Rio Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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4.19/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Fux on 05-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,518
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
200
pDev:
8.35%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
47
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of jason_nwx
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JackRWatkins
2.91/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Thin, quickly receding half finger head, more bubbles than anything, pours up a walnut color.
S: I'm trying really hard to fight the urge to say this, but this beer smells like wet dog, full stop, wet, dog. There's some dark fruit and chocolate in there too, but the sum of all parts is wet dog.
T: Immediately very sweet, reminiscent of Cuvee Van De Kaizer Blauw, raisin and dark fruit abounds in this beer along with a plummy note and a very sticky, malt backbone.
M: Sticky, chewy and full.
O: I'll be honest, I love quads, I hate this beer, it's far too sweet, it seems like the bastard child of an american wee heavy a quad, no thanks.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A littler sweeter than I'm used to but overall a really great quad (2012 vintage).

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

Got a 2011 bottle, so seven years old!

Ooh, this is interesting. I'm getting a few different styles in this beer. That ammonia-like quality that you get from cider/gueuze, quad-like marzipan, white wine and sherry. Not a meek beer in the slightest.

Okay, it's on the sickly side, and not at all suitable in this heatwave, but for the right occasion this is a pretty fine beer.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElGallo
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FalconOne
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RayCannata
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The wife and I shared this one, and we both loved it. The taste flies off the page with how rich it is. Spicy and sugary notes meld with yeast to compliment figs, dates, plums, and other fruits of that nature. Barrel characters of both barrel really present in aftertaste, which finishes beautifully.

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

Photo of Bruno74200
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage.
A pale quadruple aged in Bordeaux wine barrels and bourbon barrels.
The aging process brings a great complexity to this one. Figs, dates, vanilla, vinous, brown sugar, toffee. Deep flavours.

Great stuff.

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Photo of benlhoest
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mishi_d
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smi69
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spoony
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dope
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date that I can spy.

A: Pours a very dark brown. Very tall, thinly bubbled and fizzy-as-hell head.

S: Very fruity and sweet smell. Loads of dark fruits and caramel primarily. Candy sweet.

T: Dark fruits abound up front. A bit of wine and loads of raisin and fig. Even grape and cherry. Sugary sweet throughout, with some caramel up front (likely the bourbon barrels I'm guessing). Great fruit flavors regardless. Big and bold. A bit of a bready malt with undercurrents of caramel. Finish has some light belgian spices in it and more fruitiness, which lingers forever between sips.

M: Fairly heavy but very little sting. On the sweet side for sure.

O: Hell of a quad. The wine barrels and bourbon barrels just serve to accentuate the fruit flavors and the sweetness without detracting from the base beer. It's basically a super quad now. Yum.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For a brewer that specializes in quads and RIS, they clearly know how to make strong ales. And they make them interesting.

Rio doesn't Look like a typical quad and is not much to look at either. But, this one is a good Smeller; full complete, complex aroma and, for the style, subtle. Smells start with caramel and dark malts and dried fruits, but they get pushed by the vanilla with a few spices for balance. And the subtlety? I know there is alcohol in there, but barely detectable by my nose. The Taste is about the same, but the alcohol does come through as the sips get smaller and smaller. The after-taste is smooth, except for a slight burn (probably unavoidable at 11%.)

Would I have it again? Probably if I were in a different mood.

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Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 200 ratings