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

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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CasperRuben (63) - - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 Interesting color: kind of red/orange/brown/yellow, nice white/reddish head. The taste is also very interesting: it is very very balanced. It doesn’t have the amount of bitterness and carbonation you would expect in this style, which I really like. Combine this with the full bodied, yet not overpowering, sweetness, and you have a very great beer!


4.2
psilosophy (782) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - JUL 8, 2017
Bouteille de 33 cl. Couleur ocre rouge- brun, mousse assez faible , tenue moyenne. J’imagine qu’ à la base, c ’est le même brassin que pour la "Bourbon barrel", pour autant, le viellissement en fût de porto change radicalement le breuvage, c ’est un peu plus doux et plus fruité, bref, oui on sent carrément le porto! Carbonnation moyenne. Trouvée à Roby - Menin.

4.4
drpimento (3634) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2017
Really smooth, balanced stuff. Aroma is caramel malt yeast and grapes. Flavor is similar to nose comma sweet dominates along with caramel malt a little Spice in the background and bitter in the Finish. Excellent carbonation and body. Very nice drinking beer

4
erikaraeb (223) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2017
Very-well rounded BSA. Mild aroma of roasted nuts and port. Tastes of even more port and woody brown sugar, finishes bitter with dried fruits. Avoids being syrupy or overly sweet.

4
MelvinKalksma (1536) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2017

Aroma:
Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, wood, overripe fruit, red fruit, chocolate and roasted malts.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque dark orange/brown beer with heavy yeast and with a slight/medium beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, wood, overripe fruit, red fruit and chocolate; ends slighlty bitter and dry with roasted malts.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Great to have a fucking 2012 version of this beer that I found online. That port barrel and the age softened all the flavours, but made it beautiful at the same time. What a lovely flavour, so rich with loads of flavours. The aroma is the only downfall of this beer, but the taste is marvelous.

3.9
nutjes (951) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2017
33cl-fles van bij Tabac&Co - Palais des bières te Dottenijs (in Famiflora). U: Troebel amber met dunne gebroken witte schuimkraag. G: Rozijnen, vijgen, appel, karamel, honing, porto en kruiden. S: Zoet. Gedroogd fruit, porto en karamel. Alcoholwarmte. M: Volmondig met medium carbonatie.

4.5
Ysok02 (1559) - Mons, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2017
Robe brune, fine mousse, dense et concentrée. Nez puissant et complexe sur des notes de caramel, de bois, de chocolat au lait, de figue, de raisin de Corinthe, de vanille, de cerise confite. Bouche à l’attaque élégante à la fois fruitée et épicée, une bulle crémeuse, fine, de l’élégance malgré le taux d’alcool, longue finale sur la figue et un coté chocolaté. Une bière puissante qui garde de l’élégance. Superbe.

3.6
AndySnow (7621) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2017
How: Bottle.
Where: Tasting 2017-05-06.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, dried fruit, raisin, port.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, port, raisin, a bit vinous.

3.8
omhper (25117) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2017
Bottled (2011 vintage) at AndySnow tasting. Clear deep amber, rich head. Aroma of sweet red apples, caramel and raisin. Sweet with full body and well rounded mouthfeel. Oxidized caramel, mild tones of port, dough. Mildly warming finish. Very harmonious, but probably past its prime.

3.4
basjansen14 (388) - NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2017
Kwam uit het flesje sprietsen toen ik het dopje eraf haalde. Aroma: graan, zoet, donker fruit, port wijn. Smaak: zoet, graan, fruitig, wijn, alcohol. Veel koolzuur en een medium mondgevoel.

3.4
Erasmus_ro (2945) - Alabama, USA - APR 16, 2017
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Starts to come out of the bottle as soon as the cap is cracked. Left alone, starts to climb out on its own. Pours an auburn red with a very large, beige head. Aroma is fruity, fruitcake, boozy, yeast, fermented fruit, dried fruit. Hard fruit candy. Port wine in the background, somewhat sweet, honey. Taste is port vinous, dried fruit, caramel, fruitcake. Alright, but not too special.


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