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Outblack - De Struise Brouwers

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89
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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 9
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Collaboration brew with Stillwater Artisanal Ales (USA).

This Belgian Strong Ale was married to a still young but powerful style, the Black IPA.

You take a chocolate sweet strong ale together with the high & strong hop shedule of an IPA, and you get a fantastic result.

(Beer added by: beerpirates on 02-23-2011)
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mrand01

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a generic Crate & Barrel tulip.

A: Pours with about 3/4" tan head. Body is dark brown, almost black. Lots of head retention a couple minutes after the pour. Pretty sticky, decent lacing.

S: A mix of dark fruit and citrus hops. This is a bit of a "hybrid" belgian black IPA, and it smells as such.

T: Malty with big dark fruit tones. Fades into a fairly hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

O: This is pretty good...not as hoppy as I would have liked, however, it could be that this beer sat for too long, losing some of it's hop character in the process. What I'm left with is a mildly hoppy dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 00:08:53 | More by mrand01
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2011 22:40:43 | More by nmann08
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-15-2011 21:25:20 | More by bpfrush
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2011 05:51:36 | More by ithinkimasofa
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2011 04:02:15 | More by JAHMUR
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DocDownUnder

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-14-2011 22:43:13 | More by DocDownUnder
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

11-14-2011 08:00:05 | More by Jspriest
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, really good stuff, but I don't pick up much a the hop. After warming a bit out of the fridge, poured with a giant, fluffy, foamy, frothy, sudsy, light, pale tan head with some clingy lace. Color is super dark, perhaps clear or slightly hazy mahoganey with some sediment in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is first yeast, then malt, licorice, rye, wet grain. Flavor is like nose with an excellent sweet, tang, bitter balance. Body and carbonation are great. Finish is like flavor and has some legs with just a bit of alcohol warmth in there. Don't know about the ipa designation tho.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:35:00 | More by drpimento
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 into tulip at 45.

Pours with a thick, foamy brown head over a deep brown to black body. Nice lacing.

Plenty of yeast, dark chocolate, burgundy wine, oaky tannins, and caramel latte. Aroma is the winner here, by a hair.

Flavors include the aforementioned dark chocolate and red wine, a nice roastyness, and plum.

Rich mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

Delicious, that is all.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 04:20:55 | More by BeerImmediately
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been meaning to review this for a while.

A- Black ale into a pint glass with a massive mocha head with great retention. Tons of legs and a good coat of Belgian lace.

S- Pine and lemon lime up front and a dark roast malt background. Very strong and unique. Mint.

T- Like nothing I have ever tasted. An insane lemon lime presence with a massive pine hop flavor as well. Roast malt somehow takes a backseat to the pine needles lemons. Lemon zest, slight spice and raisin.

MF- Foamy moderately thick body with good carbonation. Fairly bitter after taste.

Intense lemon lime pine flavor on top of a solid dark beer. Slight Belgian flavor but this insane hop flavor dominates with lemon lime pine straight up.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 05:41:55 | More by cbutova
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kojevergas

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe stemgoblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of slight tan colour, good cream, nice thickness, and excellent retention, especially for the ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Very unique. Bacteria yeasty notes give it a distinct character alongside caramelized malt, heavy candied sugar, and rye. I'm intrigued. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Very flavourful and unique, with wonderful candied sugar providing the foundation, and nice chocolate atop. Some nicely handled hops are present about the climax, which is a nice touch. The rye comes through in a strange way that doesn't quite feel right. Some tart flavours as well as oats. Complex but scattered. It's a mess, but there are some quality flavours to be had in it. I wish it were more focused.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with nice thickness. Suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV. The cost is a bit rough on account of those bastards at Shelton, but I'd have it again in Belgium. As aforementioned, it's quite a mess, but otherwise I fancy it. Give it a go if you're a fan of Struise like me.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 04:56:54 | More by kojevergas
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really need a Struise glass.

Beer served in a New Belgium tulip. Beer is black and aggressively carbonated with a tan head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet but has a tea like bitterness to it.

Beer is medium in body with a mildly dry finish, the bitterness at the back is tea like with only a mild hop presence. The entire beer has this ashy roastiness sort of bitter throughout. It is interesting but not great. I've had a lot of better beers from both Stillwater and Struise.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 02:44:11 | More by drabmuh
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, almost black with some sediment. Full, creamy, frothy, almost meringue like, light khaki colored head. Great retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Starts with a great mix of dark fruit (raisin, fig and date) and grapefruit citrus. Slight fruit punch-like and a blueberry/pomegranate juice (maybe cranberry) aroma. Touches of coffee and chocolate along with a touch of roasted malt. Interesting.

T - Starts with an interesting fruitiness. Dark fruit (fig especially and a fair amount of raisin and date) along with citrus (grapefruit and orange). The combination of the two provides that blueberry/pomegranate/cranberry juice kind of flavor. I enjoy the mix. Mid sip and in the background throughout there is a nice earthy and sweet cocoa and coffee flavor. Sweet, tart and earthy mixture.

M - Light to medium body and above average carbonation. Slightly sticky finish but there is a prickley feel mid sip.

D - I throughly enjoyed the bottle and it went a little too fast. I liked the mix of flavors and thought it was well balanced and enjoyed how the flavors complimented each other.

Notes: Overall I quite enjoyed this and thought it was pretty unique. Two different styles mixed well (in my opinion) creating something unique. Not sure how often I'll get this (price) but I'm really glad I gave it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:21:49 | More by FreshHawk
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notchucknorris

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nearly black dark brown color with a huge tan head that took almost 10 minutes to settle.

S: At first, a faint citrus hop aroma coupled with a lot of freshly baked whole wheat bread. As it warms, some darker quad-like aromas emerge. Dark fruit, chocolate, bananas, figs and a hint of booze.

T: Not getting a lot of the IPA here, but it's a tasty beer anyways. Lots of dark fruit, roasted malt, yeast, bread and some subdued hop resins and charred grain on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 21:54:14 | More by notchucknorris
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Casey10

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wicked beer nice intense head once poured into a tulip.

Frothy head and pitch black so light shines through.

Light smell some sugars as well as light chocolae notes.

Taste masks the alcohol way too well.

While it is a bit pricey another great brew from Destruise as well as a nie colab brew from stillwater.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:28:44 | More by Casey10
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rhong187

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a tulip glass

A - fairly aggressive pour without much head rentention. very black (as the name implies)

S - Smells very nice, with light notes of chocolate and slight vanilla. I read that this is a hyrid of a stout and black IPA, but I don't detect any hop cdharacter whatsoever

T - you get hit with roasted malts and chocolate right away, but again, not much hoppiness.

M- medium bodied, light carbonation.

Nice collab, and I hope to see more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 17:48:45 | More by rhong187
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Philousa

California

4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black in the glass, with a hint of purple in the light, and with a lot of tiny bubbles. Let's just say it's well carbonated. First thing my nose says is mint. Kinda strange for a beer of any sort, but it's an interesting, inviting aroma. I also get chocolate, toast, vanilla and slight sugar, alcohol and, oddly enough, rosemary aromas. Creamy and toasty flavors fade to chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. I get some of the spices described earlier, but it's muddled and I'm not able to pick them out as easily. An alcoholic burn lingers on the palate, warmly reminding you of the nectar you just consumed.

This is one hell of a beer. It's categorized as a Belgian strong dark, but it reminds me more of an imperial porter because of the mouthfeel and lack of yeast flavors. It seems to me that the ingredients had more to do with the flavor of this beer than normal, which is not typical of a Belgian beer, but I ain't complaining. It's very complex and smooth. I can't say enough how smooth this is, and I guess that's where you can distinctly label this a Belgian, as the yeast has so much to do with the mouthfeel. I tried this on nitro tap at City Beer Store but didn't take notes. It's just as smooth from the bottle. I usually can tell that one thing or another offset a high ABV, but this beer conceals the alcohol on all fronts. It's careful to remind you of its potency in the lingering aftertaste, though. This is a beer with many levels and one which I hope to be enjoying many times in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 04:33:19 | More by Philousa
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark rich brown. It looks black with a nice clear deep brown along the edge. There was a two finger mocha almost rocky head that faded to leave nice clouding and minimal side lacing.

S - Dark sweet malts, chocolate, alcohol. No hop presence.

T - More of the sweet, almost candi malts, and rich belgian chocolate. Some light belgian yeasts. Again, no hops at all, and more ABV on the pallet.

M - Good amount of carbonation, slightly sticky. Mor eof the higher ABV. I've seen it hidden better.

O - Overall, this wasnt that bad of a beer. Just, for the price its not worth it. And of course, it didnt deliver on its promise of being a belgian strong dark black IPA. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 01:30:49 | More by rudzud
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a bit foamy tan colored head with a rich dark looking body. The lacing is light, nothing too impressive really. The smell of the beer has a little bit of roasted aromas and a light sweetness too. The taste of the beer actually impressed me. As I drank it there was a nice amount of chocolate upfront, with some big herbal rye flavors in the aftertaste. The aftertaste almost reminded me of anise or menthol. The mouthfeel of this beer had a good thickness to it. Overall the beer was smooth and and creamy, really pretty good in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 23:50:02 | More by Knapp85
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ptykozoon

California

2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the darkest brown with red bits here and there. Nice head, bits of lacing.

It's a De Struise, so basically nothing on the nose. Maybe some burnt sugar.

Subtle. Toffee, burnt raisin, prune, coffee. Lasting cloyingly sweet finish.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Nicely done, but a tad boring.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 03:33:15 | More by ptykozoon
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jsh420

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark dark brown almost black with a a 1+ finger tan head that had great retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of dark sugary fruit with lots of xmas spice

taste dark fruit dark chocolate but again i get a spice that reminds me of xmas ales - i think maybe its allspice?

mouthfeel is light medium body with low carbonation - very smooth and creamy

overall - very different then the normal BSD - crazy drinkability @ 10% abv - maybe this one just threw me for a loop

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 01:01:57 | More by jsh420
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Capone's in a 13 oz snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, borderline black body with a very light tan head. Some sporadic lacing is left behind and a thin retention ring lines the edges of the beer. As confusing as the style is, it's a nice appearance that defines both of its parts.

S: Spearmint, dark chocolate, spice, floral hops, spruce and pine all intertwine into a complex and delicious smelling beer. Again, an identity crisis seems to emerge but the beer does a fine job of blending everything together.

T: An initial spicy Belgian flair is evident with light yeasty notes. Some lightly toasted malts, mint, wood and a touch of sap all come through in the flavor. Rounding out the back end is a touch of sticky syrup. It's unique, complex and oddly very good in terms of flavor.

M: Prickly and bubbly, almost on the lighter end of a medium bodied beer. Although, the finish is really nice and clean, that almost has a certain crispness to it.

This was certainly an interesting beer and the cross between the styles really make this unique. I enjoyed the floral, piney and hoppy nature of the beer with the dark roasted malts. Some defining flavors that took this above my expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 14:15:04 | More by ShanePB
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Fulkrum78

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle I picked up at Bruisin Ales. Pours pitch black out of the bottle with a thick tan head that hangs around. Smell is complex, and very interesting. Somewhat piney, kinda reminds me of something I can't put my finger on. Taste is thick and rich, almost syrupy in the mouthfeel. Very full bodied. More of those pine notes. Interesting, lots of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:47:44 | More by Fulkrum78
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... copper in color with a light brown head that appears and disappears quickly leaving little lacing. No light is visible through it when held up to the light

S- Malty aroma, with notes of dark fruits, plums and cherries and hints of boozy heat

T- Malty, but not as malty and sweet as other strong darks that I've had. Actually has a distinct amount of bitterness coming through along with a hint of booze

M- Light in carbonation with a medium body

O- I got this as a freebee from a buddy, and am glad I got to try it... that being said, I'm glad I didn't pay what places are asking for it. It was decent, but not worth the $$$ they were asking for it. I will say, it did grow on me a bit as I drank it thought

CHEERS!!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 05:01:53 | More by bbeane
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting idea for a collaboration beer. Not two styles I would expect to marry well.

A: Has the deep, red color of a BSDA with possibly a slightly darker appearance from the Black IPA. The head is a splotchy tan, with some effects of lacing on the glass.

S: Has a surprising tartness followed by a bit of roasted malts. You can really pick out each style of beer here. The slightly citrusy hops are taking this beer to a place it shouldn't be, way too strange on the nose. When you can focus on the BSDA part of the beer, it becomes quite enjoyable. The problem is that it's hard to do that. Definitely full of dark fruits and a lovely bready character from the yeast. Has some delicate apple and pear aromas that sneak through, just can't get over the Black IPA layered into it.

T: A bit sweet and almost cloying, the roasty malts don't really come through strongly here. A mouthful of dark fruits and some funky Belgian yeast qualities. Small amount of cherry tartness that fades into a chocolatey, dry cocoa bitterness. Since the BIPA doesn't show itself so much on the palate, the beer actually showcases the nice BSDA aromas that were found earlier.

M: Somehow light but syrupy at the same time. Finishes with a bit of prickle and leaves the lips sticky.

O: A bit too wild of an idea here. I don't necessarily find the flavors of either beer to shine or accommodate each other well. Flavors are all across the board, lacks cohesion.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:34:50 | More by kiddynamite920
Outblack from De Struise Brouwers
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