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5² (Five Squared) - De Struise Brouwers

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 16.95%
Wants: 38
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  25.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-24-2012)
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Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Jeffo, May 18, 2012
Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev +9%

klipper, May 13, 2012
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

stakem, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Riggsy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Riggsy, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Sheaffdogg
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Sheaffdogg, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of MalaMi
5/5  rDev +21.1%

MalaMi, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of mtbdonn
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

mtbdonn, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of xpimptastikx
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

xpimptastikx, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

4thelvofbeer, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of rvdoorn
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

rvdoorn, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Mar02x, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

KickbacksSteve, Mar 01, 2012
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5² (Five Squared) from De Struise Brouwers
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