joeneugs (5270) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Trappist. I was a little disappointed in this one. It poured a muddy brown with ruby highlights and a thin off white head. The aroma was lots of dark dried fruit and hard candy. The flavor was the same with a strong alcoholic finish. This wasnít sweet at all, though. The oak was only mildly noticeable. A very refined brew, but I was looking for a richer, more yeasty kick.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle from the binnyís next to Goose. I was pretty psyched to find this after class a couple days ago. Dark brown with a medium-sized beige head that settles into a persistent slick of foam. Rich dried fruit aroma with a very aged, dry, almost syrupy quality. Lightly spiced underneath that, but itís hard to tell with what, which is how I like it. A light touch of butter once things warm up, which could be diacetyl or could be the oak, and Iím guessing itís the oak. Adds a really nice richness actually. There is brighter than dried fruit wuality as well, though it is well integrated and reminds me a bit of cooked apple and peach. The flavor is rich and sweet with a spicy fruitcake quality and a touch of burnt molasses. Hardly and alcohol shows, and this is way too easy to drink, drying out just slightly in the finish and not leaving uncomfortable sweetness behind. Oak is slightly noticeable in the finish, but is subtle overall. Full bodied with medium but very fine carbonation. A very nice beer on the whole. The barrel aging gives it a nice roundness and complexity without sticking out at all.
ilovedarkbeer (2676) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tope foamy head. Nose is pumpkin seeds, root beer, licorice, vanilla, dark toffee candies, and green herbs. Taste boozy chocolate bitter chocolate syrup, baking spices, sherry, raisins, and candied sugar. Not overwhelming. This beer show restraint and is good, and not overly carbonated.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml Bottle (2006 Vintage): Aroma of malt, raisins, light dark ripe fruit, slight wood, and plums. Not very aromatic. Poured brown/very deep amber in color with a small, tan head that diminished, except for around the edges. Cloudy. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, light wood, slight caramel, slight raisin, dark ripe fruit, dust, and yeast. Full body. Slick, oily texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, raisin, dark ripe fruit, yeast, and light wood finish. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
jonas (6481) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 Re-rate Bottle at Irrreale.
Dark sugar, roast grain, lactic, port aroma
Black, brown cream
Light wooden, vanilla, molassis, berry flavor, resinny citrus
Fullbodied, dry, mellow mouthfeel
Elegant, not as complex as I remember though
Re-rate 2008 bottle in Cafe Abseits 2012.
6 4 8 3 15
Dark sugar, plum nose
Claret, low head
Cognac, molassis, roast, a bit allspice, clove, plum and wood aftertaste
mellow slick mouthfeel
Spicy aftertaste, plum retronasal
Old rating 9 3 9 3 18
Copenhagen beerfestival 2007 - 2006 bottle. Wooden and fine estery aroma. Cloudy brow, with a brown head. Preserved fruit, orangepeel, chocolate covered raspberries, wood. Has a sherrylike wooden dryness.
obguthr (5263) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008: Black cherries, molasses, and oak on the nose, candi overtones. Clear walnut brown, thin yellow head, good lacing. Dark roasted malt flavor initially with the subtle presence of candi sugar and vanilla. Maraschino and oak finish. Good transitons, great balancecreamy mouthfeel. Very good well rounded beer.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Vintage from the Struise Webshop. Pours a deep mahogany brown with tan head that dissipates. Nose is distinctly Belgian, obviously. Notes of plum, cherry, green apple and oak. Vanilla and buckwheat honey as well. Very nice nose on this one, perhaps some coriander and cardamom notes as well. On taste, nice tartness at the front, white pepper, raisins and some green apple fading into roast. Pretty seamless integration of flavors. Alcohol is also present, though it fades pretty well. Not overwhelming at all. Pretty solid beer.
HonkeyBra (3959) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with thin tan head. Aroma of belgian sugars, nice oak, a bit of caramel and dark fruit. Some apparent alcohol. Flavor has all the nice quad notes with strong wood, lots of belgian sugars and nice dried fruit. Raisins, plums, maybe a bit vinous. Nice full mouthfeel, good carbonations. Good carbonation. Finishes sweet and oaky. Easily one of the best beers Iíve had from Struise.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Bottle @ home. Deep, almost solid brown with faint red glow, medium sized deep brown head.
Aroma is peat, raisin, liquorice, roasted malt, hint of wine/grape and lotís more.
Flavour is very intense, thick creamy goodness, lotís of fruit, lotís of liquorice, smokey sidenote, roasted malt, some coffee, alcohol warm up the throat in the finish, which lasts forever. Perfect carbonation. Great reward for a hard days work. And a good nightcap as well.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 2008 edition bottle that opened with rather nice pop. Color is murky brown with ruby highlights, and a small khaki head that quickly fades. Wonderful wine-like aroma with anise, chocolate, and candy sugar. There almost seems to be a smoke characteristic to the aroma. Really complex and enjoyable. Flavor is also somewhat wine-like with an almost cake frosting like sugary sweetness, and oak in the finish. I could go for more of this anytime!