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Rio Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
noordhoek.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
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
151
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
19.76%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
34
For Trade:
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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. This was not cheap, but I guess four years in a barrel will do that to a beer.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed light amber color. Not quite a "blonde" quad. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a beer this big and a short, incomplete ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: The nose mainly consists of an interesting interplay between the two barrels used. The wine barrel offers a big sherry fruitiness with mixed berries (raspberry foremost), cherries, and sweet vinous grape. The bourbon barrel contributes a lot of vanilla, earth, melon fruitiness, and a touch of leather. The base beer rounds this out with caramel, plum, figs, and dates. Peppery spiciness. Overall, this is incredibly fruity with all the aromas smoothened out and integrated well. No hints of booze. Lots of complexity here. Well done.

4.0 T: The taste is more of the mishmash of flavors that I was expecting to discover in the nose. Huge fruitiness again doesn't quite get along with the bourbon, but they aren't at odds as much as they could be. Absolutely tons of raspberry, strawberry, vinous grape, and cherry sherry notes. Fig, date, plum, prune, melon underneath. There's even some tobacco and raisin in there as well. Earthy bourbon with leather, vanilla, and some peat. Pepper and a bit of clove from the yeast. Caramel, toffee, a light booze, and a sugary sweetness. Superbly complex, but not everything gets along with each other. Still, quite tasty.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess, but a bit chewier and stickier than I prefer. Smooth enough though.

3.5 D: Very interesting beer that is worth a try. I doubt I'd buy another bottle if I had the chance though, but I'm glad I got this one. The bourbon is a bit at odds with the fruity notes, but at least it's a unique experience.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Brabander
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one also on tap at CBC in may this year. I only forgot to write down my experience with this beer.

Yesterday i was at De Kulminator in Antwerps and this beer came on the table during a tasting. Because i had to drive i corked the bottle and took it home with me to finish the bottle at home.

Poured in my De Molen snifter there is almost no carbonation left and the head is gone also. As to expected when the bottle was opened a day before.

What stays is the smell of the beer and it's darkyellow colour. Very nice mouthfeel. The beer has to warm up a little but then it shows it's quality. Next time i have to get me a fresh(er) glass!

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Photo of Fux
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration.

A: Light, pale, clear orange with a thin creamy head. It really doesn't look like a quadrupel but it's still very appealing.

S: Whiskey, red fruits, berries, orange, orange peel, oak. Heavy and fruity at the same time.

T: Woody, fruity (red fruits, also coco), vanilla. Hoppy. Finishes dry. Strong, balanced.

M: Medium bodied. Warming alcoholic kick but still very refreshing.

O: Surprising, tasty, heavy and refreshing, all in one beer. The usual wonderful balance from Struise. We've got a winner ;-)

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