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


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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (1215) - Århus, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2015
0.33 bottle. Delicately hazy, light brown color with a reddish tinge and a small, off-white head. Aroma of red fruits, some vinegar, and wooden barrels. Taste of wood, red fruits, some malts, delicate spices. Medium body, oily texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is mostly the same as the main taste but it also introduces some molasses. Overall a really good beer, typical BA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (10340) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2015
330 ml bottle. Vintage 2011. BB 30/10/2019. At the Stadin Panimobaari, Helsinki, Finland. Dark red colour with a small frothy off-white head. The aroma is wow! Sweetness, fruits, dark fruits, candies, mild berries and vanilla sweetness in the aroma. The flavour is herbal hops, sweetness, dark fruits, calvados, whiskey and malt. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (1226) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2015
(330ml 2011 bottle from Mikkeller & Friends bottle shop) Pours slightly hazed deep reddish amber with a small, fine cream head that lingers with lace. Aroma has caramel and honey sweetness up front, strawberry, dark rye bread, a hint of banana churro, prune, preserved cherry, and a delightful underpinning of vanilla, oak and fairly ample bourbon. Sweet at first on the palate, caramel-soaked fruit with notes of prunes, dates, preserved cherry, red dessert wine, slight bread. Oak building in the middle with tobacco and vanilla notes, drying, bourbon, dried dark fruits. A slight toasted character on the finish, which is woody with a fair amount of bourbon, lingering caramel and fruitiness in the back. Long aftertaste with almost no alcohol heat. Medium, oily body with very soft carbonation. A real stunner from Struise, the fruity complexity is up with the very best quads while the bourbon is quite robust and adds its own mark without overwhelming completely. The whiskey character helps quell the cloying finish of some quads. Super sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
borre_m (1314) - NORWAY - MAY 30, 2015
Pours cloudy amber, tan head. Aroma of tobacco, redwine. Taste is complex, tabacco, redwine,. Very nice balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gerbeer (3124) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours a deep garnet/ mahogany color with moderate head. Aromas of sweet malts, candi sugar, and dried dark fruit. Rich flavors of same with additional light anise and oak/vanilla. Rich and creamy. Typical de Struise greatness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2015
330 ml bottle, pours brown with a small, frothy, off white head. Aroma is caramel, oatmeal, strawberry, prune, red cherry. The oaking adds to the base with red wine and whisky notes adding to the already complex aromas balancing together. Medium bodied with a creamy texture, finish is lightly bitter, very smooth, carbonation is fine and lasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (2973) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2015
Pours murky brown with a large frothy off white head. Aromas of caramel, honey, rye bread, figs, dates, toffee, cherries, bourbon. Taste is caramel, rye bread, figs, dates, toffee, bourbon, vanilla and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and substantial with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadRobin (2813) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2015
On tap at Frisco Taphouse and Brewery in Columbia, MD Hazy, deep amber with a cream-colored head very good lacing. Aroma of ripe fruit, fruit sugars, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, vanilla, canned peaches and booze. Taste of ripe fruit, booze, vanilla, raisins, caramel, canned peaches, oak and dried fruit. Medium/full body and low/medium carbonization. A treasure to find the 2009 on tap in 2015. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VDuquerroux (1222) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle, 750mL. Home. A brown earthy opaque beer with a small white head poorly persistent. First, roasty,coffee, licorice then prune, caramel, vanilla, wood notes. Medium sweet, warming note ; medium bitter : good balance. No dryness there. Full body, medium texture, average to soft carbonation, sweet elegant warming finish. Overall, liquid masterpiece !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zaf (308) - ITALY - MAY 2, 2015
versione 2011, ha un anno in botti di vino bianco Saint Emillion Tour Baladoz in più rispetto alla versione 2008. Ambrato carico con schiuma bianca/leggermente beige a grana fine che lascia un velo molto sottile.. il miglior tipo di aroma che abbia mai sentito..inalando lievemente si sente molto l’aroma vinoso dolce,mieloso e di vaniglia..inspirando più decisamente emerge in maniera decisa l’aroma torbato di bourbon,legnoso ed affumicato,ma molto ben legato al dolce del vino..davvero qualcosa di unico,che non ho mai provato prima..l’alcool fa da sottofondo ma non spicca particolarmente.. gusto splendidamente bilanciato fra le due componenti principali dell’aroma (forse più dolce che torbato)..complessità elevatissima..corpo pieno,frizzantezza sorprendentemente alta (ma non invasiva) il bourbon/torbato riemerge nel finale amaro (probabilmente è la tostatura del legno) e si posiziona in fondo alla gola e ai lati della bocca lasciando una piacevolissima sensazione calda e leggermente piccante.. (piccola nota: i rutti sono decisamente al vino bianco!) un capolavoro,una delle birre più complesse mai assaggiate..prodotto di un birrificio che non smetterà mai di stupire..

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