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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Reviews by dirtylou:
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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
More User Reviews:
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Jul 05, 2018
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Keith_R from Georgia

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

Apr 21, 2018
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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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YvesB from Belgium

4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Feb 11, 2017
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jFRIDAY4 from Connecticut

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

Very cool spot with short but sweet hours. 30 beers on tap with 8cl tastings for 1€ each with an incredible line up including their 26% eisbock

Aug 20, 2016
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albinogoudvis from Belgium

4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Jan 16, 2016
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beerdeer from Belgium

4.82/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Dec 01, 2015
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halo3one from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Sep 07, 2015
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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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HopBelT from Belgium

4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Aug 18, 2015
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phingdong from New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jul 14, 2015
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SCW from New York

3.7/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Jun 02, 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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ptrck_nl from Netherlands

4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Mar 04, 2015
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ninkasibrew from Lebanon

4.68/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Feb 19, 2015
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simoen from Belgium

4.51/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Dec 20, 2014
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bsuedekum from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -2%

Dec 07, 2014
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spycow from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2%

Nov 28, 2014
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reduction from Lebanon

4.5/5  rDev -2%

Nov 06, 2014
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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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JackNip from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -2%

Oct 24, 2014
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Bgonzo from Kansas

4.5/5  rDev -2%

Sep 29, 2014
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RitchBurgmaster from New York

5/5  rDev +8.9%

Sep 17, 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
De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium
Brewery rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 11812 ratings