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Nuptiale T2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale) - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

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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Reviews by cosmicevan:
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to jim for bringing this and the A2 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 A2. 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. where the A2 sings with a peach forward nose, T2 comes with more of a sangria fruitiness from the port and currants. both smell fantastic, but i give the edge to the A2 since the peach is so light and fluffy...the T2 however, smells divine with a darker richer fruit.

t - like the nose suggested, a fruity take on black albert. and quite different from A2. the darker port/currants still give a fruity lift to black albert's deep dark fruitiness, but not as much as A2. T2 is suprisingly fruity though. the currants come through in a big way and overstep the port on the taste, but that port flavor is as clear in the taste as it was in the nose.

m - like the A2, 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, another homerun stout based off of black albert. the port reminds me of kabert, but the currants add the fruitiness that make this wholey unique. at the end of the day, gotta give it to A2 as the peaches really make the difference, but both of these beers are winners. good luck trey and ashley...may your relationship be stronger than any de struise beer and may the marraige outlive the most cellar-able beer. cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Big thanks to Mike via Trey for this one. Cheers to the happy couple! 750ml corked and capped bottle into a Founders snifter.

Pours pitch black with a monstrous, cascading 3 finger dark mocha head with excellent retention. Lacing is patchy and thick with great stick. Really a nice looking beer.

Opens sweet and tart currants. Fruity with a mix of smoke, roast, cocoa and liquorice. Lactose lends a smoothness and richness. Ends lightly tart and more sweet fruit with some fudge and chocolate at the finish. Aftertaste of booze, tobacco and wood. Very complex.

Nose is roast, lactose, tart fruit, oak, and smoke. Some cocoa too. Missing that sweetness that I like from this style.

Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Dense and smooth in the mouth and goes down warm and and viscous. Messy finish with a slightly lingering but pretty light aftertaste. Nice.

This is not nearly the beer that A2 is. And why should it be? As I'm sure Ashley is the better half of the happy couple. Cheers!

Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BucketBoy
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of nrs207
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

OCT 4, 2014
Cheers to you, Ash and Trey! Black with a dense, creamy head with excellent retention and nice lacing,this looks great. The nose is very clearly a Black Albert base, with the Port barrels lending a deep, vinous note, broodingly so, which pairs nicely with the spiced chocolate and vanilla . The currants are lost on me, though,I can’t say I smell them. The palate opens with a full bodied sweetness with milk chocolate, sweetened cocoa, port and molasses. The mid palate brings the fruitiness to the forefront, along with a boozy warmth that emphasizes the port. Sweet with cocoa on the long lasting finish, this beer is soft,creamy and awesome. Not as chewy or gritty as the A2.

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of markgugs
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brabander
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of treyrab
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A big thank-you goes out to our friend Urbain for generously offering to make two special wedding ales for Ashley and my wedding. So very grateful and honored, thank you Urbain, you have added the special touch to our big day! Nuptiale T2 is Black Albert secondly fermented on black currants and aged in port barrels.

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into two Struise glasses. As our wedding date is 8/17/13, Urbain ingeniously discovered that this equals our lucky number, and thus inscribed it on the label and made 2 versions (bride & groom) of this ale:

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

A: Pours a deep, oily and rich black with a billowing creamy beige head. A quick swirl leaves a solid, sticky lacing on the glass, while still retaining the thick, frothy head. The head lasts the entire glass. Held to the light, this is completely opaque.

S: Like A2, this bursts with charred oak and rich port, blended with sweet molasses, a combination of fruit esters from the yeast and black currants, dark bakers chocolate, more port/sherry from the barrels than the A2. Much richer and "heavier" than the rum/peaches, which gave a slightly lighter nose.

T: If A2 was Black Albert while sitting on an Anquilla beach, this is Black Albert, while relaxing in front of the fireplace with a snifter of port in one hand and glass of Black Albert in the other. The base Black Albert comes through first again with rich, sweet chocolate, followed by slightly tart black currants, heat from port, rich leather and wood. This is wonderful now, but will age gracefully for many years.

M/D: One to savor. Thick and creamy with enough carbonation to give a slightly airy feel to the thickness. A beer to have occasionally when you have friends around and can open A2 alongside it!

I cannot wait to share this with family & friends at the wedding to top of a fantastic day. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Nuptiale T2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale) from De Struise Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.