Dirty Horse
De Struise Brouwers

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From:
De Struise Brouwers
 
Belgium
Style:
Lambic - Traditional
ABV:
7%
Score:
99
Avg:
4.54 | pDev: 8.59%
Ratings:
102
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 28, 2022
Added:
Sep 19, 2008
Wants:
  629
Gots:
  8
SCORE
99
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Notes: Starting with a Lambic grist bill composed of 70% barley malt and 30% unmalted wheat. No yeast was artificially added to the wort, but was exposed for two days to the open air in one of our plastic tunnels at the Noordhoek Ostrich Farm. First fermentation took place in second hand sherry oak casks for six weeks. 200 grams of Northern cherries per litre and the Roeseleire yeast strain were added after six months, provoking a new fermentation process. Eight months later, we pumped over the young ale to oak casks and let it mature for another 3 years. This project was realized after a tasting of the same recipe Urbain once made 20 years ago and was barrel aging in his garage in De Panne ever since and while he was in Africa and forgot all about it. As this is a very limited version, this ale will not be suitable for export but rather for sale at the farm when available.
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Photo of Sigmund
3.25/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

Vintage 1983(!) on tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Hazy brown colour. Moderate brettanomyces / farmhouse aroma and flavour, somewhat oxidised but still drinkable, medium sour and oaky.

Apr 28, 2022
 
4.4 by brian4beer from Indiana on Mar 24, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Bottled in 1978: this beer poured out as a muddy reddish brown color with no major head on top, just a bit of film and the thin lacing around the glass. The smell of the beer is earthy and has sublte tangy tartness on the nose. The taste has a touch of sourness to it but nothing like what the Wild Ales of today have going on. This ones far more subdued and earthy. The feel isn't very carbonated anymore so it's on the flatter side. Overall this was something incredibly special to have the opportunity to try.

Oct 02, 2017
Photo of baybum
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by baybum from Pennsylvania

A bottle of 1978 Dirty Horse, a huge thanks to Mbrown44 for sharing such an amazing beer. A small to no head, flat but cherry aroma with a great finish. Warmed up very nice and the taste and aroma lingered. Great beer to try!

Sep 22, 2016
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4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by blisscent from Rhode Island

2 pours of 100% 1983

Aug 20, 2015
 
4.5 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 02, 2014
 
4.5 by Satchboogie from Belgium on Aug 26, 2014
 
4.25 by zestar from California on Jul 19, 2014
 
4.75 by afsdan from Colorado on May 22, 2014
 
4.75 by CityofBals from Illinois on Sep 12, 2013
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4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

Review from notes. Bottle 94 of 100, vintage 1983 unblended generously shared by Trey and Dan 3-26-11. Thank you gentlemen!

L - Brilliant clear copper that looks to suck in light and then let it back out. As I gaze into my swirling glass, strokes of alcohol glide around, hoping to give way to aroma and flavor.

S - Apple and apple cider vinegar immediately jump out of the glass, followed by sweet yet faint maraschino cherries. Deep clover honey happily joins the party, with seemingly long strands of dark raw sugar that pulls the entire package into one. The subtlety of funk and acetic acid interact with a simple, light wooden cask to bring the aroma together.

T - Delicate apple skin and cider meets with a sherry and light oak up front. Dark clover honey and light molasses make the flavors pop. Perfect bland of acetic acid, the restraint really is majestic and the gentle funk, touch of mineral, and green vegetal flavors finish the structure perfectly.

M - Essentially imperceptible carbonation makes the smooth liquid just break over the tongue. Glides like a blanket of satin into my throat.

O - Truly a thing of beauty for something this old! I am thrilled and thankful to have drunk this masterful homebrew (twice).

Jun 30, 2013
 
5 by Seaba from Pennsylvania on Feb 28, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cosmicevan from New York

big thanks goes out to GrumpyOldTroll, jbuddle, Sean9689, SpeedwayJim, AgentZero, dtmets84 for sharing in the greatest day of beer that i have ever been a part of. huge thanks to mike for providing this bit of unobtainium.

notes from 1/12/2013

90/10 blend consumed from a de struise tulip glass.

poured a murky maroon almost brown with a thin foamy head that hung out for a bit. smelled rahter musty and fruity at the same time. apples and old berries...tastes pretty great. tart fruit with must. like overripe berries with must and age. tart. really nice lambic, but this is no don quijote. the mustiness is fairly heavy all around this beer. it is very good for a beer that has some 30 year old beer blended in there and it is extremely drinkable and had some really nice fairly bright fruity flavoring as well.

Jan 20, 2013
 
4.25 by jbuddle from New York on Jan 14, 2013
 
4.25 by zach60614 from Illinois on Jan 13, 2013
 
4.75 by ChrisPro from Illinois on Jan 08, 2013
 
4.5 by mchen from Washington on Dec 16, 2012
 
4.5 by Romulux from Michigan on Nov 11, 2012
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4.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Review from notes, sample from an auction bottle opened at Ebeneezer's summer 2010, thanks for the opportunity Chris!
Pours a lightly hazed light red color with a smallish pink and white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of cherry pie, leather, funk, a bit of lemon and raspberry with a hint of acetic. The flavor is tart with a nice fruity edge to it. Lemons cherries and raspberries meld nicely with a hint of vinegar some leather, oak, and funk. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a tart puckering mouthfeel. Very nice kriek, it seems to have held up very nicely.

Nov 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Samichlaus82 from Germany

Cherry pie like aroma; cherry, vanilla, caramel, slight funk, apple and grape. Lots going on in the nose. The flavor is mirrored by the aroma; sweet cherry and fruit notes with some overarching funk to it. Not as funky or sour as I would have expected. Balanced. Overall, am I impressed by this? Yes and no. Yes in terms of how this has held up and the overall experience of getting to drink this. No in the fact that if this was a "new" beer I would have been a little let down. Some carbonation would have been nice. Medium mouthfeel. I find myself saying that I could drink this all day.

Oct 24, 2012
 
4.75 by SubpoenaDeuces from California on Oct 20, 2012
 
4.5 by t0rin0 from California on Sep 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by camil1mj from Michigan

1983 unblended from a vial filled from a growler from Ebenezer's. Shared by Romulux. Never thought a single drop of this beer would pass over my tongue, but the little bit that did was amazing and left me wanting more.

A - Dirty reddish-orange with no head. This may be due to the small amount we had access to.

S - Vinegar and cherries.

T - The cherries are still there and taste great with a wonderful lemony/acidic finish. Not as much funk as described by others.

M - Nice dry mouthfeel.

O - The little bit I had lives up to the hype. Left me wanting more. So great. Big thanks to Romulux for sharing this rare treat.

Sep 10, 2012
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4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by tarheels86 from California

1983 Unblended on Tap pouring at Copenhagen Beer Celebration like boss. Beautiful hazy purple pour with pink foam. Impressive webby lacing. Nose is sharper raspberry. Taste is seedy raspberry, grapefruit peel, big lactic acid, citric acid, zippy all the way. Quenching palate. No acetic. No sweet cherry. Could even be framboise. Excellent. Rich cherries come in and out and provide some amazing complexity- sweet and sour playoff. Amazing. Couldn’t believe this was on tap for hundreds of people. Manna from the gods! 5/12/2012 8/5/8/5/16=4.2

750mL Auction bottle 20/250 courtesy of Urbain. This was of course the beer I looked forward to the most during our sour epic. But this was very disappointing. It pours a beautiful dark pink with a small, white/light pink head. Aroma is stellar: it is probably the best kriek/sour nose I have ever encountered: it is full of cherry pie, wet oak, soft leather, tannic acid, horsey Brett. Very soft nose and refined. Taste is a little bit sweet, slightly medicinal, full of sweet cherries, sour raspberries, and light vinegar/acetic acid. But overall is light-bodied, a bit thin, and not too acidic/tart. 6/8/2010 10/4/7/3/14=3.8

Sep 06, 2012
 
4.5 by CypherEnigma from Massachusetts on Sep 04, 2012
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4.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by birchstick from Colorado

Wow. Big thanks to bsuedekum for getting this and sharing!

100% 1983 version

A - pours rustic reddish orange without a head

S - tons of tarts cherries intermingle with a layer of funk; lemony citric lambic is in the mix, along with a little bit of musty blanket and a touch of BO

T - starts off with a boat load of cherries as to be expected. I am surprised just how well the cherries have held up given the age of this beer. The cherries yield to a little bit of sour lambic notes. Ends with a blanket of funk and oddly enough a little bit of grain malt.

M - medium smooth decent carbonation

D - can't believe I had a chance to try this one! Held up fantastically over the years. It's sour, but not Cantillon sour, and the cherries still shine. Thanks again for saving some Blake!

Sep 01, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Woahh, 1983 unblended Dirty Horse, wuddup? Thank you Ebenezer's. Poured from a keg to a sampling glass.

Pours maroon, no head, some flecks. A small white ring is formed with some agitation. Fine considering the age.

Nice scent, big cherries and lemon juice.

Taste brings on pretty intense cherry+lemon sourness, some musty basement funk but it's mostly fruity. Some red grapes/red wine presence there as well. Quite fruity+bright considering the age, impressive.

Good mouthfeel, surprisingly lively and drinkable for the age+ABV.

Happy to finally bite the bullet and try this - though it's not quite world-changing, it's very good and you'd probably never guess it was nearly 30 years old.

Aug 31, 2012
 
4.75 by Dudeabide from Ohio on Aug 31, 2012
 
4.5 by bsuedekum from Missouri on Aug 31, 2012
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ColdPoncho from Ohio

1983, Unblended. like a boss

A - A moderately cloudy garnet body with no head (surprise, surprise).

S - Tart cherries, light vinegar, black pepper, barnyard, gym socks, woody notes. It's a good array of things.

T - An almost spicy tart cherry flavor is up front, with a strong wood presence throughout. There's a touch of salinity, an acetone-like dryness and heat (esp. on the finish).

M - Dry and smooth.

O - I mean...this is a 30-year old lambic, poured from a keg, into a glass, then into a 1.5 ounce vial, and then into another glass at a rather hefty price tag. It's really good, and quite complex (but I haven't though this much about other beers in a while, so it's complexity might not be out of the ordinary). I like it, I'd drink it again.

Aug 29, 2012
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4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Mark000 from Michigan

1983 Unblended Version

Not a bad looking brownish red and definitely hazy. Basically no head except for a tiny ring around edge that is now gone. The musty aroma is there, but the cherry still comes through pretty strong with some barrel. Flavor is slightly sour at first, followed by the cherry and then I get the vinous flavors coming through. It is hanging around between sips and very enjoyable. The feel is pretty thin, but I think it's fitting. Overall very enjoyable. I am very grateful to have been able to try this legend.

Aug 29, 2012
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4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by mistakebythelake from Ohio

1983 Unblended version.

Finally able to ride this Dirty Horse. Pours a hazy reddish/brownish color into the Cantillon sherry tasting glass. Little to no head on the pour. A nice cherry, musty, and leathery aroma wafted from my glass that I greatly enjoyed. The taste combined some sour cherries, with a slight lactic souring. Red jammy and dark fruit also present in the taste. Mouthfeel was medium to thin, very smooth and I was surprised at how the carbonation held up. Very drinkable and I was glad I tried this gem. Would like to see how the blended bottle versions are tasting right now for some comparison.

Aug 28, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by seeswo from Ohio

100% 1983
Pours a slightly clouded reddish color with little head. The nose is slightly musty with sour cherries and a big of barrel. Smell is really nice. The taste shockingly still has a solid presence of cherries. Vinous and slightly sour/funky. Very nice flavor. Age has treated this one well. The mouthfeel is light and low carb. Drinks very easy. Overall, this is a very good one to have tried. The effort at this point might be a little much to justify, but it is a really good beer.

Aug 27, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by cbutova from Massachusetts

100% Unblended 1983 keg, finally ponied up and got some this year at Ebenezers.

In small plastic sample cup. Great ruby red with some stuff floating around but not too murky. No head or lace at all.

Aroma has some musty hints like my tent after being in the basement for many months. Big cherries that are nice and sour but seem fresh somehow. Some oak and fruit peels.

Very fruity and vinous. Shows no age to me here besides a hint of cellar must. Oak, cherries, wine, grapes and some acetic as well.

Thinned out most likely from age with low carbs from the keg. Tartness builds nicely to a very good level of acidity combined with the vinegar aspect.

Not overly funky at all but it certainly shows up with some barnyard horse funk. Outstanding and impressive fruit flavors for its age.

Aug 27, 2012
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4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Urbancaver from Ohio

1983 unblended 100% version On tap...
Pours a dark hazy reddish maroon. Looks like an old kreik. A touch of bubbly head that dissipates almost immediately.
Smells really nice, tons of cherry aroma with a kick of tart sourness on the nose.
Tastes very tart, a bit of funky. Very mellow while still being acidic. Amazingly not oxidized for a 29 year old beer.
Nice light carbonation, sits very nicely on the tongue. Overall, a stellar beer. Worth what it costs? Well, maybe not. But well worth the experience

Aug 25, 2012
 
5 by pperez38 from California on Aug 17, 2012
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4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by illidurit from California

Bottle shared at Blue Palms during RBSG 2012. Pours a dark berry-amber color. Tart raspberry and cherry throughout, not terribly sour but with a solid lactic presence. Funky citric, leather, brett, lots of complexity. Well deserving of its prized status.

Aug 16, 2012
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4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by brokensail from California

You’re the best, Jer!

Pours a hazed cherry red color with a small head. Nose is sweet cherry pie with a nice lactic tartness underneath. A bit of musty wood, grass, apples, and berries. The flavor is nicely tart, mostly lactic with just a hint of red wine vinegar. Musty oak along with lots of cherry flavor. A hint of red fruit (berries?), some leather, and a definite citrus zest quality. Was not expecting this to be that good, but I really enjoyed it.

Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

From notes from July 4th 2011. Big thanks to Urbain for sharing this with us as well as purchasing a grill so we americans were able to bbq on the 4th. Offered us both the unblended '83 version as well as the unblended '05 version side by side. Score is the higher one.

We'll start with the '83. Pour is a dark copper with orange edges and thin bit of light tan head. Nose is pretty solid for how old it is. Some leather brett like notes up front with accompanying cherries. Some dusty cob webb and lactic acid notes behind. The taste has dry, dusty cobwebs with a leathery note behind. The cherries are nicely blended with some vanilla and lactic notes behind. Very faint sourness in this. The body is light and creamy with a gentle carbonation and fairly dry finish. Solid beer for the age, held up well. Flavors are a bit muted, not very bright, but well integrated and deep character. 747415.

Now the '05. Pour is dark ruby red with light pink head. Nose is dusty, dry brett, light leather, brighter tart cherry and some low pleasant acidity. Taste is well integrated cob webb funk and leathery brett blended with very tart cherry and assertive sourness. Lactic notes in back. Body is light and soft with a gentle carbonation balancing enough and a very dry finish. 848416

Jul 20, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Sean9689 from Illinois

**Review #1200**

FINALLY!

"THE" Chicago Crew's 3rd Annual Mega Tasting aka Epic Tres. 750ml bottle bottle brought by Alex (Masterski). 90% 1983, 10% 2005 purchased at auction some time go. Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours an rusty orange/yellow/brown color, white head.

S - Fruity & funky, nice tartness, musty, berries, light acidity, and oak. The balance is amazing...perfect amount of fruity & tartness. Nothing too sharp or acidic as well as nothing too sweet. Just right.

T - While the nose is really nice, the taste is even better. It's more fruit-forward then I was expecting, but in subtle nuances. It doesn't scream "fruit", but the tartness and sweetness work together to create it. I would say mostly tart berries & sour cherries, with a light jammy character. The oak helps balance the tart & sweet notes. Finish is tart fruit.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Well, I really wasn't sure what to think of this beer because I've never been totally "wowed" by Struise. This one lives up to the hype and stood tall amongst a mountain of super-rare beer that we opened on 6/23. I hope Urbain releases some more, because I want a bottle all to myself! :D

Thank you, Alex, for sharing! You're a super-generous dude!

Jun 28, 2012
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 102 ratings