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Rio Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,036
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
182
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
41
Trade:
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 39
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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.39/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

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 dcmchew
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber pour, small creamy light beige head, will last a while.
Big oak barrel on the nose, with warm sweet Bourbon popping out mostly and lots of vanilla. Rich fermenting raisin and plum, some fig jam, faint candied cherries, Port wine, toffee, sticky caramel, faint chocolate cake, faint rum, plenty of stuff, enough of this!
Wow, really tasty and complex. Starts with juicy fermenting dark fruit (raisin, fig, plum), some slightly tart berries, overripe peaches, apple mash, laced with honeyed red wine. Toffee, caramel pudding, with cane syrup, lots of oaky vanilla and great clear sweet Bourbon in the finish. Not too boozy, but warm and dry enough to put a cork on any dripping sweetness. Great woody notes, from damp wine barrel stave to toasted oak.
Aftertaste retains the double barrel goodness and caramelised fig, with a nice clinging Bourbon vapor, especially. Medium body, medium to low fizz.
As it warms, it gets a bit sweeter, but the alcohol still doesn't seem to pile up. Still, a rich, flavorful sipper, another big Struise hit.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of raisins, honey, faint vinous, caramel, candy, spice. Taste cooked sugar, wood, faint vanilla, figs, dry finish. Excellent!

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of drewone
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle brewed in 2008, bottled in 2012 poured into a matching Struise cervoise. The brew appears a clear copperish mahogany with yellowish stained head a finger strong that lasts with a rich silky consistency.

Smells of caramelized sugars- toffee, vanilla and oak with some vinous character and minerals. Slight damp wood emerges as it breathes.

Tastes sweet and boozy. Caramel, toffee, vanilla and some woody earthiness with a rich vinous appeal. There is some mineral quality around the edges that gives this a slight medicinal feel.

Medium rich body with creamy modest carbonation. If this didnt have the mineral character it displays it would be absolutely incredible. As-is its still pretty damn good.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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