Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers
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3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
07-23-2008 06:32:31 | More by rallison
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-12-2008 06:31:13 | More by gwood
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
07-09-2008 02:49:32 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-01-2008 01:48:22 | More by abankovich
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
06-29-2008 00:24:01 | More by Wasatch
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
pours a cloudy dark orange with a massive off-white head; thick sheets of lacing are left all over the glass. Pine, earth, and grass on the nose, with caramel and spice thrown into the mix. The sweetness of the malts hit the palate first, caramel and candy sugars. Some spiciness in the middle, with he earth, grass, & citrus of the hops finishing things off. Bitter, but not overly so. Full bodied, almost viscous. Too thick to drink more than one, but overall quite tasty & unique. Big thanks to Kempleton for the opportunity!
06-25-2008 16:24:19 | More by 0110x011
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
My bottle had a label that differs from the one pictured here, the crest was small on the side and instead had mostly tan and yellow vertical stripes with a description.
Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass with two fingers of head. Poured a deep golden color with low clarity once the massive chunks of yeast and sediment fell out of the bottle.
The candied sugars were very apparent but not too overwhelming. Because of this sweetness, I would probably only want to have one of these at a time. Reminded me a lot of Tripel Karmeliet (though its been a while since I've had that). Great spices - maybe clove and anise. Great brew!
06-21-2008 17:23:40 | More by daftafne
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
My 11.2 oz bottle looked slightly different from the one shown above, with more text (much more, a novella...) and a smaller logo. Included is a lengthy description of this 130 IBU hop bomb of a DIPA and an even lengthier description of the 'RateBeer Special Release' status. Woo-hoo! Picked this one up several weeks ago at Beaumont Market (Portland, OR).
Poured to a pint glass.
A: Huge, I mean HUGE, eggshell white head; I didn't have enough fingers to count it - but I'm saying at least five, maybe six. Drops rather quickly and leaves behind only sprinkles of lace, settling in a rocky 1/2 finger creamy lump. Liquid is a light amber with a fair amount of carbonation. Not quite clear, a faint fuzzy haze. Bottle conditioning (a thin white scum on the bottom of the bottle) makes for a much cloudier second pour.
S: Aroma starts bold and well-hopped with citrus and some resinous pine. After a couple minutes, more sweetness and sugary caramel come forward. Have smelled quite a few robust DIPAs, this one lacks strength.
T: Ooh, I like this one. Hoppy with herbal and grassy/floral notes, the candi sugar and spices (whatever they may be) balance really well. The result is a little zesty, slightly fruity (tangerine, sweet pink grapefruit), and gently spiced with clove and ginger(?). Sweet toffe flavor hold up well with those zesty hops; this one isn't as bitter as its IBUs lead on and it incorporates its Belgian yeasty flair very nicely.
M: Soft carbonation, medium mouthfeel. 9% alcohol is pretty well concealed. Grainy malts do coat the tongue and leave a light grit on the teeth; not a 'clean' beer.
D: Good, bordering on really good. Not your everyday DIPA at least when you compare to West Coast US varieties. This has a nice balance, appealing fruity and yeasty attributes and is one I'd have again. Though it's not a factor for me in 'drinkability' it is worth noting this is rather expensive little bottle, exceeding $7 as I recall.
06-12-2008 03:44:34 | More by msubulldog25
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Poured from odd sized 11.2oz bottle into standard pint glass. Beer pours a dark translucent orange similar to many other DIPAs. One finger head that has great staying power. Lots of sediment, I didn't realize this was a bottle conditioned ale. Moderate to solid lacing. Smell was an intense grapefruit, slight darker malt scent, Slight belgian yeast. Very interesting flavor profile. Grapefruit, sour apples, solid malt body, candy sugars. A slight belgian yeast profile, Oranges, a hop bitterness in the finish that lingers long after the last sip mildly hot alcohol. Mouthfeel was very satisfying. Drinkablity is slightly marked down due in part to high alcohol content. This is a very interesting beer from a pair of very well respected brewers and definitely worth a try.
06-09-2008 02:40:49 | More by Kraken
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Exceptional amount of head on this beer, like a thick meriunge that just hangs out on top of your beer, leaving a hefty chunky lace opaque and orange thick/heavy looking
Hop resins, citrus sweetness, good malt and hop intermingle a hint of cedar
Intense flavor all in the front of the palate hops -- citrus mineral and big malt carmel and smooth mixes well
Huge flavor leaves a little resin feel but it is a huge beer
very drinkable rally like a little on the expensive side.
06-09-2008 00:31:58 | More by mully
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
A reasonable pour quickly produces an almost four-finger thick, pale, tan tinged, off-white colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is an orange tinged, amber color that shows a lightly hazy, orange-tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a big, grassy hop character to it that is a mix of hay, dried grass and even a touch of mustiness. There is also a fair amount of citrus here, most notably grapefruit and lemon zest. Definitely spicy smelling too, almost like a Tripel actually & I would guess that a characterful Belgian yeast strain was used; this has a peppery nose, a touch of ginger, an earthy spiciness and some soft clove towards the finish. The nose of this beer is quite aromatic & pretty darn complex, especially when compared to a typical IPA profile.
Thick and chewy, with a full, textured heft; the beer is not quite as sweet as the body might suggest, but it certainly has enough sweetness to well accentuate fruity hop notes of lychee, ruby-red grapefruit and bergamot. The sweetness and citrus fruits are cut through by a spicy, woody, black pepper note, some spicy-warming alcohol towards the finish, sweet young ginger that mixes in with the citrus, earthy almost coriander like spice notes, some light clove and a touch of spicy phenolics towards the finish. As the beer warms up a bit it accentuates hop notes of hay & grass, though these still play a secondary role to the more dominant citrus (the opposite of the aroma). It is probably the addition of the candi sugar, but this also has the dangerous drinkability of the best double IPAs; light enough & with the massive hop character this would not be mistaken for a Barleywine.
Opposite of many American IPAs this actually has more of a grassy herbal edge in the nose than it is in the flavor, which has a big, citrus-hop component to it. Definitely a Belgian interpretation of an American, amped-up IPA; I really like the added complexity that the spices and yeast bring to this beer, yet these notes don't distract from the hop focus that anything with the name IPA should have. Definitely a tasty brew and one of the better double IPAs I have had in the last year or so.
06-08-2008 02:31:38 | More by Gueuzedude
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
This is a very interesting and complex double IPA. It pours a murky amber with a massive creamy off white head that lingers and lingers. There is plenty of lacing from some of the foaminess. There are some yeasty bits floating about, but not that much. It is a bottle conditioned ale so there is some residue. The aroma is very sweet candied sugars, some sweet malts, and some hop ester. There may be a touch of spice in the aroma as well, perhaps some clove, perhaps some cardoman. The taste is like a very sweet trippel, quite hopped up, a bit spicy, some florals, a slightly sourish Belgian yeasty feel as well. There is definite rind notes, some orangey florals, and lots of rum soaked pineapple tastes. There is the candied sugars characteristic of a Belgian, but not the brown sugars or caramel one would find in so many trippels. There is a bit too much warming alcohol notes for me to ramp up the drinkability index, but this is a very enjoyable sipping beer, that has a high ABV, but doesn't have a throaty burn, but nor does it mask its alcohol content either. L'Chaim.
06-06-2008 23:08:16 | More by albern
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Thanks to ibrew2or3 (I think)
A: murky amber colored brew with a nice thick foamy white head. Lovely lacing down the glass.
S: Rather unique aroma. Nice citrus aroma with hints of candied fruit. There is a bit of spice as well... cloves and corriander.
T: The uniqueness continues. Intensely sweet for an IPA. Very Triple like with the belgian yeast coming thru. The hops are very citrus and the spiced character really pushes thru as well.
M: Ample body and carbonation.
D: Not bad if you like it, which I did. I can see how many would not.
06-06-2008 13:13:35 | More by tpd975
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
06-05-2008 22:47:41 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
Thanks to newtony for this one! Neat packaging on this one, it should be interesting. The bottle has: LOT A|B||AA clipped off on the side(whatever that means) with no readable freshness date.
Appearance: I poured this one into a chalice. I couldn't pour the entire bottle as the champagne-like suds were so aggressive. After pouring about 80% of the bottle in, I saw a very cloudy, burnt orange brew. She was a gorgeous example of a Belgium with little to no carbonation rising after the pour. Nice medium-sized bubbles remained. No lacing observed.
Smell: Candied sweets, sourness and alcohol, trailed by light yeasts.
Taste: Complex flavors including, sour grapefruit rinds upfront, followed by coriander, possibly cinnamon and other indefinable spices . A fair amount of hops are definitely present throughout, as well. Malt in the aftertaste. Slight bitterness and waxiness remain on my tongue, as well. Aromatic hops become much more dominant as the brew warms.
Mouthfeel: Lighted-bodied, super crisp and dry (due to the bitterness). Highly carbonated and moderately refreshing, overall.
Drinkability: This is a nice sipper. You can sit back and ponder all the flavors on this one. Very nice Belgian IPA. This is a light, crisp and bitter brew. A real, unique and enjoyable treat.
06-05-2008 11:38:12 | More by beachbum1975
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
Nice little one that I picked up for myself on my birthday. The beer pours a lovely blond body with an ever so off white head that sticks around with decent lacing. The smell is largely of spicy hops, sugary sweetness and alcohol notes. The taste is largely the same with a slightly sweet malt back to it. Alcohol warmth comes in as the beer warms and the carbonation makes the beer feel like silk. A very drinkable beer my only wish was that there was some more malt notes to it to help round out the hops.
06-03-2008 18:17:33 | More by cproioi
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Pours murky dark copper, with a three-inch head of spongy off-white. The head settles slowly to a partial skim-coat leaving some moderate lacework.
Aromatics start off with citrus pith, cloves, lemon-spritzed bubblegum, and malt.
Candied fruit skin, grape gum drops, and spicy coriander.
The hopping is faded and the malt is somewhat stale. Far from pungent, and lacking floralness.
Medium bodied and sticky. Carbonation is a bit on the low side, and the beer drinks tacky and syrupy.
A mix of malt and dried tropical fruit on the pallet. Bitterness is firm and fairly heavy-handed. Wet cardboard steps forward as well as stale malt.
Finishes warming and bitter, with a pith-like grapefruit note.
Past peak and not really a good example of a IIPA at this point.
06-01-2008 00:41:56 | More by brewandbbq
3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
A: Pours a hazy deep golden amber that is a golden orange when held up to the light. Mine poured with a huge three finger puffy off-white head that showed great retention and decent lacing. Note: there were also huge chunks of debris all over the bottom of my glass.
S: Sweet citrusy hop smell that has some definite Belgian yeast aroma throughout. There is also a hint of funk in the smell with some definite earthy tones as well.
T: Big tart hit up front with lemon and oranges. This gives way to the bready malt backbone mixed with the Belgian yeast and a little more horseblanket funk. The finish brings back the hop bitterness with lemongrass and pine.
M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth but definitely has a bit of tart that puckered my lips a little bit.
D: This is a very complex concoction but it's probably not one of my favorites. The slight funk threw me a little bit and I'm still trying to get in touch with my funky side, so I'll pass on this next time.
05-30-2008 00:58:49 | More by gford217
4.65/5 rDev +18%
Thanks to AdamB84 for the chance to try this exceptional brew!
A very careful first pour into a tulip glass reveals a crystal clear amber brew with a pillowy three-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a web of thick sticky lacing. Good head retention. As I emptied the last of the bottle it was much more of a hazy orange due to the yeast that flowed into the glass.
Smell is Belgian yeast, floral hops, some candied sugar, orange peel, pepper, coriander and a hint of alcohol.
Taste is sweet caramel malt and candied sugar up front, then some spicy floral hops, bitter grapefruit, orange peel and coriander. Some yeast and warming alcohol lead into some more bitter floral hops and a long dry finish.
Full-bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, but the hops keep things crisp.
A wonderfully balanced beer. Incredibly drinkable, despite the ABV. I wish I had more of these.
05-25-2008 17:48:28 | More by MrMonkey
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle and served in a tulip. This beer poured a lightly hazed amber color with a lasting, two-finger thick head of beige foam. The aroma of the beer was made up of bright citrus notes, sticky caramel, and some earthy yeast. The flavor consisted of creamy caramel/toffee, over-ripened citrus, a lightly acidic sourness, and a strong element of earthy yeast. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with minimal carbonation. A very mild mannered DIPA. The hop bitterness was extremely mellow and at times almost unnoticable.
05-18-2008 22:47:21 | More by mdm46410
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Sampled from an 11.2oz bottle purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.
A - Amber colored and hazy with a thick white head. Decent lacing.
S - Sweet with candy sugar coming through. Fruity hops too.
T - Very strong and complex flavor with many facets including sweetness, alcohol and bitterness. Tastes like a hopped-up Belgian Tripel. The hops really add a bitterness with some grapefruit in the finish. I wasn't sure about it at first but I enjoyed it more as the glass emptied.
M - Good body and carbonation.
D - Its strength and complexity require some effort. I wouldn't rate it highly in the category after one but maybe over time, I would change my mind.
This is an interesting project but it may be too ambitious. I love Belgian tripels and DIPAs but maybe not in the same glass. I did like it more and more as I went through it so maybe I should give it another try.
05-17-2008 20:55:48 | More by GJ40
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods for about $5. I bought it based on the reputations of Mikkeller and Struise, and the IIPA description on the label. I liked it a lot, but my rating is based on the IIPA style (which this doesn't match in my opinion).
The beer is bazy and golden colored, huge thick and active foam, lots of floaties. The aroma is very sweet and hoppy (kind of fruity-hoppy) with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale feel to it. The taste is really good, sweet upfront and bitter in back, balanced in that respect although more hoppy than malty. I don't believe I can taste any spices whatsoever despite the ingredients list on the label. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little thick, definitely a Belgian feel all around.
I think of this ale as an imperial version of Urthel Hop-It. I can't tell for sure but I think the candi sugar messed this up for me.
05-17-2008 20:00:54 | More by TurdFurgison
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
05-11-2008 15:02:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
11.2 oz bottle into my La Chouffe stem. Poured very slowly and a giant 4 fingers of monster near-white froth rushed to the rim. Thick delicious looking froth with tons of little glisteny bubbles.
Fire-orange in appearance with an aroma of...? I cannot ever recall not being able to detect the aroma from a glass of beer. 'Some' hops, but that's about it...very puzzling.
Very sweet first sip from the Belgian candy sugar. I detected that brett tartness that ran along with the sweetness. Once that subsided, the spicy hops came through in the mouthfeel. But then, the beer went back to the tart/sweetness, finishing this way.
Quite a puzzling beer for me. I enjoyed and appreciated the hybrid of Belgian-meets-hoppy IPA. Very rough around the edges and too sweet for me. To compare, Houblon Chouffe is probably a more rounded, balanced version of this Belgian IPA style.
05-11-2008 12:17:52 | More by RustyDiamond
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
A: Nice cloudy orange copper color. one finger of white head. Nice lacing.
S: Spice and citrus. Not what you would expect for an American DIPA. Mustiness is there as well.
T: The massive bitterness is there. Candi sugar is in the beginning Really spicy. The Belgian yeast shines through more than anything else. Still reminds me more of a Belgian pale than anything else.
M: nice med mouthfeel. The spiciness is almost part of the mouthfeel if that makes sense.
D: Super drinkable for what it is and no real hint of the ABV. I would agree with others that this should not be a American IPA. For a Belgian IPA it is much better. Also for the price I would not seek this out again.
05-08-2008 23:28:13 | More by aerozeppl
Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.