Oesterstout - Scheldebrouwerij

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 72
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 07-27-2005

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

"From the Scheldebrouwerij, we bring you the expertly crafted ales of a small Belgian brewery from the Antwerp province very near the Dutch border. The Scheldebrouwerij Oesterstout is a soft yet robust stout. Dark as night, the wort from this fully malted ale is filtered over oyster shells from the Dutch Zeeland province." Brewed in the style of an Export Stout. Available in single 11.2 oz. bottles and on regional draft.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp fizzy head of a maple brown complexion over a very dark cola brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Heavy roasted barley, dark fruits, some delicate cocoa and spiciness up front. No notable impact of oysters in the aroma. Potency is moderate/high. 3.5

(Taste) Heavily roasted barley up front with a strong impact of dark fruits, licorice and some molasses sweetness. Delicate brininess but not much in terms of oyster flavor, lots of earthy robust bitterness nonetheless, more than enough to compensate for the sweeter notes. Finishes on a note of toasted bread, a touch of chocolate grain and moderate, but appreciated ethanol. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, lightly chewy, moderately oily and medium dry. Carbonation is high generating a moderate frothiness and a boldly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, heavy overall. Balance is moderately roasty bitter and boozy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no notable off characters. I found the carbonation far too brisk for the style. 2.75

(Overall) This is an interesting and enjoyable Export Stout if at a reasonable price, although I did not much Oyster impact in the flavor, I anticipate it contributed somewhat to the texture and mouthfeel of this beer, which was unfortunately tarnished by being overly crisp and fuzzy, many of the subtleties of this beer were difficult to place. Overall a decent Foreign Stout but quality control could use some work. Either that or a dating system, as I have no idea how old this bottle is. 3.25


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Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown pour with a small creamy beige head that will stick around for a long while.
Smell of salty roasted malts, bitter hops, a touch of lemon zest, caramel, mild sugared dried dark fruit, faint toffee, faint soy sauce.
Great flavor contrasts in this beer, with salted caramel, sweet salty roasted malts and nuttiness, with a small hint of sea water, but pretty subtle (they don't add oysters in the brewing process, they just filter the beer over some shells). Still, rich deep roasted malts, amped up by that nice saltiness. Chocolate shines too, with some bits of raisin and dried citrus peel too, and a bit of zingy plum juice. The finish shows some bitter herbal hop to further develop the roasted flavor.
Aftertaste has toasted, almost burnt dark bread, salted peanut and chocolate, a touch of dark fruit. Medium body, medium carbonation. Alcohol hidden perfectly.
This is really an awesome tasting beer, but i usually love this salty-sweet combo. The high alcohol content helps too, creating deeper, stronger flavors than in the usual oyster stout.

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Photo of benfons
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

first and for all this beer is called oyster stout because the wort is poured over oyster scales
during the brewing process

A: dark brown colour, off white head

S: burnt malts, hints of sea air

T: rather sweet, , burnt malts are there, not much else

M: medium body, low on carbonation (ok for a stout)

O: not really my cup of tea, not a lot of character, a tad too sweet, but not bad

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Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of safaricook
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.57/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Don't know if I got a bad one or what. Poured this at a good temperature with a gigantic, light tan, foamy, billowy, thick head that slowly settles and very little lace. Color is an odd clear pink brown, with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is super mild and what's there is malty, roasty, fruity. Flavor's like nose, but up front is VERY metallic, mineral, and medicine. It's also dry, light soft carbonation and ditto carbonic tang. Finish is bitter and astringent. Also with time the metallic part diminishes. Don't know if I'll finish it.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch of creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: An odd aroma here: Hints of coffee, malt, and a briny quality.

T: Tasted of malt, light yeast, coffee, and the aforementioned briny quality (the advertised oysters). This is kind of an odd flavor that's simultaneously inviting, yet slightly off-putting.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a bad beer, but not one I'd readily return to again.

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Photo of DARIVA
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark beer with an beautifull head.

S: No dominant scents, some scents of caramel, nougat, raisins and chocolate.

T: Slightly bitter finish with the taste of airy brittle chocolate.

M: Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation and light foam feel.

O: Good drinking beer with a nice bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours motor-oil black with an enormous brown whipped-cream-like head. Dissipation is slow and leaves behind, decent lacings.

S: Notes of sherry up front. Strong black coffee, roasted dark malts. Dry and tart at the same time. Faint cigarette-ashes, but in a nice way (?!?!).

T: Tart, sherry, vanilla and strong black coffee makes this dry beer very complex. Sourness from cherries and then there's pepper (white). Again the cigarette-ashes, still nice.

M: Short aftertaste, kind of sour and dry. Body is full while carbonation is low.

O: Pretty nice! Complex!

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

Part of a fridge cleaning night. Got this bottle while travelling in 2008. Figured now is the time.

Murky pond water, with zero head and lacing into my pint glass.

Raisiny wine on the nose.

More of the taste. Beer is simply too old, and I can't taste anything other than raisins. Kind of watery too.

Very little carbonation.

Overall this beer was just too old, and I take full responsibility.

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We had this beer at the supertasting at Mar02x place in Vlissingen, Holland.

This a beer from a rather new brewer who has his brewery at the Dutch/Belgium border.

Nice darkbrown fluid with one finger head. This is one easy drinkable beer! There is absolutely no bitterness in this beer. Mouthfeel is good.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Schelde goblet in Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: 2.5 finger creamy head of nice thickness. Black colour. Good retention.

Sm: Light barley. Bare hints of hops.

T: Creamy hoppy build, calling forth the cream. Balanced and built well. Interesting. The barley foundation is full and supportive of the hoppy notes, which themselves work together more as an ensemble than distinct notes. The way in which they combine is more important in this beer than a mere list of what is present. The hops are not synedochic as in many other beers, a feature that may be lost on some reviewers.

Mf: Delightfully smooth and wet. Brilliant. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Not excellent but will serve as a great example of a well done bitter stout. Well priced, at least in Belgium.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bierinjisp
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally i do not like stouts, they are in most cases to dark / burned for my taste. but this stout i really like. the taste is smooth and colour and foam are just right.

I have ordered my oesterstout from tap. it is difficult to pour a good glas because of the inconsistancy of how the beer comes from the tap. never the less it is a beatifull beer with a creamy foam that i enjoy each thime i have drinked it.

I think the Schelde Brouwerij makes very nice easy to drink beers. Also try the Zeezuiper.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer in my favorite pub de Vlaamsche Reus in Wageningen. The bottle looks funny and it says that the beer has been filtered using Oyster shells from Zeeland (a Dutch province below sea level). The beer pours a very dark brown color with a small beige-colored head

Smell: sweet roasted malts, milk chocolate, and some toffee/caramel

Taste: Similar to the smell, but with some nicely balanced bitterness and some hints of salty liquorish and coffee. The finish is a bit dry, bitter and salty.

Mouthfeel: nice and creamy. Medium-low carbonation. Creamy in the mouth, medium-bodied.

Overall: a nice stout, but as often, there are so many more interesting ones around. Still, if you like the style, worth to try, you will not regret!

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this beer is supposed to be filtered through oyster shells. It's color nearly obsidian (with only some deep brown hues if held to strong light). The head is a fairly dark tan. Nice aroma, with some chocolate overtones. There's a little roast barley in the smell, but the chocolate really stands out. Pretty good balance in the taste. The beer is a little on the dry side, with a good chocolate malt character and a firm bitterness. Honestly, I'm not sure that they oyster shells do anything....just a gimmick I suppose. The mouthfeel is sufficiently creamy and full. This is an fine beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark chocolate brown color with a foamy tan/ yelowish head. The aroma consists of dark roasted chocolate maltiness and salt seafood. Smooth roasted malty flavor with hints of chocolate, toffee, oatmeal, coffee and seafood(oysters). The fish taste is not toooverpowering however. Very unique.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this at De Gekraakte Ketel in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Off-white head quickly disappears into a very thin film. Very dark brown, almost black, with minimal carbonation.

SMELL: Barley malt. Maybe some dark fruit. Relatively weak and underwhelming, but not off-putting.

TASTE: Same as above. A slightly sweet component is nice. The alcohol bites ever so slightly, but is well hidden. Noticeable at the end, however. No real aftertaste and pretty generic really.

PALATE: Medium-thick body. Relatively smooth and a bit of a bite at the end. Carbonation is well controlled and it's slightly sticky, but not too sticky. The palate is the best part of the beer.

OVERALL: Nothing special here, though the palate is nice. The alcohol is well-hidden, but the nose and taste is just not interesting enough to say anything. It's drinkable, if only because it's generic enough and doesn't do anything out of the ordinary. I don't see it being an oyster stout either, compared to others I've had at least. Not one I'll re-visit

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of lastauss
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of johnnybravo
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This actually has become my home beer. One of a few I always make sure to have in my cellar. The others are for example Girardin Unfiltered, Rochefort 10 and Karmeliet. So you can imagine this must have the same quality and it does. Appearance and aroma are as to be expected. Notes of chocolate in the aroma, good looking. But the flavor is wonderful. Not exceptional, just wonderful. Chocolate, coffee, light roasted, sweet and a bit salty. A beer I can drink all evening.

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