Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by frothyhead:
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy brown-amber with a quickly growing (and overgrowing) off-white head into a snifter.
Nose is piney hops with a tinge of citrus, brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. Quite nice.
Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils, medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, prickly with a dry finish.
Taste is much like the nose, quite hoppy with pine and citrus, and a strong sweet backbone of candy sugar, bringing nice vanilla and brown sugar flavors into the mix. Hops might be a little astringent, slightly overpowering the sweetness, which really wants to shine through.
Drinkability is good, alcohol is well masked and the carbonation and body are very drinkable, though the slightly out-of-balance hop bitterness wears a little thin.
Overall this is a top notch beer. The aroma is delightful, and the Belgian candy sweetness is really, really nice. If the bitterness were a bit more balanced out, this would be amazing. As is, it's still quite good and definitely an interesting and enjoyable joint from Struise and Mikkeller.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2009 02:51:46 | More by frothyhead
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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 384 ratings.