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Shark Pants - De Struise Brouwers

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88
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 20
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mar02x on 09-26-2011)
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SStein

Belgium

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-07-2013 07:29:16 | More by SStein
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BelgianBeerPope

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-20-2013 13:17:29 | More by BelgianBeerPope
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-12-2013 03:50:02 | More by cadaugherty
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a deep amber almost purple in color with 3 fingers of creme colored fluffy head which left tons of sticky lacing on the glass. the smell is of alcohol, belgian yeast, banana, grassy hops. the flavor is still super hoppy for its age, lots of caramel, definitely an alcohol bite, sweet tripel-like flavor.. maybe from candi sugar? a resinouse lingering bitterness.
a heavier medium body beer with moderate carbonation, rich and creamy.

a very nice sipper. i can't fathom what this was like when it was fresh, 300 ibu??!! it definitely balanced out nicely over time, though the alcohol is very present.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:40:21 | More by facundoCNB
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dfclav for this one, thanks Mike. Shared with rudzud.

Huge fluffy pillowy 1+ finger head, fades slowly with tons of lacing, murky dark mahogany copper thing-like color.

Nose is very Belgian like, funky yeast, De sruisse yeast typical, fruity and nutty, caramel and candy molasses-y aromas, light bready biscuit, etc. Then hops but not as hoppy as I expected for a supposed 300IBU beer, with earthy chewy syrupy hops, candy syrup light nutty thing going on.

Taste fluffy malt, candy sweet flavor, nutty, caramel, toffee, syrupy biscuit toffee like flavor. Then Belgian yeast flavors, Light spices, biscuit, esters, light phenols, candi syrup, etc. Then booze, some warming booze but plenty of phenols and esters, some sweetness. Nutty flavors, stone fruits, toffee, burnt brown sugar. Bitterness is there but not anything like I expected, more like dry bready earthy chewy spicy candy hop flavor with a decent bit not huge bitterness. Eventually, bitterness ramps like crazy, eventually almost ridiculously bitter, spicy earthy chewy hops, but not palate destroying crazy bitter.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, syrupy sticky, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall ok but nothing like I expected, nothing too special, but cool to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 13:21:13 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a dark hazy chestnut hue with a massive two finger off white head that fades to leave super thick blankets and side lacing.

S - Aromas of de struisse yeast, caramel, slight citrus, not much hops.

T - Taste is tons of toffee! Soooo much burnt sugar and toffee with a bitter hop finish. Uhh....this is 300 IBU?! Bullshit. Also....this is a Belgian ipa....uhhh OK.

M - Mouthfeel is decent enough with solid carbonation

O - Overall I was slightly let down by this beer. Not much bitterness with Ltd of toffee and caramel.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 22:23:04 | More by rudzud
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Mattias

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-25-2013 20:48:01 | More by Mattias
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

01-22-2013 05:31:30 | More by Jspriest
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

Orange tinted body with a deeper core of amber. A fluffy slightly off-white cap rises one finger and settles slowly, leaving spider web lacing in its wake. Orange, tangerine, pine resin, and a bit of an herbal note underneath. A sturdy caramel/toffee malt bill stands tall. Citrus invades the palate first. Sweet, juicy fruit up front with sturdy caramel and biscuit malt through the middle. The finish is bitter citrus and clean toffee. Medium body, good carbonation. Decent lingering finish of fruity notes and bitterness. This is missing some of the spiciness typically found in the style, but it delivers a hop bitterness I have not encountered before in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 17:54:15 | More by ColForbinBC
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haz77

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy red-tinted copper, with a beautiful thick, towering light tan head. This takes some time to recede. There is no visible carbonation. A powerful start.

S - Resinous and citrus hops, plasticky phenols, green apple, some breadiness. Disappointingly restrained.

T - Initial flavour is grapefruit and lemon, before bready malt takes hold. Molasses and some fresh dark fruit are present in the middle. A phenolic note runs throughout, sometimes platicky and other times more medicinal and slightly boozy. The aftertaste lingers with resinous hop and caramel.

M - Medium mouthfeel becomes richer once the soft tingle of carbonation disappears by the middle of the drink. Not as outrageously good as many De Struise beers, but certainly better than most.

D - Hoppy, but in a restrained manner. Belgian flourishes throughout, with the alcohol masked well enough to catch you out. Certainly interesting and one of the better interpretations I've had of a Belgian-style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 11:54:36 | More by haz77
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dglgmut

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

10-27-2012 13:50:22 | More by dglgmut
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

09-18-2012 23:46:37 | More by t0rin0
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ironfistmargate

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-11-2012 16:11:59 | More by ironfistmargate
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Morningstorm

Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

09-04-2012 14:39:12 | More by Morningstorm
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really nice orange color with at least a finger of white head. Retention and lacing are great.

The aroma is musty and sweet, focusing on citrus and belgian yeasts. Very nice pine, fruit, sweetness balance.

The taste is light, bright, and delicious. This is exactly what I want a Belgian IPA to taste like. Sweet and bitter. Belgian yeasts, clove, citrus, orange, pine, and hop resins.

Medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Slightly chewing. Dry aftertaste.

Just a wonderful Belgian IPA. Quickly became one of my favorites in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 00:57:54 | More by russwbeck
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Served in a tulip glass, slightly hazy, dark amber color, nice fluff of white head that retained moderately well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit subdued, sweet with malts, brown sugar, fruity, yeasty. Similarly, it's pretty sweet taste-wise, almost a little too sweet for me, malts and sugars, peach, pear, cherry, yeast, spice, with a slight hop bitterness finishing things off. Alcohol is pretty tame. Mouthfeel is on the chewy side, medium body. Quite enjoyable overall, but one glass was enough for the session.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 13:01:45 | More by Rifugium
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John_M

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex yesterday. Was told this was a De Struise/3 Floyds colaboration beer.

The beer pours a slight hazy amber color with reddish hilights. The beer has good head retention and lacing as well. On the nose, this beer is quite attractive. It smells a lot like vintage pannepot, but with with some underlying citrus as well. In any event, I pick up a nice array of cherry, light vanilla, milk chocolate, light brown sugar and dry citrus. As good as this beer smells, it's even better on the palate. The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose, but I love how the hoppy bitterness kicks in on the finish, drying out an otherwise moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, spice filled, hoppy/bitter finish. Alcohol is VERY well integrated into the flavor profile, and there's no heat whatsoever on the finish.

This is a very nice beer... the bartender at Apex indicated that only two kegs came into Oregon, and that Apex snatched them both. Smart move on their part...

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 16:33:21 | More by John_M
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kraddel

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-23-2012 08:48:53 | More by kraddel
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-26-2012 09:23:15 | More by bsuedekum
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jwat

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-17-2012 23:26:54 | More by jwat
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Heretic42

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

06-01-2012 06:43:09 | More by Heretic42
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mrpibb1206

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-31-2012 12:18:27 | More by mrpibb1206
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oline73

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: I knew this wasn't a standard IPA as soon as I poured it. The color is a dark reddish amber and it's quite cloudy. There is a finger of off white head that sticks around pretty well.

Smell: This one smells like a Belgian Dark Strong ale than an IPA. Very sweet with caramel and some dark fruit. I am getting some hop notes, but there is also a hint of port or another sweet desert wine.

Taste: The hops show up here a bit more, but this is still more like a highly hopped strong ale. Brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness along with some bitter hops. There is some warm alcohol along with the sugar and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with aggressive carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This beer was nothing like what I expected. Very sweet yet highly hopped. Quite complex and unlike anything else I can remember. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:03:51 | More by oline73
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-17-2012 22:30:00 | More by pixieskid
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deeply resiny with restrained "Belgian" character, this battle between malt and hops shine with the best of strong ales done the American crafted way.

Pouring with a muddled yeasty haze, rust coloration, and a well headed cap of creamy yellowish foam, the beer carries a good deal of visual weight despite the heightened carbonation that reminds me of its Belgian roots. The sticky foam both retains and laces remarkably, resembling a mousse more than beer foam.

Strongly aromatic with a depth of malt complexity and certainly enough hop character to rival. Malt richness of toffee, bread crust, and medium kilned barley provide a strong underpinning while the strong hop character of grapefruit and pine do much more than balance the beer- very barley-wine in character, except for the complementary notes of fruit and spice that sing the praises of Belgian ales.

Flavors continue the dialogue of hops and malt with every bit the intensity of American-style barley wines. Tasting somewhat salty and metallic at times with the back and fourth action of malt sweetness and richness with the sharp resiny bitterness of hops. Toffee, sorghum, bread, and yeast buffer against the strong onslaught of white grapefruit pulp and pith, spruce tips, and pine sap for ultimate balance and intrigue. Decorated with the spicy and fruity interplay from yeast continue to complement the flavor spread with accents of aniseed, fennel, pepper, dried cherries, dates, and pineapple. As the beer opens up it seems to deliver wave after wave of flavor that varies with each sip. The descriptor words seem endless.

Very richly textured, the embedded carbonation holds its structure throughout and releases only late in finish with the help of resin dryness from hops and strong alcohol dryness as well.

To find comparable beers, you'll have to turn to Stone's Old Guardian Belgo. But the flavors of malt remind me of imperialistic amber or red ales with the punch of American barley wines and a dash of Belgian carbonation, fruit and spice.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 17:18:23 | More by BEERchitect
Shark Pants from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.