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Brewed by Brouwerij ít IJ
Style: Barley Wine
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Rating 1400. 11.2 oz bottle. Bought at State line in Md. Pours a deep amber/ light brown with a big fluffy cloudy light beige head and sticky cobweb-like lace. Aroma has some brett in it which is nice but isnt overly powerful initially. Lots of fruity esters like raisin and plum in the aroma, phenolic herbal and barnyard as well, and even a hint of cherry pie-like brett/pedio in there. Flavor has a sharp bite to it from the brett, lots of wild things going on- horseblanket, barnyard, clove, must, and a light tart acidity in the end. Some sweet caramel malts, some nuts, and a bit of hops in the finish. Brett produces some nice high carbonation but isnt too harsh and still goes down pretty easy. Nice aftertaste. This is a great belgian strong ale, that is enhanced by the brett, even though im not even sure there is supposed to be brett in here at all. I love brett, so this was kickass. I am wondering why no one else has noticed brett in this though.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 This one is really nice. Complex taste, lush colour and full, thick body and aroma.. great barleywine-ish brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2006
bottle purchased at State Line Liquors. Pours a murky amber, looks like liquid butterscotch syrup. Nice thick off white head. Aroma of fruit flavored tea and musty basement. Rather thin texture. Flavors of caramel apple, bread, yeast, and dark fruit. Sort of like if you mixed a barleywine and weizenbock and watered it down, youíd get something that tastes like this. Finish is slightly cloying. Surprised at how high this is rated. At 4.00 a bottle, I wonít be coming back to this unless itís free.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2006
BCA (from Bitter Virtue, BB Dec 06). Malty nutty caramel start with raisin and plummy fruit. Slight coriander and fruityness from the yeast. Just a little bit too sweet in the mouth with nothing to balance this making for a slightly cloyinh finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2912) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 4/07 Re-rate: Numbers bumping up. This time the aromas and flavors came through better, more balanced: grapes and apples, coriander, significant floral touch, spicey, yeasty and dry, leathery (even a touch of that brett / burnt rubber taste I get in some gueuzes) finish. Original rating: Poured a reddish brown color with a large head that wouldnít fit in one pour. In fact, this was one of those bottles that just exploded upon opening, making a big mess for the unsuspecting opener. Aroma was of caramel and spices. The flavor was caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and candied apples. Finishes with a light spicey bitter touch, keeping it from being too cloying or sugared. Reminded me of the NíIce Chouffe I had: good, but nothing to long for. Mouthfeel was moderately bodied with significant carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 Draft glass
Consumed at ít IJ, Amsterdam, May 2006

Golden dark red color, mostly murky in appearance with a thin, filmy head. Full of suspended yeast on the draft pour. Aged quad-like scent of dates, nuts and maple. Very sweet up front, rose and tulip flavors, slight alcohol noticed. Semi-prickly texture, light compared to most strong Belgians. At times there’s a bit of a foul vegetable aroma.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Sheesh. Possibly one of the worst beers from this region Iíve ever had. Everything seemed to be off with this beer. I was really expecting much more. Aroma was vegetative. Appearance wasnít bad. Flavor was malty sweet. I have another bottle of this, so I will have to re-rate. I think the bottle was bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2006
This beer was hearty, thick and fresh, but it should have been fresh because I was drinking it in the same town as it is brewed. I had no idea of its strength at the time but it sure explains why the rest of the night is kind of hazy after a full day of drinking. I would definitely appreciate another sampling of this with fresh tastebuds.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Bottled. Murky, dark mahogany color. Sweet malty aroma with a very sweet flavor as well. Slightly hot. A bit confusing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Pours a hazy, copperish brown with a large fine-bubble tan head. Unique aroma with a lot of pineapple, candy smarties, spiced apples, and caramel. Plenty of spices dominate the aroma along with tropical fruits Mmmm, the spices give it a very complex, delicous taste The initial malty and yeasty flavors slowly melt into a spicy, tasty medicine-like finish. Thereís something about this beer that leaves you wanting more and more after every taste. This is exactly what I would expect from an Amsterdam beer. Itís rich, creamy, smooth, and leaves your taste buds tingling. An explosion of dark fruit and spices in the flavor along with a funky yeast taste that can only be described as Amsterdam at itís best, makes this beer a very special one.


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