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T.H.R.E.E. (Tangerine Heated Rare Evil Edition) - Bourbon Barrel Aged - De Struise Brouwers

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T.H.R.E.E. (Tangerine Heated Rare Evil Edition) - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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BA SCORE
85
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-22-2012)
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Photo of magictacosinus
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.

magictacosinus, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev +5%

jtladner, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Rish907, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%

Whoa doggy. Up in it at Haven and it is getting hot in here like a Petey Pablo single. Take your shirt off and wave it around like a hella copta!

Not spicy, but just literally hot. Like Ryan Locte taking the SAT's, it is going to take an effort to finish this thang. Good, but not the most enjoyable/refreshing.

RaulMondesi, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

JAHMUR, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

simoen, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

pjs234, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

DRBiser, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

CypherEnigma, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

bostonryan, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington.

Beer is dark caramel in colour with a minimal white head- almost nothing. Still looks nice.

The nose is surprisingly faint given that this is a monster of a beer. The tangerine sticks out a bit, as well as some bourbon and sweet malt.

Taste contains caramel, bourbon, light fruits (the tangerine is there!), oak. Booze. A touch of cinnamon in the end? Very sweet, and a bit hot, but very tasty.

Full bodied, low carbonation, a but sticky. Chewy.

Overall, very good. A real mash up of flavours. You have to have a taste for sweet beers, but if you do, this is very tasty.

jrenihan, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%

Served in a footed glass at the Mikkeller bar in SF. From notes. Reviewed 10 August 2013.

A: Clearish, no head. Dark amber in color.

S: Boozy Belgian sweet yeast. Grain and bourbon. St. Germain.

T: Really sweet. Pushing cough syrup. But it still works. Lots of sticky caramel splashed through with fruit and candy sugar and Belgian spice. Sweetness is the name of the game.

M: Grain-thick and bland.

O: Too sweet for general consumption, but a welcome change to be sure. I like BA tripels.

AgentMunky, Aug 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

popery, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

MaseFace, Jun 24, 2013
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ystazi, Jun 14, 2013
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GRUUMSH, May 12, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

I had this beer from tap at the Borefts beerfestival in september 2012. One the highlights of the festival for me to be honest. From notes....

Poured in the De Molen festivalglass in can onl say 'what a great beer' This is blond triple beer aged on bourbon barrels. I like beer which are aged on BB. Sweet beer with a very nice bourbon background, loved it!

Brabander, Feb 03, 2013
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T.H.R.E.E. (Tangerine Heated Rare Evil Edition) - Bourbon Barrel Aged from De Struise Brouwers
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