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Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale) - De Struise Brouwers

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Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale)Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

30 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Numbers, couples, and Stout are at the heart of this nuptial ale, in this case known as NUPTIALE. Ashley and Trey received the blessing from family and friends to be married on 8.17.13. The sum of their wedding date is two, however it’s added together:

8+17+13=38…3+8=11…1+1=2
or 8+(1+7)+(1+3)=20…2+0=2

Struise is mindful of numbers and math, especially considering the above scenario. As 2 = a couple, we decided to make two versions of the NUPTIALE.

Alias A2 is our Black Albert, secondly fermented on peaches and aged in Anguilla Rum barrels. Alias T2 is the same ale, but secondly fermented with black currants and aged in Port barrels. Of course A stands for Ashley, T for Trey, and 2 being their lucky number.

Whenever you have such a bottle in your possession, it will be your lucky day upon opening this marvelous barrel-aged stout. Just like any couple though, one is not complete without the other.

(Beer added by: treyrab on 07-21-2013)
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cosmicevan

New York

4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

big thanks to jim for bringing this and the T2 to the southampton release. great to try them, let alone side-by-side. enjoyed at the release with notes taken and revisited later in the day with left-overs from the bottle. enjoyed from a de struise glass.

a - identical in appearance to the T2. deep dark blackness...like all the black damnations. some head formed (even on day 2) but not much lacing to speak of though swirling the glass definitely coated it with a thin veil of stoutiness.

s - here's where things differ. the A2 sings with a nice peach glazing over black albert's dark fruity magic. the rum seems to also impart lighter fruit booziness over the richer T2 nose which carries more of black albert's dark fruit and a nice medley of thick boozed soaked fruit from the port. i prefer the A2 slightly due to the fluffiness of the nose and gotta love that peach!

t - again, peach is at the forefront over such a powerful stout.

m - the carb didn't last for day 2 of this bottle, but my notes from yesterday speak of a well carbed brew. either day you try it, this brew doesn't drink like a 13% behemoth, but rather a silky fruit infused stout.

o - overall, i'm a fan. always dig what de struise does (especially with stouts) and this beer is an amazing departure from the others i've tried in the series by imparting peaches and rum to black albert. it really works. quite delicious and one of the more impressive beers i've tried from de struise. keep on pushing the envelope urbain, we love it!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 20:06:46 | More by cosmicevan
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

To Ashley and Trey...

750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a big, thick 2 finger dark mocha colored head with excellent retention. Beer is viscous and pitch black. Lacing is spotty with decent cling and huge legs. Certainly carries the Black Albert pedigree.

Nose is mild booze, lactose, chocolate, fudge, cocoa and the slightest bit of fruit sweetness. Peach flavor is nearly indistinguishable. Nice but a bit muddled.

Opens sweet chocolate, booze, lactose and liquorice. Dark fruit mixed with more alcohol bite and cocoa powder in the middle. Brownie and fudge towards the end with a helping of boozy molasses and sweet dark fruit at the finish. Lingering, sweet aftertaste. Really desert-y!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and warm and viscous going down. Finishes messy with a sticky, long, lingering aftertaste. Exactly what I want.

This is one heck of a beer and certainly worthy of a toast. I couldn't think of a better way to say cheers to the happy couple!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 01:47:21 | More by SpeedwayJim
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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-15-2014 12:03:59 | More by kingjohnh
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taospowder

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-08-2014 02:48:14 | More by bsuedekum
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Pitch black pour with a gorgeous two finger caramel-colored head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose is a unique combination of fruity and roasty with a lot of vinous notes as well. Hints of mocha, espresso, subtle peaches, oak, dark chocolate, and booze. The taste follows suit with tons of roasty mocha and fruity peaches along with hints of espresso, oak, apricot, dark chocolate, subtle vanilla, vinous notes, and booze. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side for such a big stout, with fizzy carbonation and a subtly sour, vinous finish. And even though the booze is evident in both the nose and taste, the 13% ABV doesn't hurt the drinkability at all. Overall, this is yet another unique and flavorful offering from Struise!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 20:39:03 | More by beerdrifter
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.1%

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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-15-2014 23:34:26 | More by aasher
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bmur112

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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VonZipper

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok Ashley and Trey- I know that the charming story of the ale and how it captures the aura of your love for one another. I know about this mystic moment and how the Struise brewers are supposed to personify that in taste in atle form. I simply don't care about that- all I care about is the taste of the ale and this is what I think...

Pouring with an elevated creaminess, the beer smolders into a tall column of tan foam that caps the beer with sturdy structure and laces the glass with a mix of lace and concentric rings. Ominously black- the beer is simply mysterious in every light.

Both pungent and tart, the beer's aromatics open up with sour peach, apricot, and mango- its tangy scent only matched by roasted espresso and cocoa. Its shift toward acidity tricks the mind into believing that this ale is acrid, sour and astringent....

Yet none of that happens in taste- instead, the flavors of savory caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, smooth espresso and whipping cream delivers a milkshake-like flavor that invites nuances of peach, mango and apricot- (think fruit "Roll-Ups") Its culmination is all-things-stout, but does so much more that your average dark ale. Its savory sweetness and fruitiness delves into a deviant rummy-spice finish.

Its full body is lightened a little by the expressive carbonation to follow- its heft is lifted by the bubbles that pop underneath and offers a greater sense of drinkability even though its alcoholic warmth suggests otherwise. Its fruit acidity is somewhat of an oddity that balances the sweetness and provides a tangy finish to accompany its silky-smooth chocolaty feel.

I rather like the beer a lot! Its dance of fruit acidity, smooth roast and strong alcohol creates an orgy inside the mouth that we can't help to brag about.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 08:07:07 | More by BEERchitect
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -20%

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Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.1%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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77black_ships

Belgium

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

75 cl. bottle sampled during Borefts 2013. Pours black with a very creamy mocha head. Nose is roast, light wood, roast, light berries & I can pick out peach skins because I am looking for thme. Taste is big roast, ashes, burned toast, coffee grounds, earth, liquorish, too roasted, thinner than other version & too high carb. Bitter herbs & no taste of the peaches what so ever. Black Albert with peaches sounds incredible but this was pretty disappointing. Easily the weakest Black Albert variant, so far, a downer.

Serving type: bottle

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jbuddle

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Black Damnation XII - Nuptiale A2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale) from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.