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


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RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

CasperRuben's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CasperRuben (63) - - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 Interesting color: kind of red/orange/brown/yellow, nice white/reddish head. The taste is also very interesting: it is very very balanced. It doesn’t have the amount of bitterness and carbonation you would expect in this style, which I really like. Combine this with the full bodied, yet not overpowering, sweetness, and you have a very great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (5071) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2016
Bottle @ Rose Red, Brugge. Pours hazy dark reddish amber with airy but stable beige head. Clear aroma of malt, caramel and yeast. Sweetish flavour of caramel malt, with notes of fruit and yeast and some bitter, hoppy notes and touches of barrel. Estery and bitterish aftertaste with notes of caramel. Warming alcohol presence. Well-blanced and wee heavy. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mateuszk (2158) - Poznań, POLAND - OCT 18, 2016
Bottle. Bit hazy, dark amber in colour, thin beige head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, booze, wood. In taste sweet, spicy with booze and dried fruits. Medium body, high carbonation, dry and bit boozy finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftyHare (10) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2016
2013 330ml bottle pours golden brown with medium off-white foamy head. Hoppy aromas of honey and caramel. Tastes of caramel fudge, figs, honey, cashew nuts, smooth sustained finish with sweet nutty undertones and very mild bitterness. Perfectly balanced beer that is absolutely delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1425) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2016
Vintage 2013. Aroma is caramel, spices, wonderful port barrel, dark fruit, booze, cherries maybe, smells great. Appearance is dark rust brown, light tan head, mostly clear. Taste is really really good. Port, spice, wood, dark fruit, booze, caramel, yowza. Mouthfeel is medium body, light crisp carbonation, dry boozy port barrel aftertaste. Overall, I’m a big fan of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stultus (87) - ESTONIA - AUG 28, 2016
Pours amber with a thick white head. Aroma caramel malty and candy sugar, fruity. Taste has both spicy bitterness and caramel sweetness, fruity, alcohol. Strong body, medium carbonation. Long sticky bitterish alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle from Bruges somewhere. Tawny amber colour. Looks a bit see through. Not sure what Port tastes like, so no comment. Smells richly fruitcakey, with some wine (A-ha!). Slight biscuit in the cake. Finish peters out a bit, but it’s very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaredmichelson (1) - - AUG 5, 2016 does not count
Hazy color. Malty and sweet. Lovely subtly sweetness, and the port comes through extremely well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (2850) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
Vintage bottle from 2011 courtesy of kermis. We’re still at the cellar cleanout tasting at deanso’s. Hazy amber with thin white head. Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, white raisans, dades. Over medium sweet, light bitter. Over medium body, soft carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to kermis. Vintage 2011. Hazy dark orange with a thin beige head. Notes of rum, toffee, sweet macerated fruit. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and a sticky sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (818) - FINLAND - AUG 2, 2016
Vintage 2011. Sameanruskea, ehkä aavistuksen punertava olut vaahtoaa kohtalaisen runsaasti. Tuoksussa reilua hedelmäisyyttä, ainakin luumua sekä rusinaa. Lisäksi löytyy kevyttä paahteista maltaisuutta sekä mausteisuuta. Oikein toimiva tuoksu. Maussa hedelmää, luumu ja rusina nousevat esiin myös tässä. Hieman kuivempaa ja mausteisempaa otetta havaittavissa loppupuolella. Myös alkoholi aavistuksen verran esillä, mutta ei haittaavasti. Hieman keskitäyteläistä paksumpi suutuntuma. Tämä on yllättävän erilainen Struise Tsjeeses Reservaan verrattuna. Ei niin makean sokerinen eikä viinimäinen, mutta monin tavoin vielä asteen verran parempi. Erittäin tasapainoinen.

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