Rio Reserva
De Struise Brouwers

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #27
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,316
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 8.08%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
221
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  47
SCORE
92
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 12th 2016.

It pours a light brown with reddish hues and a long lasting head of foam.

The smell is sweet with what I reckon is candi sugar. Oak and Bourbon are there in spades. Fantastic nose.

Sweet brown sugar/candi sugar taste, Bourbon and oak compliment it so nicely. No bitterness that I can detect and the ample abv is well hidden.

Close to full bodied with medium carbonation. There's definitely some oxidation going on but to my palate, it does no harm.

Wonderful!

Sep 09, 2020
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from Rustico-Arlington via their online COVID delivery for $13 on 5/6/20. 11.2oz. Vintage 2012. N° 12 – BRAND. Bottle cap code 9410060, 1042012. Bottling date – 12/07/2016. Poured into a small stemmed tulip (my go to glass). Described on the bottle as a “dark strong ale.”

Yummy! A well-rounded beer that checks all of my style equivalent boxes for a quad. I would love the chance to do a side-by-side with Westy-12. Wish this beer gave me just a bit more creaminess. 4.75

A – Pours a clear dark amber with a two-finger rocky off-white head. The head dissipates quickly to a thin layer. Good carbonation. Average lacing. 4.75

S – Aromas, of dark fruits, raisins, dates, fermented grapes, brown sugar sweetness but not cloying, some faint spiciness. 4.75

T – Raisins, spiciness, brown sugar, malty sweet brown bread. Definitely some vinous-like qualities. The ABV shows just a bit. 4.75

MF – Medium heavy body with a slightly sweet finish. Coating on the palate, but the carbonation gives the beer a bite. Warming. 4.5

May 08, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has whiskey, grape and fruity hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice balance of whiskey, grape, fruity and tart flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A well balanced Belgian Quad

Sep 29, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle brewed in 2012, bottled 12/07/2016 (just over 3 years ago) after a double barrel treatment of wine then bourbon casks. Poured into a chalice at just above fridge temp 10.5% ABV. The beer pours hazy medium amber in color with meager khaki head. The head recedes to fluffy ring and small island of tiny bubbles. The aroma offers brown sugar, grape, cola, dried fruit and faint oak in an ever changing and complex presentation. The taste is rich chewy caramel, dried dark fruit, subtle cherry and dark candi sugar with a drying, mildly bitter, mildly oaky finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with pleasant, slightly above average carbonation. No trace of alcohol in the taste or aroma. No cloying sweetness. Overall, excellent. This is a standard bearer for the style with the wine & bourbon barrel influence interwoven so seamlessly that those flavors are lost in the Quad.

Sep 15, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a smaller bottle, "11.2FL. OZ 10.5% ALC/VOL." as indicated by the label.
From the cap: 9410060 1042012"

Appearance: The beer pours a tawny brown that is dark enough to not let any light in. The head is short and tobacco stained tan. Good head retention.

Aroma: There is an immediate aroma of caramel, dates, and brown sugar. It smells enticing.

Taste: That sugary sweetness hits the palate up front and in force; white sugar first, then some caramel sweetness, followed by some dates, and finished off with brown sugar, bourbon, and a hint of spiced rum.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium but trends towards the lighter side while the glass remains cool. It is smooth and easy to drink with a pleasantly sweet dessert drinking experience.

Overall: It's a well-made Belgian Quad. It has a lot of sweetness and character which makes it the perfect dessert or special occasion beer. I would love to drink it again and I would highly recommend it to those who might enjoy a Belgian Quad that leans more towards the sweeter side and has a bit less Belgian Yeast character. I enjoyed the beer a lot.

Jul 13, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

De Struise Brouwers Rio Reserva, 10.5% ABV. Pours cloudy dark red, with a one-finger off-white head. Nose is mostly wine, but some bourbon. Taste follows, incredible jammy wine flavor up front, then some bourbon heat, moderately sweet, almost no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall world-class.

Jul 07, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

De Tercertiempocervezas. En caliz de La Trappe. Viendo Dark 1x09-10. La verdad que no le noto el paso por las barricas, simplemente me parece una quad con notas a barleywine. Muy rica y equilibrada, eso si, con abv bien oculto en sabor y aroma

Jun 29, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in color and very murky in complexion. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering over half of the middle. The nose is of merlot and bourbon. I'm tasting a hefty dose of sweet malt, merlot, and bourbon. The mouth is a bit syrupy and yet I would consider it viscous.

Feb 16, 2019
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

2.91/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Sep 12, 2018
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Hoppsbabo from England

4/5  rDev -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.

Jul 25, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

May 01, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.59/5  rDev +9%
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.

Mar 28, 2018
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Nov 30, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As 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; but different is often better. Rio 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, by necessity, get smaller and smaller. The after-taste is smooth, except for a slight burn (probably unavoidable at 11%.)

Would I have it again? Probably.
Had again 12/28/19. Improved rating as this went particularly well with pie for dessert.

Over the last seven years, I've had 5 different ales from De Struise and have not approached them consistently; so I should revisit most. I also have not given them a brewer review. Famous for Flanders-ish eccentricities and pioneers in barrel-aging, De Struise' website is remarkably straightforward; inviting you to their taproom and vintage brewery and barrel room... and the restaurant across the street. DeStruise' dedication comes through as does the derivation of their name (ostrich.) While a gypsy brewer until shortly after they had three creations reviewed on the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die," De Struise seems to have found a home for their following. Big OA Hugs for that.

Oct 15, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 0.33l bottle into trappist chalice.
Vintage 2012.
L: Dark turbid amber with a weak beige foam head.
S: Wine, oak, grapes. Saturated pleasant smell.
T: Tart, caramel, plums.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Great balanced may be too sweety quad. Like it!

Oct 13, 2017
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- A clear deep ruby red with a small off white head.

S- Wine barrel stand out a lot more than the bourbon barrel. Wine grapes, cherries pulms, earthy, some oak, some bourbon.

T- Dark stone fruits, pulms, cherries, earthy, oak, some bourbon, toffee.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is a good Quad by most standards, but the least impressive Quad I’ve tried from De Struise. Still worth trying, but every version of Pannepot I’ve had has been better.

Oct 08, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, light copper in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is fig, plum, sandalwood, toffee, and a touch of alcohol. Heavy bodied, low carbonation and moderately sweet. Makes for a solid winner of a beer from a favorite brewery. Would get this again.

Sep 09, 2017
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a recently purchased bottle into a large chalice.
A - Deep walnut colored, thin cap supported by gentle carbonation.
S - Plum, fig, a bit of sweet dark burnt sugar, and the slightest hint of broad leaf tobacco.
T - Complex, with a bunch of dark fruit, buried in there is a touch of toffee, vanilla, and charred wood.
M - Sweet start, the palate response is toward sweet then just enough bitter rolls through, linger is holiday cake
O - A delightful offering, I will seek out a few more bottles to store.

Aug 26, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a dark brownish-red. Pretty opaque. Very little carbonation, at least not much head. Nose is full of caramel, prunes, vanilla, black currant. Flavor is incredible. Huge notes of dark fruit and toffee. It reminds me of a BA English barleywine. Sweet upfront and tad bitter on the back end, but it's incredibly subtle. This really blew me away, and is my favorite from De Struise so far. Mouthfeel is incredibly nice - thick and creamy.

Aug 17, 2017
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CoreyC from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage
Very good with Belgian yeast aroma, stone fruit flavors and sticky mouth feel, but not as sweet or deep in flavors as I would have hoped.

Jul 23, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 2012 vintage 12oz bottle into Snifter glass. Bottled on December 7th 2016.

L: Slightly hazy red-brown. Finger width off-white head, recedes rather quickly into a ring.

S: Fig and apricot, some booziness as expected being double barrel aged. Bready yeast, spice. Oakiness as you swirl, with some vanilla. Quite the aroma on this.

T: Dark fruity esters, fig and apricot as expected. Vanilla, and bourbon with a lingering oak flavor. Tasty!

F: Medium-Full, crisp and clean.

O: A unique beer and a good beer.

May 27, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle
Labeled 10.5 % abv.
Bottled 12/07/2016
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch off-white head over an ever so slightly hazy, reddish-amber body with minimal lacing. Head dissipates down to a ring in a few minutes.
Nose of dried apricots, raisins, and slight booze.
Taste follows with dried fruit, slight booze, and an exquisite mouthfeel.
Whoa!
Overall, this beer is so unique and so good!
Thank you Urbs!!!

May 13, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Dec 03, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -4%
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?

Mar 04, 2016
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Dec 09, 2015
Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 221 ratings