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De Struise Brouwers
Rio Reserva

Rio
Reserva

330 mL bottle. 43 IBU. I'm not a huge fan of many Struise beers under any circumstances, and at this age, although the beer may have held up well I'm still not holding out a lot of hope. Grabbed this in the last couple of years as a straggler up at the fading Whitlock Package in Marietta, GA. That store brings back some memories as do Shelton Bros. imports! A slight whiff of gun smoke on opening with a mid-amber body and some bubbly head. Head settles to some broken lace on the surface of the...

Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged)

Tsjeeses Reserva
(Porto Barrel Aged)

I don't understand this beer. Vintage 2020, bottled on 15/11/22 and good for 5 years out. Now branded as Blond Winter Ale matured on Port barrels. Not a great head - to be expected at 10% - but also a weird colored pour that is reddish brown, not exactly the advertised "Blond Winter Ale". I suppose that's because of the aging on Port barrels that would appear to have taken a couple of years IF I am reading the label correctly There's a thin film retained, and a little lace but not much. Nose...

Pannepot Reserva – Old Fisherman’s Ale

Pannepot Reserva – Old Fisherman’s Ale

11.2 oz bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange, Charleston, SC, USA. $7.99. 2008 vintage. Pour is a Dubbel-like affair that is a murky brown but also has a slight plum-colored, "grapeish", light purple hue - possibly just the light. Thin film sits atop the beer and a ring forms around the edge of the surface. No lace. A few alcohol legs. Even with a decent amount of warming, as the beer comes to ambient temperature the nose is largely muted - surprising. Tastes are largely as expected with a...

Pannepot Reserva – Old Fisherman’s Ale

Struise Tsjeeses

11.2oz bottle, $6.99 from CBX, Charleston, SC, USA. Lot B 9 09. Deweer's ABB describes the name being derived from the brewer exclaiming, Tsjeese wat een lekker biertje, or "Gee, what a nice little beer"! I'm not about to disagree. Pour offers up a clouded, well-hazed orange body with some sticky lace and froth. Burnt marmalade in color. Nose offers some fruit peel and perhaps a touch of spice but it's not strong. The tastes deliver some more, biter citrus notes including a lingering...

Pannepot Reserva – Old Fisherman’s Ale

Pannepot – Old Fisherman’s Ale

11.2 oz bottle, 2007 vintage. I've had this a couple of times before, now time for a formal review. Pour gives a rich, dark brown body with a mocha, coffee colored head that is fairly dense at first look. The head disappears fairly quickly (unsurprisingly considering the ABV) but does leave a nice collar and some spotty, creamy film on the surface of the body. The aroma and the taste do have some of the sherry, Madeira and fig/raisin notes that one is looking for in a Quad, BUT the spice is...

Black Albert

Black Albert

Notes added 04/16/2022 2021 Vintage. This is the bottle pictured. Light solvent alcohol nose that does not really manifest itself in the initial tastes too much. The beer drinks very easily considering, and if anything feels a little thin. Alcohol is of course there, and burns a little at the extremities of the tongue, but nothing too harsh or cloying. Plenty of gentle smoke in there too. Finish has more solvent alcohol, but again not too abrasive. It’s not especially bitter, not especially...

Pannepot Reserva – Old Fisherman’s Ale

Struise Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)

11.2oz bottle from State Line Liquors. The ratebeer, SM No.12 edition (if that matters). Rust colored, hazy pour with nice head, and very impressive, sticky lace. Aroma is sweeter than expected, and does not reveal as much hop character as I expected. Smooth in the mouth, and not too hoppy or edgy at all. Quite a bit of sweetened grapefruit, but also a decent drop of aspirin/herbal content. In that respect, a little reminiscent of a more balanced Masala Mama. Quite sweet in the finish....

Pannepot Reserva – Old Fisherman’s Ale

Pannepøt – Old Fisherman’s Ale (Denmark Version)

$4.99 Green's, Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. 11.2oz bottle. Mid-brown pour with thin creamy head that disappears pretty quickly (as expected for the ABV). Quad nose, but mellow, not aggressive. Figs, some Madeira? Typical Quad notes in the taste. Brown sugar, raisins. VERY smooth. At first it seems a little light on the mouthfeel side, but I suspect that this compliments the beer nicely to make it very drinkable. Superb, sherry like aftertaste, and a really creamy finish. Alcohol is nowhere to be...