XXX Reserva - Bourbon Barrel Aged - De Struise Brouwers
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
4.58/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap at 16 tons during their Eugene Beer Week, whiskey barrel event. Kind of surprised to see this beer out this way (maybe Max's or Churchkey, but Eugne?).
Thek beer pours a somewhat hazy, tannish, reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The beer looks pretty good, but got even better from there. Honestly, I really didn't get a huge bourbon presence in this beer, instead I got more of a brandy and calvados aroma, along with chocolate, vanilla and light tropical fruit. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is even more complex, as I get some pear, apple skin flavor as well. The beer is a tad boozy (what a surprise) in this moderately sweet beer, but I think that works well with the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the beer is otherwise soft and almost creamy on the palate. This is just a fun beer to drink. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is pretty high. Despite the high abv., in no time at all, my 8 ounce pour was all gone.
A really nice beer from De Struise.
Serving type: on-tap
06-06-2014 19:30:30 | More by John_M
4.48/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured on tap into a tulip glass. Vintage 2013.
A real nice light tan creamy head, almost reddish toffee color matching the body. Body color is a deep rusted brown and red with toffee like colors as well. Slick thin puck on top, and a little milky looking.
Great nose on this. Soft wood like tannins, huge amounts of butterscotch. Nice soft toffee caramel action, some herbal like spice notes, minimal boozy qualities but a little bit of heat. Smells fantastic.
First sip barely even reminds me this is beer. Wine like body, almost sherry creamy quality texture with a real soft palate. Some big creamy notes of butterscotch fill the glass, on a very light and easy drinking palate surprisingly. Huge spicy notes of clove like and dry grain, big bursting powdery nutmeg and brown spiced almost hot finish, not doubt mostly from the rye.
Love this brewery, and this is one of the few barrel aged tripels that really impressed me, if the only one.
Serving type: on-tap
05-31-2014 12:36:06 | More by smakawhat
United Kingdom (England)
3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Looks like cola with a rim of tiny white bubbles
Smells like whiskey and magic, well wholemeal bread
The whiskey taste flows through with rye crackers with quite a sweet edge
Not heavy on the mouthfeel
I think I like it, I'm sure I like it.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 23:32:30 | More by EmperorBevis
XXX Reserva - Bourbon Barrel Aged from De Struise Brouwers
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.