Rio Reserva
De Struise Brouwers

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #28
Ranked #2,151
4.21 | pDev: 8.08%
De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 212 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by arkanu:
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Dope
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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?

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Photo of Dzu
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!

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Photo of Bruno74200
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.

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Photo of Antyk
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
2.98/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heerlijke quad, complexe smaak,

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mishi_d
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RayCannata
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorfinn960
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbtkd
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.

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Photo of teromous
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.

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Photo of AldoBlitzcarr
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerdrifter
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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 BEERchitect
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its with an outlandish attitude that Struise applies a highly creative take on the typical "dark strong ale" and turns it blonde. Throw it in some Kentucky bourbon barrels and let it ride. ...for three years! The flavors and textures that result are amazing!

Rio Reserva pours with a viscous, burnish orange color that immediately reminds me of maple syrup. Light on carbonaiton, the beer builds a lumbering creme that tops the beer like espresso froth. But the lighter beer underneath takes on shades of peach, orange, and amber. Light on retention and lace, its obvious that the beer celebrates its cognac aesthetics rather than its foam character.

Sweet and complex aromatics rise from the snifter with maple and caramel leading the way. Fruit and vinous spice complement the sweeter scents with berries, apples, banana, fig, date, and cider and oak. Bourbony notes of vanilla, almonds, coconut, and booze both caress and strike the nose in a very inquisitive way.

The taste delivers all that the nose promises and more. The sweet and lightly syrupy beer seeps into the mouth with bourbon warmth and all those nuances of caramel, maple, cherry, oak, coconut, peanut brittle and almonds that the barrels contribute. With a light vinous white wine or cider note, the tannin-rich taste weaves through the malty sweetness and rounds out the balance wonderfully. But the beer continues delivering complexities of ester and phenol balance with apples, pears, under ripened berries, banana, and apricot to counter the spiciness of white pepper, clove, and coriander.

Lightly syrupy in mouthfeel, the beers texture is rich, silky, velvety, and warm. As the sugary weight washes over the palate, the alcohol thinning pulls the flavors into the soft tissues of the mouth for the full brunt of taste to be appreciated. The beer's light carbonation provides the early creaminess of marshmallow while finishing whimsically dry like cotton candy. A long and extended finish of heat and sweetness satisfies the sweet tooth much like the praline of pecan pie.

The unusual take to turn the dark Belgian ale blonde leaves the beer tasting much like classic Belgian dubbel ales, but with the power and complexity of quadrupel ales. The results remind me of Founders Nemesis '09, except with far superior results.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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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Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 212 ratings