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

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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fkoolen (599) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2015 07/02/15: 2009 version, 75cl bottle at De Kelk, Brugge. Nicely reddish brown colour, beige creamy head. Sweet malty nose with caramel, honey and ripe banana accompanied by bourbon and vanilla/cask. Huge body, medium carbonation, oily but soft mouthfeel. Re-rate, 2011 version, 33cl bottle at home: beautifully vinous fruit in the nose and taste, banana, bourbon character coming through nicely too, less malty. Lingering fruity, boozy finish. Immensely complex, BA-aged heaven to me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olliejobbins (1333) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2015
330ml bottle. pours a clear ruby/chestnut colour with thin cream colour head. aroma is plums, prunes, yeast, bread and malts. nice smooth mouth feel. a little too carbonated. alcohol very well hidden. dates, prunes, other dark fruits and a sticky slightly sweet but yeasty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZodiacM (338) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2015
Een heerlijke quadrupel, vol van smaak en geur. Smaken van gedroogd fruit, caramel, chocolade. Deze lijkt op de st. Amatus, maar is net even wat zoeter. Lekker!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3105) - FINLAND - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle. Darker amber in color, frothy off-white head. Oak barrel notes, tart red berries, some sweetness and bit vanilla in aroma, vinous vibes are present as well. Velvety soft mouthfeel, nice. Ripe dark dried fruits, some sweet syrup and a nice mix of vanilla and oak in taste. Dark fruity and malty finish with a soft spicy biting in the end.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerconnaiseur (166) - BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2015
Rio Reserva 2009 - there should be another listing as it’s incomparable with more recent batches, 75 cl bottles without cork or the latest 33cl bottles released 2014. Note to Ratebeer! ;) 75cl corked bottle of 2009. Pours dark orange reddish with great head (poured in crystal big wine glass : major difference than snifter). Aroma is all over the place! Vanilla, caramel, raisins and a certain softness in the combined aromas. Also some mellow whiskey in the nose, and taste. Full on flavour experience with beautiful esters developed over the last 6 years. Butterscotch caramels, raisin, wood, date, herbs, nuts, booze in aftertaste. All these flavours combined linger on. This is truly one of the best Struise beers that balances out over the years, gets less boozey and flavours more pronounced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ulysse (316) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2015
Strong fruity aroma. At some point it made me think of strawberry. It might be thanks to the wine barrel. The bourbon is rather strong though. Not too powerful despite the 10.5 ABV. Creamy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
florent.janssens (228) - - JAN 27, 2015
bouteille de 2011. Bière bonne en bouche, très crémeuse. Elle reste balancé, avec elle passe bien et on ne goûte pas d’alcool. je la trouve même légère.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (1505) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 23, 2015
Botella de 33 cl de cimmeria, tomada en el momento en Oviedo el 24-01-2015. Añada 2011. Lote 0602201130092914 hasta 30-10-2019. color marrón rojizo muy oscuro y turbio con espuma beige. Aromas maltosos, dulces de frutas y plátanos maduros con toques intensos de maderas con licor y bourbon con vainillas suaves al final. Sabores maltosos algo tostados, dulces con toques de frutas tropicales muy maduras, especias y vainillas y maderas empapadas de bourbon. Cuerpo medio a intenso con 10.5 vol, algo pastoso y sensación de licor. No esta mal, una belga interesante.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (2676) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 15, 2015
330ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 15-01-2015.
BBD: 2019.
In short: wood character ale.
Pours amber to copper, hazy, with little off white head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Some funny nose, fruity, wood, resins, chemical. Medium body, average carbonation, oily texture. Taste is quite sweet, vinous, wood, malty, toffee, fruity. Weel balanced, enjoyable despite the nose.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Brandy-laced nuts and caramel are generously offered by this warming dessert brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A crown of foam tops the darkness.
-Alcohol is a bit too present for my liking.
-The tiny bubbles help make the mouthfeel appear heavier.
-Caramel flavors and alcohol heat are both lengthy.

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill, Burlington.


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