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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.

cprochak's rating

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrew_drinks (234) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 15, 2014
As Dirty Horse 1983 on keg at CBC2012, from some old notes. Pours murky and filthy brown, no head, Aroma is unique - unpalatable garbage, then sweet sherry, then rich cherry. Thin but sherbety palate. Flavour is sherry oxidisation, wood, leather, cherries, dried fruits, vanilla, bile, grapefruit juice, then finishes with a sweet stone fruit character. Unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2016 Struise’s attempt at a cherry ’lambic’ with spontaneous fermentation to which cultivated yeast was later added (making it a sour ale of mixed fermentation), macerated with cherries and matured on oak; apparently inspired by a . Very limited and no longer available. Quickly dissolving, off-white foam, colour a coppery brownish red, murky. Aroma strongly dominated by real cherries, like a ’real’ cherry lambic but less funky and more ’clean’, old sherry accent clearly noticeable, some caramel, walnuts, wine vinegar; extremely fruity taste of genuine sour cherries, almost overwhelming, lambic-like acidity, complex, hay, woodiness, long finish, sourish and reminiscent of a very dry sherry. For a random attempt at getting as close to the real thing from the Zenne valley, the Struise Brouwers did a great job - whether by coincidence or not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (3565) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2013
Sampled from tap at Haandøl 2013. Muddy yellow-orange body with a tan colored rim. Honey, prunes and alcohol on the nose. Dates, figs, bourbon, over-ripe tangerine and a subtle bitterness. Full bodied, thick mouth, long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2744) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2013
Backlog. On tap @ BBF 2009. Pink to red color, murky. Big pinkish head, with a remaining layer. Aroma’s: cherries, almonds, a bit dusty, sour, sweet. Flavor is medium sour, cherries, medium sweet. Light bodied. Finishes somewhat dry. Pretty authentic lambic from non-lambic country.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (6367) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2013
Share by urbain . 1983 vintage . 75 cl bottle Pours red / amber / orange . Small foam Smell is earthy . Taste is very complex Old chery , like a fine port , small carbo Very nice , especialy for its age

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
Vintage 1983 bottle shared by MatSciGuy, thanks Levi! (Notes from back in October at Matty and Marks Bar) Pours a deep red that I’d call cherry based on the pour and glass. No head or carbonation at all. (It is 30 years old, give it a break.) Aroma is cherry, vanilla, slight gym sock, wine grape and some odd laundry basket. Taste is muted on many levels but I’ve never had a beer this old prior to this so I can’t say as it was this beers fault. More cherry, funk, sourness is mild at best and the funk is just slightly more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Review from notes, sample from an auction bottle opened at Ebeneezer’s summer 2010, thanks for the opportunity Chris! Pours a lightly hazed light red color with a smallish pink and white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of cherry pie, leather, funk, a bit of lemon and raspberry with a hint of acetic. The flavor is tart with a nice fruity edge to it. Lemons cherries and raspberries meld nicely with a hint of vinegar some leather, oak, and funk. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a tart puckering mouthfeel. Very nice kriek, it seems to have held up very nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bontus (758) - Flanders, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2012
Placeholder rating, hope to sample this once again .Tasted @ ACBF. This is dirty / sour / wood heaven IIRC.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle. Shared by Levi, thanks! Original 1983 vintage. Pours a rosy red opaque color with no head to speak of. Didn’t realy expect any head really though from a 30 year old beer. Cherry pie like aroma; cherry, vanilla, caramel, slight funk, apple and grape. Lots going on in the nose. The flavor is mirrored by the aroma; sweet cherry and fruit notes with some overarching funk to it. Not as funky or sour as I would have expected. Balanced. Overall, am I impressed by this? Yes and no. Yes in terms of how this has held up and the overall experience of getting to drink this. No in the fact that if this was a "new" beer I would have been a little let down. Some carbonation would have been nice. Medium mouthfeel. I find myself saying that I could drink this all day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle generously shared by MatSciGuy! Clear light cherry colored pour, small ring of carbonation and a slightly sweet berry aroma. Flavor is also sweet berries, very little tartness, very thin body and finished like a slightly subdued cherry jolly rancher. Very nice beer, thanks for sharing this Levi!

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