Nuptiale T2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale) - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
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!
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 20:06:54 | More by cosmicevan
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4.56/5 rDev +9.4%
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:
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!
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2013 01:09:36 | More by treyrab
Nuptiale T2 (Ashley & Trey Wedding Ale) from De Struise Brouwers
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