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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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

EBC:14, IBU:32, OG:1093, FG:1018, ABV:10%
Hops: Marynka, Brewers Gold

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours peachy golden with very white topping, and lace on the way down. Some spiciness in the nose, and certainly in the taste, as cinammon and sugar and cardamon impart sweetness. Livey carbonation that adds to mouthfeel. Quite tasty and drinkable, dangerous 10% that feels and tase a bit boozy.Pricey bottle from Premiere Gourmet.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark lightly hazy amber orange with a firm and thick white head that is long lasting; nice looking.

Nose is medium candy sugar/Belgian malt/fruit. Sweet, lightly floral and with some cooked bananas and peaches.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty rich.

Flavors are complex and layered. Sweet malt gives way to some alcohol all through the mid palate and then goes to a bit of fruit, carmel, toffee and light coffee.

Finishes with grapefruit hops. Interesting integration. Spicy malty flavors with a hop finish. Pleasant.

I would prefer more of a statment. Go for the fruit/malt or go for the bitter. This one is not balanced sufficiently to really be a pleasing drink.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty looking dark honey color with a very small 1/2 inch head that fades to nothing. Very little spotty lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark candied fruits, sweet malt, and winter spices. Tastes of dark fruits, winter spices, sweet malts. There is an alcohol presence here at 10% ABV. Carbonation level is good and beer is a bit thick. Drinkability is good, especially for the ABV. The smell and taste are superb but I think I would only have one of these at a time.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark orange in color and has a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of apricots and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of apricots, caramel, oranges and spices
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: This is definitely a sipping beer given its strength although the alcohol content is well masked making this rather drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a mat-finish dot-matrix-type of label, the fine brewers of Struise further insult our senses of taste with an elfin image of hippie-Jesus with embarrassing retro-Oakley sunglasses. Are you kidding me? This beer has got to be killer to overcome its defects in marketing and advertising.

Opening with a muddy goldenrod color isn't helping much as the typical sprite appearance is weighted down with excessive yeast haze and an inordinate amount of sediment. But capped with an eggshell white foamy head, the Belgiany froth is withstanding and appetizing from start to finish.

Aromas further exude confidence as a melange of fruit and spice entertain the nose. Ripe red apples, melons, pear, apricot, and mangoes all align for a candied scent that's uniquely pleasant. A counterpart of spice comes in softer waves- first coriander, then clove, white pepper, and earthy cumin before I dive right into taste.

Flavors ensue with a focus on tropical and mild citrus fruit, but doing so in a honey dipped and Pez-like kinda sweetness. Thinned with pleasant cider acidity and white wine vinous complexities, the beer balances with spices and tannin as much as it does moderately earthy hops. A delicious rebuttal from white pepper, cumin, celery seed, and light aniseed all provide a balance to fruit and malt and provides a seamlessly alcoholic tasting finish.

Medium throughout, the beer's textures is richly honey-like to start, but the spritzy attitude of sparkling white wine interrupts the residual sweetness and gives a much needed pepper and zest quality that takes the beer into finish with a cotton candy-like evaporation.

Despite being an ugly duckling of a beer, the taste is nothing short of amazing. It not only forms "proper" impressions in taste, but excells in the supple sweetness that makes Belgian-style beers magical. I just with it pushed further and challenged me to award it with even higher scores.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high on account of the brewery. Based on the description on the label, this seems to be a winter warmer (not a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale" as listed on the site as of today). These Belgian Strong style epithets get thrown around haphazardly.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are expected.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, white colour, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is a hazy dark peach. Intriguing but nothing specific impresses me.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, peach fruit esters, toasted malts, spices, cream, and heavy clean malts. Some biscuit malts perhaps. A light hop aroma (neither bittering nor floral). Spices.

T: More hoppy than expected, intruding on the balance unfavorably. Some caramelized malt, but little toasted. Peach fruit esters. Biscuity yeast. Hints of lemon yeast. No alcohol except as a pleasant warming sensation. Disappointing compared to to the promise of the aroma, which goes unfulfilled. A bit imbalanced. Decently built, but I expect far more from Struise.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to allow the flavours to come through. Neither too thick nor too thin.

Dr: A big disappointment from De Struise. Doesn't deliver on the promise of the aroma. Too hoppy. Built strangely for the style. Very well hidden ABV; this could be dangerous.


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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty orange color, tan foam initially that fades to a skim later on. Tiny dark suspended particles. Candied fruit and alcohol in the aroma, which can be overlooked as a "Belgian X-Mas Ale". Strong rich flavors, caramel, stewed fruit, very mild spice level. Alcohol seems to be lurking at the edges, reinforcing that this is a slow sipper. Dry finish with lingering fruit in the aftertaste. Some vegetal hop character that I can't really endorse or veto, it reminded me of a homebrew I had once, but not in an amateur sense at all. One and done, this was worth a try.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of fonefan: Poured a deep dirty beige color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention and some great lacing. Aroma of fruity (peach) ester with a spicy peppery yeast. Taste is also a mix between the very nice fruity ester and the peppery yeast with a dry hoppy finish. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Maybe a touch too sweet for my personal tastes but a very good example of the style nonetheless.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into unibroue snifter

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention with some lace rings. Color is a hazed dull golden bronze.

Aroma: A lot of spice and yeast flavors. Lemons, coriander, cloves, bananas, and a touch of alcohol showing. Some grassy herbal herbal hops as well. Not bad.

Taste: Bready and creamy. More malts show here. A bit of toffee. Herbal grassy hops. A lot of spices. Coriander and cloves with some nutmeg and bananas. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Dry and clean, but spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. A bit of alcohol shows. Ends very dry.

Overall, not a bad trippel. I am definitely enjoying this one. A bit dry for me, but overall I like it and think it is fairly drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, lot C/8/10. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a dense 2 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, herbal, floral, pepper, earth, citrus zest, and light funkiness. Some pretty nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of grape, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, earth, citrus zest, candi sugar, bread, honey, caramel, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, earth, herbal, floral, candi sugar, and honey on the finish for a good bit. Good amount of complexity in flavors; with a big malt forward profile over spiciness. No cloying sweetness at all as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%; with only a slight warming noticed on the finish. Very smooth to sip on for the alcohol level. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Probably an older bottle as the spices are hardly evident. Quite enjoyable though regardless.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Belgian Christmas night.

Bright orange wheat hazy beer with lighter fizzy head.

Nose of hops, herbal and earthy as well as a little spicy, fresh hop pellets, a bit of saison Belgian malts.

Taste is very herbal and earthy hop flavors, pretty bitter, with some light saison malts and dry, a bit of spicy hops, a little chalky, some light fruit, and a bit of booze.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation, some warming booze.

Drinkability is OK, but the heavy bitterness and astringency overpower it, although the booze is typical for 10%.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

This was to be the last beer of my session, but less than halfway through, I ended up swapping it with my wife, who ordered a beer she didn't care for. Dammit!

Served in a tulip glass, this beer poured a slightly cloudy amber color mixed with ruby hues, and a foamy white head that receded quite a bit. Aroma of candi sugar, cherries, and wet grass. Taste of sweet malts, Bing cherries, grape skins, followed by some funky yeast and an appropriate dose of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange/amber, finger and half of nice creamy off-white head that slowly and "artistically" recedes.
Sweet juicy orchard fruit on the nose (apricot, peach, overripe apple, quince), sprinkled with candi sugar and some alcohol, caramel, some spicy yeasts and hop.
Wow, straight boozy cherry plum and persimmon, with a rich jammy stone fruit stickiness. Splash of honey, caramel later on, some orange peel. Getting close to a dark fruit character too, but mostly white raisin, light fig. Herbs, pepper, bit of clove and faint licorice. Finishes dry, a nice leafy hop edge that's quite bitter and cuts off sweetness and alcohol.
Aftertaste has bitter hop, spicy yeasts, light blond fruit, herbs and faint honeycomb. Medium body and carbonation. Tho the dry finish helps contain the booze, each new sip adds more and more, so be careful.
A really tasty strong Belgian ale, even tho i missed the targeted season by a month or so. Warms you up right away.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massively murky (and opaque) apricot with blurry amber borders and a four finger crown of sandstone colored foam. Although the head doesn't look tremendous, it improves as it melts and is beginning to deposit a respectable amount of soap sudsy lace. My love for unclear beer is the reason for the above score.

This holiday ale smells impressively golden fruity and even more impressively spicy. Unlike most beer of this style, which relies on yeast to provide those aromas and flavors, both fruit and spices were added. Technically, the beer spent time aging on fruit, but it wasn't added per se. Oh yeah, it smells great.

Tsjeeses was brewed to be a combination of 'a rich, malty tripel' and a spiced Christmas ale. Misson expertly accomplished. It's 'lagered' on various stone fruits prior to bottling (including apricots, plums and peaches), with each batch being a combination of those fruits that are available at the time.

Spices are added too, although the brewery won't tell us what they use. It all adds up to one bold, ballsy tripel/BSPA that is disappearing way too quickly. Let's go with shortbread cookies, loads of apricot and peach fruitiness, assorted herbs and plenty of clove. Sweet and spicy are nose and nose, while tangy and bitter are a few lengths behind. Coriander? Anise seed?

Are we sure the ABV isn't 7.5%? What a wonderful job of alcohol masking. The supple creaminess of the mouthfeel cannot be faulted. However, it doesn't quite have the expansive, mouthfilling excellence that is needed for the next highest score.

With the exception of Struisse Witte, I have had nothing but outstanding beer from De Struisse Brouwers. Tsjeeses Belgian X-Mas Ale is a bold and beautifully spiced tripel that will almost certainly appeal to any Belgian beer lovers who are fortunate enough to make its acquaintance.

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lot A Batch 9 9

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Murks up, zero head retention or lacing

S: Phenols, white pepper, & faint apricot notes. some boozey notes once warm

T: Apricot, pears, white grapes. a touch of cinnamon & yeasty spicyness, plus a touch of boozeyness up front. Faint breadyness as this warms along with pears dryness & a kiss of peach, honey plus some lemony hops thrown in for good measure as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty & spicy

MF: Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation; pretty nice balance

Pretty nice overall presentation, good one-off take on the style

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gem of a bottle I picked up on my last trip to Bruisin Ales. I grabbed a mixed sixer of basically all these brews, and a mighty pricey six pack it was! This was served as a well deserved nightcap last night. Served chilled, but closing in on room temperature and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 11/10/2008.

The Pour as very nice, a rich, light amber color with an enormous amount of haze and cloudiness to it just dropped into the bottle. Good amount of carbonation setup on this one as well. A large head of maybe three inches setup on top and took what seemed like forever for it to settle down, but once it did, it clung to every last bit of lace down the side of the glass.

The aroma was nothing like what I expected when I looked at the bottle. A nice, slightly sour, hoppy Belgian ale. Some spices detected as it warmed, maybe nutmeg or some pepper like spice, but mostly loaded with a sour, citrus blend here. Very nice and very well defined, sharp aroma. The flavor was more of the same, very rich here. A nice wave of strong citrus rolls across the tongue, this is the first thing you notice, biting, with a sharp cutoff, you need to take a second to realize where it is going. This mellows, comes back to a nice buttery like middle, similar to a big IPA, but fleeting as it meshes into that pepper like, nutmeg flavor I picked up on before. Interesting play here on the palate, and again not at all what I was expecting. Smooth, creamy feel on this one had the alcohol more then well hidden, it was a sipper for sure, but it did not come across anywhere near that strongly.

Overall a very solid, and very different take on the holiday Belgian ale. I really enjoyed this one as I felt the hops were rightfully placed and no where near overdone. Smooth and rich, I am going to have to go buy another one of these as quick as I can!

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small yeast clumps at the end of the pour. Lightly cloudy with a deep amber-orange color. Thick creamy off-white head. Leaves a blanket of lace.

Strong fresh candy-like perfume. Lots of caramel; light alcohol nose with a touch of hop.

This is a very rich beer which belies the strong alcohol kick. In a word: deceptive. Strong lightly sweet malt on the initial sip. This lingers through the aftertaste. Joining this is an increasing level of bitterness and warming alcohol. Still, this is a tale of sweet, barley wine-ish malt. If you like that style, you will likely love this.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear golden orange color with a very small layer of white foam.

S: Smells of spices and sweet malts. Caramel, honey, and light candi sugars along with candied orange peel and cinnamon. This is a super fragrant beer, but what's there is good.

T: Sweet honey and candi sugar with a touch of caramel. A little bit of toasted bread and some nice candied orange peel. Mild spice and floral notes and some light alcohol heat.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: Good but not my favorite. I was sort of let down by this, but such is life.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes. Murky amber color with beige head. Aroma is malty with honey notes, makes me think of a barleywine. There are some belgian yeast qualities present in the taste but still, it resembles more a barleywine. Carbonation is indeed higher and body is not very viscous. Overall it's a nice, non-traditional belgian Christmas beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

oak and sweet

a - Pours a copper color with about an inch of head. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts mostly. Hints of fruit and booze.

t - Taste follows nose...bready malts, spices, and fruit. Little bit of booze.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not a bad Belgian. Nice body, but would have liked a little more of the smell and taste as bready malts dominated them. Would give another chance.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Schneider Weisse glass at Local Option.

2011 vintage. I always feel odd when I don't know how to properly spell/pronounce beers. This one's just mean in that regard. It pours a clear sunrise brass-amber topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises mild fig, Belgian yeast, very light brown sugar, very light orange zest, and light caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with lots o' perfume-y flowers (seemingly lavender), pine resin, and plum. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty solid BSPA, though nothing all that earth-shattering or anything. I'd be interested in trying a fresher one, if only just to compare the experiences.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side with Tsjeeses Reserva.

The beer is hazy and appears dark copper colored. Small head with little lacing. The aroma offers malt, sweet breads, yeast, caramels, rain. The flavor offers caramel and butterscotch candies with additional notes of Belgian yeast and bready malt. The beer is relatively light bodied with fairly low carbonation. Solid, but not quite as good as the Tsjeeses Reserva.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10. This is a 2010 bottle.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears orange with many large particles stuck in suspension. A finger of white foam appears and fades back to a thin film. Spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is yeasty with a fruitiness like orange rind and some spicy notes fill in the back of the nose.

Each sip upfront is quite spicy with alcohol. The taste includes somewhat bitter quaity with an orange rind flavor. Hops present themselves with more of an herbal and spicy component as it warms. A mild grainy sweetness lingers underneath.

Medium to light bodied with a modest level of carbonation. At times it seems a bit watery. Overall this brew seems a bit young with a green yeastiness playing a big portion in the flavor. I found this brew to be a bit ackward. Not much present in this brew to give it a real "Christmas" beer feel outside of the label. The young yeast taste mixed with the herbal flavors was a strange combination.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with considerable haze and lots of floaties. Bubbly white head dissipates to a cap and leaves minimal lace. Smells of nutmeg and cinnamon, very sweet and fruity, lots of brown sugar and dark fruits mixed with some Belgian yeast funk. Flavor is heavy on the yeasty funk side with a spicy fruitiness that finishes kind of dry. A bit of alcohol and fruit on the finish. Taste is both sweet and sour at different times. Really complex and hides the alcohol really well. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is ample, body is medium to thick. If this one tiny bottle wasn't 8 bucks I would drink this more often. Great brew.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2008 bottle, bought off shelf and drank in 2013.

Pours a medium nutty brown color, thick and cloudy with lots of floaties. Pretty nice white head. Belgian "pale" ale my ass.

Smells pretty quad like--very malty, nutty, yeast, bananas, hints of other fruit, booze, really a lot going on. Definitely smells like it has a few years on it.

Taste has a lot of the same but less sweet, has a slightly fruity almost vinous character. Good, but less complex than I expected.

Body very thick and rich, booze still shows a bit. Kindof a sipper but feels pretty good.


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