Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

Not Rated.
Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

287 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 287
Hads: 419
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2007

Brewed at Deca Services, Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt, hops, candy sugar, ale yeast and spices.

According to the brewers, this is the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 287 | Hads: 419
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY. Accdidentally purchased a '13 vintage of this.

This one pours a moderately dark brown, with some yeastiness at the bottom, with a small head, and no real lacing.

Smells like caramel, faded leafy hops, some pine, and baked bread.

This has certainly faded with time and become worse. It's not entirely unpleasant, as there's a somewhat interesting malt backbone behind it, but there's kind of a metallic character to it that I don't love, and a strong Belgian yeastiness that's fairly distracting.

This is slightly syrupy in the body, with a very high level of carbonation, making it prickly on the finish.

This has definitely degraded, but it was still interesting enough to drink.

 739 characters

Photo of stumac
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Going off old notes. Pours up a murky copper color with a nice frothy off white head. The nose is citrus, sweetness, yeasty, lots more citrus, apricot. Taste is very citrusy, nice bitterness, yeasty, great pale malt flavor, nice spritzy carbo, medium bodied. Great brew

 269 characters

Photo of mmapes
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprised that a "Double IPA" would advertise the fact that it's a 2011 vintage (opened in 2015), as IPAs are not known for their cellaring qualities. But here goes:

Color is dark amber/light brown, going on red. Big foamy head. Smells a little like sour apple (or maybe just apple). More malt than hops or yeast, though just a hint of the yeast.

Lots of flavors up front - a sour note, malt grain, hop bitterness (not floral, not pine-y but more herbal/woody), long bitter dry finish.

Medium bodied.

Brighter notes become more apparent lower down the glass: lemon/floral hoppiness. But the main component is a dark malty taste, balanced with a lot of hop bitterness, but without the floral, "pretty" fresher hop aromas.

We like it; it's an interesting experiment; but probably wouldn't buy again.

 802 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i suspect this one has faded quite a bit, not sure how old it is, never seen it before for sale ever, or even heard of it, but found a bottle at a forgotten bottle shop outside of town and couldnt leave it there. it looks alright, a hazy dark caramel colored brew, heady too, hard to control on the pour with a rising almost explosive off white head thats thick and bubbly and lasting. hoppy nose, but it seems a little stale and the grain maybe has held on better than the hops have, making a more balanced beer than it was probably intended to be. the hops are interestingly more on the front end than the finish, and there is a lot of sugar in this, too sweet for what its supposed to be, and honestly im surprised its not more dry being all old, i cant imagine it was pasteurized. carbonation is way up, matching the appearance, and there is some bitterness way after the sweetness is gone after the swallow. i respect it, think its cool, but its not all that good. i bet it was pretty intense when it was first brewed, no date visible on this bottle. id like to see this made again and try it fresh, hard to ponder an older ipa, but i like the yeast profile on it, always appreciate a big ipa with a little yeast character, just more unique that way, but this isnt quite belgian. cool beer but no longer relevant i dont think. never really love a beer thats sugary and boozy at the same time.

 1,397 characters

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with dense head that dies slow and there's some lace. A mostly citric hop aroma but there seems to be a little sweetness from both malts and fruits in the nose. A drier, hoppier IPA than most but not a taste bud killer at all. Mostly citric hops but the balance and taste of the sweet malts (caramel is all I really detect) is pretty good and a little spicy, crisp finish complements the medium bodied beer. Pretty good beer and one that is a little sweeter than your average IPA but still packs a crispy hop wallop.

 537 characters

Photo of Hopswagger
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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!

 773 characters

Photo of BobZ
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

 677 characters

Photo of BorisFromRussia
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance : opaque golden-redbrown with a solid 2 finger head and decent lacing.

smell - the candy notes def shine through most, also citrus notes and maybe a little malty

taste - a tad sweet and a tad bit spicy- just the right amount. despite how strongly hopped its supposed to be theres little bite to it but more a strong essense of the hop that comes through. candy def comes through in the flavor as well.

mouthfeel- very light and refreshhing. carbonation on the creamier side after it sits a bit.

overall - really pleasant both out of the fridge and after its warmed up. a post dinner treat. would recommend to all, a very unique ttake on the IIPA style.

 668 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy/cloudy mahogany brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation and some garnet red + amber brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy foamy medium beige in color which very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts with some notes of candi sugar and brown sugar. Light amounts of spiciness and just a hint of herbal hops.

T: Upfront this beer is quite malty with tons of caramel malts and brown sugar + candi sugar sweetness. That is overtaken by moderate flavors of spicy Belgian yeasts and earthy/herbal hops. Moderate amounts of sharp bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth

O: Probably a little past it's prime as a DIPA but I think of it more of a hoppy Belgian Pale/Dark Ale - interesting but not one I would be running out to get again.

 1,057 characters

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brown in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and brown sugar are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts, brown sugar and spices along with a light amount of bitterness as well as faint hints of citrus hops and alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some hints of crispness and a light amount of carbonation.
O: This definitely tastes like a Belgian version of an imperial IPA and wasn't dominated by the hops. Any trace of alcohol are very well hidden.

 709 characters

Photo of bobhits
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

 1,386 characters

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, sweet caramel malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and some spices, hint of booze.

T - Grapefruit, tropical, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and lightly biscuit malts, Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with dry, bitter, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Nice hoppy Belgian DIPA. Good hop profile and balance.

 564 characters

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark amber colour, with an incredible foamy and long lasting head.

Smells very hoppy, with a hint of yeast.

Tastes very rounded, quite wholesome from the malts making it almost chewy, with a massive hop blast. The fresh version must have been amazing, hop-wise.

Overall an very nice DIPA, could easily give some of the big US ones a run for their money. Thanks to Ruds for giving me this as an extra.

 477 characters

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweeter pine like hops. In the taste, starts pine like hops to a an orange citrus hop. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence all the way through and not boozy, very enjoyable.

 323 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Murky amber color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose and flavor is candi sugar and hops, very balanced even with 216 IBUs. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent double IPA. $7.50 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

 356 characters

Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with copper highlights and a creamy, dense one inch cream head that lingers indefinitely.

Aromas of fresh cut grass, pine, citrus, and bready caramel malt dominate. There's almost a sweet character, reminiscent of burnt sugar.

Flavor reveals more citrus undertones, as well as significant bitterness throughout. Grapefruit pith and pine weave into a fairly neutral malt backbone. There's a hint of nuttiness. Earthy hops underlie the profile, accompanying the bitterness nicely. The malt emerges a bit sweet as it warms.

Body is moderate, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency at the finish.

Overall, not your typical american dipa. I didn't pick up a distinctly belgian yeast character, but that likely is adding to the fruity hop character that I blanketed as citrus.

 832 characters

Photo of haz77
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lot 16 13 2011

A - Pours a bright red-hued dark amber with a firm, thick off-white head. This retains exceptionally well. Small streamers are visible through the clear liquid. Couldn't ask for much more here.

S - Floral notes, orange rind, pear, banana, grapefruit, brioche, cherry, hay. Quite inviting and has depth and interest, but without much sign of the hop presence on the nose.

T - Start is orange and grapefruit peel, before bready malt emerges along with caramel. Whilst the hops are buried in the nose, they are certainly present in the taste, without overpowering everything else. Aftertaste is piney hops, with elements of tobacco, roasted peanut and orange zest. Hints of the alcohol can be found if you really search for it, but it's fairly expertly masked.

M - Medium mouthfeel with initially spritzy carbonation, becomes more rounded once the bubble fall back. Palate cleansing is dealt with by the hops.

D - Much to like here. Looks good, a subtle and intriguing nose, flavours perfectly balanced and the sublime mouthfeel that I find common to most De Struise beers.

 1,091 characters

Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, citrus hops, wet hop, alcohol, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of roasted malt, wet hop, and a hint of cherry. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

 476 characters

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the brewery into DeStruise mini tulip. Pours a healthy amber orange with great white foam. Super hoppy and malty aromas, mixed with a bit of honey?
Really smooth hop flavors, sweet malts and maybe a bit if rye?? Its seems too malty to be a "west coast" IPA, but still very tastey and hoppy chewey. Nice brew for sure.

 336 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a huge tan meringue like head that persists forever. Smells of earthy spicy hops with a solid caramel and brown sugar sweetness beneath it. The flavor holds caramel and brown sugar malts with a bit of dark dried fruit and a solid shot of earthy spicy piney hops. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a resinous bubbly mouthfeel. I guess I should have read the label a little better and not bought an Imperial IPA from 2011. This tastes pretty good now, but it feels more like and aged American barleywine where the hops are fading and the malt is starting to come forward.

 626 characters

Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011. I can't understand the rest of the date code.

Beer is a murky dark caramel, brown with some orange. A large beige head. Excellent retention. Good lacing.

This beer obviously has some age on it, but there is a large citrus scent, orange mainly. Candied sugar, caramel malt, bread.

Taste is not as nice as the nose. Quite bitter, but coupled with a lot of sweetness. Caramel, bread, orange, pine, grapefruit, candied fruit. Unusual DIPA for sure, certainly has a bit of a Belgian flavour, A bit of a mess- bitterness is not totally pleasant.

Full bodied and highly carbonated. Too tingly- irritating.

Overall, certainly a different approach to the DIPA. Not bad, but not particularly great and not worth the price tag. I like it but I wouldn't search out more.

 782 characters

Photo of Casedogg43
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tiny bottle

A- Pours an amber color, topped with a three-finger, thick, creamy off-white head. most gorgeous, thick lacing I've seen in a while.

S- no expectations. But smelled citrus juicy and very enticing.

T- It's a couple days later. I remember how well balanced it was.

M- Terrific mouth feel. Very well balanced.

O- A really great beer! Very surprised at how well this beer was balanced and the overall taste. I will gladly pay for another bottle.
left me wishing I had another bottle.
Serving type: bottle

 532 characters

Photo of Jayman931
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter

Hazy orange/amber color

Nice lingering off white head

Great caramel note with a nice initial caramel flavor immediately followed by the perfect bitter hop to make this a extremely well balanced beer

Great mouthfeel not to thick....not to thin.

I wish I would have bought more than one bottle.


 335 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is a decent DIPA. Kind of boozy though with a bit of a burning alcohol. It still comes together though with a hoppy enough accent on it, though it carries a thick malt base. Feel is smooth and this is decent enough, but it could be much better. Especially considering who brewed it.

 293 characters

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of white head. Quite sweet and sugary. Very heavy on the caramel malts. A decent citrus fruitiness, but also sort of tropical with some berries? There is just a hint of pine and maybe a little bit of yeast. The flavor is very sweet, heavy on the caramel and toffee malt flavors. As with the nose, quite fruity with just a bit of citrus. Some light pine bitterness. Has a hint of tartness to it, too.

 440 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.