Oesterstout - Scheldebrouwerij
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Reviews by czfreeman:
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
It is pretty interesting to see a beachfront Belgian brewery doing a traditional English style, but the style itself is very interesting, and quite perfect for a coastal brewery I think. I don't have experience with this style, so looking foward to it.
Pours a thick, burgondy-red black tone. MOre mahagony actually when held into the light. Creamy toffee head.
Aromatically-toffee, malt,caramel, cocoa, light smokiness, but also a light salty briny note, akin to the sea air. Didn't expect the oyster to contribute much, but they do play a distinct role. Light metallic notes on the finish.
Flavor, in contrast to other review I saw, is a step up in intensity.
Light saltiness is appreciated, cocoa, malt, cherry, smoke, herbal tingling, raisin, dried fruits, a bit of musty oakiness. The "shellfish" flavor is incorporated, but well hidden. I dont actually know how much I would enjoy it if it was very dominant.
Medium bodied, leaves the palate tingling as it is more porter-weight than a stout in my opinion.
Overall balanced and complex, but nothing too-out-of the ordinary. Maybe a "oyster" stout in a small serving would be really interesting in a food pairing, but this was good enough for the bottle.
06-05-2011 17:45:09 | More by czfreeman
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3.55/5 rDev -5.1%
It's definitely back, as the bottle advertises, and it's not letting any light through. The medium brown head grows large, over two fingers off the top, but it's sparsely-bubbled and looks a little spritzy. Having grown that large, however, when it drops down it's condensed to a heavy thickness and density, sitting right around one finger tall. The lacing is downright thick and heavy as well, and clings stubbornly, leaving little of the glass uncovered as it goes.
There's an earthiness and an interesting intense minerality. I've set it aside and done some other things since pouring, and now I'm reminded that it's an oyster stout. Other than that, barley with a little sweetness to it makes the malt base. It may be a touch heavy on the oyster, the notes of which mute the other qualities found.
What I assume may be Belgian yeast makes for an unusual contrast. Malts bring just a hint of roast with a tinge of sweetness, but the heard brine and minderal aspects of the oyster seem to be a bit too much in this beer. It's not undrinkable, but i have to let it sit for more roast to come out of it. It's not bad overall.
The feel goes a little thin for a stout. It's not quite as robust as the label boasts. It's got a sizeable body for sure, but still sits in the medium range. Alcohol sneaks in somewhere and goes into a finish that draws out some powdery dryness.
05-28-2013 22:58:25 | More by Brenden
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
At a beer tasting on the 26th of Augustus at my place this was the 19th beer we tried, with thanks to the ‘Peer’. Tonight I am tasting this beer again and I am still as positive as on the 26th.
A –Deep, very deep ruby red, almost black. I can’t see if there is any carbonation. Thin head.
S –Faint smell of chocolate and wood, roasted malts.
T – The taste is complex. Dark chocolate , light creamy and somewhat sweet, not thick, somewhat spicy bitterness in the end. The alcohol warms your throat nicely.
M – Nice carbonation in your mouth, not sticky, warming.
O – A good beer, very tasty. Worth buying again, as I already did.
09-03-2011 19:30:16 | More by Mar02x
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottle: Poured a clear deep burgundy color ale with a giant size light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some sweet malt notes and a bread-like yeast is quite interesting. Taste is a complex mix between some liquorice, roasted malt and Belgian semi-sweet malt with notes of dry hops also noticeable and the influence of a Belgian style yeast strain cannot be denied. Very interesting and something I wouldn't mind having regular access to.
03-31-2008 21:16:05 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +7%
Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Massive light brown head with good retention and lots of pillowing lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, dark dried fruit; slightly vinous and sour. Flavor starts with dark toasted malt and develops a nice fruit flavor of plums and raisins, finishing slightly dry with dark fruit, light chocolate and a bright spicy flavor that may be from the oyster shells; slight hops. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A very nice flavor progression and complexity. I enjoyed this quite a bit. I lean towards imperial stouts, but this was great. I will return to this stout.
10-20-2012 03:19:11 | More by LiquidAmber
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sweet and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is somewhat sweet and has flavors of licorice and roasted malts along with hints of chocolate, dark fruit and saltiness (from the oyster shells). There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer has some complexities in its flavors yet is extremely drinkable. It’s somewhat sweet, but not cloying because this is balanced off by a light amount of bitterness.
07-29-2011 19:01:26 | More by metter98
United Kingdom (England)
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
My night-cap on 23rd Oct 2012 in the excellent Cafe De Grendelpoort in Valkenburg, Holland.
33cl bottle poured with its sediment into the correct brewery glass.
The beer poured almost black, very dark brown maybe (the pub is dark to start with): on top a thin tanned foam.
Mixed bag in the nose and tastes: malts first and foremost, mild liquorice front with sweeter molassses taking over, a mini hop, dry finish completes the flavours but there is a lot more going on inbetween. My bottle had a nice, but unexpected and unusual 'semi-sour' feel (for a Stout) to it throughout the tasting. I also thought the alcohol level isn't hidden to any great extent. Complexed and different with a variety of fruit notes and malty levels of roasted/toasted chocolate and coffee.
11-08-2012 10:33:42 | More by BlackHaddock
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
Mahogany brown to black with a big-bubbled head that settles down to a skim, but sticks around for a while.
Suprisingly little smell. Some dry roastyness and chocolate smell, maybe. Taste is unique. Chocolate, caramel, something unique in the aftertaste. Is that oyster? There seems to be a salty, slimy coating in the mouthfeel. Could be oyster, I guess. I wish I could read my notes for the drinkability, but apparantly I was a bit too drunk to write neatly. I did write 3.5, though!
07-12-2006 13:01:36 | More by DaveFL1976
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
This beer has been filtered on oyster shells, which should give the beer an extra-ordinary flavour. I cannot seem to taste any sea or saltiness.
Appearance: dark-brown/black beer, with a very small fine head
Smells of dark malt, chocolate very nice
Taste is dark, roasted malts, alcohol warming and maltbitter. It is more mild than the average stout. I can't seem to taste the oyster, and no sign of the chocolate which was very apparent in the smell.
Although this was a good beer, it was not a typical Stout, more a cross-over between a Dubbel and a Stout. I liked it!
02-17-2006 16:59:41 | More by Absumaster
3.65/5 rDev -2.4%
Bought the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium just next to the brewery and the border to the Netherlands on the highway from Breda to Antwerp.
Poured into an Leute Bokbier glass (oversized wine glass type).
Body is murky dark brown and a big strong medium to fine bubbled head that seems to last forever.
smell of coffee, caramel and some unidentified sourness
Taste of coffee, of course, with a first strong but later comfortable metallic aftertaste. There is liquorice and sweetness as well
quite a lot of carbonation for a stout and surprisingly coarse overall no Guinness smoothness.
I am not a big stout fan as I don't drink coffee and love my beer refreshing but this one is my favorite in this style so far.
08-24-2012 21:30:57 | More by safaricook
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
Described by the brewery as filtered through oyster-shells, which is a little weird (I always appreciate weird). I was mildly surprised to see a stout on draft in the Netherlands, but the bar came highly recommended. It would have been a perfect experience WITH oysters, though there were none on the menu. Nonetheless, a very tasty stout, with nice dry tones and not much residual sugar.
03-25-2008 11:16:28 | More by lastauss
Oesterstout from Scheldebrouwerij
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