Rio Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

Rio ReservaRio Reserva
BA SCORE
93.1%
Liked This Beer
4.18 w/ 173 ratings
Rio ReservaRio Reserva
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Fux on 05-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,038
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
173
Liked:
161
Avg:
4.18/5
pDev:
8.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
41
Trade:
2
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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of YvesB
2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ninkasibrew
3.22/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

the bourbon taste and smell was very pronounced. the alcohol taste/smell was so overwhelming it tasted like tequila

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Jeffo
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mportnoy
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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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3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Halcyondays
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 93.1% out of 100 with 173 ratings
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