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


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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This ale was brewed back in 2008, and in collaboration with brew master Ryohei 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Humlehode (307) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2015
Pours amber, slightly cloudy. Berry, malt, phenols. Complex. Sweet, full bodied. Very smooth and well balanced bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cjldm (55) - - APR 29, 2015
My favourite style taken on from a new angle - yet again - by my favourite Belgian brewery. Poured into a Westmalle chalice. The head is smaller than required by the glass, but hangs around. Beer pours a murky brown, yet lets through a lot of light. A seasoned drinker would guess that it will turn out moderately sweet. Smell immediately gives hint of sweet candi sugar yeast with a beautiful vanilla oak complement. Some stone fruits and green grapes appear as well of scents of honey-sweetened Kentucky bourbon. The taste has the sweetness, but there is a real grape flavour carried through the body. Belgian brown sugar sweet yeast mixes with caramel bourbon and hints of dessert wine. There is butterscotch and Christmas chocolate orange in there too, picture a Scottish Christmas dessert. In spite of the overall sweetness, the complexity allows bourbon and wine flavours to come through. Brown sugar with a lot of barley wine characteristics - a note to its American parentage. Barely a dash of alcohol, in spite of an 11% abv. A very smooth blend which beautifully carries an array of flavours. The taste will hang around long after finishing. Beautifully exhibits the flavours. A masterpiece. Overall, not the strongest barrel-tasting beer I've ever had, but that is due to the fact that Struise produces such a wide array of flavours that it exists to complement the wide array of flavours on offer, rather than presenting the sole flavour in itself. Having heard little of this beer before, I have been highly pleasantly surprised and it now ranks as one of my Struise favourites. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1098) - GREECE - APR 27, 2015
330ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Dark orange copper color with small beige head. Fruity and malty aroma. Banana when it is cold, some dark fruits when it gets warmer, caramel, wood. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (374) - - APR 24, 2015
Pours a deep amber hazy body with a thin head. Rich aroma of malty sugars and wood. Nice and full taste of dried fruit, sugars and barells. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (511) - HUNGARY - APR 18, 2015
Újabb, immáron a sokadik Struise remekmű, amire sikerült rátennem a kezem, ez esetben egy 2011-ben főzött belga quadrupel, melynek legfontosabb jellegzetessége, hogy egy évet Tour Baladoz hordóban pihent, majd Kentucky-beli bourbon hordók szolgáltak lakhelyéül, végül pedig újabb három hónap segítette a nemesedésben a főzde falain belül. Az előéletének ismerete nem utolsó szempont, ha súlyos összetettségét megérteni szándékozunk. A benyomások olajozott terepen alakulnak meg: a szokásos Struise-szín, krémes hab, megnyerő küllem. A vörösboros, tompa, kerekded jegyek lágyan fonódnak össze a whiskey élesebb, hirtelen aromáival, amik sokszínűségben bármely itallal felveszik a versenyt, a legnagyobb súllyal talán mégis a vaníliás-kókuszos, tölgyfacsipszes, mézédes malátás hangulatok esnek a latba. Rég ittam már olyan sört, amelynek ne lett volna semmi mondanivalója; természetesen ez a főzet sem volt kivétel. Vibráló, komplex ízjegyek kerekednek ki a malátaszirup komótosan csordogáló, mégis nagy erőt sugárzó folyamából, az érlelés különleges értéket ad az egyébként sem mindennapi italhoz. A Rio Reserva egyszerre sugározza örök érvényű, klasszikus stílusba öltöztetett, egyszersmind a változásokra fogékony közönség számára készült, az aktuális trendnek mindenben megfelelő főzet képét.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DwarfeD (1608) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Clear amber brown with a small slightly off-white head. Full body with low carbonation. Quite sweet with some malty bitterness. Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, ripe fruits, oak and raisin. A well balanced BA quadruple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeatyPete (525) - NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2015
Amber colour with off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, vanilla and ripe fruit. Taste is sweet and a bit boozy, canned fruit, wood and bourbon. Good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erasmus_ro (1891) - Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours a reddish orange with a classy, beige head. Aroma is vinous, oaky, rather berry. Very much white wine, some vanilla. Later on the vanilla and whiskey become more dominant. Taste is quite sweet, the bourbon dominates here: Vanilla, whiskey, oak. Light vinous touch on the background. Some smooth salty liquorice, not rough like in imperial stouts. The alcohol is well hidden, but so is the beer. The barrel flavors dominate so if that’s your thing...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (146) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2015
Rio Reserva uitgeschonken in De Struise Brouwers bierglas. Troebel, amber/koperkleurig bier met licht beige schuimkraag in een fijne structuur die na enige tijd terugzakt. Aangename geuren van karamel, rozijnen, rijpe banaan en specerijen. Zoals verwacht is de smaak lekker complex en zoet fruitig. Met tonen van rozijnen, vijgen, zoete smaken van karamel, banket en kruidkoek. Verder specerijen als vanille en witte peper, en een verdere complexiteit van iets zurige en houtige wijntonen met een finish van Bourbon. De carbonatie is zacht met een licht bittere afdronk waarin je zeker ook weer een zweem van Bourbon en vanille proeft. De Struise Rio Reserva is een heerlijke complexe quadrupel en wederom een fantastisch bier van De Struise Brouwers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (115) - Livorno, ITALY - MAR 28, 2015
Si presenta di colore giallo ambrato opaco; la schiuma č abbondante, fine, cremosa e dall’ottima persistenza. L’aroma č complesso: bourbon, vaniglia, spezie, caramello, arancia, ciliegia; dopo una piů attenta analisi, si percepiscono anche lo zucchero di canna, il brandy e un leggero profumo di mele. Il gusto č incredibilmente complesso: malto, caramello, bourbon, prugna, melassa, frutta secca, uva passa, vaniglia, fichi, zucchero di canna, spezie. Corpo pieno e complesso, carbonazione media. E’ un capolavoro, di una genialitŕ incredibile; almeno una bottiglia, non dovrebbe mai mancare nella RESERVA personale!

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