De Struise Brouwers is a microbrewery in Oostvleteren, Belgium. The brewery was established by Ostrich-raising farm owners, Urbain Coutteau and Philippe Driessens. Together, they established a brewery that would highlight regional beers that serves the community. De Struise Brouwers produced its first beer at the Caulier brewery in Hainut. Inspired by American craft brewers, the brewery began making stronger and more flavorful sets of beers. De Struise Brouwers also incorporated barrel-aging in their brewing process. De Struise Brouwers even worked together with European brewers, such as Mikkeller and Brouwerij De Molen. The brewery gained positive reviews from the beer community and has been considered one of the top brewers in the world.
Blue Monk Special Reserve 2013 is a quadruple which has been aged for 3 years in red wine barrels from Château Haut Breton Larigaudière in Margaux ! It is dark brown in color with a beige frothy head. According to Struise, it has an aroma and bouquet of a complex red wine, with a soft taste of spice, berries and black cherries. The flavour is enriched with touches of caramel, fine chocolate, toasted nuts and soft hints of smoke. The fruity elements of red and dark fruits comes from the aging in barrels fine from Château Haut Breton Larigaudière in Margaux. These flavors are adding a slight vanilla note and some refined wood tannins. The finish is soft and smoky with a soft fruity accent and a mild hoppy expression in the most interesting and long aftertaste.
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Saint Amatus, also called St. Aimé, was a Benedictine monk.
He took the defense of the lesser man who was exploited by the Merovingian king Thierry III.
In Belgium, Oostvleteren is the only parish to patron St Amatus as saint.
Struise started brewing at Deca in Vleteren early 2006, we ankered ourselves by starting the development of our own micro brewery in Oostvleteren during 2009. With this adventure being on the rails, we thought the making of Saint Amatus 12 was as evident as can be.
The terrific artwork was brought by our narcissistic artist Carlo Grootaert.
Saint Amatus has aged on Woodford Reserve barrels from Labrot & Graham, Kentucky USA. Some batches were instead aged on Pappy Van Winkle whiskey barrels, both varieties are valid for this entry.
Style: Abt / Quadrupel
This ‘Old Fisherman’s Ale’, named after the fishing trawlers on which men would risk life and limb to feed their families, sits somewhere in between a Belgian strong dark ale and a stout. The main difference with the Struise Pannepot Reserva is that this beer matured the last 10 months on Calvados oak or Bourbon barrels, adding extra complexity to the beer. Extreme beer !
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
This ale was brewed back in 2008, and in collaboration with brew master Ryohei Sugawa San from Rio Brewing & Co. Our goal was to brew a Belgian dark golden blond quadrupel with an enormous potential of aromas and flavors, and added complexity due to oak barrel aging. Bourbon barels from Kentucky were chosen due to their very special soft roast quality and noble vanilla flavors.