Struise Blue Monk Special Reserve (Bottled)

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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 261   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 Chteau Haut Breton Larigaudire 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 Chteau Haut Breton Larigaudire 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (1608) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 23, 2017
Chocolate, frutos secos, vino tinto o especiado (verm) con un final amargo de la madera quemada del barril que queda hasta el regusto. Densa, compleja y bien equilibrada.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Klimaet (2402) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 22, 2017
Bottle. Pours pitch hazy dark brown with a small light brown head. Aromas of dark fruits, toffee, bread, some vinous notes. Taste is bready, sweet dark fruits, light smoke, vinous notes, light acidity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (3575) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2017
Refrigerated 33 cl brown 2013 bottle poured into a Trappist glass. Dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is dark fruit (mostly dates), medium body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is dates, figs, oak, some red wine, and hints of alcohol. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Qnex (25) - ROMANIA - APR 12, 2017
Dark brown with a discrete head. Medium carbonation. Aroma comes with caramel, bourbon vanilla, wood, licorice, raisins, coffee blend with a dash of smoke. Could be better. Bottle: 330ml

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (7939) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 8, 2017
Bottle with thanks to Alen! Pours clear reddish chestnut, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is smoky, malty, raisins, belgian yeast spiciness, dates, toffee. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, lightly smoky, vinous notes and oak tannins take a backseat to dark dried fruits and belgian spice. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markoijelena (3043) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - APR 8, 2017
Bottle 0.33l at home Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Pour it brown color with no head. Aroma chocolate, licorice and candy sugar. Taste nice chocolate, raisins, sweet candy sugar, pinch of molasis, smoke just little bit, woody, nice balanced, medium body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (3087) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 8, 2017
UPDATED: APR 8, 2017 Botella 33 cl en el Lupulo. Embotellado en 15..01..2016. Vintaje 2013. (r256). Color oscuro casi negro con espuma beige oscuro Sabores maltas tostadas algo caramelizadas. Toques de caramelos ligeramente quemados, regaliz y algo de cacao. Cuerpo intenso algo denso y espumoso con suave amargo final. 10 vol. Bastante buena. Para repetir sin duda.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (23576) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color, light brown head. Aroma of punes, dates, burnt coffee. Taste is smoky burnt dark fruit, raisins. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paulvanpelt (603) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2017
Donker, kastanjebruin bier met lichtbruine medium kraag. Aroma van koffie, mout, karamel, basterdsuiker, rozijn, druif. Zoet, licht bitter. Volle body, licht prikkelend co2.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (982) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 1, 2017
Deep brown with tiny, light brown head. Chocolate, wood, malty, yeasty. Deep, dark fruits in the background - plums, prunes, raisins. Moderate to light heavy sweet, broken by some bitterness in the end. Medium body, watery to oily texture, extremely drinkable. In general good brew, highly drinkable, body should be thicker and fuller.


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