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Motuecha - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
83
good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mar02x on 12-06-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

oriolesfan4, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

DRBiser, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots going on in this unusual example. Serving a bottle bought at Deca, regrettably a good few months back, into a tulip. Interesting-looking for a pale ale, with a deep brassy color, slight opacity, but vigorous carbonation feeding a scrim of head, which a touch less than what a bar server might be going for. Next time I'll try a pilsener glass. But the glass nicely captured a substantive aroma of bread, wild and orange flowers, hay. Hops on the attack, clean and floral and herby up front, with the bitterness creeping in after a beat and then lingering. Some apricot, orange zest -- a tangy rather than sweet clementine, think -- light toast. Creamy mouthfeel, a bit of chew to it, with a mouth-watering (not entirely in a good way) effect that leaves a bit of an untidy finish. And is there a nosefeel? I feel it on the back of my palate and up into the sinuses. Unusual, again.

ManforallSaisons, Dec 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

thezach, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

mendvicdog, Aug 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

nmann08, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of soulkeeper1369
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

soulkeeper1369, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from Belgium and shared with rudzud, love the comic as the label thanks to Arne Franzel, and a single kiwi hop should be good.

Light fluffy airy head, hazy lemony straw color, spotty lacing.

Nose lighter than I expected, light sweet blond malts, a bit of grassy hops, light lemongrass hay like and some kiwi style hop but very little, light lemony light Belgian candy like.

Taste starts with grainy blond malts, light pilsner toasty like but mostly blond Belgian with light sweetness, and light candy like. Faint hops that are much lighter than I expected. Hop characters come in with light grassy and lemony flavors, faint fruity, very little kiwi hop character and very little bitterness, in fact very little hop altogether. Light lemony cereal too. Finish is dry with light bitterness, little more lemongrass and cereal grain lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, good carb.

Overall way too light, nice flavors otherwise but they are to light, esp the hops.

jlindros, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the great tulip a light hazy straw hue with a thin white blanket that fades to leave light lacing and light blanket.

S - Aromas of bready malts faint fruit esters. Quite pleasant.

T - Taste is on the sweeter side with slight thin and water malts, faint fruit esters, light bready malts and slight candy notes.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I would have expected.

O - Overall I was slightly disappointed with this beer but still glass to get to try it.

rudzud, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

JavierGC, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

CwrwAmByth, Feb 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of haz77
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A fairly aggressive pours yields only and inch of foamy white head. This drops to a thin ring and island over the course of a minute. A handful of large bubbles can be seen rising through the hazy straw coloured liquid. I've seen better looking brews...

S - Apple, tropical fruit, green pepper, bready malts, mild plasticky phenols. Pretty good.

T - The start is hay and bready notes. Tropical fruit punctuates the middle of the drink, before bubblegum and light grassy hops round it out. The hoppy dry aftertaste lingers, although isn't particularly powerful. Lacking some depth and interest.

M - Light mouthfeel becomes rounder and fuller towards the end once the fizzy carbonation subsides. It's ok.

D - This is a good thirst quencher, although not my favourite of the De Struise range.

haz77, Nov 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

6string, Sep 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

WynnO, Sep 08, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

269th Review
Bottle to Struise cervoise

Enjoyed on a visit to the Struise shop in Brugge while touring around Belgium in early June 2012.

A: Dull golden yellow. Half (prickly white) fingernail head on medium pour. Artwork on label is absolutely awesome (hence the perfect score)!

S: Smells of wheat, hops, and earthiness. Very basic, but I liked that about this!

T: Simple in taste like the nose - sweet caramel, robust hop earthiness, and mild Belgian yeast. Nicely balanced. Smooth, crisp, and very refreshing!

M: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Just an easy-to-drink beer that I could enjoy plenty of!

spdyfire83, Aug 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

samEBC, Jul 30, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and fruity hops is surprising and notes of quiet sweet Belgian malt are also easily identifiable. Taste is also a good mix of floral and exotic fruity notes originating from the hops with a (tad) too sweet malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting use of a relatively unknown type of hops with a malt Belgian ale based that maybe a tad too sweet for the hops.

Phyl21ca, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle generously provided by Thirstybird. Batch no. 43. Pours a dull gold color with a hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch head that dissipates into a skim and a thin band. Nose expresses light malts, honey, citrus notes and a slight herbal character. Taste is decent, but a bit dull. Slightly grainy and yeasty with a smattering of citrus rind at the finish as well as zest and coriander. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, a very refreshing beer akin to an APA in my opinion. A very easy drinking an light ale. Struise definitely has more going on than just its big beers.

Jwale73, Jun 24, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2014. Picked up from the Struise shop in Bruges on a recent trip to Belgium. A blond Belgian ale brewed with Motueca hops - hence the name. I like the cartoon label.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very hazy golden hue with medium carbonation and plenty of fine sediment that spreads through the liquid like smoke. Yields a large head of white foam that lasts for a while before collapsing to a surface layer. The aroma is best described as fruit chaos: notes of white grapes, melon, tropical fruits and a hint of citrus. This is underpinned by fruity yeast esters and a whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops and yeast. Notes of light fruits: white grape, melon, vague tropical fruits and faint citrus. Yeast esters dominate the background, accompanied by stewed hops and a distinct note of alcohol. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing, but quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with a mild spiciness and a dry, yeasty character. Pretty astringent. Aftertaste of dry yeast and harsh stewed hops.

Tasty, though the yeast esters tend to dominate the flavour and don't entirely mesh with the hop notes. Good aroma, but the fruity notes don't come through so well when you taste it. It's also surprisingly dry. A solid effort but not world-class. Worth trying if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

JAHMUR, May 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Cstromberg57, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

sholland119, Mar 16, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before November 30th, 2011. Guessing this is nearing the three month mark. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, and glass-coating lace. Hazed blonde straw body.

S - Aroma is quite sweet - I was actually quite surprised that candi sugar wasn't listed on the ingredients list. Lots of grapes, fresh cut grass, and tropical fruit from the Motueka hops mingling with sweet pale malts. There's a touch of peppery Belgian yeast in the periphery.

T - The taste is unfortunately less exciting, with a mix of herbs, grass, and surprisingly intense hop bitterness. The malt is more bready and yeast, with a bit of peppery Belgian character bleeding through. The sweetness of the aroma has nearly vanished here, with only fleeting stone fruits mid-palate.

M - Feel is quite nice, with a medium-light body, soft but active carbonation, and a dry finish that leaves some linger hop oils and resins. No alcohol of course.

D - A solid beer but ultimately flawed by excessive herbal bitterness and an unpleasant aftertaste. Fairly easy to drink but not the most enjoyable experience. I'm glad I only ordered one of these.

MasterSki, Feb 29, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Arne for this rare, coveted tick. Pretty standard Belgian blond appearance, exhibiting a pale body topped by a tall crust that quickly settles to a film. Very grapey nose, bordering on Kool-Aid. Little bit of honeydew, too, along with a chalkiness. Fruity Pebbles cereal. The combination honestly makes me think of Kool-Aid flavor packets, but it's not as terrible as it sounds (nor is it good). The palate unfortunately offers more of the same: grape Kool-Aid and melon. Slight Pepto-Bismol flavor on top of that. Aside from the strange flavor associations, it's not really a bad beer. The body is spot-on for the style, and malts are pleasantly reserved. There's just something weird about the hop and yeast combination used here; it doesn't work.

largadeer, Feb 25, 2012
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Motuecha from De Struise Brouwers
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