Aestatis | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-09-2015

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by wisrarebeer:
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of tigg924
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours cloudy, bright yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is light oak, lemon, and funk. Crisp, light bodied, with medium-low carbonation. Beautiful and tasty beer with sneaky abv. Would like to have this one again. The best beer on my recent Ebenzer's trip.

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Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter. This ale pours a deep golden amber
with a heavy head of white foam that fades fast to nothing. Nose of heavy
ripe fruit---peaches, earthy yeast, mulling spices. Flavors follow the nose
with ripe fruit; mainly peaches and a touch of apricot with light honey, earthy
yeast, and lightly bitter herbal hop notes. Super dry mouth feel; low carbonation,
dry as the Sahara.

Would not buy it again---expected more.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty yellow color ale with a nice large off-white foamy head with excellent retention and great lacing. Aroma of herbal notes with some cereal and light rustic flavours is quite charming. Taste is a great mix of herbal notes with rustic cereal and light dry leafy hoppy notes also noticeable. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable take on the style with good complexity while retaining some drinkability. I would like this even more with less alcohol.

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Photo of benlhoest
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of desint
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mtomlins
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrBier
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anatole
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Imperial Saison Hmmmmmm
Light brown body with slight off white huge foaming head
sour citrusy yeasty textbook & inviting
lemon meringue & aspirin
This is as far out as a jazz dalek

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Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SayBoom
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Caseyk1088
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jrenihan
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The nose suggests a very sweet beer. Lots of apple, some spice bread. Flavour is similar, but the alcohol is present and cuts the sweetness considerably. Finishes quite dry, though e lingering sweetness is there. Light fruits around. I agree with the reviewer who likened this to a Belgian Pale. The alcohol is present but not as much as one would expect for something this strength. Not really my thing. A bit messy and heavy.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pushing the envelope on what Belgian beer can be, the common and traditional taste of the farmhouse rarely pushes double-digits in alcohol content, but Struis' "imperialized" saison does just that- taking a dry, drinkable and refreshing taste and turning it into a sipper.

Deep with burnt orange and goldenrod hues, the beer's eruptive carbonation soon builds a creamy meringue while its body churns with champagne turbulence. Each pop of the bottle unleashes a peppery and fruit-laden perfume- over-ripened citrus, tropical and orchard fruit lead the way with a spicy tinge to tickle the nose. Its initial taste is lightly candied but sweet and bready with biscuit and pound cake.

Though the ale carries a hearty level of sweetness onto the middle palate, its effervescence bounces off the tongue and lightens the beer's body and taste. Fruit-forward flavors stem from the sweetness with slightly bruised orange and peach while light apricot and marmalade play softly behind. Lemon, apple, white grape and fig weave into a vinous wine-like taste. Its spicy balance seems of peppercorn, clove, white pepper and a fleeting drift of nutmeg before the spicy alcohol sings a warm chardonnay tone.

The beer's medium body probably carries a greater heaft than it seems on the mouth, but the strong bubbly action keeps the session lighter and more playful, but with a stern carbonic bite that suggests a mineral and acidic taste and texture. Its peppery finish hinges on hot and prickling as the alcohol gives the phenolic side of the beer the edge in aftertaste.

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Photo of khargro2
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Euroglot
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ichorNet
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This bottle stood out to me at Craft Beer Cellar Belmont earlier today, so I picked it up and brought it home with me. I really dug the old-school, simple and barebones label art. This is a 2015 bottle of this 11% imperial saison brewed by De Struise in collaboration with Monks Cafe, Stockholm, Sweden... guess we'll see what it's all about.

Pours a copper/amber color with nice burnt-orange highlights and has some solid translucence going on. Not totally opaque, but not filtered either. The head this built up was quite phenomenal and huge... a towering mass of rocky white foam that seems to lace in fairly solid style as it slowly settles to its seemingly-eternal resting state of two fingers with solid legs around the edges of the glass. Quite an entrance here. I wouldn't really be surprised if a little bit of Brett was at play in bottle-conditioning this, as it pours very much like some other Belgian Brett ales I've encountered.

The nose is kind of akin to a stronger Belgian pale ale, with a lot of candi/rock sugar aspects surrounding a hearty caramel and pilsner malt base that also features elements of stone fruit (mostly apricot and peach-like notes) and spicy Belgian yeast with a huge, boisterous temperament. Estery and heady with some mustiness and pie crust-like tones, this definitely is no slouch so far. Additionally, I don't really get the whole brunt of the ABV in the nose, which is a credit to this beer, I should think.

Fruity, estery and vaguely funky on the palate, with some mild notes of phenolic yeast, bloomy rind cheese, pear and apricot along with some slight savory flavors. This seems pretty intense. Chalky and very dry with a surprising hop bitterness that definitely feels very saison-like, contrary to what I figured this would be like from the nose. Definitely anticipated more of a sweet and intense flavor, but this is actually weirdly delicate when all is said and done. Getting some white pepper notes along with a playful rusticity and round, soft maltiness. Maybe some rye is in here, considering the earthy spice note, but I can't be sure. Some aspects of this feel like they belong squarely to other Belgian and abbey style ales; this sort of operates at an intersection of tripel, BSPA and quad along with some of that saison dryness and light funk/hop element.

Feel is dry, as noted above, with a pretty full body and a charming, adequate carbonation that weaves its way around the palate pretty gracefully. This is an interesting drink with a lot to offer, and it actually comes together pretty well, even though I'm not entirely certain of what it's trying to do. The idea of a double digit ABV saison is a pretty under-explored one, so this doesn't have too many peers, but it's quite enjoyable for what it is. I appreciate the format as well and found the price not too bad considering its provenance, importer and strength. Would recommend to fans of bigger Belgian style beers not afraid of some intensity and style-blending. Well done, De Struise!

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Photo of josanguapo
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. Playing Blackwell Epiphany. High ABV completely hidden. Nicely yeasty. Funk notes present but kept to a low and very pleasant level. Good body.

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

N ot so good as i expected, and that for a 11%

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Aestatis from De Struise Brouwers
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