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Struis - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
88
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A barley wine brewed in the English style. Struis is a full-bodied beer with a deep, dark colour and a soft, long-lasting head. The aroma is dark and sweet, with clear tones of chocolate and dried fruit. The aftertaste is dry and long-lasting, and leaves you yearning for more. A delicious accompaniment to food and ideal with skeapsrond cheese. Struis is only available as a bottled beer.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-26-2001)
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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 73 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Matcpd:
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Matcpd

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Sampled at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn - served warm)

appearance --
Nice light tan and creamy head; Deep Amber/Brown Color

nose --
Immediately I smell fruits, specifically pineapple. Very extraoridinary and unique nose!

taste/mouthfeel --
The taste, like the nose, has distinct notes of pineapple. Slight hint of raisons. Slightly bitter, but not floral. Fairly sweet. The beer tastes extremely fresh - almost like I was consuming it right from the tap. I am always impressed by the beers this brewer produces.

drinkability --
Drinkable, which is scarey. Beers around 9% that go down this easy, like Duvel and Brooklyn's Fortitude, always end up causing trouble.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 01:11:13 | More by Matcpd
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safaricook

Netherlands

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

looks good with fine persisting off-white head and very dark brown clear body and lots of fine carbonation. head leaves lacing, never dies completely and leaves lacing
malts are prominent in the aroma, but not sweet more sourdough bread, earthy, dark fruits and booze.
malty sweetness of course but not cloying sweetness and a prominent balancing bitterness, dark fruits as plums, ends rather dry.
lots of fine smooth carbonation with only some bite to it, medium body, not sirupy in my opinion, warming alcohol as well.
This is a very nice and moderately complex beer that borders between the English Barleywine and a Belgian Quadruppel, but is less sweet than both. It is my favorite beer of the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 19:40:39 | More by safaricook
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-21-2014 15:36:32 | More by vermilcj
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

10-01-2013 16:46:58 | More by francisweizen
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supermeniscus

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-16-2013 19:45:56 | More by supermeniscus
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Zraly

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/2013. Purchase last year in July in Amsterdam. Opening to remember our fantastic vacation from last year. :)

A bit of a gusher. Poured into small Westvleteren XII chalice (splitting it with sweetie). Dark tawny with an off white head. Minor notes up front of malt, fruit, and spice.

Smooth, tingling spice notes play delicate amongst rich fruit flavors. Raisins, rum, mingling with fruit salad. Gentle spice and yeast notes, highlighting a touch of bread in the malt profile. Finish is fairly dry but yet retains the tasty sweetness. Really nice medium-bodied dark belgian-style ale. The alcohol is well-hidden, so tread lightly.

Reminds me a touch of Maudite, one of my favorites. This is better than I remember the bottle I had at the brewery. In short, if you catch a bottle or two, lay one down for a bit and reap the reward. Very sensual and soft, would work well with a nice cheese plate.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 00:25:19 | More by Zraly
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single someplace not far from our houseboat...is Amsterdam the hardest transit system in the world two understand? 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is iron rust red with a 10,000 foot head. Nose is very sweet, malts layered with bananas. About it, though.

Struis is a sugary bomb. Enough cavity causing material to make me wish I'd have put off my Friday dentist appt. for a bit to help with the damage done here. Sweet, sweet malts overwhelm. Bit of banana. sweet raisin, honey. Nice in the mouth, and despite the ABV, this is going down like Glass Joe...remember him?

Overall a decent if underwhelming beer. If you don't love sugar, cavities, and dentists, look elsewhere. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 17:18:17 | More by maximum12
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pelicon

Slovenia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-25-2013 13:04:40 | More by pelicon
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DeanMoriarty

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-13-2013 17:13:39 | More by DeanMoriarty
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metter98

New York

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

On-tap at Brouwerij 't Ij, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is very hazy dark amber brown in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits-prunes seem to stand out in particular-are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is a little sweet with flavors of dark fruits and very slight hints of toffee and caramel.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very pleasant and easy to drink. Any traces of alcohol are completely hidden from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 05:18:59 | More by metter98
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Bandi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-16-2013 20:49:03 | More by Bandi
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Elbrownbag

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-13-2013 19:14:18 | More by Elbrownbag
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Amalak

New York

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This isn't exactly an apples-to-apples comparison, because the beer I had was aged seven years. This is a great beer to age. Really brings out malt floralness and tamps down the sweetness. Beautiful and flavorful, but much patience needed to get it to perfection.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 16:52:21 | More by Amalak
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij 't IJ is one of the better breweries in the Netherlands, imo. It has brews like they should be: unflitered and unpasteurizedMurky brown with huge beige head.
Smell of apple pie. cinnamon. some fresh lemongrass too.
Taste similar. It's a good balance of bitter and sweetness. A hint of chocolate. Full flavoured, lingering in the mouth. It stays long as well.
Good brew. It's a dark brew, but allthough there's some roasty character in the malts, the spice and fruit esters dominate this, making it very easy going.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 11:28:57 | More by RuudJH
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I stuffed in my bag on a recent europe trip. About 6 weeks since trip. Bought at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

A: Pours a Mahogany Ruby, big white sticky head, dies down a bit but leaves a hat, leaves some lacing.

S: Apples, brandy, malts, cinnamon, spiced rum.

T: Dark fruits, apples, brandy/dark rum, molasses, honey, hard candy, kiss of hops at the end. Also that distinct "belgian" bubblegum/banana/sugar yeast. Very sweet.

M: Very carbonated, syrupy, a hint of heat but not harsh. Heavy body.

O: Good post meal sipper. A nice dessert beer. A bit sweet for my liking but thats the style. Lots of similarities to dark rum.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 01:44:50 | More by BigCheese
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AlexM

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-15-2012 18:21:41 | More by AlexM
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page101

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-04-2012 20:20:07 | More by page101
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brinch

Denmark

3/5  rDev -23.7%

03-16-2012 21:18:36 | More by brinch
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Stoutsman

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-14-2012 22:04:00 | More by Stoutsman
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-24-2011 07:10:48 | More by jophish17
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gulden

Australia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-08-2011 09:11:17 | More by gulden
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-25-2011 15:16:18 | More by Rochefort10nh
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-24-2011 16:41:52 | More by GrindFatherBob
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-22-2011 03:26:28 | More by jsnoek
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Struis from Brouwerij 't IJ
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.