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Struis - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
88
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of John
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%

Hazy medium brown with suspended yeast particles that are light and dark colored. Smooth, creamy, dense head. Monstrous estery aroma that includes apple, raisin, grape with some minimal alcohol. Much of the same translates to the flavor along with some caramel and mild but pleasant earthy notes. Delicious right from the fridge. It took a bit of restraint not to consume quickly. Splendid balance of sweetness, alcohol and precise hopping. So smooth. As it warms (I managed to occupy myself for a bit by restocking the beer fridge), the flavors intensify quite a bit, the alcohol is more pronounced but not overwhelming. A worthy brew of the quintecentennial review mark.

John, Aug 07, 2002
Photo of patto1ro
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

Dates, grape, raisin, apple and nut aroma; sweet taste with chocolate, raisin, dates and cream aromas; long bitterish finish with chocolate, cream, black toffee and toast aromas.

When on form, totally delicious. Immensely complex dried fruit aroma, joined by a soft chocolate flavour in the mouth that´s lifted by just the right level of carbonation.. Wonderful.

patto1ro, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +17%

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass, Struis is a solid ruddybrown color, with cocoa-tinged tannish foam resting neatly atop. Looks alright by me.

Nose: yeast and spice hit a two-pronged attack, and fruit takes up the rear, dark ones, plums, and dates, and grapes, and raisins, and more. Drink it in deeper and the spices have taken over, peppers and clove and more. Definitely dubbel-ish, this. Rich and lovely.

Taste it: wonderful! A big explosion on the palate, a delirious blend of dark fruits, spices, and hefty malt, uplifted by Belgian yeast that adds a wicked funk to the proceedings. Berries become bigger in the flavor profile, grape stands tall, as well. And then up comes plum!

This is a fun beer, to be sure. Full-bodied, long finish, impeccable flavors, evident, but untroubling alcohol. A great Belgian beer from the Netherlands, and why the hell not?

I will return to this one, that I can guarantee!

feloniousmonk, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

The beer poured into the chalice a very slightly hazy medium amber brown with an off-white head that fell very quickly and retreated to the edges of the surface and dissappeared without a trace on the glass.

The aroma was, well, heavenly. Deep dark fruitiness leads the way with raisins and plums. Behind that lurked a spicy nature and caramel. A deep inhale yeilds only wisps of alcohol that contribute complexity.

The flavor was just a step behind the aroma with dark fruits again in full force followed by caramel maltiness. The spices were present as well and the alcohol was not around in the flavor. The bittering was just enough to keep the maltiness in check.

The finish was just dry and over time dried even further with reminders of the deep dark fruits complexly mixed with slight spices and just a slight bit of alcohol warming. The body was medium full and seemed just a bit less due to carbonation.

50 cl bottle. Notched at 11 and 01. The head on this beer was impaired by the alcohol content of 9%. A great beer!

GCBrewingCo, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of Beertracker
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

Struis (Ostrich) is the brewery's flagship beer. It pours up very nicely into an over-sized goblet with typical ample carbonation. The color is deep golden-burnt orangish/copper with a dense frappe-whitish head. Delicious aromas of candied ripe fruit, mulberry spice and sweet orange marmalade dominate. The well integrated malt flavors are wonderfully rich with hints of tangerine citrus, treacle, and some brandied character mixed in the slightly dry-hoppy finish. This beer exemplifies how dangerously drinkable this style can be. Drink as an apertif or paired with tangy Stilton cheese & peppered crackers. This rare treat is definitely worth seeking out. Here's to Brouwerij 't IJ (The Egg)!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of Matcpd
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

(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.

Matcpd, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of HopDerek
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

Thanks to jophish17 for the hookup.

Pours a murky red/brown color with 1/2 a pinky of tan head into a chalice. Nice retention and lacing. Smells of raisins, plums, grapes, caramel, cocoa, and bread. Taste starts off with fresh fruits like plums, dates, and grapes, then some candy and spices like cinnamon along with caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Feels airy and more cake-like than bready with a good body, nice carbonation, and a decent alcohol warmth. A sipping beer good to relax with.

HopDerek, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Amalak
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

Amalak, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

Plummy brown and darkly toned with a medium cap of light tan firmly smoothed froth on top. Settles to a thin collar and the lace is strewn about in minimal glaring dots and a few straggly strings.

Aroma is quite nice with a pleasant bouquet of berries and dark fruity things. Dates and raisins with twists of lemon skins make up a good portion as it gains a alcoholic soaked berry and date mixing with some black licorice and root beer.

Taste is mostly dark and fruity, steady and even in the front and middle with a dark fruity maltyness thats a scad yeasty and spiced. Tends to finish better with a gradual brigade of hefty complexity in the dark fruits, adding some pits, skins, and baked raisin, dates, and spicy breadyness. Also hits a wonderful drying sense of dried dark fruits of the raisin and dates, perhaps a bit of fig too. Quite nice and much, much better as it warms. It really gains some nice subtle complexity as it goes.

Feel is about medium, with a lighter side to its body then you'd think with all of its dark-sided malt and fruityness. Not a bad thing really, it actually suits the character quite well; especially as it warms. This one grows on you. The pleasing finish with its long wondering dried dark fruity draw is a fine treat to the palate as it leans into some soft breadyness.

A damn fine brew. Drinkable as all get out with its moderate carbonation and long drawn out finish. 'Struis' is a nice brew to share; or to hoard, take your pick. Good stuff.

tavernjef, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of RuudJH
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

RuudJH, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of sfprint
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Notes from 6/19/2011

A: Light rootbeer color, soda like carbonation, dirty head.
S: Spezi like, lemon meringue, light and yeast.
T: Very nice, less sweet cola, the yeast softens the malt, Very well crafted and blended. Alcohol quite subtle.
M: Fresh, medium body, light carbonation.
O: Very good, very nice.

sfprint, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a cloudy ruby with some off white head. Nose is musty in a way that reminds me of a traditional lambic. If I hadn't opened it myself, I'd swear this had come from a bottle with a cork. Flavor is extremely unusual and unique. Man. Very faint sweet tone. I can say right away that it ends with a noticeable perfume characteristic. Caramel is there too. Alcohol is noticeable a bit too. This is one extremely complex BSDA. And add that it is Dutch too. Who would've thought. Feel is good. Smooth with a nice bubble edge to it. Drinkable? Hell yes; but more for the experience. More of a sipper, but the unique qualities should keep a lover of the style coming back for another. You would never be able to tell what this might be from seeing it on the shelves. I mean a diamond label with an ostrich on it? Come on. Regardless. If you see it, buy it.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of mzwolinski
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours darkish brown with a thin, spotty tan head. Aroma is malty and dubbleish, with some light spicy apple notes. Fruitiness is more noticeable in the flavor than in most dubbels as well. I get hints of cherry, pineapple, and fig. The resulting sweetness is quite nicely balanced by a lightly toasty, bready malt character. Some nutty qualities emerge as the beer warms. Alcohol contributes some spice to the finish, but is none too oppressive. A pleasantly complex and very tasty beer.

mzwolinski, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of rinhaak
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

11 oz bottle at the Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam.

Pours reddish brown with a small head. Nose is sweet with German bock malts, plums, and overripe fruit.

A very complex taste, it is malty and sweet (though not overly so), with a strong Belgian malt and yeast flavor and hints of maple syrup. Dark fruits lend a full mouth, but the finish is pure coffee malts.

This really is an amazing beer: the nose suggests a German-inspired dopelbock, while the mouth is pure Belgian quadruple. I've never had anything quite like it.

rinhaak, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

Drank from my St Bernardus chalice.

A - Pours a hazy chestnut colour with a tanned one fingered head that reduces to a lacing film.

S - Aromas of aniseed, caramel malts and spice.

T - Slight aniseed taste up front before an explosion of flavours of caramel, spice, burnt toffee and caramel and a little aniseed, almost boiled sweet flavours. Finishes with a warm booze flavour. Very nice and complex.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation, perhaps a little too much.

D - This is one of those beers that you pick up and it surprises the hell out of you. This is a complex brew that offers a lot.

eric5bellies, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of BarryNL
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

A: A deep red-brown, cloudy with particulate matter but some might say that's the sign of a good, bottle conditioned beer. A nice, small white head with good retention.

S: Something here I really can't put my finger on - very distinctive. Almost like the orange and coriander scents you'd expect in a tripel. Could be a strong aromatic or amber malt smell.

T: Rich, sweet, fresh dates, prunes, spices. A big, complex taste. One flavour follows the other with every mouthful.

M: Holds a high carbonation - quite gassy when swirled in the mouth, but not unpleasantly so. Makes it a chewy beer with good body.

D: Very quaffable for a beer of this strength. Quite fresh tasting and not cloying as some of this style can be. The high amount of gas the beer holds has the predictable effects after a while - but that's beer for you.

Overall, this is a beer that shows that this small upstart brewery on the IJ can certainly hold its own against the big boys of Belgium.

BarryNL, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Elbrownbag
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Elbrownbag, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of page101
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

page101, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of johnnybravo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

This is a wonderful beer although I must admit that the brewery isn't always reliable. But most of the time you get what you were looking for. Very complex beer and I wouldn't be able to classify it. It's like a clone of Rochefort 10 mixed with a Flemish Sour ale. Lots of flavors, fruit, spices and herbs. And a mix of sweet, soft bitterness and lactic sourness. Absolutely fabulous.

johnnybravo, May 01, 2007
Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

francisweizen, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of henrysunset
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

A gift from kat & Justin's trip to Amsterdam...

cloudy dark brown with giant head of tan foam with lacy foam really nice

smell is all malts... sweet and very nice. flavor delivers, much maltiness, much sweetness. toastiness is really pleasent balanced and mellow.

henrysunset, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01/2005 bottle (aged almost 4 years)

A - Brown, Caramel colors, murky, cream head

S - Syrup, plums/figs/dates (?), sugary, sweet

T - Sweet, spicy, malty, sugary. No hops,

D - I haven't had many Strong Dark Ales so I feel almost unsure about the rating, with that said, I find this beer fantastic and will be experimenting more with this genre.

cadenwhitaker, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of cypressbob
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

330ml bottle, at the brewery

Pours with a dark brown body, tonnes of big chunky yeasties floating around, tan head with good retention

Smell, dark ripe fruit, raisins, little hint of honey. Slight hint of yeast on the nose

Taste, crisp and malty. Prunes, maybe some fresh fruit like plums coming through too. There is a smooth toffee, caramel finish also. Very little evident alcohol

A tasty dark ale, the strength is really well hidden

cypressbob, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Sampled at Gollem in Amsterdam, Holland.

Ruddy Brown.

The nose is odd. Chocolate, banana and clove are present cinnamon, ripe fruits and a slight hint of peppers.

Light and fluffy but still full bodied and complex. Notes of chocolate, caramel, cherries and plums. The hops are flowery and dominant, especially on the finish.

Crosling, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of joepais
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip produced a good one finger white head on top of a deep reddish brown liquid with the tiniest of little partials floating around the nose on this one is hard to describe musty, fruit, earthy, and yes something I can’t describe. Medium slick mouth feel with an oily finish .Flavors on this beer is incredibly complex as well, dark fruits, spices and some funk? Truly a unique beer enough so I have to try another one to nail the description down

joepais, Jan 05, 2008
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Struis from Brouwerij 't IJ
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.