GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 At the Struise Farm in LO. Friday the 13th, well it looked more like my Lucky Day !
Served in a Sluuswachter glass. Stange color, it is golden orange-red with a slight hazy caracter. Aroma is Mega complex and very well balanced. Horse blanket in the nose, wood, musty apple, sour cherries, earthyness mels like Old and wize. taste is great and full of elegance. Sourmalty with musty sour apples, dry biscuits, sheepsbarn aroma, goatscheese, tart cherries and death leafs. Carlo and Urbain Thanks !!! lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Shared by Urbain at Struise farm. 3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Served from a decanter.
Aroma: horse blanket, Rodenbach yeast, earthiness, apples, minerals, light sour cherries, sourness, and some grapefruit
Appearance: Semi-bright, semi-hazy deep red
Flavor: sour and acidic, sour apples, hay, woodiness, some tart cherries, fresh pears as it warmed
Palate: smooth but sharp and acidic
Overall: a wonderful beer, really blooms as it warms. Fabulous
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Shared by Urbain at Struise farm. Color is rusty red cedar with light haze but mostly clear, and a medium dark tan head. Nose is downright amazing hybrid of the flemish red Rodenbach yeast, minerally, earthy apples and funky toast, mixed with a true lambic farmhouse/barnyard funky brett and lacto note. Fresh cedar and oak all around, very rich and tart. Sour and acidic... downright awesome acidity, not simply acidic but incredibly flavorful cedar wood and sour apple cider vinegar, and full bodied and rich on the palate. Outstanding. JoeinDahlem (1521) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2008
Thanks to Urbain and the Struise guys for sharing this jewel. This was the five-year old batch from a wicked-fat decanter. The beer looks semi-bright, semi-hazy with just a few sparse bubbles. Incredibly fruity nose with lambic-like overtones, old red wine, sour apple must, grapefruit and lemon, sour cherry notes in backdrop. Flavor was intense, tart and juicy, but without feeling extreme in any direction. The Rodenbach character is there, teasing out the tart cherry and leaving a juicy impression that coats the tongue and tickles the throat. The acidity feels light in the mouth, but it blossoms in the belly, stoking your hunger like a "cat clawing the inside of your stomach," as someone said. In other words, a great aperitif. The centerpiece of an enjoyable afternoon. ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Wow!!! This is one of hell of a Sour/Lambic. Shared a decanter of this 5 year old Horse with Urbain, Peter, Phil, and Joe at the Struise Farm. Pours into the glass as an orange/hazy color with hardly any head. This is where fun begins; the aroma was fruity and vinous with a hint of cherry, along with a light hint of wood. Flavor is a light cherry goodness, while remaining lightly vinous, lightly acidic, along with a light hint of wood; an exceptionally complex brew. The balance of this stunning sour and intermixing of sweet and sour flavors, with an underlying hint of cherry is just superb! Perfectly smooth light body and juicy funk to balance the sourness. Absolutely a world class beer and one that I would love to try again; words can’t do this brew justice! Thanks Urbain for this rare treat.
omhper (25118) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2008
Served from jug at the Struise farm. Cloudy dark amber, minimal head. Aroma of vinegar and hay. Tart with some malt sweetness. Hugely complex flavour of horse blanket, lemon and black currant. Midly oaky. A 5y/o sample waslivelier and spritzier than the 25 y/o sample that had more juiciness. Simply fantastic! MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2010 I tried a 2 year old next to a 22year old... WOW... they are almost different beers with age. The 22yr old was my favorite so mellow and easy to drink, while the younger was much more active and assertive on the palate. Both are fantastic. Definite wet blanket, leather, earthy, some light sour fruits as well. I really enjoyed this.. Thanks to Urbain & Carlo... toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2008
Surprize at Deca, A very rare beer from struise, served from a jugg. Hazy lambik like color with orange glow and small white head. In the nose there is a fine malty tartness and hints of unripe fruits. Also sensations notissable of barnyard, wood and fresh herbs. Taste is refreshing and very complex. It has hints of leather, wood, old lambic and cherry. The aftertaste has the wiseness of an old beer and the soft fruits sensations that ballances the whole lot. I guess I had my lucky day, it was well worth driving to Deca in West-Flanders to buy some cases of Pannepot. Thank you Urbain and Carlo for letting me taste this crazy Dirty Horse beer. cgarvieuk (24488) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2008
Oh my oh My where do i start. HUGE thanks to Urbain for letting me try this at the Struise Farm... Wonderfully subdued red/brown colour... Complex lambic fruity Cherry nose ... Some sweetness behind the tart woody complex woody maltyness and just a touch of sherry... I couldnt identify it as cherry but its definitly packed full of fruit and some metalic blood tones ... Sour Ales are not my normal choice... but the complexity won me over in many ways... I’d not drink it regularly but id jump at chance to have more of this. harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2008
As an aside i took a very small amout (in open bottle) away for my wife to try , but she didnt want to It being sour. SO i ended up drinking it 2 days later, Oh i was suprised by how it had kept its complexity and developed a little caramel and oddly lost some of its sourness.
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 Bottle shared at the Struise Farm with Urbain, Mesandsim and Duff. According to Urbain this has had 1 year of secondary fermentation and 4 years on cask, making it 5 years old. It is orange / pale brown/gold with no head. The aroma is of cherries and a slight almond marzipan. It brought to mind an aged Chianti wine with the red cherries from Sangiovese. Brett and Rodenbach yeasts used on separate primary fermentations means that this beer has great complexity and character. Once you then actually drink it, this lambic quality kicks in. The finish just goes on and on and on. There is some caramel (caramelised cherries, said Duff), but it’s not really sweet. Some juiciness in the mouth. The fruit is just stunning. Bit of funk on the aroma. Not any mustiness on aroma. Great acidity on a lasting finish. Phenomenol. This will be on commercial sale from the Struise farm once they have their shop there set up and I for one will be going and buying this. Urbain then gave us a sample of his 20 year old version that the 5 year old is based on. More brown in the colour, but you can tell it’s the same beer. Less fruity, but still plenty of vinous cherries. It is like the most perfect red wine. Acidity has preserved it well. More almond marzipan. The fruit is just so stunning and the smoothness of the flavours. Little bit of spice/perfume. Simply, one of the best beers I’ve had. Thank you Urbain so much for letting us try this 4.9/5.0 Its got cherries, raspberries and strawberries. Woody aroma and first flavour, but then this explosion of red fruits, redcurrants. That first hit of cherry/almond is just so stunning, then settles down into lasting redcurranty sourness.