altonbrownd (4817) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4/3/2011 6:19:23 AM Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Dark brown amber body with huge head with tan lining. Nose of burned malts, caramel. Taste of toffee, malts, some fruit notes. Slightest hint of sour. Really nice and lively beer. Goes down well.
wazzawazza (60) - Geraldton, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Scent is strong but sweet. Solid head with some staying power, with the taste of the heavens. An absolute winner. One in the cellar for next year.
markextrae (2743) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle found in a beerstore recently, couldn’t belive my eyes, how is this now... poured a murky brown colour with a off head. notes of burned caramel, overriped fruits, belgian yeast, herbal tea notes, lot’s of sweet notes coming true, don’t think that was this way back in the day, some toffee, pretty nice still.. but can’t camprae it with a fresh version
Bierridder_S (466) - BELGIUM - APR 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
15/04/2015 @home. 33cl bottle from a trade (good until 03/2013)
Hazy light brown colour with small head. Aroma : bitter hops, sweetness, madeira. Taste : hops, light peppery, some vanilla, madeira, sweet. Strange, a few months ago I had another and that one was very bitter and peppery, this time it was way sweeter
Beerconnaiseur (166) - BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle from 2009. Hazy golden pour, gushed (infected)... no problem because it offers a rich hoppy scotch ale-ish taste with grape skin aftertaste. Viscosity like barley wine. Aromas of hops, tannins, vinous notes, grapes, vanilla, scotch and some booze. Nice to go back to the Struise past!
PriorL (2906) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at semi-S&G tasting (since the music was shut down halfway through).
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: little oxidated, madeira.
TASTE: little oxidated, madeira, sweet, white chocolate, peppery, very boozy actually!
Alengrin (3865) - BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very bitter ale, almost a DIPA, made for Waregem Koerse, with creamy, milk white, sticky, moussy head, very stable; orangey peach blond colour, hazy. Aroma strong flowery, peppery and grassy hops, tonic water, orange peel, bitter honey, apple, peach, whisky; citrussy freshness in onset, rounded, quickly overcome by a very assertive, complex, spicy and floral hop bitterness over a caramelly and slightly nutty malt base, very dry and long, some whisky-like warming alcohol but not astringent and in all very well hidden for a beer this strong. Another great Struise beer.
ThirstyBird (2382) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBBSG II. Courtesy of BelgBeerGeek. Thanks Vincent! Pours hazy yellow/brown with a small off-white head. The smell is rich malt and tart fruit. The taste is tart fruit, crisp hops with a dry finish. Medium body and mild carbonation.
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home,must be a few years old. Gusher! It pours hazy golden-amber with a medium off-white head. The nose is earthy, hay, doughy, spice, light candy, pear and apple. The taste is wood, earth, bread, alcohol, candy, citrus peel, sherbet, apple and hay with a dry, warming finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. No real depth and pretty hot. Not one of Struise’s best.
Theydon_Bois (14964) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home, thanks to Belgbeergeek for the trade, 11/01/14.
Hazed orange amber with a good sized off white covering that thins but stays for the show.
Nose is light musty fruit stall, candied sugars, bitter orange, caramel, earthy hops.
Taste comprises caramel, sugars, bitter dark fruits, hoppy backnotes, earthy, dirt.
Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, well tempered sugars and lightly musty in the closure.
The 12% never really came into play - easy enough drinking affair but lacked a little depth.
A few years past its prime perhaps but still a drinkable number.