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

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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (899) - SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2015
Rich amber browny heavy heady and beautiful with a thick self perpetuating off white head. Sappy and spirity. Spicy and potent. One of the best Christmas beers there have ever been.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
creppyiceman (449) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2015
(bottle 2013 vintage) Aroma:caramel combined with lovely porto red wine smell,toffi,spices,dark fruits,vanilla and tannin-like hint. Apperance:redish color,medium-size beige head, Taste:sweet,lovely flavour of caramel,toffi,red wine,dark fruits(plums cherries),lovely wine-like finish,tannin-like/caramel aftertaste. Palate:medium-full body,medium carbonation,no sign of alcohol whatsoever. Overall:One of the best beer I have ever tried.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tamy (8) - - DEC 19, 2015 does not count
Donker, licht zoete Tripel, vol van smaak. Subtiele Port tonen. Redelijk wat koolzuur, mooie schuimkraag. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lore (2168) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 17, 2015
opalescent dark amber colour, moderate sized yellowish-beige-ish off-white head; aroma of dried fruits, toffee, woody notes, hints of vanilla, herbal notes, wallnut and port wine; taste of dried fruits, vanilla notes, caramel, some wallnut, liqueur notes, and port wine; amazing Belgian strong ale

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1920) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 17, 2015
330ml bottle @Bir&Fud (Rome). Pours brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits, raisins, nice. Flavour is medium sweet with a good bitter end, complex but a bit messy. Full body, medium carbonation. Ok.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6563) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Brown ish pour. Candy sugar. Brown sugar. Some big De Sruisse sweetness. Boozy in finish. Very X-mas.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ciocanelu (1302) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 14, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2015 Review from notes. Had it side by side with the regular version. Slightly hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is more simple than the standard version, there is definitely no barrel character. More bitter and effervescent. Stronger belgian character. I definitely preferred the standard version.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kingi (612) - - DEC 10, 2015
Aroma is a deep soft fruity caramel. Cant seebcolour properly because of lighting. Taste is heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter. full body, creamy, soft carbonation. Long cloying mouth feel. 2012 bottle. Probably too fizzy when younger.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beertobealive (491) - Courbevoie, FRANCE - DEC 6, 2015
Pours a huge (explosive) beige head out of the bottle. Aromas of nuts, raisin, jasmine, blackberry and raspberry. Hazy and brown colored body. Warm in mouth with excellent length and balance, though less complexity than the Bourbon BA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4663) - Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2015
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces a to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, pepper, toasted oak, red wine, light vanilla, honey, brown sugar, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, port barrel, and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, red grape, pepper, vanilla, toasted oak, red wine, honey, brown sugar, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast spiciness and slight tannic oak on the finish; with lingering notes of golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, pepper, vanilla, toasted oak, red wine, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, port barrel, and moderate malt sweetness; with a great sweetness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, port barrel, and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


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