Vintage de 75cl achetée en direct chez Struise et dégustée lors de la soirée St Nicolas 2019 au Niger. Le tout montre un BB de 2017. Ambrée, sur un col léger beige, le tout avec un léger doré au verre. Arôme au nez allant vers des notes de fruits noirs et secs - rappelant les dates et les figues. Retrouve un agréable bouquet boisé. La vanille du Bourbon semble avoir perdu de sa primeur. Palais est épais, pas mal de barrique avec un effet de vin plus marqué. Pointe de pomme caramélisée - figue et date. Le tout montre qd même son age. Epaisseur de bouche, garde un caractère belge virant presque sur une quadruple.
0.33 l bottle from 'Etre Gourmet', bottled in July 2016. A bit hazy, dark reddish amber with a thin, frothy, almost stable, off-white head. Sweetish-malty, gently fruity and a little oxidized aroma of raisins, prunes, figs, vanilla, molasses, some bourbon and a touch of red wine. Very sweet, malty, gently fruity and a little yeasty-spicy taste of molasses, raisins, prunes, bourbon, vanilla, some red wine and a touch of lovage, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, slightly yeasty-spicy, gently warming, moderately boozy and minimally oxidized finish. Medium to full body, gently effervescent mouthfeel, average to lively carbonation. Really tasty and complex beer with lots of different layers of flavours. Another gem from Struise!
Special version of Struise's Rio Reserva, aged on both St. Emilion wine and Kentucky bourbon barrels; originally a limited release of 75 cl bottles only, now apparently released again but in 33 cl bottles. Thanks to Craftmember for sharing. Mousy but opening, egg-white head with some flat 'islands' in the middle, hazy deep peach blonde robe with an ochre-brownish tinge. Beautiful, alluring bouquet: hazelnut paste, lots of vanilla-scenting wet oak wood, almond, caramel, amaretto, dessert wine and sweet grapes, damp hay, raisinbread, ripe pear, white port, whisky, baked banana, peach. Fruity, sweetish onset, melon, peach, sweet white grapes, banana mush, light wine-like tartness noticeable early on, medium carbonation, full and bit 'fluffy' yet eventually rather vinous mouthfeel, very pleasant. Honeyish caramelly sweet malt body with soft bread pulp edges, drenched in a lot of vanilla-scenting oak, tannic and rustic, with stewed white fruit aspects lingering till deep into the finish; vinous ending with both wine and bourbon clearly distinguishable, yet neither of the two becomes overly dominant over the beer. Earthy, fruity touches, warming and complex. Barleywine-esque, very complex and refined, this - like the original Rio Reserva version aged on bourbon barrels only - very clearly exceeds the classic 'tripel' profile, and that is an understatement. Rio Reservas still are among the best Struise creations ever for me.
Imported from my RateBeer account as Struise Rio Reserva (St Emilion Wine + Kentucky Bourbon B.A.) (by De Struise Brouwers):
Aroma: 8/10, Appearance: 4/5, Taste: 9/10, Palate: 4/5, Overall: 17/20, MyTotalScore: 4.2/5
17/XII/18 - 33cl bottle from het Schooltje, shared @ home, BB: n/a, bottled: 12/VII/16 - (2018-1997)
Clear orange to red brown beer, small irregular off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: some nutmeg, oxidized, vanilla notes, some tobacco, dusty, some cinnamon, marzipan. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, caramel, bit oxidized, bitter touch, lots of alcohol. Aftertaste: more caramel, oxidized, dried fruits, sugary, orange peel, some alcohol, little bitter, some ripe banana, nice one!
02/11/2018 @home - 33cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. Thick amber, medium light tanned head; Nose is old, dark malts, caramel. Taste is dark malts, caramel, fruits, bit vanilla, red wine, not much oak.
Bottle shared at and with Svartvit. Bit hazy golden brown with almost white head. Soft bourbon, oak, booze, wood, vanilla, dank herbs, hazelnuts, light wine too, more booze. Quite sweet and bitter. Almost full bodied with not so much carbonation. Nice but too boozy.
Bottle from Geers. Dark red/amber/brown colour, creamy foam. Nose of caramel, plums, wood, red wine, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is sweet, vinous, not too boozy, complex and well balanced. Again a great one from Struise.
Hazy brown color, light beige head with short retention. Aroma has notes of wine, toasted malts, light yeast and caramel. In the flavor is more present the Bourbon hints, toasted malts, candy sugar, nuts and ripe fruit. Slightly sweetness in the final with notes of molasses.
Bottle 330ml. @ home. [ As Struise Rio Reserva (St Emilion Wine + Kentucky Bourbon B.A.) ].Clear medium amber - red orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, sweet malt, dried fruit, wood, alcohol, light grapes - wine. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, vanilla, dried fruit, sweet malt, bourbon, wood, light wine. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic.  8-3-8-4-16
330 ml bottle into chalice; 2012 vintage, bottled on 12/07/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, cherry, pear, apricot, red apple, red grape, red/white wine, bourbon, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and brown bread; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, molasses, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/light spicy yeast, wine/bourbon barrels, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, cherry, pear, apricot, red apple, red/white wine, bourbon, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and brown bread; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, molasses, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light yeast/wine/oak tannin spiciness and herbal/grassy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, pear, apricot, red apple, red grape, red/white wine, bourbon, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, oaken vanilla, molasses, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light spicy yeast, wine/bourbon barrels, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly slick/sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.5%. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged quadrupel! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light spicy yeast, wine/bourbon barrels, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Extremely rich and complex; with amazing fruity yeast, malts, and candi sugar flavor balance. Outstanding barrel presence and integration with no booze. Not overly sweet/heavy feeling. The four year long barrel aging did great things for this. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.