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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 16
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2007

Brewed at Deca Services, Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt, hops, candy sugar, ale yeast and spices.

According to the brewers, this is the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium.
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of deepsouth
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer is a golden orange color with a nice head that piled up to about one finger. the foam leaves some nice lacing.

this beer smells funky and hoppy. a bit biscuity as well. as soon as i first popped the cap, i could have sworn i smelled belgian candy.

the taste is quite unique. grapefruity and citrusy for sure. the alcohol is moderately detectable. this smells better than it tastes.

the mouthfeel is outstanding. it's very full and lush for a dipa.

overall, i'm glad i go to try this beer. a solid offering from mikkeller and de struise.

Photo of rhinos00
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Wasn't the most appealing beer I have ever seen. Looked like cider except a little darker. Very hazy and had a solid 2 inches of white head.

S- Pretty tame as compared to other DIPA. There was a citrus hint with a nice aroma of sugar and malt. There was also a some hints of hops.

T- Nice balance of malt and citrus fruit followed by hops. The ingredients were just not as pronounced as I have had in other beers.

M- Medium bodied with carbonation. Nice, crisp finish as the beer was consumed.

D- Very drinkable. The beer went down like water. If it weren't for the high ABV this would perfect.

Overall, had a little bit of disappointment. I guess this comes with the territory when you have nothing but west coast style IPA/DIPA. Still a very quality beer and well worth trying.

Photo of Mauerhan
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i was looking for something to drink and review tonight so my hand landed on this.

cracked open with a loud hiss that im sure my brother heard in his room on the other side of the house.

pours a murky golden amber into my snifter. AGGRESSIVE head. a big fluffy two and a half finger head attacks my glass. leaves a thick lacing and settles down to a nice fluff of head in the middle of my glass.

smell is sweet. i pick up some spices that i cant put my finger on. lots of yeast.

taste is nothing like any other double ipa that ive had. not really sure if thats a good thing. i really dont get any hops to speak of.

a medium body, overly carbonated. very unpleasant aftertaste, i might have an old bottle.

im glad that i tried this but im not sure i will be revisiting this any time soon.

Photo of ElGordo
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass. Body is a rich golden-orange color, topped by a huge fluffy white head that slowly dissipates, leaving a lot of thick lacing on the glass. Aroma is light candi sugar and a touch of bubble gum from the yeast, along with some nice caramel malt and a good dose of fruity hops.
Palate is sweet up front, lots of caramel malt accented by candi sugar and fruity hops. An undertone of muscat grape flavor comes through towards the finish, yielding a pleasantly sweet aftertaste that lingers for a little while. Body is mildly syrupy, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a certainly a change of pace from super-hoppy American double IPAs, but is not really in keeping with my concept of the style. Still, the alcohol is well-integrated and this is a fine ale in its own right.

Photo of t0rin0
3.97/5  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.

Photo of Crosling
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright dark orange colored beer with a large frothy, long lasting head that could only come from Belgium. Nose shows traces of fruity hops (peach, nectarine.) It's a sweet, sugary beer with a slightly diminished, but bold hop presence. Notes of peach, with a touch of lemon. Out of balance and a bit to sweet for me.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours an extremely murky, dark orange with a long lasting, fluffy white head. Lacing is incredible- it covers the sides of the glass almost completely.
Smell is of sweet malts, and some burnt candy. I dont get much in the way of hops in the aroma. Upon first sip, I am surprised. I dont get the hoppy, extremely bitter 130 IBU's that it stated. Almost sweet at first and then a slightly burning bitterness. Good, though!! Lots of malt to balance the beer, but it has that unique bite- and a looong lasting aftertaste on the sides of the tongue- with some citrus, mostly grapefruit. The beer grows on me as I drink it- wonderful beer. I feel like aI could have a couple of them despite the higher ABV. Would like to cellar a few.

Photo of blakesell
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a beveled pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours cloudy brown murky golden with a huge pillowy head of off colored foam that rises over five fingers high and makes me fear an overflow. Disaster is averted as the bottle is tiny! Carbonation is brown, green, and a murky yellow and leaves ample lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Very hoppy with a rich candied scent intermixed with honey and sweat socks. Hops and Belgian yeasts always come up with some interesting scents. I'm getting some cashew in here as well.

Taste- Heavy hops nearly burn on the tongue with many a sweet honey malt. Creamy and estery with a bit of an alcoholic burn on the chest. Tastes nearly like there is a whole hop in the glass and I am left investigating this, but find no hops sticking in there. Not a bad brew, very interesting really. Grapefruits and sweet sugars.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, creamy, estery, lightly cloying, but still drinkable, very highly carbonated, and medium full bodied.

Drinkability- Good for drinking, but I think one 11.2oz bottle will be enough considering the price and the liquid content. I'll be looking for more Mikkeller beers and more Struise beers, but they'll have to collaborate with something different for me to come back for the combination again.

Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky mix of honey and brown. One inch thick puffy white head, dissipates to thin ring, soapy lacing.

S - Perfume, candy.

T - Belgian yeast fest - funky, fruily, some perfume.

M - Creamy, medium body, great coating, good carb.

D - Too much for me to drink much at a setting.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with thick white head.

Floral, sweet, and hoppy scent with grapefruit and candy.

Taste of sweet sugars and raisins initially, fading into a hoppy taste with some yeast.

Clean mouthfeel with a clinging bitterness.

Reminds me of the 90 and 120 minute Dogfish Head beers, the sugary sweetness covers up the alcohol well and the there's enough of a citrus flavor to balance it out.

Photo of markaberrant
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - glowing orange, massive carbonation makes it hard to tell if it's clear, billowy white head. Leaves CHUNKS of lace like I've never seen before.

S - fresh lemony herb scent, mild pepper

T - more pepper, herbal earthiness, lots of wet soil. IPA my ass! Ok, there is maybe a glimmer of sweet citrus hops when it first hits the front of your tongue, but this is beglian inspired all the way.

M - peppery flavours, alcohol and intense carbonation create a strong warming sensation, but is not a turnoff. Light bodied, but mouthfilling with the carbonation. Mildly astringent aftertaste suits the overall beer.

D - This is a GREAT beer. Interesting and unique flavours.

This tastes like a kick ass saison meets Delirium Tremens. Full of rustic, earthy flavours. Dynamite!

Sorta pissed that this beer is listed on here as an IPA. I likely would have cellared it instead of drinking fresh.

Thanks to Phyl21ca for the bottle!

Photo of Packforever1976
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Princeton's last week. Been wanting to try a Mikkeller for awhile now, so here we go.fluff
Pours a cloudy amber, with a fluffy off-white amber head, about 2 fingers or so. That bad boy has some good retention, too. I notice some sediment on the bottom of my glass, but no big deal.
Smells fruity, I pick up some pear notes, maybe a little grape as well? Some nioe malts, also pick up some hops in the backround. Very interesting smell, I'm looking forward to seeing how the smell translates to the taste.
Very interesting taste. I'm definately picking up some pear and grape flavors. The malts and the candi sugar work well together. The hops sit nicely in the back, but they are there.
Mouthfeel is good. Not overpowering for a 9% brew, there is a little burn in th the back of my throat, but not too bad. I actually wouldn't mind this being a bit thicker.
Drinkability is average. It goes down fairly easily, almost too much so. All in all, a solid brew. Not sure if I'll get this one again, but I'm glad I got to try a Mikkeller.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium-dark murky orange which was topped off by a 2 finger creamy light ivory colored head that had incredible retention leaving a streaky lacing. A few bran-like yeast particles were observed.

S: The nose was moderately strong with fresh pine oil and citrus most dominant. There were also was a noticeable muskiness of oranges and sweet candi-sugar that graced the nose.

T: The flavor started off sweet with candi-sugar coated oranges and tangerines with a pungent hoppiness of citrus and pine. Some mushy pear fruitiness, wet grains and a musky, cellar like yeastiness along with sour dough is also detected. A pungent dried grapefruit hopping and a touch of acidity and mildew round out this unique showing of yeasty character. Overall a complex, spicy, yeasty, and sour malted Belgian with a musky, cellar like flavor and slight alcohol warming and detection makes this truly a unique experience. Sour tangerines coat the tongue as well some spicy dried grapefruit hopping.

M: A soft carbonation with only a slight tingle experienced on the tip of the tongue. Very smooth with a nice tart showing on the swallow.

D: A sour, musky and very yeasty Belgian highlights this experience making this a standout in all respect. A unique and intriquing drink.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a cloudy dark amber/orange color with about a 2 inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is spice, candy sugar, yeast, raisins, caramel malt, and earthy and grassy hops. I think it smells more like a Belgian-style beer than an IPA. However, the hops come out more in the taste (but it's still pretty even between the IPA and Belgian style in taste). It tastes like earthy/grassy and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, candy sugar, raisins, spice (pepper and maybe ginger?), and caramel/sweet malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, coating and slick with average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. The 9% ABV isn't very noticable. I still think this is closer to being a Belgian styled brew than an IPA, but I can't complain about that since I think it's a good beer. I like it, and I'd buy it again.

Photo of mtstatebeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours an amber-orange color with a very nice off-white head, excellent lacing. Aroma is as the bottle claims, "the best of two worlds." Spicy hops with the fruity, sweet Belgian aromas. Flavor is the same, lots of hoppy bitterness with a sweet candi, raisiny, and fruity. Stays on the tongue for a while, medium body. Very good beer.

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark golden orange/amber with 2+ fingers of creamy off-white head. A 1/2 finger of solid retention leaves thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells like that of a DIPA up front with notes of pine and grapefruit but then opens up more with noticeable yeasty character and the scent of candied sugars. It feels like it could be a touch more assertive though.

The taste is intense hop bitterness up front that that blends into a mellow mix of citrus, candied sugars, and yeast. The bitterness returns in the finish and lingers on the palette for awhile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice feeling carbonation and some ocassional slickness. The nearly 10% ABV is hid very well.

This was definitely a different type of DIPA with the candy and yeast character of a Belgian style really giving this a different kind of feel. A tasty sipper.

Photo of Proteus93
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy 'iced-tea brown' with some orange highlights. A long lasting head, with some yeasts topping it as if to look like cinnamon topping a dessert drink in some ways.

S: Not the standard aroma of American DIPAs. The citrus hoppiness is there, but with the yeastiness and sugars of a Belgian ale. Very nice.

T: Flavour is much the same as the aroma... citrus and herbal hops, candi sugar sweetness and a spiciness. Some fruitiness comes out as it warms.

M + D: A rich feeling carbonation foams up through the medium body. The alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms, and the taste hoolds on for quite some time on the finish. WIth the heftier ABV, it's one to take it easy.

Photo of korndog
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice pour and not what we see in the typical U.S. DIPA. Big Belgian head with nice lacing and orangish amber tinted beer.

Sweet Pale malt nose with a hint of Muscat grape, or possibly a Sauterne. Definitely a desert wine character on the nose.

First sip reveals the hops, which are subdued in the DIPA sense, but present and delightful. Very gentle Low Cohumulone bittering from possibly Amarillo and/or Simcoe. Awesomely velvety mouthfeel with a pleasant bittersweet finish. For a moment on finish, I want to say it's underattenuated, yet poof - it dries out in a most wonderful way. A really nice marraige. I'm not sure what this beer wants to be, but it holds its own in a number of settings. I can't wait to consider food pairings for this treat. An eye-opener.

I like this beer and look forward to brewing something like it..

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at State Line Liquors about 1 month ago. Decanted into an oversized wine glass from the 11.2oz brown bottle.

A - opened with a forceful pfsst! and the glass consists of 1/2 beer and 1/2 head w/ super microsized beads of carbonation. The head is bone white and fluffly - it sparkles w/ sugar crystal light reflecting qualities. The head measures 2 full inches filling the glass to the top. The ale is a tarnished golden shade w/ amber hues like dark honey. The lace forms a halo and there is an atoll inn the center of glass as the lace forms

S - A magic blend of spice, yeast, sugar and cookie-like malt. There is some fruit w/ golden raisin mixed w/ a hint of green tea and wildflowers w/ a tinge of caramel.

M - The feel is lively and energetic w/ crisp carbonation, silky malt and a mild spicy/sweet toasty finish. There are some grain notes + hops, but the spicy sugar textures w/ soft slight astringent quality lingers w/ slight phenolic hints

T - A murky sweet flavor w/ a hop spice that swirls around the tongue a bit creamy w/ yeast flavor and nutty at the same time, but w/ a green pepper herbal edge. There is a gentle citrus and light brown sugar flavor that is a touch on the caramel malt side and more sweetness from the sugar than bitterness from the hops, but still feels/tastes balanced overall w/ the spices and alcohol giving it a bit more depth when it gets warmer - 50 to 55 degrees w/ more of a clove and earthy hop flavor. There is plenty of citrus w/ the American hops and some lemony coriander notes. The sweetness tingles of the tip of the tongue and has a hint of pineapple bitter essence and floral aspects linger w/ a fruitiness. The bitterness really doesn't come forward until the last sips.

D - Not the most drinkable (Belgian IIPA) w/ spices added no less. I found it to be full of flavor almost overboard, but pretty well done for what they aimed for. I would have like to have more hop flavor w/ the Imperial Ipa label, but at 9% it is in the strength range of one. I would approach with caution - the 9% and 130 Ibu's could challenge most drinkers sense of 'drinkable'. I wouldn't hesitate to try this again w/ some age on it, but I wanted to review this fresh given the description. This is unique - worth a try for sure.

Photo of rallison
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber orange pour with a 2 finger white head that keeps up nicely and leaves some good lacing.

Candied orange sweetness in the aroma with some sharp hops trying to fight their way through. Kind of an odd combo, but interesting.

This candied orange sweetness comes through in the taste as well with an interesting ginger sort of spiciness. Lots of sweetness, only barely mellowed by some sharp but muted hops. Citrus. Alcohol presence at the end, finished by a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rather rich (and slightly cloying) with a decent finish and medium carbonation.

Overall, interesting, but conflicting. The flavors never seem to come together, but rather seem to like picking fights amongst themselves. Still, a rather interesting beer to try, and one that borders on being quite good.

Photo of gwood
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a big off white airy head that made a good four fingers that lasted for several minutes. Head retention is really great, two fingers through most of the brew. Amber orange hue is slightly hazy.

Smells of hops, but not as up front as expected. Light fruits are mixed with a nice grainy nose. This is a really intersting exercise in balance, big and sweet up front with caramel malt and brown sugar, followed by big citrus hop notes followed by hints of spice and a very subtle lingering clove like spice in the finish. Alcohol is present in the finish but is well masked, as the beer warms it becomes much more apparent. Overall a very interesting take on the style.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seems like a nice victory beer to celabrate the Cubs acquisition of Harden, as well as a nice compliment to the Cubs thumping the Reds. Yay for GOOD beer and baseball.

A - Beautiful head, pillowy soft and lots of lacing. Cloudy orange body also looks quite tasty.

S - Gee, I think I smell hops... Yep they're there. Dry bitter orange peel, lots of saltyness, and some good earthiness.

T - Tangerine, mango, apricot, and grape like sweetness right of the bat. Malt still manages to stay crisp however, which makes for a good IPA malt. The hops are dry and balencing, without being bracing. They do add some citrus to the flavor profile. The alcohol is present in the finish, which is long and orange bitters like.

M - Full bodied, seems well made with a soft mouthfeel.

D - This is a solid IIPA, all the flavors are right on, and the slight earthy qualities are just enought to add something, without really making this a confusing mess. Maybe not classic, but a good addition to any night.

Photo of abankovich
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep orange amber with a full white head that dissipates to leave some great lacing clinging to the sides. Some yeast poured out as well. Colors are deep and full but not murky. Some light carbonation can be seen against the glass.

Smells very strong, sweet, caramel and toffee, definite bitterness as well. Extremely strong aroma.

Wow, up front a little spicy. Very clean all the way down, I'm actually finding this to be cleansing my palate pretty well and bringing up past flavors from the cilantro-salsa cheese I just ate earlier tonight. Citrus acidity is rather high. Bitterness is crisp and dry, not overwhelming. Very unique, I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel is medium with some definite carbonation to it. Drinkability is good, but I couldn't drink lots of these back to back.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange color, nice carbonation, huge four finger head at least, which is off-white and foamy, lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, some spice's, grapefruit, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, spiced up, grapfruit, with some caramel notes. Medium body, this brew is not too bad, quite different DIPA, the alocohol is hidden pretty well. To me it's kind of a mix between a BSPA and DIPA, the finish is bitter and slightly dry. Drinkable, would recommend.

Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.