Ypres | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double Barrel Aged Flemish Oud Bruin aged for two years in Bourgogne and Wild Turkey barrels.

Added by MasterSki on 01-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by barczar:
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4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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 spicelab
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 dcmchew
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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 atomeyes
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
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 Swongler
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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