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Struis - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
88
very good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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 jophish17
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Bierman9
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.
Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

769

Photo of Suds
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Jeffo
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of Amalak
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Absumaster
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of safaricook
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

looks good with fine persisting off-white head and very dark brown clear body and lots of fine carbonation. head leaves lacing, never dies completely and leaves lacing
malts are prominent in the aroma, but not sweet more sourdough bread, earthy, dark fruits and booze.
malty sweetness of course but not cloying sweetness and a prominent balancing bitterness, dark fruits as plums, ends rather dry.
lots of fine smooth carbonation with only some bite to it, medium body, not sirupy in my opinion, warming alcohol as well.
This is a very nice and moderately complex beer that borders between the English Barleywine and a Belgian Quadruppel, but is less sweet than both. It is my favorite beer of the brewery.

Photo of rtepiak
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of taez555
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$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.

Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Struis from Brouwerij 't IJ
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.