ABT_S54 (148) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle poured in a Struise glass. 2009 Vintage. Now this was a gusher. (Pours) a dark reddish brown colour with a mahogan head which remains for quite a while. Aroma is typical oud bruin but nicely exaggerated in true Struise style. Drawing a comparison with Duchesse de Bourgogne (which in my opinion is the King/Queen of the style) I would say it is not quite as refined. Mouthfeel has more body and the upfront tartness is more extreme. However, I would say they should be served at different occasions - Ypres is much more a beer to be savoured by itself whereas Duchesse has the refreshing, classic lines to stand up to being served with food; this on the other hand is more of a meal by itself. All in all I could not say I prefer one over the other and both will continue to be a staple in my regular cycle of Belgians (however, at the price Duchesse will be a more frequent addition). Another Struise classic.
sdmmb (837) - USA - JUN 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought at Malting Pot. Sweet sour Flemish old brown beer.
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RussianDragon (467) - - JUN 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Church Key. Pours a dark translucent brown with one finger of foam that quickly faded to a small amount of bubbles that hugged the glass. Aroma is tart, slightly funky, with yeast notes. Flavor is classic oud bruin, that seems to have been somehow simplified. The expected complexities have been flattened out by the barrel aging.
gendv138 (1325) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey. Dark reddish brown with a little off-white ring. Aromas of dark fruit, tart notes, light vinegar. Tastes of dark fruit, tart notes, bourbon, red wine, vinegar. Medium-light body with a dry and tart finish.
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown with a good beige head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, vanilla, leather, red wine, red currants. Medium bodied, vinous mouthfeel, nice balance of barrel characters. Taste is vanilla, red currants, red grape skins, bourbon, oak, vanilla, cranberry. So good
tricksta_p (1098) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of cherries, wine cask, dried fruits, musty caramel, oak. Flavour is vinous, tart cherries, light sourness. Nice and complex.
worldbeertaste (1635) - AUSTRIA - MAY 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy dark red with a frothy, lacy, lasting, beige head. Smells of dried fruit, lots of malt, sour berry and vinegar, caramel, and wood. Medium oily with soft carbonation. Slight taste of alcohol, caramel with raisin cherry, plum and brown sugar. Nice acidity and sourness with some light spice. Fresh fruit and complex
olliejobbins (781) - Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. very lively upon opening so be careful with it! pours a rich reddish brown with a huge head on the first pour due to being so lively. aroma is very yeasty and malty. good taste. nice and tart, medium mouth feel, dry finish. very yeasty and a little smoky - assuming thats from the barrels.
tmrmwel (959) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany red with an enormous velvety off white creamy head receding to finger thickness. Aroma is dark wooden notes, tobacco and dark fruit with prunes. Quite light body with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Flavour is tart and funky with ripe fruits, vanilla and wooden barrels, with earthy notes and barnyard in the finish.
djd07 (3553) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Backcountry Pizza. Pours a cloudy amber with paperthin beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong oak, cherry skin, and funk. Thin mouthfeel with nice sourness up front with oak and funk with nice tart finish. So good.