Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by bobhits:
2.55/5 rDev -35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
I"m assuming this is the right beer, image on beeradvocate and the bottle vary a bit and this beer is simply not named. Either way double IPA with candi sugar and spices to mix things up and brewed for some ratebeer crap. I mean yeah I mean crap.
Do you like head? Well we have your perfect beer. 3-4 inches of thick white sticky sugary head, lacing that few beers can match and a merky all be it wonderful looking IPA body.
Sugary is right, you can get a sugar high just off the aroma with aprocotes, spices, caramel, and intensely sweet sugar this is an interesting beer.
There's so much sugar here that a beer with 130 ibus only has a lingering hoppy bitterness at the very finish that lingers thanks to the body. Or maybe a beer so hoppy that it remains slightly bitter even with so much malt. Your call. Sharp alcohol and hop notes are hidden under a massive amount of sugar, caramel, fruity esters (perhaps from yeast and not hops, it is hard to tell), and well hop flavors.
Given the head I expected a rich and creamy beer. Instead it is a bit sharp and very acidic. It still is a bit ore refreshing that many 9% beer so mixed feeling here.
I really can't recommended this beer. It isn't bad and it is a HUGE beer so that might work for many, most. Either way I like and I dislike. I'd say a novelty beer that isn't awful and thus worth a shot, but don't expect too much.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2013 20:32:01 | More by bobhits
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4.24/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle poured into a De Struise Cervoise.
Appearance: Golden dark yellow with a nice 2" head, that recedes to a nice cap and leaves excellent lacing.
Smell: Floral hops, bready malt, and Belgian candy sugar all equally noticeable.
Taste: Floral hop bitterness up-front with the bready malt and sweet candy sugar coming through in the middle and finish. The hops are more forward when cold the warmer the beer becomes the more caramel is noticeable form the malt and candy sugar.
Mouthfeel: Very creamy and very clean on the palate. The alcohol is completely masked,
Overall: Really nice take on the DIPA style only very Belgian and very De Struise, excellent beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2013 00:15:11 | More by BobZ
Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.