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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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

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88
very good

410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 16
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

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.
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Ratings: 410 | Reviews: 286
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3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure how fresh this keg was, but there was minimal aroma and taste. A bit of bitterness. Would revisit.

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3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
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