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Struise Rosse | De Struise Brouwers

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Struise RosseStruise Rosse

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 71
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 CaptainPiret
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of these at Deca over the weekend. Was lucky they weren't completely out; it appeared many more beer lovers beat me to the brewery that day. They were down to about 10 crates total -- of all the Struise beers, not just the Rosse. Get there at opening time in other words.

On to the beer ... pours a slightly cloudy amber; quite a bit of carbonation. Smells of fruits, particularly figs. Tasted much more hoppy (and some sourness) than I anticipated. A dry mouthfeel that would put the cap at two of these on any given night. Overall, an interesting, somewhat complex beer well worth purchasing.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.66/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really don't understand how this is listed as a Belgian Pale; on the bottle it reads; amber beer!

Poured into my Struise glass; a nice deep mahogany with a great off white head.

Med full body, rich and frothy mouthfeel, nice carbonation.
Solid citrus hop presence upfront with nice floral notes.
Good malt presence, caramel and a hint of wheat with a juicy fruit note throughout.
Finishes clean with a hint of spice and a lingering pine hop bitterness.
Overall; great hop diversity with a nice malt back, well balanced.

The best example of the amber/red ale I have had thus far!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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 pitasoup
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden copper pour with one finger's white head, poured into Affligen chalice.

S: Great smells, caramel, candi sugar, slightly spicy.

T: Taste is barely sweet at first but finishes quickly, a bit of molasses. Lightly hopped, noticeable saaz at the end.

M: Thin body with a dry yeasty finish.

D: Finishes a bit too dry to be very drinkable. I could finish more than one.

Overall the smell and body were great, but the almost cloying dryness at the end turned me off from ordering another.

2€ at Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam in mid-May - quite a bargain.

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Photo of wcintula
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel glass. Thanks to the gentlemen at De Struise Brouwers.

Slowly poured into the bottom of the glass, a two-finger foamy cream-colored head erupts above an opaque body of a dark honey color. The glass is left in fine white lace as imbibing continues. The nose picks up sweet Belgian candy and malts with light metal and an overlying yeast presence. The taste profile matches this well with the addition of the alcohol taste. As the brew warms, the metallic taste subsides and all others come forward. The medium-bodied beer runs about the tongue with a prickly sensation. This Belgian Pale Ale is a very smooth yet strong drink. With an enjoyability level of...super.

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Photo of Brabander
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking this beer during the match Netherlands-Spain. It's still 0-0.

Poured the rosse in the Struise glass. A nice big head and an ambercoloured fluid. Not very much to smell, some spices. The taste however is very good. What a refreshing beer. Taste some fruit but i am not sure what.

With a good mouthfeel and a good drinkability this is a pale ale te drink on a hot day. Now back to the match!!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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 jmhart
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to De Struise glass while sitting in De Garre in Bruge.

Vintage 2008, Best By 8/2011, Consumed on 4/2010.

A: Golden orange in color, very hazy. Watress poured perfectly, so no sediment made it into the glass. Nearly white large foam that filled my glass, three fingers at least. Dissipated in proper time.

S: Sweet, malty, with hints of hoppy citrus, and only subtle yeast. Baking spices in the aroma, gingerbread maybe, but not cinnamon.

T: Perfect! Perfect balance of sweet malts and citrus hops, and the baking spices pull it all together. A perfect Belgian Pale Ale.

M: Silky smooth and delightful on the tongue. The yeast dances with the hops and evenly distributes flavor across the mouth.

D: Smooth and delicious. Perhaps the perfect Belgian Pale Ale. I traveled to Belgium to find this beer(I just didn't know it).

Overall, I was sad not to find any at retail to bring home with me and if I ever see any in the states, I will by them out.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 11oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a clrearish dark gold with a hint of orange. The head is light tan, rises a finger and is gone quickly. Light lacing.

The aroma is light and pretty sweet, but gives off just the lightest hint of vinegar.

The taste is decent, starts of with lots of flavor. Its a little bitter, a hint of vinegar, like a oude brown, and little bit of floralness.

Feel and drinkability ok.

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

Pours a cloudy amber with mild carbonation. Aroma is pretty faint; there are hints of raisins, apple, crystal malts, and some yeast phenols. Flavor is pretty withdrawn, a thin pale ale body with a small amount of sweetness and a tangy, light-clove finish. (Does not taste like it was on oak; I wonder what the aging was for.) Refreshing and drinkable.

This is a very basic, session beer that does not have the depth and complexity of most Struise beers (nor does it seem to be striving for them). If Struise is difficult to get for you, try their other offerings first.

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Photo of Travlr
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle at Delirium.
A: Copper colored with large white head that slowly settles; not much lacing.
S: Aroma of citrus and black pepper, possibly some anise.
T: Much like Pannepeut, but on the lighter side.
M: Thin Body.
D: OK beer, but the rest of the range is far superior.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of Floydster
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle from a friend in Belgium, think this costs a few euros over there, poured into my Hangar 24 pint glass tonight

A-Golden orange with some red tint, 3/4 inch bubbly white head, minimal retention with no lacing, rather cloudy
S-Roasted pine nuts, mild oranges and lemons, light Belgian yeast, grassy accents, faint sugar, toasted malts, and caramel
T-Starts with a slightly tarty citrus and yeast charcteristic, lots of malt in the middle, some more lemon and toasted malts in the finish, does not change much as it warms, mostly lemony with a hint of lingering caramel
M-Chewy, dry, toasted, and fvery lightly tart mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste does not last all that long
D-Easily drank this bottle, could have had a few more, alcohol is hidden but there is not much of it to begin with, not as smooth as I had expected but still good drinkability

I had heard of this beer but did not know much about it, certainly is not one of Struise's best, still glad I tried it, would not go out of my way to get this again, still worth trying

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Photo of mdagnew
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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 wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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 corby112
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a thin off-white fizzy head. This beer has a sou/ tart funky oak aroma with a nice balance of light fruit. Sour tart oak flavor up front with a nice creamy floral center and sweet dry finish. Hints of nut, flower and cherry.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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 baggio
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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 ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Sigmund
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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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