Struise Rosse - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 66
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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
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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 66
Photo of pixieskid
4.66/5  rDev +24.6%
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! (587 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this at De Garre in Brugge, served in a De Struise glass. The beer was a little hazy, dark orange but not dark enough to be considered brown, thick tan foam that gushed even with a moderate pour. The smell was nearly perfect, sweet malt and candi bonded together by a yeasty ester dominatrix. I might imagine some spices in the aroma and taste as well. The flavor was very well balanced while remaining intensely rich, this was nearly the perfect Belgian pale ale as far as I'm concerned. If you see it I strongly recommend you try it. (553 characters)

Photo of jmhart
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to De Struise glass while sitting in De Garre in Bruge.

Vintage 2008, Best By 8/2011, Consumed on 4/2010.

A: Golden orange in color, very hazy. Watress poured perfectly, so no sediment made it into the glass. Nearly white large foam that filled my glass, three fingers at least. Dissipated in proper time.

S: Sweet, malty, with hints of hoppy citrus, and only subtle yeast. Baking spices in the aroma, gingerbread maybe, but not cinnamon.

T: Perfect! Perfect balance of sweet malts and citrus hops, and the baking spices pull it all together. A perfect Belgian Pale Ale.

M: Silky smooth and delightful on the tongue. The yeast dances with the hops and evenly distributes flavor across the mouth.

D: Smooth and delicious. Perhaps the perfect Belgian Pale Ale. I traveled to Belgium to find this beer(I just didn't know it).

Overall, I was sad not to find any at retail to bring home with me and if I ever see any in the states, I will by them out. (978 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of wcintula
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel glass. Thanks to the gentlemen at De Struise Brouwers.

Slowly poured into the bottom of the glass, a two-finger foamy cream-colored head erupts above an opaque body of a dark honey color. The glass is left in fine white lace as imbibing continues. The nose picks up sweet Belgian candy and malts with light metal and an overlying yeast presence. The taste profile matches this well with the addition of the alcohol taste. As the brew warms, the metallic taste subsides and all others come forward. The medium-bodied beer runs about the tongue with a prickly sensation. This Belgian Pale Ale is a very smooth yet strong drink. With an enjoyability level of...super. (683 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted at t' Poatersagt in Brugge, Belgium. The beer poured a nice amber color with a fairly strong head. The aroma of this beer was citrus and had some solid wheat notes as well. The taste was sweet up front but also had a solid yeast and wheat taste that rounded things out, making for an easy drinking brew. (317 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle, courtesy of gunnfryd, who supplied it to our tasting. The ABV was 5.0%. Served at room temperature, which was too warm, and caused the beer to gush out of the bottle when opening. Reddish brown colour, decent head. Very nice aroma: oak, spices, leather, malts, fortified wine. Moderately spicy and malty flavour. Not bad! (335 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +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 (542 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +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. (309 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.97/5  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. (567 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.97/5  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. (1,650 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking this beer during the match Netherlands-Spain. It's still 0-0.

Poured the rosse in the Struise glass. A nice big head and an ambercoloured fluid. Not very much to smell, some spices. The taste however is very good. What a refreshing beer. Taste some fruit but i am not sure what.

With a good mouthfeel and a good drinkability this is a pale ale te drink on a hot day. Now back to the match!! (406 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ?). (290 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.92/5  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. (536 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden copper pour with one finger's white head, poured into Affligen chalice.

S: Great smells, caramel, candi sugar, slightly spicy.

T: Taste is barely sweet at first but finishes quickly, a bit of molasses. Lightly hopped, noticeable saaz at the end.

M: Thin body with a dry yeasty finish.

D: Finishes a bit too dry to be very drinkable. I could finish more than one.

Overall the smell and body were great, but the almost cloying dryness at the end turned me off from ordering another.

2€ at Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam in mid-May - quite a bargain. (563 characters)

Photo of CaptainPiret
3.82/5  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. (613 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Neffbeer
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of benfons
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (330 characters)

Photo of baggio
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle@Monks Cafe, Stockholm

A: Golden yellow with a generous head that vanishes all to quickly.

S: Fruit, Grain, Berries, Citric Notes.

T: Exotic fruit, Citric notes, Yeast, Wheat, Berries.

M: Very refreshing and balanced, like a lambic-wannabe. Lots of carbonation.

A lambic wannabe ? :) Not an exceptional brew but definitely something i would consider drinking again. Very nice on a hot summers day! (408 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt with more sweetness then anticipated and light candi sugar notes. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some medium sweet caramel malt with light notes of toffee and a light bready yeast note at the end. Body is quite full with good carbonation and minimal filtration. Well done though not the most complex beer from this brewer and maybe a tad too sweet for its' own good. (506 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (599 characters)

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Struise Rosse from De Struise Brouwers
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