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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2009
Glass from an awsome decanter straight from the barrel at the stuise farm with urban, this happened to be the 25yr old vertion and what is also urbans first ever beer. Aroma is blessed with elegance, its subtle floral tartness, its sherry maderia caramel, the fruity cherry sour character is just breathtaking. The taste follows suit, its delivers everything iv ever wanted in a beer, its like the beer that was made for me because its the way i wanted it. Its just amazing, i stood smiling watching this big bastard god slap itself in the face with its ears and just smiled chuckling to myself the whole time i had this. What do i say?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2009
This is a rating of the older vintage from the same tasting as Magicdaveís. Clear brown with slight white head. Aroma is sweet, sour, dirty red fruit with oak. Flavor is oak, sour cherry (not unlike a Michigan Cherry), dirty, slight acidity. Light body and carbonation. This has been around for so long and yet it doesnít show any signs of wear. I bet this one and the two newer vintages will last for a lot longer as well. This might be one of the most perfect beers I have ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pompelmoes (89) - BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2009
Tasted at Struise school in Oostvleteren. Old Version, Brick red in colour with slight carbonation and small, quick disappearing white foam. Aroma is complex and very refined. Berries of all kinds, wood, sous bois, old top class wine and antique furniture. Taste is smooth, soft tart, with lots of berrie fruit sensations. balance between sweet and sour is perfect and it has a very unique deep complex taste that remiends me of mespels, a fruit called " dogs ass ". A most wonderfull beer that earns respect . Younger version, much more vibrand in colour, pink-reddish with a nice fine white foam. Aroma is that of red berries, cedar wood, fresh tobacco and old hops. Taste is crisp, slight sharper than the old version and very complex. Aftertaste is super refined and clean. A Struise X-mass treat, tasted in the old school with a group of French beer-tourists from Lille. Thanks Carlo and Urbain.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle 001/250. 100% unblended 1983, hand signed- thanks Urbain!!! Drank with my Dad, Carl, Jamie, and Chris. After about 5 minutes at chipping away at the bombproof wax job, I am finally able to see a cap. Upon prying it off, I am met with some mild gushing. After a proper lambic pour by Chris, I am met with a gorgeous brownish tinted garnet body and a robust off white head. The aroma is like nothing Iíve ever experienced. A huge old must character gives way to sour cherries, geuze cellar, leather, and the most profound funk profile Iíve ever encountered. The flavor holds tons more old must with a beautifully balanced cherry acidity that gives way to a mouth puckering finish. The mouthfeel is ultra dry and ultra crisp. My mouth felt just as dry even 10 minutes after finishing my last sip. Easily the best example of sour beer Iíve ever encountered. I donít know how beer could get any better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Incredible bottle procured by oteyj and shared with jblauvs, myself, and Chris from Ebenezerís. Bottle 1/250. 100% 1983 vintage. Expertly poured by Chris. First impression: Urbain really is a god. Aroma and flavor are both packed with a deep and complex mustiness unlike any other lambic Iíve had. Basement funk and super tart raspberry mesh beautifully. The palate is massively dry, but there is also a subtle but definitely perceptible alcohol presence-- could this truthfully be more than 7% ABV? The mustiness, fruit components, and dryness of this beer mix into a concoction that is stunningly captivating and delectable-- 4 lambic lovers were rendered speechless. The epitome of beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2010
#1/250 bottle of 100% 1983 Dirty Horse, bottled and waxed(heavily) by Urbain for OteyJ. Shared between Otey, Oteys dad, Carl, Myself, and Chris L at Ebenezers. After Otey Labored away at the the wax for about 7 minutes Chris popped the corked and poured expertly. Deep reddish/pink pour with a pink head. Aroma immediately fills the whole table. Complex Must fills my nose, wet basement, dusty barrels, cool caves, There is still a nice sour acetic element to the nose, as well as plenty of rich cherry fruit and cherry cordial. Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit prickly still from the carbonation. Flavor at least on par with the aroma. Giant tart cherry fruit presence, musty leather, basement, Funky horse sweat, A whole new level of must and horsiness in a beer. The finish is ridiculously dry, makes my mouth feel like a fruity, sour cottonball. We all sat and stuttered haltingly about how awesome it was for about 10 minutes. DH basically rendered me speechless. Infinitely complex and very deserving of my first 5

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2011
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011

5/04/2011 75cl bottle @ Struise Oud Schooltje (2011-135) Thanx to Urbain for sharing the bottle and all the stories!

Note: this was the 1983 (100%) version without cherries.

Clear reddish amber beer, no head. Aroma: sour notes, red berries, wood, touch of smoked dried ham, bretta, moist cellar. MF: little carbon, medium body. Taste: fruity, apple skin, wood, red currants, touch of wild honey, aroma tobacco (non burned), peppery. Aftertaste: lemon, apple skin, more wood tones. Why the maximum score? Because itís impossible to give a beer with this much love a score, because itís incomparable with anything else, because this is a beer that canít be trapped in numbers. Anything less would be an insult to the 28 year old beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2010 A Mes rate: Samples from two 1.5 litre bottles at the Farm.
Some from a 2005 bottle, some from a recent bottling of the original 20 year old barrel that was left in Urbainís garage and finally, Urbain was generous enough to indulge me and blend the two so I was lucky enough to have three different goes at this one. Full write up to come, all I will say for now is:
Itís abut time I stuck my notes in for this one. In all honesty I had forgotten that I had not properly rated it yet until Urbain appeared with a decanter full of it and a big smile on his face list time I was at the farm. Anyway... A beautiful soft red brown colour, just a lovely amber colour with just a faint hue of pinkish red. Every time I have had this the aroma makes my brain dance. The yeasty notes are wilder than a Tasmanian devil, the cherry is amazingly soft and delicate and rounded but so bloody adorable. Glorious bread and cakey notes in the background play a perfect supporting role but they are zingy and tarty as if they have been marinated in some cherry madness. Flavour wise this is up there with the best Flemish sours I have tasted, in fact it probably beats them all. Soft, gentle and brimming with finesse, elegance and such balance. The finish and development in the mouth is nothing short of incredible. Similar to the aroma it makes my head spin like a lovesick teenager. The mouthfeel is equally unreal. Caressed, then puched, then eventually caressed again. Wow. Just wow. Rodenbach eat your heart out.

Following trying the new version of this, not the 2005, the recently brewed version, Iíve had to bump this up. The new version drinks basically like a world class fruit lambic. I make no excuses for my love of Struise, theyíre just out and out the best for me. The three versions I have had of this simply sublime brew are some of the things that have made me certain of that.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2008
Noordhoek Farm Lo-Reninge. Thanks Philippe for letting me taste this very rare Struise Sour Ale. Cloudy orange ale with small white head. The head is not to long lasting but the beer has a very nice slight fizzy caracter. aroma is is not as dry a a gueze and not so sweet as a faro. Dirty Horse has a superb smell, lots of thing happens with the aroma, its like constantly changing. Malts, lemongras, sour fruits, but also wood, wet earth, leather, wax and horse saddle. Taste is very equal to the aroma, just think some old hops and wood with it and you will be close. what a delicious beer. Thanks Phil for your time and letting me taste this fantastic beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Noordhoek Farm- Lightly Carbonated with a soft, effervescent scent. Loads of Sour, dank, musty cherries, that evolves to an earthy, mushroomy, slightly barnyard aftertaste. Zinfadel like jaminess, with a slight pepperness hidden in each small sip. This beer constantly evolves with each miunte it is in the glass.

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