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Shark Pants - De Struise Brouwers

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 22
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mar02x on 09-26-2011

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 117
Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly murky hazy orangish copper color with a huge foamy white head. Head has great retention, becomes a thin cap and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- Smell is pretty solid. Picking up some pale malts, tropical fruits and grassy/floral hops. A good amount of Beligan yeast in spice here too.

T- A great balance to this one. Nothing really takes over. A good mix of sweetness and bitterness. Follows the nose well.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- I really enjoyed this one. Really glad I got to try it.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a hilarious bottle labeled with a gorilla trying to wear a shark as pants.. About what you'd expect from the nutcases at Three Floyds and De Struise. The appearance.. Not great. A murky brown with a good amount of grainy sediment.. Whatever.. Let's get to it.

The smell is sweet, yet bitter. You get a good amount of hoppy malt, and you can sense that this has origins in Belgium with a twist from a brewery filled with hop-head maniacs. I was worried that this beer was going to taste unpleasant.

I was wrong. The taste is wonderful. The 120 IBUs is masked beautifully behind the citrusy, sweet Belgian yeast. It's not drinkable in mass quantities by any means, but it's not terribly heavy either. The flavor is strong, and it lasts for minutes after each sip. Finishes with hop bitterness and.. is that chocolate?

Mouthfeel is awesome. Smooth and creamy.

Overall, love it. So sad that it's gone. I'd buy a case if I could.

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Photo of MickyMc
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just found this today in a little cafe just outside of Brugge, I don't know how many they have so I'm not going to reveal it's location! I'm going back :)
Best before 11/2014 but I've never let that put me off drinking a bottle condition beer before!
A. Red Brown ale with a good tan coloured head, poured into a De Struise Brouwers glass.
S. Fruity
T. The extra long maturation in the bottle had mellowed the hop attack but not it's lost all of it's bit. I like to imagine that is what an IPA might have tasted after it's long sea voyage to India. You couldn't feel the hop bitterness at the front of your mouth, it was more a middle of the mouth experience, and the overriding taste that it brought to my mind was Christmas Pudding.
All in all a lovely well attenuated ale which I'll be drinking again on my next visit :)

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Photo of richmof
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark but clear orangey-brown colour. Two finger creamy head (not sure what was wrong with the other reviewers beers).

On the nose I get citrus (predominantly orange plus peel), as well as biscuity malt.

This is a pretty intense beer. One of the more bitter imperial IPAs I have tried, with a quinine quality to the hops, as well as orange rind. It is not just bitter hop though: I also get a nice nuttyness from the malt. This is my kind of thing. The closest comparison I would make is to Troubadour Magma but I find this beer better balanced (the alcohol doesn't overdominate).

As I mentioned above, I am not sure what the other posters were referring to with the carbonation. Mine has a nice mouthfeel and is perfectly carbonated.

This beer is a one-off collaboration by Struise with the 3 Floyds brewery from Indiana I think (have never heard of 3 Floyds). I like it. It makes me want to try one of 3 Floyds but I have zero chance of finding it here in Brussels.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Cloudy dark copper-amber pour with huge three finger off white head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose is very complex, especially as it warms and opens up. Initial huge citrusy, resiny, piney hop notes, very reminiscent of a West Coast barley wine. Lots of bitter orange peel balanced out nicely by a sweet caramel malt backbone. The taste follows suit and is surprisingly well balanced for a 300 IBU hop bomb. Lots of resiny pine and bitter orange peel, complemented nicely by toasty toffee and sweet caramel maltiness. The mouthfeel is moderately thick and chewy with perfect carbonation and a great tangy, bitter, slightly nutty, oily finish. The alcohol gently warms throughout, but doesn't hurt the drinkability at all. De Struise just seems to keep cranking out awesome beers! Can't wait to see what they bring to ACBF in two weeks!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brabander
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure to buy this beer at the old schoolhouse of Struise about a month ago. Normally this is not my style but now and then you have to try it!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks perfect with its enormous broken white to beige head and dark tealike colour. Very nice lacing in the glass.

Smell? You can smell the bitterness of this beer. Very special taste with the bitter all over the place. It feels like an aged Pliny of one year old. (I have had one that old....)

Great collaboration Urbain, congrats.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A brown/yellow beer with an amazing head! A very strong beige foam is laying on top and slowly turns into fluffy. The webbing against the glass is amazing too.

S - Mango, pine, grass and pinnacle it is all there.

T - A superb mango, grass taste. A bit sweet too.

M - A good carbonation that fits the style, the creamy bitter aftertaste is a delight.

O - Good solid imperial IPA.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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...

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle, Best by 30/11/14. Amber in color. Clear sticky lacing. Off-white head. Great retention. Biting bitter taste balanced by lovely Belgian yeasty taste and aroma. Great refreshing, citrussy and juicy. Excellent.  What else could you expect when these two rediculous breweries join forces?

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Even with a gentle pour, a massive thick and creamy eggshell head nearly overflows my glass, which had about 9 oz. to spare with just the liquid in it. The beer itself is a dark and faded ruby color that does not allow much light to pass through.

The aroma is inviting and complex. Both the malt and the hop aromas require some focus to separate them. Toffee and bready malt work with the spices from the Belgian yeast, the dark fruits, and the tropical hoppiness. It is not an overwhelmingly bitter aroma, despite being listed at 288 IBU.

The flavor has a nice amount of sweetness all the way through. Toffee, toasted bread, cherries, red apples, and white grape all contribute to a nice sweet character. A bit of Belgian yeast spice precedes some mango, apricot, pineapple, and grapefruit hoppiness. The finish is lightly bitter. It seems like the bitterness has faded a bit with the age of the bottle, but it has definitely reached a nice balance of flavors right now.

This beer, like pretty much everything I have had from Struise, and to a slightly lesser extent Three Floyds, feels incredible on my palate. Ultimately smooth and creamy, the carbonation mellowed out a bit from what I was expecting from the appearance. It is a bit sticky on the lips, with a little bit of hop residue.

This is darker in color and has more dark fruit flavors than I would have expected out of a Belgian IPA, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Shark Pants from De Struise Brouwers
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