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Rio Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by beerdrifter:
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!

beerdrifter, Jan 31, 2014
More User Reviews:
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.

lordofthewiens, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bpfrush, Apr 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jtladner, Jun 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

simoen, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Griffith, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of DJButters
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

DJButters, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dirtylou, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Gonzoillini, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4/5  rDev -4.8%

StoutItOutLoud, Mar 08, 2014
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.

Alieniloquium, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of jmgrub
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jmgrub, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

JamLand, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

gillagorilla, Mar 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

h0ppster, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

campfirebrew, May 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

vrbulldog22, Nov 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

st9647v3, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -4.8%

DrBier, Jul 25, 2014
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.

spicelab, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -4.8%

mendvicdog, Feb 16, 2013
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.

eric5bellies, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

claspada, Mar 27, 2014
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Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.