De Struise presents its Belgian Strong Ale, a union with the relatively nascent yet robust Black IPA style. The concoction unveils a velvety chocolate-infused strong ale entwined with the assertive bitterness and elevated hop profile characteristic of an IPA, resulting in a commendable fusion.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep, dark brown hue crowned by a creamy tan cap, creating an enticing visual presentation.

Aroma: Emanating from the glass are notes reminiscent of cherry coke, a hint of mint, and the distinct character of Belgian yeast, collectively contributing to a complex aromatic profile.

Taste: The flavor profile unfolds with nuances of cola, cardamom, a touch of cough syrup, cranberry, and undertones of gingerbread. This amalgamation showcases a diverse range of tastes, offering a unique and intriguing drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: The beer presents a dual-textured mouthfeel, characterized by a pronounced carbonation level that coexists with a syrupy viscosity, contributing to the overall sensory appeal.

Overall: Considered as a delightful sipper, the beer proved satisfying, prompting me to share the bottle, which proved ample for one. Despite my limited exposure to Stillwater, a blind tasting might have led me to identify Struise’s involvement in this collaboration. The amalgamation of smooth chocolate notes from the strong ale with the bold hop schedule of an IPA resulted in a well-executed and memorable beverage.