Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1396) - BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2014
Encore une merveille de derrière les fagots... Cette brasserie est littéralement insatiable (sans jeu de mots …). Une quadruple de 12 % abv, et 41 Ibu . Couleur roux clair, avec un tout léger voile de convenance. Bulles très peu nombreuses et d’ailleurs quasiment pas de gaz à l’ouverture. Mousse beige moyen qui vient napper finement, et on trouvera de longues jambes lors de la dégustation. Arômes de fruits mûrs, raisins secs, bois exotique, ceps de vigne, pointe de cannelle. 1ère bouche soyeuse, quasi huileuse, à la superbe entrée sur des pruneaux, du raisin noir et du blé noir. Arrière-bouche de malt et fruits mûrs. 2ème sur du miel brun, du malt caramel, du candi brun, sucre d’orge. 3ème sur du malt grillé, avec une pointe de tabac brun. Arrière-bouche très longue, à la texture huileuse. La longueur donne un grand fondu malt/fruits/bois. La chaleur se marque. Elle donne l’esprit d’un grand vin, avec des nuances sublimes. La levure est soyeuse, une très belle ligne. L’alcool est bien progressif, fort mais sans excès de chaleur. La finale est un pur régal. CONCLUSION : une bière qui mérite le respect, l’estime, l’appréciation sage. Comme dit le brasseur, elle est « alive and kickin’ »... Pour moi, cette quad est d’une grande noblesse, artistique et d’un esprit mystique...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1457) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2015
This quadrupel has a moderate foam, which is rare for beer which is 12% alc. It smells very much of dried fruits, such as prunes, raisin and figs. The flavor is an elegant and very delicious composition of apricot, peach, raisin and prunes. Many times tastes quadrupels of dried fruits, but this XXXX tastes of fresh fruit, as aforementioned apricots and prunes. Hop bitterness is obviously reduced to the minimum, just like the type to be, but some spices, fresh herbs and a little taste of yeast together form the bitterness in this gem of a quadrupel. The alcohol gives a little tingling sensation in the mouth and it contributes to an abrupt awakening of all taste buds so all impressions allows full enjoyment. Definitely one quadrupel is top notch. It requires long-term enjoyment and great attention.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
The_Osprey (6362) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2013
Keg in Central London. £7.50 a half… served chilled. Thin brown colour. The initial sip blew my socks off. Rich sweet malty with a raisin and vinous finish. Big big flavour with a big sticky body. Wow. A bit sickly, but good. A sipper. Flavour dies down after a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bamsen78 (5034) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy copper brown with airy but stable beige head. Clear aroma of malt, caramel, fruit and yeast, with subtle, hoppy touches. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, with notes of fruit, touches of raisins and yeast and hints of hops. Lingering, sweetish aftertaste with nutty notes. Warming alcohol presence. The closest to Westvleteren XII I have tasted, just sweeter. Yummy. Oh, how I wish I was in the beautiful nowhere of rural Flanders again...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TET (2642) - Kaarina, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Vintage 2013, bbe 30.05.2019. A dark brown beer with a quite big and light brown head. The nose has strong strawberries and sweetness of berries, some dark fruits and plums. The great and fresh aroma. Taste has strawberries and dark fruits, more plums than in the aroma, some herbs and spices. Almost full bodied, not heavy, smooth carbonation. Excellent beer, strong strawberries gives the nice freshness. This isn’t very complex but that’s not bothering as the all needed pieces are there. Smooth, balanced and enojoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (353) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2015
Uitgeschonken in 33 cl. De Struise bierglas, mooi donker, enigszins troebel amberkleurig bier met stabiele beige schuimlaag. Geur van kruidige hop, rozijnen en Belgische gist. De smaak is heel zacht en behoorlijk zoet met tonen van rozijnen, aardbeien, karamel, houttonen en chocolade, maar ook een wat licht zurig, tannine rode wijn/port smaakpallet. Gecompleteerd door een fraaie, en aangename kruidige en bittere hopsmaak. Het mondgevoel is zacht met een aangename zachte carbonatie, en een lange kruidige zacht bittere afdronk. Het alcoholpercentage van maar liefst 12% is zeer goed verborgen, totdat het bier verder opwarmt. Deze Struise XXXX behoort tot de beste Quadrupel bieren die ik geproefd heb tot nu toe. Misschien niet de meest complexe Quadrupel, maar wel een uniek zwaar bier van mijn favoriete brouwerij uit België, De Struise Brouwers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8120) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2012
Thx to Sebletitje + Carlo & Urbain /// draft sample @ ’t Schooltje // amber, clear, creamy white head // smell is sweet, syrupy, tangerines, marmalade, caramel, honey, malt // sweet syrupy, tangerines, toffee, caramel malts, sweet spices, some sugar, honey, slick round whole, hint herb in finish, nectarines, bit boozy in the back // slick round, neat

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
age_jellema (51) - Hengelo, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2014
Very good Quadrupel. Some fruits, boozy, soft sweet rich. Long aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
minutemat (4312) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2015
330ml bottle. Pours a deep brown with copper haze and thin off-white head. Beautifully complex quad, deep and resonating. Hits the spot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (233) - Livorno, ITALY - OCT 16, 2015
Aspetto tra l’ambrato e il mogano, abbastanza torbido; la schiuma è compatta, cremosa, di color beige e di ottima ritenzione. Il naso è fesco e speziato, caratterizzato da notevole dolcezza. Troviamo bei profumi d’arancia, note di pan di zenzero, un rivestimento di caramello, mela rossa, uva passa, prugne. Il palato è corposo e molto cremoso, abboccata. Carbonazione media, gusto decisamente dolce; caramello subito in azione, accompagnato da frutta candita. Piacevoli note speziate e di frutta scura (prugne, ribes), finale lievemente erbaceo, relativamente asciutto.

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