Breakfast Beer Tasting: Struise Rosse 2008

Today is, of course, a special day. A very special day. One we’ve all been waiting for with baited breath. It’s a day when we can all join in and share the moment. And, for such a grand occasion, I am more than willing to break my holiday embargo on breakfast drinking.

So, without further ado, let’s congratulate Open It.

Open It is the beer bloggers mind-meld where we all choose a beer we have been waiting to try and share the experience with our fellow imbibers. I’ve chosen a bottle of Struise Rosse 2008. Why? Because I found it in the beer cupboard and haven’t got a clue how it got in there. But I’m going to drink it anyway.

The basics: It’s 33cl, 6% and unpasteurised and unfiltered. It poured amber with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma was a pleasant mix of yeast, stone fruits (apricot, mainly) and light spices.

Taste: Medium bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. It was also dryer than I was expecting. There’s some bread yeast flavour on the palate along with overripe cherries and apricots and a little tartness that comes through after the first mouthful.

Finish: Medium dry with a little sourness.

Conclusion: Surprisingly easy drinking Belgium ale. Would be a good introduction for the Belgium beer novice. One for your Lambic hating great-aunt. 


Mark said…
"Because I found it in the beer cupboard and haven’t got a clue how it got in there. But I’m going to drink it anyway." Brilliant!

I like this beer, and Struise, a lot, but I don't think it's meant to be sour... I've found a few Struise beers have picked up some nasties in the bottle, which is a shame.
Tyson said…
I surprised myself by liking it. Luckily, it wasn't that sour-just a snatch in the background, and that didn't spoil it anyway.
Roy said…
I love this beer and find it's an excellent accompaniment to most meat dishes. In fact, it goes well with most food!

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