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5² (Five Squared) - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 43
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 38
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  25.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 43
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of 77black_ships
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Brabander
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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'!

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Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a fantastic finale to an amazing beer dinner. Urbain in attendance at the Farmer's cabinet pig dinner. This was quite a generous treat.

750ml bottle, I got a hearty ~5oz pour that was more than enough. It took me a good half hour to finish my serving. I can't believe this comes in such a large format bottle. It pours ruby in color with yeast particulate stuck in suspension. No head but legs of alcohol stick and slowly droop down the wall.

The smell is sweet of caramel malt with a hint of spirit spiked alcohol. A surprisingly bold amount of clove and fruity caramel candy balances out the aromatics. Alcohol is prevalent with a solid focus on candy and spice. This smells like a quad took steroids.

Taste is caramel candy malt with fruit that immediately evaporates on your tongue and burns the nose with fusel alcohol after the swallow. If you say the alcohol is hidden or well integrated you are either on crack or drunk. This tastes like vodka was poured in it. Orange rindy bitterness once warm. There is no hiding that immense wack of alcohol this contains. There are trace aspects of sweetness and quad properties but no matter how you look at it, this is an alcohol bomb.

This is a full bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Huge alcohol presence really hinders the drinkability but it is slightly easier drinking than the other 20+% abv beers that Struise has done. It is very unique and worth a try if you ever get the chance. However, this is something so bold and aggressive without much residual sweetness that I don't know if it will mellow out at all regardless of 20 years worth of aging.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared at Angry Chair Brewing.
Pours like syrup

No head but then 25 % ABV. This is partially hidden and it drinks like only, say 14%.
Very thick: one of the fullest bodies I can remember.

O: wow ... just wow.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, candied fruit, and brown sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, toffee, and candied fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice fruit and sticky sugar qualities, but this one is definitely super boozy and hard to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Mike (AgentZero). I ended up with a giant pour thanks to Sean's perverse love of getting me hammered. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Surprising tan foam that settles to a partial collar and a wisp or two. Transparent dark amber body with some slow-moving bubbles visible. Impressive considering the ABV.

S - Super fruity, with caramel, candi sugar, and more juicy fruit flavors. There's some obvious alcohol, and this gets a bit nostril-singing when it warms up, but it's actually pretty nice and incredibly potent.

T - The taste isn't quite as a good. It starts out with tons of juicy and sweet red fruits, treacle, caramel, and candi sugar. More like a concentrated quad than a Belgian Pale in some ways. Mild alcohol, with fusels showing up in the fusel. Gets a bit cloying after a while.

M - Surprising carbonation, but otherwise quite viscous, chewy, and sticky. Full-bodied, with some mild-to-moderate alcohol burn in the finish.

D - This was surprisingly drinkable - I finished my hefty pour, although it burned a bit going down by the end. Fairly smooth though. I imagine this may improve over time if the sweetness stays consistent but the alcohol mellows a bit.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled this one at The Copenhagen Beer Celebration last weekend. This is apparently an ice bocked version of their XXXX Quadruple, which is a solid beer in its own right. Bottles of this sold for 100 euro at Alvinne, so I was glad to get a "cheap" 3oz pour for 7 euro at the festival.

From the thirty tap wagon into a tasting glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a large, medium thick, off-white head with great retention. Brunt umber orange with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a solid wisp that coats the sides of the glass. A ring remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking, appealing brew.

SMELL: A bold nose for sure. Pale and toasted malts, caramel, toffee, dried dark fruits and some hints of wood. A spicy yeast note ties it all together as well. A touch of alcohol on the nose as well, but doesn't get in the way. Very nice.

TASTE: Big and boozy. Very boozy. Toasted malts and caramel again, with lots of yeasty spice flavors. Malty, caramel and toffee sweetness at the finish with lots of spicy alcohol everywhere. A bold and lingering aftertaste is very sweet with plenty of alcohol; a touch of bitterness at the back provides an attempt at balance. There's lots of great flavor, but it gets run over by the massive alcohol presence.

PALATE: This is awesome. Very full body, heavy and thick on the palate, and very creamy smooth. Goes down with a well-measured burn at the swallow and finishes just slightly sticky. This is massive, full and thick, and the slight bite is just what is required for a big bruiser like this.

OVERALL: This is a wonderfully crafted and very complex creation that is unfortunately dominated by booze, booze and more booze. Apparently this brew will continue to develop for twenty years, which might be something worth testing, as if the heat dies down and allows the flavors to shine a little more, this could be a phenomenal drink. In the end though, this is way too hot for my palate right now. Hopefully our paths will cross again in about a decade. Fun stuff Urbain. Thanks for continously pushing the envelope.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy dark golden with a small creamy goldenish white head that slowly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass.
Smell is sweet and fruity with sweet bread, caramel, plums, grapes, yeasty esters, omarzipan and dried apricots.
Taste is very sweet with sweetened bread, caramel, honey, alcohol, toffee, marzipan, candi sugar, apricots.
Mouthfeel is intense, sticky sweet, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and fruity intensely sweet but the alcohol is well hidden for a beer of 25% , offcorse you can feel the alcohol , but not like 25 %

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.14/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a Hunahpu snifter.

Appearance - Looks like sediment floating about. Deep red. No head. Viscous and sugary.

Smell - Lots of apple and alcohol. Like a super strong uncomplex ice cider. Maybe a cognac aroma to it as well. It's not really that boozy. Interesting.

Taste - Very sweet. Apple again. Fruity sweet alcohol flavor. Not a very interesting flavor. It's intense. Well done for what it is. Kind of a bad aftertaste, though.

Mouthfeel - Sugary, heavy, boozy. Everything that you'd criticize a beer for, but it's almost excusable for a 25% beer.

Overall - Well, it's impressive for it's size, but that's about it. Intense alcohol and fruit flavor. Too much.

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Photo of largadeer
2.64/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Jason.

Looks like grape juice with minimal head formation. Smells like port, booze and bubblegum. Pretty intense alcohol, sweetness and red wine aromas. Not terribly enticing. The palate is super boozy and sweet. Strong dark fruit flavors, port, bubblegum. Syrupy thick body with a burning finish. This isn't particularly enjoyable, a far cry from Double Black.

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5² (Five Squared) from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.