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Rio Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%

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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Fux on 05-14-2012)
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Photo of woosterbill


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750, brewed 2008, bottled 2012.

A: Hazy chestnut body under a finger of dense tan head. Good retention for the strength, spotty lace. Attractive.

S: Caramel, red wine, vanilla, and dark fruit. Very nice.

T: Sweet malt up front, followed closely by fruity wine, corny Bourbon, vanilla oak, and a long bittersweet finish. Hugely complex, very tasty.

M: Full bodied, well carbonated. Great.

O: Awesome beer. Both barrels come through beautifully. Definitely a sipper, but admirably smooth.


Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 23:29:27 | More by woosterbill
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 edition - poured a muddy red-brown body (like dark brown leather couch brown) with two finger head that dies quick with little lace. There is some booze and vanilla in this beer and it a touch of sourness to along with some sweet malts - pretty complex aroma that I can't really nail down. Beer is medium-bodied, a little sticky, the booze is hidden but after awhile hits you as beer warms, some typical Belgian yeast and citric zip come in as well and there is some moderate sweetness with a blend of sour that I get. A really enjoyable quad that the aging has smoothed out and sweetned and is a great sipper (this is not meant to be more than a sipper).

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 18:19:52 | More by clayrock81
Photo of beerdrifter


4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Bierhandel Willems en zoon in Belgium. Beautiful clear mahogany pour with a two finger off-white head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is amazing with huge vanilla, bourbon, and oak notes along with hints of butterscotch, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, and subtle dark fruit. The taste mirrors the nose with the oak, vanilla, and bourbon once again the stars. Hints of maple, caramel, pecans, leather, tangerine, figs, apple,brown sugar, and booze. The mouthfeel is lightly syrupy with perfect carbonation and a smooth as silk, subtly warming finish. Overall, this is an amazing beer! It's rich and flavorful and hugely drinkable for an 11% ABV beer. I've had this numerous times on tap, but this is the first time from the bottle. I have to say it's just as good, and perhaps has mellowed a bit in the cellar. For me, this is a Barley Wine disguised as a Quad. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 18:14:05 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of WorldWideStout


4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden body with a one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet with many fruits- some your typical quad, dark fruit, but then also pineapple, mango, and melon. Esters but little booze.

T: Very sweet. Aforementioned lighter-colored fruits are present. I get a bit of the wine and bourbon barrels at the end, along with a bit of heat.

M: Very smooth and silky, perfectly suited to the taste.

O: A really nice beer. The age, and perhaps the barrels, have made this delightfully balanced. Complex and not particularly boozy, though quite sweet, as most quads are.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 22:24:07 | More by WorldWideStout
Photo of artoolemomo


3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a poofy finger's worth of head which has good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale to medium amber with a nice orange glow that brightens when held up to the light. Very interesting look for a Quad. Pretty much no lacing though.

Nose- Very subdued. Light notes of peach followed by lesser notes of orange and lemon. Mild spice that hints at cloves and coriander. A little bit of banana. These notes are revealed after some swirling.

Taste- This is definitely a different type of Quad. Lots of banana. Lots of cloves. Spicy Belgian yeast, pepper, and coriander fill out the greater part of the flavor profile. Much more of tripel profile. Some bandaid. Slight woody bitterness. Some notes of peach, orange and lemon. No heat is present which is surprising for such a light tasting, high gravity beer. Fortunately, the strong clove and domineering Belgian yeast fade to produce a much more approachable beer. Very different from the vast majority of samples I've had in this style. Still a good beer but I do question its high rating. Some white grapes. This gives it a slightly vinous quality.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a nice but tingling carbonation. The dry finish is welcomed and essential.

Drinakbility- Very easygoing. No indication of the the 11% at all. 5 bucks for a 6 oz pour is steep but understandable when you consider what this beer retails for.

Overall- Good beer. Way different take on the Quad. Worth a try especially if you don't really like Quads but like Tripels.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 04:10:24 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of cbutova


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last pour at Ebenezers 2013 with lunch after an insane morning/day/night of drinking the day before. Probably not the best beer for recovery but one I wanted to try immensely. Reviewed from notes.

A- Amber-brown sugar colored body from the tap into my goblet. Small fizzy white cap with decent retention falls to wine status and no lace is seen. Not surprising for a super long barrel-aged beer.

S- Nice smooth oak and vanilla up front for me and some Bourbon comes into play but very smoothed out and integrated. Big caramel and some wine in there. Nothing jumps out big time but everything is mixed well.

T- Wine feel and a grape note opens up big time compared to the aroma. Somewhat aged caramel like an Old Ale with some oak that tastes surprisingly fresh and toasty. Balanced yeast spice and some spicy Bourbon vanilla. Once again the balance is nice.

MF- Thick oily body with low carbonation but a very smooth feel overall. Pretty nice warming from the ABV and a spicy finish.

Doesn't feel four years old but the age is noticed and probably why everything has balanced out so nicely. Like the mix of the Bourbon and wine feel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 00:49:28 | More by cbutova
Photo of mrfrancis


4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: On-tap at The Beer Trappe on my most recent visit, this beer poured a gorgeous, dark golden amber with a thin, creamy whitish head that stuck around for some time, eventually settling to leave a modest amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of white wine, cider apples, maple syrup, grass, caramel, straw, spiced pears, pepper, raisins, figs, dates, and alcohol hit the nose hard. This ale smells very robust and complex. I like it.

T: Notes of maple syrup, caramel, and brown sugar are balanced by flavors of grass, straw, herbs, oak, raisins, figs, dates, sour cherry, ripe plum, pepper, spiced pear, and cider apple. The finish is long, intense, and mellowing with a combination of orchard fruit, oak, and caramel underscored by a swell of alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full in body, dry, and surprisingly gentle in the mouth. Carbonation is firm, but neither spritzy nor prickly. Alcohol is present, but is gentle, only really expressing itself on the nose and finish. Surprisingly easy to drink for such a robust ale.

O: This is easily one of the best beers I've tried this year, and is perhaps one of the best quadrupels I've ever had. The flavors are gorgeously balanced and the alcohol is not so overpowering that it is difficult to drink. The guys at De Struise have really created something marvelous here. Highly recommended to fans of Belgian ales and strong ales in general.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 14:36:55 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of barczar


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with modest light tan head that lingers as a solid layer of foam.

Raisin, plum, belgian yeast and dark candi sugar are countered by a hint of vinous character to form the aroma. The wine character softens, and caramel and floral notes emerge, along with light phenols.

Decidedly sweet, mapley, initially, the wine character, slightly musty, hits early to counter, segueing into a fairly grassy and toasted bready malt backbone that finishes surprisingly dry. Vanilla and woody notes surface as it warms.

Body is fairly full, smooth, with low carbonation and significant alcohol heat.

Interesting mix of sweet, sharp, savory, and bitter. A little hot, but fairly complex. Somewhat sweet, overall.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2013 22:24:56 | More by barczar
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rio Reserva 2008 on tap at When Pigs Fly. $11 for a 10.5 oz pour. Worth it? I thought so.

In a snifter the beer was the color of maple syrup, with a small tan head that disappeared quickly. A pretty beer.

Boozy aroma. Some vanilla. Fruit.

Bourbon and berries. Oak. A little orange peel. Very flavorful.

A big, boozy heavy hitter. Go slowly with this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 11:00:58 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of impending


4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25


750ml into a tulip. Pours a nearly clear butterscotch amber garnet, toffee color dense froth retains nicely, minor lacing.

Aroma also shares toffee and butterscotch. The bourbon barrel is not overt but vanilla is. Undefined pulpy fruits, candied, but not the usual suspects of fig, raisin or date.

The barrel is now obvious and the bourbon as well but no more than in a fruitcake which this shares many qualities with, a liquid lightly bourbon spiked fruitcake. Sweet. Vinous qualities. Slight roastiness in the mild mineral bitter finish. Full bodied thick but lively mouth feel. Hits a whole new stride of delicious at room temp when the complexity hits full breadth. More a barleywine than a quad. Does not pair well with food.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 05:18:52 | More by impending
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Thick white head. Great retention. Thick layer forever.

Smell - Very sweet. Some wine barrel notes. Red wine. Nothing like a quad.

Taste - Really sweet. More malty. Some vanilla flavor and oak. Less wine barrel. Dry and oaky. Not a terribly complex quad.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet. Way too much on both accounts. Well carbonated.

Overall - Least impressive of Struise quads. Wanted this to be much more.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 01:14:21 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of eric5bellies


3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with Eugene, Sam and Dylan in Antwerp Belgium.

A - Pours a clear copper colour with orange tinge, has an off white head that does not retain.

S - Plenty of oak, oranges , berries. really nice, but not really quad like.

T - Plenty of oak, cherries and dark fruits with a citrus flavour. The sweetness is a little overpowering, and the alcohol a little pronounced.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - An unusual quad this one, I still think there are many better examples out there, but try it for something different.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 12:05:12 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of Halcyondays


3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I, 2008 Vintage,

A: Pours a dark amber with a medium white head, some spotty lace.

S: Smells like spirit, one of the most alcoholic noses I've ever had. Some good malt and yeasty notes are there in the secondary.

T: Nice quad base, lots of heavy malt with a right cross of ethanol in the finish which actually works pretty well with the base beer. An interesting Belgian.

M: Full-bodied, rich, heavily alcoholic as I said, solvent character is very evident.

O: A unique quad with the heavy EtOH character, but it was never hot, and it was an interesting beer to try. Though if you want this at its peak, I'd say give it another 5 years.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 23:26:26 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of spicelab


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle with thanks to mulder1010. Reviewed from notes.

Hazed amber with a beige head of modest staying power which drops to a collar.

Wild, bitey, floral and herbal melange. Alongside this are dried apricots, fairy floss, liquer, musty woodiness and a mild pithy sourness. Layered and exciting.

Flavours display a little more sweetness and a little less complexity. Lots of muscovado sugar, earthy herbal notes and dry woodiness.

Syrupy and full with decent booze heat that is borderline harsh.

This is great. Hectic in the best possible way.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:07:30 | More by spicelab
Photo of DavoleBomb


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. This was not cheap, but I guess four years in a barrel will do that to a beer.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed light amber color. Not quite a "blonde" quad. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a beer this big and a short, incomplete ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: The nose mainly consists of an interesting interplay between the two barrels used. The wine barrel offers a big sherry fruitiness with mixed berries (raspberry foremost), cherries, and sweet vinous grape. The bourbon barrel contributes a lot of vanilla, earth, melon fruitiness, and a touch of leather. The base beer rounds this out with caramel, plum, figs, and dates. Peppery spiciness. Overall, this is incredibly fruity with all the aromas smoothened out and integrated well. No hints of booze. Lots of complexity here. Well done.

4.0 T: The taste is more of the mishmash of flavors that I was expecting to discover in the nose. Huge fruitiness again doesn't quite get along with the bourbon, but they aren't at odds as much as they could be. Absolutely tons of raspberry, strawberry, vinous grape, and cherry sherry notes. Fig, date, plum, prune, melon underneath. There's even some tobacco and raisin in there as well. Earthy bourbon with leather, vanilla, and some peat. Pepper and a bit of clove from the yeast. Caramel, toffee, a light booze, and a sugary sweetness. Superbly complex, but not everything gets along with each other. Still, quite tasty.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess, but a bit chewier and stickier than I prefer. Smooth enough though.

3.5 D: Very interesting beer that is worth a try. I doubt I'd buy another bottle if I had the chance though, but I'm glad I got this one. The bourbon is a bit at odds with the fruity notes, but at least it's a unique experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 22:31:28 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its with an outlandish attitude that Struise applies a highly creative take on the typical "dark strong ale" and turns it blonde. Throw it in some Kentucky bourbon barrels and let it ride. ...for three years! The flavors and textures that result are amazing!

Rio Reserva pours with a viscous, burnish orange color that immediately reminds me of maple syrup. Light on carbonaiton, the beer builds a lumbering creme that tops the beer like espresso froth. But the lighter beer underneath takes on shades of peach, orange, and amber. Light on retention and lace, its obvious that the beer celebrates its cognac aesthetics rather than its foam character.

Sweet and complex aromatics rise from the snifter with maple and caramel leading the way. Fruit and vinous spice complement the sweeter scents with berries, apples, banana, fig, date, and cider and oak. Bourbony notes of vanilla, almonds, coconut, and booze both caress and strike the nose in a very inquisitive way.

The taste delivers all that the nose promises and more. The sweet and lightly syrupy beer seeps into the mouth with bourbon warmth and all those nuances of caramel, maple, cherry, oak, coconut, peanut brittle and almonds that the barrels contribute. With a light vinous white wine or cider note, the tannin-rich taste weaves through the malty sweetness and rounds out the balance wonderfully. But the beer continues delivering complexities of ester and phenol balance with apples, pears, under ripened berries, banana, and apricot to counter the spiciness of white pepper, clove, and coriander.

Lightly syrupy in mouthfeel, the beers texture is rich, silky, velvety, and warm. As the sugary weight washes over the palate, the alcohol thinning pulls the flavors into the soft tissues of the mouth for the full brunt of taste to be appreciated. The beer's light carbonation provides the early creaminess of marshmallow while finishing whimsically dry like cotton candy. A long and extended finish of heat and sweetness satisfies the sweet tooth much like the praline of pecan pie.

The unusual take to turn the dark Belgian ale blonde leaves the beer tasting much like classic Belgian dubbel ales, but with the power and complexity of quadrupel ales. The results remind me of Founders Nemesis '09, except with far superior results.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 17:18:24 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Brabander


3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one also on tap at CBC in may this year. I only forgot to write down my experience with this beer.

Yesterday i was at De Kulminator in Antwerps and this beer came on the table during a tasting. Because i had to drive i corked the bottle and took it home with me to finish the bottle at home.

Poured in my De Molen snifter there is almost no carbonation left and the head is gone also. As to expected when the bottle was opened a day before.

What stays is the smell of the beer and it's darkyellow colour. Very nice mouthfeel. The beer has to warm up a little but then it shows it's quality. Next time i have to get me a fresh(er) glass!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 15:07:41 | More by Brabander
Photo of Fux


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration.

A: Light, pale, clear orange with a thin creamy head. It really doesn't look like a quadrupel but it's still very appealing.

S: Whiskey, red fruits, berries, orange, orange peel, oak. Heavy and fruity at the same time.

T: Woody, fruity (red fruits, also coco), vanilla. Hoppy. Finishes dry. Strong, balanced.

M: Medium bodied. Warming alcoholic kick but still very refreshing.

O: Surprising, tasty, heavy and refreshing, all in one beer. The usual wonderful balance from Struise. We've got a winner ;-)

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 21:41:41 | More by Fux
Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.