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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 475   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Temptation (226) - - NOV 13, 2012
Iíve been recently in Amsterdam and this one has been the great surprise of the beers Iíve tasted. Sincerely, I didnít expect a such great beer: tasty, full, powerful, with a looking that may cheat (cloudy and a little bit dull amber). The taste to fresh grain, caramel and a thousand things more is really complex and warmy. Excellent, really.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (1997) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2010 Rating reflects aged sample, but a fresh one is also pretty damn good. Fresh: Red-brown clear appearance. Very full-bodied with long-lasting flavors. Excellent long bittersweet finish. I agree with jbrus about this one: this is underrated brew. Re-rate: Bottled, 0.3 liter, BB 04-2008, sampled 01-2010 (about 6 years old). Beer came gushing out after opening, unbelievable after all these years. Brown colored, tiny yeast particles, lasting beige head. Absolutely fantastic nose, extremely fruity, almost like a lambic, but also hoppy, reminiscent of Orval, wow. Initially sour flavor, which later on develops to be more sweet. Lasting sweet finish. Iíd never thought that a beer could age in this way, it tastes like a fresh Orval with a hint of lambic. Brilliant!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanCrusher (643) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - NOV 7, 2013
Bottle 0,33L. Murky copper brown colour with small, mostly lasting, creamy, light brown head. Strong fruity aroma of pineapple, peach, raspberry, pine hops and slightly alcoholic nose. Sweet, rich fruity taste with moderate bitter, but still fruity aftertaste. Full body with oily texture and lively carbonation. Alcohol is noticable, but still very well hidden. This beer realy rocks!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rauchbier (3612) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 Re rate, same batch. Bottle conditioned, BBE 0103. Ruby red brown, good creamy off white head and good condition. Excellent figgy, fruity, woody malt with traces of aniseed, cloves and a degree of pleasant oxidation in the nose. Delightful perfectly judged figgy malt in the mouth, not too sweet and masking the alcohol with ease, some fruity tartnes but in a good way, a suggestion of peaty malt whisky and finally a touch of aniseed coming through as it warms. Long spicy finish with hazlenuts and coconut suddenly appearing, joined by some alcoholic warming and a feeling of general well being. Seems to benefit from a little ageing. Original rating 16/02/03 (8-4-8-4-16)Chestnut-ruby red, thin creamy but lasting head and low condition. Quite complex aromas of nuts, figs and bready yeast carried out on a wave of alcohol. Thin in the mouth for 9%, with some fruity malt and a hint of chocolate and some raisins briefly in the finish before becoming dry

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2004
11.2 bottle [best before 4/04]: Deep, hypnotizing red-cedar body . . . gorgeous, tight, slowly falling off tan cream. Huge floral esters, along with strong fruit (sweet red grapes, raisins, plums, and sugar coated figs). Smooth, creamy palate with great fizzy carbonation. Wonderful flavours of buttered popcorn, brown sugar coated raisins, dark cherries, milk chocolate, and great yeast. A stand out for me of the t IJ beers. Wow, I am off to buy another . . .

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4476) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 This is excellent. I say we call it an Abbot. No hops to this beer, it is all about the malt. Aroma begins with an initial burst of alcohol, then that fades and what remains is malt, fermenting fruit, and yeast. Flavor has sweet plums, cherry, light raisin, brandy, brown sugar, bread dough, and caramel. Thick and heavy, dark brown with lots of sediment and a lasting head. As usual, tíIJ has a great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3774) - - NOV 11, 2006
caramel/toffee aroma. murky brown with a small cream colored head. big burnt caramel flavor which dominates everything. hints of chocolate. tastes like sugar babies candy only liquified. i love it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2007
WOWEE tasty mctasterson!! pours delicious with minimal head and a wowee-zowee finish! Notes of caramel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2140) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Sweet, slight barrel-funk aroma. Murkey amber color with excellent soft off-white head that lasts. Moderately sweet, lactic hints with a dry finish that leaves you thirsting for another sip. Really an excellent and surprisingly complex beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Dark brown color. Sweet like candied fruit. Thick, full bodied, alcoholic (some of which comes out in the taste). Nice head, great thick molasses aroma.


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