T.H.R.E.E. (Tangerine Heated Rare Evil Edition) - Bourbon Barrel Aged - De Struise Brouwers
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4.35/5 rDev +14.2%
Picked this up from the Zeebra Extreme Beer Fest last year in The Netherlands. It was brewed specifically for the fest by organizer Mark Van Galen. Beautiful clear amber orange pour with a quickly fading one finger fizzy off-white head with no lacing. Huge oaky bourbon nose with hints of vanilla, caramel, orange, honey, apricot, and subtle vinous notes. The taste follows suit with the bourbon and oak front and center. Hints of butterscotch, tangerine, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and booze with some subtle vinous notes as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy with moderate carbonation and a subtle warming finish. Overall, I absolutely loved this beer. Was not expecting it to be so good based on previous reviews. Really loved how the barrel and bourbon came through. I will definitely be working at getting more of these if they're still out there.
03-02-2014 15:55:43 | More by beerdrifter
2.18/5 rDev -42.8%
A batch of this was specially made for the organizer of the Zeebra festival last year. The label says MvG. Big cheers to Mark for giving one of these to everyone who volunteered that day. It was a beauty event man.
From a 75cl bottle into a snifter.
12 months on Wild Turkey barrels
APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, fizzy, off-white head with mediocre retention. Clear burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a half wisp and ring. A slight wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the sides. Average for the style.
SMELL: Bourbon, oak, coconut, caramel and toffee with butterscotch on the nose. Green apples, grapes and some white wine from the underlying triple. Pretty nice.
TASTE: Horribly, horribly boozy. Triples can be boozy, but this is almost insulting. Bourbon and lots of alcohol up front with notes of caramel, white wine and green grape sweetness through the middle into the boozy and alcoholic finish. Notes of oak and coconut from the barrel with sweet green apples and white wine try to peek through all this booze that just lingers and lingers on the palate. Empty up front with way too much wine flavor and alcohol. Rough going.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Lighter on the palate, slightly prickly, goes down okay with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes sticky. Burn and heat lingers. Alcohol. Harsh.
OVERALL: Some styles shouldn't be barrel aged, and an offensively harsh, boozy, prickly triple fits right in there. This one is an alcohol bomb and the Wild Turkey doesn't really do too well in the flavor profile. This was hard to drink and I wouldn't recommend bothering with this one. Too bad this beer doesn't match how great an event Zeebra really was. Thanks again Mark! Hopefully 2014 will rock just as hard.
02-05-2014 15:13:03 | More by Jeffo
4.01/5 rDev +5.2%
This Tripel sets the tone early with a brilliant and glowing apricot orange coloring. The head was thick, almost like a layer of cream, that sat a top for most of the experience.
The aromas are more to the barrel aging with bourbonesque sweetness, oakey dryness, and a vanilla cream. Certain fruits come out as white grapes, oranges and tangerines waft quietly into the nostrils.
Oh, this is good. All the barrel and all the fruit combine with a honey sweetness to really create a bold flavor. It starts with an oakey bourbon flavor that yields to a barley graininess. There is then a coconut, vanilla and orange creamsicle flavor before it hits the honey and then ends with a tinge of boozy bitterness.
The feel is thick and elegant with a silkiness. The carbonation level is low and it has almost a texture to it.
11-10-2013 02:11:14 | More by KYGunner
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
Where the alcohol and fruit notes of Belgian Tripel Ale are already front and center in the style, they are further pushed to the fore ground with additions of tangerine and bourbon for an even more intense tasting experience.
Uncommonly golden and bright, the ale gleems with its honey-like appearance. Straw and amber peak through nearest the edges as a mild haze sets in. Also uncommon is the dainty veil of creme that skirts the surface- its certainly less heady than traditional Belgian ale, but it begins to unleash its secretes within.
Its bold fruit and alcohol dichotomy does this "Fred & Ginger" audition that begins with the nose and chases throughout the session. Bright oranges, apricots, mangoes and peaches is woven together with the spicy bourbon notes that's tamer than expected but reveals caramel, vanilla, oak and cherry as it warms. Floating on a bed of honey and biscuit malt, the sweeter impressions are also balanced with notions of white pepper and coriander.
Its sweeter balance is lead with honey and caramel with wafer-thin threads. Its citrus and tropical fruit flavors heighten its sweetness even though a mild reprieve from its wine-like acidity is much needed. Pepper and booze further balance the sweetness with wood spice, white pepper, straw and unmistakable bourbon. Its mid-intense display is careful not to overtake the natural fruit and spice balance of the Tripel in order to finish with spicy bitterness and semi-dryness.
Medium-full in body, its raised viscosity is attributed with slight attenuation of sweetness, bourbon and fruit sweetness and lighter carbonation- all cause the beer be become much more cordial-like rather than a "drinkable" ale. Its warm and spicy finish replaces vinous white wine and earthen dryness and makes you slow down a bit.
Sure, the additions to the beer change it up a bit and it gets away from what Tripels do best; with their high effervescence, spicy lead and lighter texture- as the sweetness and weight upsets that relationship. But it does so in such a wonderful and tasty way!
11-07-2013 18:17:43 | More by BEERchitect
3.19/5 rDev -16.3%
Poured on tap at Mikkeller Bar SF during Zwanze Day into a 20cl tulip glass more out of morbid curiosity than anything else. A un-blended beer aged in bourbon barrels for 12 months? Sounds ridiculous. Exactly what I'd expect from these guys.
Pours a remarkably modest color of of a beer - blond golden with light amber streaks. They must be pulling a prank here, I thought, but as soon as I swirled the glass several huge alcohol legs started to descend in a rather intimidating way. It says it's only 20 proof, but this looks far boozier than it is. There's a head that immediately descends into a modest white ring, to little to no retention overall. Looks almost still, with little carbonation overall. Not quite as showy as De Struise's beers have been in recent memory, but also not as great as you'd think.
Holy crap, is this boozy! It's already enough that the average tripel in Belgium is typically syrupy, damp, and sweetened, but this is that plus a year of bourbon. Now, I'd trust De Struise Brouwers to watch after my hypothetical children any day of the week, but I'm skeptical as to *what* kind of bourbon brand they used here. The quality doesn't strike me as very refined. Underneath the heavy sweetness and booze, I'm getting notes of apricots, melons, and sweet tropical fruit varieties, as well as an array of herbs and spices that I'm struggling being able to distinguish. Nutmeg? Vanilla? Caramel? It's all there, I guess, but it's a little too masked by the booze.
The flavor is, quite literally, like a slap on the face upon the first sip, but it's actually far better than the aroma. Notes of bourbon sweetness and booziness come in, with vanilla and toffee being the most present, but there's a ton of butterscotch on this. Luckily, the sweetness is cut with the fruits and bitterness, ranging from white grapes to apricots, as well as orange peel and pine from the hops. While the flavors meld together rather decently, this isn't balanced at all or very fun to drink. The feel is alright at first, but as this warms up, it becomes increasingly syrupy and flat, and as a result, increasingly cloying. Not the worst Belgian barrel aged beer I've had, but I expected more from these guys.
Barrel aging at it's finest is all about elegance and providing complexity that elevate the base flavors with the addition of spirits-soaked oak. This does nail a lot of characteristics flavor-wise in terms of melding two very extreme sweetened drinks such as bourbon whiskey and tripels, but it's far more on the boozy, messy side than the pretty one. Worth a try, but definitely pricey for what this is.
10-15-2013 23:31:45 | More by magictacosinus
T.H.R.E.E. (Tangerine Heated Rare Evil Edition) - Bourbon Barrel Aged from De Struise Brouwers
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