Svea IPA - De Struise Brouwers

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Svea IPASvea IPA

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Brabander on 02-24-2011

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Reviews by Casey10:
Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a really nice beer huge head lots of carbination. It had really nice citrus notes and some grassy taste as well. The mouthfeel was nice overall expensive as a one off but always nce to try something new might have again but didn't blow me away as a regular IPA. Worth trying but not going out of my way to have one either.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jotafq
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Using an unusual combination of four types of malt barley, oats, wheat and rye. Malty profile with hops extremely timids, always in the background.
A: dark amber body with a good and persistent head.
S: Not quite what you would expect from an IPA. Sweet caramel notes and some citrus in the background and something with peach fruit notes.
T: follows the smell with an entry malty caramel and a final herbal hops were slightly dry. Herbal and resinous hops in aftertaste with some metallic notes. Some sweet notes of what appears to be Belgian sugar and orange marmalade.
F: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: Disappointing due to lack of strength.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Purchased from a Belgian webshop a while back and stored in my garage. Hopefully it hasn't aged too badly. The label mentions a ton of grains and hopping with noble hops (?).

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A darkish orange-amber hue with good clarity and plentiful carbonation. Yields a vast head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity Belgian yeast with notes of grass, mild citrus, earthy yeast esters, caramel and stewed hops. A warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity Belgian yeast with a restrained hoppy character and a dry finish. Notes of grassy hops, mild citrus, caramel, banana, a hint of clove and stewed hops. Quite sweet and distinctly boozy. A subtle dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with a faint spicy quality. Nice body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity yeast, sweet caramel and mild hop notes.

Interesting and rather nice. Pretty subtle for an IPA - the hop notes don't exactly break down the door. Although if noble varieties were used I suppose their flavour would be more delicate than a typical American IPA. Plenty of yeast character in evidence and the malt shines through well; a beer with good balance. The booze does come on a bit strong though, giving it a distinctly solventy twang. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of mj001jk
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasant surprise.

This beer pours a dark amber with quite a bit of yeast sediment and cloudiness. It is well carbonated and forms a thick and creamy hazel-colored head.

Apple, biscuit and caramel aromas with a slight funk. Nice and complex nose that stays fresh. Flavors are smooth and very tasty. It is on the maltier side but there are some fruit and herbal components that brightens the experience.

There is some warmth from the alcohol but it's subtle, and comforting.

This is one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had, will definitely revisit soon.

Photo of Mar02x
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - What a huge head on this IPA, a stayer too. - The Fluid is brown with yellow swirls.

S - Mostly pine and grass

T - A light sweet beer with fresh pine. A bitter aftertaste that doesn't linger around.

M - The body is a bit to thin as is the taste, but what do you expect from an IPA.

O - An OK IPA, but not in anyway special.

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Palm Tavern. The one of two Struise IPAs I tried that worked for me. Decent bitterness with some citrus taste. Totally neutral smell. Black body with some head. Carbonation right there. Good drinkability. Another good creation from Struise and a happy find.

Photo of Neffbeer
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n hum, served in a tulip.

A: it pours a murky light amber with orange hues. There is a small one finger head that lingers for a short tome and disappears leaving no lacing.

S: The nose is full of floral herbal notes strongly suggesting noble hops. There are also some doughy yeasty aromas wafting from the glass. The more it warms it has a candy like fruitless that develops. A bit reminiscent of bubble gum.

T: Upfront are the herbal hops, but there is a palpable hoppy fruitiness that comes with it. The yeast is a real force as well showing off a very spicy character, with cloves and black pepper being predominant. The brew finishes nice and dry with a nice crisp bitterness.

M: It feels medium to light bodied with bubbly carbonation.

O: This is a tasty beer, but not what I think of as an IPA. It is more reminiscent of a hoppy strong pale ale, ala Belgium. Good stuff that I would seek out again given the chance.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige/amber color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of dry hoppy notes with floral notes and some bready yeast notes. Taste is also a complex mix between a medium sweet caramel malt with recognisable notes of rye and oat with distinctive bready yeast notes (really love Struise house yeast) and a light bitter and dry hoppy finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good bottle conditioning with great carbonation. Easily drinkable with very nice complexity.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY. I love De Struise, so I picked this up on a whim. Unfortunately after deciphering their bottle code, I determined this bottle is from March 2012. So take this review with a grain, or entire shaker, of salt.

This one pours a murky dark-ish brown, with a few yeasty chunks, and a small head with no lacing.

Smells a bit oxidized, unsurprisingly, with some rye, caramel, and slight grassy hops.

It's amazing that this still has any hop character left at all, but there is some grassy bitterness still left here. There's some clovey Belgian yeast character, heavier oxidation than the aroma, spicy rye, and some kinda weird herbal character that I can't place. This is certainly not the ideal condition to enjoy this beer, and it's not great, but it's surprisingly not as bad as I would've figured.

This is medium bodied, with a herbal bitterness that lingers for quite a long time. There is a lower level of carbonation.

This has fallen off mightily it would seem, but I didn't super hate it.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light in color with a good clarity to it. This led me to be able to see the streams of carbonation that were rising up from the bottom of the glass effortlessly. A nice light and white head came up over the top and settled down to about two inches before really faded away to just a broken crown after a space of two minutes or so. The aroma was light, hints of light coriander and peach were the most prominent, followed by a very nice touch of light grass in the finish. Quite complex and very well done I have to admit. The flavor was crisp, cleaning, light and very easy to drink, especially early in the session. Just the lightest amount of spice kicking up toward the finish

Photo of RuudJH
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very complex and well flavourfull beer. 33 cl. bottle.

Colour red orange brown.
Nice big hoppy beer. Fruits like peach apricot, citrus. Gardensmell too: grass, koriander, clove.
Taste is full bitterness, with soft sweet background of malt and fruit.
Overall, especially the raw smell of unpasteurized beers makes this one of the best belgian ipa's you can find.

Photo of largadeer
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ruddy amber with good clarity and a tall lasting head.

Smell: Herbal, botanical, somewhat minty. Earthiness, bready malt, tea. Fairly clean.

Palate: Bitter herbs, black tea, earthiness and a touch of lemon. Very English, more reminiscent of an English IPA than anything. Pretty clean yeast profile. Slightly bready, but rather dry and attenuated. Bitter herbal finish, slightly astringent.

Overall: Decent, not really an enjoyable hop profile, but it's clean and drinkable.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl Bottle: Lot 15 from 12/2011, best before 31/5/2014. Poured into a Forbidden Fruit chalice on 18/10/2013 during a random beer tasting with myself. No idea where I got it from, most likely De Bierboom in Brugge?

The beer sat there quiet content, I opened the bottle and still all is calm: tilt to pour and the brew rushes out like a gushing volcano, huge cream coloured head and half a chalice of beer! So the first (half) pour gives the big head and a clear amber body, the second brings the sediment, extra smells and oomph.

Intense spicy hop aroma, even from the first pour, yeast esters and a malty undertone come as the beer warms a little.

The taste is hop led, but a semi-sweet maltiness arrives mid-sip: I think the brewers like to play with the beers names and brew whatever they wish before choosing a style/name to hide it under.

I enjoyed it, like all the Struise beers I've had so far (I think).

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Wide Stem glass. Enjoyed on mar´13. Deep brass in color, orange to the light. Beige foam, wide creamy crown. Copious lacing rings. Amazing ripe fruit, caramel & toasted malt aromas. Toasted slightly sweet malt upfront is shaked by increasing citric/floral bitterness. Medium & flavorful body. Soft carbonation. Oily to watery mouthfeel. Citric astringency. Sweet malt finish. Orange zest & ripe fruit on the aftertaste. Well balance between sweet malts & sharp hops.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a few 33cl bottles at Dranken Geers in Ghent.

Poured into a snifter.

Comes out golden brown, a little hazy with a nice fluffy two finger head. The head is a little off white and decreases to one finger after a couple of minutes.

Malts, citrus and some pine on the nose with a promise of hops in the way back. Also notes of yeast.

A fresh and fruity taste. Pretty much follows the nose. The hop bitterness is well hidden in the back and creeps up on you. Flavors linger around for a little while.

Nice medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Medium to dry finish.

This is a perfect brew to have a couple at any occasion. Flavors are nothing too bold in your face but it's quality all the way. So when you are in the mood for an easy and drinkable IPA with nice balanced flavors this one you should try. Highly recomended.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Cloudy, amber-orange pour with off-white two finger head with great retention and lacing. Interesting nose with a good amount of citrus along with hints of grass, caramel, yeast, apple and herbs, with just a touch of rye and pepper. The taste is not far from the smell. Lots of citrus and bitter, tangy hops that are nicely balanced out with a good caramel malt sweetness. Very herbal with a hint of green apple sourness. Really refreshing crisp, dry finish with a great bitter hop bite. This really stands out as a very unique Belgian IPA. De Struise does it again!

Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Gawdamn this stuff is over carbonated! Giving me at least 2 inches of solid rocky head atop of a hazy dark demented amber brown. Big sediment floaties.
S - Not much hop presence just Belgium yeast and some bready malts, smell is somewhat spicy,
T - Well this must be very old because I get very little bittering hops, mostly bready malts, some fruity yeasts, and a clean finish. Not bad overall.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy yet easy drinking.

Overall at this point it taste like a smooth Belgium pale ale which isn't so bad.

Photo of beerpirates
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle poured into ly the bruery snifter

Head is almost white and settles quickly.
The beer is a dark, slightly hazy amber color.
Aroma is yeasty and sweet. Tastes a bit malty, sweet (sugar) and some hops. Carbonation is medium, overall a pretty smooth mouthfeel.
Finish has hints of sugar, smooth bitterness and a bit dry. All in all, this is a nice beer. However, not what I expect from and IPA.

Photo of DaveHS
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Opens with a hiss. pours hazy chestnut amber, with nearly three inches of foamy khaki head. Reduces slowly, leaving sheets of intricate lacing and a small cap of foam.

S-Fruity. Reminds me of gummy orange slices.

T/M-Not much to say about this one. Hops are muted by estery Belgian yeast. A bit slick on the tongue. Very low carbonation for the style. If this had more carbonation and a more substantial body, it might work. But it doesn't.

O-Very simple. Feels unfinished. I don't care for it.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, bottled december 2011

A- Foam immediately starts to gush out of the bottle and it doesn't stop to slowly flow out for a long couple of minutes. Final pour is a deep murky copper colour with a huge fluffy white head that shows decent retention and nice amounts of lacing on the glass

S- Pungent/spicy herbal hop notes, expecially pine, among an actually quite sweet grainy malts base, with a bit of yeast earthyness

T- Crisp grainy/crackery malts, with yeast and sugar in the mix bringing a persistent, sweet background feel. Hop notes are on the herbal side, with pine and maybe a slight touch of tobacco. Some background citric notes may be noticed on the tongue. Some bitterness in the aftertaste, but still overall sweeter than i expected

M- Medium to light body with quite high carbonation, as the appearance suggested. Overall i feel like mouthfeel is not very clean: i realize that this is belgian but yeast gets a bit too much in the way for the style in my opinion. High carbonation brings a lively feel and partially hides the yeast issue

O- Has great drinkabilty for it's ABV. A thirstquenching and somehow highly satisfying beer, despite not so high complexity. Perfect balance between it's bitter hoppy character and it's residual sugary sweetness, unless you are looking for a hop bomb

Photo of safaricook
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: off white thick head, copper body, some chunks of sediment

S: bready malts, phenols, hop aroma is faint and uncertain: spices, pines, oranges, get some alcohol and ethylacetate as well but not in unpleasant amounts

T: caramel malts, moderate to low not resiny bitterness, there is some spiciness I am not able to name and that comes not from hops - Almdudler anyone?

O: IPA, really? Basically a good beer but if you call it something you expect to get it or you are somewhat disappointed. Spiciness is nice, drinkability good. I would drink it again, spice could get you somehow, though I am not overly excited.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to nimbleprop for bringing this back direct from the source. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a dark grain to light copper color with a good white head and some sticky lacing as it goes down. The nose leans heavily toward herbal hops, though they're not overpowering. A bit of light bready malt in the background. Some yeast character, though not much. The flavor is mostly light earthy and herbal hops with some bitterness carrying over to the finish. Mild spice in there as well. Pretty decent, but not quite at the level of most Struise beers.

Photo of mulder1010
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured pretty much all head. Literally a 5 finger head. Slight gushing from the bottle. When head receded it left a hazy, dark orange amber colored body. Huge, rocky light brown head. Great staying power to the head and retention. finally faded to a rocky collar. Lots of little carbonation beads and safe to say pretty lively.

S-- When opened the bottle got a lot of candied pine, grapefruit, and orange. Belgian yeast is very obvious. In the glass it was more about fresh cut grass, toasted carmel and candied sugar. Just quite faint in the glass. Not at all like when first opened.

T-- Bland, real bland. Some fresh cut grass and pine. Not much else.

M-- Far better beer in mid and back palate. Candied Orange, grapefruit, grass, and toasted carmel in the mid and black. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Dry in Front and mid palate, candied orange blossom in back with some residual sweetness.

O-- Decent but not real exciting. For the most part pretty bland until the back of the palate. Not enough to save this though.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat dark amber color for an IPA. Floral hops for the most part with a bit of citrus peel and berries. Toffee and caramel malts give a pronounced sweetness as well. The flavor is lightly bitter with a moderate hop profile of floral and citrus peel notes. Minimal pine notes in the background. Sweet malt flavors of bread and toffee, a hint of caramel as well.

Photo of Cmack15
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought a bottle of this back from my trip to Belgium. The aroma is mostly dominated by the yeast and the hops barely come through. The taste has more of the yeast notes to it then the hops but you definitely get some hops in the taste. This beer reminds me more of an English IPA and I think that is because they use noble hops as opposed to American hops. Not a bad beer but I would not seek this out again.

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Svea IPA from De Struise Brouwers
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