Struise Rosse
De Struise Brouwers

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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #444
ABV:
6%
Score:
83
Ranked #36,787
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 10.9%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
73
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Notes: Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:29, IBU:20, OG:1054, FG:1012, ABV:5-6%
Hops: Brewers Gold, Challenger
Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Jwale73:
Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle served in my DT tulip. 2008 SR no. 2 indicated on the label. Pours a cloudy, cideresque color with a loose, off-white head embedded with tiny pinpricks and ringlets. Light aromas comprise the nose - citrus and light fruit (perhaps apricots), with a trace of ethanol towards the back end. Taste is yeasty, light fruit (perhaps green apple) and a trace of barrel-aged sourness/tartness reminiscent of an American Wild. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant, lively carbonation. An interesting beer with a fair amount of complexity; however, not an American Amber/Red Ale in my opinion.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle, courtesy of gunnfryd, who supplied it to our tasting. The ABV was 5.0%. Served at room temperature, which was too warm, and caused the beer to gush out of the bottle when opening. Reddish brown colour, decent head. Very nice aroma: oak, spices, leather, malts, fortified wine. Moderately spicy and malty flavour. Not bad!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt with more sweetness then anticipated and light candi sugar notes. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some medium sweet caramel malt with light notes of toffee and a light bready yeast note at the end. Body is quite full with good carbonation and minimal filtration. Well done though not the most complex beer from this brewer and maybe a tad too sweet for its' own good.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a hazed, amber-red color and is topped by a lightly tanned head. The aroma smells nicely fruited (with notes of berries and even some cherry like notes) and has some spiciness to it that sort of reminds me of oregano. The finish of the nose has a soft touch of pale-biscuit malt character to it.

The beer as it first hits my tongue tastes dry leaning, a bit spicy, malty and softly fruity. My friend things that it reminds him of spaghetti, I don't quite see that but get what he is getting at. The beer is slightly malty, has some red table grape flavors to it, perhaps some currant like notes as well as other non-descript berry notes. This is a very interesting mix of flavors and is actually quite complex for the strength. This seems like it would pair quite well with food. It has enough body to allow it to work with food, but is still quaffable and light enough; the texture also seems a bit soft and creamy somehow too. I am really quite enjoying this beer & I really like how complex it is.

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Photo of WynnO
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Pours a thick syrup of a yeasty beer. Pleasant yeasty aromas. Starts sweet, mid-sip spicyness and finishes slightly bitter, this reminds me of a Belgian IPA. Satisfying and fuller mouthfeel. Good Drnikability.Some green apple, apricot, in the yeasty taste.

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Photo of janubio
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured carefully, it has one of the nicest colours I've seen in a beer, amber to red, when not it's opaque. Good head, that does not hold much. Smell reminds of a cyder, with some light spices and sweet fruits notes. Thin body that does not help much. Mouth it's dry but sweet, with some strawberry notes and some spices. Sure there are some other things, but very mildly, and I feel watery in tongue. I was expecting more.

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Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 330ml brown bottle with a subtitle: "SR No.2 Amber Brew"; brewed with malt, malted wheat, oats, hops, yeast and candy. BB 12/2010, served lightly chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: murky dark reddish brown in colour, coming with a semi-creamy off-white fluffy head settling slowly to a thin cap sustaining throughout the drink, on top of rather mild yet constant carbonation.
S: aromatic caramely malts, estery fat prunes as well as funky/rustic-yeasty with a pungent edge of tart cider prevail upfront; a swirl brings out a delicately clove-ish spicy note and the famous vinegary+woody+sour-cherry-ish notes of a Flemish Red Ale, albeit in a "hard-pressed" balance with the deeper layer of sweet malts and dark candy sugar. Unusual.
T: the foretaste comes neatly sour-fruity but well in check thanks to the spicy+zesty yeasts and a medium-bodied, "warming" malty backbone (with dry-ish hints of roast oats, of course); rather quiet in the overall profile, but the apple-ly and sweet-zesty citric flavour, hawthorn-fruit-like herbal-fruity edge, and a mildly powdery hint of yeasts manage to go deep and render a long aftertaste... only very mildly spicy in the finish.
M&D: this is a softly-carbonated amber ale with welcomed contribution from yeasts, hops and roast oats; alas, the overall flavour profile is slightly messy and thus some presumably lovely elements are hard to discern.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted at t' Poatersagt in Brugge, Belgium. The beer poured a nice amber color with a fairly strong head. The aroma of this beer was citrus and had some solid wheat notes as well. The taste was sweet up front but also had a solid yeast and wheat taste that rounded things out, making for an easy drinking brew.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a murky rusty orange colour with a light yeasty haze. Light creamy head poured big, thick and meringue like then faded very slowly to good thick layer... lots of good sticky lacing...

Aroma - Spicy Belgian yeastiness, light spicy fruits (oranges, apples, some pears), some funky / earthy notes, light candy sugar sweetness, some sourness, candied peel, some grassiness, floral notes, light toasted malts, some metallic traces...

Taste - Light spicy fruits (bitter oranges, apples, pears), biscuity malts, nice peppery hop bitterness, cider traces, light candy sugar / honey sweetness, faint anise notes, again some sourness, quite floral, oak traces...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little bite... medium bodied... pretty drinkable at only 6.00% (not 5% as listed here).

Overall - A pretty good Belgian pale ale although maybe a little bland compared to some.... worth a try though...

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this at De Garre in Brugge, served in a De Struise glass. The beer was a little hazy, dark orange but not dark enough to be considered brown, thick tan foam that gushed even with a moderate pour. The smell was nearly perfect, sweet malt and candi bonded together by a yeasty ester dominatrix. I might imagine some spices in the aroma and taste as well. The flavor was very well balanced while remaining intensely rich, this was nearly the perfect Belgian pale ale as far as I'm concerned. If you see it I strongly recommend you try it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Struise Rosse is a predictable amber colour and also unsurprisingly quite cloudy (the writeup on the bottle said to expect as much). Not only true to its name and label, it is also true to its Belgian origins and sports a bulky and lasting off-white head.

Upon smelling the beer, perhaps that last line should be stricken from the record; with plenty of hoppiness and virtually no yeast present, this is actually highly atypical for a Belgian amber ale. With notes of toffee, resinous pine and grapefruit, it smells like something from the US Pacific.

Flavours are cast in the same mould. Caramel, pine and citrus are appreciated on the palate, albeit in levels North American craft drinkers might find a little reserved. Still, I wouldn't normally associate this brand of citrus and earthy characteristics with Brewers Gold and Challenger hops.

The mouthfeel (like the aroma) is lightly tarnished by a metallic, copper-like element that makes flavours taste oxidized. I suspect an aged bottle but there's no best-by date and it was purchased (and consumed) near the brewery, so I'll assume that's not the case. Either way, it's hardly a turnoff and detracts very little (if anything) from drinkability.

Struise Rosse is one of the few Belgian-brewed amber ales you'll find that is more inundated with hops than yeast. I liked it but wasn't blown away; being spoiled with plenty of similar such ambers where I'm from, I've had much better. That being said, Belgian consumers used to 'bières ambrées' or 'abbaye-style' ales are in for a pleasant shock.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of baggio
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[email protected] Cafe, Stockholm

A: Golden yellow with a generous head that vanishes all to quickly.

S: Fruit, Grain, Berries, Citric Notes.

T: Exotic fruit, Citric notes, Yeast, Wheat, Berries.

M: Very refreshing and balanced, like a lambic-wannabe. Lots of carbonation.

A lambic wannabe ? :) Not an exceptional brew but definitely something i would consider drinking again. Very nice on a hot summers day!

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

Served in a Maredsous chalice at Local Option 2/5/11.

A: Served a lovely deep amber/red color with a decent level of clarity. A thin, off-white layer of foam stuck around for the majority of the glass and left a surprising amount of lace on the glass.

S: Interesting mix of fruity Belgian yeast, sweet caramel-y malt, and some earthy/grassy hops.

T: See above. As it comes up to temp the flavor becomes a little unbalanced towards the fruity yeast side of things.

M: Nice layers of slick, sweet, and dry. Finishes a bit dry when cold and then sweeter and oilier as it warms.

D: A nice Belgian take on an American style. I'd love to compare this to the bottled version.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third beer in last nights (22 Oct 2010) 'random beer reviewing evening'. A 2008 brew, poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip glass. The best before date was Sept 2011.

The body was a deep amber/reddy colour, on top an off-white foaming blanket covered the beer.

Toffee and malt molasses dominate the nose, although the smell wasn't as sweet as that sounds!

The toffee and malt flavours also lead the way in the taste stakes, however a sharp bitter, carbonated, feel appears once the sweeter malts leave the mouth.

Easy to drink and well worth finding.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jmamay22
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark amber. The mocha colored head quickly dies down to a thin collar. It smells slightly sweet with notes of caramel and biscuit bread. The hop scent is mild and there is a fruity yeasty scent of prunes and dark sugar.

The taste is initially bready and malty and moves to a distasteful buttery and vegetal flavor. Not sure what went wrong here, but it is very off putting and did not exist in the nose. Very surprising. Purchased at the Struise shop in Brugge so I cannot say it was mishandled. Very odd taste that things turned poorly for this brew. Difficult task to attempt finishing the bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is lively. Something either went wrong or I found very distasteful. Brewed 2014 and consumed on the same day as purchased. I have always enjoyed this brewery so I'm not sure where this went wrong.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased by Clem (Nantes) and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : orange amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet caramel malt, with spicy notes.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style (near Flemish brown ?).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent pour, nothing really standing out here for me. Nice dark amber color with a good clarity to it yields streams of carbonation that could be seen going up through the glass, Small head of white fades quickly and evenly leaving only token lacing. Aroma is bread, hints of caramel, light earth hops and a touch of grass. Clean taste, mellow body that is well carbonated and not overdone at all. Smooth caramel and light bitter finish leaves you a little dry and looking for another sip.

Overall not bad, I have to say this was a very nice

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle of the 2008 vintage. Lot A, best before Sept. 2011. Received in a trade with masterhomebrewer. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Pours with 2.5 fingers of creamy white foam that dissipates slowly to a solid cap while leaving spotty lacing. Hazy copper body.

S - Spices, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, some nutty and caramel malts, and perhaps a touch of floral/grassy hops. Reminds me a little of the Struise Witte I had a few days ago, but with less of the sour lemon flavor.

T - The taste is a little Pannepot-lite - nutty malts, licorice, spices, some light lemon notes. There's a bitter aftertaste that I suspect comes from the spice and noble hops.

M - Medium body, moderate tingly carbonation, nice dry finish and light residual stickiness.

D - This is a little heavier than the Witte and I don't dig a ton of anise/licorice in my brews. I don't think I could have more than two of these.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Halcyondays
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly cloudy amber red with a medium white head. Solid lace.

S: Interesting notes of vinegar, makes me think this might be a sour. Plum fruit as well.

T: Taste is a letdown compared to the smell. Rather dull crystal malt flavour with some carob and earthy hops. Not much to keep me interested.

M: Light-bodied, light carbonation, thinnish.

D: It's OK, but nothing I'd go out of my way to try. De Struise has made much better.

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