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De Struise Brouwers
Active Beers: 52
Beer Ratings: 6,218
Beer Avg: 4.05
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Store ]
Kasteelstraat 50, 't Oud Schooltje
phone: +32 495 288 623
Set up by two friends and a Brother-in-Law who started brewing beer in a barn at a local farm. Went commercial in 2003, but with no capital the beers were brewed on the Brasserie Caulier Plant. In February 2006, the decision was taken to move production to the Flemish SA Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren (working) parts of which date from 1917. Exports its beers to Canada, Denmark, Italy and the USA with plans for China, India and Australia in the beerline. Brewed 30hl in 2003, the plan for 2006 is 300hl.
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
The brewery is in an old school, so getting a lesson on beer and brewing from these guys kind of felt fitting. After listening to the guys and talking with them for a bit, some sort of dancers showed up to do some dances for them, and from what I gathered these guys do this every year. It was pretty neat and after the dancing and enjoying a beer with the brewers, I told them they were punk rock, just because they are really into American craft beers, and want to do something like that here. A really cool place and really cool people.
09-29-2011 21:41:08 |
More by OWSLEY069
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
What to say that wasn't said yet. But since I have to use 500 char. at least, I will try to write at least some more :). I have been to this place many times before. The last time when I visited the struise was some weeks ago with my parents. Carlo welcome us and immediately gave us a glass with earthmonk. After we finished he explained the story behind the BD5 and also poured a glass for us. Only disadvantage of the day was the very low selection of the Struise brews they had that day for sale. Anyhow highly highly recommendable place to visit. Hope to go there soon again
07-02-2011 10:46:36 |
More by rvdoorn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I go to the struise brouwers for a look and in 10 min. Iám sitting in de classroom learing everijthing about the beers and drink some beers. Carlo is the best he teld the right story after come Urbain in the shop and give us a drink of the Double Black!!! and a glass of Westvleteren!!! The guys are the best and very friendly!! We taste the Rosse, Elliot Brew, Haired Jeanne, Ignis Flamma and Pannepeut 2010!!! I al this without a apportment the guys want to tell us everthing about their beers. Many Thanxs
06-12-2011 11:42:17 |
More by andrejes
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here recently after picking up 12’s from Westvleteren or when i helped Urbain with botteling @ deca and had a wonderful experience. Through the courtyard and past the random brewing tanks you enter the hallway of an old school that is now De Stuise’s bottle shop. They obviously have all of the available Struise brews, but also some other random bottles (I picked up a de Molen brew while I was there.) On most of our visit's whe met Carlo who was kind enough to take us into one of the classrooms and give us a sampling of several of their beers (to include a Several American beers , also dirty horse etc ... ) The Struise guys were very hospitable and helpful, and each of us left with at least a case of beer. This is really the highlight of each trip that i make in that direction -:)
Cheers to struise. !!
04-30-2011 10:52:54 |
More by beerpirates
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Struise is located in the Oostvleteren province, far west and your best bet is to have a car. Very close to St Sixtus abbey, the most obvious plan is to hit both up in one day, especially if driving from some of the larger cities.
The school atmosphere is interesting, with class rooms converted to all sorts of new functions. Urbain took me on a tour of the place, he's slowly modifying all his available space to the needs of an emerging brewing powerhouse. I can't overstate how nice Urbain was, he was obviously in demand on the phone but took the time to visit with me and try some beers. Carlos wasn't there when I visited, but I understand from others that he's just as friendly.
The front hall of the main building is set up as their bottle shop, and you can get some wonderful De Molen barrel aged rarities in addition to Struise's latest beers. Also a great selection of barrel aged Mikkeller beers when I was there.
If you head to St Sixtus, as so many beer travelers do when they come to Belgium, you really should consider a stop here as well.
04-09-2011 06:47:48 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
When you visit Belgium this is a MUST to go to!!
I have been there at least 15 times in the last 20 months or so. Usually i make a trip to Westvleteren to pick up some westy's and after that a visit to the Struise. Although the old school isn't quit ready yet you feel at home instantly. Carlo and Urbain are two great hosts and very enjoyable to talk with. They let you drink the whole palet they have and believe me; you will be very impressed if you never had the pleasure to drink some of their beers!
I will be there next week and next month and the months after that and untill now i never drank a beer there myself....As the driver i have to keep sober. But someday...
03-24-2011 21:08:05 |
More by Brabander
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Glad the Brothers finally made this change and allowed for breweries to be reviewed... Located in very very small town on a non-descript street in Oostvleteren. This is the epitome of small town rural Europe. The school house opens at 2 so plan accordingly. The school house contains its new brewing equipment moving in, a class room, and an office. When you first walk in lined against the wall are tons of De Struise beer and rare De Molen ticks for sale, great prices. Below the beers are display shelfs showing off tons of rare beers they have been brought. The atmosphere is nostalgic and awesome, if not a touch too cold on the day we were there... As we walked in we were greeted by Carlo, one of the owners and the main entertainer of guests. He lead us back to the office where we met Urbain and shared a Mikkeller Jackie Brown. Urbain had some work to do and sent us on a trip to Westvletern with beerpirates to pick up his order of 3 crates of Westy 12! Westvletern is 6km away, located in farm country, beautiful... After we got back form Westy we spent a good 3 hours in the classroom with Carlo tasting every De Struise beer they had. The whole time Carlo provided great insight on how they came up with the beer, name, bottle designs, and general brewing knowledge like how they referment the beer to carbonate it when bottled. Towards the end Urbain showed up and spent plenty of time with us. Additionally, Urbain told us about a excellent bed and breakfast right down the road which was a perfect place to stay.
Bottom line if you're in Belgium you have to go here and hit up both De Struise and Westy. It is immensely informative, incredibly company and conversation with two very smart people, and great drinks.
02-27-2011 23:53:52 |
More by jrallen34
De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium