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


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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3492) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2012
2011 vintage. Poured a murky amber with a thick, frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet malt and spice. Medium body, sweet malt flavour with caramel and dried fruit, just a slight hint of the port in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6830) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2012
33cl bottle from Beer City. Orangée trouble, col beige épais. Arôme malté, sucré, barrique avec un léger bouquet de Porto-vin rouge qui reste assez discret, limite malt biscuité et de sucre de cane. Palais reste rondement bien fait avec une épaisseur de bouche donnant plus l’accent sur le Porto sans pour cela ajouter une dimension trop dominante du boisé. Le tout est bien belge, levure et côté mousse finement épicés fini alterne les notes de cama-sucré malté avec un ajout réchauffant au palais venant du vin. Alcool se montre en fin de bouche, couvrant la gorge, agréable mais dommage que le Porto ne donne au final qu’un ajout trop discret.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abio (1616) - Waasland, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2012
Side by side with the BBA version. Look are about the same. Orange-brown beer with an ok head. The smell of this one is a bit less good. Hard to smell. Yeast, liquor, wood, the port you can smell also. The taste is a bit less good. Both are decent brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (3834) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle @ home. Aroma is peppery yeast, some caramel, wood, some fruity notes. Flavour is complex malt ,caramel, fruits, some woody alcoholic notes, some fruity oxidized port notes. Some warming burn in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 31, 2012
(From notes 28 Oct, 2012) Bottle. Off-white, compact head, but not very large. Slightly hazy amber colored beer. Aroma is sugary, yeast, something resembling honey. Flavor is malty and quite smooth on the palate. Finish is a bit bitter and a bit sweet. Small suspended particles in the beer. Alcohol well hidden.

Hard to say right now how this differs from the other versions, but this was definitely an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nisse666 (4284) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle from SB cons 2012-10-22 Göteborg AR: soft yeasty, wee alcoholic, soap AP: hazy earl grey, frothy fizzy deminishing beige head F: yeasty, warming, candis, very smooth round felling, in the background there is mix of spices playing around

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2321) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with a big creamy white head. It’s not a traditional saison, even though the fruity and spicy yeastiness is there. And it’s not very effected of the port barrel ageing (maybe some sweetness). It’s however a nice enough winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (5452) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2012
Bottle from the Bier Koning. Pours cloudy brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of yeast, candy, caramel, spice and vinous aspects. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5236) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2012
330ml brown glass bottle, Gift from harrisoni. This is very similar to the BBA. Though the only production difference is the aging in different flavoured barrels, beers will develop differently over time. This is less sweet than the BBA. Less carbonated. Less fruit juice. More grainy. More yeasty. Heavier flavoured - slightly less attractive. That’s more likely to be the nature of living beer, than the barrels they were aged in. The BBA had a more noticeable awareness of bourbon than this has of port. At times I can convince myself I can taste port - but it’s not obvious, and could be suggestive rather than actual. The BBA was overall cleaner and more enjoyable. This is OK, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (2255) - SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
@ Basunen: Present från Eddan: Ganska svag fatdoft. Smaken är ganska lätt och ganska frisk. En hel del kolsyra. Helt ok.

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