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


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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (4649) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
Bottle, side by side with BBA Tsjeeses. Clear gold pour with thin receding white head. Aroma is quite similar to bba, fruity, boozy notes, very light winey character. Taste is quite boozy, light vanilla-like sweetness, winey, oaky flavor. Palate is rich, quite boozy, low-med carbonation. Good, but slightly inferior to (this) bottle of BBA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (4980) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2013
33cl bottle, vintage 2011. Hazy amber, thick white head. Aroma feels slightly off, old cheese, sour milk, later brown sugar, yeast, fruity notes. Flavor has sweet soaked fruits, wood, brown sugar. Long sweet finish. Alcohol keeps hidden, but overly sweet.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2013
330 ml bottle at home - 2012 version - pours clear dark amber with a fine white head and with yeast floating around yeeeey - rich aromas of spices , honey and caramel. Full & sweet body with medium bitterness as from middle building up to the end. Taste of mellow grapefruit, lots of caramel and malts, cane Sugar in the finish. Special and very nice beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (1307) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2013
Pours a beautifully amber-brown colour with a creamy head. Nose has some citrus and just a hint of red wine/port. Taste gets sweet fruits, hoppy bitterness and alcohol giving it balanced complexity. Can’t really get the port in the taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hanoi (671) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 Bottle 2012: Nose is vanilla, honey, slight brandy, a little strawberry. Taste is vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, chirstmas pudding, cherry. At first I could not detect the port, but it emerges a few mouthfuls in giving a sticky port note amongst the spice. Finish is very peppery with a dry note. Mouthfeel is surprisingly carbonated. Leaving the alcohol so prominent is a bold choice and really works for me as a winter warmer. This is a gold standard Christmas beer. Bottle 2013: Hard to detect significant variation to the 2012 looking at my notes. Still a cracking beer, though perhaps over carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (1808) - FINLAND - OCT 17, 2013
Hazy orange with off-white head. Aroma is Fruit, toasted, caramel and wood. Flavour is sweet, fruit, yeast and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3688) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
Bouteille du vintage 2011. Bue en compagnie de SlovakSniper. Bière orangée cuivrée avec une mousse blanche. Un nez sucré, suret et caramélisé. Une bouche sucrée au sucre perlé. Le caramel est trop présent. Elle manque d’atténuation pour une triple. 6/10

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rfranssens (29) - Hulst, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2013
Oh I love this one! Nice deep red-brown color, great head of foam and funny bottle. The taste is nice and spicy, sweet, fruits and vanilla. Very complex but good balanced. You can find some sweet and warming port notes in it. I will get more of these for sure!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (4953) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle 33cl from Jan thanks. A cloudy orange amber beer without head, got huge gushing, surprising for such a strong beer. Nose is on yeast, orange, vinous touch and candied fruits. Aroma is very fruity on prune, apricot and orange, candied fruit touch, very sweet, vanilla touch, good complexity. Lot of yeast notes and honey, Port touch is low on my point of view, medium hopy. Finish is again on orange, sweet caramel and some burning alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (4148) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
Une petite bouteille que j’ouvre en compagnie de rodenbach99. J’observe que la fin de vie utile du liquide est prévue pour le 26 décembre 2017. En le versant, je découvre que sa robe cuivrée est bien sale. Sa petite couronne de mousse beige agrémente sans doute mon regard. Je plonge mon nez de métèque dans cette sauce signée Struise pour me rendre compte assez rapidement que nous sommes ici dans une confiserie pour adultes. Je capte beaucoup de douceur: du sucre belge, du miel cristallisé, des fruits de toute sorte et quelque chose qui me fait penser à la vanille. Je trempe mes lèvres une première fois pour découvrir que les saveurs ne trahissent guère les arômes. Je goûte pour une deuxième fois pour me convaincre que cette potion sucrée manque d’atténuation. Sur mon palais, j’ai l’impression d’un liquide lourdaud. Le pétillement faible et la texture légèrement collante ne sont pas deux arguments susceptible de me convaincre. En finale, je note la présence d’une chaleur d’alcool qui freine avec bonheur les fioritures sucrées qui ornent et qui finissent par hanter toute la complexité fruitée emprisonnée dans cette petite bouteille qui, ma foi, est plutôt difficile à boire.

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