bartlebier (460) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle procured by kraddel and shared@ post TdG tasting 04/2013. - After Svea IPA and Shark Pants, I hold my breath and harden my taste buds whenever De Struise try their caramel-sticky hands at any new svelte and naturally fruity I/D/IPA recipe...if anything this time they have produced an imperial barley hop wine, dense and rich in fermented malts and caramels, resulting in a solid peach and indeed strawberry fruitiness. Coulour: orangé-acajou and rhubatb amber indeed, exact colour-observing sirs! Supposedly insane amounts of hops have only survived the process as untraceable resin bittering elements, a deep murky orange dark hole (read in German-inflected SM voice) that lets no taste bud escape unscathed until slathered with overripe marmelade. Alcohol overtones never dominant, but slightly fuming when warming up. If the EU convened a DIN norm label to protect USA IPAs and their inflections, this ond would not pass the test, but it has its validity as another entirely random Struise onslaught at all senses and sweet teeth, I suppose. Probably wiser to share this 75bottle - just invite at least 8 guests if your drain has just been declogged...
tderoeck (3000) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22/IV/13 - 75cl bottle @ Rampkrot (Deurne) - BB: 30/XI/17 (2013-366) Shared expenses with Kraddel and others, thanks for finding this one Kraddel!
Note: my 1500th BELGIUM rating, huzzah!
Little cloudy red to orange beer, small yellowish head. Aroma: sourish, citric and vinegar touch, dairy, yeasty, alcohol, some honey, orange peel. MF: soft to no carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet sugary start, honey, mead like, lots of alcohol, more sugar and sweetness. Aftertaste: sugary, caramel, lots of alcohol, little bitter, dry touch, more alcohol, very mouth drying bitterness.
sebletitje (5416) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle courtesy of Kraddel @ Post Toer de Geuze tasting. Fresh.
Orangé-acajou, col léger beige.
Arôme est houblonné fermenté fort presque dans le dry hop, barrique reste subtile avec le wild turkey étant modéré.
Palais est épais, alcoolisé mettant ici les 17% bien en avant. Note de grains, fruité presque de pêche et une note barrique tirant sur le ’wild’ pour un wild turkey modéré. Amertume reste perceptible sans pour cela être dérangeante. Sympa, mais extrême, à partager à plusieurs.
77ships (2156) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared cost & bottle. 75 cl. bottle sampled. Reddish, rhubarb amber, little to no head. Smell is grapefruit, acetone, bitter herbs, oddly bitter, almost strawberry,… prob. some months old but who knows how an IIPA of this ABV behaves. Taste is bitter alcoholic, herbal, boozy pine, light earthly, very bitter spices, boozy, very burning nature, some strawberry,… Very easy body although hard to drink due to the booze,… Very interesting and fine stuff, although not too easy.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of kraddel, thanks! We started with a German IPA (yes, they do exist), then an American IPA, then this Belgian IPA. More specificaly, it’s a Flemish IPA, or FIMA. Or even more accurately, a Flemo-American IPA, or FLAIMO. I would tell you what this one tastes like, but of course I’d have to kill you. Declassify on: 22 April 2038, IAW Executive Order 12958 Section 1.4, as amended.
gEUS (582) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taken from notes - tasted at Sloshfest, courtesy of Urbain of Struise and sharedit with the rest of the gang. This is an extremely balanced beer - no alcohol warmth, bitterness only kicks is like a motherf..... in the aftertaste while the mouthfeel is so thick, fruity and malty and creamy at the same time... Struise rock!
gunnar (3586) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Etre Gourmet.Pours cloudy dark golden with a moderate sized white head. Aroma is light sweet fruity, bourbon and wood. Taste is initially sweet red fruits, sticky and warming mouthfeel,barrel and bourbon sneaking in towards the end, lingering heat and wood, rounded bitterness, nice and not so easy drinkable.
jbeatty (506) - New York, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 01/13/2013. Pours dark amber caramel, dense one-finger head fades to rest on the surface, with viscous ring of lacing. Nose is fruity, fleshy white fruit and citrus, wet grassy hops, boozy kick in the middle, underneath smooth layer of caramel, ending in sweet bourbon vanilla notes. Taste is light fruity hoppiness, cantaloupe and kiwi, orange and tropical notes, transitions to deep pine bitterness with bourbon boozey heat. Palate is heavy yet feels light for this strength, is not resinous. Boozy, but interesting brew.
Swazi (2) - London, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012 does not count
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours hazy copper with almost no head. Alcohol and moderate resiny, orange hop aroma. Taste is overly sweet and not well balanced. The hops and esters play off as a rich orange marmalade and the huge bitterness adds to the marmalade impression. Sadly, the bitterness is not up to the task of balancing the sweetness and the beer overall is a bit of a let down. This might improve with some age (I got mine at the brewery 2 weeks ago)
kraddel (851) - deurne, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle split with bobochamps
now first of all, my ’appearance ’ ratings are both on label and poured beer. always has been, always will be. this is a hard one. label is so nice, it hangs on my frontdoor now ( yeah, i do am THAT crazy) but the beerpour.. is light amber , no foam. i wouldnt say it looks bad, but i’d expected more.
smell is hops, yet not as much as i expected.
taste is very bourbon. now, i dont like bourbon, in any beer i had so far . except for this one... damn, this is not bad ! also got some hops in it, but again, more in the back compared to the bourbon . carbo is soft ( nice) mouthfeel is very thick. is this eisbocked? (prob, i supose making a beer 16 percent is very next to inpossible?) thickes ipa ever i guess !
alcohol warmth, yet still very drinkable.
seek this beer, if onley for the sake of trying it !