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Rio Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

96 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Fux on 05-14-2012)
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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Halcyondays:
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Halcyondays

California

3.79/5  rDev -10%
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
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dcp27

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-20-2014 23:10:00 | More by dcp27
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 23:29:27 | More by woosterbill
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claspada

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-27-2014 19:17:26 | More by claspada
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-25-2014 08:27:21 | More by gillagorilla
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773-F-I-B

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-15-2014 18:41:31 | More by 773-F-I-B
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

03-08-2014 12:30:15 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-05-2014 12:26:46 | More by beerpirates
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5%
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
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5%

02-17-2014 14:14:09 | More by DeutschesBier
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

02-17-2014 00:12:21 | More by marlinsfan4
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dataylor21

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-09-2014 14:04:06 | More by dataylor21
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headbucket

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-08-2014 20:37:13 | More by headbucket
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
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
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5%

01-13-2014 14:01:16 | More by Griffith
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

12-26-2013 23:42:42 | More by st9647v3
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-24-2013 07:14:44 | More by jkball01
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-11-2013 00:24:14 | More by vrbulldog22
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-06-2013 17:36:44 | More by calcnerd
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
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
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BelgianBeerPope

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

09-09-2013 13:25:00 | More by thegerm87
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Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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