5² (Five Squared) - De Struise Brouwers
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4.78/5 rDev +15.7%
This is an amazing (and extremely different) beer. I sampled this beer at the Alvinne Festival on Saturday, March 3rd. There were only 215 bottles of the brew for sale in the 75cl format. I purchased one, but really wish that I would have purchased a few more since Urbain was saying this beer would age greatly for 20 years.
This beer is very different from Struise's Black Damnation Series as it pours a deep, dark ruby/gold/yellow tone with plenty of bubbles. It has a sweet taste with only the slightest hint of alcohol despite its massive 25% ABV. Beer has a sweet aroma with undertones of honey.
The reason I rated this beer a 4.5 on taste was only because this beer will develop into a 5+ with a few years of age. Its tastes so good now, I can only imagine what a few years of age will do for these bottles. Like I said, I wish I purchased multiple bottles so I could taste this beer as it develops over the years.
Mouthfeel is exquisite; very smooth and silky.
Overall, I think one of the better/best beers Struise has ever developed.
If you can get a hold of one of these bottles, HIGHLY recommend holding onto it for a few years. It will be tempting to carve the red wax cap off and start pouring right away, but a few years will really make the beer nice!
03-08-2012 01:31:25 | More by 4thelvofbeer
4.69/5 rDev +13.6%
Draft @ ACBF 2012: dark red fruit/brown/amber with a huge creamy tanned head, smells heavily of syrup, concentrated caramel, syrup hops, liquorish, lots of gummy bears, spirity but pretty much no booze on the nose, taste is heavily sweet at first lots of syrup, grenadine, cowberry jam, concentrated caramel, very sweet spices, sweet wheat, lots of gummy bears, aftertaste is an initially heavily surprising burst of booze, very boozy, this is like drinking liquor & stronger even, not very beer-like, think direction of spirit’s, not like for instance the DB XI is, touch cowberries jam in the finish, small sips only, body is quite thick syrupy, jam-like, it is highly questionable a lot of people could finish a 33 cl. let alone a 75 cl. bottle of this, most had difficulties with their sample’s and were splitting it, the booziness of this is questionable but I for one liked the sweet syrupy nature of it, the booze I am less sure about but this was a very insane beer, people had mixed feelings about it, as far as the 75 cl. bottles are concerned, given the price I would never consider & people who say that it needs aging, I don’t fully believe, not sure what people expect the aging to do with this, given the price, I doubt I will ever find out what aging does to it, I though it was a very interesting experiment, it does lean closer to experiment than anything fully consumable, there will be divided opinions but given how many people bought this & that many are looking for it & it sold out very quickly out at, at least one place for a very nice surplus price, financially it was a success, although some people seem to be already abandoning the path that things are taking here but more than enough are still enthusiast
10-23-2013 13:51:47 | More by 77black_ships
4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
Barleywine. Processed in Struise's patented/proprietary eisbock machine. Ruby in color. Off white, actually moderate head and retention. Clear, slick lacing, aroma very sweet, brown sugar, slight alcohol aroma, less than expected. Taste is very very sweet. Some heat, thick mouthfeel, molasses like. Stunning. Wish I could get one bottle to drink 20 years from now. Shared by Carlo from Struise at a dinner. This bottle was fresh. Will desperately try to find one for the cellar.
03-01-2012 01:57:41 | More by KickbacksSteve
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
I had this one at the Alvinne festival. Only 240 bottles made of this one and sold for charity at and for Alvinne.
Look: A dark yellow brown color with a nice white-yellow head.
Smell: Brown sugar, malts, honey, caramel, floral hops and some alcohol.
Taste: Very sweet molasses, malts, honey, brown sugar with a perfectly balanced hoppy bitterness in the end and some warming alcohol
Mouthfeel: Soft carbonation, extremely smooth and thick.
Overall: A very impressive beer, it is so balanced and thick. The alcohol is perfectly hidden. According to Urbain this beer can age for at least 20 years, and it will develop even more into a balanced barley wine. I am not sure if I will be able to cellar my bottles so long, but can’t wait to try this one with some age on it!
03-04-2012 20:55:24 | More by rvdoorn
4.55/5 rDev +10.2%
Urbain and Carlo shared this fantastic beer with us when we visit them in Oostvleteren. What a fantastic moment this was.
A - A dark yellow brownish beer with a yellow head!!! There is some neat carbonation visible in my glass, because the fluid is pretty clear.
S - A light alcoholic scent, but mainly a sweet candy sugar smell along with caramel and floral hop!
T - WOW! Sweet, caramel and floral hops and alcoholic, but in a nice way. A superb intense taste and not like a barley wine. There are also some oak tones noticeable - Carlo told me that this was from the base beer.
M - A soft carbonated beer with lots of warming alcohol. This is beer liquor!!! No bitterness, simply suburb!
O - A superb brew - sweet and tasty - the depths in this beer are really astonishing.
03-01-2012 20:16:56 | More by Mar02x
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
Got a sample at the Alvinne Festival in Belgium; from the tap.
A-A dark amber beer, orange in color, with a nice thick, yellowish head; very carbonated!
S-Very sweet and a boozy aroma with notes of caramel, floral hops, malt, and a sweet fruity scent almost like a barley wine.
T-The flavor is very sweet with hints of syrup, alcohol, vinegar, malt, and caramel, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol burns lightly in the throat and warms the chest. Again very carbonated, reminds me of a spiked orange Sunkist soda!
M-Again, very carbonated, the texture tingles off the tongue, the alcohol maybe at 25%!
O-Very unusual with the re-crystallization of a Quad; but I do like it. I definitely played havok with my tongue, a category all it's own! Definitely glad I picked up a bottle to which contributed to the cause and which I can share with friends, possibly chilled next time on a warm day with friends.
03-12-2012 21:29:41 | More by mtbdonn
4.5/5 rDev +9%
I had this beer at the CBC festival in Kopenhagen in may this year. The Struise brewers were there with 30 beers on tap. What a success they had. Poured in the CBC snifter.
Golden dark coppered fluid with a lightbrown head. This is a very sweet but tasty beer which really opens the 'nose'!
07-28-2012 14:19:21 | More by Brabander
4/5 rDev -3.1%
750ml brought to WLV for Zwanze 2012. Shared this with the group at the end of the bar.
A: Pours a thick copper-brown with no head.
S: The nose is quite pungent. Heavy notes of molasses, cooked sugar, earth, burnt caramel, some alcohol-laced dark fruits. The alcohol fills the nostrils with a potent yet pleasant presence.
T: Well, this certainly tastes like an iced quad. The usual quad flavors of grape juice, grainy yeast, dark candi sugar, toffee, raisin bread, along with the pungency and sweetness of the alcohol.
M. Thick, hot, no carbonation, as expected.
O: I enjoyed two pours of the beer. It wasn't a revelation, but it was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be.
12-02-2012 05:26:06 | More by Etan
5² (Five Squared) from De Struise Brouwers
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