Struise Dirty Horse

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


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonefan (48154) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2009
Magnum bottle@ LCRBM 2008, s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
[ Courtesy of Urbain and Carlo ]. What a suprising treat. Unclear medium amber orange red color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is Wow ;o) sour, acidic, berry fruity, cask wood, oak, wine. Flavor is Wow, heavy sweet, moderate acdic and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, round smooth and very well balanced. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. In one word just WOW .. ;0)) Thanks again Urbain and Carlo, I will love to have anothor go with this beer .. [20081025]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (44223) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2008
Magnum bottle, courtesy of Urbain and Carlo at LCRBM08. Pours hazy brown with a fully gone head. Mild cherry fruity aroma at first. Light brettish note too. Very minor oxidised/oldish note. Flavour is smooth cherry-fruity-like flavoured to a mild caramel malt base. Smooth acidic to citric flavour with a light phenolic note on the back of the tongue. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (36934) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2012
Draft. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, spices, alcohol, and cherries. The flavor is acidic with notes of cherries, wood, alcohol, and malt, leading to a tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (27737) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2009
Draught at 1st Borefts Beer Festival at De Molen. Hazy orange red coloured with a lacing off white head. Light acidic aroma of red wine with notes of caramel, vinegar and lactic acid. Fruity and light acidic flavour of vinegar and caramel with notes of red wine, oak, vanilla and berries. Tart finish. Well balanced acidity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (25814) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle. #16/250. Auction Bottle. Pours a pale reddish brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour tart dirty earthy aroma. Sour tart fruity earthy weak woody flavor some dark fruity berry hints. Has a fruity sour tart woody earthy funky dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2012
On tap. Pours a cloudy opaque amber with a small off-white head. Complex tart aroma with a suggestion of red berries. Surprisingly light body, an initial light tartness, overripe berries and a little wood, nuts and biscuits with only a hint of oxidation. Finishes dry and tart. A very welcoming and complex beer. 120512

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (24797) - Tyres, 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (24303) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2010
4th March 2010. Pre ZBF. 25 Year Old Batch 0!! Cloudy pink brown beer. Dry crisp palate. Crisp tart cherry - a little dust. A tiny dash of lemon acidness. Finishes tart and dry - very well behaved sour and very drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Travlr (24008) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2010 Bottle courtesy of Urbain at the schoolhouse brewery in Oost-Vleteren. Urbain brewed it in 1983 and bottled it in 1988. "Its our calling card." A: Deep copper color with a few large bubbles. Bottle had significant diesel marks. Aroma of dark sour cherries with notes of vanilla, a hint of anise, and musty earth. Incredible deep sourness, dark fruits, bits of dust and must. Amazingly complex and totally unique. Body is slightly lighter than expected, but still rich. What can I say? Urbain said it best: "Life sucks...but not here!!" Addendum: tasted on tap at the pre-ZBF 2010 in Ruddervoorde, again courtesy of Urbain. Brighter, more lively than in the bottle. 3 bubble head. Richer body, slightly less sourness but same great character. 4.8. Third tasting, 750 ml auction bottle (#20 of 250), courtesy of tarheels86, originally courtesy of Urbain - thank you both! This version was not as sour as the previous version, and has less body, but that same great nose. This was the first time I drank this without Urbain to share it with, so maybe thats what was missing! 3.6.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (23949) - 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... Id not drink it regularly but id jump at chance to have more of this.

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.

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