Struis - Brouwerij 't IJ
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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
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
11.2 oz single bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $5.99...
An aggressive pour yielded a caramel, ruby-colored barleywine-like hue with an incredible amount of sediment visible at the bottom of the glass, floating aimlessly around with a huge frothy head and visible lacing...
Smell was replete with strong caramel and Belgian candy nuances...
Taste was equally thick and powerful, with a powerful nuance of vanilla, caramel, candies, sugars, esters, and slight alcohol...
Thick, rich, creamy mouthfeel with a slight evidence of alcohol thrown in the mix thanks to the rather hefty 9% ABV...
Decent drinkability for a beer of this complexity and strength...
Not bad... Worth a try...
03-30-2008 18:54:04 | More by dsa7783
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
outta the bottle at the t'IJ..last beer before we moved on so i had to work kwik, kicked the panter...I was looking forward to this. Pours a light dark brown but not really see through. nice aroma. great smooth first sip. a mellow alcohlic brew that goes down very easily; and complex too...
..a good brew that says goodnight...
02-26-2008 14:05:47 | More by Onslow
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Served at cool cellar temperature, around 50º.
Bottle has a distinct clear red tint when held to the light.
Once opened, the bottle foams a little, so have a glass ready. It pours a deep brown with a red glint. Foam is an offwhite eggnog color. Some small amounts of lacing result.
After 5 minutes of sitting, the aroma has a sweetness of spiced cake with a little caramel. There's a bit of mustiness at first, but it seems to fade into the background.
Bready flavors with sweet oatmeal raisin cookie overlaying a musty herbal aftertaste. Some cola, licorice, or sassafras character. Grape and some subtle red wine woodiness. Sweet but with a slightly drying finish. Drinks pretty easy, but one is enough in a sitting.
02-01-2008 02:00:39 | More by emerge077
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 cant 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
01-05-2008 23:04:51 | More by joepais
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.
12-30-2007 12:15:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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.
12-09-2007 19:56:16 | More by BarryNL
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Notched as good until at least 04/2004 - this is now 3 1/2 years past that point...
Pours a very cloudy dark amber/brown with a 1 finger off-white head that leaves some lacing and a good bit of a layer on top of the beer.
Smells interesting - some slightly muddy dark fruits and port. Something else I can't quite put my finger on.
Taste is slightly oxidized, but acceptable for the age. Dark fruits - plums and the like. Some sweetness - maybe a touch of toffee. Touch of port. Overall, nice - slightly muddy in the flavors, but still enjoyable. I'll also give it a bit more leniency with regard to the muddiness because of the age.
Mouthfeel is rich, with low-ish carbonation. This has become somewhat of a sipping beer.
Drinkability is decent.
Overall, recommended. A tasty aged Beglian style beer.
Edit: Just a note - Sam at Stuffed Sandwich described this simply as "interesting." I'd have to agree.
11-21-2007 07:48:12 | More by rallison
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is sweet almost candy like but enough tartness keeps it balanced. Sweet piney finish. High ABV is not noticeable. Pricey at $6.20 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.
10-11-2007 00:25:53 | More by jdhilt
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Another recommend from Buckspin. Pours a heavy hazy very foamy orange brown color. Smells very sweet almost like a fruitcake. Tastes more pleasing, dried fruit, sweet oranges, a hint of bitterness that lingers a bit, hides the high alcohol level very well. Good mouthfeel. Overall really good, especially for me who has lately been obsessing for very hoppy beers. A definite thumbs up!!
09-12-2007 00:07:00 | More by Manosbeeroffate
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Presentation: 11oz bottle (Batch #20) in a tulip glass
Opened with a nice hiss, poured with some vitality, energy, crackle. Strong deep fruited nose, full of fig, raisin, prune. Burnt caramel adds a bittersweet aspect, damp with wood and cardboard, slightly Saisoned (Saisoned?) with sourness, alcohol lurking in the background. With some air the fruits rise stronger & thicker.
A fat 3 fingers of semi-loose antique ivory foam softly snapped and slowly settled to a finger's worth of the same, but some gentle agitation & swirling restores it with decent retention that laces in curtains. The sediment & yeast create a opaque color that actually looks like real deep, rich caramel! It looks like you could slice this! A nice piece of eye candy.
Whoa...if you have ever been on one of those amusement park vertical rides that WHOOSHES! you right straight up (or down) immediately from a dead stop....that is what the 1st taste of this is like. Initially that Saison like yeast induced sour aspect is there along with all the figs, raisins, prunes, all adding a very unusual sweet quality. Caramels are deep but not burnt, but also not significantly sweet. All that said, it's smooth in a crushed velour (not silken or satiny) way.
The yeast rise up on the palate, continuing that quasi-sour taste but overall it gets a little sweeter, lighter. Faint fruits hide in the background as the alcohol, which was slowly building, continues to grow warmer, fuzzier until a soft glow pervades the whole of the mouth.
It finishes warm, alive, crisper than it starts, leaving a surprisingly clean aftertaste along with some tingling teeth.
Wow....this is like a marriage of a good Saison and a good Belgian Dark Ale. Very enjoyable, tasty, surprisingly sour n' unsugary sweet on top of the warmth. This is screaming for some good cheese, and could likely pair well with any decent fromage. I could see some spicy simple fare (aged sausages, artisan bread) also working well. A most unusual example of the style and a very nice beer experience. Fans of either Belgian style mentioned previously should seek this out, if you like both this may become your go to. Definitely recommended to anyone looking for something good & different.
08-31-2007 23:57:18 | More by BuckSpin
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
This beer poured a mildly hazy dark brownish body with an off-white head.
Nose is one of the most unique belgian styles I've ever smelled. Strong sugary figs, almost like a fig jam smell, very earthy with a strong musk smell, touches of apples, raisins, alcohol and a very sugary caramel. It smells like it's already been aged a while as some wine-like softened notes really peak through.
Taste is medium to full bodied leaning heavily towards full bodied. Starts with a strong sugary fig taste and the end shifts into the finish with a strong apple peel and fig newton sort of doughy and sugary taste. Touches of dark caramel, a huge flavor of brown bread, dark burnt molasses, children's grape juice, touches of pineapple, some mild bubble gum and hints of plums. There's a slight metallic taste and even some earthy brick flavors. Bitterness and hops are kept to a minimum but there's a mild bitter background that gives a nice backbone.
I'd had this one time before in Amsterdam and barely remember it(I was in Amsterdam after all), but this is seriously one of the more unique beers out there. Figs, Figs and more figs served with brown bread. Could be an amazing beer to pair with a desert in place of the fruit flavors. Unique and quite good.
08-24-2007 01:28:56 | More by taez555
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.
05-01-2007 08:31:46 | More by johnnybravo
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
04/26/07- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.
Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a smudged freshness date or code on the top of the bottle cap. Poured into my Anderson Valley tulip.
Appearance- Murky deep caramel brown in color. Caramel covered apple color to be exact. Full one inch plus large bubbled foamy head. Reduces down to a nice 1/4 inch creamy film. Leaves behind very sticky and chunky looking lace. The only drawback is it's large murky yeast looking atribute.
Smell- Sweet and fruity with hints of fuesel alcohol. Dates, plums and rasins plus a concord grape scent as well. Maybe some sweet fresh baked cookie scent also.
Taste- The first few sips had some noticeable metallic tinges to them. This levels out once you get into the meat of the brew. Had this at room temp to start. Definite cookie dough sweetness with some fig newton like flavors followed with some rasins and of course the grapes I noticed in the nose.
Mouthfeel- Gets more and more creamy as you get into the beer. Smooth and silky with a medium carbonation level.
Drinkability- Good all around strong dark. I can sort of see why it's listed as a barleywine from the website. Has a few characteristics that fit. Without the metallic taste in the beginning, this beer would be really good.
04-27-2007 04:21:28 | More by GClarkage
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.
03-31-2007 03:17:22 | More by henrysunset
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
random pick, no reason other than "haven't had this one ever"
big soapy head, 2 full fingers on a careful pour, lots of scmutz floating around in suspension, brown hue with hints of amber, retention is excellent, lacing is tremendous.
apples, sourness with borderline funk, yeasty and a touch dry, plums, damn, every time I seem to get something a little different, the fruit element is the dominant element.
smooth and velvety, oddly the flavor is pretty subdued. The fruit aspect is there but subdued and then the aftertaste is sugary sweet (but not overly so), no hint of the alcohol in the flavor, the carbonation is really nice in the mouth, this is way too easy to drink. The sweetness is a little distracting but I am a bit hypersensitive to that stuff generally speaking.
I suspect if you like sugary belgian trips you would enjoy this beverage. An interesting, understated brew and way too drinkable for the ABV. Paired well with MAME emulation of Mr. Do.
01-29-2007 03:52:13 | More by Ego
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
A strong Belgian style ale made in Holland sounds funky, but they pull it off quite well. Strong coppery color and big fluffy head bring a strong sour aroma and a slight alcoholic odor to the nose. The flavor is a little too malty for me as a Belgian Ale, which gives it a barleywine aspect. 9% alcohol is not at all evident in the taste though, just the nose.
01-15-2007 15:02:13 | More by GooberMcNutly
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
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
Murky orange caramel that just barely allows bright sunlight to pass through to the other side of the glass. A slight blush of coral red adds a beautiful sunset glow and bright orange edges provide a nice contrast. I don't even mind that the golden beige cap is relatively small and doesn't provide much lace. This is one nice looking Dutch ale.
Brouwerij 't IJ calls Struis a barleywine rather than a BSDA. I'm not so sure about that. The nose is much more akin to a Belgian strong dark ale due to its musty, fruity, spicy nature. It's amazingly complex and carries a spice load that almost puts it into the (Fantome-like) saison category. Whatever one calls it, this is an aromatic, exotic, wonderful smelling beer.
I had no idea what to expect from Struis before cracking the crown today. As in the nose, a complex, musty, earthy, spicy fruitiness dominates. Bruised apples, fig paste, grapes and dark rum-soaked golden raisins melt into the taste buds with each mouthful. Caramel malt does its best to hold down the opposite side of the scales. Actually, an aggressive Belgian yeastiness overpowers even the fruit and might put more than a few people off.
It's too bad the flavor profile doesn't have more of a spark. I'm drinking a nicely aged bottle, but I can't help thinking that some amount of youthful brashness would have served Struis well. One benefit of several years in the bottle is that alcohol is nowhere to found on the palate. It is delivering a gentle, spreading warmth however.
Simply put, the mouthfeel isn't big enough. A beer that tastes like this one does deserves some amount of sticky chewiness. It reminds me of some of the so-called 'big' beer from the U.K. in that it's much less viscous than most American big beer and is less mouth pleasing as a result. I guess it all comes down to what one is used to.
Struis is an authentic BSDA brewed in Holland. I liked it better during ounces one, two and three than during ounces ten, eleven and twelve. Having said that, it's still a well-brewed, interesting, enjoyable sipper that I might consider buying again if it wasn't for the $4.99 price tag. Proost!
12-14-2006 17:08:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
4/5 rDev +1.8%
11.2 oz bottle, notched 1 05, poured into my St. Bernardus glass
Apours solid raison brown with no head at all, just a few tan bubbles on the top, lacing is just a clear oily film
Sdark fruits, sweet caramel, alcohol is very present
Tsweet dark overripe fruits, plums, raisons, black cherries, caramel, alcohol, all of the flavors are mixed together well, the alcohol warms the throat on the swallow
Ma little oily, not much for carbonation, medium/full bodied
dA sipper for sure, but very drinkable. I like it and would have it again.
10-22-2006 19:10:22 | More by hanco005
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.
06-29-2006 12:58:48 | More by patto1ro
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
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
(Sampled at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn - served warm)
Nice light tan and creamy head; Deep Amber/Brown Color
Immediately I smell fruits, specifically pineapple. Very extraoridinary and unique nose!
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.
Drinkable, which is scarey. Beers around 9% that go down this easy, like Duvel and Brooklyn's Fortitude, always end up causing trouble.
03-08-2006 01:11:13 | More by Matcpd
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!
02-17-2006 10:30:31 | More by feloniousmonk
Struis from Brouwerij 't IJ
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.