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Struise Rosse - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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De Struise Brouwers visit their website

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: 69
Photo of Jmamay22
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of janubio
3.19/5  rDev -14%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a thin off-white fizzy head. This beer has a sou/ tart funky oak aroma with a nice balance of light fruit. Sour tart oak flavor up front with a nice creamy floral center and sweet dry finish. Hints of nut, flower and cherry.

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Photo of dgilks
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 11oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a clrearish dark gold with a hint of orange. The head is light tan, rises a finger and is gone quickly. Light lacing.

The aroma is light and pretty sweet, but gives off just the lightest hint of vinegar.

The taste is decent, starts of with lots of flavor. Its a little bitter, a hint of vinegar, like a oude brown, and little bit of floralness.

Feel and drinkability ok.

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Photo of Wanne
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-colored beer with a white head. Hints of caramel and fruit. Sometimes there’s a slightly metallic taste, but only in the aftertaste. But nonetheless a nice amber beer.

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Photo of Travlr
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle at Delirium.
A: Copper colored with large white head that slowly settles; not much lacing.
S: Aroma of citrus and black pepper, possibly some anise.
T: Much like Pannepeut, but on the lighter side.
M: Thin Body.
D: OK beer, but the rest of the range is far superior.

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Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 330ml brown bottle with a subtitle: "SR No.2 Amber Brew"; brewed with malt, malted wheat, oats, hops, yeast and candy. BB 12/2010, served lightly chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: murky dark reddish brown in colour, coming with a semi-creamy off-white fluffy head settling slowly to a thin cap sustaining throughout the drink, on top of rather mild yet constant carbonation.
S: aromatic caramely malts, estery fat prunes as well as funky/rustic-yeasty with a pungent edge of tart cider prevail upfront; a swirl brings out a delicately clove-ish spicy note and the famous vinegary+woody+sour-cherry-ish notes of a Flemish Red Ale, albeit in a "hard-pressed" balance with the deeper layer of sweet malts and dark candy sugar. Unusual.
T: the foretaste comes neatly sour-fruity but well in check thanks to the spicy+zesty yeasts and a medium-bodied, "warming" malty backbone (with dry-ish hints of roast oats, of course); rather quiet in the overall profile, but the apple-ly and sweet-zesty citric flavour, hawthorn-fruit-like herbal-fruity edge, and a mildly powdery hint of yeasts manage to go deep and render a long aftertaste... only very mildly spicy in the finish.
M&D: this is a softly-carbonated amber ale with welcomed contribution from yeasts, hops and roast oats; alas, the overall flavour profile is slightly messy and thus some presumably lovely elements are hard to discern.

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Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle from a friend in Belgium, think this costs a few euros over there, poured into my Hangar 24 pint glass tonight

A-Golden orange with some red tint, 3/4 inch bubbly white head, minimal retention with no lacing, rather cloudy
S-Roasted pine nuts, mild oranges and lemons, light Belgian yeast, grassy accents, faint sugar, toasted malts, and caramel
T-Starts with a slightly tarty citrus and yeast charcteristic, lots of malt in the middle, some more lemon and toasted malts in the finish, does not change much as it warms, mostly lemony with a hint of lingering caramel
M-Chewy, dry, toasted, and fvery lightly tart mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste does not last all that long
D-Easily drank this bottle, could have had a few more, alcohol is hidden but there is not much of it to begin with, not as smooth as I had expected but still good drinkability

I had heard of this beer but did not know much about it, certainly is not one of Struise's best, still glad I tried it, would not go out of my way to get this again, still worth trying

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

Pours a cloudy amber with mild carbonation. Aroma is pretty faint; there are hints of raisins, apple, crystal malts, and some yeast phenols. Flavor is pretty withdrawn, a thin pale ale body with a small amount of sweetness and a tangy, light-clove finish. (Does not taste like it was on oak; I wonder what the aging was for.) Refreshing and drinkable.

This is a very basic, session beer that does not have the depth and complexity of most Struise beers (nor does it seem to be striving for them). If Struise is difficult to get for you, try their other offerings first.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a murky rusty orange colour with a light yeasty haze. Light creamy head poured big, thick and meringue like then faded very slowly to good thick layer... lots of good sticky lacing...

Aroma - Spicy Belgian yeastiness, light spicy fruits (oranges, apples, some pears), some funky / earthy notes, light candy sugar sweetness, some sourness, candied peel, some grassiness, floral notes, light toasted malts, some metallic traces...

Taste - Light spicy fruits (bitter oranges, apples, pears), biscuity malts, nice peppery hop bitterness, cider traces, light candy sugar / honey sweetness, faint anise notes, again some sourness, quite floral, oak traces...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little bite... medium bodied... pretty drinkable at only 6.00% (not 5% as listed here).

Overall - A pretty good Belgian pale ale although maybe a little bland compared to some.... worth a try though...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle of the 2008 vintage. Lot A, best before Sept. 2011. Received in a trade with masterhomebrewer. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Pours with 2.5 fingers of creamy white foam that dissipates slowly to a solid cap while leaving spotty lacing. Hazy copper body.

S - Spices, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, some nutty and caramel malts, and perhaps a touch of floral/grassy hops. Reminds me a little of the Struise Witte I had a few days ago, but with less of the sour lemon flavor.

T - The taste is a little Pannepot-lite - nutty malts, licorice, spices, some light lemon notes. There's a bitter aftertaste that I suspect comes from the spice and noble hops.

M - Medium body, moderate tingly carbonation, nice dry finish and light residual stickiness.

D - This is a little heavier than the Witte and I don't dig a ton of anise/licorice in my brews. I don't think I could have more than two of these.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of baggio
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of benfons
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Struise Rosse from De Struise Brouwers
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