harrisoni (13737) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle opened by Urbain at the Alvinne pre Zythos event 09. English yeast on aroma, biscuiy malt, stinging lasting hop on finish. Itís just the most stunning beer of the weekend. The English yeast from the Nottingham brewery, great biscuity malt, like Mcvities Digestive Biscuits, then a Cascade/Fuggles finish. This is just so awesome, Iím speechless. Glorious English style pale ale. Phenomenal. Ber beer Iíve had in so long. It was just that it tasted just like an English bitter, with that wide mouthfeel you would get fron a cask conditioned beer, but from a bottle, in Belgium and at 12% ABV. I was so blown away. I didnít think Struise could get any better, but then they just go and do. Oh and it was brewed by those nice guys at Pipeworks. Hats off to all involved. It you wanted to make my definitive beer, this was it. Will age my bottles to let the faint diacetyl to go away and will then re-rate and possibly up the rating to a 5/5. So good I had 3 glasses of it on the go at the same time. The look on Mes from Mesandsimís face must have mirrored mine. Sheer shock and awe.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy brown color, good beige foam, rich malty aroma, full boddied in taste great hoppy finisch. Waregem beer festival.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home with a big shit eating grin on my face.
Iíve had this quite a few times but I was saving myself to rate this particular bottle. Firstly because I can rate it in the comfort of my own home. Secondly because this particular bottle was given to me by my good friend Harrisoni by way of saying sorry for spraying me with Keralensis that had been ejected from his nose. It actually hit some guy we didnít know on the back too but he didnít notice. No Rocking Horse for him....
A beautiful burnt amber colour with an excellent off white head leaving lots of lace. The aroma is nothing short of spectacular. As an English man this really hits the spot. Lots of glorious English hops, boozy but still managing to retain poise and finesse, equally brilliant malt base and just a hint of pepper right at the top. My god. The flavour is even better. If I had this in a blind tasting Iíd bank a fortune on this being English. Iíd certainly never guess this was from a Belgian brewer. But hey, Struise are not your average Belgians. Yes, you can tell there is some strength to it but you would not think itís as strong as it is. It slips down so easily. The EKG and Vale yeast combination is something most have us have experienced before but, honestly, never has it been done so well. This could have me fence licking drunk without me even noticing. There is something cakey about the malt which balances it out so bloody well itís untrue. The finish is pure magic. Just a faint lick of sourness then an instant swashbuckling bitter hop kick in the knackers that leaves the booze and malt in its wake. Just when you think itís all over the peppery hop aftertaste floods in and doesnít bugger off for some time. Nor do I want it to. I think you have to be English to fully appreciate this. Yet another true masterpiece. Iím honoured to know these guys. Really. Thanks Ian. Apology throughly accepted. It was almost worth it anyway. Iíve certainly never seen anyone squirt red beer out of their nose before.
P.S. Iím told there are also some American folks that deserve some props for this brew so Iím adding a cheers here to some fabulous folks!
Jerre (2680) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Last saterday on tap at Waregem beerfest.
Hazy amber color, with a creamy off white head. Aroma alcohol, bit yeast, malts, bit nuts. Full body. Taste sweet, alcohol is well hidden, hops, malts. It feelí not like a 12 % beer.
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Waregem. Very nice tasting beer. Full body and the alcohol is hidden. Once more a very nice beer.
teorn88 (1923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle. 2009 vintage. Big gusher. Pours a hazy chestnut color with a huge off-white head. Aroma is stunning: funk and fruit notes all over the place with light swwet presence. Slight alcohol and bourbon in particular. Taste is extremely balanced between the yeasty and malty fruity sweet side and the woody, almost smokey, bitter side. Flavors of whiskey barrels. Finish is bitter, smooth and quite dry. Body is medium to full and carbonation is soft. Anyways, this is so fruity and refreshing itís extremely easy to drink. I donít remember last time I was so astonished by a Belgian strong. This is a real treat. If this was too sweet/boozy when released (just guessing, trying this for the first time here), than age made a superb work on it. I only wish I had more of this.
77ships (3801) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thx. to Vincent // # 45 Struise rating // 2009 Vintage (only one ever made) // 33 cl. bottle sampled // murky amber with a small white head // smells of sweet peaches, aged triple aromas, candy sugar, malt, yeast touch fruits // sweet caramel taste, old sugar, aged flavors, peach, some fruits, some bitter hops in the back, belgian yeast and some cobwebs, old candy toffee // hazy, yeast heavy body // keeping up far from badly
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Pre-ZBF, Alvinne. A hazy golden colored beer, with a small off-white head. The aroma malty and fruity like citrus and orange. The are hops. The taste is dry bitter with several fruits, citrus, orange and peaches. The aftertaste is bittersweet, which stays for quite a while.
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle tasted at the Pre-ZBF fest at Alvinne. Beer label describes this as a hazy amber ale. The name Schommelpeird means rocking horse. It was named and brewed for the Waregem Beer Festival 2009 held at the Red Path, hippodrome of Waregem. This is the biggest horse race event in Belgium.
The beer poured a hazy yellow color with a thick off white head. The nose was a bit sweet, lemony and piney as well. The taste presents a solid hop character, a bit piney, citrus but there is also a present malt backbone that makes for a very well balanced, easy to drink beer despite the abv of 12%.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Struise beer that Travlr hasnít had? Yes, please! Thank you secret santa. Pours apricot in color with a trim white head. Smells of sweat, canned peaches, and hops. Sweet in flavor with added notes of malt and Hawaiian Punch. Really enjoyed this.