Rio Reserva 2012 St Emilion & Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel – ABV 10.5%
This imperious BA quad was aged in St. Emilion barrels Tour Baladoz winery near Bordeaux, and then Kentucky bourbon barrels for layers of intense flavour.
Look: Dark amber-red with a small beige head and medium carbonation.
Aroma: Rich roasted malts, caramel, toffee and vanilla, all riding a wave of boozy fruit sweetness.
Taste: Sweet caramel and robust maltiness, some light yeast and vanilla notes floating through. Forest and red fruits the wine before drying to bitter, fresh finish.
Verdict: The best of American whisky and the best of French wine makes this Belgian quadrupel an international masterpiece.