Struise Dirty Horse

Formerly brewed at De Struise Brouwers
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Starting with a Lambic grist bill composed of 70% barley malt and 30% unmalted wheat. No yeast was artificially added to the wort, but was exposed for two days to the open air in one of our plastic tunnels at the Noordhoek Ostrich Farm. First fermentation took place in second hand sherry oak casks for six weeks. 200 grams of Northern cherries per litre and the Roeseleire yeast strain were added after six months, provoking a new fermentation process. Eight months later, we pumped over the young ale to oak casks and let it mature for another 3 years. This project was realized after a tasting of the same recipe Urbain once made 20 years ago and was barrel aging in his garage in De Panne eversince and while he was in Africa and forgot all about it. As this is a very limited version, this ale will not be suitable for export but rather for sale at the farm when available.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2012
On-tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012 (highlight of the event and worth the trip to Denmark alone). Vintage: 1983 100% unblended. Deep cherry red (almost maroon, but not quite). Single (off-white) fingernail head fades slowly. Smells of soft sour cherry, oak, and faded mixed berries. Touch of funk and must, but not terribly pronounced. Hint of lemon, spice, and vanilla fade to aged, worn leather. Definitely old, but soft earthiness makes this quite appealing. The complexity of the nose is very inviting! Taste is deep, rounded, and complex considering its age! Loads of soft cherry tartness up-front followed by touch of lemon zest, vanilla, oak, and plum. Mixed berries follow along with soft yeast and mild spice. Sourness and funk is smooth and slightly faded, but very enjoyable nonetheless. The complexity, yet simplicity, is what makes this beer amazing and so tasty! What can I say...this beer lived up to the hype for me and I thought it was absolutely stellar. I was happy to enjoy multiple pours of this each day at CBC and think the character, fullness, and depth is brilliant. Id be curious to see how this holds up in the bottle. Superb beer that is worthy of the hype! Urbain doesnt disappoint and neither does this beer. Standing ovation!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dunt (316) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Thanks Alex for bringing this bad boy, another of the whitest whales. This blend is 90% 1983, 10% 2005. Pours a clear to hazy light red in color. Nose is exceptionally funky, very musty, basement, cob web, and some cherry. As it warms, i notice a little more oude bruin character to it. Taste is less focused on the funk and more cherry forward...very nice beer. Mouthfeel is light, gentle carbonation, and a moderate to long finish. Incredible beer, thought this might be another product of hype, but holy shit is it good. Probably one of the best beers Ive had to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Dirty dirty nose. Dark amber, light head. Awesome funk and a tad of fruit. Well balanced tartness, lots of fruit, light funk and a nice sweetness. Super drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUN 18, 2012
Sampled at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Pours an unclear and dark reddish beer with a weak white head. The aroma is malt, fruit, notes of basement, acidity and berries. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is dry with sweetness and acidity. Overall a really good and complex beer. Was a vintage, but unsure about the year due to different information.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kazin (528) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 1983 vintage at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Longtime want fulfilled. Very murky and earthy flavour, amazingly wellkept.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (13338) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2012
Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Cloudy red amber with a lasting white head. Funky aroma with cherry, other red berries and marzipan. Dry, tart and fiunky flavour with cherry notes. Plenty oxidation, but still very drinkable and pleasant

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2012
tap at cbc 1983 vintage - got in a long opening line especially for this one! Pours dark amber red., Aroma of oak, sherry and cherry, some fuink, raspberry, cloves. Medium body with nice sourness. Taste of cherries, caramel, almond. BUT! - and this is perhaps a hard nut to crack - there was a lot of oxydation (especially when it got warmed up)... Without this latter aspect, it would be a great beer; I can only conclude for now that the beer is a bit overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Camons (11726) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2012
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 1983 vintage. Pours hazy burnt orange with a small offwhite head. Aroma of grapes, barnyard, yeast, light sourness, brett, oaky, and some sweet fruit. Taste is lightly sour and very fruity, peach, melon, cherries, brett, grapes,barnyard, oak notes, slight oxidation. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. Very nice and complex beer. 120512

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense N, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2012
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is caramel sour and fruit. Flavour is caramel, sour, light acidic, heavy fruit and grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackl (7562) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2012
1983. Multiple draft samples @ CBC. Deep cherry red in color with a small off-white head. The nose is strong sweet strawberry and jammy concentrated sugar. Juicy. The taste is strong sweet jammy red fruits, bursts of fruit juice. Theres a light funky soured sock finish. Mild cheese. The bodys light, soft and so smooth. Very drinkable. Overall, I loved this.

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