Motuecha | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mar02x on 12-06-2011

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Fux:
Photo of Fux
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy pale golden. Light foamy head with a medium retention.

S: Very hoppy, at the same time fruity (citruses, exotic fruits) and floral. A bit grassy on the finish. Complex and very interesting for a single hop and given the relatively low IBU.

T: A bit deceiving. A bit light on the palate. Yeasty, fruity, a bit sour but a bit sweet also. Notes of fruits in syrup. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Very light, not much carbonated.

O: Interesting profile, interesting hop but overall a bit too light to my expectations.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2014. Picked up from the Struise shop in Bruges on a recent trip to Belgium. A blond Belgian ale brewed with Motueca hops - hence the name. I like the cartoon label.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very hazy golden hue with medium carbonation and plenty of fine sediment that spreads through the liquid like smoke. Yields a large head of white foam that lasts for a while before collapsing to a surface layer. The aroma is best described as fruit chaos: notes of white grapes, melon, tropical fruits and a hint of citrus. This is underpinned by fruity yeast esters and a whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops and yeast. Notes of light fruits: white grape, melon, vague tropical fruits and faint citrus. Yeast esters dominate the background, accompanied by stewed hops and a distinct note of alcohol. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing, but quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with a mild spiciness and a dry, yeasty character. Pretty astringent. Aftertaste of dry yeast and harsh stewed hops.

Tasty, though the yeast esters tend to dominate the flavour and don't entirely mesh with the hop notes. Good aroma, but the fruity notes don't come through so well when you taste it. It's also surprisingly dry. A solid effort but not world-class. Worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I could try this beer through the endless generosity from Thijs alias The Brander. He met Urbain yesterday (fifth of December 2011) and got from him this new beer, to try. So thanks Thijs for sharing and Urbain for making it happen.

A - A yellow slightly hazy fluid with a thin white head.

S - A citrus kind of smell mixed with a honey perfume. Thijs and I think the smell is meanly from the New Zealand hop (Motuecha) that has been used.

T - Quite similar to the smell. (the brew is a single hop, so...)

M - A medium carbonation with a light bitter finish.

O - Not to bad but not to great either. I am not a fan from this hop spices.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots going on in this unusual example. Serving a bottle bought at Deca, regrettably a good few months back, into a tulip. Interesting-looking for a pale ale, with a deep brassy color, slight opacity, but vigorous carbonation feeding a scrim of head, which a touch less than what a bar server might be going for. Next time I'll try a pilsener glass. But the glass nicely captured a substantive aroma of bread, wild and orange flowers, hay. Hops on the attack, clean and floral and herby up front, with the bitterness creeping in after a beat and then lingering. Some apricot, orange zest -- a tangy rather than sweet clementine, think -- light toast. Creamy mouthfeel, a bit of chew to it, with a mouth-watering (not entirely in a good way) effect that leaves a bit of an untidy finish. And is there a nosefeel? I feel it on the back of my palate and up into the sinuses. Unusual, again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and fruity hops is surprising and notes of quiet sweet Belgian malt are also easily identifiable. Taste is also a good mix of floral and exotic fruity notes originating from the hops with a (tad) too sweet malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting use of a relatively unknown type of hops with a malt Belgian ale based that maybe a tad too sweet for the hops.

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Photo of largadeer
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Arne for this rare, coveted tick. Pretty standard Belgian blond appearance, exhibiting a pale body topped by a tall crust that quickly settles to a film. Very grapey nose, bordering on Kool-Aid. Little bit of honeydew, too, along with a chalkiness. Fruity Pebbles cereal. The combination honestly makes me think of Kool-Aid flavor packets, but it's not as terrible as it sounds (nor is it good). The palate unfortunately offers more of the same: grape Kool-Aid and melon. Slight Pepto-Bismol flavor on top of that. Aside from the strange flavor associations, it's not really a bad beer. The body is spot-on for the style, and malts are pleasantly reserved. There's just something weird about the hop and yeast combination used here; it doesn't work.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of lanbewardin
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks like a yellow eastern europe pils.
Not too much head on mine.
The first thing I smell is the yeasts, then some grain, then some lemon, some grass. Tastes like a normal euro lager beer , but slightly different, there is some spice. Also it feels like there is more alcohol than 5%. Some bitterness on the end.

It wasn't too interesting for me. I've had 1 other beer with Motuecha hops from a brewpub in Vienna, the one from the brewpub was a little heavier spiced and had a bit more going on for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from Belgium and shared with rudzud, love the comic as the label thanks to Arne Franzel, and a single kiwi hop should be good.

Light fluffy airy head, hazy lemony straw color, spotty lacing.

Nose lighter than I expected, light sweet blond malts, a bit of grassy hops, light lemongrass hay like and some kiwi style hop but very little, light lemony light Belgian candy like.

Taste starts with grainy blond malts, light pilsner toasty like but mostly blond Belgian with light sweetness, and light candy like. Faint hops that are much lighter than I expected. Hop characters come in with light grassy and lemony flavors, faint fruity, very little kiwi hop character and very little bitterness, in fact very little hop altogether. Light lemony cereal too. Finish is dry with light bitterness, little more lemongrass and cereal grain lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, good carb.

Overall way too light, nice flavors otherwise but they are to light, esp the hops.

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Photo of WynnO
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of crnipeter
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed pale-golden body with half an inch thin white head creating short-lived laces about the glass.
The advertised Motuecha hops are clearly noticeable, exhibiting pronounced Sauvignon-like character. I get Pils malt sweetness, orange/lemon-like esters and spicy phenols as well as some sugary notes.
Flavor is simultaneously sweet and tart, with evident orangeish and lemony esters, spicy phenols and bitterness that lingers through the moderately dry finish into the aftertaste, with some alcohol warmth.
Medium bodied, crispy and somewhat powdery on the palate.

In short, a Belgian blond (!) with Sauvignon-like nose: judging solely by sniffing one could easily mistaken this one for a white wine. Easy to drink yet very complex. (330 ml, BB date 11-30-2014, into tulip.)

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Photo of haz77
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A fairly aggressive pours yields only and inch of foamy white head. This drops to a thin ring and island over the course of a minute. A handful of large bubbles can be seen rising through the hazy straw coloured liquid. I've seen better looking brews...

S - Apple, tropical fruit, green pepper, bready malts, mild plasticky phenols. Pretty good.

T - The start is hay and bready notes. Tropical fruit punctuates the middle of the drink, before bubblegum and light grassy hops round it out. The hoppy dry aftertaste lingers, although isn't particularly powerful. Lacking some depth and interest.

M - Light mouthfeel becomes rounder and fuller towards the end once the fizzy carbonation subsides. It's ok.

D - This is a good thirst quencher, although not my favourite of the De Struise range.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle into a cervoise. The label of this brew is the comical likes of "trouble brewing" artist Arne Frantzell. A small blurb on the bottom of the label reads: Cartoon Series No 1. The brew appears in my glass a very hazed straw yellow with some faintly darker orange coloration through the body. A finger and a half of white froth appears across the top and holds with fairly decent retaining powers. As it recedes, it leaves thick patches of lacing effect on the glass.

The smell of this brew strikes up thoughts of citrus and zest like lemon, orange and grapefruit. More whiffs bring out a bit of grassy quality with a touch of herbal components overlaying some straw-like to biscuit grain sweetness. A light swirl releases a hint of sulfur and more hints of rind/fruity zest with yeast making itself known across the back as it warms up.

The taste of this brew includes just has much fruity zest and rinds as the aroma leads on. Hints of orange, lemon and grapefruit are apparent with a modest bitterness that is lightly oily and clings inside the mouth. Under the hop character is a light touch of the expected blonde yeast note that is mildly spiced with hints of clove. The grain is faintly sweet with a bready feel to it. The finish of the brew goes back and forth between bitter and rindy with fruit flavors and herbal and grassy with bitterness. Overall, it is enjoyable and a very interesting arrangement for a 'single hop' brew.

Overall this is a really solid offering. It is very well balanced and enjoyable. For only 5% abv, the alcohol warmth is felt down the back of the throat but in an enjoyable way. This is my first experience with the motuecha hop variety and I am eager to see what others do with it. This is worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of NO13BABY
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jwale73
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle generously provided by Thirstybird. Batch no. 43. Pours a dull gold color with a hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch head that dissipates into a skim and a thin band. Nose expresses light malts, honey, citrus notes and a slight herbal character. Taste is decent, but a bit dull. Slightly grainy and yeasty with a smattering of citrus rind at the finish as well as zest and coriander. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, a very refreshing beer akin to an APA in my opinion. A very easy drinking an light ale. Struise definitely has more going on than just its big beers.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of thezach
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the great tulip a light hazy straw hue with a thin white blanket that fades to leave light lacing and light blanket.

S - Aromas of bready malts faint fruit esters. Quite pleasant.

T - Taste is on the sweeter side with slight thin and water malts, faint fruit esters, light bready malts and slight candy notes.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I would have expected.

O - Overall I was slightly disappointed with this beer but still glass to get to try it.

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