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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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUN 18, 2012
Sampled at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Pours an unclear and dark reddish beer with a weak white head. The aroma is malt, fruit, notes of basement, acidity and berries. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is dry with sweetness and acidity. Overall a really good and complex beer. Was a vintage, but unsure about the year due to different information.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kazin (180) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 1983 vintage at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Longtime want fulfilled. Very murky and earthy flavour, amazingly wellkept.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2012
Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Cloudy red amber with a lasting white head. Funky aroma with cherry, other red berries and marzipan. Dry, tart and fiunky flavour with cherry notes. Plenty oxidation, but still very drinkable and pleasant

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (982) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2012
tap at cbc 1983 vintage - got in a long opening line especially for this one! Pours dark amber red., Aroma of oak, sherry and cherry, some fuink, raspberry, cloves. Medium body with nice sourness. Taste of cherries, caramel, almond. BUT! - and this is perhaps a hard nut to crack - there was a lot of oxydation (especially when it got warmed up)... Without this latter aspect, it would be a great beer; I can only conclude for now that the beer is a bit overrated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Camons (5610) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2012
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 1983 vintage. Pours hazy burnt orange with a small offwhite head. Aroma of grapes, barnyard, yeast, light sourness, brett, oaky, and some sweet fruit. Taste is lightly sour and very fruity, peach, melon, cherries, brett, grapes,barnyard, oak notes, slight oxidation. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. Very nice and complex beer. 120512

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2012
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is caramel sour and fruit. Flavour is caramel, sour, light acidic, heavy fruit and grapefruit.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackl (4291) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
1983. Multiple draft samples @ CBC. Deep cherry red in color with a small off-white head. The nose is strong sweet strawberry and jammy concentrated sugar. Juicy. The taste is strong sweet jammy red fruits, bursts of fruit juice. There’s a light funky soured sock finish. Mild cheese. The body’s light, soft and so smooth. Very drinkable. Overall, I loved this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2012
Draft. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, spices, alcohol, and cherries. The flavor is acidic with notes of cherries, wood, alcohol, and malt, leading to a tart finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2012
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. After the Pannepot Wild, the time had come to taste an even more legendary beer: Struise’s Dirty Horse from the Year of Our Lord 1983! Must be about the oldest beer I’ve had. :-) Pours a deep orange-bronze body with a small, faintly pink-hued head. Aroma is incredibly mellow dark fruity tones, port wine-like oxidized notes, brett, wood, caramel and hints of red berries, cherry and melon. Taste is mellow yet tart port wine tones, wood, vinous raisins, cherry, candy sugars and hints of red berries and alcohol. Incredibly smooth, with the fruits literally blended together, but somehow a bit watery on the palate. Perhaps not as amazing as Ratebeer thinks, but certainly a unique beer. Very glad I got to taste this one. :-)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (10755) - DENMARK - MAY 21, 2012
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 2012. Hazy copper with tiny off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, sour, wood, barnyard and tart. Flavour is malt, fruit, tart, cherries, little acid, medium sweet, tart and a little barnyard.


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