Rio Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Fux on 05-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
167
Reviews:
32
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
8.65%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
38
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of CoreyC
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of alcohol heat. Sweet but good.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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 bshefftz
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tbryan5
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brandonld23
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobv
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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!!!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antyk
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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 arkanu
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BAsbill
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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 mportnoy
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eawolff99
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2005wendyrika
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of parintele
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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