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Ypres - De Struise Brouwers

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very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Double Barrel Aged Flemish Oud Bruin aged for two years in Bourgogne and Wild Turkey barrels.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-03-2013)
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Reviews by spicelab:
Photo of spicelab
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. 2009.

Bought 2 of these a while back. Had the first a year ago without drama, this bottle geysered violently on opening until less than a third of the bottle remained. After cleaning up, poured a super turbid coca mahogany with an airy tan head that summarily drops without a trace.

Initially all about thick, leathery balsamic and carob notes with dry fortified undertones. Later on, sour cherry and stewed dark plums emerge and moderate diacetyl becomes increasingly apparent. Opens up further with light floral perfume, hints of nail polish remover finish it off. Busy and interesting.

More of the muscular woody, tobacco-y balsamic action. Quite gritty and astringent. Base oud bruin fruitiness is a little overpowered.

Light to medium body with silky and subdued carbonation. Unfortunately the booze latches on to the strong lactic character impeding drinkability.

A few flaws in execution but an intelligent concept with really satisfying complexity. Would like to see this brewed again.

spicelab, Mar 08, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Swongler
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco. I was drinking this side-by-side with Petrus Pale Ale, which I enjoyed just as much.

A - Dark brassy brown-yellow with less than a finger of off-white head. Small bubbles rising to the top.

S - A kind of copper smell with fruity, sugary aromas. I smelled a little champaign and sour candy.

T - Very tasty. Just the right amount of tart/sour. The sour was offset a bit by its sweetness. I would say almost too sweet, but I actually think it added balance. I could drink this beer all day for the taste.

M - A little thick, a little bubbly, a little smooth over the tongue. Really easy to drink. I don't need to pace myself too much, but I also don't feel the need to down it quickly.

O - I could drink this beer all day. Refreshing beer when it is sunny, and just heavy enough for me to enjoy with dinner. The absolute best part of this beer is the taste, but that's mthe important part, right? I'm a big fan of this, and would certainly drink it again.

Swongler, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

kwkdmk, Jul 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

jtladner, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

simoen, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

RobertH50, Aug 13, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

NorthCoastPranqster, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

BierMeJohn, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

mc4z, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

crosenkrantz, Jan 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

bccocx, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

gillagorilla, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jlisuk, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ManforallSaisons, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

macesq, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma consists of tart cherries with loads of oak notes and some vinous notes also noticeable. Taste is also a well-balanced mxi of tart cherries with some notes of oak and a vinous finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable Flanders red beer with an extra vinous feel. I am not sure I could taste the Wild Turkey barrel though.

Phyl21ca, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of beepill
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Mikkeller Bar SF grand opening on 8/9/13. This one was a vintage 2009, poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass.

A - A nice deep reddish-brown, auburn color. Thick foamy head with lots of clumpy lacing going down. Just beautiful.

S - Deep sour fruits - sour cherry, sour apple - at front. Followed by subtle winey vinegar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and aged oak barrels.

T - Well-balanced tartness. Reminiscent of sour cherry and sour apple preserves. Mild sourness though. Alcohol is dominant over the other flavors that includes aged oak barrels, soft spice mix and caramel. Very complex, yet very inviting.

M - The carbonation is mild, allowing for the flavors to really come out sooner rather than having to sit it a while. The finish is dry and bourbon like.

O - Lots of complexity here on all fronts. In low light, this one looked great. Wish I had held it up to some brighter lights to get a better idea of its beauty. This is one that I would be seeking out again in the future. I'd like to get my hands on a bottle to age for a bit more to experience some of the other subtleties that I think this beer may have.

beepill, Aug 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

proctah, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

mtbdonn, Mar 14, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely refreshing. It has a fig and date earthy taste with a strong tart lemony bitter taste. Nice bacteria flavor sour hit. This is so intense; I really like.

It has a nice, dark, nut-brown color with a two-finger bubbly tan head that leaves some lacing. A lot of bubbles coming up the side. It has a tart lemon scent, very strong and pungent.

Amalak, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

largadeer, Feb 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Ypres from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.