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Struise New Years Blond

De Struise Brouwers
Formerly brewed at Caulier

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
X-Mas beer brewed by (De Struise Brouwers) at the Caulier brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (6181) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2013
WHALES , BRO ! at rampkrot ( via kulminator ) shared by me , with a great gang , who all payed their share . 2005 vintage, magnum bottle, almost no wax left... GUSHER! lost some beer, poured out 20-30 cl, still gushing! damn ! pours hazy yellow, small white foam. smell is too old . very much carbo ( even after gushing the hell out of things ! ) , honey, way to old. not complex ( or good) anymore. almost reminds at a fresh gaverhopke.. prob. not the best beer to age, yet still very, very glad to have tried this !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2013
22/IV/13 - 1.5L bottle from Kulmintor (Antwerpen) @ Rampkrot (Deurne) - BB: n/a (2013-353) Split cost with Kraddel and others.

GUSHER ALERT! Cloudy yellow beer, big fluffy white head, little stable, non adhesive, yeasty or protein chunks floating around. Aroma: lots of yeast, yoghurt, floral, dairy, hay, some honey, bit funky, saison like. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: honey, orange peel, bit spicy, herbal, some alcohol, honey, pretty oxidised, but not bad at all! Aftertaste: alcohol is clearly present, cookie dough, honey, spices, very floral, little bitter, yeasty. I was very surprised at the high drinkability of this aged beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2013
1.5L magnum courtesy of Kraddel @ Post Toer de Geuze tasting. Vintage 2005, bottle #81, BB 2008. Dorée trouble laissant qcq sédiments, col blanc épais. Arôme de grains tirant vers le maïs, houblon frais pour un fruité moyen. Palais de grains avec ce côté vieille bière belge typique que l’on retrouve dans ces bières qui ont passés l’age. Malt caramel pour un houblonné encore bien présent. Les 10% assurent une fin de bouche réchauffante tout en ne venant pas dominer. Ok, mais une bière qui à vraiment passé l’age et ne vaut certainement pas les 55€. Au final, se vaut encore malgré l’age. Heureusement que cette dernière était à 10% car une simple blonde n’aurait certainement pas survécu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (8104) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2013
H U G E G U S H E R. This thing never ended gushing. 2005 Vintage bottle. 1500 ml. bottle shared cost / sampled. Bottle nr. 81/250. BBF 2008. Hazy bright golden with a creamy white head. Plaster, light lactic nose, thick yeast, lots of yeast, signs of age, light alcohol, sweet spices, light wheat,… Sweet thick yeast taste, light yeast, sweet spices, grains, light alcohol, light lactic, quite sweet, light Madeira, lightly bitter, sweet flower, nectar,… Nice full yeast body. Actually very good considering the age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21440) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2013
Magnum, bottle 81, courtesy of kraddel, thank you! Gusher. Cloudy yellow color, massive white head. Aroma of rising raw bread dough, lemon, honey. Taste is sweet lemon, straw. A shadow of its former self, still very drinkable, but it’s evident it was a good one while young.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1723) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2012
magnum bottle sample at the epic beer tasting - yellow hay colour with. Aroma of thyme and rosemary. Mouthfeel was sweet (and maderised), taste was malty and flowery (next to madeira)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2012
I finally had the chance of opening my 1,5l bottle up at a tasting

Bottle number 10 !

Head: white
Colour: yellow, gold
Smell: Little oxidated, lactose, sour, bitter , citric
Taste: tripel with a little bit flavour of the oxidation, but still quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2012
2005 Magnum at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. It pours cloudy yellow (my pour was from towards the bottom of the bottle), with a thin white head. The nose is quite sweet - caramelised banana, peach and pear, as well as spice and honey. The taste is similarly sweet, lots of sweet over-ripe banana, as well as spice, herb and white sugar, with a massive boozy finish (deep burn). Interesting and I am glad to have tried this, but this blond was a bit over the hill......

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle vintage 2005 @ chriso. Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a sweetish malty yeasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2011
1.5 l bottle (vintage 2005) at Chris O’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. Golden color, sparling appearance. The aroma and flavor are perfumy and spicy with pepper, tart alcohol and rhubarb. A bit boozy but still fairly drinkable. Somehow summery and champagne like.

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