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


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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (3462) - GERMANY - MAY 15, 2013
(draught) pours a clear golden-amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of marzipan, cashew nuts, muesli and banana, light milk chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, strong vanilla and a hint of tobacco. flavour is mostly banana, alcohol and heavy coconut, with a hint of earth and marshmallow, quite sweet, with a slightly tart finish, the barrel influence is very strong. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Holy diabeetus. Thin, syrupy mouthfeel, notes of marzipan, bourbon, brown sugar. Alcoholic syrup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2806) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2013
@ Zythos 2013. A little hazy amber/light brown beer, with a light beige head. The aroma of tonsel, dark fruits, coffee candy with some port notes. The taste of sweet fruits, vanilla notes, wood some port and alcohol. The aftertaste of sweet fruits alcohol and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5869) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2013
Had a couple pulls from bsuedekum’s pour at Local Option- thanks again, Blake! Pours a hazed toffee color with virtually no head, just a trace of a ring. Lots of fruity, nectary notes, caramel, oak, mellow bourbon, figs, and dates. Not big bourbon barrel character. Much more fruitiness from the Belgian quad base. Medium-full-bodied, with a vinous, chewy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Not bad but I had higher hopes for a bourbon barrel quad from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrW (367) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2013
Sample on draft @ ZBF 2013 Vinous, alcohol aroma, mazipan, caramel, almonds, something sweet fruity in it. Caramelcolour, hazy. Small, yet lacing head. Huge taste. Very rich. Caramel, almonds, marzipan, roasted, getting more bitter every sip. Sticky in the mouth, full bodied, alcoholwarmth. Short finish of alcohol and roast bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2013
Draught Orange-copper beer with a small off-white head. Old wine, madeirisated, spirits as brandy or Bourbon (if relatively little vanilla), bit smoked too. Sweet, alcoholic, spirit (combined with food, turns out utterly boozy). dried apricot (apricot brandy?)? Slick, alcoholwarming, fruitsyrup or -concentrate feel. Just a tad too syrupy, IMHO to be truly great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4084) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2013
Draft at Oakquinox 2013. Amber pour, with a slight haze and an off-white head. Sweet malts, dark dried fruit, belgian candy sugar, over-ripe fruit, fig, oak, yeast, and a touch of vanilla. Pretty nice, but didn’t wow me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (789) - mclean, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2013 Aroma of cherries and caramel. Appearance is a cloudy light amber with a slight white head. The flavor of the cherries comes through with the taste Long and smooth to the palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (2682) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2013
On draft at Pizzeria Paradiso Grorgetown DC. Pours a cloudy amber with an off white head. Caramel aroma. Flavors of raisins, figs and caramel. Smooth and mellow finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
This big bruising 75cl beast is courtesy of the every generous sebletitje, thanks Sebastian. The bottle pours semi opaque copper with thin gold edges and short lived light tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sherry, cherry, date and prune fruity sweetness with slivers of caramel candy here and there. At the end of the draw is a barrel aging and booze sensation. The taste is rich and sweet with nectar like sweet malts, ripe cherries, prunes and brown sugar coated dates. Ah, a yummy rich sweet sipper that picks up a bit of sweet kettle caramelization amid the sweet cherry and plum juice and only hints of the fairly large ABV. Darn good quad.

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