Struis
Brouwerij 't IJ

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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #175
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,614
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 10.94%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
134
From:
Brouwerij 't IJ
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  13
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: A barley wine brewed in the English style. Struis is a full-bodied beer with a deep, dark colour and a soft, long-lasting head. The aroma is dark and sweet, with clear tones of chocolate and dried fruit. The aftertaste is dry and long-lasting, and leaves you yearning for more. A delicious accompaniment to food and ideal with skeapsrond cheese. Struis is only available as a bottled beer.
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Beersnake1 from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from cellar temp. Pours a nice dark brown with a good amount of head. Nose is toffee, figs, bread, wood. Taste is really nice. Smooth caramel with notes of brown sugar, malts, and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is nice and thick bodied. Overall, a really nice beer for the style.

Apr 05, 2018
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EmperorBevis from England

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a dark cola brown coloured body with decent enough off white head
Big Barbados cane sugar aroma
Like a smooth buttery rum

Aug 10, 2017
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drmeto from Germany

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a hazy ruby-brown with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,beige head
-small particles visible
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-syrup,spicy,herbal,sugar,plums,belgian yeast odors
T:
-herbal,spicy,plums,raisins,toasty
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Pretty good.More of a Belgian Dark Ale for me though

Jan 08, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle from the liquor store. Dark copper/caramel pour, with a fine tan head that gives way to a thin lacing. Smells a bit funky, with notes of caramel and a bit of coffee but mostly saison-style barnyard funkiness, pickles, black olives, stuff like that. The taste is bittersweet and has a metallic feel, alongiside notes of dried fruit, caramel and spices. An interesting beer, but a bit all over the place.

Jan 07, 2016
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janubio from Spain

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish colour, beautiful hints of red when held to the light. Two fingers off white head, leaving some lace. Smell of whiskey, or some barrel aged liquor, chocolate, dark fruits. Medium to light body, good carbonation. Taste again of whisky, dark fruits, licorice, chocolate, caramel. Good.

Oct 03, 2015
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Takahiro from Netherlands

2.49/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looks: dark ruby red/black, with thin off-white head
Smell: alcohol, faint caramel/roast malt, not much else
Taste: caramel sweet, minor roasted malt, iron flavor, prune, some restrained hop bitterness all the way in the back yard
Feel: sweet on my mouth
Overall: not impressive. the category says it's english barleywine, but i think it's leaning towards dark-belgian, say black triple.

May 07, 2015
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ksimons from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a dark caramel color with two fingers worth of khaki head

S-sweet caramel malt and dark fruits

T-dark fruit sweetness with caramel malt, light milk chocolate, rum, and a yeast finish

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall very easy to drink, well hidden alcohol, and has a nice sweetness to it

Oct 09, 2014
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benfons from Belgium

3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: dark brown colour, hazy, rather small off-white head

S: lots of fruits: grapes, apple, some maltiness in the back

T: some strange mix of caramel, red fruits, yeast, that doesn't really work for me

M: medium body, little carbonation, not too dry

O: not a bad beer, but not my cup of tea

Apr 24, 2014
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safaricook from Netherlands

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

looks good with fine persisting off-white head and very dark brown clear body and lots of fine carbonation. head leaves lacing, never dies completely and leaves lacing
malts are prominent in the aroma, but not sweet more sourdough bread, earthy, dark fruits and booze.
malty sweetness of course but not cloying sweetness and a prominent balancing bitterness, dark fruits as plums, ends rather dry.
lots of fine smooth carbonation with only some bite to it, medium body, not sirupy in my opinion, warming alcohol as well.
This is a very nice and moderately complex beer that borders between the English Barleywine and a Belgian Quadruppel, but is less sweet than both. It is my favorite beer of the brewery.

Mar 23, 2014
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Zraly from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/2013. Purchase last year in July in Amsterdam. Opening to remember our fantastic vacation from last year. :)

A bit of a gusher. Poured into small Westvleteren XII chalice (splitting it with sweetie). Dark tawny with an off white head. Minor notes up front of malt, fruit, and spice.

Smooth, tingling spice notes play delicate amongst rich fruit flavors. Raisins, rum, mingling with fruit salad. Gentle spice and yeast notes, highlighting a touch of bread in the malt profile. Finish is fairly dry but yet retains the tasty sweetness. Really nice medium-bodied dark belgian-style ale. The alcohol is well-hidden, so tread lightly.

Reminds me a touch of Maudite, one of my favorites. This is better than I remember the bottle I had at the brewery. In short, if you catch a bottle or two, lay one down for a bit and reap the reward. Very sensual and soft, would work well with a nice cheese plate.

Jun 30, 2013
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single someplace not far from our houseboat...is Amsterdam the hardest transit system in the world two understand? 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is iron rust red with a 10,000 foot head. Nose is very sweet, malts layered with bananas. About it, though.

Struis is a sugary bomb. Enough cavity causing material to make me wish I'd have put off my Friday dentist appt. for a bit to help with the damage done here. Sweet, sweet malts overwhelm. Bit of banana. sweet raisin, honey. Nice in the mouth, and despite the ABV, this is going down like Glass Joe...remember him?

Overall a decent if underwhelming beer. If you don't love sugar, cavities, and dentists, look elsewhere. Pretty good beer.

Jun 29, 2013
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metter98 from New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brouwerij 't Ij, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is very hazy dark amber brown in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits-prunes seem to stand out in particular-are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is a little sweet with flavors of dark fruits and very slight hints of toffee and caramel.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very pleasant and easy to drink. Any traces of alcohol are completely hidden from the taste.

Apr 17, 2013
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Amalak from New York

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This isn't exactly an apples-to-apples comparison, because the beer I had was aged seven years. This is a great beer to age. Really brings out malt floralness and tamps down the sweetness. Beautiful and flavorful, but much patience needed to get it to perfection.

Aug 05, 2012
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RuudJH from Netherlands

4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij 't IJ is one of the better breweries in the Netherlands, imo. It has brews like they should be: unflitered and unpasteurizedMurky brown with huge beige head.
Smell of apple pie. cinnamon. some fresh lemongrass too.
Taste similar. It's a good balance of bitter and sweetness. A hint of chocolate. Full flavoured, lingering in the mouth. It stays long as well.
Good brew. It's a dark brew, but allthough there's some roasty character in the malts, the spice and fruit esters dominate this, making it very easy going.

Jul 06, 2012
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BigCheese from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I stuffed in my bag on a recent europe trip. About 6 weeks since trip. Bought at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

A: Pours a Mahogany Ruby, big white sticky head, dies down a bit but leaves a hat, leaves some lacing.

S: Apples, brandy, malts, cinnamon, spiced rum.

T: Dark fruits, apples, brandy/dark rum, molasses, honey, hard candy, kiss of hops at the end. Also that distinct "belgian" bubblegum/banana/sugar yeast. Very sweet.

M: Very carbonated, syrupy, a hint of heat but not harsh. Heavy body.

O: Good post meal sipper. A nice dessert beer. A bit sweet for my liking but thats the style. Lots of similarities to dark rum.

Jun 13, 2012
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Jason from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle at the brewery.

LOOK: Murky brown, massive head.

SMELL: Crackers, dry maltiness, marmalade, grape skin, dried grass, wild herbs

TASTE: Dried hay, toasted bread, very dry, mild hopping, alcohol, dried dark fruit.

This is a big beer but deceiving in the way of dryness & drinkability. Big enough to go up against the stinkyest of cheeses.

Oct 23, 2011
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sfprint from Germany

4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 6/19/2011

A: Light rootbeer color, soda like carbonation, dirty head.
S: Spezi like, lemon meringue, light and yeast.
T: Very nice, less sweet cola, the yeast softens the malt, Very well crafted and blended. Alcohol quite subtle.
M: Fresh, medium body, light carbonation.
O: Very good, very nice.

Jun 23, 2011
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rinhaak from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11 oz bottle at the Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam.

Pours reddish brown with a small head. Nose is sweet with German bock malts, plums, and overripe fruit.

A very complex taste, it is malty and sweet (though not overly so), with a strong Belgian malt and yeast flavor and hints of maple syrup. Dark fruits lend a full mouth, but the finish is pure coffee malts.

This really is an amazing beer: the nose suggests a German-inspired dopelbock, while the mouth is pure Belgian quadruple. I've never had anything quite like it.

Apr 23, 2011
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eric5bellies from Australia

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my St Bernardus chalice.

A - Pours a hazy chestnut colour with a tanned one fingered head that reduces to a lacing film.

S - Aromas of aniseed, caramel malts and spice.

T - Slight aniseed taste up front before an explosion of flavours of caramel, spice, burnt toffee and caramel and a little aniseed, almost boiled sweet flavours. Finishes with a warm booze flavour. Very nice and complex.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation, perhaps a little too much.

D - This is one of those beers that you pick up and it surprises the hell out of you. This is a complex brew that offers a lot.

Feb 26, 2011
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours murky brown with a huge head.
Nose shows musty chocolate, raisins and golden syrup. A bit rough.
Same story with the flavours; chocolate, golden syrup, not all that complex Very high carbonation, pretty ridiculous.
Not all that impressive really.

Jan 05, 2011
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CanuckRover from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice russet. Bubbles float to the top rather leisurely. Massive billowy eggshell head with great retention.

A really interesting nose. Spice, cloves, at first. Followed by an onslought of fruit. Sort of tart, thinking grapes... almost cider like at moments. Loads of dark fruit backing it up though.

Up front is pretty straight forward. Surprisingly light caramel malt. Middle develops more of a spiced bread character, cinnamon and nutmeg with candi sugar. Backend it develops a bit of a tartness, which lasts through the finish, wraps things up pretty nicely. This beer really unfolds in stages, very interesting.

A really interesting strong ale. Alot to like about it.

Nov 06, 2010
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juju7 from Australia

1.97/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What looks like a pretty impressive beer, aside from a riduculously massive head has turned out be somewhat of a disappointment. Acetaldehyde is the front runner in the aroma department and follows strong on the palate. I feel I should be honest with the review. I know these traits/faults when I smell them and this is what I got. Apple cider esters and sourness on the palate. I'm not happy about the money I spent on this beer so if it upsets the brewer, so be it, note the faults and do what needs to be done to right the wrongs.

Jul 31, 2010
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$5.29 for a 33 cl bottle.

A: very deep copper color, very dark
S: woody, malty, slight oxidation from a beer that's been aging for awhile
T: decent enough tasting beer but seemed a bit thin for a 9% ABV ale, well-balanced, a bit sweet up front, some oxidation probably from aging, nothing really wrong with it but nothing special either, the biggest issue was the thin quality and oxidation
M: OK, a bit thin
D: I wouldn't pay $5+ again for a beer with this lack of character

I don't know if it's just an old bottle or what. This is my first sampling from this brewery.

Jul 12, 2010
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dirtylou from New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle consumed at the brewpub in Amsterdam

coaster-notes

appearance: cool label art, poured into a chalice - muddy brown body, light tan ring

smell: brown sugar, caramel malts, lots of dark fruit, spiced cake

taste: bartender described it as being similar to some belgian offerings (i believe he mentioned the words trappist and rochefort)...i enjoyed this beer, as i've enjoyed almost everything i've sampled from 't IJ over the years - nice sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, spice, nutmeg, light sticky hops

mouthfeel: nice smooth medium body

drinkability: good

Jun 06, 2010
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glid02 from Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of syrupy caramel malts with good amounts of toffee and booze-soaked raisins. Also present are other dark fruits, mostly dates and dried plums.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Heavy caramel malt flavors up front are joined shortly by good amounts of dark fruit flavors dusted with brown sugar. Midway through the sip an indistinct spiciness comes into play, carrying through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was an easy-drinking BSDA with a sneaky high ABV. Worth a shot.

Apr 26, 2010
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 134 ratings