Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Oesterstout | Scheldebrouwerij

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
82 Ratings

Brewed by:

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by paterlodie on 07-27-2005

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of BenBreeg
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lelo767
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I stumbled on this beer at The Seafood Bar restaurant in Amsterdam. It was served in the proper brewery engraved crab emblem chalice, cool and from the bar tap. What a treat it was to find a dark stout in the Netherlands, where everywhere you see Heineken and Amstel,...which to me tastes like water, since I live in Belgium and am accustomed to dark Trappist brews. The Oyster Stout was a fine companion to my crustacean meal. No, it does not taste like a shucked oyster, the name comes from the fact it is filtered over oyster shells. But you can taste a very mild undertone of oyster flavor after the initial taste of frothy malty, chocolate, sweetness. The waiter told me this was brewed in the Netherlands(shame), but after research I found out it is brewed in my home country of Belgium, outside Antwerp...go figure since some of the best beers in the world are made here!

 884 characters

Photo of Zet
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Foam sinks very fast, making this brew like a coke. Luckily, the other factors compensate very well. A nose full of chocolate, malt and hop, a mouth full of chocolate slowly turning into roasted coffee and a medium-to-full body (this could have been a bit thicker though). Taste lingers well. This stout doens't have outstanding features, but it delivers. Worth a try. Too bad the oysters (oesters) seem to be missing.

 418 characters

Photo of Budinetz
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of lhwjanssen
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Anatole
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chrisroarshack
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of byronic
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of desint
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanielCseklye
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VierBier
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jose9e
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

"From the Scheldebrouwerij, we bring you the expertly crafted ales of a small Belgian brewery from the Antwerp province very near the Dutch border. The Scheldebrouwerij Oesterstout is a soft yet robust stout. Dark as night, the wort from this fully malted ale is filtered over oyster shells from the Dutch Zeeland province." Brewed in the style of an Export Stout. Available in single 11.2 oz. bottles and on regional draft.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp fizzy head of a maple brown complexion over a very dark cola brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Heavy roasted barley, dark fruits, some delicate cocoa and spiciness up front. No notable impact of oysters in the aroma. Potency is moderate/high. 3.5

(Taste) Heavily roasted barley up front with a strong impact of dark fruits, licorice and some molasses sweetness. Delicate brininess but not much in terms of oyster flavor, lots of earthy robust bitterness nonetheless, more than enough to compensate for the sweeter notes. Finishes on a note of toasted bread, a touch of chocolate grain and moderate, but appreciated ethanol. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, lightly chewy, moderately oily and medium dry. Carbonation is high generating a moderate frothiness and a boldly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, heavy overall. Balance is moderately roasty bitter and boozy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no notable off characters. I found the carbonation far too brisk for the style. 2.75

(Overall) This is an interesting and enjoyable Export Stout if at a reasonable price, although I did not much Oyster impact in the flavor, I anticipate it contributed somewhat to the texture and mouthfeel of this beer, which was unfortunately tarnished by being overly crisp and fuzzy, many of the subtleties of this beer were difficult to place. Overall a decent Foreign Stout but quality control could use some work. Either that or a dating system, as I have no idea how old this bottle is. 3.25


 2,159 characters

Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown pour with a small creamy beige head that will stick around for a long while.
Smell of salty roasted malts, bitter hops, a touch of lemon zest, caramel, mild sugared dried dark fruit, faint toffee, faint soy sauce.
Great flavor contrasts in this beer, with salted caramel, sweet salty roasted malts and nuttiness, with a small hint of sea water, but pretty subtle (they don't add oysters in the brewing process, they just filter the beer over some shells). Still, rich deep roasted malts, amped up by that nice saltiness. Chocolate shines too, with some bits of raisin and dried citrus peel too, and a bit of zingy plum juice. The finish shows some bitter herbal hop to further develop the roasted flavor.
Aftertaste has toasted, almost burnt dark bread, salted peanut and chocolate, a touch of dark fruit. Medium body, medium carbonation. Alcohol hidden perfectly.
This is really an awesome tasting beer, but i usually love this salty-sweet combo. The high alcohol content helps too, creating deeper, stronger flavors than in the usual oyster stout.

 1,065 characters

Photo of rpopescu
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thebeertree
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of simoen
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rudabegga9
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of lmaduells
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of killcore
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of freneticamnesic
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of AdamNowek
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +7.5%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Oesterstout from Scheldebrouwerij
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 82 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.