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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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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with no clear BB date. It is a 2011 vintage, with a Lot no. of 61/43/2011/THT-ACDPA 25/1/17. No idea what all that means! Picked up the other day from my local beer specialist - they've just got some Struise brews in for the first time. Also, the label makes no mention of Mikkeller - the only similarity is the background stripes that appear on some Mikkeller bottles. I guess Struise feel that they own the recipe to this collaboration brew.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep, hazy reddish-amber hue with excellent carbonation. Yields a vast head of dense white foam with fantastic stability - resembles a big, creamy meringue. This slowly relaxes to a surface layer. A complex aroma of sweet malt, aromatic hops and alcohol. Notes of sugar, pine, fruity yeast, phenols and a hot boozy whiff in the background, all of which is underscored by a subtle, funky sourness.

Tastes of rich, sweet malt and bitter pine, with an astringent, alcoholic finish. Notes of caramel malt, sugar, pine resin, fruity yeast, phenols and booze. A faint vinegary sourness pervades and taints the flavour. Considerable bitterness upon swallowing, although it doesn't seem as hoppy as it should be. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body. Quite dry and pretty astringent. Aftertaste of sour, boozy pine with hints of fruity yeast.

A giant boozy mess! What a beer - it feels like it tries too hard. Tons of malt, sugar and alcohol. The hops are certainly there - yet it's hard to tell if my experience is what the brewer intended. Notes of aromatic pine and piny bitterness are present, but neither the aroma nor flavour are as intense as the label leads you to expect. Less hoppy than other double IPAs that I've tried, but perhaps it's a bit old and the hops have faded. The sourness is also hard to pin down - is it the result of infection (my first thought), or merely the way this yeast strain goes to work? Perhaps slight oxidation? At any rate, this is an impressive but flawed attempt at a double IPA. The flavour simply isn't clean or hoppy enough to compare with similar beers - the lesson is not to brew US-style double IPAs with Belgian yeast strains. Worth trying, but I won't fork out for this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 00:03:25 | More by jazzyjeff13
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl. 2011 vintage. Huge fluffy white head. Atop amber body. Soapy sticky oily lacing. Huge head retention. Aroma delicious, fresh grass and a touch of marijuana.  Slight alcohol. Taste not biting or overly bitter. Not sure when brewed in 2011, tastes delicious just maybe not perfectly fresh. 

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 01:46:42 | More by KickbacksSteve
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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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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Opaquely hazey burnt orange in color with a lovely two finger cream colored head with medium levels of retention and lacing left behind.

S. At first it smells entirely of candied orange peel, but as it is given time to settle down into the glass and warm up a bit, it starts to exude the scent of mint and sage-spiked herbal sweet tea with a dash of Belgian horseblanket yeast funk stirred in. It's really strange, but I like it!

T. Pumpkin pie spicing on top of toffee malt, yeasty breadiness and belgian funk with a hearty dose of plastic band-aid, just below my personal tolerance limit for band-aid flavor. A persistent level of pine resin remains throughout the entire sip, finish is not as dry as I would prefer, more akin to chewing on a gnarly piece of actual sugarcane.

M. Smooth texture with medium thickness and carbonation. Not much to tell about mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 21:21:51 | More by WastingFreetime
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

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

11.2 oz bottle. Pours beautifully, thick foamy head, slightly hazed orange body, highly carbonated. Head is off white and hold amazingly. Smells piney and resinous from hops. Also smells like soft fruity yeast. Taste is solidly bitter. Alcohol is prominent in flavor. Grapefruits and citrus comes through a little but predominately spicy flavors. The yeast is really interesting, it almost has a strawberry quality. But overall I thought this one was a little unsatisfying. I might be spoiled with freshy American double IPAs. I regard both of these companies as elite brewers amongst the world. But this one didn't really strike my fancy.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:20:25 | More by mlazzaro
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a deep amber color. Too hazy to an American IPA. Head is huge and beige, and leasts forever. Incredible retention and tons of lacings left in the glass

S: Quite spicy, malty and bready. Again, strong European (Belgian) personality. Definitely not a American Double IPA. It has this bready and yeasty Belgian smell. Also candy, caramel malts, grassy hops and alcohol. Complex and good

T: Complex as the nose. Candy, caramel malts, bread, grassy hops. Upfront is very mild sweet, taste is crispy and bitter as it should. End is bitter and grassy. Very well balanced, nevertheless

M: Creamy refreshing body. Medium carbonation. Mild sweet upfront. Bitter aftertaste

O: Quite interesting beer. At same time that it keeps the characteristics of an American Double IPA, it also have strong characteristics of a Belgian IPA, like the characteristic bready yeasts taste. In the end, a beer with the good Mikkeller-Struise quality. No regret

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 13:02:59 | More by eduardolinhalis
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TheCorkStopsHere

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay folks, I have a confession to make. I picked out this brew 95% because of the name "Elliot Brew." I see people in the store all the time that pick out wines and beers based on their labels. Well I trust in the fact that Mikkeller has some great beers and this one caught my attention.

Being a Mikkeller brew, I'm fairly confused by how/when/why this was produced. It seems as if this "Elliot Brew" was created for Ratebeer.com in a collaboration between Mikkeller and De Struise. According to the beerAdvocate page, this is the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium, and now I'm even more confused.

The Elliot Brew pours a dark amber color, with a little bit of a rusty tint and super lively foam. The foam is thick and frothy, and just slightly off-white in color. The head lasts a long, long time and after 30 minutes there is still nearly a quarter inch worth of froth atop the beer. There is also a ton of lacing left behind on the sides of my DFH snifter.

While I can smell a fair amount of hops in the nose, there is a substantial presence of malty aromas and alcohol as well. I'm also getting a substantial presence of what I generally refer to as 'belgian funk.' Belgian funk is my way of describing all the yeasty, bready, and spices that I just can't put my finger on. It's described on bA as a Double IPA but there is far more spice and complexity in the nose here than in the average Double IPA.

On the palate, the Elliot Brew is equally as complex. The hops is quite bold right up from on the palate. It's a softer side of hops though, more citrus and spicy aromas rather than piney or grapefruit aromas. Like the nose detected, there is a ton of malt balancing the hops nicely. The malt is not super candy-sweet, but more soft and subtle sweet. The sides of my tongue are tingled with the dry acidity, and my palate is excited by all the spice, hops and malts intertwined with one another.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 04:13:28 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in California.

Pours a cloudy but still bright golden colour, with a touch of red in the deeper parts. Body is very light, and very fluid. Very fine, but not particularly effusive carbonation. Thick, heavy lace. Looks pretty good.

Nose is piney and resiny, with a really sharp, almost isohop bite to it. Under this is a sugary sweetness; a rather treacle and light brown sugar note. The hops just yell "HOPS!", there's very little in the way of nuanced fruit or fragrance. It's somewhat confronting, and a little one dimensional.

Taste is smooth initially, before the sharp, direct spike of hops comes through and slices the palate in half. Some vanilla comes through, giving a fragrance, but no smoothness, and the relatively light body struggles against the hops, meaning it feels very unbalanced. Feel is surprisingly light, and the booze on the back adds some vapour-like astringency. Phewy.

It's a bold, rugged and unapologetic beer, there's no doubt about that. But it gets to the level where it's actually a little undrinkable. I can believe it's the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium—it's one of the hoppiest beers I've had in recent memory.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 07:37:06 | More by lacqueredmouse
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle from batch A-3-09. No idea what that means!

Pours a dark muddy orange that leans hard towards brown. Head rises to a good half inch of white then settles to a thin but nearly complete cover.

Smells of bread, sugar, and light orange. Fruity esters from the Belgian yeast are also present.

Booze and astringency is present throughout. Big doughy breadiness, some faint citrus hops, and yeast. Bitterness is firm but fair and not overpowering.

Light and dry with a yeasty blanket to wrap the proceedings.

Meh, one and done if I finish this bottle. Grappling with the price tag I had a feeling this might let me down. I'm not a big fan of Euro hop vehicles and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:55:45 | More by BarrytheBear
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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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Beerdregs

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light orange/amber color with two finger white frothy head that refuses to subside. The bottom of this bottle had a good quarter inch of yeast. Lots of carb. bubbles.

S: Smells of raisins or overripe grapes. Cannot perceive the typical north american hops aroma. This is different. It is like old fruit swimming in malt.

T: Ample sweetness. The dark fruits continue to dominate the early than the hops finally come in but only as a bittering on the back of the tongue. (I have a hard time believing this is 130 IBU!) I cannot pick out any type of grapefruit/piney flavor of your typical north american hop. The finish is a slight vanilla. This beer states that it is 9% on the bottle but I don't perceive it until the very last part of the swallow.

M: This beer has a prickly mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: This was a wonderful beer. I thought I was buying a tongue buster 130 IBU american pale ale instead I was treated to a melange of flavor that I have never experienced from an APA in North America. A real treat!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 03:58:51 | More by Beerdregs
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep tan/clay orange cloudy, 2 finger khaki amazing head,
splendid lacing

S: big amazing grapefruit aroma, lemon peel,
pine/grass, floral nose

T: grapefruit, lemon grass, pine, powerful long bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, HUGE oily/sticky mouth

O: Another mighty fine brew from Mikkeller.
Must try for hop heads. Would get again.

HOP-SENSUAL, MUST TRY!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 18:24:34 | More by BeerLover99
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

A- Hazy burnt caramel pour with a massive four finger cream colored head that slowly looses its body. This beer just sticks to everything.

S- Grapefruit, mandarin and candied sugar. Cinnamon and a slight pepper spice things up. Typical Mikkeller alcohol smell but nowhere near as strong as it usually is.

T- Peppery notes with the grapefruit abd a slight pine hoppiness. The candy sugar really helps balance everything out. Very hoppy, very delicious.

M- Light to medium bodied, lively carbonation with a slight alcohol warmth. Juicy with a lingering dry aftertaste. Sticky on the lips.

O- I'm very happy with this. The pepper taste is something completely different and it works. Especially considering I have no idea what the age of this is.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 00:46:03 | More by korguy123
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently into a Russian River Belgian stemmed glass. Hazy, cloudy orange/amber body with a massive creamy colored head. Sticks all over the glass as I swirl it around.

Aroma consists mostly of citrusy/piney hops, some yeast-like bready notes, and some type of baking/cooking spices I can't put my finger on. Not your traditional grapefruit sling-shot to the face hop bomb mixed with a pine needle extract perfume IPA, but still a pleasant, well balanced hoppy aroma.

Flavor follows the nose with a bitter, dry citrusy hop flavor mixed with a very faint malt sweetness (fresh baked bread). Very bitter, dry brew. Well carbonated and finishes with a slight astringency.

Really surprised by the reviews of this beer. As mentioned earlier, this is very different from your typical big, bold America DIPAs, but I really enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:43:29 | More by muttyd
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a fluffy white top hat. Glass bottom retention leaves a few semi-circles of retention.

Stanky, piney, grapefruit and tangerine aroma. Great aroma but I'm not exactly bludgeoned with hops, as I'm want to be when sniffing a DIPA.

Tastes like a clumpy cirtrusy bag of hops stuck in a blender and poured into my glass. "Dry" hops as opposed to the "juicy" hops I'm used to in my DIPAs. For a 216 IBU beer there's hardly any bitterness. Mouthfeel is a combo of plush Belgian and prickly American DIPA while not really boasting heavily of either of them. Dry, herbal aftertaste.

At 9% and 216 IBU it certainly has the stats to be a American DIPA but lacks the necessary bawdiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:34:32 | More by donkeyrunner
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed today from a 0.33l bottle purchased at the Struise store in Brugge on 30SEP11 for €3.90. Label is full of RateBeer info ("...the second of RateBeer.com's Worldwide Masters Series") and I believe it is from Batch #12 and Lot A 3 09 (??). Also, it states it has 130 IBUs. Unsure where some previous reviews get 200+...

A slow pour into a small tulip produced a huge, billowy head, off-white in color and fine and creamy. The bier was slightly hazy and a striking apricot color. Carbo was scattered and slow, and the lacing from the slowly-ebbing head was A-1. The aroma has lots of citrus, with orange, tangerine and some grapefruit being noted. This one passes silkily over the tongue, and is medium-plus regarding body.

There is hardly any sweetness present here, the flavor being inundated by fruity, bitter citrus. Like the aroma, look for orange, tangerine, apricot, some grapefruit and a smidge of pineapple, all with a rindy, resiny character. Though I wish it had some balancing sweetness, I am nonetheless enjoying this Struise offering. Prosit!!

4.08 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1399

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 23:21:19 | More by Bierman9
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alexhahn82

California

2.15/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - 1 finger creamy head, cloudy brownish tinge of amber.

S- sweeet! No, literally, sweet. a very respectable nose of misc hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Mehhh. :( Watery thin viscosity. The taste does linger as stated on the label. But thats about it. 216 IBU's? This makes me wonder who tested it or how old this batch is: Bottle says: Vintage 2011 SM NO.

Overall - Meh. Meh. Meh. Don't get me wrong, a valiant attempt by the Belgians for a DIPA, but a successfully disastrous venture. Do not seek, Do not destroy.

PP (Price Point) - Unknown, a gift.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 02:55:26 | More by alexhahn82
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FosterJM

California

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

842nd Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
11.2 oz

2011 Bottle

Purchased @ Craft Beer & Wine, Reno, NV (Thanks Raidersandbeerfan for rec)

App- A very dark golden orange with a lot of bubble activity in the center flowing up. A big two and a half stuck in place head, a little bubbles on top and just a sheen/wall of lace & cling.

Smell- A lot going on in this glass but all seems to work well together. A bit of damp, deep pressed citrus with a strong malt note. Much of the nose is grapefruit and add in some dried cooking spices. A little floral note to blend it all together.

Taste- Taste follows the nose with a bit of the grapefruit coming first. When you take a secondary sip the spices come into play. More of a dried thyme flavor to me. For as much as they are claiming this really doesn’t feel 216 IBUS. This was malty/hoppy/citrus but bold and easy drinking. Good flavor balance.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A bit floral, earthy and residual bitter flavors remain.

Drink- A tasty collaboration from two of Europe’s envelope pushers. A lot of citrus and malts duke this one out. It was pretty easy to drink this one from a 11 oz, nice they kept it small. I would like another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 17:43:21 | More by FosterJM
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

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

Redish amber body with a large off white head.

Malty sweetness, over ripe pineapple, and a medly of tropical fruit aromas.

Flavors are up the same alley, but not as good. Sweet caramel malt and sweet fruity hops lead to a moderatly bitter finish.

Medium body, creamy smooth feel.

Great aroma, fair flavor. Not outstanding, but pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 00:48:03 | More by BradLikesBrew
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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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bnes09

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep almond color, by far the darkest IPA I have ever seen. Massive creamy colored head forms and does not go anywhere with at least a finger of froth. Foamy lacing sticks to glass all over and reminds me of shaving cream. Hazy due to the yeast and pretty much opaque.

Smell is interesting. Lots of dark fruits and molasses. Less hop than expected yet still some pine and floral notes.

Flavor is all over the place. Hops start things off with a solid soapy, pine-like punch. Dark fruit flavors of dates and raisins along with molasses sweeten things up. There is even a hint of roasted malt in the end which tastes like wheat toast and almond. Interesting combination of flavors but not true to the style.

Full bodied with a slick texture. Semi-low carbonation but this is fitting. A little on the heavy side for a DIPA.

It is interesting to see a Belgian brewer make an American style beer. Don't get me wrong, I do like this beer. It has a very complex flavor profile which is well balanced. I gave it average marks because it simply does not fit the style. It was too dark, too sweet, slightly too thick and was lacking the hop dominance and crisp, dry finish that I expect out a DIPA. That said, I still enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 03:51:13 | More by bnes09
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead longstem snifter. A gift from chowdahead - thanks man!

Pours a dark hazy gold, great big fluffy head with nice lacing. Smells of yeasty bread, subtle hops, with some mild maltiness in there.

Tastes like an IPA but without the over-the-top yeast character that most Belgian IPAs have. It's bitter, but not quite 215 IBUs in my opinion. Malt flavors balance well with the hops. Very nice flavors emerge as it warms. Very smooth on the palate. To me it's a little bit IPA, a little bit Belgian pale ale. This one is not as complex as many of Struise's other offerings, but it certainly delivers. Worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 02:55:29 | More by ElGallo
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Mar02x

Netherlands

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

I beer I tried for the first time when I visit the Struise in my summer holiday 2011.

A - Hazy amber / brown colored beer with a fluffy off white head, good retention. Some carbonation racing from the bottom.

S - Yeast, wood , citrus fruits, smells fresh and tasting. You want to take a gulp right away.

T - Some sweetness that taste dry anyway??? Very hoppy and a strong after taste. A bit to much for my liking.

M - Good carbonation, easy drinkable beer. The bitterness doen't linger around very long.

O - A good beer to take when having Chinese dinner. A good thirst quencher when served cold on a warm day.

I closed this review already when I wondered where's the alcohol? For a nine pro-cent beer its is very nicely hidden.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 17:32:42 | More by Mar02x
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Purchased at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA.

Pours a caramel amber color with an insanely thick, foamy head - at least two fingers worth.

The nose knocks you over - fresh hops, citrus, spruce, and hints of rosemary.

The taste in unique: yes, it's hoppy, but it is much fruitier than hoppy. There is a lot of strawberry jam, grape jelly, and a little bit of raspberry. The fullness of the sweet fruits evolves into a grassy hop flavor which concludes with a nice, rich malt finish. A tad over-carbonated, this is complex from top to bottom.

Overall a well made, well balanced DIPA which really brings something new to the style. Certainly worth having, though it does not rate among De Struise's better IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:24:31 | More by rinhaak
Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
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