Rio Reserva - De Struise Brouwers
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4.4/5 rDev +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.
10-12-2012 17:18:24 | More by BEERchitect
3.79/5 rDev -10%
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.
01-11-2013 23:26:26 | More by Halcyondays
3.75/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
03-19-2013 01:14:21 | More by Alieniloquium
4.39/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
06-07-2013 14:36:55 | More by mrfrancis
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
04-17-2014 23:29:27 | More by woosterbill
4/5 rDev -5%
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).
02-26-2014 18:19:52 | More by clayrock81
Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.