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


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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16227) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle, at Kick. An almost clear one, dark glowing amber in color and with a dense finger thick off-white head. The aroma has a little vinous touch, with dried fruits, some caramel and nuts and a hint of alcohol. Fruity flavor, both dried and fresh, with vinous notes and caramel. A little bitterness too. Full body and a soft carbonation, a little warmth too. Sort of dry. Lasting finish. Sure a pleasant one, a sipper. 141206

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Centje (34) - Bruges, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2014
I can taste caramel, prunes and raison. Look: rusty with a long lasting beige header. The port barrels did a good job!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8723) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 33 cl bottle. 2011 vintage.
Lots of caramel on the nose, nothing else, some metallic notes come through also. Very sweet and tacky, nothing special here. sad face.
33 cl bottle @ Gastropub Tuulensuu.
Pours dark amber color with a large head, a bit of a gusher. Distinct Port on the nose, wood, dark malts, ripe fruits and molasses, faint yeast too. Brown sugar, sweet bready malts and some licorice on the flavor, alcohol comes through just right, dry wood and port hints only on the aftertaste. Moderate carbonation, sticky sweet palate. A very nice dessert delicacy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boxereddy (406) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2014
Mistig amberkleurig bier met kleine schuimkraag. Aroma van gedroogde vruchten en rozijnen. Hint van karamel en vanille in de mond. Superlekker door de rijping in het portovat!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WingdSoldier (72) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2014
Brownish red beer with a complex aroma, hints of orange, cake, chocolate and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
charlotte (5077) - rødovre, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle.Hazy amber colour with medium head.Aroma of dried fruits most like prune and raisin and oak,smooth and sweet with warming mouth feels and hint of caramel and vanilla smooth oily finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Distance_Runner (79) - BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2014
Really good! Bottle from Bier Temple Brussels! Strong smell and aroma :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (10546) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle - Caramel, barrel, prune, raisin and light spice. Hazy copper with a rich long lasting beige head. Caramel, light fruity cherry notes, rich sweetness and a long raisin caramel finish. May have lost some robust flavours with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14937) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle at home. Clear amber/brown - white head. Sweetness. Citrus. Candy. Estery. Wooden. Some coconut notes. Panana. Licorice. Berries. Toasted. Red berries. Soil earthy notes. Tjaaa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4076) - BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2014
Another great Tsjeeses experiment, this time matured on port wine barrels. Coarse but stable, yellowish white head, warm orangey blonde colour with pinkish hue (probably the red port wine speaking), initially clear but hazy with minute yeast bits floating around after adding the deposit. Complexely perfumed, strong and very inviting aroma of syrup-conserved peaches, cloves, pineapple, meat broth, whisky, wodka, old port wine, moist wood, vanilla, gingerbread, black pepper, candi syrup, apricot, pink grapefruit, orange peel. Apricot- and orange-like onset, very vividly fruity, after which you are sucked into a complex ’parcours’ of caramelly and honeyish, profound malts, a soft and full mouthfeel, spicy ginger, pepper and cloves hints and eventually a leafy and peppery hop bitterness, long and dry, accompanied by a pleasantly and elegantly warming port-like alcohol effect. This is not a tripel anymore, this is a full-fledged barley wine, and a very good one at that. One of Struise’s great masterpieces.

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