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

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 604   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.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2729) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Clear strawberry liquid with suspended sandy yeast specks. Thick, sticky, and patchy foam blanket. Very clean aroma of perfume, flower petals, yam, and tin. Sufficient amount of airiness and chalky yeast curb the elegant caramel and juicy, grapey malt undertones. Soft-bodied mouthfeel. Expansive bubbles scrub the palate before turning decadently creamy. Rich, chewy, dusty yeast and rose petals briefly contain the ester outbreak. Stunning interaction between the herbal hops and dusty yeast qualities. Light note of tin comes into play shortly after the sip before the thrusting herbal bitterness. Bright passion fruit and chamomile flavors meld effortlessly with the esters and sweet fruity malt goodness. Closes with earthy hop bitterness, herbal yeast, and just enough sweet, juicy maltiness to balance the dark fruit twang and herb flavors. Bitter herb notes linger in unison with the passion fruit, black currants, and chalky yeast whispers. This is teeming with a soft earthiness that is absolutely addictive, nevermind the fact that the high abv never becomes a distraction and the beautifully modest ester display. What a beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2004
Poured a dark brownish purple with a tan head. Very fruity aroma. Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Sweet and tart. A bit sour. Almost like a flemish sour and a belgian strong combined. Lots of flavor and the acohol is well hidden. Excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2004
Cloudy deep copper hue with good frothy off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has fruity notes of plum, strawberry, and currents. Additional dusty yeast esters, aromatic hops, cardamom, pipe tobacco and mocha malts. Wonderful nose indeed. The taste starts equally fruity and mildly tart, lots of yeast notes as well. Get some subdued bitterness, woody astringent qualities and flowery sublime notes. The mouthfeel is earthy soft and fruity twangy, dry and just a dose of alcohol noted. Of the three offerings I have had from tIJ, this is by far the best, highly recommended.

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 hadnt opened it myself, Id 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 wouldve 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PunkBunny (60) - Benoni, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 13, 2016
Pours dark amber. Very low head that disappears, with lacing on the sides. Aroma: Dark fruit and sweet malt smell. Taste: Slight caramel, dark fruit, prune. Alcohol medium. Smooth mouthfeel. Some bitterness at the back of the throat. Overall, well balanced and very nice.

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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