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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6012) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle at the Williamsburg Gathering. Given as a gift ay Zythos ’06 by the very generous lachesis. Thanks Carlo! Labeled as 125. Corked and crowned 1L magnum with a difficult almost plastic-like substance sealing it. Hazy gold. Tall fizzy white head. Aroma is odd. Some yeast, semi-sweet notes, dried fruits, light funk, sweet malt, and spices. Light bready notes as well. Taste has more yeasty flavors along with spices, fruit (melons and apple), some earthiness and bread and funk. Very dry bodied. Fizzy with light chalkiness in spots. Ends with more spice, fruits, earth tones, yeast, funk and grains/bread. Different but tasty! I think it grew on most as we drank it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 2005 magnum shared by TheBeerGod at the 2008 Richmond Summer Gathering in Williamsburg. Thanks Mike! Lemon yellow color with a huge frothy head and nice lacing. Earthy, buttery and fruity notes in the very dry aroma. Very dry and fruity taste with notes of pear, apple and caramel. Full bodied with a slightly sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Magnum bottle, Vintage 2005, labeled as 125 Limited Edition. Thanks to The_Beer_God at Richmond Summer Gathering @ Williamsburg. Pours cloudy golden in color with white head. Aroma yeasty and fruity. Taste yeasty, breedy,fruity and the alochol is well hidden with very dry finsih.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2008
Bottled @ RBESG Grand Tasting 2008. 2005. Hazy and yellow in colour with a small head. Bit malty with notes of yeast, spices and fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16165) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2008
Bottled@RBESG Grand Tasting 2008
Hazy yellow color, small creamy white head. Fruity-citrusy aroma. Candy sugary, fruity, a bit earthy flavor. Nice, but not outstanding blonde.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12081) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle @ the RBESG08 Grand Tasting.
Pours a hazy pale yellow with slight green hue. Big, frothy, white head. Not that appealing - and looks rather weak. But just the aroma! Powerful fruitiness, lots of apples, oranges and yeast. Fine oily mouthfeel. Flavour is vinious, yeasty, lots of red apples, nice oranges. Fine, light tartness and malty power. Impressive that something that unimpressive in looks can have that much power.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle at RBESG08 ... Slightly hazy orange ... tasty eough blonde ale but not as good as other struise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (7215) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 11, 2008
Bottled(750ml or bigger). -RBESG2008, Grand Tasting. 2005 vintage, No 123.
Cloudy yellow coloured, huge airy white head, not so pleasant tart fruity nose. Yeasty and fruity taste with notes of spices and herbs. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4953) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 11, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 RBESG08 grand tasting
2005 version? not sure. Poured a murky yellow colour with a huge white head that took its time to go away. Lemony nose, some funkiness. The taste is maybe just slightly too sweet. Lemony, yeasty, slightly funky, some alcohol. Pleasant enough!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23522) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2008
Bottled at RBESG. Cloudy pale golden, airy head. Yeasty nose with biter orange and vanilla. Sweet and surprisongly spritzyand light feeling for a 10% beer. There’s warming alcohol underneath cottony vanilla and citrus. Low bitterness. An elegant peppery lively beer.

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