5² (Five Squared) - De Struise Brouwers
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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
3.69/5 rDev -10.7%
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 %
04-20-2013 11:52:25 | More by beerpirates
2.63/5 rDev -36.3%
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.
12-23-2012 04:45:46 | More by largadeer
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
3.13/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
10-30-2012 02:41:10 | More by Alieniloquium
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
07-30-2012 00:15:15 | More by MasterSki
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
5² (Five Squared) from De Struise Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.