We thought we'd put up the catalog of all the beer tastings we've done over the years. If you haven't been able to join us at Brasserie V for these tastings, try a self-guided tour with our notes. Enjoy!
StruiseFest Tasting Event
Sunday, November 17th
We believe in the making of Authentic
craft beers. Some will find us very
eccentric, but that is how all artists are. Please forgive us.
Owners of a nearby ostrich-raising farm
in Lo-Reninge with accommodations for vacationers, Urbain Coutteau and Philippe
Driessens developed an interest in making distinctive regional beers to serve
to their guests. In 2001 they began
doing so. They now brew and offer tastings in a renovated school
building in Oostvleteren, near St. Bernardus and Westvelteren. The company takes its name from the historic
Flemish word for ostrich, which also is a contemporary slang term meaning
"tough". They render the name into English as "The Sturdy
Brewers", and many of their labels feature ostriches. In 2008, De
Struise were voted the world’s best brewers by ratebeer.com.
The Tasting Line-Up:
(Tangerine Heated Rare Evil Edition) – Bourbon Barrel Aged
alcohol and fruit notes of Belgian Tripel Ale are already front and center in
the style, they are further pushed to the fore ground with additions of
tangerine and bourbon for an even more intense tasting experience.
10% ABV (BEERchitect on Beer
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva
(Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Tjeeses is a strong, blond, winter beer with a fluffy white head and elegant
aroma. It has flavors of dried fruits, spices, refreshing herbs and noble hops.
This beer is strong, complex, and fairly
dry, with an expressive body and nice afterglow. The Reserva version has been additionally
aged in Bourbon Barrels. 10% abv
Black Damnation 1 – Black Berry Albert
version of the infamous Black Albert was brewed with blackberries and aged for
1 year on port barrels. Pours a blacker than black beer with an inch of dark
tan head that lingers as it cascades into itself. Nice aroma of bitter-sweet
chocolate, fresh torrified coffee beans, barley, candy sugar, complex fruits,
and floral hops. At the front, there is spiced baker’s chocolate, fresh mocha,
caramel like barley touches, and underlying hints of dried fruits which marries
the back of your palate and features a Top, and well integrated but not
overbearing hop flavor. 13% ABV
Albert was used in a new barrel aging project. More than a year ago, Carlo was
able to get his hands on a stock of Four Roses Bourbon barrels, and we happily
filled them up with Batch „0". This unique creation was originally to be
named 4 Black Roses in honor of its heritage, but our friends in Kentucky
strongly advised us not to do so! What to do? As the disowned offspring of
Black Albert, the name Cuvée Delphine imposed itself. Savoring the Belgian
irony, we are most honored to have artwork by Delphine Boël shining on this
label. You will not find this ale all over the globe.
Struise Roste Jeanne
(Red Haired Jeanne)
Our brew-master was born and raised in Newport Belgium. In
the early days around 1600, a lot of women were accused of witch craft and got
burned alive... The city council of Newport asked Urbain to develop a session
beer for the two yearly evocation of a Newport witch called Jeanne Panne.
Jeanne was as ugly as can be and had copper coloured hair. Elements enough for
Urbain to create a rather exciting ale.
Pours deep reddish-brown color with a thick frothy head.
Aromas of caramel and nutty bread. Medium-bodied with flavors of plum,
caramel, and toasted malts. Dry finish with some mild malty sweetness. 7% abv
for the first time on January 29th 2009. Hopverdomme aka Hopdamnit, is a very
original name coined by Beejay Oslon. He was a Struise intern at that time, but
later launched the m;uch lauded Pipeworks Brewing Company in Chicago USA.
Hopverdomme is the perfect union between hops and a Flemish curse, that should
live up to the high expectations of the cursed who are drawn to drink this
„damned“ hoppy ale. 15%
Weltmerz Blond Sour Ale
is tart. Aromas of fruits like apple cider and pear, as well as a solid dose of
acidic lemon. Funk is very mild.
The taste tracks the smell with very tart apple cider, pear, peach, and a
bracing lemon acidity. The brew pulls at your glands with each sip. 3% abv (from Spoony on Beer Advocate)
The Pannepøt owes its name to our Danish friends and
customers who eagerly and often drink de Struise beers. As a tribute to them,
we developed this brew in occasion of the International Beer Festival in
Copenhagen which took place in May 2006. The beer has always been popular in
it’s own region and was so well received at the festival that we decided to
continue brewing it
It is a hazy brown colored beer with a creamy beige froth and aromas of dried
fruit and spice. It reveals licorice, nutmeg, fruit, and caramel on the palate.
Not to mention refreshing and balancing hops. 10% abv
Struise Pannepot 2012
the early 1900s, the village of De Panne, close to the French border, was
famous for two things — the ‘Pannepot,’or fishing boats, that could be seen
along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our
Old Fisherman’s Ale is a tribute to these hardy sailors and their rich,
is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned dark ale with an intense,
complex chocolate malt aroma, roasted accents, and subtle hints of spice. 10% abv
Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva 2008
Our PGR has aged for 24 months on oak barrels and then
kegged in 2008. The main difference with
the Pannepot Reserva is that PGR matured the last ten months on Calvados oak
barrels, adding extra complexity to the beer. We dedicate this beer as a
tribute to Jeppe & Michael of Ølbutikken in Denmark. Those gentlemen were
the first to discover our beers on an International basis back in 2004 and are
responsable somehow for our beers being all over the globe since then. 10% abv
Rye Tripel Reserva
We can’t find a damn thing about it on the
interweb, but pretty sure it’s going to be good!!
Struise O.N.E. (Our Nastiest Effort) Bourbon
Dark brown with a huge mocha head. Tad vinous nose,
big dark fruits, bourbon, molasses, figs and prunes. Tastes of sweet mocha,
bourbon, dark malts, ripe and overripe dark fruits, prunes, figs, bitter spices, touch wood, some
coffee roast in the back, serious bourbon in here, thick flavor and body, this
is a pretty damn impressive Belgian. 10%