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


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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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 14/20
rosenbergh (9510) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2014
330 ml bottle. Vintage 2011. L1609270411. BB 26/12/2017.
Dark reddish brown colour with a tiny white head. Strong malt, sweetness, mild sourness and... something very strong and alcoholic... in the aroma. The flavour is alcohol, sweetness, more sweetness, malt and more sweetness... dark fruits... those are sweet.... and some dark bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle at home in London. Many thanks to Ian for trading me this one (although he did get away with a Heady Topper from me!). Vintage 2011. A bit of a gusher, this one. Thankfully I didn’t lose any but it did start oozing out as soon as the cap was off. It pours cloudy orange-brown with a large, tight frothy cream head that really hangs about. Lights of Belgian yeast in the nose, some caramel, stewed apples, touches of bread and tangy fruits. When you taste the beer, the flavors come at like they were shot from a cannon. The first impact is sweet toffee, followed by alcohol and lots of overripe fruits. Lots of dates, golden raisins, sugary bread, hints of maple. Full bodied with average to lively carbonation and velvety texture. Finishes quite warming with definite alcohol presence, sticky sugars, toasted bread, Belgian yeast, slight bubblegum, melon, faint orange rind, fruit cake, overripe fruits, caramel. Mild dried fruits and bitter citrus rind in the aftertaste. Solid beer. Quite complex, though you definitely know you are drinking a 10% beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
Brassin 2011. Bouteille de 330 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Légère odeur de fruité et d’épice. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Légère odeur d’agrume avec une pointe d’épice et de boisé. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mmoyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement épice. (Rating #5425)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1952) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Cloudy rusty golden colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is candi sugar, port, candy cane, marmalade, whipped cream, currants. Sticky mouthfeel, full bodied, sweet on the palate with a long toffee finish. Taste is candi sugar, quince, marmalade, dried fruits, currants, hints of port and wood. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (1904) - PORTUGAL - JAN 3, 2014
Shared a 33cl bottle from the producer. Pours a brownish golden colour with a thin off-white head/lacing. Aroma is malt, fruits and caramel. Average to high carbonation and medium body. Taste is medium bitter and medium sweet with some sour notes. Overall, a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2014
In Bruges beer shop. David gave me a treat with this one. Rich, with a little smoke and smooth caramel mouthfeel. Warm on a cold day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchMark (310) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2013
Very tasty. Had the vintage 2012. Complex flavor with burned malts dark fruit and a nice mildly bitter hop finish. A bit boozy but in a nice way. Prickly soft carbonation. Do not get the port so much but that doesn?t matter. Highly recommend!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzgorog (584) - FRANCE - DEC 30, 2013
Bière ambrée foncée, trouble, beaucoup de dépot, mousse abondante et persistante. Nez de réglisse, chêne et vin. En bouche, l’amertume est faible, sucrée, on goûte le porto, alcool bien présent. Costaud. Bière complexe et très bonne.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (6379) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Not entirely sure which of the three "Reservas" I had, the beer list just said "Tsjeeses Reserva 2013", and since Oak Reserva retired in ’10, and the Cherry notes on the flavor, I’m guessing it’s the port barrel version. Cloudy copper under a thin foamy off-white head. Nose is fruity and sweet, like boozy cherry meets herbal earthy honey. Flavor is big, bold, boozy and sweet. Lots of alcohol esters, honey, oak, cherry, herbal tones, and a earthy boozy finish. Not too hot, just tastes like strong ale. With honey and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4128) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Temporary rating. At some point I might re-write this.

Hazy deep golden, frothy creamy offwhite, slow diss, thick lacing, Marzipan, oatmeal cookies, port wine, wood, raisins, hay, dry soil, Sweet, tiny bitter, fruity, marzipan, hay, moist wood, port wine, grapefruit rinds, raisins, oatmeal cookies, alcohol, Slightly dry, tiny tart, round, medium to full. As taste but fruitier, drier,

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