Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
florent.janssens (264) - - JAN 31, 2015
Arrière goût de liqueur. Très bon palais crémeux. Goût qui rapelle le porto avec une touche boisée. Bière lourde mais on ne goûte pas trop l’alcool. À boire calmement

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ulysse (427) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2015
Strong Porto aroma. Tastes spirit and candy sugar. Very malty. Pleasant mouthfeel with generous carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianza_ale (203) - ITALY - JAN 28, 2015
33cl bottle in belgian chalice. Pours an abundant, fizzy and creamy off-white head; very nice amber to shiny ruby and slighlty unclear colour. Smells cane sugar, belgian yeast, very spicy, fruity, with very nice port hints an some pleasant alcohool too. Tastes dried fruits, toffee, wood/barrell, red fruits, very noticeable and nice port notes, especially in the aftertaste. Sweetness is around almost on a medium level, just there but not too agrressive; almost the same with the medium level bitterness, which slighlty prevails and cuts off nicely the sweetness. Llively but at the same time very sublte carbaontion, body is medium +, sticky texture, nice candied fruits and port aftertaste. Overall a great brew, solid and balanced, one those almost "easy" drinking considering the ABV. Very hard to decide whether the best is this Port Barrell edition or the Bourbon Barrell one :P

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (2140) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle 0.33l at the 1st Tasting 2015 Belgrade Serbia.Bottle from Dranken Geers Ghent Belgium.Pour it dark amber color with small white head.On the nose sweet.Taste and aroma of sweet red wine, wooden note, Belgian yeast.Good complexed.Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (3180) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 6, 2015
330ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 06-01-2015.
Batch: 5183647513. Bottled: 07/2014.
In short: smooth strong sweet ale.
Pours some hazy light copper with little off white head. Short head retention, some lacing. Malty, caramel, liquorice, liquor, toffee and ripe fruit aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, oily texture. Taste is smooth, liquor, caramel, fruity, some wood character. Alcohol noticed, but still pretty well balanced. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (1605) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 4, 2015
At the 1st tasting of 2015 in Belgrade-Serbia. Pours reddish amber completely cloudy with a slightly ivory foamy head. Nose: cellar notes, alcohol notes, cognac. Mouth: medium sourness, wood notes, red wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Japalo (1807) - DENMARK - JAN 4, 2015
bottle@home. Huge head. Mahogany clear. Lively carbonated. Stale nutty dried prunes;Madeira spicy notes. Dry sweet complex. Heavy mouthfeel. Strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrTipple (3552) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
Aroma: intense fruits, plums, honey, orange zest, spices. Appearance: slightly hazy, dark gold, massive, creamy head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: heavy, ripe fruits continue, plums and prunes again. Overall: beautiful Belgian Strong Ale, excellent and most complex aroma and palate. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bryanvdv (615) - - JAN 2, 2015
Bier kwam spontaan omhoog bij openen fles, direct glas eronder, geen verlies. Amber kleurig troebel bier met behoorlijk veel gist. Aroma is zoet fruit met ergens ook wel wat zuur. Smaak is erg zoet, wat rozenbottel proef je terug. Body is mooi vol. De reserva pba vintage 2012

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rototo64 (70) - Mouguerre, FRANCE - JAN 2, 2015
Vintage 2012 - Au service, on a une belle couleur ambrée, enfin dans la pénombre dans laquelle j’évolue ce soir ( faut pas réveiller le bébé..),la mousse est superbe, blanchatre, aérée et imposante. Le nez est fruité, puis, le boisé du fût dans lequel il a vielli ramène sa poire, une présence d’alcool assez importante ensuite..due je pense à ma connerie...c’est quand meme trés agréable et on pourrait passer du temps à laisser son nez au dessus du flacon, les yeux fermés, à prendre du plaisir.. En bouche,pas compliqué, c’est la meme chose que le nez, dans le meme ordre, à part la fin, ouf, pas de gout d’alcool, mais une légère amertume boisée, un régal..c’est liquoreux, ça se laissera réchauffer au coin du feu, en prenant tout son temps..

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