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


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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (308) - - JUL 28, 2013
bellissima..ambrata/rossa con schiuma a grana medio fine molto persistente e di colore leggermente marroncino..aroma superfruttato,uno dei pi forti che ho mai sentito..simile al fruttato val dieu ma oltre al normale probabilmente derivante da lieviti e zucchero c in dolciastro particolare che azzarderei derivi dallinvecchiamento in porto..anche lalcool si sente abbastanza..nel gusto sicuramente domina molto il dolce (zucchero di canna,tripel,invecchiamento in porto..direi anche abbastanza normale come cosa) ,sentori fruttati come nellaroma ed molto piacevole al palato,riscaldante e con corpo pieno e carbonazione bassa..luppolo presente in piccolissime note e come al solito solo verso la fine,,la trovo molto simile alla stille nacht per certi versi,ma forse qui il dolce si sente in maniera troppo eccessiva e quindi la reputo leggermente inferiore..insomma: birra natalizia ottima,veramente ben fatta,invecchiata in botti di porto per un anno che le lasciano quel tocco in pi,un dolciastro non completamente derivante da lieviti e zucchero che quindi la rende intrigante e pregiata..salute!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (7466) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (24773) - Tyres, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
basjansen14 (301) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erasmus_ro (2839) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (1505) - ESTONIA - APR 9, 2017
Nice wine barrel nose. Sweet dried fruits and caramel. Bit of musty wood. Sweet caramel glaze and honey sugar in the taste. Not so clear port there. Otherwise similar to other versions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TychoJames (1253) - rebro, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2017
Flaska inhandlad i Brygge. Disig mahognyfrgad vtska. Doft av mandelmassa, pplemunk, jst och rter. Stklibbig smak med tr, pplemos och lite torkad frukt. Aningen klen munknsla

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svitankova (36) - UKRAINE - FEB 19, 2017
033 bottle. Pours deep copper, white head. low retention. Complex aroma of malts, sweetness, dark fruits, hints of vanilla, toffee, honey, meadow flowers. Taste is malty sweetness, hints of dark fruits, caramel, fruity acidity, burnt sugar, lemony notes. Sweet aftertaste, slight tartness, warming alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (2475) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - FEB 12, 2017
BOTTLE 33 CL. Clear dark copper, compacted sediment, diminishing beige head, latent gushing. Vibrant sweet sugary dried red fruit, sweet dessert wine, light musty notes. Similar luscious sweetness, not alcohol whatsoever, light musty bitterness. Very good, but seems a bit flawed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
paulvanpelt (610) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2017
Goudbruin bier met crmekleurige schuimkraag. Aroma van alcohol, vijg, pruim, mout, suiker. Erg zoet, licht droog op de nasmaak. Flink wat co2, volle body. Melig in de mond.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer_queue (139) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2017
2013 vintage, bottled July 2014(?). Quick warning: this ones a gusher. Rose quickly out the bottle and poured with a gigantic head even if done slowly. Cloudy, dark copper with big specks of sediment that looks more like dirt. Aroma is dominated by sugar (syrup, candied fruit, raw sugar); its like walking into a candy store! Some yeast & very subtle spice in the background. Tastes as youd expect with a lot of sugary, fruity syrup notes on arrival like canned fruits. Port notes in the middle. Finishes spice, yeast, & booze. Warms up with a bit more of a funky taste (from yeast I suspect). Light body with a lot of carb that stretches the body out even more. Really hot with alcohol after a few minutes. Not bad but not one of my faves from Struise.

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