ganache (6029) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle marked 29/08/2016, vintage 2011. Nose out of the bottle dark malt with heavy toffee and caramel, fruit, earth, light burnt wood and some yeast. Deep dark brown body with red highlights and a fizzy light brown head. Taste heavy on toffee and caramel, low-medium bitterness, dries and intensifies in yeastiness (picks up on dough, too). Some really nice woodiness here and the supporting hops contribute their own measure of spice and kick. Love the brown sugar / caramelized notes, and there’s some faint whisky in the faint burn at the back end, and some mild char. Let it warm, subtle uptick of red berry, cherry, grape, hint of apple and peach. Medium-full body. Man I love Struise. BeerGolem (829) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
2011 vintage. Served in a trapist glass. Pours dark brown with redish reflect. Tiny beige head, quickly diminishing. No lacing. Explosive malty aroma, very pleasant. Not much else. Taste has more variety, with hints of dark fruits. Very sweet, but well balanced also. Slight oxydation. Full bodied. Really good beer. haraldhardrada (36) - HUNGARY - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle from Bruges. Opened in Hungary. Surved in 9-10°C in a tulip. Really dark colour with a great head. A little bit too sweet, but only a little bit. It’s a real malt taste, you cant identifie the hop. Flavour was more better than I had expected. Smells good. Quite nice quadrappel. DTM (798) - Vacaville, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Shared bottle with friends. Poured a dark carmel color. Tasted of dark fruits and sugar. The palate seemed to fall apart towards the end of the taste. Solid brew.
Dodgrblu (753) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle from rate beer awards dinner, 2011 vintage. Fruity aroma, thick disappearing head, taste is mildly fruity.
tommann (3897) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark caramel with a small head. Aroma is woody, raisin malt. Taste is thick with caramel and raisin. Some alcohol on the finish. psilosophy (801) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - AUG 14, 2012
Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur marron presque opaque, mousse faible et de faible tenue. Arômes torréfiés, caramel, noix, pruneaux. Une brune de caractère mais les 10,5% passent plutôt bien. Dommage, la texture en bouche manque un peu d’explosivité. Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert. LoFi (1748) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2012
Very dark brown with a beige head that fades into a mist.
Aroma: vanilla, coconut, floral, fruity.
Taste: brown sugar/syrup, vanilla, light earthy, malty, coconut, dried fruits, dry finish.
Full-bodied and smooth.
Very nice. TET (3169) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2012
A very dark brown beer with a medium and beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, raisin, earthy sourness, some caramell, berries and dry herbs. Taste is intensive, dark fruits, plums, raisin, no alcohol, but it strenght can be feeled, strong herbs in the aftertaste. Full bodied, smooth and pleasant to drink. Good, strong, dark fruity and intensive beer, but the final touch is missing. Theydon_Bois (20450) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Vintage 2010 poured from a 33cl bottle (Apr ’12) into a tulip to a rich plummy looking mid brown colour with a small off white head that soon dissipated to a few small bubbles.
The aroma is sweet malt, sugar, spices, dates and a little biscuity. Not the most striking or ’come and drink me’ aroma I’ve noted on a quad!
Sweet on the palate, sweet malts, dark over-ripened fruits bombard the taste buds, perhaps dried prunes, dates, figs and sultanas with some background spice. Sweet caramel/toffee and a little tobacco and wood.
Mouthfeel is of a medium to fullish (but not overly full) bodied beer and the carbonation is noticeable but low. Spot on!
Overall a great quad, extremely well balanced and the 10%+ alcohol is well disguised. It even passed the girlfriend test where she stated ’it’s OK !’ as opposed to the usual ’urghh’ when she samples one of my beers!
I will most definately re-visit this one!!!