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: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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4.2
GhostS (486) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 28, 2017
Aromă plăcută, dulcie, cu mult malț ușor prăjit și dulceață de zahăr brun ușor ars, ciocolată cu lapte, ceva miere și dulceață de fructe negre, nuanțe de alcool. Gustul e excelent, foarte plăcut și, în același timp, foarte ușor, dulceață plăcută de zahăr brun ars, fructe negre și puțină caramelă, mult malț, ceva alcool, dar foarte puțin, pierdut undeva prin dulcață, ceva arsură în postgust. Foarte bună.

4.6
Fules (1334) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - SEP 18, 2017
(612 napja palackozták) Sötétbarna szín közepes, tartós, világosbarna hab. Karamelles, aszalt gyümölcsös, csokis, pörkölt malátás illat. Karamelles, aszalt gyümölcsös, csokis, kakaós ízvilág, pörkölt malátás alapon, határozott, barikolt vörösboros aromákkal. Hajszálnyit füstös, testes, közepesen szénsavas, közepesen keserű, amit főként a pörkölés ad. Érezni a korát, az ízek tökéletesen egymásba simulnak. Nagyon finom, tökéletes arányokkal rendelkezik. Igazi kortyolgatós sör.

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Zilverenmaan (262) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2017
Very complex aroma and taste. Aroma distinctly smokey, lightly sour, vague fruityness, alcohol. Taste light vanilla, red wine indeed, sweet malts, red fruits, alcohol,... too complex to notice it all in a way... Some tannines, especially in the aftertaste. Aftertaste very pleasant and lingering: nostalgic. Alcohol too dominant though and maybe the smokeyness as well. As the beer warms ( or maybe I learned to drink it slower... ) the alcohol becomes softer and the vinous character stronger. Mouthfeel: creamy but also a ( borderline burning ) dry and sandy alcohol feel on the tongue. As with many Struise beers it's a shame the alcohol couldn't be more suppressed.

4.6
drmet (1004) - GERMANY - SEP 5, 2017
2013 Vintage L: -pours the darkest of brown with mahogany tinges and a small to medium,foamy,beige head S: -licorice,raisins,syrup,chocolate,carame carbonation -medium body -slight alcohol noticeable O: Great Quad.Not as heavy of a Cask influence as other De Struise Beers. This is also surprisingly bready on the Finish for a Belgian Quad.

3.9
bonev (957) - POLAND - AUG 29, 2017
Piwo w kolorze ciemno brunatnym nalewa sie z cienka warstwa lekko bezowe piany. W aromacie fenole i estry belgijskie (suszone ciemne owoce i pieprznosc). Dlugie lezakowanie doklada nuty winne. Piwo stalo sie lekko kwaskowe i bardziej wytrawne z duzo iloscia nut beczki, wanilii i orzechow. Srednie wysycenie i goryczka na dosc niskim poziomie. Bardzo zlozone ciekawe w odbiorze.

3.3
Sammy (12600) - 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 (7400) - 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 (147) - 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 (2389) - 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

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Turboninja (819) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2017
[email protected], 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.


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