Struise Rosse - De Struise Brouwers
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United Kingdom (England)
3.11/5 rDev -16.2%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. 2011 vintage. Acquired quite a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as possessing a nutty, yeasty character.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-amber hue with some floating sediment and light carbonation. Yields a small head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a moment or two before dissipating to a thin surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, subtle toffee, earthy yeast, faint brown sugar and stewed leaves. A whisper of alcohol in the background. Balanced but dull.
Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, subtle caramel/toffee, mild grain, a touch of roastiness, faint brown sugar and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, followed by a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of dry, earthy yeast, grainy caramel and stewed leaves.
Rather disappointing by the standards of de Struise, but perhaps it's just a bit old. Lacklustre looks - where's the big, creamy head? The aroma and flavour are an unexciting mix of earthy yeast and caramel malt. Decent body, but it isn't enough to pull this brew from the doldrums. Uninspired, with a touch of homebrew about it. No need to seek it out.
05-26-2014 22:58:21 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.46/5 rDev -33.7%
The beer pours a cloudy dark amber. The mocha colored head quickly dies down to a thin collar. It smells slightly sweet with notes of caramel and biscuit bread. The hop scent is mild and there is a fruity yeasty scent of prunes and dark sugar.
The taste is initially bready and malty and moves to a distasteful buttery and vegetal flavor. Not sure what went wrong here, but it is very off putting and did not exist in the nose. Very surprising. Purchased at the Struise shop in Brugge so I cannot say it was mishandled. Very odd taste that things turned poorly for this brew. Difficult task to attempt finishing the bottle.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is lively. Something either went wrong or I found very distasteful. Brewed 2014 and consumed on the same day as purchased. I have always enjoyed this brewery so I'm not sure where this went wrong.
05-22-2014 19:12:44 | More by Jmamay22
3.58/5 rDev -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.
08-14-2013 00:57:22 | More by biegaman
3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
01-03-2013 13:20:26 | More by ADZA
3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
02-17-2012 09:29:13 | More by dgilks
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-13-2012 02:01:40 | More by stakem
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
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 ?).
11-24-2011 10:15:49 | More by thierrynantes
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
10-09-2011 04:22:12 | More by womencantsail
Struise Rosse from De Struise Brouwers
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