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

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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5016) - GERMANY - JUN 20, 2013
On tap at CBC2012. Beer in the glass amber coloured, nice head. Starts sweet-malty, getting drier. Fruity hints of apricot. Finish warming, some smokey-malty notes. nteresting beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stouby (3737) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2013
Draught at Fermentoren. Almost clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, dark fruits, wood/barrels, bourbon. Flavor almost heavy sweet, light spicy, light hoppy. Full body, quite flat, some warming alcohol in the finish. Super nice. Called vintage 2009.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (4522) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2013

Appearance: Amber color with a tan head.
Aroma: Sweet fruity, light acidic, light oak and caramel malty.
Palate: Medium to full body. A round fine sweetness and a mild bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: A bit sweet fruity, caramel malty, oak and some mild spices. Warming alcohol.
Overall impression: Holy diver!
Personal stats: Sample @ Haand 13

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eachnotesecure (66) - Kentucky, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Shared a 750 of this at a recent tasting. Purchased about six months ago. Pours a copper color with little to no head. Smells boozy and sweet with some caramel and toffee also on the nose. Tastes like a dream, so much going on here with the barrels, the vanilla and has an easy mouthfeel and finish. Want more.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (7651) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2013
Draught @ Haand Ølfestival 2013
Pours slightly hazy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, oak, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, oak, vanilla and dried fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inbreak (2133) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 12.05.2012, tap @ CBC:
Lett fruktig og konsentrert lukt med preg av malt, humle, sukker, tørka frukt, alkohol, karamell, gras, epler. Sødmerik lett fruktig smak med preg av malt, humle, karamell, tørka frukt, gras, smørblomst, toffee, rosin, sjokolade. Middels bitterhet som set litt. Grei.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4480) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle @ BBQ’13: Served in a taster: Medium sized vast and very slowly changing vanilla/beige colored foamy head on top of a clear amber colored beer. Aromas of fruit, peach, pine, apple, hints of oatmeal, bourbon and vanilla. Flavours of butter, prunes, berries, cream, bourbon tint, barleys, vanilla tint and spicy. Aftertaste is creamy, fruity, bourbon, barleys and some spice/bitters. Low carbo, soft silky mouthfeel, full body and a oily texture. Lovely beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Poured into a goblet. This was not cheap, but I guess four years in a barrel will do that to a beer. 4.0 A: Moderately hazed light amber color. Not quite a "blonde" quad. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is about what you’d expect from a beer this big and a short, incomplete ring of lacing is left. 4.5 S: The nose mainly consists of an interesting interplay between the two barrels used. The wine barrel offers a big sherry fruitiness with mixed berries (raspberry foremost), cherries, and sweet vinous grape. The bourbon barrel contributes a lot of vanilla, earth, melon fruitiness, and a touch of leather. The base beer rounds this out with caramel, plum, figs, and dates. Peppery spiciness. Overall, this is incredibly fruity with all the aromas smoothened out and integrated well. No hints of booze. Lots of complexity here. Well done. 4.0 T: The taste is more of the mishmash of flavors that I was expecting to discover in the nose. Huge fruitiness again doesn’t quite get along with the bourbon, but they aren’t at odds as much as they could be. Absolutely tons of raspberry, strawberry, vinous grape, and cherry sherry notes. Fig, date, plum, prune, melon underneath. There’s even some tobacco and raisin in there as well. Earthy bourbon with leather, vanilla, and some peat. Pepper and a bit of clove from the yeast. Caramel, toffee, a light booze, and a sugary sweetness. Superbly complex, but not everything gets along with each other. Still, quite tasty. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess, but a bit chewier and stickier than I prefer. Smooth enough though. 3.5 D: Very interesting beer that is worth a try. I doubt I’d buy another bottle if I had the chance though, but I’m glad I got this one. The bourbon is a bit at odds with the fruity notes, but at least it’s a unique experience. Serving type: bottle 10-22-2012 22:31:28

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3086) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2013
On tap at Haand Festival 2013. Golden color, good foam . Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, malt, toffee, some fruitiness and hops in aftertaste. Full body & High complexity. Inmediate sweetness, balancing bitterness; overall On the sweet side. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6267) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2013
750 ml bottle. 2008 vintage.
Pours a dark amber brown colour with a beige foamy head with good retention. Aroma is rather sweet and fruity with notes of ficus, bourbon, wood, caramel, . Flavour of strong heavy caramel, dried apricot, bourbon, mellow honey, ficus, wood, weak vanilla and some alcohol. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes smooth, lingering, warming, fruity and somewhat tangy, where bourbon barrel clearly is present. Complex and heavy. Excellent stuff.


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