Struise Kloeke Blonde | De Struise Brouwers

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Struise Kloeke BlondeStruise Kloeke Blonde

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

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

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 42
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 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 Brabander
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer last thursday as i visited the guys from the Struise brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium. I met Carlo there, great guy with a passion for beer.

Be very carefull with opening the bottle, there is a lot of pressure on this one. After a few minutes i succeeded. Poured in glass like the Struise have the head is enourmous, very white and bubbly. Very nice carbonation.

Good smell with a few herbs on the background. I smell something like citrus or orange.

Good taste with a dry mouthfeel. This is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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 jrallen34
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This beer is super carbonated pouring a hazy medium honey gold. A four finger wheat head gushes out, lasting several minutes and with good retention. The head is very creamy and puffy.

The aroma is strong and complex. The first thing that hites you is some nice spiceness, with some sweet honey, and a nice yeasty finish.

The taste is pretty good, its starts off pretty yeasty with some floral notes then has a nice bitter finish.

The feel is very carbonated but a little light.

Drinkability is ok.

Overall, this is pretty good. I actually prefer this over a Duvel, which I think compares nicely to.

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Photo of thepeter
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GUSHER! but poured a hazy and pretty blond with a fairly thin head that stuck around. Smelled rustic, some bitter, grassy, citrus and spice notes. Dry and well hopped for a "blond" but I like it. When it comes to the mouth-feel and Drinkability this beer took off for me. So smooth and easy, would be great on a nice sunny day.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy blond with huge carbonation. Aroma is delicious: deep earthy, barnyard, with lambic fruitiness like lemon and sour apple. Flavor is dry, some lambic funk without the tartness, and a tad thin; a bit of a letdown after the huge aroma.

Definitely not a typical blonde but I was very impressed with the interpretation by this great brewery.

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Photo of adamette
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the same 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased at De Bier Tempel in Brugge, Belgium on or about 6 9 09 for 2.50 Euros. I took it with me all over Italy, finally returning at the end of June. I am enjoying it tonight in anticipation of my 600th BA review, likely a Pannepot.

A 6 inch gushing white head overwhelms my Samuel Smith pint glass. Body is a cloudy, opaque yellow brown body with sediment visibly floating about the glass. I was fooled a bit by the first few pours which presented (under a huge head) as a translucent yellow basic looking body. It was not until the head subsided (several mintues) and I was able to pour the bottom ½ of the glass that the thicker, chunkier aspects of this beer were apparent. Finally, nice lacing on the glass and this beer's look cannot be improved. 5.0

S "blonde" malt and belgian yeast. Smells interesting. 4.0

T What hits me first is a nice "blonde" malt followed quickly by some belgian yeast, this tastes like a nice, mature blonde with good depth and interest level. 4.5

M Nice smoothness to this beer as the huge head likely contributes to that. It really reminds me of the feel of a Westvleteren Blonde in its feel. 4.0

T Very good and if it was any easier to get this beer I could test that theory. 4.0

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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 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 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 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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Photo of tendermorsel
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received from Delirum. Poured into a DT Tulip glass

Poured a nice golden color with a tick foamy head. No lacing present. Quite cloudy.

Bananas and dried fruits were present in the nose. Definately a Beligian blond not a pale ale. However, quite peppery and spicy and hoppy for a blond. There was a good amount of sediment in the beer. No alcohol taste present. Quite an interesting blond beer. Very easy drinking.

I would definately reccomend this beer. Another interesting DeStuise take on a traditional style.

Thanks Chris for the chance to try this rare treat.

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

Pours hazy gold with a twisting veil of fine sediment from the dregs. A one inch head of dense white froth settled down quite slowly, revealing clingy rings of lacework and a thick surface coating.
The brew was anxious to leave the bottle, as a slow gush was apparently immenent.

Lightly spicey and earthy in the nose. Peppery with cut grass, cumin, and hay. Hints of coriander, lemon pith, peach skins, and cloves.

Medium bodied with a effervescent, creamy mouthfeel. Crisp and snappy.

Light malt, earthy spice, and a wheat twang lead off the pallet. Quite hoppy in the "noble" sense, with plenty of pepper-studded cut grass, wet hay, and woody dryness.
Toasted cumin and ground coriander mingle with hints of dusty boards and a smidge of quanine.

Finishes persistantly drying, with a firm bitterness and lingering earthy tones.

This beer changes greatly in the glass. Super crisp and refreshing when cold, followed by some great yeasty complexities as it warms.
The amount of hops was unexpected and the beer touches the realm of Belgian IPA's, Witbier, and Saison all at once.
The hint of quanine in the finish makes me wonder if some Brett is taking hold, which would be most excellent.

Big ups to BA Delerium for the opportunity!

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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 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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