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


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RATINGS: 367   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

zaf's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (308) - - JUL 28, 2013
è bellissima..ambrata/rossa con schiuma a grana medio fine molto persistente e di colore leggermente marroncino..aroma superfruttato,uno dei più forti che ho mai sentito..simile al fruttato val dieu ma oltre al normale probabilmente derivante da lieviti e zucchero c’è in dolciastro particolare che azzarderei derivi dall’invecchiamento in porto..anche l’alcool si sente abbastanza..nel gusto sicuramente domina molto il dolce (zucchero di canna,tripel,invecchiamento in porto..direi anche abbastanza normale come cosa) ,sentori fruttati come nell’aroma ed è molto piacevole al palato,riscaldante e con corpo pieno e carbonazione bassa..luppolo presente in piccolissime note e come al solito solo verso la fine,,la trovo molto simile alla stille nacht per certi versi,ma forse qui il dolce si sente in maniera troppo eccessiva e quindi la reputo leggermente inferiore..insomma: birra natalizia ottima,veramente ben fatta,invecchiata in botti di porto per un anno che le lasciano quel tocco in più,un dolciastro non completamente derivante da lieviti e zucchero che quindi la rende intrigante e pregiata..salute!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stultus (62) - 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 (4375) - 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 (2504) - 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 (1426) - 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 (783) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rusos (571) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle 2013, Many thanks to gurthnar. Hazy amber golden colour. White head. Aroma sweet , spicy, caramel, wood. Taste os sweet, malty, fruity, spicy. Wood. High carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7654) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle kindly shared by Gurthnar, many thanks. Amber color with medium white head. Caramel malt, alcohol, candies in aroma. Taste, sweet malt, candies, sugar, sweet riots, port. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (4867) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle shared in swap by ShivanDragon. Many thanks! 2013 vintage. Alcohol hidden very well. High carbonation. Dried fruits, chocolatey spicy, Belgian yeast. Port barrel not imparting as much complexity as I hoped for, but still a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9905) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Hazy black pour, dark malt, oak, port, prunes in the nose, more oak and malt in the taste, dense palate, great complexity.

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