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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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88
very good

399 Ratings
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
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:
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 Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Sammy, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only assume that I am reviewing this in the correct place. Its a Struise-Mikkeller collaboration DIPA but on the side of the bottle it says its the second of the world wide master series for ratebeer. Oh yeah, and I got this from Himerman.

Moderately murky but I got the first half of the bottle and my roomate caught some of the garbage at the bottom. The beer is dark orange, lots of fine smooth white foam. Good lacing and retention.

Aroma is spicy, fruity, and of the Struise yeast. It almost smells like it would be sour.

Flavor is slightly spicey, very malty, very yeasty, overall pretty darn good. Some noticeable alcohol but not too much. Dry finish and lingering hop/spice aftertaste.

Heavy body, medium/high carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Ya know, I have to say that the base of this is similar to the first batch of the Lost Abbey Signature ale with the obvious exception of the hop choice. I know that was done by De Proef but I'm just saying.

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +27.2%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

djrn2, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Texasfan549, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

metter98, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber orange color with a huge, puffy thick and firm light tan head.

Nose is very assertive candied oranges and then with some spice.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice creamy character.

Flavors are very complex and layered of roasted grain, carmel, toffee and underlying "lightly sweet" malt, that goes to a nice sugared milked coffee character and then flows to a finish of big bitter grapefruit skin that is long lasting and pleasant.

This is a very layered and complex beer with tons of character and remarkable balance for something so layered and complex. The big flavors will likely go with lots of food profiles and the big bitter finish goes on for many minutes.

I read the label a bit more carefully thinking I'd buy a few of these. It interestingly describes the brew and indicates "the best of both worlds;" (assuming they mean malt and bitter hops). I very much agree.

GRG1313, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kjkinsey, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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

brentk56, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

BEERchitect, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 11, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 13, 2008
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.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Knapp85, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -23.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

oberon, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SocalKicks, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky amber, sort of like dirty pond water - not exactly a great color but it's not a bad looking brew either. Head retention is excellent, leaving plenty of lace behind.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty but strangely lacking in hop aroma for a supposed Double IPA. Earthy, slightly herbal. Not bad.

Taste & mouthfeel: Candy-like sweetness meets earthy, herbal bitterness. Subtle spices (coriander and orange peel?), faint medicinal notes and fruity esters make for a pretty complex flavor profile. The texture is downright creamy, thanks in part to the dense layer of foam. Hops come through strong in the finish, leaving a lasting herbal/minty bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable but deceptively alcoholic; this is the kind of beer you have to force yourself to drink slowly.

Notes: An interesting brew for sure. More of a hoppy tripel than an American DIPA, though.

largadeer, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

emerge077, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

StonedTrippin, Wednesday at 02:58 AM
Photo of nickfl
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white head on top of a muddy, golden-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - Strong citrus hops and sugary malt. Notes of caramel, toffee, grapefruit and pine with a little of licorice and burnt sugar in the background.

T - Lots of sweet malt up front; fruity caramel, toffee, and butterscotch, balanced by resinous hops. Hop flavors of pine, grapefruit, lime, and licorice assert themselves in the middle. The dark sugar comes back strong in the finish to push the hops aside with flavors of dark caramel, plums, and raisins that are barely balanced by what seems like moderate bitterness. Lingering flavors of grape, tobacco, and lime coat the tongue in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a pretty extreme beer with huge doses of both malt and hops, making it kind of hard to call it anything approaching drinkable. The malt character is so thick and sweet that it takes what are apparently saturation levels of bitterness and makes them seem relatively mild. Ultimately it is a uniquely flavorful beer that combines thick, sugary malt with a lot of hops to form something that is half way between and DIPA and an American Barleywine; and while this is a tenuous balancing act, they have managed to make it work.

nickfl, Dec 01, 2009
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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.