best beers I’ve had to date.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Dirty dirty nose. Dark amber, light head. Awesome funk and a tad of fruit. Well balanced tartness, lots of fruit, light funk and a nice sweetness. Super drinkable


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