Struise Surprise Ale Barrel Aged

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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The "Surprise Ales" came to life at our brewery shop in Bruges. Generally one offs, very limited, nice style experiments, loved by our fans and public, but without a brand name. This Belgian strong ale contains a massive amount of wheat, bourbon barrel aged, unblended, unfiltered, unpasteurized and solely bottle conditioned for the SC club. Numbered from 1 to 259 on cork. This Surprise Ale is a blend of half a barrel of O.N.E and filled up with T.W.O (= pimped 9% ABV Struise Witte + bourbon barrel ageing)

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (7387) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 18, 2017
On tap at Struise Brouwers @ The Old School pours out brown topped with a small tan head. Nose is pit fruit some oak barrel notes spice and a bit of booze. Taste is more of the nice pit fruit sweetness wood spice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nutjes (780) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2016
Van t vat @ Het Oude Schooltje als Surprise Ale Bourbon Barrel Aged. U: Helder kastanjebruin met bijna geen beige schuimkraag. G: Karamel, kandij, gedroogd fruit en een lichte bourbontoets. S: Zoet, karamel, licht toets van geroosterde mout en gedroogd fruit. Lichte alcoholische toets in de afdronk. M: Volle body en medium carbonatie.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2016
A decent ale that I did enjoy, but they do have so much better stuff that I wouldnt put my time in this one again...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mesjasz (1487) - Lodz, POLAND - APR 19, 2016
Kieliszek w browarze de Struise. Szybka ocena bo z pamięci. Słodkie, cukierkowe, owocowe, calkiem gęste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (7706) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 18, 2016
swing top bottle 750ml. -Courtesy of kajser27, shared with him, Marko and franski. Brown coloured, small to medium sized tan head, alcohol, oak and glue in the nose. Roasted malt, oak, wood, alcohol, some caramel and dried fruits with heavy alcohol in the finish. Boozy stuff but in other hand interesting and not bad. Filled 19.3.2016.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rami_pl (3154) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 18, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2017 Kurde, pomylilem opis, a notatki skasowane :/ to z pamieci: Pite w browarze: karmel, toffi, lepkawo-slodkie, tylko troche przypraw mimo, ze to ponoc bozonarodzeniowe (co mnie ucieszylo), figi, czekolada.

Ocena potraktowana skryptem do przeliczania ocen (uzgodnienie UT/RB).

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (2213) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 17, 2016
Sampled at Schooltje. Toffee, dried fruits, some chocolate. Medium thick and delicately carbonated. The beer is like a candy with very long and strong dried fruit going into smoke finish. Great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1750) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 11, 2016
Dark brown colored with ruby hue, small tan creamy non lasting head. Aroma is quite boozy, strong raisins, some chocolate and caramel, oak, some solvent. Taste is very sweet, dark fruits and strong raisins, some chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, oaky, quite boozy again. Full bodied, soft to flat carbonation, very sticky. I know De Struise guys like the booze but this is just over the top. (growler from the brewery, shared with Ogi, Marko and franski)

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marko (5553) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 4, 2016
Struise Surprise Ale. Filled 19.3.2016. Courtesy of kajser, shared with ogivlado, franski and kajser. Clear dark reddish body, off white head. Enormous aroma, somewhere between glue and green apple, more on the apple side, and yet, despite those generally being flaws, they are actually pleasant in a way, though they do get overbearing, big maltiness, big alcohol. Taste... raisin, obvious enormous barrel, yet light and everything but cloying, coconut, more glue, more apple, sweet. No, sorry, this is flawed for me. Even if this was intentional, I just dont dig the flavors. The body is superb, the taste just bad. In my opinion.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (2026) - Besanon, FRANCE - JAN 2, 2016
Bue à la pression. Nez subtil boisé et vanille. Au palais, belle corpulence, malt, complexe et équilibrée. On sent le fut. Cool


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