Rio Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Almost clear amber color with beige head. Aroma has dried fruits, caramel and some butterscotch. Taste starts with bourbon, slightly sweet at first with brown sugar notes and slightly bitter finish with burnt sugar notes. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a really nice bourbon aged strong ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

what a heck of a beer, a slightly sour quad, funky and big, aged i believe in a bourbon barrel, it really isnt like anything else ive ever had. on tap at back country pizza of course, who else would have this right? and get this, its from 2008. yeah. heady. as a quad, im not in love with it actually. it lacks some of the elements i like to see in the style. it doesnt have much body, the booze is exposed, and its a little flat in feel. that said, all of those things seem to flatter this particular beer, which is nothing like the classic belgian quads at all. starting with a real funky yeast. not sure if it was intentionally this way or if it went weird over time, but i like it a lot. horsey and mildly acidic, super rustic and bold, but not too big for the base beer, which stands pretty large on its own, with all kinds of grain layers and residual sugar. there is oak on this for sure, and im guessing bourbon because of the nose, pungent vanilla whiskey and char, sort of odd with the funk, but it works for me. in a lot of ways this is almost too much, and crazy to think its this old. i bet it was radically different when it was brand new. interesting and challenging, but not something i needed more than one of. would love to try a bottle, and love to try it fresher. is it supposed to have that wild yeast element?

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Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper color with bright mahogany edges and a one finger, frothy off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic spots and streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Interesting aroma with a subtle barrel presence that's integrated into the quad notes of the base beer. Spicy bourbon, delicate oak and silky vanilla bean along with peppery spice, bready yeast, sweet booze and dark fruit esters. Barrel presence has faded over the years but there's still some burnt oak, spicy spirit and vanilla bean in the nose. Zesty spice with ginger, clove and pepper. Some bready yeast, boozy sweetness and light fruit esters, notably pear, apple, cherry and cream. Also, a touch of caramel sweetness with some leathery malt.

Fuller end of medium body with slight creamy texture and a subtle barrel character that's nicely integrated into the tripel characteristics. Somewhat dry wit faint oak and a lot of silky vanilla. Bourbon notes have faded a bit but there is still some spicy and sweet spirit flavor. Perfume-y with zesty spice, light fruit, sweet malt and boozy heat in the finish. Strong white pepper with ginger and coriander followed by apricot, strawberry and cream and green apple. Slightly yeasty with hints sourdough bread followed by toffee and caramel malt sweetness. Boozy finish but not too hot. Some warmth in the chest but overall ABV is decently masked. Easy drinking, unique and complex with bourbon barrel notes playing off of tripel characteristics. Very interesting beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle brewed in 2008, bottled in 2012 poured into a matching Struise cervoise. The brew appears a clear copperish mahogany with yellowish stained head a finger strong that lasts with a rich silky consistency.

Smells of caramelized sugars- toffee, vanilla and oak with some vinous character and minerals. Slight damp wood emerges as it breathes.

Tastes sweet and boozy. Caramel, toffee, vanilla and some woody earthiness with a rich vinous appeal. There is some mineral quality around the edges that gives this a slight medicinal feel.

Medium rich body with creamy modest carbonation. If this didnt have the mineral character it displays it would be absolutely incredible. As-is its still pretty damn good.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This 0.33l bottle was a gift to me from a good friend who I visited at his home in Holland on 02OCT15. Had a best-by date of 30OCT19 on the label. Enjoyed this back at home on 13OCT15, out in The 'Zebo.

Enjoyed from a small tulip. The glass held a deep, rich mahogany/chestnut brew. It was a touch hazy, and had some dispersed carbo. Up top was a creamy, smooth, 1/4" layer of tan foam. It shrank back slowly, and left nice lacework in its wake. Smelled of cherries and raspberries, being a touch tart. Despite a bit of airyness, it was velvety smooth and medium-plus for body.

Flavor was of chocolate-covered cherries, with some more tartness present. Was slightly sweet, and had notes of vanilla, bourbon-soaked brown bread and caramelized brown sugar. Warming and pleasing, all around. Thnx Thijs! Prosit!!

4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this on draught at Whole Foods Lincoln Park location. A bit disappointing on the pour with hardly any retention, minimal head, slow foam and low carbonation. Smells tart, maybe some vanilla and oak. Alcohol heat intensifies as it warms and spices up the palate. Feels thinner than anticipated for a quad.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip here at Ceveceria Esparte (Conil, Spain).

Appearance: Hazy dark Amber color with a light orange tinted white head. Originally head was maybe one third of an inch off the body, settles to nothingn after a sip with almost perfect lacing.

Smell: Light caramel scent with hits of berries and grape. Wish it was just more potent.

Taste: Sweet toffee and raisins. With heavy hit of wine...obviously the dark fruits. Light sweet caramels, and malts make this beer a winner.

Mouth: Sticky like maple syrup and light to medium bubbles on the body.

Overall: Another hybrid beer which might be one of the best blends that resembles and English barleywine and a Belgian dark ale. All over the place. Drink with love my friends. Salud!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at De Molen in Bodegraven

From a 33cl bottle into a snifter
Brewed in 2011 and bottled in August 2014
Aged on wine oak barrels and then Kentucky bourbon barrels
Best Before 30 October 2019

APPEARANCE: Slow foamer on this one. Careful pour yields a 2 finger, looser, foamy and fizzy white head with lousy retention. Head quickly fizzes down to a full foamy cap. Hazy rust orange in color with no real carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass. A little lack luster.

SMELL: Green grapes and oak on the nose. Lots of white wine, tart aromas, oak tannins, some vanilla and caramel, and some spicy alcohol. Definitely bold and aromatic.

TASTE: White wine, green grapes, some tart notes and caramel sweetness up front. Some acidity and spicy qualities through the middle into a bold and lingering finish of slightly tart white wine, oak, caramel and toffee sweetness, some vanilla and spicy phenols as well. Flavorful and interesting. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes a touch mouth-coating. Some decent heat after the swallow as well.

OVERALL: Pretty good stuff. Enjoyed this one and like the combination of barrels used here. Certainly a long-term project and one well worth the wait. Perhaps a little less carbonation would be nice here, but that’s a very minor point. Well worth checking out if you get the chance. Cheers!

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Photo of dcmchew
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber pour, small creamy light beige head, will last a while.
Big oak barrel on the nose, with warm sweet Bourbon popping out mostly and lots of vanilla. Rich fermenting raisin and plum, some fig jam, faint candied cherries, Port wine, toffee, sticky caramel, faint chocolate cake, faint rum, plenty of stuff, enough of this!
Wow, really tasty and complex. Starts with juicy fermenting dark fruit (raisin, fig, plum), some slightly tart berries, overripe peaches, apple mash, laced with honeyed red wine. Toffee, caramel pudding, with cane syrup, lots of oaky vanilla and great clear sweet Bourbon in the finish. Not too boozy, but warm and dry enough to put a cork on any dripping sweetness. Great woody notes, from damp wine barrel stave to toasted oak.
Aftertaste retains the double barrel goodness and caramelised fig, with a nice clinging Bourbon vapor, especially. Medium body, medium to low fizz.
As it warms, it gets a bit sweeter, but the alcohol still doesn't seem to pile up. Still, a rich, flavorful sipper, another big Struise hit.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a interesting beer brewed by De Struise Brouwers back in 2011, in collaboration with brew master Ryohei Sugawara San from RIO BREWING & CO (Japan).
First aging for one year in Saint Emillion Tour Baladoz wine oak barrels. After that on bourbon barrels from Kentucky. Finally Struise bottled contition this ale in august 2014.

A little bit hazy, mahogny colored beer with a small, yellow-white head that dissapears fast. No lacing on the glass.

Nose: Raisin, plum, citrus, tart, brown sugar, fudge, coffee, honey, vanilla, bourbon and caramel malt.
Taste: Oh! This is soo good! Very complex! Sweet caramel malt, bourbon, plum, molasses, dried fruit, raisin, vanilla, oak barrels, mandarin and dark syrup.
Body: Full, complex body with crisp and yet soft carbonation.

This is a masterpiece! I'm truly in love. I bought 5 bottles but now I just GOT to get hold of a couple more...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruits with some bourbon notes and some residual sugars is quite complex. Taste is a complex mix of bourbon with light residual candi sugar with some, fruity ester and some dry fruits notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice level of complexity thought a fuller body would have help appreciate this even more.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750, brewed 2008, bottled 2012.

A: Hazy chestnut body under a finger of dense tan head. Good retention for the strength, spotty lace. Attractive.

S: Caramel, red wine, vanilla, and dark fruit. Very nice.

T: Sweet malt up front, followed closely by fruity wine, corny Bourbon, vanilla oak, and a long bittersweet finish. Hugely complex, very tasty.

M: Full bodied, well carbonated. Great.

O: Awesome beer. Both barrels come through beautifully. Definitely a sipper, but admirably smooth.


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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 edition - poured a muddy red-brown body (like dark brown leather couch brown) with two finger head that dies quick with little lace. There is some booze and vanilla in this beer and it a touch of sourness to along with some sweet malts - pretty complex aroma that I can't really nail down. Beer is medium-bodied, a little sticky, the booze is hidden but after awhile hits you as beer warms, some typical Belgian yeast and citric zip come in as well and there is some moderate sweetness with a blend of sour that I get. A really enjoyable quad that the aging has smoothed out and sweetned and is a great sipper (this is not meant to be more than a sipper).

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Bierhandel Willems en zoon in Belgium. Beautiful clear mahogany pour with a two finger off-white head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is amazing with huge vanilla, bourbon, and oak notes along with hints of butterscotch, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, and subtle dark fruit. The taste mirrors the nose with the oak, vanilla, and bourbon once again the stars. Hints of maple, caramel, pecans, leather, tangerine, figs, apple,brown sugar, and booze. The mouthfeel is lightly syrupy with perfect carbonation and a smooth as silk, subtly warming finish. Overall, this is an amazing beer! It's rich and flavorful and hugely drinkable for an 11% ABV beer. I've had this numerous times on tap, but this is the first time from the bottle. I have to say it's just as good, and perhaps has mellowed a bit in the cellar. For me, this is a Barley Wine disguised as a Quad. Highly recommended!

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden body with a one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet with many fruits- some your typical quad, dark fruit, but then also pineapple, mango, and melon. Esters but little booze.

T: Very sweet. Aforementioned lighter-colored fruits are present. I get a bit of the wine and bourbon barrels at the end, along with a bit of heat.

M: Very smooth and silky, perfectly suited to the taste.

O: A really nice beer. The age, and perhaps the barrels, have made this delightfully balanced. Complex and not particularly boozy, though quite sweet, as most quads are.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a poofy finger's worth of head which has good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale to medium amber with a nice orange glow that brightens when held up to the light. Very interesting look for a Quad. Pretty much no lacing though.

Nose- Very subdued. Light notes of peach followed by lesser notes of orange and lemon. Mild spice that hints at cloves and coriander. A little bit of banana. These notes are revealed after some swirling.

Taste- This is definitely a different type of Quad. Lots of banana. Lots of cloves. Spicy Belgian yeast, pepper, and coriander fill out the greater part of the flavor profile. Much more of tripel profile. Some bandaid. Slight woody bitterness. Some notes of peach, orange and lemon. No heat is present which is surprising for such a light tasting, high gravity beer. Fortunately, the strong clove and domineering Belgian yeast fade to produce a much more approachable beer. Very different from the vast majority of samples I've had in this style. Still a good beer but I do question its high rating. Some white grapes. This gives it a slightly vinous quality.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a nice but tingling carbonation. The dry finish is welcomed and essential.

Drinakbility- Very easygoing. No indication of the the 11% at all. 5 bucks for a 6 oz pour is steep but understandable when you consider what this beer retails for.

Overall- Good beer. Way different take on the Quad. Worth a try especially if you don't really like Quads but like Tripels.

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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last pour at Ebenezers 2013 with lunch after an insane morning/day/night of drinking the day before. Probably not the best beer for recovery but one I wanted to try immensely. Reviewed from notes.

A- Amber-brown sugar colored body from the tap into my goblet. Small fizzy white cap with decent retention falls to wine status and no lace is seen. Not surprising for a super long barrel-aged beer.

S- Nice smooth oak and vanilla up front for me and some Bourbon comes into play but very smoothed out and integrated. Big caramel and some wine in there. Nothing jumps out big time but everything is mixed well.

T- Wine feel and a grape note opens up big time compared to the aroma. Somewhat aged caramel like an Old Ale with some oak that tastes surprisingly fresh and toasty. Balanced yeast spice and some spicy Bourbon vanilla. Once again the balance is nice.

MF- Thick oily body with low carbonation but a very smooth feel overall. Pretty nice warming from the ABV and a spicy finish.

Doesn't feel four years old but the age is noticed and probably why everything has balanced out so nicely. Like the mix of the Bourbon and wine feel.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: On-tap at The Beer Trappe on my most recent visit, this beer poured a gorgeous, dark golden amber with a thin, creamy whitish head that stuck around for some time, eventually settling to leave a modest amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of white wine, cider apples, maple syrup, grass, caramel, straw, spiced pears, pepper, raisins, figs, dates, and alcohol hit the nose hard. This ale smells very robust and complex. I like it.

T: Notes of maple syrup, caramel, and brown sugar are balanced by flavors of grass, straw, herbs, oak, raisins, figs, dates, sour cherry, ripe plum, pepper, spiced pear, and cider apple. The finish is long, intense, and mellowing with a combination of orchard fruit, oak, and caramel underscored by a swell of alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full in body, dry, and surprisingly gentle in the mouth. Carbonation is firm, but neither spritzy nor prickly. Alcohol is present, but is gentle, only really expressing itself on the nose and finish. Surprisingly easy to drink for such a robust ale.

O: This is easily one of the best beers I've tried this year, and is perhaps one of the best quadrupels I've ever had. The flavors are gorgeously balanced and the alcohol is not so overpowering that it is difficult to drink. The guys at De Struise have really created something marvelous here. Highly recommended to fans of Belgian ales and strong ales in general.

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Photo of barczar
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with modest light tan head that lingers as a solid layer of foam.

Raisin, plum, belgian yeast and dark candi sugar are countered by a hint of vinous character to form the aroma. The wine character softens, and caramel and floral notes emerge, along with light phenols.

Decidedly sweet, mapley, initially, the wine character, slightly musty, hits early to counter, segueing into a fairly grassy and toasted bready malt backbone that finishes surprisingly dry. Vanilla and woody notes surface as it warms.

Body is fairly full, smooth, with low carbonation and significant alcohol heat.

Interesting mix of sweet, sharp, savory, and bitter. A little hot, but fairly complex. Somewhat sweet, overall.

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

Rio Reserva 2008 on tap at When Pigs Fly. $11 for a 10.5 oz pour. Worth it? I thought so.

In a snifter the beer was the color of maple syrup, with a small tan head that disappeared quickly. A pretty beer.

Boozy aroma. Some vanilla. Fruit.

Bourbon and berries. Oak. A little orange peel. Very flavorful.

A big, boozy heavy hitter. Go slowly with this.

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Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25


750ml into a tulip. Pours a nearly clear butterscotch amber garnet, toffee color dense froth retains nicely, minor lacing.

Aroma also shares toffee and butterscotch. The bourbon barrel is not overt but vanilla is. Undefined pulpy fruits, candied, but not the usual suspects of fig, raisin or date.

The barrel is now obvious and the bourbon as well but no more than in a fruitcake which this shares many qualities with, a liquid lightly bourbon spiked fruitcake. Sweet. Vinous qualities. Slight roastiness in the mild mineral bitter finish. Full bodied thick but lively mouth feel. Hits a whole new stride of delicious at room temp when the complexity hits full breadth. More a barleywine than a quad. Does not pair well with food.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Thick white head. Great retention. Thick layer forever.

Smell - Very sweet. Some wine barrel notes. Red wine. Nothing like a quad.

Taste - Really sweet. More malty. Some vanilla flavor and oak. Less wine barrel. Dry and oaky. Not a terribly complex quad.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet. Way too much on both accounts. Well carbonated.

Overall - Least impressive of Struise quads. Wanted this to be much more.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with Eugene, Sam and Dylan in Antwerp Belgium.

A - Pours a clear copper colour with orange tinge, has an off white head that does not retain.

S - Plenty of oak, oranges , berries. really nice, but not really quad like.

T - Plenty of oak, cherries and dark fruits with a citrus flavour. The sweetness is a little overpowering, and the alcohol a little pronounced.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - An unusual quad this one, I still think there are many better examples out there, but try it for something different.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I, 2008 Vintage,

A: Pours a dark amber with a medium white head, some spotty lace.

S: Smells like spirit, one of the most alcoholic noses I've ever had. Some good malt and yeasty notes are there in the secondary.

T: Nice quad base, lots of heavy malt with a right cross of ethanol in the finish which actually works pretty well with the base beer. An interesting Belgian.

M: Full-bodied, rich, heavily alcoholic as I said, solvent character is very evident.

O: A unique quad with the heavy EtOH character, but it was never hot, and it was an interesting beer to try. Though if you want this at its peak, I'd say give it another 5 years.

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Photo of spicelab
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle with thanks to mulder1010. Reviewed from notes.

Hazed amber with a beige head of modest staying power which drops to a collar.

Wild, bitey, floral and herbal melange. Alongside this are dried apricots, fairy floss, liquer, musty woodiness and a mild pithy sourness. Layered and exciting.

Flavours display a little more sweetness and a little less complexity. Lots of muscovado sugar, earthy herbal notes and dry woodiness.

Syrupy and full with decent booze heat that is borderline harsh.

This is great. Hectic in the best possible way.

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