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De Struise Brouwers

Not Rated.
De Struise BrouwersDe Struise Brouwers
BA SCORE
98
world-class

31 Ratings
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 6.9%
Active Beers: 80
Beer Ratings: 10,224
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

Kasteelstraat 50
Oostvleteren, 8640
Belgium
phone: +32 495 288 623

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @struise

Notes:
Set up by two friends and a Brother-in-Law who started brewing beer in a barn at a local farm. Went commercial in 2003, but with no capital the beers were brewed on the Brasserie Caulier Plant. In February 2006, the decision was taken to move production to the Flemish SA Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren (working) parts of which date from 1917. Exports its beers to Canada, Denmark, Italy and the USA with plans for China, India and Australia in the beerline. Brewed 30hl in 2003, the plan for 2006 is 300hl.

(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

JackNip, Oct 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

Bgonzo, Sep 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

RitchBurgmaster, Sep 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

I love this place and it's my favorite stop when I make my yearly beer run to this part of Belgium.
It's cozy, relaxed and a great place to meet other people who share the same love for craft beer. They have a big tap where they always have several of their beers on tap and you can sample them for a very reasonable price.
The times I've been there they're always very friendly and their available beers range from low in alcohol to very high in alcohol....and with high, I mean high:) It's a good thing they have small sampling glasses.
Every time I've been there one of the owners is there and he's always keen to explain stuff or answer questions.
In short...go there. You won't regret it. If I had to make a choice between stopping here in Oost Vleteren OR in West Vleteren...then this is where I go. But of course...you should visit both;)

On a side note: If you want to buy some beer to take home this place may be a hit or miss situation. Sometimes they have several nice beers...sometimes you're just bumming:)

GRUUMSH, Sep 16, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -25.9%

Zenvortex, Sep 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Wobbly, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

I love going here to enjoy beer. Every time I have been they have had something awesome on tap. Buying beer to go is hit or miss. Either they have some good stuff or the bare minimum. Get there early if you are looking to buy beer before they get sold out.

SStein, Aug 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

kingjohnh, Jul 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

RobertH50, Jul 16, 2014
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briang01, Jun 17, 2014
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brbrocc, May 17, 2014
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Dundrin, Mar 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Sparky44, Mar 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

BAsbill, Feb 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Beer-Ed, Feb 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Ed37, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -13.8%

mtbdonn, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

samEBC, Dec 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

Mplsbrew, Dec 03, 2013
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MattSweatshirt, Nov 02, 2013
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mbonugli, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

tbeckett, Oct 23, 2013
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4.74/5  rDev +2.2%

The De Struise Schoolhouse is a pretty silly place - a reformed schoolhouse, classroom and all, where they feature dozens of taps and brew/blend experimental batches. Only open to the public from 2-6 on Saturday.

We arranged to stay at a B&B down the street (Schraevenacker - small, but highly recommended with a solid restaurant and an easy walk to the Schoolhouse) for the sole purpose of blowing some time here.

In a day that already included a tour at St Bernardus and 3 rounds at In de Vrede, this was just the sort of kick in the face we needed on the last day of our trip.

There was quite the cast of characters on hand and it was pretty cool to have Carlo pouring me beers (and bumming me menthol cigs by the end of the day). Urbain and co. were also on hand brewing up a batch.

Tons of crazy taps - if you're a fan of De Struise, a stop here is unmissable. Pours are small ( a good thing) and dirt dirt cheap

Such a great time - great hospitality, and a real feeling of privilege being here

dirtylou, Aug 31, 2013
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4.67/5  rDev +0.6%

A-De Struise is located behind a nondescript building front in Oostvleteren, a small village in Flanders. Upon walking through the building front and into the old school yard, you wonder if you are in the right place...the only giveaway that this place is brewery is the palate or two of bottles and odd pieces of brewing equipment laying around. Once you get into the classroom, however (it is literally an old classroom with school desks and chalk boards), things feel more normal. There is a wall with perhaps 20 taps and some tasting glasses and a few people mingling around sniffing and sampling. It turns out those taps pour all different types of De Struise beers including a number of works in progress or beers that have long since been discontinued...awesome. There are a few other beer tourists (one couple from California, a British gentlemen, and a pair of guys from Germany that were kind enough to share the wine they made with everyone). The vibe is friendly, sort of strange, laid back, and inviting.

Q-We tried perhaps a half-dozen different brews and all were great or close-to-great. The sours, in particular, were delicious, as were the better-known quads. I did not notice any guest taps, but the sheer power of the De Struise taps was more than enough to warrant a high ranking.

Ser-The gentlemen who assisted us was inviting, friendly, quick to offer a refill, and very knowledgeable about all of the beers on tap. We could have sat around for hours chatting beer with him and sampling.

Sel-I was pleasantly surprised to see so many taps on the wall and then to learn that many were experimental or out-of-production. The selection of bottles to purchase was more limited, but I didn't worry about that after my half-dozen free tasters. The large number of taps gave De Struise a more modern feel than many of the other Belgian breweries with the limited selection.

V-It doesn't get much better than unlimited free samples. The prices for the bottle sales were also pretty reasonable.

spoony, Jun 10, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -7.3%

The brewery is in an old school, so getting a lesson on beer and brewing from these guys kind of felt fitting. After listening to the guys and talking with them for a bit, some sort of dancers showed up to do some dances for them, and from what I gathered these guys do this every year. It was pretty neat and after the dancing and enjoying a beer with the brewers, I told them they were punk rock, just because they are really into American craft beers, and want to do something like that here. A really cool place and really cool people.

OWSLEY069, Sep 29, 2011
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De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium
98 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.