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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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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-01-2011 18:16:15 | More by uturn
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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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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

A bottle at the brewery.

LOOK: Murky brown, massive head.

SMELL: Crackers, dry maltiness, marmalade, grape skin, dried grass, wild herbs

TASTE: Dried hay, toasted bread, very dry, mild hopping, alcohol, dried dark fruit.

This is a big beer but deceiving in the way of dryness & drinkability. Big enough to go up against the stinkyest of cheeses.

10-23-2011 06:42:59 | More by Jason
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sfprint

Germany

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.

06-23-2011 20:13:10 | More by sfprint
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

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.

04-23-2011 14:31:50 | More by rinhaak
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eric5bellies

Australia

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.

02-26-2011 17:06:40 | More by eric5bellies
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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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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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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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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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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

bottle consumed at the brewpub in Amsterdam

coaster-notes

appearance: cool label art, poured into a chalice - muddy brown body, light tan ring

smell: brown sugar, caramel malts, lots of dark fruit, spiced cake

taste: bartender described it as being similar to some belgian offerings (i believe he mentioned the words trappist and rochefort)...i enjoyed this beer, as i've enjoyed almost everything i've sampled from 't IJ over the years - nice sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, spice, nutmeg, light sticky hops

mouthfeel: nice smooth medium body

drinkability: good

06-06-2010 19:02:24 | More by dirtylou
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottle purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of syrupy caramel malts with good amounts of toffee and booze-soaked raisins. Also present are other dark fruits, mostly dates and dried plums.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Heavy caramel malt flavors up front are joined shortly by good amounts of dark fruit flavors dusted with brown sugar. Midway through the sip an indistinct spiciness comes into play, carrying through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was an easy-drinking BSDA with a sneaky high ABV. Worth a shot.

04-25-2010 23:09:26 | More by glid02
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a cloudy deep burnished brown colour, with some upsettingly disturbed sediment chunks. Head is a voluminous mass of pocked cocoa-dust foam, which leaves some nice rings of lacing around the edge of the glass. Overall, a very decent looking beer.

Strong sweet characters on the nose, toffee, molasses, a little wood and a serving of Belgian yeast character to boot. It's the way the characters merge together that is particularly impressive, however - a really nice conglomeration of disparate notes to give a truly classic Belgian style ale nose. Delicious.

Taste is a little off for me - starts out with a pleasant round Belgian ale character, with some honey and molasses sweetness, then a little dry possibly oaky character, before there's quite a welling of rank yeast on the back palate that makes me flinch a little. This mellows the more I drink of it, but the first sip was quite offputting. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy. I'm just so disappointed about the afterpalate.

It's a very nice Belgian ale if you ignore the last five seconds or so on the palate - it's a shame that it has something so clearly out of place, because otherwise it's extremely well constructed, and very well integrated.

10-20-2009 08:37:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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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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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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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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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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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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

From a bottle flown back from Amsterdam. Poured a murky red and brown with an off-white head and a big of lacing. And like my bottle of Columbus, this is a sour, juicy Belgian. I don't knowifthis is supposed to be sour, but it kind of works. The aroma is strong with what you might call horseblanket, that rich, pungent, tangy hay and barn aroma, some of us (myself included) manage to enjoy. There's also a hint of cherry and apple juice that become stronger in the flavor. There's a bit of peppery spice and black licorice and the beer finishes with a lemony bitterness. This beer reminds me of De Proef's primitive ales as it blend both lambic and more tradition dark Belgian flavor. I'd definitely give this a try if you like funky beer.

01-03-2009 01:00:38 | More by tempest
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cadenwhitaker

Minnesota

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.

12-09-2008 00:22:17 | More by cadenwhitaker
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

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.

09-19-2008 21:48:37 | More by HopDerek
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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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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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