Brewed by Brouwerij ít IJ
Style: Barley Wine
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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A barley wine brewed in the English style. Struis is a full-bodied beer with a deep, dark colour and a soft, long-lasting head. The aroma is dark and sweet, with clear tones of chocolate and dried fruit. The aftertaste is dry and long-lasting, and leaves you yearning for more. A delicious accompaniment to food and ideal with skeapsrond cheese. Struis is only available as a bottled beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 bottle from brickskeller (02/02 brewed, 05/05 drank). pours a dark cloudy brown with slight head that barely laces. nose is malt, booze, bread, coffee? flavor is excellent: medium-bodied, malty, raisins, hops, with the presence of a 9% beer, but without the unpleasant alcohol flavors associated with that. a barleywine with a belgian twist, indeed. it has a brief note of harshness at the finish, which is the only thing that keeps this from being amazing. finish is dry in the mouth...the hops survived at least in bitterness. this beer is to barleywines as the de dolle export stout is to stouts. re-tasted on tap at brewery. dark amber. aroma of caramel, port, figs. heavy. lots of rich malty fruit up front. some evidence of the high abv, but well hidden. delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Son of a bitch gusher. Dark hazy ruby brown color, fizzy brown head, disappeared in seconds. After this I was reluctant to try, just knowing it was going to be infected or off, but it wasnít. Fruity and full malt aroma, prune, cherry, a touch yeasty. Brown sugar in the flavor along with notes of caramel, berry, and malt. Medium to full bodied, very active mouthfeel, no signs of the booze in this. Very good, too bad I lost some of it from gushing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 19, 2005
Dark ruby- brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma is fruity with yeast and an odd (prune?) scent. Flavor starts with red grape, prune, black cherry followed by some peppery spicyness and a tongue tingling, lightly dry and tart finish. 9% ABV not apparent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - APR 6, 2005
this one was the second of the 2 bottle beers i had at the windmill brewery. had a deep burgundy brown pour with a tan shitoke head. now mind you this was the last beer at the brewery and my head was swimming with the windmill humm. huge nose of dark fuits raisins, apples, figs and plums... sweet notes of rock candy , brown sugar, honey and vanilla. yeasty texture with bread like freshness and that tin roof rusted thing l. nice mouth feel and not as much alcohol feel as the others. need to try it again to completely appreciate this beer. however, what i remember was very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 33 cL bottle, goblet. Average sized, creamy, khaki head is well lasting. Deep brown-red-purple body. Aroma is primarily yeast and dark fruits. Dough, candi sugar, plums, figs, prunes, raisins, blackberries. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium-full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Flavor introduces some chocolate which I didnít find in the aroma. The bottom line is: a bit odd for a Belgian Strong...thereís just something thatís different...which, is fitting given that itís Dutch, I suppose! Be careful at the end of the pour, this is a strong tasting yeast strain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4/2004 bottle. Pour reveals a medium amber-caramel colored body, with light oranges, coppers and golds all noticeable. Large, well-retained head, per usual for the brewery, with plenty of sediment remaining in the bottle. Aroma has notes of strong belgian yeast, light candi sugar and plenty of caramel malt. Light raisins and berries. Flavor parallels the aroma quite well, with lightly sweet caramel and raisins, figs and dates on the finish. A low amount of residual sugar does not give it too sweet a flavor. Lately Iíve been turned off by high abv BSAs, due to the powerfully sweet and warming nature of them, but this one hid the 9% abv nicely and was more restrained in flavor. Giving the beer time to breath creates a soft mouthfeel. A bit of oxidation from the age loosens up the body, but it makes it surprisingly drinkable for a 9% BSA. So far, TíIj is 2 for 2 in my book. Excited to try more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Iíve had this beer plenty of times at the brewery but never rated it. I had it again the other night in a bottle at Monkís Cafe in Philadelphia, PA. It poured with a big sustained head. Color is brown with reddish tinge. Nose is complex... malty, yeasty, fruity, alcoholic. Huge body, almost coats the tongue. Yeasty and fruity with a bit of caramel. Well balanced. Itís hard for me to objectively rate this beer because my fondness for Brouwerij ít IJ is too great. Canít wait to get it on draught again....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 This is a nice medium bodied strong ale, Nice carmel color and nose is toffee and yeasty. A little extra carbonated when I open it bubbled over. A litte expensive for what it is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (535) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Bottle - big, beautiful aroma of cherries and berries. Quite cloudy and red with a creamy white head. Flavor matches the aroma - many cherries, very fruity and yeasty. A very well hidden 9%. A touch fizzy and soft on the palate. This is a beautiful beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 This beer has a brown/red body - hue apperance and a coarse light brown scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had a lot of carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is fruity with a little bit sweet afther tast.

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