Struise Rio Reserva (Kentucky Bourbon B.A.)

Formerly brewed at De Struise Brouwers
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This ale was brewed back in 2008, and in collaboration with brew master Ryohei Sugawa San from Rio Brewing & Co. Our goal was to brew a Belgian dark golden blond quadrupel with an enormous potential of aromas and flavors, and added complexity due to oak barrel aging. Bourbon barels from Kentucky were chosen due to their very special soft roast quality and noble vanilla flavors. Year upon year, different quality controls were executed, and we finally decided to bottle condition this very special ale in May 2012. Another three moths of cold maturing was done at the brewery, so we could be sure about the absolute quality before releasing to our customers.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10206) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2016
2016-03-18. Dark amber body with a modest creamy beige head. 3++ Aroma is unique, sweet caramel base with a vaguely woody or floral character to it. Brown sugar. Flavour is similar, sweetish toffee like base, is actually more brown sugar like. Warming alcohol is prominent but not overbearing. Fruity notes throughout. 7+ Average plus bodied palate, carbonation. Decent. 7/3-4/7/3-4/15-16 Bottle from North Bar, Leeds.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
langeveld12 (501) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2016
Wow! Massive complexity. I love the oak, the red wine and the bourbon in this already complex quad. Mostly sweet but still in balance. Really really good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daje (4227) - NORWAY - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle at Hoppy Loft, march 15th 2015. Amber body with a small beige head. Aroma is malty with bourbon and oranges. Taste is fullbodied, caramel, complex maltiness, fruity yeast esters. High sweetness playing teasefully with the alcohol level, with dark fruits in the long lasting finish. A great one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6844) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2016
750 ml bottle shared by Jared at ChurchKey on Erics last night, thanks! Cloudy amber brown with beige head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, malt. Tastes of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, spice. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1664) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 29, 2016
Red-ruby colored, medium beige head, good lasting. Aroma is of caramel and brewing sugar, very fruity, some wooden notes, vanilla bourbon. Taste is very sweet toffee, brown sugar, again strong dried fruits, oaky bourbon, some spices, bit yeasty, light warmth. Full bodied, soft carbonation, creamy. Complex and tasty. (bottle, Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vincentvega72 (576) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2016
UPDATED: APR 13, 2016 Mooi amberkleurig bier met fijne witte schuimkraag die goed aan het glas blijft plakken. Complex, redelijk zoet, aroma van geel fruit, gist, perzik, abrikoos. Likeurachtige smaak, blijft lekker plakken en hangen in de mond. Super stuff !!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (2096) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2016
2008, on tap for Backcountry Pizzas 5th anniversary party. Pours a bright, unclear orange color, with a small, beige, creamy, and persistent head. The nose is caramel, vanilla, rye, orange peels, and sweet cherries. The flavor is sweet, with a light bitterness and a warming, boozy finish. Medium to heavy body, a little acidic, and just a little watery. The aroma of this beer is simply fantastic - I could sit and smell it forever - but the mouthfeel is a little weak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5822) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle (750 ml) shared at tasting. Hazy orangey with a small off-white head, ok retention, leaving some lacing. Aroma is super fruity and yeast with a good amount of vanilla and oak but it take a while to open up and let some bourbon and wine flavors out. Theres also of course alcohol (not burning though), caramel and oxidation notes thats arent ruining the beer and fits the profile to some extent. Taste is not overly sweet but its really fruity to the point of being nearly cloying. Theres also alcohol, bourbon more than wine, caramel, mild to moderate spiciness and vanilla. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Fruity finish. A good alcohol warmth. Lingering fruitiness. Its a bit over the top and too fruity for my liking but it gets interesting when the bourbon and wine notes finally come through. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3460) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle 750ml. Pours hazy dark copper/mahogany with medium beige head. Aroma is of fruits, alcohol, malt features, barley sugar. Taste is of fruits, barley sugar, brown sugar. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Sticky on the lips. Overall: Wow, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3776) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours a dark copper with a white rim on top that leaves some lacing. Nose is of alcohol, caramel and oxidation. A little wood and not a whole lot of bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet and offers some nice figs and maple syrup. Body is medium-full, carbonation moderate and there is a bit of hot alcohol. Overall a good belgian strong but I can think of quite a few I enjoy more than this one.

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