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


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RATINGS: 371   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2015
330ml bottle. pours a clear dark brownish red with thin brown head. lucky this didn’t explode like the BBA. aroma is caramel, alcohol, yeast, malts and dark fruits. really nice sweet oaky fruity taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (4421) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2015
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours a rosy deep brown with medium off-white head. Sweet candi sugar aroma. Taste is slick, beautiful Tsjeeses, nicely balanced with a rich fruitiness but kinda hard to get much port influence. Disappointing in that regard but still a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Wine. Pours darkly translucent orange with a creamy beige head. Aroma is mildly oxidized port with a touch of treacle/kandi. Med + body. Flavor is red berry, oak and something hinting of evergreen. With time it is possible to pick out some port.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9216) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange amber with a thick beige head and a strong port aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with some candi sugar and a hint of port with a strange spice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fombe89 (2253) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 5, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2015 Botella. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 23/07/2015 Bottled: 07/2014 Color marron claro, aroma caramelo, licor sabor dulce, algo de uva, vino.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
florent.janssens (276) - - 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 (440) - 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 (205) - 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 (2480) - 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 (3231) - 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.

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