ciocanelu (591) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2015 Review from notes. Murky amber color with beige head. Aroma is malty with honey notes, makes me think of a barleywine. There are some belgian yeast qualities present in the taste but still, it resembles more a barleywine. Carbonation is indeed higher and body is not very viscous. Overall it’s a nice, non-traditional belgian Christmas beer.
Bill Becker (650) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 bottle from the De Struise shop online.
Tis a hazy rust coloured brew I get with my pour. 1" of long lasting foam and excellent lacing to go with that.
Pitted fruits is what I immediately pull out from the smell. Mostly plums but also semi sweet cherries with some candi sugar. Malt wise. ..caramel.
Very fruity with what I described above with the added attraction of a light tartness. I get quite a bit of the caramel near the finish but that fades and is replaced t the fruit and a distinct dryness.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Never too sweet or too bitter or too tart, I find it remarkably balanced. A real treat to drink!
Marko (4539) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Generally clear amberish lighter brown body. Perfumey malty aroma, apricot mostly. Brett seemed to show up at a point, but was gone fast. Mild malty apricot jam taste, Insanely mild for the ABV - which, if it’s correct, is immensely well hidden and superb job on that. It’s a tasty beer all in all.
jelledebont (89) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Koperkleurig kerstbier met nauwelijks schuim. Fruitig, bitter, drinkt prima weg.
rouhlas (1957) - GREECE - DEC 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle (v2012) at home from trade with kermis. Thank you Chris! Hazy orange copper color with light beige head. Yeasty and malty aroma, funky, dusty, spicy, honey, caramel, stone fruits, hoppy notes, light citrusy fruity, grassy and piney. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
dkolecar (5) - - DEC 5, 2015 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good beer. Nice with a little bitterness in a Christmas beer. Nice color but the taste do not last long enough to be better rated.
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Pemyle (7) - - DEC 5, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
White unstable head. Orange color. Fresh fruity, carbonized taste. Enjoyable.
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pumpmaster (1298) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $6.49 Very good!
jbuskirk (1015) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tsjeeses, Gene. Would it have killed you to send some fresh beer? Only kidding. All jokes in poor taste aside, thanks to Travlr for the rare chance to try some aged Struise beers. Damn interesting experience if you ask me. Feel was incredibly smooth. Aroma and flavor were similarly easy-going. Caramel, butterscotch, bread, and fruity esters (pear, rose hip, banana). Color was yellow-brown. It’ll be fascinating to (hopefully) compare this with a younger batch. It’s amazing how well this beer has held up and matured over the span of 7 years.
Peter_L (1226) - SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2015
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Flaska inköpt 2013. Denna har inte utvecklats väl. Redan när kapsylen poppas flödar skummet över. Dofter av hästfilt och jordkällare rusar upp i näsan. Stora jästklumpar finns i flaska. Synd, men denna går i vasken.