Struis | Brouwerij 't IJ

128 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-26-2001

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of JMS1512
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Crosling
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Gollem in Amsterdam, Holland.

Ruddy Brown.

The nose is odd. Chocolate, banana and clove are present cinnamon, ripe fruits and a slight hint of peppers.

Light and fluffy but still full bodied and complex. Notes of chocolate, caramel, cherries and plums. The hops are flowery and dominant, especially on the finish.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Absumaster
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OK, again I ask myself why we are always stuck with the infected beers and the good ones are send out to the US!

This is already my third 't IJ beer and again I can smell the lactic acid hitting my nose. There is also something like melon and pine-apple in the smell. Appearance is good, a brown, murky beer with a 1 inch white head.

Taste is mild acidic and fruity with the melon and pine-apple taste, a combination of yeast flavors and lactic acid I think. A good bitterness complements the beer and aftertaste is slightly sticky and bitter, which also activates my salive glands.

I know that underneath the acidity, there is a good beer and I know that they can make good beers, but for some reason they always have infections in their beers and this is happening for years already. What a waste of reputation!

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Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of stephenlee
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drmeto
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rtepiak
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

upon opening i was somewhat confused as to consider anything but a dubbel. it has an overwhelming scent of malt sugar cane. but its darker. a red tint of dark brown with little light coming through. the smell is not like any other from this brewery. not that sour lambic scent with complex undertones. sort of more typical. the smell is of s dense sugar cane, brown sugar, light molasses. light scent of grape and black pepper. the taste resonates the smell but with a light flavor of orangepeel in the hops. a nice herbaliness, light. prodominantly rosemary. hops are almost non existent. denisty is quickly lost with the head. sugar and herb sits on the palete with a light molasses bitterness. very similar to dubbel but at a failed complexity. very good but not great. expected more of the funk the rest of the beers have. their most accessible i suppose. probably why its so easy to admire. i like there other beers. i wouldn't drink them regualarly but they are fantastic. this is more traditional, if thats the word to use.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.26/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of taez555
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a mildly hazy dark brownish body with an off-white head.

Nose is one of the most unique belgian styles I've ever smelled. Strong sugary figs, almost like a fig jam smell, very earthy with a strong musk smell, touches of apples, raisins, alcohol and a very sugary caramel. It smells like it's already been aged a while as some wine-like softened notes really peak through.

Taste is medium to full bodied leaning heavily towards full bodied. Starts with a strong sugary fig taste and the end shifts into the finish with a strong apple peel and fig newton sort of doughy and sugary taste. Touches of dark caramel, a huge flavor of brown bread, dark burnt molasses, children's grape juice, touches of pineapple, some mild bubble gum and hints of plums. There's a slight metallic taste and even some earthy brick flavors. Bitterness and hops are kept to a minimum but there's a mild bitter background that gives a nice backbone.

I'd had this one time before in Amsterdam and barely remember it(I was in Amsterdam after all), but this is seriously one of the more unique beers out there. Figs, Figs and more figs served with brown bread. Could be an amazing beer to pair with a desert in place of the fruit flavors. Unique and quite good.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a thin-shaped thick-glassed brown bottle. Minstens - Houdbaar - Tot 4/04
Pours a dusty dirty leather brown (in a pleasing way). With a fairly long lasting beige head and lots of sheeting, sticky lace.
A grainy malt aroma gives way to a citrus and clove-like scent. A faint smell reminiscent of a horse stable - again, not in a bad way lasts throughout.
The malt has a wheat and edgy rye-like taste. Flavors of clove, coriander, orange zest and a lemony bitterness gain in stature as the brew warms. It also improves in drinkability.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the bottle that this comes in! Reminds me of the Tottenham Hotspur logo. Anyways, it pours brown and dark ruby with a medium tan head. The head has decent retention throughout the beer, but often needed a swirl or two to bring it back to life. The aroma was my favorite part of this beer. Very complex with some caramel, fruit, and even a little coffee mixed in. The taste however did not live up to expectations. The malts were way too sweet for me and a little overdone. It was still drinkable, but this is definitely one strong brew. If you're a fan of malts, give this one a try.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Struis (Ostrich) is the brewery's flagship beer. It pours up very nicely into an over-sized goblet with typical ample carbonation. The color is deep golden-burnt orangish/copper with a dense frappe-whitish head. Delicious aromas of candied ripe fruit, mulberry spice and sweet orange marmalade dominate. The well integrated malt flavors are wonderfully rich with hints of tangerine citrus, treacle, and some brandied character mixed in the slightly dry-hoppy finish. This beer exemplifies how dangerously drinkable this style can be. Drink as an apertif or paired with tangy Stilton cheese & peppered crackers. This rare treat is definitely worth seeking out. Here's to Brouwerij 't IJ (The Egg)!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, slightly translucent brown with a full, rich, gorgeous off-white head in a Leffe goblet. There isn't much prettier than this pour. Left a moderate amount of deep brown yeast that stayed at the bottom of the bottle. After a few minutes, the head settles somewhat unevenly,

Aroma is much better than expected- a rich, full, quadrupel-like aroma of fruits- dark fruits, banana, clove, and the like, surrounded by an off-sweet malt. Flavor follows through in a very nice strong dark ale, full and rich mouthfeel that is downright pleasant (just a tad thin, but not enough to quibble over). Alcohol profile is stronger than I like- it should be there without being noticed, here it starts to burn the throat as it goes down.

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Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of janubio
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of joepais
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip produced a good one finger white head on top of a deep reddish brown liquid with the tiniest of little partials floating around the nose on this one is hard to describe musty, fruit, earthy, and yes something I can’t describe. Medium slick mouth feel with an oily finish .Flavors on this beer is incredibly complex as well, dark fruits, spices and some funk? Truly a unique beer enough so I have to try another one to nail the description down

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Photo of ATPete
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at Brouwerij 't IJ in April 2008

*A bartender at the Brouwerij 't IJ descibed this to me as a barley wine.

A- Orange/Brown color with a small off white head.

S- Some malts, herbs, sugar syrup, and alcohol

T- Fairly sweet, very malty, very spiced, some caramel, and a touch of licorice on the finish, decently complex.

M- Full mouth feel but not very weighty

D- Eh, this one wasn't for me

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Struis from Brouwerij 't IJ
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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