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Struise Rosse - De Struise Brouwers

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58 Ratings
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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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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-19-2011 03:37:46 | More by MattSweatshirt
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bmur112

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.7%

10-24-2013 17:19:52 | More by bmur112
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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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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-06-2013 17:24:45 | More by EmperorBevis
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-11-2013 20:08:16 | More by DRBiser
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-27-2013 21:48:52 | More by nmann08
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-24-2013 01:40:48 | More by Sparky44
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-04-2013 18:23:31 | More by AngusOg
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-17-2013 22:58:45 | More by mendvicdog
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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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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +6.7%

10-28-2012 21:53:05 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

09-18-2012 23:44:40 | More by t0rin0
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WynnO

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

09-08-2012 05:39:34 | More by WynnO
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2012 20:15:10 | More by samEBC
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Heretic42

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-01-2012 06:46:55 | More by Heretic42
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-12-2012 13:40:02 | More by safaricook
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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-18-2011 19:41:08 | More by Rochefort10nh
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20%

11-15-2011 02:17:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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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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Struise Rosse from De Struise Brouwers
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