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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Oostvleteren, Belgium

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common

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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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This ale was brewed back in 2008, and in collaboration with brew master Rychei Sugawa San from Rio Brewing & Co. Our goal was to brew a Belgian dark golden blond quadrupel with an enormous potential of aromas and flavors, and added complexity due to oak barrel aging. Bourbon barels from Kentucky were chosen due to their very special soft roast quality and noble vanilla flavors. Year upon year, different quality controls were executed, and we finally decided to bottle condition this very special ale in May 2012. Another three moths of cold maturing was done at the brewery, so we could be sure about the absolute quality before releasing to our customers.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
c0fein (256) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2015
330ml bottle from Saveur-Biere. Brewed back in 2011, Bottled on August 2014.

Mahogany colour with a thin layer of foam. Spices, sweetness, full-bodied. Tasteful!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (2866) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle @ New Years Tasting. 2009 vintage, shared by me. Pours a hazy amber beer with big off white head on top. Aroma is vineous, malty, loads of different barrel characters and some slight yeasty influences as well. Flavor is sweet, boozy, vineous and has some chocolate and loads of malts in there. Feels like a perfect harmony between wine and beer. Some faint vanilla touches in the back here with a strange yeasty finish. Great complexity, good stuff overall!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3646) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3 year old bottle shared by Ajax. Dirty, hazy Amber color with thin off white head. Aroma is caramel drenched figs, light musty yeast with mild dying bourbon.

The flavor starts lightly yeasty and has some dark fruit hints thought the center. (Raisins, figs) I don’t pick up much bourbon at this juncture but I do get the wine barrels although the wine notes don’t really make the flavor cohesive. The wine note throws it a touch out of whack and gives hints at oxidation. Still drinkable but not sure if the quality justifies the price.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (939) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Three year old $40 bottle shared by Adam, thanks! Pours cloudy orange brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, raisin, banana. Flavor is very sweet, caramel, bread, raisin. Clove spice in the finish. Barrel is there in the finish too, but not strong.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatthijsE (897) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours copper, light haze, big tan head, little retention/lace, but some legs. Aroma of fig, toffee, fruity ester, vanilla, lightly vinous, honey. Taste is sweet, but not cloying; vanilla, dark fruit, light wine, toffee. Palate is soft, slick, sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (1291) - PORTUGAL - DEC 26, 2014
33cl bottle (2011). Hazy amber colour with a nice tan head. Liquorice, dates, peach and alcohol in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium to full body. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with some sourness and a long dry finish. Overall, more than a beer, a digestive.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoulderbroken (2314) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle at Delirium Tokyo. Desert. Aroma is complex. Apples, white wine, caramel, toffee popcorn, bourbon. Taste is great. Caramel, cherry, full on. Sweet but lovely. Fruit comes through, caramel, sticky and sweet. Really lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freretoc (904) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 23, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl à la brasserie, couleur rubis, belle mousse blanche peu d’effervescence, gros nez sur la vanille, puis attaque en bouche sur la vanille et attaque sur le bourbon et une pointe citronnée? Deuxième bouche sur le cèdre et l’amande.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Renobob (1001) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 23, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Produit exceptionnel. Couleur anbrée. Arômes de fruits jaunes, de prunes, de banane et d'alcool. Complexe et équilibrée, on approche de la perfection. Pointe de bois et de vanille sur la finale. Excellent !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wekker84 (1620) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle a amber red colored beer with a white head aroma oak caramel spicy dry fruits sugar fruits and citrus flavor malts spicy citrus caramel spicy dry fruits some alcohol sugar oak and some bitters in the finish


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