Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers
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4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Another one From the kkipple Vaults. (See my Oerbier review, previously.) I found this one in equally bad shape in a dingy cardboard box in my garage, buried under other boxes likewise filled with beer. The bottle label is faded, the contents for a fact 2 years old. The sides of the bottle are all Dagobah and fuzzy with dark grey, uh mold. Yeah, I know. Here's hoping.
A. Hazy, peaty old gold, nicely done up with a dense, small bubbled and highly sticky head that stands around, looking nonchalant and whistling. The head has pink hints innit. Huh. (The head eventually decides to stick around for the duration of the beer, over 30 minutes. Impressive)
S. Unusual spicy-golden here. Honeyed malt sweetness with a nice shock of earthy-grapefruit hops, but also... coriander? Pepper? Has most of the hallmarks of a sweeter Belgian Pale, but takes a weird twist with the spice additions and high, but welcome, hops. Reminds me of Terrapin's Monk's Revenge, but more refined and less bitter and more "Belgian". Then again, this is older and the hops have undoubtedly grown old and fat. There is booze to be found, but it's equally lazy.
T. A large Belgian Pale with sugars to spare gets stuffed in a sack full of coriander, earthy grapefruit hops, and who knows what else and Struise Mikkeller is the result. While I can't claim to have had another beer quite like it, it does bring to mind certain flavors and tastes that are not totally alien... I would very much like to know what spices are in here, as by now they are quite well integrated into this odd, sweet, creamy brew. It works well, is harmonious, characterful, and delicious.
M / D. Speaking of, this is quite full and creamy, with a fine heavy malt body and a finish comprised of sweet (Pils?) malt and extra-sugar, kept interesting by the hop bitters and phenols.
Verdict: I like it. Surely one of Mikkeller's more balanced beers to date; the even, experienced hand of Struise is at work here and it shows. This isn't a wild experiment or kitchen-sink brew, rather, it shows some real skill at taking a style (B. Pale), upping it, adding an American twist (copious hops) and a departure (the spice) while still not blowing away the base beer or going overboard on any one aspect of it. I hope they brew Struise Mikkeller again.
It still doesn't make up for Ris A La M'ale, though.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2010 03:03:32 | More by kkipple
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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.