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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2007)
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Photo of barczar


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 02:25:18 | More by barczar
Photo of Tone


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 11:44:52 | More by Tone
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 21:59:29 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of womencantsail


3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 05:53:46 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Advertised on the menu as the "hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium." I don't know about that, but okay. Maybe. I was trying to think of an extremely hoppy Belgian beer off the top of my head, but I got nothing.

Anyway, this beer poured a slightly hazy, golden amber with a huge puff of white head that took a while to recede to a drinkable level; left some nice lacing. Aroma is sweet with caramel malts, with a definite big hop presence; very grassy and organic. Actually a very good balance of hops and malts in the taste, but the hops definitely take the foreground: grassy, herbal, slightly citrusy. More than anything, the malts act to take the edge off. Yeast contribution is moderate. Nice and medium-bodied, and quite drinkable if you're in the IPA mood.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 21:06:22 | More by Rifugium
Photo of BobZ


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
Photo of BorisFromRussia

New York

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 00:11:11 | More by BorisFromRussia
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 19:06:39 | More by dbrauneis
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New York

3.94/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 19:05:34 | More by metter98
Photo of 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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4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 06:50:17 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 17:51:25 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 15:56:05 | More by OWSLEY069
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 23:18:44 | More by jdhilt
Photo of haz77


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 11:56:39 | More by haz77
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 23:45:51 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:46:59 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Casedogg43


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 03:31:20 | More by Casedogg43
Photo of Jayman931


4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.


Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 01:07:19 | More by Jayman931
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 07:51:14 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle signed by Jeppe’s son Elliot who this brew was named after! How cool is that!? Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (the whole family is here!). Poured a deep red-orange with a three finger fluffy off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and floral hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, floral, floral hop, sweet alcohol, and citrus on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The look on this one was great as the head just seemed to foam up and stay for what seemed like forever. The aroma was also quite nice with loads of citrus and floral notes taunting you for what waits. However, upon the first sip your palate is assaulted by caramel and caramel hop. Worth trying if you want to say you have had the once hoppiest brews from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 10:48:45 | More by thagr81us
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber/brown pour with lots of lacing and foamy beige head (lots of it). smells of piney hops, grass, slight citrus, caramel. nice tangy/citrusy bitterness, followed by a dirt/earth/spicy hoppiness, sweet malty backbone - this is delicious! almost getting hints of chocolate towards the end.

medium body, rich and slight cream feel, moderate carbonation and a nice warmth. overall, a solid iipa from two foreign brewers. if it werent' so damn pricy to obtain, i'd love to have more!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 21:44:04 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of WillCarrera


4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, utterly incomprehensible bottle dating that says Lot: 16/13/2011 (is that a date?), bottled on M|FF, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a super hazy dark amber color, topped with a three-finger, thick, creamy off-white head, I'm giving it a huge bump in points because it has some of the most gorgeous, thick lacing I've seen in a while.

S- I was expecting a hop bomb for a 216 IBU beer, but the aroma is instead chock full of spice, juicy sweet orange, candi and Belgian yeast. Some hops and herbal aromas come out as it warms.

T- Starts out with spices and candi sweetness, lots of juicy apples, some orange, loads of candi sugar. As the spice and candi recedes a powerful pine hop bitterness takes over. Has a really nice finish with a bit of bitterness and lots of lingering candi sugar flavor.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, dry finish.

O- A really great beer, I wasn't sure that huge hops, spice and candi sugar would work, but they've managed to pull it off very nicely, this is a delicious beer that has really impressed me.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 10:07:19 | More by WillCarrera
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, ruddy amber with a huge, imposing off-white head that takes several minutes to settle.

S: Aromas of caramel, candy sugar, bready yeast, and grassy, herbal hops dominate the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime zest, kumquat, bitter orange, herbs, grass, bready yeast, candy sugar, pepper, earth, and caramel wash across the palate. The finish is puckering and fiery with intense lemon, lime zest, kumquat, and herb flavors underscored by prickly alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full in body, dryish, and somewhat chalky. Gets smoother and wetter toward the finish. Carbonation is initially crisp, but quickly dies away. Alcohol presence is especially apparent on the finish.

O: This is an interesting beer with huge, herbal hop aromas and flavors. It really is more of a Belgian IPA than an American DIPA, though, as it has plenty of that yeasty, grassy character so typical of other Belgian IPAs. In the end, this is a solid brew, just don't expect a Belgian version of Hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 13:46:24 | More by mrfrancis
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Corsendonk Chalice- pours a cloudy amber/copper color with a beautiful 2.5 finger head, EXCEPTIONAL retention, and nice sticky lacing.

Definitely get some candi sugar in the nose. Also some pale malt, some yeast, and a little bit of earthy hop bitterness.

Taste is consistent with smell- some earthy yeast up front, followed by the pale malt and then the candi sugar, with some piney hops towards the end that roll from the middle to the back of the tongue. Interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium body with moderate to fuller carbonation; a little prickly but also pretty soft. I really like this one- one of the better examples of a "Belgian IPA", an IPA (a style that we Americans brew exceptionally) with some Belgian yeast and candi sugar (what we miss about Belgian brews). Get it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 00:23:07 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.