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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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juju7

Australia

1.93/5  rDev -50.9%

What looks like a pretty impressive beer, aside from a riduculously massive head has turned out be somewhat of a disappointment. Acetaldehyde is the front runner in the aroma department and follows strong on the palate. I feel I should be honest with the review. I know these traits/faults when I smell them and this is what I got. Apple cider esters and sourness on the palate. I'm not happy about the money I spent on this beer so if it upsets the brewer, so be it, note the faults and do what needs to be done to right the wrongs.

07-31-2010 12:35:56 | More by juju7
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Absumaster

Netherlands

2.65/5  rDev -32.6%

OK, again I ask myself why we are always stuck with the infected beers and the good ones are send out to the US!

This is already my third 't IJ beer and again I can smell the lactic acid hitting my nose. There is also something like melon and pine-apple in the smell. Appearance is good, a brown, murky beer with a 1 inch white head.

Taste is mild acidic and fruity with the melon and pine-apple taste, a combination of yeast flavors and lactic acid I think. A good bitterness complements the beer and aftertaste is slightly sticky and bitter, which also activates my salive glands.

I know that underneath the acidity, there is a good beer and I know that they can make good beers, but for some reason they always have infections in their beers and this is happening for years already. What a waste of reputation!

12-15-2006 16:48:02 | More by Absumaster
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.98/5  rDev -24.2%

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: A big gusher, this one is. Pours a big 3+ finger thicker looking off-white head with good retention. Burgundy or maroon red in colour with lots of carbonation. Muddy with lots of floaties in the glass. Good film cap remains and leaves some decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Colour could certainly be a little darker.

SMELL: Caramel malt, toasted malt and dark fruits, raisins, and red berries as well. Mild nose. Some spicy yeast notes as well. Pleasant.

TASTE: Some caramel malt, toasted malt and dark fruits again, mostly raisins, dates, and some sour red fruits as well. Some apples and berries in there too. Lots of spicy yeasty notes here with coriander and tyme as well. A bit of spicy alcohol at the end, though well hidden for the 9% ABV. Mild short aftertaste is a little sour as well. Nice and complex, though a little too sour for my tastes.

PALATE: Lighter body and a bit watery and airy on the palate. Not creamy or smooth really, goes down a bit watery with a slightly mouth coating finish. No bite. Not good really, but not off-putting either.

OVERALL: Brewery has some sour stuff going on. Nothing I've had from them has impressed me really. This one is kind of like their dubbel on roids, but not as creamy. It's alright, but nothing special. Not something I'd like to have again, unfortunately.

09-13-2009 13:35:12 | More by Jeffo
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brinch

Denmark

3/5  rDev -23.7%

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

Australia

3/5  rDev -23.7%

Pours murky brown with a huge head.
Nose shows musty chocolate, raisins and golden syrup. A bit rough.
Same story with the flavours; chocolate, golden syrup, not all that complex Very high carbonation, pretty ridiculous.
Not all that impressive really.

01-05-2011 00:35:39 | More by CrazyDavros
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%

330ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a murky deep coppery red colour with a few yeasty chunks. Creamy head poured thick and fluffy and faded slowly to good thick covering... thickish lacing lines...

Aroma reminded me a lot of Orval... sour brett notes, earthy, freshly cut wood, tart fruits (sour apples, pears, light grapefruit), rubbery hints, some saltiness, floral - lavender and some lily, talcum powder, floral gum sweets, the faintest hint of caramel maltiness...

Taste is disappointing after the decent aroma.. all a bit washed out. Sour fruits (apples pears, light lemons), floral, grainy, quite bready, sour funkiness, some light toasted malts, anise, soapy notes, dishwater, light raisin notes, alcohol coming through...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry... light bodied... Too many off notes to have me going back for more...

Overall - Hopefully this was a dodgy bottle as it's not something i could really recommend... disappointing

01-06-2009 14:57:08 | More by mdagnew
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DoubleJ

California

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%

Found a single bottle at the Wine Exchange. The label is in Dutch and the numbers "1" and "2005" are punched on the side of it. In other words, I have a 3½ year old bottle. On to the beer:

The head fades away fast on top this murky caramel brownish brew with red hues. The aroma is extremely malty, almost like a doppelbock. Very sweet with raisins, graps, dark bread, dough. Has a similar flavor too, but the lack of zip in the mouthfeel hides the potential. There's a spicy alcohol note breaking through the flavor, and the aftertaste lasts long with an almost overwhelming maltiness.

I love a malty beer, but the balance in this brew could have been improved upon. The beer could have been passed its peak based on the age of the bottle. I would like to re-try this fresh.

08-14-2008 03:44:32 | More by DoubleJ
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%

$5.29 for a 33 cl bottle.

A: very deep copper color, very dark
S: woody, malty, slight oxidation from a beer that's been aging for awhile
T: decent enough tasting beer but seemed a bit thin for a 9% ABV ale, well-balanced, a bit sweet up front, some oxidation probably from aging, nothing really wrong with it but nothing special either, the biggest issue was the thin quality and oxidation
M: OK, a bit thin
D: I wouldn't pay $5+ again for a beer with this lack of character

I don't know if it's just an old bottle or what. This is my first sampling from this brewery.

07-12-2010 01:03:09 | More by wisrarebeer
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stcules

Italy

3.23/5  rDev -17.8%

Monk's habit colour, with ruby reflexes. Thin foam, beige.
Smell of ripe strawberry, and no more.. (after moving the beer, ripe fruits again, sour cherry). A hint of alcohol too, but this beer has an ABV of 9..
At the taste the alcohol is more evident, less the strawberry, more bitter and woody and winy (marsala).
Medium body, bitter long aftertaste, with the alcohol notes well evident.

01-25-2004 18:11:36 | More by stcules
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%

So, this beer was a horrible gusher....almost one foot of foam as soon as the crown was lifted (a huge pet peeve of mine). However, after I poured what was left, the resulting liquid was pretty drinkable. It's a ruddy, muddy, cloudy brownish earth color. the head is tan and respectable. The aroma has a lot of malt quality...toasted, biscuit, fresh baked brown bread. Belgian yeast is very notable in the smell. The taste is sweet and very malty. Toasted and slightly roasted....melanoidin. Some yeast as well. Not outstanding, but pretty good. The mouthfeel is smooth, but suffers from the gush. It lost a lot of carbonation. Overall, the beer is a middle-of-the-road Belgian-style dark.

05-31-2009 19:18:54 | More by Suds
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%

Pours a very pleasant burnt red colour, the colour of scorched earth. Head is a healthy beige and leaves some stunningly beautiful sheets of lace behind. Little bit of cloud in there, not much bead. Shit I dig that lace though.

Nose is not quite what I expected. A green, sour kind of character with some spice as well - cinnamon and nutmeg. A kind of fresh pineapple character is very distinct, in its tart glory. Not bad, and unique, but ultimately smells a bit raw and simple.

Taste is a fairly, or reasonably, interesting affair. Quite tart in flavour but with no real acid sensation. Elements of that pineapple character blend with some gravelly funk at the back, and a distinct brandy booze sensation as well. Alcohol not very well hidden, really. Oddly sweet overall with a dried fruit character, but a very strong funk on the back. Not quite sure what to make of this.

Mouthfeel nicely textured around the mouth, quite thick and quite boozey, but slick enough to go down. Pretty good.

I'm a bit unnerved by this, don't find it exceptionally drinkable, but it's not bad in any strict sense of the word.

10-20-2009 03:23:47 | More by laituegonflable
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yoko

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -14.8%

The infamous ostrich and black egg lends to a thick opaque cider-like chestnut/garnet pleasure (unfiltered/unpasturized). A hard pour (1/2” held in bottle) sees a near 3 finger head fluff which within 5 minutes declines to a heavy macchiato with a scant sticky lace.

I found by the time I got a handle on this experiences 2/3’s of my beverage was gone. hMmm.

The nose with warming evolved from its pear, apple, banana, cardamom, clove with much softening and a bit more banana, now with some flowery hops. The carbonation was with spritz, perhaps lending to the lightness and later bite. I found two things happen, almost as if layered. First the fruit carried with softness, spritz rose, and the floral hops came up with a slight bite finish. The dryness at the end extenuated this final taste.

03-02-2005 22:00:25 | More by yoko
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

Served at Brouwerij 't IJ in April 2008

*A bartender at the Brouwerij 't IJ descibed this to me as a barley wine.

A- Orange/Brown color with a small off white head.

S- Some malts, herbs, sugar syrup, and alcohol

T- Fairly sweet, very malty, very spiced, some caramel, and a touch of licorice on the finish, decently complex.

M- Full mouth feel but not very weighty

D- Eh, this one wasn't for me

05-05-2008 18:36:30 | More by ATPete
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

06-29-2013 17:18:17 | More by maximum12
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

The cap says "No. 29", BB 20/04/2009; served mildly chilled to cool in Westmalle's long-stemmed chalice.

A: the carbonation of this bottle is just like all other 4 beers by 't IJ that I've had recently, very hyper, resulting in a super cloudy, dark russet-red colour topped with a dirty beige foamy head that manages to last very well.
S: astringently sour, rusty and musty as a result of loads of yeast sediments being thrown into the glass, which are so overpowering that hardly any other pleasant elements could pierce through the layer; a very deep sniff helps to reveal some caramely malts and estery bits (like prune juice + dried hawthorn-fruits + ground licorice), but overall the musty-sour oxidised pears and old, dried grapefruits peels come at the expense of nearly everything else. I really don't know what happens to the bottling process of 't IJ's beers?! - or is it actually the transportation and storage process that has gone wrong?
T: the flavour, surprisingly, is much more pleasant, suggesting a good input of herbal-sweet and spicy elements to pair with the muddy-bready malts and musty-rusty sour elements in the middle; the texture remains chewy with semi spiced-olives' elements to underline a vertical structure, while the lingering undertones of exotic "Chinese red-bean paste", dried hawthorn-fruits and powdery yeastiness help to make one forget any excessive sour hints from the "uncontrolled" yeastiness.
M&D: very lively on the carbonation at first but, in good time, sip by sip, the palate turns smoother with only a necessary amount of microscopic fizz to buttress the flavour, while, surprisingly, the alc. is absolutely nowhere to be found in this 9%abv. high-octave ale. Despite an immensely messy appearance and an astringent smell, the flavour and texture managed to persuade me that the goodies are truly worth waiting for - in the end. Not bad at all, this beer. I suppose a filtered version might be able to better bring out the pleasant elements without considerably compromising the complexity, as the cloudy version (as this bottle) simply is quite challenging on the nose!

05-15-2009 21:07:24 | More by wl0307
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benfons

Belgium

3.44/5  rDev -12.5%

A: dark brown colour, hazy, rather small off-white head

S: lots of fruits: grapes, apple, some maltiness in the back

T: some strange mix of caramel, red fruits, yeast, that doesn't really work for me

M: medium body, little carbonation, not too dry

O: not a bad beer, but not my cup of tea

04-24-2014 20:46:22 | More by benfons
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Very decent yeasty. Yes candi, pineapple, apples. Though overall not too complex. Creamy medium-thin mouthfeel. Could use food for mouth puckering finish. A fine one to have once.There are better in the brewery's lineup. At the Brick Store Pub, with the Atlanta B.A. crew.

03-09-2006 04:31:04 | More by Sammy
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a nice russet. Bubbles float to the top rather leisurely. Massive billowy eggshell head with great retention.

A really interesting nose. Spice, cloves, at first. Followed by an onslought of fruit. Sort of tart, thinking grapes... almost cider like at moments. Loads of dark fruit backing it up though.

Up front is pretty straight forward. Surprisingly light caramel malt. Middle develops more of a spiced bread character, cinnamon and nutmeg with candi sugar. Backend it develops a bit of a tartness, which lasts through the finish, wraps things up pretty nicely. This beer really unfolds in stages, very interesting.

A really interesting strong ale. Alot to like about it.

11-06-2010 19:04:16 | More by CanuckRover
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Gusler

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Deep and dark on the pour, head and lace are modest, light beige in color. The nose is ripe fruit, spicy, sweet, bubble gummy. Start malt and slightly sweet, middle thin, finish sparingly hopped, desert dry, astringent. Hearty overall, and is quite appealing, and well worth a sample.

10-24-2002 18:24:31 | More by Gusler
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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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pelicon

Slovenia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-06-2014 19:38:42 | More by francoisripoche
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

I love the bottle that this comes in! Reminds me of the Tottenham Hotspur logo. Anyways, it pours brown and dark ruby with a medium tan head. The head has decent retention throughout the beer, but often needed a swirl or two to bring it back to life. The aroma was my favorite part of this beer. Very complex with some caramel, fruit, and even a little coffee mixed in. The taste however did not live up to expectations. The malts were way too sweet for me and a little overdone. It was still drinkable, but this is definitely one strong brew. If you're a fan of malts, give this one a try.

07-01-2005 13:32:35 | More by Jacobob10
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hunteraw

China

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: From the uninformative label, I had no idea what this was when I poured it, and I hadn't yet checked it out on BA. Turns out to be brown/red in color with a big head and ridiculous amounts of lacing - more like sheets - clinging to the glass. Nice looking.

Smell: Aroma is of spice and dark fruits, but with a tangy, sour undertone. Reminds me a bit of a kriek lambic.

Taste: Some Belgian yeast spice, dark fruit and red grape flavors, but again with a bit of sourness as well. I really had no idea what style this was before checking on BA, other than obviously being Belgian. I'm actually curious whether my bottle might have been contaminated, since none of the other reviews mention any sourness, but it wasn't bad, so hey I'll review anyway. Whoa, this is 9% ABV??? Would not have guessed from the flavor.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Medium body, somewhat slick on the tongue. Drinkability is mediocre, though. Not something I'll pick up.

10-26-2006 03:39:02 | More by hunteraw
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rtepiak

Poland

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

upon opening i was somewhat confused as to consider anything but a dubbel. it has an overwhelming scent of malt sugar cane. but its darker. a red tint of dark brown with little light coming through. the smell is not like any other from this brewery. not that sour lambic scent with complex undertones. sort of more typical. the smell is of s dense sugar cane, brown sugar, light molasses. light scent of grape and black pepper. the taste resonates the smell but with a light flavor of orangepeel in the hops. a nice herbaliness, light. prodominantly rosemary. hops are almost non existent. denisty is quickly lost with the head. sugar and herb sits on the palete with a light molasses bitterness. very similar to dubbel but at a failed complexity. very good but not great. expected more of the funk the rest of the beers have. their most accessible i suppose. probably why its so easy to admire. i like there other beers. i wouldn't drink them regualarly but they are fantastic. this is more traditional, if thats the word to use.

09-04-2008 02:58:53 | More by rtepiak
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