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


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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5954) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle. Poured a slightly clear orange color with a wispy white head. Aroma was notes of sweet caramel, dark fruits, sweet malts, light spices and Belgian yeast notes and a smooth port note. Light, drinkable spices, a pleasant sugar note to it, with a touch of vanilla and port wood. Highly drinkable, especially with the 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6168) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2013
75cl bottle pours a hazy orange with some filmy white head. Nose is interesting, plenty of alcohol like a wine, floral, some tea, some brandy, some candy. Flavor is lightly sweet, light soap, some fortified wine, mild grape, mild brandy. Full bodied, oily finish. I thought this would be a train wreck, but it wasn’t back. 75cl is too large a format for this beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NicolaiH (53) - - DEC 25, 2013
Port barrel-aged 2012 vintage, 33cl bottle from the Malting Pot (BRU/BXL respect!). Pours a deep orange, with frothy off-white head. Plum and walnut notes, a sharp bite and beautiful overall balance. More piercing than it's bourbon-barreled brethren. Good for cutting through heavy foods. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3345) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2013
Bottled. Pours hazy orange with an smal, short lasting, off-white head. Aroma of yeast, apple, pear , caramel and port notes. Sweet flavor that ends up light acidic with alcohol notes Full bodied, creamy to oily texture and soft carb. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Candied pale fruit, cake-y spices and doughy yeast whip up a pleasant but muddled dessert.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the cloudy amber.
-Nothing stands out in the flavor profile; there isn’t a dominating character one can fall back on.
-Alcohol is well hidden.
-A light acidity peers through the doughy yeast.
-Don’t know if this one is already past its prime, but its flavor clarity is clearly not optimal.

2011 bottle; thanks Ian!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freretoc (1216) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 24, 2013
Bu en bouteille de 33cl, une bière brune ave une mousse qui tient bien, en bouche c’est un suplice tellement que c’est bon, on sent beaucoup le fruit sec, le côté vineux et ça se bonnifie en prenant de la température ! Délicieux !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (567) - - DEC 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 Sampled @ Kerstbierfestival 2013 Essen. Very good beer. Nice, balanced, complex, sweet. Fruity as well, fresh. Great. Lesser version of the Bourbon-aged version. Drank during Christmas dinner with Thierry, Cedric and Marijn. Nice beer with a compelling taste. Liked it better than the bourbon version this time :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3418) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle - 330ml. Hazy amber body with a thin off-white foamy/creamy head. Fresh malty/hoppy aroma with citrusy, woody, and yeasty hints. Its well balanced malty/hoppy taste carries fruity, woody, and yeasty notes. Ends with a warming bittersweet finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2013
75cl bottle, thanks noodleuser. Medium beige head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, brown sugar, some plum, vinous, light spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous, some brown sugar, spicy, light plum, alcohol warming. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty (6063) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2013
330ml Bottle - Copper with a slight haze. Fruitcake, caramel, port, brown sugar and spices in the aroma. Fruity, rich and vinous taste with malt, fruitcake, mince pies, caramel and a fruity, warming and bitter finish, perhaps from the port. One to sip slowly on a cold winter’s night.

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