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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

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Photo of liamt07
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew Jason brought back from Belgium, 2011 vintage. 33cl bottle into a tulip.

Dark orange/brown with an offwhite head. Nose is sugary, caramelized dark fruits, some candy syrup and some bready qualities. Taste has some Belgian yeast and spice notes, complex fruit and bready character and even some suggestions of a milder fruity liqueur. Medium heavy body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden.

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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 Bendurgin
2.16/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

My brother gave this to me because he didn't like it. Well then, thanks. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy brown tan with just a small cap of white head.

This smells like grapes. More like a white wine than a beer on the aroma with a slightly tart edge. The pallet is boozy with sweet white grape blanket.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this one is going to down the drain. Complete fail.

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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 drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Geist, a De Struise tick. The more beers I drink from Struise I realize the less Struise I want to drink. This is a good example of a puffed up beer that doesn't even crack the realm of mediocre for the style, but there is a pot smoking jesus on the label so it must be edgy. Oh well.

Beer is dark amber and completely hazy, thick in the glass, thin white head, low carbonation, low retention, looks like a beer.

Aroma is sweet, holy hell is the aroma all malt, some alcohol.

Beer is medium in body and really sweet, it is like a hyperactive sweet tripel. You can taste the alcohol...for what it is I guess it is fine but for as expensive as this bottle gets, this is not a good beer. There are way better strong pales out there for half the cost and I won't be returning to this beer anytime soon.

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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 dgilks
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage drop shipped straight from Vleteren.

Very hazy golden colour. Persistent, long-lasting, blonde head. Very nice.

Bready, earthy, citrussy, fruity, spicy. There is a tripel here. It is a little strange but it works well.

Malty and smooth with lots of yeast character. There is citrus and clove. Some earthiness. Not bad.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

A reasonable beer. I don't mind the balance of yeast, malt, alcohol and earthiness here. It comes together fairly well.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2010 vintage and pours a dark copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is caramel candy,boozy alcohol,raisins soaked in brandy and fruitcake,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of caramel candy,fruitcake,marzipan,warming alcohol,cherries,spicy lemon and is finished nice and dry,overall its a nice drop full of interesting tastes and would love this at Xmas cheers.`

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Photo of danieelol
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Platinum Liquor

2010 Vintage

Pours a toffee but not that dark with great head and lacing.

Smell is classic English barleywine at first. Then some rauchmalt comes in. Then some of that earthy Struise character. Just like a really good version of an English barleywine. Perhaps some English hops and booze in there too. Thick and malty.

Taste has more of that vaguely rauchy bitterness. Has a lot of that earthy Struise character coming through. Sweetness when in the mouth but the aftertaste is dry and delicious. Think a sort of burnt blue cheese in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is good, gets a thin character where it needs it then expands to bring on the flavour. Decent carb on the high side for style (EBarleywine, not BSPA).

Overall this is a great beer. Pretty unique too, gets those lovely aged English Barleywine flavours with none of the cloying sweetness or booze, which while there does not detract from the beer. Then adds some of that funky cheesiness. Of course, pretty much everything De Struise makes is awesome so that should be expected.

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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 spicelab
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to [email protected] for getting in one of my favourite breweries.

Toffee amber with a beige head of a finger or so, moderate density, that falls to a slightly raised ring.

Kind of a funky-lactic fusion. Very different and bizarre. Balsamic, brandy snap, dried citrus peel, cut grass, sweaty socks, band-aids, doughy yeats and miscellaneous dry spice.

Taste is even more raucous. Quite hard to place the flavours with any confidence, but I get bay leaves, orange peel, cassia and an oddball flavour that is something like massively over-extracted coffee blended with moist soil.

Not a heavy body for the ABV. Lowish carbonation for a Belgian strong. Dries out a little towards the end.

Super interesting beer that is really difficult to deconstruct. Does become hard going towards the end though, with one definitely enough in a session.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped Lot B 9 09.

A: I love the label, and at $7.50 I have high hopes. Poured gently, little head forms and the beer is a pleasant straw-yellow-brown, hazy but translucent.

S: Strong and sharp, with noticeable booze and spice and fruit. Apricot and plum (EDIT: after looking at BuckeyeNation's review, it seems this beer was aged on stone fruits like these?).

T: Superlative! Sweet molasses or candi sugar is balanced by a tart, astringent fruitiness, reminiscent of under ripe peach and dried apricot. Spice and clean grain dances in the background; tripelly. Unusual, but very pleasant. The apricot is perhaps over-dominant, though I'm not complaining. Drying endtaste.

M: Sharp and spicy. Fruity and tart. Excellent and compelling.

O: I would like to thank the stranger in the beer store who picked this up and placed it in my cart with the stern warning that I avoid trying this beer at my peril. It is, in fact, a magnificently constructed and executed 'Christmas ale', one whose strength lies in challenging conceptions of a Belgian Christmas beer -- who says they have to be dark? Highly recommended, despite the relatively high price point.

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Photo of JayQue
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach. Pricey at 9.99 a bottle. pours a hazy deep orange color into my Chimay goblet. Delicate highly carbonated head that fades out quickly. Film lacing down the side of the glass when you tilt it.

Good aroma. Grapes and pears, candi sugar and some spices.

Good flavor, definitely a Christmas oriented ale. The spices come out in the taste, especially the cinnamon. There is black pepper and cardamon as well. The fruit is quite prominent as well as the candi sugar sweetness. I believe there is some honey as well.

Mouthfeel is rich. A touch of alcohol warming and the black pepper play with the tongue.

Overall a very solid Belgian ale.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

small bottle
bought at K&L
drank at home
A: amber color. hazy. 4
S: pears. caramel. candi sugar. 3
T: strong caranel. hot alcohol. sone candi sweetness. low hopiness. 3
M: medium body. low carb. 3
O: not too drinkable due to high alcohol and unbalanced caramel.

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Photo of shleepy
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from 750 mL into wine glasses.

A: Hazy amber; small head.

S: Caramel, maybe also pears or something like that. Smells too sweet for my tastes.

T: Strong caramel notes. A little fruitiness, a little spice.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Meh. Far too sweet and uninteresting for my tastes. It's not awful, though... I think I've just had too many great ultra-dry beers.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht. Had the regular and the Reserva back to back.

From a bottle into my Struise glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Tenne orange in color, hazy, with lots of carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a thick foam cap that remains the whole time and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Very nice looking brew.

SMELL: Pale malts, green fruit, mostly apples and pears, with some floral hops and spicy notes. Yeast and gram crackers as well. A bold enough fruit component with a hoppy, yeasty base.

TASTE: Pale and toasted malts with some green fruits. Apples and pears again, then lots of flowery hop bitterness at the swallow. Bolder and lingering aftertaste is bitter and spicy with coriander, pepper, and some nice yeasty qualities. Some alcohol lingers as well. Tasty stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a scratch at the swallow and finishes rather dry on the palate. Good feel, though a touch too much burn perhaps.

OVERALL: Really enjoyed this one. Struise makes a lot of good stuff, and this is no exception. I will also say that I enjoyed this one more than in the Reserva, as the barrel aging seems to have muted some of the complexities and mellowed it out a little too much. In the end, these were both fun to check out. Recommended.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy dark orange amber. Light head and lacing. Light fruit and sweet malt aroma. Sweet fruits, leaning towards peach and pear flavors and a mild malt backbone. Faint spicing. Fairly mild flavored for the body and appearance. Flavors opened up and became more interesting as it warmed. Pleasant and somewhat different flavor for a BSPA. I will definitely buy this again

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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 Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Struise Tsjeeses
De Struise Brouwers

Appearance: A deep golden orange with some yeast sediment after a careful pour.

Smell: Fruity nose, with notes of peach, pear and herbs. Somewhat sweet and honey like. Small waft of alcohol.

Taste: Mellow and fruity, no hint that this is 10%. There is a mild but complimentary hops presence, with some pine, herb and tangerine flavor. Toffee, a little sweet. Very light stewed spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, solid carbonation.

Overall: A really interesting brew, a bit one dimensional, but a nice dimension to be in. A solid holiday offering.

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Photo of bonkers
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter, and it was a gusher. The beer was too heady, murky, lots of floaters. The aroma is spicy and sweet. The beer was too spicy for my liking, I could not place what spice it was, but there was too much of it. The beer had a lingering finish and noticeable heat. The body is medium, good carbonation, and noticeable alcohol. The spiciness was not for me.

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Photo of haz77
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

A - Pours a clear, bright copper with three fingers of firm off-white head. This very slowly falls to a rocky cap. Half a dozen small streamers are visible. Good start.

S - Fruity esters, plasticky phenols, clove, orange peel, coriander, light whiff of banana, some floral notes, a slight vinous presence in the background. Nice balance.

T - The start is candied orange along with a refined citric edge. Fruity esters transition into caramel flavours which round out and mellow the middle of the beer. This moves into a vinous note and a soft spike of spicy phenols. A perfumed floral character lingers in the aftertaste along with light hop bitterness. The alcohol is barely perceptible. As with the aroma, great balance.

M - Medium body with delicate, persistent carbonation that allows some creaminess to come through, before finally dispersing it towards the finish. A common theme I've found with De Struise is the consistently excellent mouthfeel.

D - Yet another fine beer from this brewery. Looks good, the smells and taste are well balanced, integrated and transition sublimely, with the mouthfeel perfectly offsetting it all. What more can you ask for?

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. Lot B 9 09

A - Very cloudy and light copper in color with yellows and reds at the edges. Off-white head never rises above a small cap in size. Leaves a small amount of patchy lacing.

S - Musty herbal fruit. Some hints of maybe clove and allspice. Not much really jumping out with this one.

T/M - Picks up in the taste. Spicy orange rind and lemon zest. Keeps me guessing. One sip is all fruit with some sweetness, while the next is full of spice. Medium body that starts really wet with good carbonation, and finishes surprisingly very dry.

O - Glad I got to try this one. Little bit different from what I was thinking going into it. Thanks to sliverX for sending in the 10s=ME BIF.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, 'Best Before: B, 6, 2013'. Emptied (mostly) to a 'Moinette' goblet at cellar temperature (45-50F). I'm not certain who sent/brought this, but I'm almost certain it was BanditBrewingCo; if so, thanks, Alan!

Label: looks like an inebriated/strung out Santa Claus. OK, that's EXACTLY what it is. 'Beer brewed with love, you better drink wisely!' Really, a simple demand from a label.

A: Careful pour, but still lots of floaty bits... I guess 3 years in the cellar will do that. Otherwise, it's a lovely golden-amber with a stubby but lasting head, creamy off-white with a clinging ring and crescent film. Nothing much for lace. Meh.

S: An earthy and kind of fruity nose, one that hints at tangerine or orange sherbet. That 'can't-quite-put-my-finger-on-it' Belgian yeasty spice strains my nostrils (and, inadvertently, my taste buds). It starts modestly enough, then turns on the jets as warming begins; sweet and bready, spicy and alluring.

T: Toffee/caramel malt, orange scone, sweet and herbal cloves and slightly grassy bitterness. Lots of bready yeast, but a surlier sort of dry spicing for balance. More ash and dusty earthiness to finish. It's a prototypical Belgian in all regards: flavorful, balanced.

M: Fabulous feel, as creamy and rich as (the best of) any strong Belgian I've encountered. A thick mouthfeel without being very chewy/sticky. The slightest warmth, but acceptable from a big beer like this. Again, I can't get over just how perfectly creamy the feel is.

O: Flavors are quite good and feel is opulent ~ too bad for the cloudy fallout and a strong, but one-dimensional nose! I don't know how much time is 'right' for aging this beer but at 3+ years in the cellar and with over a year to go before the 'Best Before' date, I'll deem this ideal for drinking right now. Yep, my 'overall' is greater than the sum of its parts, but so be it... I see this around occasionally and gladly have one again!

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an ommegang chalice. LOT: C 8 10

pours out a deep murky orange color, lots of sediment. a little red in the light. thin yet some what retentive head. doesnt really leave much lacing. not the huge billowy head im used to with this style.

a little boozey alcohol, somewhat solvent. vineous, wine like fruits, pears. mild yeast phenols and mild spice. caramel candied malt sweetness.

candied malt sweetness, a bit of caramel, a nice doughy/ bready flavor, some slightly restrained yeast phenols and the slightest hint of spice. some wine like notes as well, maybe a little apple and pear. warming finish.

bigger side of medium bodied. couldve used a touch more carbonation and a slightly dryer finish.

pretty right on for the style, nicely made. i look forward to the reserva.

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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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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
4.01 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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