Struise Kloeke Blonde | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:11, IBU:24, OG:1055, FG:1009, ABV:6%
Hops: Challenger, Hallaertau MF

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.53%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of simoen
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of MikeReserva
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Cloundy dark blonde / yellow ale with a bright white head that slowly fades.

S. Sweet honey combined with the caramel malt profile. Further some light fruits, yeast and spices.

T. The taste is quite dull. It is pretty refreshing with a balance between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness, but it's all very soft. Taste of fruits (lemon, banana), dough, spices. Could use a bit more bitterness. Not very complex and not very special vs. the thousands of belgium blondes out there. yet it tastes pretty pretty on a warm summer day.

M. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very nice for a blonde. Is quite crispy but could have used a bit more carbonation.

O. A quite avarage beer but not too bad. If you like blondes you should try it, but only buy one.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Photekut
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was one of my top 5 gushers, and I lost at least a third before I got what I could into the glass.How do I rate this for value? Lots of foam, therefore. Fragrant yeasty aromas. The bottle was a few weeks past die, but was not worse for storage. Very dry mouthfeel though foamy owing to he above. a little citrus, mostly herbal like Roebus. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a local liquor shop. The beer gushed out when the bottle was opened and was poured into a Mort Subite glass. The beer pours a dark yellow colour with a one finger thick bright-white head that diminished very fast to a thin layer of lacing.

Smell: very light and weak. There were hints of wheat, bitter malts, some spices, grass and orange peel.

Taste: Dry malts, spicy, citrus elements and a short, bitter hoppy aftertaste. Very dry finish. There is a faint hint of pure ethanol present, that I didn't like too much.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. The beer is thin, light, dry and fresh. Easy to drink

Overall: Nice balanced beer, but by far the worst brew from Struise I had until now. But I have to be honest, this type of beers were never my favourite!

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old-gold, clear color that formed a pinkie of big-bubbled white head, then settled down, with little carbonation in the glass. Little aroma, with a whiff of bakery and herbal hops turned way down. Once in the mouth, the hops turns up nicely as complex, bitter but also herbal backbone, with some toast, banana, and an apple or apple skin note in the flavor. Clean feeling down the line, quaffable, session-able.

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Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of dcmchew
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterSki
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at Cambrinus restaurant in Brugge - served in a De Struise tulip glass.

A - Huge true blonde foam with tons of lace and excellent retention. Hazed apricot blonde color. This is what a Belgian pale should look like.

S - Spicy noble hops, sharp Hallertau most prominently, that are verging on a slight metallic twang. There's also some slight peat character which was unusual but kind of nice. As it warmed a little more of the sweet malt character came out.

T - Pretty typical Belgian blonde, lots of sweet malt, a bit of spicy and peppery noble hops, yeast, a bit of floral grassy sort of flavor, and some slightly atypical mossiness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, soft dry finish, with slight residual bitterness.

D - This is a pretty good patio beer - no trace of the 6%, dry, clean finish. My only knock is the slight metallic twang to it that I don't really like.

Not my favorite Struise offering, but still pretty good.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam... poured into a De Struise glass...

Poured a hazy dark straw yellow colour with lots of yeasty floaties which were impossible not to disturb. White head poured thick and foamy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good thick coating throughout... lots of thick sticky lacing....

Aroma - Lots of tart fruits (lemons, limes, sour apples, melon, light grapefruit), spicy yeast, chalky notes, salty, no sweetness, fresh bread, doughy notes, slightly metallic, very grassy, some hay, light basil and coriander herbalness...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, apples), quite a lot of yeastiness, floral and earthy, some wheatiness, grassy hops, chalky, peppery, definitely some herbalness...

M&D - Very sharp and dry... Light body... Extremely refreshing and quaffable - just about sessionable at 6%

Overall - A top class Belgian pale ale and another fine brew from De Struise... well worth trying...

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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty yellow color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma consists of nice lightly sweet cereal with nice floral undertones. Taste is also a nice mix between some fresh cereal with lightly sweet notes and a floral finish with light hops discernable. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well done for the style with a great drinkability factor.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, hazy brownish gold with a large foamy white head. Decent retention with a thin lacing left and a larger sticky lacing around the edge of the glass.

S - Very well spiced, earthy, and citrus aroma on top of a grainy and malty base. Some lemongrass and wheat aroma in the background.

T - Some grain and bread like malt with some wheaty taste to start. Then the spices come out pretty strong with it being pretty peppery. Mid sip some earthiness comes out along with a bit of lemon rind and lemongrass. Belgian yeast is present. Some grassy hops comes out toward the end.

M - Medium body with healthy carbonation. Fairly smooth with a drying finish.

D - A very drinkable beer with a good amount of spiced flavor to keep it interesting. Easy to drink and would gladly have another, makes a great summertime beer.

Notes: Best before 05/10. Enjoyable Blonde Ale that makes a great summertime/warm weather beer. Good balance of spice and pale malt. The beer didn't blow me away, and it wasn't the most memorable beer to drink, but it was solid and enjoyable. Worth trying if you want a Pale/Blonde Ale.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle, courtesy of gunnfryd, who supplied it to our tasting. The ABV was 6.0%. Served at room temperature, which was too warm, and caused the beer to gush out of the bottle when opening. Hazy deep golden colour. Pleasant spicy aroma. Moderately spicy but nice flavour.

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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Absumaster
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A orange, golden beer with a thin head. At opening the beer came gushing out very slowly, even though the beer was cooled.

Smell is very nice, a spicy hoppiness which smelled like a lot of noble hops have been used. The yeast added some great touches of spices and mild phenols and banana's.

Taste is hoppy, earthy, spicy and herbal. It tastes like a freshly opened bag of hops. A noble hop like Saaz or Goldings, I am not an expert on hops. Bitternes is medium/low. The yeast reminds me of the Westmalle strain, but with a more phenolic twist. It gives off banana and pear drops. Mouthfeel is good a bit dry, this beer drinkability is good.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear yellow pour with a nice and creamy white head. Retention is phenomenal, lacing is as well.

S: Pretty sweet smell. Lots of clove and bananas, along with slight Belgian yeasts. A bit earthy.

T: The flavor is pretty well balanced, I was expecting this to be really sweet from the smell. Full of wheat, citrus, and spices.

MF: Crisp, light, and refreshing.

D: Could pound these all day. Perfect beer for the warming air.

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Photo of Floydster
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle from a friend in Belgium, think this stuff is usually a couple euros, poured into my Chimay goblet tonight

A-Light golden yellow color, 1/2 inch creamy white head, some decent retention lasting around five minutes, not much lacing
S-Mild citrus, bready malt, grass, skunkiness, other light fruits, hint of Belgian yeast, and grains
T-Begins with some crackewry notes, immediately some lemon follows but still lots of breadier malts in the middle, finish is slightly dry with a bit of hops, expected a small amount of booze in the flavor but did not get any, warms up with more malt coming to the surface, light the chewiness and dryness bouncing off of that
M-Dry, crisp, dry, and bready mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, large amount of carbonation, taste lasts a long time for the style
D-Drank this bottle with ease and wanted more, would make a nice session beer, goes down easy and is refreshing, no alcohol in the flavor at all

Very true to its style, too bad this beer does not make it to the states, very good and for a low price considering what it is, simnple but very enjoyable, would like to drink again, recommended

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Photo of jkhara12
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fun, funky beer. Thanks to Chris at Ebenezer's for this one. Hazy yellow color with a thick white head. Citrus aroma, some spice, and a bit of grain. Very earthy taste, sour lemom, very tart. Unlike other beers of this type that I've tried. Want more of these.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright yellow tinted amber. Lots of cloudiness and haze were apparent throughout the glass and only proceeded to thicken up as the bottle got closer to the bottom, really bringing some of the yeast forward on this one..

rich, vibrant, light and fruity smell that I could not nearly contain the joy after the first whiff hit my nose. Huge bouquet of light fruity yeast with hints of apples and pears, peaches all coming together and being surrounded by light grains and fresh grass. The topped was a very nice hop profile, bright floral citrus hops, not too pungent, but rather just accenting enough to really bring out everything and meld it together in an aromatic representation of rolling around in a fresh meadow. Just absolutely wonderful.big wave of fruit flavors just rolling over you bringing mostly hints of apples, pineapple and pear. This evolved and started to incorporate some almost lemon like flavors with hints of grass and grain, but still staying very light and bright in the profile. As it finished up it rolled off with a very long lasting finish. Very nice and dry and bitter you could really taste the hops

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