Rio Reserva (St Emilion Wine + Kentucky Bourbon B.A.) | De Struise Brouwers

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Rio Reserva (St Emilion Wine + Kentucky Bourbon B.A.)Rio Reserva (St Emilion Wine + Kentucky Bourbon B.A.)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
6
pDev:
4.83%
 
 
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1
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 6
Reviews by GreesyFizeek:
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

This one pours a clear light amber-ish color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like spicy barrel, oak, red wine, dark fruit, chocolate, tobacco, and leafy aromas.

This is really quite complex, due to the double barrel activity here. It's quite spicy, with both a twinge of booze and the charred oak contributing to that character. There's a touch of roast and tobacco, too, along with wine soaked grapes and raisins and sherry. These guys are exceptional at barrel aging, and it really shows here.

This is medium bodied and surprisingly well-carbonated for this brewery. It's a slow sipper due to the intensity of flavors and slight hint of booziness.

This has held up exceptionally well - there's no oxidation to be found here at all. Struise is stil a low key favorite of mine.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice; 2012 vintage, bottled on 12/07/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, cherry, pear, apricot, red apple, red grape, red/white wine, bourbon, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and brown bread; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, molasses, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/light spicy yeast, wine/bourbon barrels, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, cherry, pear, apricot, red apple, red/white wine, bourbon, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and brown bread; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, molasses, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light yeast/wine/oak tannin spiciness and herbal/grassy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, pear, apricot, red apple, red grape, red/white wine, bourbon, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, oaken vanilla, molasses, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light spicy yeast, wine/bourbon barrels, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly slick/sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.5%. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged quadrupel! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light spicy yeast, wine/bourbon barrels, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Extremely rich and complex; with amazing fruity yeast, malts, and candi sugar flavor balance. Outstanding barrel presence and integration with no booze. Not overly sweet/heavy feeling. The four year long barrel aging did great things for this. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of DBosco
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, cap inked 1042012. Label says "vintage 2012, double barrel aged, First maturation took place in our tanks, second in St. Emillion wine barrels, third stage too place in bourbon barrels from Kentucky, or four years of barrel patience". Pours a medium dark ruby with orange tones, head is a creamy film. Smell is winy boozy and sweet. Taste is like the smell, winy dark fruits with ample esters, sweet with a little bitterness. Feel is smooth, a bit of ABV burn with slight carbonation. Overall, pretty good but I guess the wine notes turned out to be not a plus for me.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color with a bit of off-white foam. Aroma is malty, sugary with dried fruits and some boozy and woody notes. Taste is sweet at first, fruity, a bit resiny, woody, quite bitter on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Fairly complex and well balanced but the barrels are not very prominent.

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Photo of Epiktetos
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 11.2 oz. bottle at Beertopia in Omaha, NE, which has become my go-to supplier while I’ve been in Children of the Corn country.

Rio Reserva reminds me: I need more quads in my life. And biceps. We have a body-builder friend…never mind. That lovely dried, dark fruit is prominent, along with light herbs, wailing Belgian yeast, candi sugar, with mild earthy hops. The barrel comes on wearing pasties; strong bite of bourbon with only a soft echo of the wine, which blends into the base beer with such camouflage as to be indistinguishable. Finish is after-dinner booze & sharp oak, with a bit of char as it warms. Drinks bigger than it’s already beefy ABV, but the sweetness helps it go down like a PBR on a warm day (though that usually comes back up, eventually).

Been a while since I’ve had a drop or two of De Struise Brouwers, a brewery I used to trade for with moderate enthusiasm, since the dastardly Shelton Brothers have virtually abandoned MN. Wish they’d come back, & bring all this Belgian goodness with them. Very nice beer.

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Rio Reserva (St Emilion Wine + Kentucky Bourbon B.A.) from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 6 ratings