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Struise Rosse - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.33%


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:29, IBU:20, OG:1054, FG:1012, ABV:5-6%
Hops: Brewers Gold, Challenger

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006)
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Struise Rosse is a predictable amber colour and also unsurprisingly quite cloudy (the writeup on the bottle said to expect as much). Not only true to its name and label, it is also true to its Belgian origins and sports a bulky and lasting off-white head.

Upon smelling the beer, perhaps that last line should be stricken from the record; with plenty of hoppiness and virtually no yeast present, this is actually highly atypical for a Belgian amber ale. With notes of toffee, resinous pine and grapefruit, it smells like something from the US Pacific.

Flavours are cast in the same mould. Caramel, pine and citrus are appreciated on the palate, albeit in levels North American craft drinkers might find a little reserved. Still, I wouldn't normally associate this brand of citrus and earthy characteristics with Brewers Gold and Challenger hops.

The mouthfeel (like the aroma) is lightly tarnished by a metallic, copper-like element that makes flavours taste oxidized. I suspect an aged bottle but there's no best-by date and it was purchased (and consumed) near the brewery, so I'll assume that's not the case. Either way, it's hardly a turnoff and detracts very little (if anything) from drinkability.

Struise Rosse is one of the few Belgian-brewed amber ales you'll find that is more inundated with hops than yeast. I liked it but wasn't blown away; being spoiled with plenty of similar such ambers where I'm from, I've had much better. That being said, Belgian consumers used to 'bières ambrées' or 'abbaye-style' ales are in for a pleasant shock.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:57:22 | More by biegaman
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ADZA

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Have not tried this before so thought why not and it pours a murky orange brown hue with a off white two finger head and similar lacing everywhere,the smell is guava,passionfruit,oak and dried fruits,the mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated but doesnt suit thats for sure with tastes of guava,oak,chestnuts,cherries,roasty malts and finished dry and fruity,overall its pretty average which is not normal for these guys and i would not revisit cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 13:20:26 | More by ADZA
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dgilks

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy red colour with a tiny, short lasted off-white head.

Somewhat sweet, sticky, vinous aroma with a touch of malt, dried fruit and spice. Really a bit dull.

Insipid malt and fruit character with moderate bitterness and a hint of spice. I don't really get this beer as most De Struise stuff is really good.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Okay.

I don't mind this but it is a bit empty and lacking substance.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 09:29:13 | More by dgilks
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a clouded amber brown color with just shy of 2 fingers worth of creamy yellowish stained froth of a head. The cap slowly fades leaving some patches and strings of lacing effect sticking to the glass. A light swirl agitates a finger of head back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew is somewhat sweet with a wide array of malt character. It is somewhat nutty upfront that blends into a sweetness of caramel and toffee. A bit of fruit aspect is present mingling with alcohol character and mild citrus hop inclusion across the back. As it warms up, there is a faint yeast character that becomes more evident but it is still fitting and enjoyable.

The taste is very well balanced. The first things I pick up on are the malty aspects of toffee that is lightly nutty and toasty with a biscuit sort of grain appeal to it. The sweetness of this brew is short lived as the hops present themselves immediately with a contrasting bitterness that is mildly herbal and fruity. The yeast is apparent towards the finish with a clean greenness that accents the hops and draws out a bit of fruity alcohol and warmth down the back of the throat. As the brew warms up, the malt takes on a flavor that is mildly chocolate-like in flavor. Not bad.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is clean, well balanced and easy drinking for 6%. I feel like ambers/red ales get overlooked since they lack bold features that would draw people in. My opinion is that the cleanliness, well rounded nature and ease of drinkability is what makes this brew better than average. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:01:40 | More by stakem
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thierrynantes

France

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased by Clem (Nantes) and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : orange amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet caramel malt, with spicy notes.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style (near Flemish brown ?).

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 10:15:49 | More by thierrynantes
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womencantsail

California

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a hazy light amber color with a tall white head.

S: Sort of a funky aroma, is it supposed to be that way? A little lemon and lemon zest tartness to it. Some yeast and tropical fruits and peaches.

T: The flavor is similar. There are quite a few yeast flavors and a bit of spice. A definite fruitiness, almost like pineapple and peach. There is a bit of tartness and perhaps some Juicy Fruit flavors.

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Pretty sure it's not supposed to be funky/sour, but it worked out well.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 04:22:12 | More by womencantsail
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Struise Rosse vintage 2008, bb sept 2011. Two days too late.
33 cl bottle.
Murky brown, amber, beige soapy head.
Smell mild, faint. It has some dark fruits.
Taste has a lot of bitterness. It contains lightly roasted malts, but only a few notes of hops: citrus, herbs.

Mouthfeel is actually quite dry.
Overall this is a good one, but Struise has a big reputation. It could do with better beers than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 16:06:27 | More by RuudJH
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lot B, Best before September, 2011.

A: Noticeable sediment at the bottom of the glass. Wonder how old this is? Hazy golden brown pour with a huge white head. Bubbly and thick, the head sticks around for a while and laces down my De Struise goblet nicely.

S: Belgian yeast and candied sugar for sure, which surprised me being it's listed as an American Amber/Red Ale (a style I typically avoid). Caramel maltiness sits in the background.

T: Wow the amber ale taste is there certainly. Dry hops and some musty Belgian-ness are present as well. Candied sugar and some dark fruits are around as well in the background.

MF: Light and carbonated well. Very dry with a bit of booziness.

O: I thought this was really good. My friends brought it back from Amsterdam for me, not sure if I'd have him pick it up again though.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 21:45:58 | More by russwbeck
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours hazy orange-amber color with a medium head.
Smell: Malts, caramel, red fruits (sour berries) spices and yeast.
Taste: Caramel, malts, Belgium yeast, red berries and some clove. Slightly hoppy bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: a medium-thin body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Nice fresh brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 15:31:56 | More by rvdoorn
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at rattle n hum, served in a Goose Island pint.

A: It pours a ruddy amber color with lovely mahogany hues. There is a one finger white head that hangs on for a bit and leaves behind minimal lacing.

S: The nose is full of spicy yeast and a slightly sour malty smell. Apples, grapes, and apricots surface after the initial notes fade. As it continues to warm some spicy notes start to appear, cinnamon and cloves start the parade.

T: The flavor is surprisingly sour with a solid malty backbone. The yeast is definitely a dominant force with a heavy dose of cloves and doughy goodness. Mid-palate some fruits start to surface, apples, white grapes, and pears. It finishes spicy and dry.

M: Medium to light bodied with some bubbly bubbles.

O: I really like this brew, subtle and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 22:26:17 | More by Neffbeer
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benfons

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice hazy orange colour, small head

S: loads of fruits, mostly autumn berries, like raspberries and blackberries

T: sweetness up front, with some grassy and malty notes behind it, bitter after-taste

M: on the thinner side, not too much alcohol noticeable

O: good not great, doesn't really really deliver promise of the nose

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 20:20:19 | More by benfons
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent pour, nothing really standing out here for me. Nice dark amber color with a good clarity to it yields streams of carbonation that could be seen going up through the glass, Small head of white fades quickly and evenly leaving only token lacing. Aroma is bread, hints of caramel, light earth hops and a touch of grass. Clean taste, mellow body that is well carbonated and not overdone at all. Smooth caramel and light bitter finish leaves you a little dry and looking for another sip.

Overall not bad, I have to say this was a very nice

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 05:13:07 | More by mikesgroove
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber colored beer that turns a red gold in the middle. Off-white head that leaves tons of fat stick on the sides.

S - Very sweet caramel smelling with some belgian yeast that adds a drying sense and some fruity sweetness.

T - Sweet caramel malts, stone fruits, belgian yeast. Nice take on an American amber. Slightest bit of hop bite on the end.

M - Smooth, lower carbonation, dry finish.

O - A good and interesting beer. Doesn't knock your socks off, but solid.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 23:34:02 | More by AgentZero
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. Poured into my Ovila Goblet. Thin off white head. Slight lacing. Very nice amber color.

Aroma is nice and subtle with a bit of caramel and slight Belgian yeas aroma.

Taste is lacing in a bit of caramel malt flavor. Tastes dry and pretty much only Belgian yeast. It's light in flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and light. I'm beggining to thing age does not suit De Strusse beers.

Overall an ok beer. Would have it again but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 06:22:53 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 05/03/11. Tulip glass. Orangish red in color. Foggy. Brief yellowish white head, big bubbles. Brief lacing too. Wet grass, green fruit & subtle yeast aroma. Smooth tartar first sip. Fruity & mildy sour taste. Sour aftertaste too. Fairly well balanced flavor but a little fat mouthfeel. Correct carbonation. Drinkable at cold temperature. I had salted shrimp & pasta salad with it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 22:41:56 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Maredsous chalice at Local Option 2/5/11.

A: Served a lovely deep amber/red color with a decent level of clarity. A thin, off-white layer of foam stuck around for the majority of the glass and left a surprising amount of lace on the glass.

S: Interesting mix of fruity Belgian yeast, sweet caramel-y malt, and some earthy/grassy hops.

T: See above. As it comes up to temp the flavor becomes a little unbalanced towards the fruity yeast side of things.

M: Nice layers of slick, sweet, and dry. Finishes a bit dry when cold and then sweeter and oilier as it warms.

D: A nice Belgian take on an American style. I'd love to compare this to the bottled version.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 20:40:14 | More by GbVDave
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Halcyondays

California

2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly cloudy amber red with a medium white head. Solid lace.

S: Interesting notes of vinegar, makes me think this might be a sour. Plum fruit as well.

T: Taste is a letdown compared to the smell. Rather dull crystal malt flavour with some carob and earthy hops. Not much to keep me interested.

M: Light-bodied, light carbonation, thinnish.

D: It's OK, but nothing I'd go out of my way to try. De Struise has made much better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 06:41:06 | More by Halcyondays
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dasenebler

Maine

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle. 2008 Vintage on the label worries me that this beer might be past its prime--I mean, it's only 6 percent. The best by date of September 2011 is reassuring.

Pours a cloudy amber with a nice, fluffy head. Solid amount of lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is wonderful. Lots of estery yeast, overripe fruit and light spiciness. Interestingly acidic, near-sour component.

Nice and dry, with a subtle, refined palate. Lightly fruity, with some good hop flavor and sturdy bitterness on the back. More Maillardy and crusty-bready flavors as the drink wears on. The smoothness is amazing, reminding me why I seek out Struise beers. Like Orval and the other Trappist breweries, it's all in the yeast! Mouthfeel is medium-light, with ample carbonation.

Really good beer here, and highly drinkable. Definitely NOT an American Amber, so somebody, please re-classify this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 18:05:40 | More by dasenebler
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janubio

Spain

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured carefully, it has one of the nicest colours I've seen in a beer, amber to red, when not it's opaque. Good head, that does not hold much. Smell reminds of a cyder, with some light spices and sweet fruits notes. Thin body that does not help much. Mouth it's dry but sweet, with some strawberry notes and some spices. Sure there are some other things, but very mildly, and I feel watery in tongue. I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 16:44:30 | More by janubio
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle served in my DT tulip. 2008 SR no. 2 indicated on the label. Pours a cloudy, cideresque color with a loose, off-white head embedded with tiny pinpricks and ringlets. Light aromas comprise the nose - citrus and light fruit (perhaps apricots), with a trace of ethanol towards the back end. Taste is yeasty, light fruit (perhaps green apple) and a trace of barrel-aged sourness/tartness reminiscent of an American Wild. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant, lively carbonation. An interesting beer with a fair amount of complexity; however, not an American Amber/Red Ale in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 16:27:19 | More by Jwale73
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a hazed, amber-red color and is topped by a lightly tanned head. The aroma smells nicely fruited (with notes of berries and even some cherry like notes) and has some spiciness to it that sort of reminds me of oregano. The finish of the nose has a soft touch of pale-biscuit malt character to it.

The beer as it first hits my tongue tastes dry leaning, a bit spicy, malty and softly fruity. My friend things that it reminds him of spaghetti, I don't quite see that but get what he is getting at. The beer is slightly malty, has some red table grape flavors to it, perhaps some currant like notes as well as other non-descript berry notes. This is a very interesting mix of flavors and is actually quite complex for the strength. This seems like it would pair quite well with food. It has enough body to allow it to work with food, but is still quaffable and light enough; the texture also seems a bit soft and creamy somehow too. I am really quite enjoying this beer & I really like how complex it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 17:30:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick syrup of a yeasty beer. Pleasant yeasty aromas. Starts sweet, mid-sip spicyness and finishes slightly bitter, this reminds me of a Belgian IPA. Satisfying and fuller mouthfeel. Good Drnikability.Some green apple, apricot, in the yeasty taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 23:37:34 | More by Sammy
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CaptainPiret

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of these at Deca over the weekend. Was lucky they weren't completely out; it appeared many more beer lovers beat me to the brewery that day. They were down to about 10 crates total -- of all the Struise beers, not just the Rosse. Get there at opening time in other words.

On to the beer ... pours a slightly cloudy amber; quite a bit of carbonation. Smells of fruits, particularly figs. Tasted much more hoppy (and some sourness) than I anticipated. A dry mouthfeel that would put the cap at two of these on any given night. Overall, an interesting, somewhat complex beer well worth purchasing.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 18:40:24 | More by CaptainPiret
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pixieskid

Germany

4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really don't understand how this is listed as a Belgian Pale; on the bottle it reads; amber beer!

Poured into my Struise glass; a nice deep mahogany with a great off white head.

Med full body, rich and frothy mouthfeel, nice carbonation.
Solid citrus hop presence upfront with nice floral notes.
Good malt presence, caramel and a hint of wheat with a juicy fruit note throughout.
Finishes clean with a hint of spice and a lingering pine hop bitterness.
Overall; great hop diversity with a nice malt back, well balanced.

The best example of the amber/red ale I have had thus far!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 11:15:03 | More by pixieskid
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third beer in last nights (22 Oct 2010) 'random beer reviewing evening'. A 2008 brew, poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip glass. The best before date was Sept 2011.

The body was a deep amber/reddy colour, on top an off-white foaming blanket covered the beer.

Toffee and malt molasses dominate the nose, although the smell wasn't as sweet as that sounds!

The toffee and malt flavours also lead the way in the taste stakes, however a sharp bitter, carbonated, feel appears once the sweeter malts leave the mouth.

Easy to drink and well worth finding.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 18:47:54 | More by BlackHaddock
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