Struiselensis | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 02-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by erz316:
Photo of erz316
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 floz bottle into maudite snifter. I don't know why, maybe it is the dull grey and white color scheme with those red stars, but if I were to have a soviet russian commie beer, the label would probably look something like this, except with more mother russia, and less whatever the hell that is on the cover.

A - a solid hazy yellow when held up to the light. seems a ibt more orange when not. almost no foam for the head is formed, only a fleeting half finger layer, which dissipates to a thin layer around the edge of the glass. a belgian with no head? really? I would have though this very unlikely, but I guess it was bound to happen at one time.

S - well, it definitely has the funky brettanomyces in it. there is no way that this is a pale ale, so I might as well judge it as a sour. the nose for it is fine, has the funk and all, but it is lacking much of anything else: could use some hops or a bigger malt nose. moreover, the nose isnt very strong.

T - just kind of a sour, astringent taste. I cant really get anything past this. it is just like a sour seltzer water or something. the initial is like biting into the most sour granny smith you have ever eaten, almost like a crab apple at times. the finish is more bitter than sour, and the aftertaste is an acquired taste.

MF&D - thin body, plenty of small scale bubbles. goes down smooth, but I cant say the taste is really helping.

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Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a fluted tulip glass, the pour produces a compact, bubbly white head. Dusty amber color, with plenty of carbonation streams. Not much lacing, and soon all that's left is a faint ring around the edge. After 15 minutes of sipping, it looks like a still Lambic in the glass. Served cool, around 45-50ºF.

Indistinct persimmon or pear aroma, some mild oak, with a touch of Bretty barn blankets as it warms to room temperature. A mildly sharp sense of tartness, also a final whiff of alcohol when swirled.

Bright and fruity, moderate lemony tartness, juicy with a puckering finish at first. Seltzery mineral water in the first sips. Not much wood, but the wild bacteria have a gentle presence, hanging out around the edges. Complexity seems to have room to grow.

In the first sips, the feel was lively and carbonated, but a couple swirls of the glass seemed to render it lifeless. Still, it had certain similarities to traditional Lambic, it's bright tartness and still appearance.

Struiselensis was very thirst quenching, and also reminded me of the wild experiments from Jolly Pumpkin, namely Oro and Calabaza Blanca. It seemed to have the potential to age well. I hope to see what the bugs produce in 6 months time.

5/2009: 1 year cellared bottle. Foam crackled and faded fast, virtually no head. Nose had some similarity to Orval. Still dry and tart, Brett presence is moderate. Not a bad cellar candidate, though it didn't seem to change all that much.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cost was 5 euro for a 33cl bottle @ Pikkulintu in Helsinki. Expectations were high given the brewery. Served into a tulip.

Reviewed from notes taken July 2015.

HEAD: None. Just an off-white floater ring. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. The ring itself recedes within 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Clear vibrant copper with plainly visible floating yeast particles.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a good looking lively sour, but has no stand-out or unique characteristics.

AROMA: Subtle but pungent sourness - probably a 5/10 in terms of intensity. Green apple, hay, light funky brettanomyces, clean barley, white wine, oak wood, intricate multifaceted wild yeast(s), and hints of cidery acidity.

Aromatic intensity is above average. I don't find the cereal grains you'd expect in a true gueuze, but this works to its benefit.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Taste follows the aroma.

The smacky acidic mouthfeel is fantastic, accentuating the green apple and intricate yeast notes that make up the heart of the beer. The medium body, smoothness, and wetness make it refreshing but assertive, and together these characters set off the twangy funkiness nicely. The liveliness of the brew is a highlight, and the yeast character is fantastic. Shockingly well-balanced. Gestalt and complex. Thee's an impressive harmony of texture and taste, and I quite like it.

OVERALL: Near effortless in its drinkability. A remarkable, enjoyable ber from one of the world's best breweries. At its 5 euro pricetag, I'd happily buy a second bottle. That said, Struise does do better, and more bacterial intricacy would elevate the beer.

High B (3.69)

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-accented honey with lemon peel trim. The modest-sized crown is dull ivory in hue and is almost featureless. The foam was snap-crackle-and-poppy immediately after the pour, has a smooth surface, and is leaving no lace. The beer looks pretty good, but the head is disappointing to say the least.

The nose is heavenly for those who love bug beer. It's impossible to distinguish between the yeast (Brett) and the bacteria (Pedio), but no matter. The friendly funkiness has a sweet-tart undertow that suggests that this will be more than just a one-trick pony.

Struiselensis is good beer that might have been outstanding with a better mouthfeel. At least there's a generous amount of malt for the 6.0% ABV. Thankfully, the Munich must have been added with a thimble because its toasted earthiness is nowhere to be found.

Same with the Challenger and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. Although the finish tightens up just a bit, tart-n-tangy fruit (peaches and pears) and barnyard funk are the stars of this show. Regarding the 'slightly sour' comment on the label, moderately sour is closer to the truth. In any case, this would be a good starting place for the uninitiated to see what the wild ale fuss is all about.

The body/mouthfeel isn't quite as bad as first suspected. It's nothing, at least, that more finely tuned bubbles couldn't fix. A fluffy, mouthfilling creaminess would have probably increased each of the final three scores one notch.

If De Struise Brouwers can figure out that whole carbonation thing, they have a winner on their hands with Struiselensis. It's also possible that I got a less than representative bottle. Even at $6.99, I'm willing to give it another shot. Who knew that germs could taste so good?

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a somewhat hazy yellow orange with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates. Plenty of active carbonation. Aromas start out with crisp pale malts alongside musty, vinegar and barnyard accents. Somewhat fruity and citric. Sour and yeasty.

First sip brings a crisp, somewhat sweet pale body upfront that moves into tart 'n sour funky notes. Barnyard accents with light vinegar undertone. Fruity, citrus flavors underneath with a grape skin afterthought. The brew finishes quite dry with a lingering crisp tartness. Throughly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, an easy drinking brew with a great sour twist. Good carbonation as well. This goes down incredibly easily and I love what the Brett did here. It never gets too sour. This is well worth seeking out and quite a tasty treat!

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a cloudy apricot hued body with a tiny white head that quickly vanishes. Sparse lacing, but the body exhibits lots of active carbonation.

Aroma is very subtle, boasting notes of white grapes, green apple skins, and moist and earthy oak logs.

Sour and tart mouthfeel has a light medium body and low carbonation.

Taste has fruity green apples, apple cider vinegar, and white grapes. Very tannic, but not the funkiness one would expect from the wild yeast strains. Not at all complex at this stage.

Quite enjoyable as a sour ale but this one needs some age to allow the "wildies" to work their magic.

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Photo of simoen
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of glid02
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Green's in Atlanta. Was the only one I saw so I snagged it.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a fizzy half-finger head that quickly recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

Smells largely of Brett with a good amount of tart citrus fruits. Robust.

Tastes a lot more sour than I was expecting. It made me pucker at first, but as I came to expect it I found a bit of sweet citrus fruits that joined in.

Mouthfeel is good, it's got a good thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. It's still too sour for me to call this very drinkable. It's good, but one is enough for me.

Overall I'm glad I picked this one up. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Riv3r
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer as a single bottle for curiosity's sake.

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance is a pale yellow with an orange tint.

Head is minimal.

Aroma is concentrated apple and lemon with cinnamon overtones.

Mouthfeel is light and airy.

This beer has an unusual sour and sweet flavor, almost like an apple-flavored sweet-tart. Apple and lemon flavors are complemented by the sweet and sour base of this beer.

Minimal, crisp aftertaste. Would accompany hard cheeses well.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle. Beer poured an orange straw color, a bit cloudy with an thick white head. Nice brett notes in the nose, some definite fruit tones as well. The taste is nice and tart, some sour cherry and other fruit notes. There is also a touch of a hop character on the back end that makes for a very well rounded beer. This beer really says that it is a gueze or lambic but it wonderful either way.

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Photo of RomanW70
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange gold with a small white head. Aroma of straw, yeast, and tart citrus. Taste is quite sour and funky, with some very strong cider-like notes. Honestly, tastes like a really funkyt cider, which isn't a bad thing Really unique, interesting beer.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to finally see this one in Alaska. Hopefully pannepot will come some day!

Pours a slightly hazy (chill?) yellow with orange tints and an ok stark white head. Nose is of tart funk with some vinous flanders like notes. Taste follows. A good funkiness, horse blanket, vinous flavors, plenty of fruit like flavors through the middle and on the end. A good tartness, but a smooth finish. Certainly some lambic-like flavor in here, but alot of flanders like sourness as well, with the light fruit and sort of appley taste found in some belgian pales. A very complex and interesting beer, sort of a style defier. I love those. mouthfeel is good, maybe a touch thin. Drinkability is good for a beer with some tart character, but for the "listed style" it is not terribly spectacular. Overall a good and very interesting brew. One to revisit, but can't see myself drinking this regularly. A good brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkabl pale ale, thanks to tomthompson89. Cloudy yellow with generous white head and noticeable dot lacing. This wild ale was most integrated with a nice controlled tartness and molded into soft yeasty understated flavours and was all around satisfying.Akin to what Russian River is making but even more drinkable, though not as bold flavour.

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Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a golden color with a slight orange tint to it. There's a bit of a hazy look to it. It's capped with a foamy white, one finger head. Retention was pretty short and a very light coat of lace remained on the glass.

Smell: The nose certainly suggests the use of Brett. There's a bit of a funky barnhouse smell to it. It's not exactly strong, but its presence is easily noted. There are sweet fruity notes of sweet apple, pear, and grapefruit. It is a little earthy and grainy. A very light vinegar aroma emerges late. It's a nice smelling beer, but I wouldn't characterize it as deep.

Taste: Initially, it's sweet and fruity. There's a nice mix of apple, pear, lemon, and grapefruit. It's a little sugary and tart. Brett obviously was incorporated and gives it a light funky flavor. But, it really pales in comparison to some Brett beers out there. I actually like the flavor pretty well. Restraint proved to be a positive here. There is an earthy or grainy aspect to it that's well done. It's faint, but it's there. No alcohol is noted here. It's blended well. It finishes sweet and a little tart. But, again, it is a nicely restrained tart flavor. Ultimately, it's got a good taste, but doesn't really "wow" like some sours do.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a nice smooth feel. Carbonation is active and prevents it from attaining a creamy or silky feel. Nonetheless, it's pretty well done. Drinkability is good. A single bottle's plenty for me. I'm not one for pounding down sours. But, it goes down pretty easy.

De Struise did a pretty good with this. It's got just enough tartness and pizzazz to be a good sour beer. It's really not deep enough to compete with some of the top releases out there though. It's primarily lacking a nice oak flavor. That adds a lot of character in these beers, in my most humble opinion. In any event, it is a solid beer that's definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark golden color with light amber hue. Little head.

S - Tart apple seems to doninate for me. The leather and barnyard was there, but more nuanced. Light strawberry noted as well.

T - Intense and sour at first, not quite Cantillon intense, but still... Grassy and Humbolt Fog-esque after the sourness subsides. This leads to a rather subtle pear finish, with lasting tingles and my mouth tries to recover from the entry. The earthiness does start to show after the sourness goes away as well, with mushroom and barnyard poping up near the finish.

M - Prickly and midbodied, pretty much what you'd expect.

D - I love the idea, taking from both authentic lembeek and the farmhouse/saison styles to create one super funky ass beer.The lembeek dominates here, and hides the farmhouse a lot to me, although I'm not sure it would be possible to avoid that.Fun beer to say the least, and a good example as to why sour beers are becoming the rage.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Really an outstanding ale! It has a lot of the characteristics I associate with a gueuze, and while it isn't quite as dry as a traditional gueuze it manages to be sweet in a "beery" way as opposed to sweetened lambics.

My first impression is apple cider vinegar and pineapple. There is some kiwifruit, blueberry, and blackberry in there too. It definitely emphasizes the fruitier aspects of brett while embracing the tartness of pedio without letting either go totally to town (or they are a better back-sweetener than most brewers, which is possible).

The only bad thing I have to say about it is that it is a little watery in the mouthfeel. It isn't so bone dry as to give a knacky-cleanliness but it also isn't malty enough to really have anything be there.

A very nice brew, I'm glad I didn't go into this wanting a gueuze, because it would fail at that (or at least pale in comparison to the likes of Cantillion) but what it manages to do is incorporate things that I really like in gueuzes into something that is still recognizable as "beer" as opposed to a libation from an alien planet. It's like a berliner weiss taken to the next level. Oh, forget it, it is genius. A really good brew. If you like sour beers, you need to check this out. Period. Especially with the fruity brett. No barnyard here.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

De Struise Struiselensis pours up very effervescent with a starkish white head that encompasses the glass then collapses over the hazy deep golden-yellowish body. The lightly acidic (pediococus) aroma is ripe with citrus fruits (lemon, lime, tangelo) and a bit funky with a noticeable brett character (earthy barnyard, horse blanket, etc...) with some sourness, a mild spiciness (black peppercorn, clover, coriander), and some warmth that add to the overall complexity. The gravitational flavor starts off with a light graininess with just a touch of Poperinge hoppiness. The spiciness from the hops, earthiness from the brettanomyces, and the tartness from the pedio creates a phantasm of flavors. This medium-light bodied specialty is quite carbonated making the body seem a touch thin. However, the tastebuds will be happily entertained. Pick up a few bottles to enjoy at your next soiree. Here's to the "sturdy brewers" and their fine artisanal specialties!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of alleykatking
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color. One finger off-white head that stays for a little bit. Splotchy lacing as I drink it down. Some light floaties in this one....mmmm.

S- Nice barnyard funk right off the bat. Some light hay notes along with some citrus undertones. Vinegary notes mixes with a light apple backbone. Some floral notes....nice brett funk throughout the entire nose.

T- A lot of unexpected sourness right off the bat. When I had this last time there was no big sour punch like this. Brett funkyness right in the front with a clean lemon and ripe apple taste to it. Wine like vinegary notes throughout with a sweet ending. This all seems to wash away at the last second before it goes all the way down the hatch.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high for my liking. Funky sourness with lemon left on the palate with a clean barnyard hay aftertaste. Vinegar style sourness clings to the teeth and rest of the palate. Very drying beer on the palate. Flavors blend together very well but still individual overall.

D- This beer has been aging perfectly. I can't complain one bit about how this one is turning out. It really does seem to be getting better with age. I hope to pick some more of this one up here soon. Drinks well now and should drink well in another couple years as well!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An blonde, slighty sour ale, the result of experimentation that combines Brettanomyces Bruxellensis and Pediococus Cerivisae from Wyeast with brewing skills out of the wild Woesten.

A: Poured a bright orange with a slight haze and flat, fizzy bone white head that quickly settled to a bare surface. No visible lacing was observed with a light-moderate carbonation.

S: tart raspberries, with a funky farmhouse aroma, musky grains, and oranges. Overall, light-moderate in strength, with a decent funkiness but just didn't impress me as much as I hoped.

T: sour tangerines, with musky fruit. Tart, citric and cellar like yeastiness with a pungent sour tangerine finish. My complaint would be a lack of complexity and transition of flavor, was pretty mono-tone from start to finish. Was pretty mouth-puckering for a label that said was a slightly sour blonde ale.

M: a medium viscosity, was pretty filling and oily with a tiny tingle of carbonation before fading to a strong, pungent sourness of tangerines with a moderately lasting fade.

D: Tart, citric and leaves a carbonation bite in the pit of the stomach. Not one you want to drink all night. Respectable but somehow was expecting more.

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Photo of jsilva
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330 mL bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale pours with a pale golden straw color, clear but for a slight tinge of haze. A large, cola-like head erupted on pour and looked and sounded like 7-Up. The head was gone as quickly as it arose.

S: The nose is funky, acidic with a great pucker factor that was much stronger in the initial head.

T: The first sip reveals lots of funky critters that impart a barnyard's array of flavors. Green apple and tart cherry pop up lead the first wave of tartness with a lactobacillus/pedicoccus element. Only as those sour flavors fade do the brettanomyces elements kick in. In between, a malty sweet blonde ale that is generally nondescript manages to pop up. Elements of the blonde body and the funk linger in the mouth long after the sip is gone.

M: The mouthfeel manages to incorporate a lot of flavors without pushing the palate too far. This ale may require some additional aging to further enhance the tartness.

D: Reasonably drinkable with an alcohol body that never gets in the way. My second bottle is going to stay buried away for several more months.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a nice pure white fizzy head with exceptional retention and great lacing. Aroma is perfectly balance between some dry hops notes and some tart yeasty notes. Taste is really well balance between some tart notes with light sour notes and a dry European hops finish. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. I thought this was a perfect take on a Orval type of beer and resemble what I thought Ommegang Ommegeddon should have tasted like.

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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only a half inch of off white head quickly fades to just a skim in a minute. Body is straw golden in color. Nose is full of crisp bready tartness and hints of sour cherries. With initial sip it is shrill ans super sour but that is only the initial shock. It mellows with following sips with long candied like sweetness along with a yeasty funk that hangs onto the back of the tongue. Leaves a very pleasant tangy crisp feel on the back of the tongue. A nicely sour, drinkable wild ale(although the style catagory says belgian pale).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up yet another gen at Bruisin Ales last weekend. I had long awaited trying this one out, and I was sure it would not dissapoint. Served chilled, and poured into a snifter. This gem was enjoyed on 11/17/2008.

The pour was very nice, a rich golden amber presented itself tight off the bat. Nice and cloudy with some light carbonation at first, which died down quickly. Nice head of half inch white foam thart clumped on the top quickly and faded down with a nice amount of side glass lacing.

The aroma was simply wonderful. Rich horse blanket funkiness ruled the day here. Like a 97 ghost on the funk tip, this stuff was rich. Deep and resinous it just would not quit. Carried over well into the flavor. It was just an assault of vinegar on the taste buds from the first moment it poured, nothing subtle here at all. Rolled across the tongue with a mellow smoothness, this was straight up sour from the get. Clean finish that puckered the lips and left me yearning to come back for more.

Overall this was an excellent sour beer, and should be classified as such. No real pale in this one, it was a yeast explosion. One of the better sours I have had lately. I will look to pick up this one again.

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Struiselensis from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 155 ratings