Struise Rio Reserva (Kentucky Bourbon B.A.)

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


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RATINGS: 393   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1748) - 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 (653) - 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 (2159) - 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 (5964) - 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 (3469) - 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 (3905) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (13797) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2016
33 cl. bottle. Dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of dried fruit, alcohol, spice, yeast, oak, vanilla, caramel and bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (8895) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
pours cloudy almost murky dark golden, burnt orange, with a small off-white cap, reviving and leaving a creamy lacing. red fruits, candi, smooth and very tasty caramel, sticky bourbon - banana; touch of butter; very fruity trappist yeast, sticky sweetness - almost cloying; spices. moderate carbonation, medium to full body - oily; intensely fruity-spicy-woodsy finish. complex and very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Antonio369 (197) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2016 33cl bottle, served in snifter glass. Poured a murky dark orange with a two finger light brown head. Aromas of raisins, oak, dark fruit, cotton candy, grenadine, caramel, bubblegum, dates, cherries, strawberries, licorice, alcohol. Taste pretty much a continuation of the aromas, sweet like cotton candy in combination with the vinous and bourbon notes. The taste also very much reminds me of drinking a Singapore Sling cocktail. Very complex brew! A full thick, creamy mouthfeel with bourbon in the finish.! Another masterpiece from De Struise Brouwers. Congratulations heren! Until now nothing I have tasted by them has disappointed me. All top class brews from these maestros. Bravo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (3788) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle from SB. Reddish amber with a tine off white head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit, wood, vanilla and hops. Full body with a long fruity finish.

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