De Struise Vanilla Bourbon Dream

Brewery: De Struise Brouwers
Country: Belgium
ABV: 11%
Style: Belgian Quadrupel
Other Notes: 2013 vintage. A massive quad from Flanders aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans. Woodford Reserve BA

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Madagascar fresh Bourbon Vanilla Beans are superior, with flavor and aromatic qualities that make these beans the most popular and sought after vanilla variety. The flavor is rich, dark and creamy with an overwhelming sweet, buttery aroma. We added these fresh beans at a rate of 5 pieces a barrel and let age until we got to the Vanilla Bourbon Dream. Limited edition of 1000 cask strength bottles with medium carbonation.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.1
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2013 vintage, limited edition cask strength, bottled on 21st June 2016. Poured into a De Struise tulip glass.
Appearance: Dark brown with a slight orange hue, almost dark rusty colour, with a thin half finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Dark dried fruit, prunes, raisin, oak, bourbon, caramel, light booze.
Taste: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, oak, with notes of dark fruit, raisin.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Aroma while not bad, was a little plain for me. But taste was much more interesting and enjoyable. A nice sipper.

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