Struise Blue Monk Special Reserve (Bottled)

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

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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blue Monk Special Reserve 2013 is a quadruple which has been aged for 3 years in red wine barrels from Château Haut Breton Larigaudière in Margaux ! It is dark brown in color with a beige frothy head. According to Struise, it has an aroma and bouquet of a complex red wine, with a soft taste of spice, berries and black cherries. The flavour is enriched with touches of caramel, fine chocolate, toasted nuts and soft hints of smoke. The fruity elements of red and dark fruits comes from the aging in barrels fine from Château Haut Breton Larigaudière in Margaux. These flavors are adding a slight vanilla note and some refined wood tannins. The finish is soft and smoky with a soft fruity accent and a mild hoppy expression in the most interesting and long aftertaste.

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3.3
Sammy (12378) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2017
bottle at moor pat. dark with thin white head. smoke ashtray first and foremost on a sweet Belgian base.

4.1
Borresteijn (7275) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2017
33cl Bottle, thanks Henkie! Deep brown colour, creamy light-beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, malts, sweet red wine, oak, caramel, chocolate. Flavour is sweet, dark fruits, quite malty, light vinous, oak, some alcohol, caramel, some chocolate, very rich, soft bitter finish. Full bodied, creamy. Good stuff.

4.2
rodenbachvintage (64) - Roeselare, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2017
Heerlijk donkerbruine, mooi gebalanceerde Quadrupel met een zeer uitgesproken karakter dankzij de 3 jaar rijpen op Margauxwijnvaten die het bier een volmondige afdronk heeft. Degustatiebier, drink je wel geen 5 na elkaar van.

3.5
wekker84 (2390) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2017
Bottle a dark brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts citrus fruits oak dried fruits spicy alcohol and some hops flavor malts fruits dried fruits oak spicy caramel sugar alcohol and hops

4
Turboninja (787) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2017
Bottle@Tuulensuu, Tampere, Finland. Much softer and much more blended tastes. Only light smokiness on the background. Med body with low/medium taste spectrum. Much better than "barrel strength" version though not so distinctive.

3.2
koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2017
330 mL bottle shared with ebone1988 that I got in a trade with Jorrit. Thanks man. The pour is a darker brown color with a light ruby shining through. There is a light tan colored head and a couple spots of lace as is falls. The aroma is smoky. Ugh. There is a heavy wine influence and a lightly chocolate peat. I’m not getting a lot else other than the smoke. The flavor is slightly smokier with a light oak and dark fruit addition. There is a light chocolate toward the finish and a hard peat left behind. The mouth feel is medium bodied and softly carbonated with a lingering chocolate smoke throughout. This is way too smoky for my enjoyment. 6 4 5 4 13

3.4
ebone1988 (1974) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20. 2013 vintage. Aroma is smoky, dark fruit, caramel, some tannins, woody, some red wine, complex. Appearance is dark brown red, light tan head, somewhat hazy. Taste is pretty smoky, red wine, tannins, dark fruit, caramel, some chocolate maybe, wood, the smoke really overwhelms though. Mouthfeel is medium body, dry, light carbonation, smoky red wine barrel aftertaste. Overall, it’s complex, but the smoke is really the standout flavor, and that’s unfortunate.

4
kaserov (811) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 22, 2017
Color negro con capa de espuma marrón de tres dedos de grosor (buena retención). Carbonatación suave pero perceptible en las paredes de la copa. Textura oleosa y untuosa. En nariz hay cacao, dark fruits, pasas, toque ahumado, madera, canela, azúcar moreno. En boca hay dark fruits, un ligero punto de acidez, mucha madera (recuerda a algún oloroso), canela, azúcar moreno, pasas, reminiscencias de cacao, un toque herbal. Ultra compleja. Final ahumado y especiado. Amaga con picar. Alcohol perfectamente escondido. Postgusto a pasas y dark fruits con ligerísimo ahumado.

3.8
ruigo (3074) - PORTUGAL - JUL 20, 2017
33cl bottle. Dark brown with a small tan head. Caramel, nuts, vinous, plums and yeasty. A bit sour. Good.

3.5
mliga (51) - POLAND - JUL 17, 2017
Niezłe piwerko, fajne nuty owocowe, połączone z dębiną i lekkim winkiem. Ale pół wyszło z butelki samo....


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