Struise Nuptiale T2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding)

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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial Stout
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Port Black Albert On Currants

Numbers, couples, and Stout are at the heart of this nuptial ale, in this case known as NUPTIALE. Ashley and Trey received the blessing from family and friends to be married on 8.17.13. The sum of their wedding date is two, however it’s added together: 8+17+13=38…3+8=11…1+1=2 or 8+(1+7)+(1+3)=20…2+0=2 Struise is mindful of numbers and math, especially considering the above scenario. As 2 = a couple, we decided to make two versions of the NUPTIALE. Alias A2 is our Black Albert, secondly fermented on peaches and aged in Anguilla Rum barrels. Alias T2 is the same ale, but secondly fermented with black currants and aged in Port barrels. Of course A stands for Ashley, T for Trey, and 2 being their lucky number. Whenever you have such a bottle in your possession, it will be your lucky day upon opening this marvelous barrel-aged stout. Just like any couple though, one is not complete without the other.

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3.9
fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2017

Bottle 750ml. corked @ [ Radikal Whale slaying Tasting ] - Thessaloniki, Greece.

[ As Struise Nuptiale T2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding) ].
Clear dark black colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, dark malt, sweet malt, black olives - port - tawny, chocolate - roasted, dark fruit - belgium yeast. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, roasted, burnt, dark chocolate, dark malt, belgium yeast, light port - tawny. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20170429]
8-5-8-3-15

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rouhlas (3783) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - MAY 20, 2017
750 ml bottle @ Radikal whale slaying, Thessaloniki. Thanks Dylan! Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, coffee, caramel, some bread notes, dark dried fruits, soy sauce notes. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full silky oily body with soft carbonation.

4.3
tom10101 (6263) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2015
How: Bottle (750 ml) at Mont-Carmel tasting. Thanks to Dan for this bottle!

>>> Another wonderful Port barrel-aged RIS from Struise that is extremely complex, rather well balanced and highly enjoyable. Amazing creation!

- Black with a huge creamy beige head, ok retention and leaving some lacing.
- Beautiful complex and cohesive flavor profile where the roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and other stouts components blends wonderfully with the fruity componenents (black currants port).
- The port barrel-aging add some depth to the fruity profile. You don’t get only black currants, but a wide array of red fruits. This beer definitely has multiple layer of complexity.
- It’s rather well balanced for that kind of monster beer. Of course, it’s a bit boozy but way less than I imagined.
- The body is full, carbonation is moderate and the finish bring a much welcomed warming alcohol and a pleasant lingering fruity aftertaste.
- Struise are amazing when it comes to Port barrel-aged stouts... Kabert is one of the best RIS I have tried and Special Kay is also wonderful.

Flavors: Roasted malts, berries, Port, perfumy notes, coffee, chocolate mild spiciness.

4.3
mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2015
Bottle shared by tom10101, many thanks Tommy! Sampled around a campfire. Pours a good black with a thick brown mousse that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of chocolate, wine, fruits and rum. Taste is of semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, smoke, fruits. Almost no alcohol detected. Body is full and carbonation moderate. Rich and filling. Overall a really nice barrel age stout, dangerously drinkable and vinous!

4.1
czar (9429) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2015
pours unclear dark brown with a frothy and creamy beige cap, nicely lacing. roasted if not burnt red fruitiness, smoky and burnt caramel, boozy, red grapes, port, cherries. light to low carbonation, medium body - oily; semi-sweet and boozy-astringent finish. very good!

3.8
JulienHuxley (5949) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle shared. Opaque black pour with thick foamy brown pour. Aroma is super fruity, boozy, port notes, ashy notes, boozy fruits. Taste is chocolaty, cocoa powder, currant acidity, winey notes, boozy finish. Palate is full bodied with med carbonation. Tasty.

3.9
dyan (31) - Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Cheers to you, Ash and Trey! Black with a dense, creamy head with excellent retention and nice lacing,this looks great. The nose is very clearly a Black Albert base, with the Port barrels lending a deep, vinous note, broodingly so, which pairs nicely with the spiced chocolate and vanilla . The currants are lost on me, though,I can’t say I smell them. The palate opens with a full bodied sweetness with milk chocolate, sweetened cocoa, port and molasses. The mid palate brings the fruitiness to the forefront, along with a boozy warmth that emphasizes the port. Sweet with cocoa on the long lasting finish, this beer is soft,creamy and awesome. Not as chewy or gritty as the A2.

3.8
vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Dark fruit, lighter dark malt tones. Flavors include sweet malt, no real funky tones, roasted and darker tones.

4.4
kraddel (8876) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2014
Greatly honoured feelings towards Trey who was kind enough to make it possible for me to have this ! Pours black , good grey head Smell is straight black albert , but more complex and less heavy . Good carbo Taste is black albert , chocolate , roasted maltyness , bitterness . Bit more of fruity feel , guess that must be blackcurrants ? No idea what those are , to be honoust . Like a more complex , dangerously drinkable black albert . Port and oak are rather hidden , but contribute to a magnificent taste . Great one , yet again !

3.9
jredmond (8626) - New York, New York, USA - APR 2, 2014
Backlog 2013. Bottle courtesy of Mike, at Franks with Vin, Alan, Barry and Bill. Great to be able to try this back to back along side the A2 Wedding beer. This pours a similar body - pitch black with big brown head and lots of lacing. Aroma is a touch earthier than A2. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich with a much more dominant roasted character coming through on the palate. Still a great stout, but I preferred the A2 slightly over this one. Cheers.


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