Struis - Brouwerij 't IJ
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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.
01-05-2006 01:52:02 | More by tavernjef
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours with a frothy, 1 finger thick, light brown head that sits atop a hazy, deeply amber colored brew. The aroma is malty and rich with notes of concentrated, sweet malt extract, a sweet dough like breadiness, along with notes of prunes and figs. To balance the sweet notes there is a baking spice type spiciness here with notes of clove, a hint of nutmeg, perhaps a touch of cinnamon, and even a note of spicy cardamom. The aroma is concentrated and sweet, like a dark holiday sweet bread or even a cake. It is quite the way to end the evening.
The taste has an upfront fruity sweetness that is not too heavy and reminds me of figs, and raisins. There is also a nice backdrop of maltiness here that has notes of caramel, brown sugar, a hint of molasses and a certain fresh, bready quality that reminds me of a sweet spice cake. This beer really has a rich quality to it that is quite satisfying and satiating, though it certainly is not sticky at all, or even too full on the palate. It has just the heft to it to remain drinkable, in fact it is the flavors of this beer, not the thick body, that make this such a savory experience.
12-22-2005 04:49:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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)!
09-05-2005 03:56:21 | More by Beertracker
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
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
07-29-2005 17:44:22 | More by cypressbob
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
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
This was probably the best beer I tried from the folks at 't IJ.
The pour is dark brown with a tan head- medium, and not too lasting- reminding me a bit of the british beers I had just recently tried.
The smell is abundant in hops and a citrusy character that are well captivating, and are also a smart prelude to the taste to come.
The taste is, above all, grainy and malty- a sweet and neutral combination that gives off a sort of blood-like taste (yes, blood. didn't bite my tongue there), while on the background a higher-than-average alcohol is no longer hidden. Is this beer, in fact, a remembrance to the nights out drinking that have gone bad? I'd like to think so.
06-30-2005 09:36:08 | More by Andreji
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
(Served in a chalice)
A-This beer pours a deep walnut brown hazy body with a nice light tan head. It has a nice Belgian lace through the beer.
S- This beer has a nice brown sugar, dried fruit with a slight alcohol warmth.
T- This beer has a nice roasted malt flavor with a slight sweet dark sugar flavor. It has a faint roasted coffee note that has a faint sourness.
M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a bit of some fizz.
D-This is a good solid beer with nice complexity but not huge complexity.
06-26-2005 19:11:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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 2/3s 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
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a dark, slightly translucent brown with a full, rich, gorgeous off-white head in a Leffe goblet. There isn't much prettier than this pour. Left a moderate amount of deep brown yeast that stayed at the bottom of the bottle. After a few minutes, the head settles somewhat unevenly,
Aroma is much better than expected- a rich, full, quadrupel-like aroma of fruits- dark fruits, banana, clove, and the like, surrounded by an off-sweet malt. Flavor follows through in a very nice strong dark ale, full and rich mouthfeel that is downright pleasant (just a tad thin, but not enough to quibble over). Alcohol profile is stronger than I like- it should be there without being noticed, here it starts to burn the throat as it goes down.
02-23-2005 01:23:18 | More by Dukeofearl
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.
02-20-2005 06:20:49 | More by mzwolinski
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours to a murky brown color with a tan head that disipates. Leave a bit of lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a nice breadiness throughout. Has a bit of a fruit cake aroma too. The flavor is malty sweet, with bread and a light dark fruit taste. Very smooth for a beer of its strength. Not too much hop bitterness, but a bit drying in the finish. A very tasty brew.
12-04-2004 03:03:01 | More by BeerBuilder
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!
10-30-2004 01:29:09 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.93/5 rDev 0%
Last bottle of the stash of stuff I brought back from Amsterdam in August....
Deep, rich chestnut and garnet are the colors of the day here. There is plentiful carbonation rising within the liquid, which is clear throughout, though the bottle has some yeasties left which will cloud things up later. Head is a lasting layer of extremely fine bubbles, with a bit more density around the rim. Lacing is decent on top of things. The nose exhibits lots of raisiny and dark fruit notes, though there is also something funky going on in there I can't quite finger. The body is medium, and it passes smoothly and easily over the tongue. The flavor is also fruity, though less of the dark variety and more in the tropical direction. There are also suggestions of candy sugar, and the finish is very dry, with the fruitiness and light hops lingering. Decent bier, something nice to have now and then.
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5
10-17-2004 19:13:44 | More by Bierman9
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
Presentation: Classic Brouwerij t IJ 33cl brown glass bottle with its understated diamond shaped label. Dark blue background with a white border and the familiar Ostrich in the desert affront a silhouette of a Windmill. Listed at 9% Vol., Cat.S., with a nicked on label Best Before Date of 1-05. Bottle Conditioned.
Appearance: Pours with a lovely smooth carpet like light brown head which forms readily. The main body is a very dark ruddy brown that has a strong dark ale appearance. Nice conditioning, smooth swirls reinstate the head and elevate the presentation.
Nose: Lovely nose, ripe fruits, apples, light cinnamon and some baked pears coated in hot brown sugar, very nice. Fantastic nose that leaps right out of the Glass and hits you with a lick of fruity alcohol around the edges.
Taste: Plums, raisins, brown sugar coated baked Apples; hot spicy cinnamon coated soft Pears, toasty malts and some soft chewy toffee in the back end. Some milk chocolate in the back and a very satisfying Very nice indeed.
Mouthfeel: A damn solid brew, it may be a 9% monster but it has all the poise and finesse of an Old Master, this is a seriously great beer.
Drinkability: All gone, all too quickly, I have to get me some more of this one.
Overall: Absolutely superb, a cracker from the Amsterdam based Waterfront Brewery, I just must get back to the Windmill Proeflokaal some day soon. Recommended.
10-17-2004 03:47:38 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Sampled at Gollem in Amsterdam, Holland.
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.
07-23-2004 14:11:50 | More by Crosling
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours deep amber/caramel color with thick puffy white head that kicks off thick gobs of lace.
Aroma of caramel, coriander and some other unidentified spices with some darker citrus fruits in the background.
Flavor of sweet chewy malt, some yeast, little bit of smoke and some classic Belgian spice.
Mouthfeel is smooth and matly to start then a moderately picy middle followed by a heavy alcoholic hit on the finish.
Drinkability is very good. Really nice surpirse. Good solid beer.
04-04-2004 04:16:02 | More by CRJMellor
3.85/5 rDev -2%
Comes in a thin-shaped thick-glassed brown bottle. Minstens - Houdbaar - Tot 4/04
Pours a dusty dirty leather brown (in a pleasing way). With a fairly long lasting beige head and lots of sheeting, sticky lace.
A grainy malt aroma gives way to a citrus and clove-like scent. A faint smell reminiscent of a horse stable - again, not in a bad way lasts throughout.
The malt has a wheat and edgy rye-like taste. Flavors of clove, coriander, orange zest and a lemony bitterness gain in stature as the brew warms. It also improves in drinkability.
03-01-2004 03:12:48 | More by BeerResearcher
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
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
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.
08-07-2002 08:00:13 | More by John
Struis from Brouwerij 't IJ
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.