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Rio Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
4.18/5
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182 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Fux on 05-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,035
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
182
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
42
Trade:
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 39
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Photo of beerdrifter
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Dope
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -3.3%
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 CavemanRamblin
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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 warnerry
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of stephenlee
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of simoen
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DJButters
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -10%
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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Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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