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

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RATINGS: 190   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.


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 (3031) - 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 (6176) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6109) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2013
75 cl bottle (10,5%). BBE 30.05.2017.
Pours hazy dark copper color with head. Aroma of oak, dark ripe fruits, yeast, caramel, dark berries and some molasses. Flavor of ripe fruits, sweet caramel malts, molasses, mild oaky notes, rose hip and some mild sourish fruity notes. Somewhat heavy beer, complex and full-flavored. Very nicely aged, almost sourish palate with a sweetish finish. Excellent.
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (5598) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2013
75 cl bottle vintage 2008 (10,5%) @ home, BBE 30.05.2017. Thanks lusikka!
Aroma has berries, some redcurrants, bourbon notes, wood, hints of vanilla and spices. Flavour is slightly tart and somewhat sour with bourbon notes, some red wine, vanilla, redcurrants and woody notes. Not your typical quadrupel, quite sweet and unique. Heavy stuff and really slow beer – but I like it!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (3758) - Freising, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7200) - Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Holy diabeetus. Thin, syrupy mouthfeel, notes of marzipan, bourbon, brown sugar. Alcoholic syrup.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2808) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6335) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrW (407) - 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.


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