De Struise Brouwers

De Struise BrouwersDe Struise Brouwers
De Struise BrouwersDe Struise Brouwers
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

Kasteelstraat 50
Oostvleteren, 8640

+32 495 288 623 | map

Notes: Set up by two friends and a Brother-in-Law who started brewing beer in a barn at a local farm. Went commercial in 2003, but with no capital the beers were brewed on the Brasserie Caulier Plant. In February 2006, the decision was taken to move production to the Flemish SA Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren (working) parts of which date from 1917. Exports its beers to Canada, Denmark, Italy and the USA with plans for China, India and Australia in the beerline. Brewed 30hl in 2003, the plan for 2006 is 300hl.
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MagicNic from Canada (QC)

4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

The place is opened only from 2 to 6 pm, it's not easy to spot, you really have to know where you're going, the decor is minimalist, but man ! Was it worth it !

Around 30 beers on tap which you can sample in 3oz glasses for 1€ each. That's what I did and managed to taste about 15 in 4 hours.
You can also get 12oz glasses if you wish.
The man at the bar spoke 3 languages and was very knowlegeable.
Great ambiance !

A must if you're in the region.

Apr 20, 2018
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Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Through a small opening you enter into what looking like a building site, but is really the brewery terrace laid out with tables & chairs and a couple of guys cooking up burgers. They are welcoming and point you into the right direction to the tap room, where there is 20 taps to choose from. A corridor provides a space for the range of 9 or 10 different bottles to be displayed. The beer is that good I brought 1 of everything.

Sep 05, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.14/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited De Struise after a trip to Westvleteren (which is only about 10 minutes away). The place isn't easy to find unless you know where to look, as it's through a walkway and across a concrete courtyard, with no signs on the road. The tasting room was much smaller than I expected, with no bar to sit at, just a few tables crammed with serious beer enthusiasts. It's basically one room of an old schoolhouse. So you're in elementary school, but drinking high octane beer.

Massive beer selection, with styles of all types, and a few options from other breweries as well. De Struise is, in my opinion, one of the more experimental breweries in Belgium, if not in all of Europe, and here at the taproom, you can really witness that fact. They had Messy on tap, which was a unique treat. Yeah, look that one up...a 39% eisbocked Black Damnation.

Service was basic. A guy serving beer. Urbain unfortunately was not there during my visit, as he was at a festival somewhere. A shame, because I did want to meet him.

You're definitely going to want to try to hit up Struise if you travel to (or live in) Belgium.

May 24, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

Located in Oostvleteren, in an old school. Actually very hard to find, because of the lack of any signs. You actually enter a regular door, which leads to courtyard, from which you finally enter the school/brewery.

The taproom is located in a classroom with an authentic panel painting, showing the brew process. The atmosphere is very cosy, abandoned old school benches and tables are still standing there, where you are now able to enjoy your beer. You can also sit in their courtyard when the wheather is sunny, go to the next butcher and join a barbecue. They promise to have about 30 beers on tap, which contains a good range of their beer, you can decide between three different glass sizes, 8ml, 15ml and 33ml, which is very comprehensible, taking into account that they serve beer with an abv between 3.5 - 26. They also got some bottles and glasses for takeaway, but don’t rely on their internet site, as they don’t seem to care to hold it up-to-date.

Nov 02, 2014
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GRUUMSH from Belgium

5/5  rDev +8.9%

I love this place and it's my favorite stop when I make my yearly beer run to this part of Belgium.
It's cozy, relaxed and a great place to meet other people who share the same love for craft beer. They have a big tap where they always have several of their beers on tap and you can sample them for a very reasonable price.
The times I've been there they're always very friendly and their available beers range from low in alcohol to very high in alcohol....and with high, I mean high:) It's a good thing they have small sampling glasses.
Every time I've been there one of the owners is there and he's always keen to explain stuff or answer questions.
In short...go there. You won't regret it. If I had to make a choice between stopping here in Oost Vleteren OR in West Vleteren...then this is where I go. But of should visit both;)

On a side note: If you want to buy some beer to take home this place may be a hit or miss situation. Sometimes they have several nice beers...sometimes you're just bumming:)

Sep 16, 2014
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SStein from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -2%

I love going here to enjoy beer. Every time I have been they have had something awesome on tap. Buying beer to go is hit or miss. Either they have some good stuff or the bare minimum. Get there early if you are looking to buy beer before they get sold out.

Aug 17, 2014
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dirtylou from New York

4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The De Struise Schoolhouse is a pretty silly place - a reformed schoolhouse, classroom and all, where they feature dozens of taps and brew/blend experimental batches. Only open to the public from 2-6 on Saturday.

We arranged to stay at a B&B down the street (Schraevenacker - small, but highly recommended with a solid restaurant and an easy walk to the Schoolhouse) for the sole purpose of blowing some time here.

In a day that already included a tour at St Bernardus and 3 rounds at In de Vrede, this was just the sort of kick in the face we needed on the last day of our trip.

There was quite the cast of characters on hand and it was pretty cool to have Carlo pouring me beers (and bumming me menthol cigs by the end of the day). Urbain and co. were also on hand brewing up a batch.

Tons of crazy taps - if you're a fan of De Struise, a stop here is unmissable. Pours are small ( a good thing) and dirt dirt cheap

Such a great time - great hospitality, and a real feeling of privilege being here

Aug 31, 2013
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spoony from Colorado

4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

A-De Struise is located behind a nondescript building front in Oostvleteren, a small village in Flanders. Upon walking through the building front and into the old school yard, you wonder if you are in the right place...the only giveaway that this place is brewery is the palate or two of bottles and odd pieces of brewing equipment laying around. Once you get into the classroom, however (it is literally an old classroom with school desks and chalk boards), things feel more normal. There is a wall with perhaps 20 taps and some tasting glasses and a few people mingling around sniffing and sampling. It turns out those taps pour all different types of De Struise beers including a number of works in progress or beers that have long since been discontinued...awesome. There are a few other beer tourists (one couple from California, a British gentlemen, and a pair of guys from Germany that were kind enough to share the wine they made with everyone). The vibe is friendly, sort of strange, laid back, and inviting.

Q-We tried perhaps a half-dozen different brews and all were great or close-to-great. The sours, in particular, were delicious, as were the better-known quads. I did not notice any guest taps, but the sheer power of the De Struise taps was more than enough to warrant a high ranking.

Ser-The gentlemen who assisted us was inviting, friendly, quick to offer a refill, and very knowledgeable about all of the beers on tap. We could have sat around for hours chatting beer with him and sampling.

Sel-I was pleasantly surprised to see so many taps on the wall and then to learn that many were experimental or out-of-production. The selection of bottles to purchase was more limited, but I didn't worry about that after my half-dozen free tasters. The large number of taps gave De Struise a more modern feel than many of the other Belgian breweries with the limited selection.

V-It doesn't get much better than unlimited free samples. The prices for the bottle sales were also pretty reasonable.

Jun 10, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The brewery is in an old school, so getting a lesson on beer and brewing from these guys kind of felt fitting. After listening to the guys and talking with them for a bit, some sort of dancers showed up to do some dances for them, and from what I gathered these guys do this every year. It was pretty neat and after the dancing and enjoying a beer with the brewers, I told them they were punk rock, just because they are really into American craft beers, and want to do something like that here. A really cool place and really cool people.

Sep 29, 2011
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3

What to say that wasn't said yet. But since I have to use 500 char. at least, I will try to write at least some more :). I have been to this place many times before. The last time when I visited the struise was some weeks ago with my parents. Carlo welcome us and immediately gave us a glass with earthmonk. After we finished he explained the story behind the BD5 and also poured a glass for us. Only disadvantage of the day was the very low selection of the Struise brews they had that day for sale. Anyhow highly highly recommendable place to visit. Hope to go there soon again

Jul 02, 2011
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andrejes from Netherlands

4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I go to the struise brouwers for a look and in 10 min. Iám sitting in de classroom learing everijthing about the beers and drink some beers. Carlo is the best he teld the right story after come Urbain in the shop and give us a drink of the Double Black!!! and a glass of Westvleteren!!! The guys are the best and very friendly!! We taste the Rosse, Elliot Brew, Haired Jeanne, Ignis Flamma and Pannepeut 2010!!! I al this without a apportment the guys want to tell us everthing about their beers. Many Thanxs

Jun 12, 2011
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beerpirates from Belgium

4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here recently after picking up 12’s from Westvleteren or when i helped Urbain with botteling @ deca and had a wonderful experience. Through the courtyard and past the random brewing tanks you enter the hallway of an old school that is now De Stuise’s bottle shop. They obviously have all of the available Struise brews, but also some other random bottles (I picked up a de Molen brew while I was there.) On most of our visit's whe met Carlo who was kind enough to take us into one of the classrooms and give us a sampling of several of their beers (to include a Several American beers , also dirty horse etc ... ) The Struise guys were very hospitable and helpful, and each of us left with at least a case of beer. This is really the highlight of each trip that i make in that direction -:)
Cheers to struise. !!

Apr 30, 2011
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Struise is located in the Oostvleteren province, far west and your best bet is to have a car. Very close to St Sixtus abbey, the most obvious plan is to hit both up in one day, especially if driving from some of the larger cities.

The school atmosphere is interesting, with class rooms converted to all sorts of new functions. Urbain took me on a tour of the place, he's slowly modifying all his available space to the needs of an emerging brewing powerhouse. I can't overstate how nice Urbain was, he was obviously in demand on the phone but took the time to visit with me and try some beers. Carlos wasn't there when I visited, but I understand from others that he's just as friendly.

The front hall of the main building is set up as their bottle shop, and you can get some wonderful De Molen barrel aged rarities in addition to Struise's latest beers. Also a great selection of barrel aged Mikkeller beers when I was there.

If you head to St Sixtus, as so many beer travelers do when they come to Belgium, you really should consider a stop here as well.

Apr 09, 2011
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Brabander from Netherlands

5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

When you visit Belgium this is a MUST to go to!!

I have been there at least 15 times in the last 20 months or so. Usually i make a trip to Westvleteren to pick up some westy's and after that a visit to the Struise. Although the old school isn't quit ready yet you feel at home instantly. Carlo and Urbain are two great hosts and very enjoyable to talk with. They let you drink the whole palet they have and believe me; you will be very impressed if you never had the pleasure to drink some of their beers!

I will be there next week and next month and the months after that and untill now i never drank a beer there myself....As the driver i have to keep sober. But someday...

Mar 24, 2011
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jrallen34 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Glad the Brothers finally made this change and allowed for breweries to be reviewed... Located in very very small town on a non-descript street in Oostvleteren. This is the epitome of small town rural Europe. The school house opens at 2 so plan accordingly. The school house contains its new brewing equipment moving in, a class room, and an office. When you first walk in lined against the wall are tons of De Struise beer and rare De Molen ticks for sale, great prices. Below the beers are display shelfs showing off tons of rare beers they have been brought. The atmosphere is nostalgic and awesome, if not a touch too cold on the day we were there... As we walked in we were greeted by Carlo, one of the owners and the main entertainer of guests. He lead us back to the office where we met Urbain and shared a Mikkeller Jackie Brown. Urbain had some work to do and sent us on a trip to Westvletern with beerpirates to pick up his order of 3 crates of Westy 12! Westvletern is 6km away, located in farm country, beautiful... After we got back form Westy we spent a good 3 hours in the classroom with Carlo tasting every De Struise beer they had. The whole time Carlo provided great insight on how they came up with the beer, name, bottle designs, and general brewing knowledge like how they referment the beer to carbonate it when bottled. Towards the end Urbain showed up and spent plenty of time with us. Additionally, Urbain told us about a excellent bed and breakfast right down the road which was a perfect place to stay.

Bottom line if you're in Belgium you have to go here and hit up both De Struise and Westy. It is immensely informative, incredibly company and conversation with two very smart people, and great drinks.

Feb 27, 2011
De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium
Brewery rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11211 ratings