Shark Pants - De Struise Brouwers
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3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
Bottle: Poured a murky orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of deep Belgian malt with some caramelized notes and light floral hoppy notes. Taste is also a mix between some deep caramelized notes with more residual sugar then I had expected with some floral and light piney hoppy notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Overall, this was enjoyable though a bit too sweet for my taste and lacking some floral hoppy notes.
03-16-2012 19:30:46 | More by Phyl21ca
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
05-14-2012 17:18:23 | More by BEERchitect
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
Bottle from the Struise webshop. Served in a Surly Darkness tulip. Best before November 30th, 2014.
A - Giant creamy off-white foam with excellent retention. Body is very dark for the style, verging on caramel brown with a bit of amber as well. Even when pouring carefully it was impossible not to rouse some of the yeast - as a result this is pretty hazy. Once the foam settles down there's only a bit of splotchy lacework.
S - Tons of lemon and pine, a touch of cat pee and herbs, and some peppery and lightly medicinal Belgian yeast. Perhaps a touch of alcohol as well. It definitely seems more European than the 3 Floyds version.
T - I like the taste better actually, as it's more successful in marrying American-style hops with Belgian yeast. The alcohol is also better disguised. There's a hint of herbal astringency in the finish, but this is mostly grapefruit zest and pine, with fairly minimal malt in the periphery. Considering the retarded amount of IBUs the bitterness is quite manageable.
M - Active, zesty carbonation supports a medium-full body. Extremely dry finish, with tons of enamel-stripping hop resins and oils. No alcohol warmth whatsoever.
D - Based on the reviews for this version I was expecting it to weaker than the 3 Floyds version. However, I think I ended up finding it more enjoyable as it tasted a bit better. I'm also amazed this held up so well, as it's precisely three months old at this point. I'm a bit sad I didn't order a second bottle of this one.
03-02-2012 06:45:12 | More by MasterSki
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
03-15-2013 13:21:13 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
08-19-2012 13:01:45 | More by Rifugium
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-18-2012 01:03:51 | More by oline73
United Kingdom (England)
3.81/5 rDev -3.1%
33cl Bottle: BBD 30 Nov 2014, poured into my 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice on 5th Aug 2013 during a Belgian Beer Evening I had with myself.
Deep amber body: no sediment left the bottle (I think), so it was almost clear in looks with no haze or cloudiness. On top a full and deep head of cream coloured foam.
Intense hop aroma, with a mixed bag of sugared fruit thrown in.
The taste was also hop infested with sweet fruits eating away at the hop flavours, add some caramel and toffee onto the tongue and you are half way there taste wise: interesting brew.
The alcohol is evident but not in a nasty way and the body depth carries it well: I liked this beer.
08-06-2013 09:25:49 | More by BlackHaddock
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
11.2oz bottle poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a clouded amber orange with 3 fingers worth of fluffy tan head. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a complete wall of lace coating the entire glass. Around the edges some orange coloration is noted and more of an amber brown towards the middle of the body.
The smell of this brew is not hiding the hops at all. Fruity rinds, citrus, orange, mango, herbs and a bit of resinous pine linger towards the back. All of the hops sit atop a sweetness that is somewhat floral and caramel-like from the grain backing. As more smells are taken, it comes across quite herbal with almost a minty tinge to it mixed with some veggy hop aspects.
The taste very herbal and bitter. The hops take on a bit of green veggy flavoring mixed with herbs and young yeasty notes. Despite the forward flavor and bitterness of the hops, the toasty biscuit grain flavor is still present that provides a minor sweetness almost caramel to toffee-like to offset the bitterness of the brew. The aftertaste is oily with hops, resinous like pine and herbs to the fullest extent. As the brew warms, a bit of solvent alcohol comes out of the woodwork and more of a fruity focus becomes evident.
This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to high level of carbonation. I see some previous draft reviews call this out as being undercarbonated, I can attest that in the bottle this might be a bit over-done if anything. The 9% alcohol hits with the expected warmth and flavor inclusion throughout this brew. Not the best DIPA I have had, but interesting and worth a try if you get the chance. As advertised, this is probably the most bitter belgian made IPA I have had.
01-12-2012 04:11:09 | More by stakem
3.46/5 rDev -12%
Shark Pants is a very grungy looking beer, attributed partly to the fact that its sediment is so sludgy the bottom of the bottle looks like muddy sand. Although I managed to keep most of that muck out, this entirely flat, brown leather-coloured beer is sullied to the point of opacity.
The aroma is no less gritty than that putrid appearance. Very dulled notes of grapefruit rind and pine resin are pretty much all the supposed 'most hoppy India Pale Ale ever produced in Belgium' has to show for itself. Maybe dried mango or papaya slices too if you sniff really hard.
By this point, it's no surprise to find that the taste is underwhelming. Given the oxidized, dried fruit flavours I'd be tempted to write this off as a stale bottle, but the brewery assures me I have a year and four months yet before that happens (an absolutely ridiculous estimate in my opinion). Speaking of absurd, how does a "Belgian" IPA not have a trace of Belgian yeast? I'm confused. What then makes it Belgian (especially since half its brewers are American)?
The flavour offers gooey toffee-ish malt notes above all else. Pine resin is a major contributor too but other hop-derived flavours virtually don't register; like the independent candidates in most elections, their share of the pie is too marginal to be worth reporting. The mouthfeel is considerably neutral and the claim of 300 IBUs turns out more foolish even than impractical.
Shark Pants has a funny label, but beyond that it's probably the worst beer either Three Floyds or De Struise have ever - and likely will ever - put their respective names to. What I took away from this is that even two of the world's best breweries (joining forces, no less) are capable of misses every now and again. Spend your money on anything by these guys - just not this.
08-06-2013 00:03:29 | More by biegaman
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
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...
07-24-2012 16:33:21 | More by John_M
3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
Clear dark amber colour with a moderate sized, creamy tan head. Nice head retention.
Syrupy malt with plenty of sweetness. Lots of resinous piney hop with some Kiwi hop varieties adding nice mango and passionfruit notes.
Not all that bitter with all the residual sugar thickening it. Plenty of hop character though with grapefruit and tropical fruits dominating. A touch too much sugar but still nice.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.
A decent little beer and an interesting idea. I find it a touch too sweet but there is certainly a lot of hop character here. These guys manage to make a lot of their other beers dry enough so I don't know what's going on here.
01-18-2012 10:09:22 | More by dgilks
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing.
A: Clear pale amber body with some dense tan foam on top. Good retention, spotty lace. Just fine.
S: Sweet fruitiness, with vanilla on top of strawberry, grapes, tangerines, and pineapple. Like some powerful fruit roll-up. I like it.
T: Opens with hoppiness, then quickly transitions into sweet fruitiness. Heavy bitterness on the finish. Ok.
M: Frothy, lively medium body. Nice.
O: This one was way over the top, but in a pretty good way. Awesome label.
04-05-2012 15:33:19 | More by woosterbill
3.71/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
03-14-2013 22:23:04 | More by rudzud
4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
12-02-2012 17:54:15 | More by ColForbinBC
3.85/5 rDev -2%
A - Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a ridiculous four fingers of frothy off-white head. Head lasts forever and completely coats the glass in lacing.
S - Smell is a combination of sweet caramel malt and bitter hops, with a bit of mustiness thrown in. Some citrus and pine hops with a bit of alcohol.
T - While it is definitely bitter, it doesn't scream 300 IBU to me. Up front there is actually quite a bit of sweetness, mostly caramel malt. Orange zest and a touch of pulp, along with some grassy hops and a strong herbal character. Bitterness really starts to come in just before the finish, which is quite dry. Definitely has a barleywine taste to it.
M - Medium, resiny mouthfeel that finishes with a long lingering bitterness.
O - Can't say I've had anything quite like this before. Surprisingly well-balanced for a beer that seems to want to appeal to the bitter-azi. And the label is so great I may need to keep the bottle.
02-21-2012 03:22:26 | More by warnerry
Shark Pants from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.