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Rio Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

115 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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!

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruits with some bourbon notes and some residual sugars is quite complex. Taste is a complex mix of bourbon with light residual candi sugar with some, fruity ester and some dry fruits notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice level of complexity thought a fuller body would have help appreciate this even more.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.