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Rio Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website

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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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Thorpe429, Sep 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

st9647v3, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Jeckel
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Jeckel, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of brbrocc
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

brbrocc, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

kscaldef, Apr 22, 2013
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.

artoolemomo, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bpfrush, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Aug 12, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

campfirebrew, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

vissai, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bsuedekum, Apr 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

drummermattie02, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

pixieskid, Sep 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

oriolesfan4, Feb 17, 2014
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.

Halcyondays, Jan 11, 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 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!

Brabander, Aug 26, 2012
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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
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Griffith, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

StoutItOutLoud, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

JamLand, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

DrBier, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mendvicdog, Feb 16, 2013
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.

DavoleBomb, Oct 22, 2012
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Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.