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Struise New Years Blond

 (RETIRED)
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88
73
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De Struise Brouwers
Formerly brewed at Caulier

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2007
Big bottle at London Shindig. Hazy yellow colour. Spicy, peppery aroma with plenty of estery fruit too. Yeasty and fruity on the palate. Comes over like a sort of cross between a Wit and a strong Blond. Very flavoursome, but I have to say that, like some others, I found the alcohol rather too intrusive - a bit volatile and hot, leaving a distinct afterburn.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11209) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2007
Pale yellow, with a lasting white head. Complex aroma with citrus, passion fruit, some spice and some alcohol. Dry flavour with pepper, fruit and a slight hint of alcohol. Dry and quenching finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20618) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2007
Bottled@Chris_o shindig. 2005 vintage. Hazy yellow colour, mediumsized white creamy head. Aroma is wheat, sourness, alcohol and a lot of fruits and spices. Flavour is big spicyness, alcohol and lots of citrusfruit. Long alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Pleasant!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle at the Chris_o shindig. Hazy yellow, nice white cap. Mint, nettle, tomato and lemon balm aroma. Saazy hop flavor, a fair amount of heat, lemon menthol finish. A little hot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
Magnum at Chris_o’s brought by Harrisoni. Hazy yellow with a big white head. Very highly carbonated but not a gusher Alcoholic, spicy aroma. Lemon fruit, spice and alcohol burn. Lots of alcohol heat but it doesn’t spoil it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13844) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 1500ml bottle given to me by Carlo from Struise and taken to Chris_o’s Shindig. Bottle number 20 from 2005. Hazy gold due to the sediment being shaken up on my journey. Lasting white head. Orange/spice aroma. Some lemon. Bit of banana and ester. Alcohol has a certain burn towards the end, but really quite remarkably dirnkable. I went back to it several times. 3.8/5.0 Re-rate RBESG08 grand tasting. Bottle 123. That’s a lovely Belgian blond. Like a good tripel and I gave it exactly the same score as before without knowing it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2007
Bottle@chris_o. Strong citrus aroma, mainly lemon. Hazy, pale yellow, white irregular head, good lace. Light sweet, pretty spicy (pepper, coriander) and bitter. But I don’t know whether the bitterness comes from the hops, the spices or the alcohol. Lemon, grapefruit. Pretty alcoholic and hard to finish but very flavorful.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2007
Bottled - Chris O Shindig 2007 - A very hazy blonde coloured beer. The aroma is really inviting. Huge amounts of funk and peppery hops, spritzy yeats. The taste is lemony and peppery. Hugely spicy and lots of funk. Tasty treat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2007
A Mes rate: 1500cl 2005 bottle at Chris O’s Shindig. Cloudy weiss like appearance with a decent white head and lacing. Yeasty and champagne like aroma with plenty of hops and slight spice. Some alcohol apparent but not as much as you would expect given the abv. Very champagne like flavour and texture. Lemon and spice (coriander?) with some ginger at the back of the mouth. Big hit of alcohol at the drying finish. Typically excellent Struise palate. Thanks Ian for finally opening it and lugging it all the way to Chris’s.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2007
1.5 L bottle (006). Heavy gussing bottle when opened, almost half of it disappeared as foam :( Far more mellow aroma and flavour than the dangerous blond and a more dry bitterhop finish.


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