Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by Thanby:
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy drab amber with a huge off-white head that sticks like glue.
Smells like a big sticky sweet hop nugget. Burnt brown sugar, caramel, molasses, maple syrup, everything sticky and sweet like that. The hops are a huge blend of a little floral, some citrus and a nice blanket of bittering hops sitting on top of everything.
First taste is a load of sweetness, the candi sugar is very noticeable. The hops are again in one big thick cloud, but they are blended and mellow enough (seems this brew was aged quite well before even being bottled) that they even lend a little to the sweetness. There's some earthiness to the malt, which is toasted and sweet as well.
Medium body, a little thick in the finish with lingering sweetness, quite smooth, very easy to drink. This pretty much typifies a Belgian-made IPA without the normal acidity issues suffered by many brews of this style, and is a pleasure to drink.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2011 00:32:47 | More by Thanby
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4/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
P: Murky dark caramel body that looks similar to unfiltered pure apple cider. A massive cloudy of khaki clouds perch above and micro bubble chain male wrap the edges.
S: Belgian candy sugar, sweet plums, dark cherries, moldy oak, pilsner malt, medicinal yeast, raisin pound cake, toffee and honey sticks.
T/M: Thick sticky sweet malts, loads of barley, toffee, sourdough toast, tea tannins, dark fruits, with an abrasive chalky yeast and hop bitterness medley that cuts straight through the sugary start. Soda pop carbonation in medium body finishing with a dry rustic linger.
O: This was an interesting brew to say the least. Harsh bitterness with a huge sugary malt profile. This almost comes across as a hopped up quad. I think I might grab another bottle. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2014 00:55:45 | More by Hopswagger
Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.