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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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384 Ratings
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 16
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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.

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brc

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle, lot C, best Oct 2011. Poured into tulip.

Lots of carbonation - even a careful pour almost fills the tulip with foam. Light tan head with small bubbles, settles slowly with some lacing. Liquid is medium brown and clear.

When I first opened the bottle I got a strong yeasty toasted bread aroma, which seemed a bit strange. Sticking my nose in the glass confirms it is a hop monster, spicy hops, although now I smell an earthy, malty undertone.

Upfront there is a nice caramel like maltiness, with some toasted grain flavor. Then the hop bitterness takes over, and keeps building until it wrings my mouth out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is viscous and coating upfront, with the aforementioned wringing in the finish.

For drinkability, well, the alcohol is hidden. I suppose it is more drinkable than most in its style, since it has some balance, but still it's no easy guzzler.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 07:09:55 | More by brc
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treyrab

California

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this tonight thanks to jac5084 and poured into two glasses...

A: Pours a very light muddy brown. Not very appealing look. It also pours with a four finger tan head. Tons of thick yeast sediment floats in the glass.

S: Very spicy hops. Smells like Hallertau or Saaz. Very floral and with some clove, skunky aromas, and spices. Not many hops.

T: Very sweet with honey, stale bread, caramel, and some spice. There is an astringent skunk aftertaste that lingers in your mouth FOREVER. Very bad aftertaste that lingers.

Overall, I'm sure this was better a bit fresher, and I'm glad I tried it, but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 00:39:43 | More by treyrab
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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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ckeegan04

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy dark orange/brown in color. Huge, foamy light khaki colored head. Excellent retention and big chunky lacing left behind.

S - Very muted aroma of citrus fruits and a little Belgian spice. A nice aroma, just very muted. Some lemon in the nose along with some clove and a light peppery scent.

T - Light fruitiness up front before a stronger bitterness overtakes the taste buds. A nice bready backing and mix of Belgian spice as well. A very interesting DIPA.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and leaves a coating of citrusy bitterness in the mouth. Verging on chewy in the feel. Ridiculously easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 20:29:15 | More by ckeegan04
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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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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a murky orange color when held up to the light with 1/2 inch of white foam that left no lacing.

S - Very nice citrus aroma, strong orange, grapefruit and lemon smells. The smell reminds me of sticking one of those plastic things into an orange when i was a kid and sucking out all the juice.

T - nice citrus flavor along with grassy hints, the malt helps bring out a tasty sweetness combined with the citrus. There is a bit of a spicy yeasty quality to it that rounds this one out

M/D - A very tasty beer indeed. The taste is something different for me when it comes to DIPAs. Its nicely balanced and has some nice carbonation. If this were more readily available, i'd have it more often.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 02:01:20 | More by mikereaser
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Thanks to aerozeppl for the chance to try this one!

Pours a hazy dark copper, with a huge, rocky light-khaki head that reminds me of the head on a root beer float. Took quite awhile for the initial head to die down enough to finish the pour.

Nose is citrusy, but with no rind-like astringency coming through at all. Tropical, sweet mangoes and a bit of a biscuity malt character poke through as well. Not a huge nose, kinda hard to pull out. As it warms, you get a bit more of the biscuity malt, and some diacetyl as well.

Taste is very sweet - caramel malt and and some spicy hops keeping the malt in check. Clearly, the hops have had enough time to fade to a bit of a background note. A bit of a buttery diacetyl note too - actually works in this case. Some alcohol in the nose alongside the diacetyl. As it warms the hops almost disappear. Hints of the tropical fruit come through as well. Despite the faded hops, this ends up being a pretty good beer, though more of an English strong ale then a DIPA at this point. Still, pretty damn tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated, though that could be the result of an aggressive pour too. Sticky and and almost syrupy.

Drinkability isn't bad, fairly quaffable, though it's one that really needs to hit cellar temp or above to hit its stride. Wish I could have tried it a bit fresher, but still a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 22:42:41 | More by JohnQVegas
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adamette

Ohio

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

Poured from a bottle purchased on Belgian Beer Shop dot com into my Chimay goblet. "C" and "12" were marked on the bottle's label but I am not sure what that means.

A Georgeous creamy light brown head that was about 3 inches deep and spilled out over the silver rimmed edge of the goblet. Body is a nice caramel brown that no light gets through but it glows nicely in front of direct light. Also visible is obvious sediment. The look cannot be improved upon. This is a very Belgian looking Imperial IPA.

S Easily the most hoppy Belgian beer that I have ever smelled and appropriate to the style. There is a grapefruit bitterness to the smell that is obvious. It is difficult but I believe that I also detect some malt as well.

T Hops dominate...a sweet grapefruit taste with malt (that likely brings in the sweetness?) that is strong at the beginning but dissipates in not too much time ...about 2 minutes... This is a mature IPA with complex tastes.

M Big for sure with high ABV, grapefruit hops but surprisingly smooth mouthfeel which is made that way by a consistent and thick carbonation.

D Good. If you love IPA's the drinkability could be through the roof.

Notes: Easily my favorite beer in this style, a style that is difficult for me to enjoy because I really do not like such obvious hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 03:27:11 | More by adamette
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Radiantly neon orange packed full of gleam and glaring bedazzlement. The complexion is murky, a result of bottle conditioning, although the appearance suffers little from it. I'm a bit surprised at the lack of stamina from this carbonation; the beer doesn't contain the quintessential puffy, bounteous Belgianesque head but rather a thin, minimal coating more typical of a high octane DIPA.

Hops, yeast, and spices are all quick to raise their hands when my nose inquires about who was put in charge. To brew a hybrid between the prototypical amped-up American beer and a traditional Belgian style, with one being obnoxiously hopped and the other delicately suggestive, is an ambitious task. To add a whole bunch of spices only complicates the job. There's plenty going on in this bouquet and it isn't easy to get your head around it.

Noted were phenols and esters from the yeast, citrus from the hops, and, well, spices from the spices. The flavour takes all that noise and cranks the volume full blast. This is exceptionally fruity and drinks like a tangy lemonade with a splash of orange juice, generous squirt of lime, grapefruit piths. The malts are light but carry with them a hint of caramelization and broiled brown sugar. The undisclosed spices must be grains of paradise or coriander, something "summery" anyhow. This is tasty and refreshing.

To put it bluntly, Elliot Brew has got a whole bunch going on. It is hoppy, spicy, yeasty and yet always decidedly beer like. It has the calm, refined composure of a traditional Belgian ale but the zesty, dynamic flavours of a new-age American micro. The alcohol is concealed behind something worthy enough to act as a bank safe. If it were possible (price, availability, and alcohol content aside) to drink copious amounts of this I most certainly would - it is the very definition of savory.

Mikkeller and De Struise are both excellent breweries so it's no wonder a collaboration between the two would be this good. I love DIPA's and I love Belgian ales so it's no surprise I liked the beer this much. I had no expectation in regards to a DIPA/Belgian Strong Ale but I did, however, regarding quality and craftsmanship. Those were most certainly met, nay, exceeded. Let's hope these brewers collaborate again in the future! (Black Albert Breakfast?)

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 21:44:05 | More by biegaman
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

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

Pours a murky orangish amber color, lots of head, some good lacing. Lots of fruits in the nose, spicy yeast, other spices perhaps too. More fruits in taste, I"m getting lots of grapefruit, almost a rind feel to it, some spices and yeasty goodness. Mouth has good body, lots of carbonation, good feel to it. It says DIPA, but I'm not sure waht this is. Some crazy Belgian concoction, thats for sure, and a fun one to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 02:50:18 | More by objectivemonkey
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber in color with about a quarter inch of frothy white head. Smell is hops and some underlying belgian yeast present as well.
Taste has a rather IPA-like characteristic to it, rather than DIPA/Imperial. There are some bittering hops bittering this up. There is a pretty nice spicy taste coming in after the hops which is a very nice twist. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:05:16 | More by FtownThrowDown
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bhalter8

Georgia

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

Picked this up at 5 Points in Athens, as I was intrigued by the idea of a Mikkeller take on the DIPA. Pours an extremely cloudy orangish color, lots of sediment swirling around, guess that is the Belgian yeastiness at work. A huge foamy head rests on top, and slowly fades, leaving solid lacing around the glass. A complex aroma, for sure, between the grassy and citrusy hop character, and the sweet Belgian malt backbone. This aroma comes through in the flavor, an almost sour upfront bitterness, that is quickly followed by a more sweet finish. Definitely an interesting mix, again. This was an enjoyable beer to try, and I enjoyed the mix of styles, DIPA, this is not. What it is, I don't know, I'll make up my own category, Imperial Blonde Belgian. A fun, and recommended try, but certainly not something you could have much more than a small glass of.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 13:29:27 | More by bhalter8
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drseamus

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Granted this is a bottle conditioned beer, but the amount of floating chunks was off the charts. It pours nicely though with a thick head.

S: Citrusy hop and a sweet almost sugary sweetness.

T: It's pretty balanced for DIPA. Almost too balanced... It has decent bitterness and some sugary sweetness with good citrusy hop notes but it is in no way strong enough. Lasting bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Not as thick as some other DIPA's but with what seems good reason. Very drinkable though.

D: Not a bad beer all around but it seems to be more of a 1.5 IPA instead of a true double.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 01:14:52 | More by drseamus
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glid02

Georgia

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

Picked this up at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA.

Pours a cloudy gold/copper color with a two-finger light tan head. The head slowly dissipates until settling into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sugar coated fruits - mostly citrus but with hints of pears and bananas. The candi sugar takes the bite out of the citrus. There's definitely some bitterness, but it's balanced nicely by the candi sugar and fruits.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I drank one bottle with no problem, but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was an interesting beer - I feel like this is something a bored homebrewer would come up with. Strange as it is it's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 01:42:00 | More by glid02
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from beermerchants.com

Poured a nice rich copper amber colour with the slightest haze. Slightly off white head poured big thick and fluffy and a good stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... decent sticky lacing...

Aroma - Good mix of spicy yeast with grassy and citrusy hops, tart fruits (strong grapefruits, pears and apples), also some tropical fruit notes, lots of herbal traces, rubbery, floral honey, doughy bread, talcum powder, light anise, some vegetal traces...

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma... slighty tropical tart fruits (grapefruits oranges, limes), good peppery and citrus hop bitterness, metallic notes, strong basil, nice floral honey sweetness, some candi sugar, juicy fruit chewing gum, spicy yeast, light mintiness...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry... light / medium bodied... a dangerously drinkable brew - no real hint of the 9% alcohol.

Overall - A very tasty collaboration and so, so drinkable... definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 12:16:15 | More by mdagnew
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

Appears a hazy, orange toned, light amber with a small, fluffy, off white head that slowly fades into a bubbly cap. Plenty of scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, grapefruit, and tangerine with mild notes of cardamom, and black pepper found in the background. Beautiful. Second inhales give one a glimpse of honeysuckle flowers in the summertime.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a lovely flavor that are of sweet candi sugar, hoppy citrus, grainy sustanance, and a doughy yeast with ripe fruit esters dusted with cardamom and grains of paradise. Damn...gimme a case of this stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, sugary, sticky, syrupy, and chewy at times.

Wow. I was very impressed with this one. I could imagine pairing this with an Italian Fritatta containing Dandilion greens, squash flowers, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and a sprinkle of cardamom, and caraway. Pair up a scenic view like the vineyards in Tuscany, and I'm in heaven.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 00:37:49 | More by weeare138
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

Struise-Mikkeller DIPA, courtesy of a non-BA friend as a Christmas present - thanks! Split at a tasting, w/ my portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, yellow/copper-colored brew with a huge, frothy, two-finger, meringue-like head with absolutely fantastic retention. Effervescence is very fine, of average speed, and most definitely plentiful! The lacing left by the slowly-departing head is huge, sticky, sheet-like, and absolutely coats the sides of the glass. A great start.

Aroma: Dominated by heavy, resinous hop notes - obviously - with tons of tropical fruits, most clearly pineapple, though with a few strawberry/citrus notes as well. Very sweet and sour sauce-esque.

Taste: More tropical fruits, sweet, thick, and syrupy, accompanied by a very mild bitterness. The remainder of the hop notes are herbal, basil-like, minty, leafy. The sweetness is also intense, largely pale, though with faint hints of caramelization. The hops impart a bit of a tart sourness which does a decent job of cutting through the sweetness. I'd rate this one a little higher if the bitterness wasn't sort of dull - it only comes through in the finish in any meaningful capacity.

Mouthfeel: Big carbonation on this one that wasn't visible earlier due to the haze. The thickness makes it fairly even, though, as well as smooth, soft, and pillowy.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable. The alcohol's well-hidden and not outlandish for the style, the hop notes reasonably complex and pleasant, and - though it loses a few points for a relative lack of bitterness (perhaps due to age) - it's by and large a very solid beer. Get it while it's hot.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 18:06:07 | More by CrellMoset
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scottoale

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml. brown slender bottle with a ton of blurb on the label, which is slightly different than the one pictured above.
Bottle states: Special Brew by Struise and Mikkeller as a tribute to joint ventures. Brewed and bottled at Deca Brewery, Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium. RateBeer Special release Worldwide Master's Series. SM No. 12 - Elliot Brew.

Poured into a Chimay chalice a hazy amber-orange with a thick, creamy 1/2" beige head that lasts and leaves sticky lace clinging to the glass as you drink.

The smell is sweet, spicy and full of citric hoppiness. Ripened fruit sweetness with grapefruit, honeysuckle (candi sugar), spices and juniper perhaps? All very pleasant to the nose.

The taste is where this brew really shines. Loaded with complexity, lots of sweet malts and candi sugar that eventually gets engulfed by the massive hop load. Plenty of unique spices popping up through the liquid journey with the not-so noticeable alcohol and perfect carbonation pushing and balancing the whole brew sublimely. Incredible flavor and balance!

Full body and precise carbonation lend a smooth and creamy mouthfeel like few other 2XIPA can even attempt. The whole drinkability of this brew is hard to match, from start to finish. A great brew that I highly recommend...seek it!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 21:59:07 | More by scottoale
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easement

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very cloudy. It looks like a darker wheat beer. Porus white one inch head. Nice read retention and some lacing.

S- I detected notes of Citrus, malt, and hops. It doesn't smell like a traditional IPA; it wasn't too floral.

T- A very Subdued beer. Sweet citrus and malts are up front. Hops follow and leave a lingering bitterness.

M- Very watery with light carbonation. Matches the flavor perfectly.

D- Alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink these all day....if only I cound find it.

serving style: bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 02:22:29 | More by easement
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Vancer

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After a bit of a swirl, the bottom yeasties create a hazy amber pour, ivory eggshell frothy topping. Sticky laces dominate in the Corsendonk tulip.

Whoo, Belgium sugar cane, candied fruits in the aroma. Tangy quaff of aged fruits, but the blend is not working. Tries to be a Belgium, and then you have the 130 IBUs that don't get a chance to show up. A bit raspy and woody, it sure finishes crisp and dry, almost Champaign like, but a bit harsh.

Too much $ to make this one a real drinker, or to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 21:28:50 | More by Vancer
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Reviewed on 7/11/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a HUGE beige head that left thick lacing on the glass. Aroma of light fruits (strawberry and other berries), orange, grapefruit, lemon, lots of candi sugar, Belgian yeast, some alcohol especially at the end of the glass. Awesome aroma that reminds me of a sweet lambic. Flavor of candi sugar, some citrus, slight bitter hops. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. It is a very sweet beer with some harsher bitter notes on the finish. Dry, very light for a 9% beer. Not at all like any other IIPA I've had--it was very sweet and had definite Belgian components. A super complex beer that I enjoyed immensely. Yum!!
9/4/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 18:35:43 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of fat rocky bubbles create a off white crown as they easily reach the top of my glass and nearly tumble over. Retention is very good and leaves some lace. Body is a brass like orange amber glow. Nose has sweet candied citrus hops and soft biscuity malt. With first sip you get very crisp, almost tart citrus rind hops. Quickly a piney mineral based feel is formed after the swallow on the back of the tongue that hangs on the buds. A hue of bitter wheat and citrus sweet hop blend to create a cloing mouthfeel. Drinkability is good but this one slightly misses for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 18:15:06 | More by SPLITGRIN
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younger35

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this brew yesterday from Armanetti Wine and Beverage Shoppe for around $7. I know Mikkeller makes some fantastic brews but we'll see about Struise later. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark hazy orange with a huge three finger murky white head that recedes very very slowly. A excellent head remains the entire brew leaving rings and webbing of lacing.
Smell- A bit different than I was expecting and not as potent as I was expecting for 130 IBU's. Plenty of grapefruit pith and candied orange to go around though. Sorta earthy and piney with a raw bitter grassiness. Slightly sweet in the nose with some Belgium yeastiness. Slightly fruity with a bit of banana and a touch of spice.
Taste- Certainly bitter. It somehow manages to be maltier than hoppy, yet is ridiculously bitter. Make sense? Good! Lightly spicy with hints of orange peel, ginger and perhaps some coriander. Belgium candied sugar is prevalent with a toasty brown sugary addition. Perhaps a little bit of grapefruit and peach but the fruitiness seems minimal. The bitterness is fairly intense on the back of the throat but the sweetness seems to cut that quite easily. Finishes with a lingering caramel like toffeeness.
Mouthfeel- Slick and oily with a fairly heavy feel from all the sugar but very low carbonation. Just a tad too low.
Drinkability- Overall I just didn't enjoy this brew all that much. It seems that if a beer is going to be 130 IBU's, let them shine. Somewhere in the process of balancing some of those hops, the malt and Belgium sugar took over. Oh wells. Decent but not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 20:07:04 | More by younger35
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber/ orange color with a huge foamy white head that settles into a thin lace that lasts throughout. Spicy aroma with hints of apple, pear, grape, floral and citrus hops, candi sugar, caramel, and alcohol. Very spicy and hoppy with sweet ctrus fruit up-front with some candi sugar, licorice, and sweet fruit followed by a spicy, hoppy sweet lingering, slightly bitter finish. Excellently balanced and very quaffable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 08:46:46 | More by corby112
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

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

Murky orange color with an off white billowing head that drops to a nice cap. Sticky sheets of lace. Smell is not what I expected for a double IPA. Very yeasty and spicey. Some banana and clove notes. Taste is very malty tending toward the biscuit end. Not sure where the 130 IBU's went, they must be hid by the candi sugar that was added. Very bubbly mouthfeel. Smooth and slightly dry finish. 9% is hidden by all those sugars. Not what I was anticipating but a good beer none the less. A little too sweet for me to seek it out again but I can appreciate the quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:52:27 | More by beermanbrian
Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.