De Struise Brouwers

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Flanders Oud Bruin
3.94 | pDev: 12.18%
De Struise Brouwers
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Double Barrel Aged Flemish Oud Bruin aged for two years in Bourgogne and Wild Turkey barrels.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 137 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StJamesGate
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leathery brown with steady custard yellow head. 4
Wood, whisky, candy sugar, dark cherry, dried cranberry, and overripe banana on the nose. 4.25
More bananas, licorice, molasses, condensed quality Balsamic, dried apple, more dark candy sugar, and a thread of vanilla. 4.25
Wood + banana finish and tart aspiriny linger.
Medium, round, creamy. 4

Gusher! Deep - far more than the sourness going on. Several types of fruit - it fits that plus vanilla and candy sugar, but still stays balanced. The only thing missing is traces of the Wild Turkey, but maybe that’s no bad thing. Far exceeded expectations. 4.5

“Nice beer, despite its unruly behaviour.” - Carter.

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Photo of atomeyes
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

my jaw drops at all of these negative review.
i've talked to a few people and we agree that this is the most underrated Struise beer made.
it's divine.
everything about it. divine.
perfect barrel.
perfect flavour. a bit on the sweet side of a flanders red but i don't care.
i can go on and on and on but this beer is killer.
i'm in belgium. i've had 3 so far. will drink more before i leave.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

We drank half the bottle before pouring the rest down the drain. Plenty of oxidization due to the age but the sourness just wasn't enjoyable. It seemed more like an accidentally infected porter than a fob.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Might be a gusher, but i wouldn't know. My bottle BLEW UP right after popping the cap, half the bottle down the drain. Glad i usually open the bottles over the sink. Didn't stir or wobble it before or anything, which is pretty weird. Maybe it was stored improperly?! Horrible.
Dark red/brown, small off-white head.
Tart cherries amplified with red wine on the nose, berries, whisky barrel, faint peat (?!), burnt oak, rich tannins, touch of wine vinegar. A strong smell intense smell (that could've been imprinted nicely on my wall).
Really tart start with sour cherries and lemon juice, light vinegar and some red wine (that went bad). A subtle strawberry sweetness with a bit of caramel, some dark grapes too. Malts are sensible, but there's a dark bready note that's easy to detect. Big tannic notes in the finish, toasted oak and whisky alcohol to dry it up completely.
Aftertaste has some cherry peel, wood, faint red wine, whisky (kinda bland, generic), faint bread crust, faint citrus peel. Medium body, kinda fizzy.
It's really good, but i enjoyed the Reserva more. Or maybe i'm just pissed off about the "gushing".

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Photo of ScotB260
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Purchased at the brewery in Oostvleteren.

Intense cherry flavor, more tart than sweet. Almost the perfect balance of both tastes. One of my favorite Kriek tasting beers. Extremely refreshing.

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Photo of Amalak
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely refreshing. It has a fig and date earthy taste with a strong tart lemony bitter taste. Nice bacteria flavor sour hit. This is so intense; I really like.

It has a nice, dark, nut-brown color with a two-finger bubbly tan head that leaves some lacing. A lot of bubbles coming up the side. It has a tart lemon scent, very strong and pungent.

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Photo of spicelab
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. 2009.

Bought 2 of these a while back. Had the first a year ago without drama, this bottle geysered violently on opening until less than a third of the bottle remained. After cleaning up, poured a super turbid coca mahogany with an airy tan head that summarily drops without a trace.

Initially all about thick, leathery balsamic and carob notes with dry fortified undertones. Later on, sour cherry and stewed dark plums emerge and moderate diacetyl becomes increasingly apparent. Opens up further with light floral perfume, hints of nail polish remover finish it off. Busy and interesting.

More of the muscular woody, tobacco-y balsamic action. Quite gritty and astringent. Base oud bruin fruitiness is a little overpowered.

Light to medium body with silky and subdued carbonation. Unfortunately the booze latches on to the strong lactic character impeding drinkability.

A few flaws in execution but an intelligent concept with really satisfying complexity. Would like to see this brewed again.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Avenue Pub in NOLA.

Brownish-red with light tan head that lingers well in tulip glass.

Smell is tart cherry with hints of wine.

Sweetness comes in first followed by a cherry tartness. Not too tart. Hints of wine present. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Prickly.

Overall this is excellent.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with red hues and big frothy full staying power tanned head.

Big aromas berries, whiskey, port and and rolled hay.

Cream and red wine and all sorts of wonderment
Not at all sweet and amazingly a beer with no bitterness that I like
dryness hints of malt whiskey

deceptive in its drinkability superb MF low level carbonation that sits perfectly

This is beer heaven

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma consists of tart cherries with loads of oak notes and some vinous notes also noticeable. Taste is also a well-balanced mxi of tart cherries with some notes of oak and a vinous finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable Flanders red beer with an extra vinous feel. I am not sure I could taste the Wild Turkey barrel though.

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Photo of BravaLenox
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep ruby brown color, browner than most Flanders Oud Bruins. The barrel aging imparts a red fruit/grape flavor in the mouth which changed into a serious oaky/whiskey finish. Really a very complex and interesting beer. The taste lingers, and with the slightly elevated alcohol percentage it is going to be more satisfying if you are looking for a oak-aged dark ale than if you are looking for the sweet/sour of another Flemish Red.

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Photo of Swongler
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco. I was drinking this side-by-side with Petrus Pale Ale, which I enjoyed just as much.

A - Dark brassy brown-yellow with less than a finger of off-white head. Small bubbles rising to the top.

S - A kind of copper smell with fruity, sugary aromas. I smelled a little champaign and sour candy.

T - Very tasty. Just the right amount of tart/sour. The sour was offset a bit by its sweetness. I would say almost too sweet, but I actually think it added balance. I could drink this beer all day for the taste.

M - A little thick, a little bubbly, a little smooth over the tongue. Really easy to drink. I don't need to pace myself too much, but I also don't feel the need to down it quickly.

O - I could drink this beer all day. Refreshing beer when it is sunny, and just heavy enough for me to enjoy with dinner. The absolute best part of this beer is the taste, but that's mthe important part, right? I'm a big fan of this, and would certainly drink it again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sorry, but I refer to Ypres as "Ieper". It's eastward of Oostvleteren and was a major battle ground in World War I. It's also the name o this whiskey barrel aged sour made by De Struise. On-tap at Beachwood Brewing, on to the beer:

Looks darker, like chocolate brown. A little bit of head holding on top with gentle lace. The aroma has a modest tartness and some of that whiskey barrel brings in some mellow sweetness. On most days, I would prefer my whiskey and sours in different glasses, however De Struise has worked their magic into Ieper. The sour base brings a berry note, the whiskey adds itself and Maplewood into the mixture. Not too sour, and not dominant of the spirit. It's very smooth, to my surprise, and if I see it again I'd love to have another taste.

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Photo of beepill
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Mikkeller Bar SF grand opening on 8/9/13. This one was a vintage 2009, poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass.

A - A nice deep reddish-brown, auburn color. Thick foamy head with lots of clumpy lacing going down. Just beautiful.

S - Deep sour fruits - sour cherry, sour apple - at front. Followed by subtle winey vinegar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and aged oak barrels.

T - Well-balanced tartness. Reminiscent of sour cherry and sour apple preserves. Mild sourness though. Alcohol is dominant over the other flavors that includes aged oak barrels, soft spice mix and caramel. Very complex, yet very inviting.

M - The carbonation is mild, allowing for the flavors to really come out sooner rather than having to sit it a while. The finish is dry and bourbon like.

O - Lots of complexity here on all fronts. In low light, this one looked great. Wish I had held it up to some brighter lights to get a better idea of its beauty. This is one that I would be seeking out again in the future. I'd like to get my hands on a bottle to age for a bit more to experience some of the other subtleties that I think this beer may have.

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Photo of ADZA
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My oh my I've been waiting for the right time for this and tonight beckons it pours the darkest brown hue with a three finger everesvent head and subtle lacing,the smell is bourbon,brandy,funk and a berry sourness,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect moderate carbonation and had tastes of brown sugar,fruity funk,a slight touch of bourbon followed by a slight hit of brandy and finished with a berry funky sourness and overall ill be buying this again to age def one for the cellar cheers.

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Photo of safaricook
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark ruby body with some carbonation, beige fine bubbled head that reduces to thin layer

Dark fruits, oak, dark malts, some tartness, booze - everything quite restrained

Taste is predominantly sour with a very dry aftertaste. As it warms up I get also the wood towards the finish. Still rather bland and not complex.

Medium to light body, not much carbonation, astringent

I do like sour beers and especially flanders oud bruin but this one is a dissapointment coming from the sruisse brouwers. Why bother and double barrel aging if there is nothing much happening to flavor and aroma. Not bad but also not recommended as this costs apretty penny

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 oz. served into a wine glass at ChurchKey. From notes; 2009 vintage.

A: Pours a dark brown color that's perhaps a bit murky. The head is a one finger khaki shade. I even note some legs on the glass, even though it's only 7%.

S: There is some acetic sourness, but it's very mild. What I notice more are some notes of dark fruits, buttery oak, and even touches of cocoa powder. Once I get used to the fact that it's not very sour, I like it a lot.

T: Just like the nose suggested, the tartness is restrained - and it becomes even more so as this is consumed. It's actually more sweet/fruity than tart on the opening and middle, with augmenting touches of caramel. It finishes with a good amount of dry cocoa powder and vanilla. The lack of significant sourness allows these other notes to come out well, giving it a more approachable complexity than others.

M: The finish is very chocolaty yet dry, aided by middling carbonation. It feels very substantial without being too heavy, which helps its drinkability even more.

O: This won't particularly please anyone looking for big tartness - at the most, it's only about 2/10 sour. Rather, this is beginner-friendly yet with enough of an augmenting barrel note to make less cynical sour ale drinkers more than happy. Myself, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The traditional Fremish regions of Belgium are in good hands- beer-wise at least. Struise delivers on the taste of the Flanders valleys with a sour ale that borrows both the intensly sharp Flanders Red Ale and the toasty earthiness of Oude Bruin.

To the eye, the beer looks the part of the red ale because of its bright burgundy color. Hazy with yeast, the ale is translucent in its body. As a bold and rocky head forms a meringue-like whipped topping on the ale, it laces with clumps on the glass after each sip. Its one sturdy looking beer!

Sharp aromas induce mouth watering with notes of sour cherries, apples and white wine vinegar. Buried underneath, maltier elements of toast, mild chocolate and weathered wood rise after the beer breathes just a moment.

The initial taste is lightly sweet with red wine, powdered sugar, fruit and bread crust. But a quick assault on the palate comes from sour fruit (namely cherries), but also apple cider, chardonnay and merlot. Clean lemony lactic character couples with that of balsamic vinegar in a robust and acidic middle palate. Finishing clean, woody, and tart- the oak aging offers up its caramel, vanillans and wood spices.

Medium-light, the beer's body is surprisingly thin and light compared to its carbonated appearance. But the bubbles are fast-fleeting and the sourness seeps into the taste buds easily- giving the beer a bit more weight, but higher impressions of sourness. Moderately astringent, the oak and vinegar notes draw in the cheeks for a soft puckering sensation to accompany a light cinnamony warmth.

The amount of sourness and the focus on cherries reads the Flanders Red style. And then the woody earthen must is all about the Oude Bruin. This hybrid beer hits home with a taste that well defines both styles of the region.

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Photo of barczar
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky deep brown with amber highlights. A cream head dissipated into nothing.

Perfumey, floral notes, along with cinnamon and mint, accompany an underlying vinegary character. Not lactic or citric, perhaps acetic. Woody, earthy notes emerge. There's a touch of vanilla bourbon caramel sweetness.

Flavor is dominated by acetic acid, slightly vinegary, but the bourbon sweetness and dry oak character alleviate the palate, carrying into a slightly sweet, vanilla caramel finish. Lots of complexity. Interesting contrast.

Body is slightly watery, with fairly low carbonation.

Much more complex than I expected, though it's not everyday you see a sour aged in both bourbon and bourgogne barrels.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle - 2009 vintage. Pours the color of cola with a loose, creamy, tan-colored head embedded with pinpricks. Nose is slightly tannic and I might get cocoa nibs as well. Taste is tannic - lactose, oak and some earthy bitterness. Malt backbone is fairly apparent. There's also a slight metallic hint as well as a vinegary quality. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a slightly gassy carbonation. There's also a bit of acidity. A solid beer and definitely on-par for the style with some additional complexity. Generally more of a malt profile than what I've come to associate with the style.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to GT for sharing.

The beer is dark brown with a beige head. The aroma offers pears, malt, yeasty bread. Hints of bananas, sweet bread, mild tartness. This is ok, but not quite up to the level I have come to expect from Urbain and De Struise. Still, worth a gander. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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Photo of beerpirates
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a disappearing light tan head. Aroma slightly sour, chocolate, malty. Tastes sour then malty, almost like a stout mixed with an oud bruin. Slightly sweet. A bit of orange and some woody character. Will get even better with age...

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Photo of Fux
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep dark brown, cloudy, with some mahogany glints. Very thick mocha head, which fades very quickly and leaves a liquid with a quite an undefinable aspect, still elegant (winey).
S: Nose of caramel, grape, currant. Very affected by the barrels agings. Quite sweet, fruity, with also notes of vanilla and coco. Vinous, woody notes are present in the backbone. Almost no acidity or booze from the nose. Elegant, as foreseen from the appearance.
T: Slight sour touch on the attack on the palate. Mouth is woody, vinous, of grapes, cognac, a bit boozy. Red fruits, red currant, cherry, come after. The finish is quite sweet, on caramel and vanilla sugar.
M: Medium bodied, sparkling but velvety, almost syrupy. An aperitif beer... or a sipper!
O: Superb beer that Struise offer to us, once again. The style is quite undefinable, sweet, mighty, but elegant and subtle at the same time. A beautiful alchemy and a nice balance, which are the hallmarks of the ostrich brewer.

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