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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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

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88
very good

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


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good DIPA, not the massive hops and massive malt, thanks Jason. Big white soapy head on cloudy orange body. Lace is left in glass. A tripple and nicely balanced bitterness and sweetness, with candi. Great integration with the yeast, hah 130 IBU.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 22:02:09 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively bubbled tangerine beneath a massive head of ecru colored froth. It's odd to see a Belgianesque head on a DIPA, but then Elliot Brew isn't your average DIPA. Thanks to multiple bubble factories churning away on the bottom of the glass, it will be quite some time before there's more beer than foam. A fair amount of sudsy lace appears eventually.

There's at least as much Belgian yeastiness in the aroma as hops. At 130 IBUs, I wouldn't think that would be possible. Banana and pear are more prominent than citrus, giving this big ale a BSPA sort of vibe that is appealing. It's clear that we need to throw all notions of a typical DIPA right out the window.

The label calls Struise Mikkeller a DIPA and the brewery's website calls it a 'hoppy blonde'. As far as I'm concerned, the website is much closer to the truth. Any ale that uses candi sugar, (undisclosed) spices and Belgian yeast is no sort of DIPA at all. It is good beer, though, and that's the only thing that matters.

SM is equally sweet and bitter. I hate to be an IBU skeptic, but it doesn't taste like there's enough malt or candi sugar present to balance that many alpha acids. This isn't massive beer, or even huge beer. It's comfortably large beer and is nicely svelte in the mouth.

Whatever spices were used (coriander? grains of paradise?) they weren't added with a heavy hand. The beer is no more spicy than a Belgian pale ale or a tripel that uses an especially estery yeast strain. The bottom line with this brew is that everything works together harmoniously... without creating a world-class symphony in the process.

The mouthfeel is closer to DIPAhood than IPAhood. Gotta be the candi sugar. It isn't sappy or sticky, though, and goes down like liquid silk. A few more bubbles would be acceptable. A few fewer wouldn't.

Since DIPA and BSPA/tripel are two of my favorite styles, I expected more from a beer that attempts to combine the two. There's still a huge amount of potential here and Mikkeller would do well to continue to tweak this basic recipe.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 15:02:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Bruisin last week. Another gem that I had long overlooked when shopping, it was more then the right time for me to pick this one up. Served chilled, and poured into an oversized wine glass. This one was consumed on 11/10/2008.

The pour was rather nice, with a rich, and hazy golden yellow color coming forward right away. Large billowing head of white faded down to just a general crown after a few moments and left some nice side glass lacing in the process. Not much in the way of carbonation was really apparent here.

The aroma was just simply divine. Rich notes of grapefruit were just ripping off of here. Nice touches of a light spice and a grain like note also picked up now. As it warmed it turned more toward a nice and rounded yeast approach with a lemon zest like edge to it. The flavor was not as hoppy as I would have thought, though it still came off as a very nice big IPA. Solid notes here of a rich pineapple and grapefruit bite that came straight out at you. As it mellowed it started to show much more inclination toward a strong Belgian pale, nice notes of grain fed yeast flavor started to come into play now as well as a solid bready like malt flavor. The feel was solid through and through, with a great carbonation level that really helped to showcase the flavor wonderfully, and allowing for a long, dry finish to really push you back and make you come in for another sip. Very drinkable with almost all of the 9% very well hidden here.

Overall this was a very solid offering and something I would love to get a hold of again. Not your typical big IPA, but a very, very solid choice. I would have no issue with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 00:54:22 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lot A-3-09

Appearance: Characteristically Belgian, with a cloudy apricot nectar color and a massive head that sticks and laces with the best of them

Smell: Oozes balance between the caramel malt and the piney hops, with peppery yeast esters and medicinal herbaciousness

Taste: Malt forward, with the medicinal herbal character and peppery yeast adding early complexity; the pithy hops emerge by mid-palate amd, after the swallow, become even stronger, with aspirin-like bitterness, though there is plenty of residual candi sugar on the tip of the tongue in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with high levels of carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting experiment and perhaps better when fresh (I presume this is now a year old); there is a lot going on and somehow the flavors don't all come together well on my palate

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 00:49:02 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of fonefan: Poured a dirty hazy beige color ale with a super huge foamy head with excellent retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian sweet malt with an interesting mix between some floral hops and some citrusy hops. Taste is an interesting mix between on one side: spicy yeast and medium sweet Belgian malt base with on the other side some very nice floral hops with a medium citrusy grapefruit bitter ending. Full body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. It kind of reminds me of Triple Chouffe with less intensity and a more balance approach.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 21:12:44 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Using the most earthy of earthy hops, but also with a sharp citrus flavor; Elliot Brew wants to push hop bitterness to the forefront... if not for the carmel malty attempt to balance.

As advertised, the beer pours with a rich hazy medium amber hue and builds a very sturdy yellowish head that very reluctantly suceeds into the beer leaving a demonstrative memory of lace behind. This is how imperial IPA's are supposed to look!

Aromas share a blend of earthy, spicy, citusy, grassy, vegetal, and herbal notes. Most notably are those that are reminescent of onion/garlic, marajuana, and catty characteristics. Still, there's the backbone of sun kissed barley and deep caramels. A challenging aroma but inviting nonetheless.

Where hops dominate the nose, the malty richness governs the early taste with carmel, bread crust, and biscuity sweetess. But the malty start is short lived as the earthy and herbal flavors of hops set in along with white grapefuit, orange zest, and lemon grass. The blend of hop flavor and fleeting malt sweetness soon give way to the hop bitterness and a non-descript malty richness that usher in a resiny bitter finish that leaves with the impressions of grass or pine... all with that unmistakable marajuana undertone.

Medium-full in body, the beer has a heafy, bready feel that hold on to its malty base deep into the mid palate before reliquishing and fading towards a malty-dry, hoppy-bitter finish. Never astringent, the beer finishes just shy of complete dryness and showcases the fade of malt and the late dominance of hop bitterness.

While constructing an extremely solid and formitably malty yet balanced imperial IPA, the rogue brewers at Mikkeller and Struise are intent to showcase the hop varieties that give the largest display of marajuana flavor possible. Their audience is obvious- however those folks will spend their hard earned cash on Doritos and Cheetos, and likely not high end beers- sorry guys!

Thanks bbehr!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:34:20 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

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
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I passed on this beer a few times in the past but now that its local I decided to pick one up,Iam glad I did.Poured into a small tulip glass a hazy amber/brown with a huge blooming off white head,it flowed over the glass even at a gentle pour.Wow the aromas I gotta say were pretty much flawless in my opinion,a decedant mix of dark candied fruit,juicy fruit malt notes,and some resiny hop,just a perfect melding of diffrerent components.Flavors are complex and flavorful with a nice mix of dark candided fruit and resiny pine hop,the alcohol comes off in a bit of sweetness but for the most part does not rear its head.A very nice complex mix of Belgian and American beer traits,well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 00:23:25 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Part of my legendary State Line haul, just now getting around to it. It pours a cloudy reddish-amber topped by a more-than-healthy off-white head. The nose is almost entirely composed of buttery biscuits, though a hint of very light (but still relatively sharp) grapefruit pokes through from the background, making me think I may have waited too long on this guy. The taste brings a larger contingent of that grapefruit, now joined by some pine, back with a vengeance, though dominance is still held by the biscuits. The body is a staunch medium, with a light carbonation and a pretty damn smooth feel. Overall, though I feel I waited too long on this, it's a more-than-solid DIPA. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 02:18:32 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the Struise online webshop - Lot A, best before April 2015, which means it is about 6-8 week sold. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a creamy three fingers of off-white foam that slowly dissipates to a chunky cap while leaving glass-coating lacing. Body is a hazed dark amber-brown color that has a nice coppery glow to it. There are a few slow-moving bubbles visible.

S - Extremely dank and herbal, with obvious notes of grapefruit, pine, passion fruit, and candi sugar. There's a faint hint of spice, but it integrates well with the zesty hop character. I'm not sure this should be called an "American" Imperial IPA, as the aroma is quite unique. Alcohol is masterfully hidden.

T - Here's one that lives up to the IBU hype - all 163(!?) of them lay waste to one's palate. It initially starts with sweet bready malt mixed with candi sugar, apples, and citrus zest, but then it morphs into strong bitterness. Thankfully the bitterness mellows out a little in the aftertaste, leaving one ready to take another sip. Again, there's minimal alcohol character.

M - Active carbonation that never gets harsh, soft medium body, with a super dry and tooth-coating finish. I get a touch of heat after a half-bottle, but it doesn't detract from the enjoyment.

D - I appreciate that de Struise uses small bottles, as I don't think I could cope with more than 330cl of this intense bitterness. That being said, I had no problem demolishing a bottle on my own. This was much more enjoyable than the Clown Shoes I had earlier today - somehow the bitterness here is far more palatable.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 05:07:29 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, fruity citrus, hops and some spices.

T: The taste is malty and bready up front with flavors of citrus, caramel, Belgian yeast and spices. The hops presence is strong but it's a on the weak side for the style, however, it creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet. This is definitely the type of beer that has to sit for a few minutes before it comes together.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style while adding a Belgian twist to it, I was taken aback by this beer at first but as I continued to drink the beer grew on me, it's a good beer to drink for a while but just because it's listed as a "Double IPA" on the label don't expect a hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 05:15:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a tawny orange amber tone into a fluted Bokrijk tulip.
After a couple gentle pours and sips, the bottle was upended into the glass, forming a poofy meringue head above the rim of the glass. Foam inside the glass is sparkly and sudsy.

Gentle fruit aromas of pear and lemon, some grassy hay too. After a few sips, it reminds me of an IPA version of Moinette. Soft flavors of pear, low candi sugar sweetness, with some dry, spicy hops in the middle and toward the end. Aftertaste is only mildly bitter. Body isn't overly carbonated or syrupy, it's rather mild for a DIPA. Interesting choices of hops and yeast give this a unique character, definitely worth a try. Alcohol is hidden until you start feeling it midway through the glass.

If there were some magical way to get this ultra-fresh (without a plane ticket to Denmark), I would jump at the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 03:37:35 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a real nice Belgian ale scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a spicey Belgian yeast. It almost seems like a Saison yeast strain. The hops shine through the aroma as well. It's a very nice mixture of DIPA and Belgian strong. The taste is perfect. This is what a Belgian IPA should taste like. It's incredibly bitter with a strong malt character. The yeast provides a dry, earthy, spiciness to the beer that really compliments all the flavors. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a kick ass beer! I'm a huge fan of these collaberation brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 01:50:11 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a De Struise Cervoise glass. Beer is amber almost brown with a big off white head, some lacing, decent retention, the carbonation is a little high.

Aroma is pretty malty and sweet with an interesting yeast character.

Decent beer, malty, mildly hoppy, mostly malt though. I don't hate it but it's not a good IPA, I won't have it again but I don't regret drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 17:45:50 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch A 309. No idea what the bottling date was.

The beer pours a dark orange-amber color with a huge white head. The aroma is a very odd mix of flavors I didn't expect in the beer: Butter, toffee, cream, cherry and caramel. The flavor is equally odd. I get notes of butter, vanilla and some cherry. There is very little bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not sure if this was an older bottle or if it was just a slight problem with the beer, but this was disappointing. It actually tasted pretty good, but there was really nothing that made me think the beer was a Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 05:03:16 | More by Mora2000
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A reasonable pour quickly produces an almost four-finger thick, pale, tan tinged, off-white colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is an orange tinged, amber color that shows a lightly hazy, orange-tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a big, grassy hop character to it that is a mix of hay, dried grass and even a touch of mustiness. There is also a fair amount of citrus here, most notably grapefruit and lemon zest. Definitely spicy smelling too, almost like a Tripel actually & I would guess that a characterful Belgian yeast strain was used; this has a peppery nose, a touch of ginger, an earthy spiciness and some soft clove towards the finish. The nose of this beer is quite aromatic & pretty darn complex, especially when compared to a typical IPA profile.

Thick and chewy, with a full, textured heft; the beer is not quite as sweet as the body might suggest, but it certainly has enough sweetness to well accentuate fruity hop notes of lychee, ruby-red grapefruit and bergamot. The sweetness and citrus fruits are cut through by a spicy, woody, black pepper note, some spicy-warming alcohol towards the finish, sweet young ginger that mixes in with the citrus, earthy almost coriander like spice notes, some light clove and a touch of spicy phenolics towards the finish. As the beer warms up a bit it accentuates hop notes of hay & grass, though these still play a secondary role to the more dominant citrus (the opposite of the aroma). It is probably the addition of the candi sugar, but this also has the dangerous drinkability of the best double IPAs; light enough & with the massive hop character this would not be mistaken for a Barleywine.

Opposite of many American IPAs this actually has more of a grassy herbal edge in the nose than it is in the flavor, which has a big, citrus-hop component to it. Definitely a Belgian interpretation of an American, amped-up IPA; I really like the added complexity that the spices and yeast bring to this beer, yet these notes don't distract from the hop focus that anything with the name IPA should have. Definitely a tasty brew and one of the better double IPAs I have had in the last year or so.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 02:31:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis brew poured out as a nice looking golden amber color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer had a nice smelling hoppy aroma. with some lighter malt aromas in there too. The taste of the beer had plenty of hoppy flavors runing through it. The mouthfeel of this beer was medium bodied, and good carbonation too. Overall this brew is pretty good I think. I would drink it again if I saw it at a good price.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 05:15:03 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explosive, come-out-of-the-bottle head. It forms a rocky dome of foam in the center of the glass. I was required to make four pours from the 11.2oz bottle into the 16 oz glass. The color of the beer is light brown/dark amber and quite cloudy. Lots of chunky lace on the glass after each sip.

Up front, there is a sweet, floral hop aroma. After the head begins to settle, I detect a distinct milky sourness.

The initial sip shows elements of a barley wine--strong alcohol, rich and sweet maltiness. Within a second, the powerful hop bitterness comes rushing in. The body has a consistency of 1% milk. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 22:15:55 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a full, fluffy white head and plenty of Belgian-style lacing.

S: Ripe hops, the smell of fresh grapefruit, and sugary candy.

T: Bitter melon and pine, some cantaloupe, mixed with yeasty Belgian beer is what it tastes like. Not sure the malt really melded well with the hop character, it was just all right for me.

M: Full, but light carbonation, fairly medium-bodied, and very resiny.

D: An interesting beer collaboration, but at $8+ a bottle, I don't think I'll buy it again, but I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 05:59:15 | More by Halcyondays
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. The side has an oval that reads "SM No. 12 Elliot Brew," right under "ratebeer." Apparently this is the second of RateBeer.com's Worldwide Masters Series.

Frankly, I'm not blown away. This actually reminds me of a failed homebrew attempt at a hoppy quad. Naturally, this is better, but I'm not a huge fan. The funky, herbal hops are a bit much. Like Saison Dupont on overdrive - in a bad way. The big European hops, candi sugar, and malts just don't mix well for me. I appreciate the bitterness. The hops here are undeniably big, with rough, grassy grapefruit. And unlike my concoction, this has enough sweet malt to not finish dry. It's a balanced but strong bitterness. And I still have to give this beer credit for complexity and drinkability. Maybe it just isn't for me. Worth a try for something hoppy and different.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 22:11:38 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/24/11 notes. Received from joepais in the Secret Santa BIF; thanks Joe. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy reddish orange-amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass and two minutes of head retention.

s - Smells of sweet fruity malts, Belgian yeast, orange, citrus hops, and tropical fruits. Very fruity and more malts than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, bready malts, sugar, light citrus hops, oranges, light pine hops. Again, more malts than expecting, and very sweet.

m - Medium body, and pretty creamy, with moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty decent DIPA, but a bit too sweet for me. Lots of sweet fruits and sugar, and not as hoppy as I expected, but worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 18:33:13 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served into Struise stemware. This was the 2009 vintage, "SM No. 12". Reviewed in Belgium in Summer 2011. Reviewed from notes. I love both breweries so expectations were high.

A: Pours a one finger head of amazing cream, brilliant thickness, and incredible retention (over six minutes before I couldn't wait any longer) for the style. Semitransparent ruby colour. Incredibly appealing.

Sm: Bright light fruit esters. Very pleasant. Raspberry, cherry. A bit musty, but it's three years old. Yeasty. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Bright fruit esters - mainly raspberry. Cherry as well. Darker fruit is more buried, and likely was helped by the aging. Complex and delightful. The yeast is a bit unpleasant - I'd pour without it if possible. Adds some astringency. The alcohol comes through in the taste a bit, which is unpleasant. Sort of musty, but it aged well. Hoppy but sadly imbalanced. I expected more from this beer. Built pretty well for the style, but far from exemplary.

Mf: Coarse in the second half and even a bit dry on the finish. Smooth and wet in the open. Balances well and suits the style, but doesn't complement the general tone of the flavours in the body.

Dr: High ABV, hard to drink quickly, and at a high price by Belgian standards (6 euro). Too yeasty; I don't know if aging was a good idea. The mouthfeel spoils it. Far too coarse.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:44:27 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330 mL bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale is well carbonated. After opening the bottle, I allowed it to sit and breathe only to see the head slowly creeping out of the bottle. In the glass, 4 fingers of head came off of the first pour. Despite the size, the head doesn't lace very well. The ale is a hazy orange amber color, close to an iced tea in appearance.

S: The nose is that of a Belgian IPA, Belgian spices and candi sugars and lots of hoppy bitterness.

T: The first sip reinforces my Belgian IPA belief. The spice profile is pale candi sugar and coriander with touches of anise. That spiciness sets the stage for a strong hop bitterness. The effect is much more tripel than DIPA and I like it. The finish is the typical muddled Belgian IPA melange of spicy sweetness and harsh bitterness.

M: Mmmm Belgian IPA. The blend of Belgian spices and American hops is an inspired. The sweetness that lingers in the palate is unique.

D: The alcohol is well hidden but it does sneak up on you. The combination of the two styles really works. Had I rated this as a Belgian IPA, the score would have jumped up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

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