Doppel Strauss | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rvdoorn on 11-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by PapaEugene:
Photo of PapaEugene
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

DRankk this new struise creation at the GREAT Borefts bierfestival 2009.

A: A dark ruby color with no head worth mentioning.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, cabbage and some notes of wood and smoke.

T: Roasted malts, caramel, toffee, wood and grapefruit.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

D: A great beer for sure. Too bad for the the cabbage tone in the smell.

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Photo of simoen
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an odd a member of this style as one can imagine. Foamer, leaving a mahogoney brown bottle with a ring of white bubbles to top it. Aged and boozy, old ale/rich malt aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Irish moss imparts a grassy bitterness to the sweetness and its a contest. More sweetness in the finish along with a roastiness. Drinkability, nicer with a pie or dessert.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown colour with a large tanned head that reduces to a decent film.

S - Very fruity and even melon type aromas with malty notes.

T - Wow very unusual for a doppelbock, heaps of fruits including light and dark. cloves and chocolate and a nice boozyness.

M - Medium body and well balance carbonation.

D - A really different beer from De Struise that I really recommend

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Photo of Jeffo
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, four finger, medium-thin tan head that's really persistent and noisy. A murky sienna brown color with lots of visible carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel malt, cantaloupe, believe it or not, as well as various other melon aromas. Some spicy yeast notes in there as well. A very fruity and enticing nose for sure.

TASTE: Lots of flavor. Caramel malt, some melons, though not quite as fruity as the nose, and no cantaloupe either. Lots of spicy notes and a good burst of alcohol through the middle and into the finish. Pepper, thyme, cloves, and lots of spices. Bold and lingering aftertaste is sweet, with plenty of fruity melon flavors, spicy and boozy as well. Very nice.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down with a good deal of heat on the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Decent, though a bit too much of a burn on the swallow.

OVERALL: Good stuff, though relatively hard to grade. It was definitely a tasty and interesting brew, but in no way did it resemble a German style doppelbock. This one was much more of a big Belgian ale, but De Struise does these very well, so no complaints here. If you're in the mood for a doppelbock, look elsewhere, but if you're in the mood for a good strong Belgian ale, this one might be right up your alley. Recommended.

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Photo of Brabander
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this one at the Struise when i was there last week. Poured in my Struise glas the beer itself is darkred/to brown. A nice head which only shows itself by pouring the beer in the glass with power. Almost no carbonation.

Nice head then with a foamy ring which stays after the head is gone.

Burned malt, almost coffeelike. Nice beer but not more than that.

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red/ruby with a nice head. Aroma has a heavy bread and popcorn aroma, with some nice spiciness. On the palette I perceive a grape juice type flavor with a touch of sourness. It seems to adhere well to the style, based on my (unfortunately) limited exposure. Still, one of the few Struise offerings that I did not love.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this new Struise beer at the 1st Borefts bier festival (BBF 2009).

Poured into a de Molen sniffer. The beer pours a dark ruby-red color, with no head and a messy lacing.

Smell: Grass and cabbage (hops), sweet malts, hints of smoke and wood

Taste: Caramel, toffee, wood, malts and grapefruit (hops). Overall sweet-bitter, with a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-bodied.

Overall: What a great doppelbock! Happy I had the chance to try this unique and limited beer. One of the most balanced beers I ever had

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2010
An aggressive pour produces a three finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, burnt amber color. The aroma smells huge with sticky, concentrated malt notes; it is almost buttery some how with concentrated aromas of raisins / dark caramelized fruit and a fairly large umami like concentrated malt character. There is a touch of mustiness here and almost something like an oxidized sherry note that can't actually be oxidation as I just bought this from Het Oude Schooltje - Struise Brouwers; regardless it works here what ever its derivation.

The beer does not taste nearly as sweet as the aroma would have suggested, but it still has a rich malt character to it. Spicy, earthy, almost woody flavors are also quite apparent. The body has a medium feel to it, but is more quaffable than I would have initially guessed. It almost has a woody mushroom like note to it, perhaps even a touch of foot lint (if you can imagine that) or overly ripe cheese; this beer definitely has a touch of wildness to it that works quite well.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is dirty brown and completely hazy with almost no head and what little head there was disappears quickly. Low carbonation no lacing.

Aroma is almost spicy, and it's definitely hot.

Beer is sweet and medium in body, not as hot on the palate as it was in the nose, the beer finishes with this odd bitterness and the finish is really dry. There is some sweetness to start off, the midpalate is quite fruity, almost yeasty, but overall it's quite decent. Not my favorite doppelbock or Struise beer but it's quite good.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Jeffo. Served in an OCB taster pint during the Berezowsky Christmas festivities. Best before September 30th, 2011 - whoops.

A - Thin tan foam settles to a thin ring and a few wisps on top. Transparent cherry brown body with visible bubble streams. Very cola-like.

S - Aroma is a bit of a surprise. A bit smokey, with some overt alcohol presence too. Otherwise bready and nutty, but with some spicy Belgian yeast notes? I thought this was a lager? There's a very faint rotten fruit - not sure if its a weird Euro hop thing or some sort of age-related spoilage.

T - Taste is significantly better than the aroma, with plenty of chocolate, banana, nuts, fruits, and brown sugar. Alcohol is also better hidden here. I'm confused by the banana and estery flavors, as I thought this was a Doppelbock. Tastes more like a Weizenbock or Dunkelweizen to me.

M - Zesty carbonation at first, but the bubbles quickly dissipate and becomes a touch watery by the end. Smooth medium body, lightly chewy finish, and no alcohol warmth.

D - An easy to drink Belgian/German hybrid, but the aroma is strange and off-putting. Hopefully Struise makes a new batch at some point so I can get a better sense of what was intended. At this point I'd skip this beer unless you're a hardcore Struise fanboy who's gotta "tick 'em all".

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