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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:14, IBU:32, OG:1093, FG:1018, ABV:10%
Hops: Marynka, Brewers Gold

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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235
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443
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
15.46%
 
 
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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Belgian strong pale ale pours an opaque brownish orange color with a big foamy white head. The smell is fairly mild, but is of caramel malts, spices, and a little nuttiness. The flavor is of caramel malts, burnt sugar, some spices, dates, and some nutty earthiness. The finish imparts a taste of alcohol and a little hop bitterness and is also semi-dry. The alcohol is 10% and you can tell it’s there. I wouldn’t call it totally overwhelming, but it is a little intense and takes away from the polish a little bit. The body is on the high end of medium, which I am pleased to see in an ale this light. I like the high alcohol content and the fairly high body, but the nutty earthiness throws me off a little bit. This flavor might be a result of this beer being a little over-aged, but the people I was drinking it with actually liked it. It’s still a decent ale and I give it props for being ambitious, but with that weird nuttiness I can’t rate it too high.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 3rd bottle I've had in the last couple days. Code on the side is Dated B 6 08, I have no idea when this beer was bottled, local beer store has it in their close out area.
A - Pours a murky brown with a small head. When you finish there will be small floaters in your glass (drink 'em).
S - Big raisin/fig aroma.
T - Flavor is raisin in the best way. Sweet juicy raisins. And it has a warming boozy kick on the finish.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Love this beer. Awesome.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle from the De Struise shop online.

Tis a hazy rust coloured brew I get with my pour. 1" of long lasting foam and excellent lacing to go with that.

Pitted fruits is what I immediately pull out from the smell. Mostly plums but also semi sweet cherries with some candi sugar. Malt wise. ..caramel.

Very fruity with what I described above with the added attraction of a light tartness. I get quite a bit of the caramel near the finish but that fades and is replaced t the fruit and a distinct dryness.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Never too sweet or too bitter or too tart, I find it remarkably balanced. A real treat to drink!

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Photo of Wanne
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is amber/bronze and a bit cloudy. Huge white head with an amber accent. Smells like a sour beer, only a bit sweeter. A combination of different tastes, such as caramel, candied fruit and spices, gives for an incredible beer. Delicious.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange/amber, finger and half of nice creamy off-white head that slowly and "artistically" recedes.
Sweet juicy orchard fruit on the nose (apricot, peach, overripe apple, quince), sprinkled with candi sugar and some alcohol, caramel, some spicy yeasts and hop.
Wow, straight boozy cherry plum and persimmon, with a rich jammy stone fruit stickiness. Splash of honey, caramel later on, some orange peel. Getting close to a dark fruit character too, but mostly white raisin, light fig. Herbs, pepper, bit of clove and faint licorice. Finishes dry, a nice leafy hop edge that's quite bitter and cuts off sweetness and alcohol.
Aftertaste has bitter hop, spicy yeasts, light blond fruit, herbs and faint honeycomb. Medium body and carbonation. Tho the dry finish helps contain the booze, each new sip adds more and more, so be careful.
A really tasty strong Belgian ale, even tho i missed the targeted season by a month or so. Warms you up right away.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012

Plenty of carbonation left it built quickly and ebbed away slowly. Lots of raisin in the nose with some dark fruit, molasses and caramel.

The flavors are light and sweet with molasses, maple, barley malt, prune, date and a finish of alcohol soaked raisin.

Very easy feel with a bit thinner feel than the Reserva but perhaps a more drinkable beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

malt aroma with lots of fruit with a slightly boozey dark fruit flavor, mostly grape husk, fig and apple, somewhat slick mouthfeel, finishes pretty easy

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes. Murky amber color with beige head. Aroma is malty with honey notes, makes me think of a barleywine. There are some belgian yeast qualities present in the taste but still, it resembles more a barleywine. Carbonation is indeed higher and body is not very viscous. Overall it's a nice, non-traditional belgian Christmas beer.

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Photo of PolarBear3
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky muddy brown colour with frothy head that retains fairly well

S - Sweet candy, toffee, musk like with a hint of dark fruit

T - Sweet malts, some spice, get some dark fruit, figs, prunes, , lots going on but fairly sweet

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Very enjoyable and highly recommend, a little too sweet but ok

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Photo of tomordonez
4.91/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a microbrewery. Oak-aged. It has a funny label of a drunk looking guy wearing a Santa hat with stars. I wonder what it means. It pours into a chalice with a nice creamy head. It looks dark brown, blurry. It smells like plums, licorice, brown sugar, some liquid bread, dark cherries. Medium body, medium to low carbonation, fruity in the middle and an explosion of flavors that hides the alcohol. This is pretty amazing.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium amber hue with lots of haze, crowned by a thick finger of creamy tan foam with great head retention. Not particularly pale, but definitely not dark; whatever it is, it's attractive.

Smell: very sweet and malty with a pretty decent dark-fruit character; there is plenty of date character in the mix. It really does straddle the line between a pear & apple Belgian pale and a raisin & date Belgian dark; frankly, I like it.

Taste: sweet malt with a little dankness and more of that middle-of-the-road fruitiness; there's pear, date and maybe even a little tobacco. It's a little on the sweet side for my taste, but that can be overlooked.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Ba-dow!

Overall: what a lovely beer. It is a bit too sweet for me, on balance, but there are too many good elements here to outweigh that factor. I think this is a great stab at a Christmas beer; big ABV and plenty of character, but not a big spice bomb. Dig it!

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a tan colored head. Nice head retention that leaves thick gobs of lacing.

Lovely candied fruit scent. Notes of prunes, cinnamon, orange peel, candy, brown sugar, fruity yeast, and shortbread. Absolutely fantastic scent reminiscent of Christmas and all it's cookies and cakes.

Flavor is nearly as complex with a slight sweetness of fruit and candy. Definite notes of orange peel and cinnamon and allspice. Finishes warm and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is full and lively, but not too spritzy. Very good beer and recommended.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangey amber with a large head.
Nose shows spicy phenols and noble hops along with a doughy yeast note and some apple esters. Also a fair whack of malt with caramel and confectionery notes.
Sweet malty flavours, again with a big confectionery character. Some noble hops remain along with a hit of booze. A little cloying.

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Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2011 Vintage***

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, best before 26-12-2017.

Foams a bit out of the bottle, pours a ruddy, leather brown body. Tight foam that's decent. Smell is Belgian candi, taste has much the same but has cinnamon more prominent. Carbonation is lively, good stuff overall.

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Photo of silverking
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- cloudy copper with a thin beige head. Sheets of lacing and excellent retention.

S- biscuit, lightly toasted, Molasses, caramel.

T- same as the aroma, but with a touch of bitter and herbal hops.

M- medium bodied, moderate amounts of rolling carbonation.

O- excellent.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml 2008 bottle poured into tulip 7/10/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A slow gusher but time enough to get it all in your glass, murky as hell caramel brown, some ufo's and plenty of yeasty sediment and still plenty of bubbles feeding a large short lived tan foam that has little specks throughout

S caramel, nutmeg, faint booze, yeast and bread, brown sugar and a little anise

T a hint of dried banana chips and more spice then the nose, some earthy notes and slightly more booze then the nose but still a well hidden 10%

M a little syrupy and very sticky on the lips, I can see the bubbles but it feels flat in the mouth, fruity spice lingers

O solid brew and its mellowed out nicely, a nice blend of sugars, spice, and bread

I'd like to try a fresh bottle as I'm guessing this one might have peaked already, I'm looking forward to the newer BB aged version I have waiting on deck.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am covered in it
I opened it and it exploded, so much for careful pouring of bottle conditioned beer.

A handsome brownish amber body with good white head with staying power

Gorgeous aromas too much to pin down, mulled wine, peaches, caramel and angel tears

Rich deep boozy taste with malts and spice it's almost like a really fancy rum

Solid mouthfeel, you know you are drinking a big hitter though there most be something awry with the carbonation for me to be covered with the stuff

I bet this is a bit inconsistent
however I am drinking legendary stuff here

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Photo of jroberts8811
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle into Tremens tulip

A- deep amber with 1 finger head
S- funky, malty, bready, anise. Earthy, celeriac, malt.
T- awesome Belgian dubbel, tastes like a quad... Coriander, belgian yeast, sweet malt, sourness , metallic iron...
M- medium to full. Coats well and lingers long.
O- delicious. Nose is deceptive. Taste is remarkable. No alcohol presence whatsoever. Love what destruisse has to offer overall and this is a great treat. Reminds me so much of their neighbor in westvleteren just a few K away. Grab if you have the opportunity. DeS is so small we are lucky to have any in the US. Those in the know should be all over DeStruisse...Pannepot anyone? Miss my time there

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Photo of AlexFields
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2008 bottle, bought off shelf and drank in 2013.

Pours a medium nutty brown color, thick and cloudy with lots of floaties. Pretty nice white head. Belgian "pale" ale my ass.

Smells pretty quad like--very malty, nutty, yeast, bananas, hints of other fruit, booze, really a lot going on. Definitely smells like it has a few years on it.

Taste has a lot of the same but less sweet, has a slightly fruity almost vinous character. Good, but less complex than I expected.

Body very thick and rich, booze still shows a bit. Kindof a sipper but feels pretty good.

7.4/10

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Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into an elongated tulip glass at Max's taphouse in Baltimore. Just changed the kegs and first sip.

A golden and very bronze clear body is presented on the pour with not much head given, with some golden brass like hues towards the bottom. The carbonation on this really moves in slow motion so slowly up the glass. It litteraly crawls. The colar is a faint tan color.

Nose is closed, with maybe a sense of mild classic candi like sweetness. Straightforward but not really diverse or impressive.

Palate has a slight sense of vinous feel on first sip, with a classic Belgian mixing malt in the mid palate at first. Moderate carbonation, but a sense of simple white sugar that just dominates and takes the palate over.

It's a fine simple example, but it's also kind of pedestrian. Not my ideal Belgian big pale ale (tripel or not), and it seems like de Struise could have done better.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date (Lot 2621080611). 2011 vintage. Purchased ages ago from a Belgian webshop. Described on the label as a blonde ale with herbs and spices, and features an image of Jesus in a santa hat.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very hazy marmalade-amber colour with good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with excellent retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of fruity yeast esters, earthiness, sugar, mild clove, hints of spice, faint herbs and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a subtle warming whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a fruity character and a very dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, fruity esters, sugar, mild spice, faint herbs and stewed hops. The spices seem muted and indistinct. A subtle hint of booze in the background, followed by a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with a lovely body that envelops the tongue. Highly astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet malt, earthy yeast and faint spice/herbs.

Pretty good - a solid brew with excellent balance. Perhaps a tad too dry. The spices and herbs seem to have faded to the point where they cannot be individually discerned, but the overall flavour is pleasant. The alcohol is very well hidden, and contributes only slightly to the aroma/flavour. Not the most amazing Christmas brew in the world, but a decent, well-crafted beer. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-01-07 in Bowling Green, KY. This is lot C/8/10 (from the code on the bottle)

A - Very hazy orange-brown with a 1/2-finger off-white head and mild lacing.

S - Belgian yeast funk, apricot, spice.

T - Homemade bread, fig, plum, holiday spices, orange marmalade and tart apricot. The sweetness yields to drying alcohol and moderate hop bitterness.

M - medium body and light-medium carbonation. Semi-smooth yet prickly.

O - Getting old and a bit oxidized but still enjoyable. Not as good as their Pannepot but a nice treat at a real good price of $5.99 per bottle.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found while browsing at Fleming Place Wine & Spirits in Topeka, KS. $7 for an 11.2 oz bottle. Labeled C 8 10. Poured into a snifter. I think this might be a 2011 bottle?

Appearance: One finger of head that quickly recedes to a ring around the glass. Almost looks like dirty dishwater. Orange brown color-that makes me think of a ripened peach.

Smell: Candy and bubblegum followed by an almost white wine like smell. Spiked apple juice. Molasses like malts.

Taste: A fading holiday beer bouquet upfront (clove, anise, ginger, cinnamon). A sweet, slightly acidic wine like alcohol bite down the middle. Herbs, then a a bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly acidic with a dry finish. Medium mouthfeel. Light, fizzy carbonation at the beginning.

Drink this while taking apart your Gingerbread house. I can only imagine how much spicier this would be fresh. At this point it's almost like an herbal tea. I really enjoyed the wine like character it had and the way the ABV was hidden. Probably one of the better "spiced" holiday beer I've had. But when considering the price I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Bottle labeled LOT B, 6, 08.

Appearance: This brew comes out a very cloudy brown, head slightly off-white and didn't rise much...maybe 1/2" dropped to nothing after a sip or two with nice even lacing.

Smell: Strong yeast smell complimented with fruit. I don't smell this beer I inhale it, yes it smells this damn good.

Taste: Sweet bread, with touch of nutmeg and very strong yeast taste. It feels like brown sugar and strong malts.

Mouth: Sweet after-taste but not as sticking as I believe it should be. Comes off light carbonation, granted this brew is at least a year old and should be taken into consideration.

Overall: This beer was given to me last year's Christmas (2011) and served Christmas night a year later and without a doubt a beer worth aging and having again and again. Take your time and drink with pride. Salud!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-brown orange color with a smallish off-white head and a little lacing

S-caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, cloves, hints of pepper, slight earthiness

T-sweet malt, dark fruit, cloves, pepper, molasses, coriander, hint of vanilla

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel and not overly boozy

O-a tasty sipping beer with the usual good blend of Belgian flavors

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