kopher (592) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
sweet fruity and brown sugar aroma with lots of roasted malt -- coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and some licorice. other spices as well, maybe nutmeg, plus oak. tons of dried apricots, maybe dipped in brown sugar and chocolate.
deep fruit, chocolate, and malty caramel flavor. sweet but not cloying, with a dark, slightly tart fruit finish and roasted grains throughout to balance.
pours a thick dirty orange brown with light brown frothy but quickly-receding head.
medium body, a bit thin and dry for the style, long sweet/tart/roasty finish with alcohol present. excellent.
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from EtreGourmet, shared with Palme. Deep murky brown body, medium beige head. I’ve been waiting for this missing link in my Struise beers; being a huge quad fan my expectations are high for a local tribute to Westvleteren 12. :-) Aroma is caramel, alcohol, raisins, hints of wood and subtle, moss-like herbal tones. Could perhaps have been more pungent, but the blend is elegant. Taste is dense candy sugar tones, hints of figs, dates, raisins and warming alcohol. Very nice and smooth, but compared to the Trappist quads it’s unfortunately not *quite* there. Great stuff though.
Zita (4516) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
alcohol, brown, hazy, light brown finish,medium sweetness, lightly bitter, salty, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Hansen (6432) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown and hazy. Has an off-white head, medium duration. Aroma of bread, both dark and light. Some notes of dried grapes, spicy too, perhaps pepper. Flavor is mainly sweet, more dark and dried fruit. Long duration. Some nice sugars too. Light bitter finish. Creamy texture and a bit lively carbonation.
Koelschtrinker (9999) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dunkler, deutlich hefiger Antrunk, in dem das malz die in die Hefigkeit integriert wird. Etwas bananig, würzig, angenehm aromatisch und hopfig. Für 11% ist das Bier allerdings fast schon mild. Süßer Abgang. Einzig der Hopfen ist hier besonders hervorzuheben, ansonsten hat Struise hier ein gutes Bier gebraut, das aber an die anderen Spitzenprodukte der Brauerei nicht herankommt. 11/9/10/11//11
weaselkenievil (1606) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, cheers MesandSim. This was a grower, the more you drink the better it gets. Pours dark brown with a medium pale brown head. As with all things Struise, complex, lovely and full of flavour. Quite sweet with caramel, some rum, spices, licorice. Another one of those where I have to get some more. If only I could control myself to cellar more instead of drinking them all like a poet on pay day.
Embrouille (2819) - SWITZERLAND - APR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 355ml. Malt accented. Pretty true to the style. Full bodied. Tall, nicely tanned head. Reminiscent of Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock (moss components). Plenty of character. Enjoyable and interesting but far from being great.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Light roasted aroma of caramel, chocolate and liquorice. Light roasted flavor of chocolate and liquorice. Liquorice was a little off putting
thirdeye11 (5480) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(33cl bottle 2010 vintage thanks to bu11zeye) cloudy rich ruby brown, ring of tan bubbles. Nose of raisin, Belgian yeast, mild funk, alcohol figs, and light chocolate. Taste of alcohol, raisins, dates, nutty, a bit alcoholic, harsh finish and creamy carbonation. Marshmallow linger. Good, but didn’t live up to what I hoped it would be.
txspartan (959) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good black ale with a certain sweetness to it. Somehow it gets old before finishing the first glass, though.