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Rio Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
4.18/5
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177 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:
#2,048
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
177
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
41
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 177 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +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 arkanu
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BAsbill
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of eawolff99
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2005wendyrika
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 SadMachine
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this on draught at Whole Foods Lincoln Park location. A bit disappointing on the pour with hardly any retention, minimal head, slow foam and low carbonation. Smells tart, maybe some vanilla and oak. Alcohol heat intensifies as it warms and spices up the palate. Feels thinner than anticipated for a quad.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip here at Ceveceria Esparte (Conil, Spain).

Appearance: Hazy dark Amber color with a light orange tinted white head. Originally head was maybe one third of an inch off the body, settles to nothingn after a sip with almost perfect lacing.

Smell: Light caramel scent with hits of berries and grape. Wish it was just more potent.

Taste: Sweet toffee and raisins. With heavy hit of wine...obviously the dark fruits. Light sweet caramels, and malts make this beer a winner.

Mouth: Sticky like maple syrup and light to medium bubbles on the body.

Overall: Another hybrid beer which might be one of the best blends that resembles and English barleywine and a Belgian dark ale. All over the place. Drink with love my friends. Salud!

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

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 devilfluff
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 CavemanRamblin
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xhuang61
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Rio Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 177 ratings
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