Brewery: De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Quadrupel
Other Notes: 2012 vintage. Belgian Quadrupel Ale
Brewer Description: (from bottle) Collaboration ale with brew master Ryohei Sugawara from Rio Brewing & Co Japan. Belgian dark golden blond quadrupel with an enormous potential of aromas and flavors, and added complexity due to oak barrel aging. First aging took place in St.-Emilion oak wine barrels from Tour Baladoz. Bourbon barrels from Kentucky were next due to their very special soft roast quality and noble vanilla flavors. Limited edition of 3000 cask strength bottles with medium carbonation.
My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.18
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1
Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2012 vintage, limited edition cask strength, bottled on 14th November 2016. Poured into a De Struise tulip glass.
Appearance: A brownish orange rusty colour with a big two finger beige head that had decent retention and eventually settled to a thin cap while leaving nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malt, dark fruit, plum, prunes, caramel, with light notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla and vinous.
Taste: Moderate sweetness, brown sugar, dark fruit, prunes, plum, caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: An excellent sipper, with good complexity from the wine and bourbon barrels.