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


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RATINGS: 287   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3397) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8619) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (513) - - 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 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty (5991) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6091) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12350) - 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 15/20
radagast83 (5817) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
33 cL bottle from Cervezorama 2.0 in Madrid, served in a stem glass. Pours hazy reddish brown with a small tan head that remains and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose has big brown sugar notes along with port, dark fruit, oak, sour fruit, flowers and a touch of spice. The flavour is quite sweet with port, brown sugar, caramel, flowers and a touch of oak. Spicy notes provide balance, but it is really all about the malts and port. The finish is long, malty, spicy and porty. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a smooth, milky texture and average carbonation. Overall, a delicious port variant of an already nice brew. Smooth and complex, with an extra touch of port. The most complex of the three; very well done. 2013-05-03

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EddyBeer1 (1051) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2013
Rouge cuivrée trouble avec un léger dépôt en suspension, effervescence moyenne, col beige épais sans être abondant. Après s’être imposé en prenant leur temps, les malts caramel laissent la place à une amertume légèrement réglissée qui n’essaient pour autant pas de prendre tout l’espace afin que le fruité d’abricot puisse s’installer à son aise, tout en donnant un peu d’espace à quelques notes de porto. Une merveille de plus de chez Sruise!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (7788) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle @ Christers. 2011 vintage. Pours slightly hazy golden with a white head, loads of lively bubbles. Aroma of malt, candy sugar, yeast, marcipan, sweet fruit, mango. Flavor is malt, candy sugar, light yeast, marcipan, light port and wood, fruity. Full body, lively carbonation, nice warming alcohol in the finish. 111213

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