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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
This beer rocked my socks. As previously noted in many places, I am somewhat picky in liking Belgian strongs, so this was a nice surprise--and something I will be buying again. The aroma is candied oranges, molasses, rum, brown sugar, raisins, anise, wood, caramel, and some type of flower. Deep cloudy mahoghany topped with a diminishing offwhite head. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, thick, heavy, rish, coating, with a lasting maltiness on the swallow. Taste started sweet and syrupy, moved quickly to a spiced, fruity middle, and ended on a chocolate note. Excellent stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Pours a cloudy ruby with some off white head. Nose is musty in a way that reminds me of a traditional lambic. If I hadnít opened it myself, Iíd swear this had come from a bottle with a cork. Flavor is extremely unusual and unique. Man. Very faint sweet tone. I can say right away that it ends with a noticable perfume characteristic. Caramel is there too. Alcohol is noticable a bit too. This is one extremely complex BSDA. And add that it is Dutch too. Who wouldíve thought. Feel is goog. Smooth with a nice bubble edge to it. Drinkable? Hell yes; but more for the experience. More of a sipper, but the unique qualities should keep a lover of the style coming back for another. You would never be able to tell what this might be from seeing it on the shelves. I mean a diamond label with an ostrich on it? Come on. Regardless. If you see it, buy it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Pours 1 inch of sustaining tan head over a dark orange/amber body. Numerous flakes of sediment explore their new surroundings in my glass. Tight patterns of clumpy lace. Deliciously strong and sweet aromas of light and dark fruits mixed with barnyard funkiness. Similar flavors with additions of bubblegum, raisin, subtle coriander, and shoebox. Alcohol is present but well-balanced with a nice warming effect. Lively carbonation and medium/full body. Refreshing and well-balanced flavors. Great beer. So far, this brewery has yet to displease from their offerings.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
parisiona (29) - CYPRUS - APR 28, 2012
Very good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Demens (220) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 19, 2016
0,33l bottle. Hazy brown colour with quickly disappearing beige head. Aroma: Caramel, banana, nuts, vanilla, smoke. Taste: Very sweet malty taste with hiding light bitterness. I donít feel any special notes, but it has a very good mouth feel. Smokey caramel maybe. Light carbonation with medium/full body. Very pleasent long bitter/sweet finish. Not my best barley wine but a very good one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Plummy brown and darkly toned with a medium cap of light tan firmly smoothed froth on top. Settles to a thin collar and the lace is strewn about in minimal glaring dots and a few straggly strings. Aroma is quite nice with a pleasant bouquet of berries and dark fruity things. Dates and raisins with twists of lemon skins make up a good portion as it gains a alcoholic soaked berry and date mixing with some black licorice and root beer. Taste is mostly dark and fruity, steady and even in the front and middle with a dark fruity maltyness thats a scad yeasty and spiced. Tends to finish better with a quick, and the gradual brigade of hefty complexity in the dark fruits, adding some pits, skins, and baked raisin, dates, and spicy breadyness. Also hits a wonderful drying sense of dried dark fruits of the raisin and dates, perhaps a bit of fig too. Quite nice and much, much better as it warms. It really gains some nice subtle complexity as it goes. Feel is about medium, with a lighter side to its body then youíd think with all of its dark-sided malt and fruityness. Not a bad thing really, it actually suits the character quite well; especially as it warms. This one grows on you. The pleasing finish with its long wondering dried dark fruity draw is a fine treat to the palate as it leans into some soft breadyness. A damn fine brew. Drinkable as all get out with its moderate carbonation and long drawn out finish. íStruisí is a nice brew to share; or to hoard, take your pick. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - SEP 27, 2011
Thanks to Beerbiker. Tasted not too long after an Oval - this is the closest to an Oval iíve had. Murky greyorange with a bubling white head. Funky Brett aroma, mold and mixed with belgian fruity yeast. Flavor is big and complex. Lots of refined sweetness. alchohol and brett. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Case (300) - GERMANY - MAR 30, 2014
Pours dark brown with small beige head. Aroma of caramel and dark fruit. Taste of chocolate, some bitterness, dried prunes. Long chocolate aftertaste. Alcohol content is completely hidden. Very smooth and creamy body. Simply delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hermanw7 (28) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2014
33cl bottle from Kokkes (Amsterdam Zuid). Pours very dark red to brown with an off white head. Aromas of yeast (almost cheese-like), dark grapes. A little bit musty. Tastes of coffee, dark grapes, licorice, quite sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Sweetness and carbonation stay on the palate for quite a while.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoplover66 (67) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 28, 2014
Excelente barleywine. Tomada en Snifter. Espuma abundante y duradera. Aroma a caramelo. Buen cuerpo. Sabor a caramelo y algo de frutas. El alcohol queda muy bien enmascarado. Amargor final muy moderado pero apreciable. Una botella sabe a poco. Esencial saborearla a temperatura moderada.


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