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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 285
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - decants into a snifter and still pushes up three fingers, easily rising above the glass top but not spilling over. The beer is a hazed peach/dark apricot color with a very active bead. The feed to the off-white cap has it holding quite well. The lace is big-bubbled and sticky.

Aroma - spicy orange citrus, candi sugar. a gingery smell, yeasty. Lots of cools things to find here, very nice.

Taste - a Belgian IPA, it may be my first. I know the style says 'American' but the candi sugar flavor, the occasional note of funk, the yeast styling, is anything but. The hops have a fruity, laced with alcohol beginning, and grow slowly bitter. They develop enough to earn IPA status and then kind of hold steady as the abv imparts double/imperial status to things. The finish is a very warm, moderately hoppy residual, and is very good. A little too hot for perfect status but close.

Mouthfeel - solid to heavy feel, the carbonation matches the power in this brew blow for blow and adds to the big beer feel while still enhancing drinkability.

Drinkability - despite the abv I'm downing this baby quickly and thinking about hoarding the other one. Yum.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into snifter

A - Pours a ruby hued brown with some orange tints and a massive frothy white head. Head lasts well and leaves behind nice walls of lacing. A few particles hang near the bottom and a steady stream of carbo bubbles rises from the bottom.

S - Scent is sweet and citrusy from the "130 IBUs" of hop flavor. Strong Belgian yeasty component that almost overpowers the supposedly intense hops. As it warms dark fruits emerge and the hops add another piney dimension. Very complex and balanced.

T & M - Starts with a sweet tart lemony citrus and strong carbonation. A bit of caramel with some breaded notes. Hop flavor is not overpowering, but incredibly well balanced if this does indeed have "130 IBUs". Finish is lemony bitterness with some residual sweetness. Finishes with a strange tingle on the tongue that lasts well after the beer is gone. Not too bitter. Certainly tastes more Belgian than American DIPA-ish, but its rather tasty and well-balanced on all levels.

D - A nice tasting and different brew that doesn't easily fit into styles. Some Tripel-style spice with lots of citrusy hops make an interesting beer that is probably worth trying. Not sure if it was worth nearly $9 for 11.2 oz though.

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. The side has an oval that reads "SM No. 12 Elliot Brew," right under "ratebeer." Apparently this is the second of RateBeer.com's Worldwide Masters Series.

Frankly, I'm not blown away. This actually reminds me of a failed homebrew attempt at a hoppy quad. Naturally, this is better, but I'm not a huge fan. The funky, herbal hops are a bit much. Like Saison Dupont on overdrive - in a bad way. The big European hops, candi sugar, and malts just don't mix well for me. I appreciate the bitterness. The hops here are undeniably big, with rough, grassy grapefruit. And unlike my concoction, this has enough sweet malt to not finish dry. It's a balanced but strong bitterness. And I still have to give this beer credit for complexity and drinkability. Maybe it just isn't for me. Worth a try for something hoppy and different.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange-amber with an excellent head and lacing. Aroma is bready and a tiny bit funky with lots of earthy hops and the tiniest bit of horse blanket. Taste is a bit bolder, with lots of bitter, earthy hops and perhaps a bit more of that horseblanket as well as some lingering woody bitterness and almost tea-like tannins. Big crusty, bready malt balances it out. Unusual and delicious. Thick mouthfeel with some lingering tannins make this somewhat of a oneshot for me- at least in one evening.

Photo of sfoley333
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 fl oz bottle from PP bottle shop into a New Belgium snifter. Poured a murky amber orange color with off white head. The head was thick and had awesome lacing. Smell is mixture of citrus with sweet tropical fruit( tend to be a sweeter smell than hoppy). Taste is upfront grapefruit with a sweet sugary nutmeg flavor but this beer is very well balanced(between hop flavor, malt, and bitterness) and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Mouthfeel was smooth, medium to light body, and mild carbonation. This is a very easy drinking beer that is extremly well balanced. However, it wasnt really a hop bomb at all. I have tried tons of double and triple IPAs and this one while well crafted and very balanced is very tame in both bitterness ( i cant believe its 130IBU) and hop flavor. I think its a wonderful beer but at $7 for a 11.2 oz bottle I can get a 22oz out her in SoCal that is twice the hop bomb.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a full, fluffy white head and plenty of Belgian-style lacing.

S: Ripe hops, the smell of fresh grapefruit, and sugary candy.

T: Bitter melon and pine, some cantaloupe, mixed with yeasty Belgian beer is what it tastes like. Not sure the malt really melded well with the hop character, it was just all right for me.

M: Full, but light carbonation, fairly medium-bodied, and very resiny.

D: An interesting beer collaboration, but at $8+ a bottle, I don't think I'll buy it again, but I'd drink it again.

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

More of a Belgian strong pale/blonde with an abundance of American hops.

A: Hazy copper-brown, creamy off-white head, some retention, great lace.

S: Tropical fruit, spice, citrus rind, wheat-like tartness.

T: Marmalade, spice, slight orange & pine hops, a slight wheat-like tartness.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity, but it's smooth & dry.

D: Quite good.

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

Picked this up at Binny's in Orland Park, Il and was happy to find one. Poured into my GI tulip.

A -A hazy golden amber color. See a tiny amount of carbonation bubbling up through this one. Even on a rather pour this had a giant head that is big creamy, composed of tons of little bubbles and has a slight golden tint to the whiteness of the head.

S - hints of candied grapefruit and lemon wafts up; also a hint of alcohol as well. Also a bit bready and yeast come up as well. There is also a nice hint of alcohol that comes up as well and cuts through some sweetness.

T - the First taste is really a fresh orange to it, also has a hint of a candied date that I sometimes find in the Belgian Dark Ales. Can definitely taste the sugar in there as well as it adds a nice sweetness to it. The aftertaste is a nice lemon tartness that sits on the tongue. Really no bitterness or alcohol taste at all. Very balanced as throughout you get a nice hint of Belgian sweetness, and yeasty that sits nicely next to the hops that just barely come through. The more I drink this the more its Belgian characteristics come though and reminds me a bit like a Belgian Pale Ale or a Tripel with a bigger hop profile.

MF - Oh this is very nice smoothness to it and even a bit of milkiness. There is a slight puckering that occurs due to the tart hop flavor but it is superb in the mouth.

D - For a 9% ABV DIPA, this is super drinkable. It is sweet, balanced, hoppy and nothing is at all overpowering. Really the only thing limiting its drinkability is its availability. These are two brewers that need to collaborate some more because when they do it is very nice.

Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good DIPA, not the massive hops and massive malt, thanks Jason. Big white soapy head on cloudy orange body. Lace is left in glass. A tripple and nicely balanced bitterness and sweetness, with candi. Great integration with the yeast, hah 130 IBU.

Photo of JDV
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Grbdg. Thanks for this amazing extra!
Pours a muddy brownish orange with a large and lasting white head. Smell is sweet, fruity, mildly hoppy and with a belgian yeast characteristic. Taste is hoppy with a strong belgian yeasty sweetness and spiced flavor. Much different flavor than any other DIPAs I've had. Slight hint of the 9% ABV. The hops, despite the IBUs, don't deliver the intense bitterness of many American style DIPAs. Unique, interesting beer. I enjoyed it.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller/Struise collaboration brew, RateBeer special release.

Pours a richly hued coppery orange with mounds of foamy head. Head has great retention and leaves very nice bubbly sticky lace.

Nose is filled with ripe citrus fruit, full warm grain scents, soft sweetness of sugar and caramel, and a light funk in the back.

Taste has good fruit undertones beneath a firm grainy bread middle. Flavor is momentarily refreshing and softly sweet before warming with some peppery spice and a flat bitterness at the finish. Some alcohol flavor and mildly phenolic at the end. As it warms and drinks longer, more pepper develops with warmth over the alcohol at the end, resulting in a very uniquely constructed beer that finishes soft and flavorful with a surprising amount of heat.

Feel is interesting, mostly aligned with the style, smooth and clean, medium bodied with pleasant carbonation, finishing with a mild stickiness. I'm mostly intrigued by the increasing burning tingle I get on my lips and the tip of my tongue with each sip I take, very peppery and very intriguing.

I'm really impressed with this notably stylized version of a DIPA, with it's peppery spice and candi sugar sweetness, it holds its own with bitterness and warmth along with a well balanced malt base.

Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz slender brown bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours slightly darker than expected, a dark golden amber, but more brown than orange. Fluffy white head that leaves sticky lacing and has nice retention, slowly dissipating a thin film and a ring of bubbles.
S: Strong aroma of alcohol and piney hops. Lighter notes of citrus, sweet spices, yeast, and bread.
T: Nice blend of sweet (brown sugar, other spices, a little honey) with citrus, particularly orange rind, also belgian yeast and dark fruit. Alcohol is present in the body and in finish, but isn't obtrusive. Label claims 130 IBU, but, well, yea that's a cute number I guess. Medium bodied with active carbonation without really digging into the tongue, body is more fluffy than anything. Unusual for a DIPA, at first I wasn't too crazy about this, but then the slightly sweet and spicy flavors came out stronger as this warmed up.

Photo of Viggo
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to biegaman for providing this bottle!

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, massively thick white head forms, very big, tons of chunky lacing, settles down to a very thick layer, excellent retention, looks pretty nice. Smell is tons of citrus, a bit of pungent funk, pine, wheat, crackers and biscuits, grapefruit/tangerines, some phenols, alcohol, little raw. Taste is sweet, some orange peel, grapefruit, brown sugar, bitter citrus finish, yeasty, some alcohol, interesting. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, bitter, but easy to drink. Very interesting, smooth and easy to drink, some funny flavours but overall pretty good, thanks Jan!

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

biegaman brought this one over. thanks jan!

11.2oz bottle. sampled april 5/08.

pours hazy orangey amber colour with a big dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is nice. alcohol. slightly sweet orange and tangerine. bready malt.

taste is nice. light alcohol. just above medium bitterness level. lots of fruit. slightly sweet orange and tangerine from an ipa, but a bit of dark fruit from the pannepot yeast. touch of marmalade. bit earthy. slightly yeasty.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body. really smooth.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. interesting malt profile. great fruit. neat hopping.

Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Mesa Liquor for seven dollars, first time I have ever seen it, number two in the Worldwide Masters Series, poured into my Duvel tulip glass about ten minutes ago

A-Amber with golden orange highlights, large amount of haziness, creamy off white head that was close to two inches, stayed around for close to five minutes, nice retention, very sticky lacing

S-Tons of hoppiness, floral, piney trees, and citrus including lemons and tangerines, candy, strong sugar scent, different spices, grass, bready and sweet malty aromas, Belgian yeast, and white wine

T-Did not even taste close to an india pale ale for the first three sips, then the hops finally started to show up in the finish after that, seemed like a lightly malted blonde at first, eventually the spices kicked in and the brew took off with complexity, like how there was not much malt in this one, hoppiness was overpowering and it was actually a good thing, lots of grapefruit, the sugary tastes were smooth and this went down easy, citrus was strong towards the end with a nice very dry hoppy finish, this beer was definitely one of two different ideas but they molded together nicely for an enjoyable taste

M-Crisp, dry, refreshing, bitter, and spicy mouthfeel, long aftertaste that lingers for close to five minutes, nice strong level of carbonation, medium body, everything seem to be balanced in the feel

D-Could drink multiple bottles of this, alcohol is hidden great for nine percent, does sneak up on you though, not heavy on the stomach, keeps you coming back for more, not very malty which helps the drinkability a lot

Been wanting to try this for quite some time, one of the most unqiue DIPAs I have tasted, good beer from two great breweries, too bad this will most likely not be a regular brew and probably a one time thing, would love to drink again, recommended

Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's extremely cloudy with small chunks of sediment floating around. Color is golden brown. Wow! What a head! It's a whopping three fingers deep and with lace that sticks to glass like glue. It has quite possibly the best retention I've seen to date. The head lasted throughout consumption.

Smell: Loads of grapefruit and mango sweetness hit you up front. Caramel malt and brown sugar blend well and give the aroma of balance. Hops are a bit floral and piney in character. Interesting mix. A bit of a bready-yeast emerges last.

Taste: Sweet citrus flavors are deep and sweet. Much deeper than the smell would suggest. There's grapefruit, pineapple, apple, pear, and mango. Caramel malts give it a great backbone. The bitter flavor emerges once hops kick in, but it's not overwhelmingly bitter. There definitely is a floral character to the hops. It really is a unique (and very good) flavor for DIPA. It finishes bitter and dry. Leaves a bit of a bready taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and carbonation is excellent. Drinkability is very high considering its stature. I find myself wanting another. The 11.2 oz. just isn't quite enough. This is a unique DIPA that's well worth a try. It's my first experience with Mikkeller and I'm walking away impressed. Seek it out.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle pours into my tulip glass a somewhat hazy amber with orange highlights. A big, frothy creamy head rises with the pour and lingers, leaving sticky lacing trails across the side of the glass. Aromas start with a good mix of citric, herbal and earthy hops. There's a nice caramel, somewhat bready malt underneath. Spiciness comes across in the nose and works well with the sweet tinge. Quite fruity as well. An interesting take on the style.

First sip brings a sweet caramel malt upfront followed by a fruitiness. The hops roll in with citric, herbal and earthy tones intermingling. As it flows down a spicy quality emerges along with yeasty tones that's quickly followed up by a solid blast of bitterness that cuts through the sweetness of the brew. The brew finishes with linger hops atop a mix of sugar and spice. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess about it and solid moving carbonation. Goes down rather easily for a 9% brew and lends itself to being quite drinkable. The sweetness does a good job of counterbalancing the bitterness. Overall, I can't say I've had a Imperial IPA from Denmark or Belgium before, but this one hits the spot and is a tasty rendition!

Photo of mattmaples
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This imperial IPA from Mikkeller and Struise pours a bright amber orange color. The head is light beige, massive, gooey, and just might be permanent. The aroma is of orange, apple and spice. The flavor is both sweet and bitter. The hop profile is fruity and earthy and has quite a bitterness to it but not as big as the 130 IBUs claim. The sweetness comes from the candy sugar, and the toasty and caramel malts. The yeast and added spices provides an underlying fruit and peppery tone that is pervasive from start to finish. The brew starts juicy sweet, goes to hop bitter then finishes dry. It is very well put together and the best Danish Imperial IPA I have ever had :-)

Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Did a complete double take when I saw this on the beer menu at Max's the other day. A collaborative effort between Struise and Mikkeller??? How cool is that!

The beer pours a hazy rust color with outstanding head retention and lacing. The beer has a beautiful IPA nose with lots of citrus; in this case lime, lemon and grapefruit. The beer is very complex on the palate, although not as hoppy as I would expect (and like) for a DIPA. However, the flavor profile in this beer is otherwise pretty unique, with flavors of orange, cherry, walnut, quinine and even grape cool-aide. The beer is quite well balanced IMO, and is very drinkable for its abv. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and finishes quite well with a hint of caramel. As noted above, the abv. is pretty well disguised, and the beer does not taste like a 9% abv. beer.

A very solid effort. Exactly what I would expect from these fine brewers.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a tawny orange amber tone into a fluted Bokrijk tulip.
After a couple gentle pours and sips, the bottle was upended into the glass, forming a poofy meringue head above the rim of the glass. Foam inside the glass is sparkly and sudsy.

Gentle fruit aromas of pear and lemon, some grassy hay too. After a few sips, it reminds me of an IPA version of Moinette. Soft flavors of pear, low candi sugar sweetness, with some dry, spicy hops in the middle and toward the end. Aftertaste is only mildly bitter. Body isn't overly carbonated or syrupy, it's rather mild for a DIPA. Interesting choices of hops and yeast give this a unique character, definitely worth a try. Alcohol is hidden until you start feeling it midway through the glass.

If there were some magical way to get this ultra-fresh (without a plane ticket to Denmark), I would jump at the chance to try it.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy, golden amber color, with a single finger of foam. As the foam dissipates, it leaves big gobs of lacing on the glass. Smell is of a bit of fruit, some earthy hops, some sweetness, and some flavors I can't quite pin down. Taste is much more diverse, as a variety of fruit comes in and out of the mix. Hops are dominant as well, with a grassy, earthy flavor blending with the overall fruitiness. A malty sweetness is present as well. Alcohol's a bit hotter than I'd like in this, but not overpoweringly so. You know it's there. It's thick and viscous, almost more barleywine-like than a DIPA, with a smooth finish and long-lasting flavor. It's a solid DIPA, but not something I'd want to have more than one or two of in a night.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, glowing, bright-orange color with a creamy, towering, four-finger head that's slightly off-white in color. This just destroyed the glass with lace!

S: Interesting blend of aromas. Alcohol, grapefruit, pear, candi sugar, fruity Belgian yeast, caramel, sweet malt, and apple. The scent of freshly mown hay pops up as it warms.

T: Sweet candi sugar, lightly toasted malt, caramel, apple, and grapefruit, right off the bat. Towards the middle pear, spice, and alcohol begin to emerge. Very earthy hoppiness.

M: Starts off pretty juicy and sweet but takes a sharp left turn and becomes quite dry, bitter, and peppery as the middle and finish progress.

D: Really pretty good. The alcohol presence was a tad strong but not off-putting. Would like to drink more of this if it weren't so stoopid expensive!

Photo of mcallister
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An unfiltered looking amber bordering on russet color. Pours with an overly large head, creamy as hell and lasting forever leaving a thick layer of gummy lace.

Nose seems to be laid back and just lacking overall. A big spicey orange peel aroma with a dusty earthy hops and stone fruit underlying. Just lacking that standout quality that smacks you in the face nose wise.

A good solid beer. Not overly bitter but a good amount of hop punch in the middle and into the finish. Again nothing really sticks and jabs at you. Very laid back perfumey and spicey with peach and nectarine with a yeasty appeal. A little thin and big alcohol burn on the finish. A good beer but just not stand out.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz., 9% ABV, 130 IBU. Amber color, with some gold highlights. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom. Thick pillowy white head. Great retention, and nice patches of lace.

Nose full of citrus fruit and spices. Some candi sugar sweetness detected as well.

Caramel malt base with some canidi sugar. Citrusy bitterness, with some spices that give it a bit of a Belgian feel. Leans more on the hoppy side, but 130 IBU seems exaggerated to me.

Frothy carbonation, with a lighter body in feel. Interesting . Some warming from the alcohol.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy golden robe with a thick cap that slowly fades, but lingers.

S-Heavy hops on the nose, with citrus tones, in addition to rich apricot, spice, and honey.

T-Very pleasant mix of spice, golden, dry fruit, and hops. This brew combines the characteristics of a blonde with extra hops, and the result is pleasing. The taste is rich and sweet, but not cloying, and the finish is clean, rinsing away the sweet nectar-like palate with well-balanced bitterness. A fellow taster said it reminded him more of a trippel, which is right on, and seems to agree with other tasters' descriptions.

M-The smoothness and creaminess are deceptive. It's hard to believe this is 9% abv.

D-I enjoyed this one. It is both interesting and good, and it goes down easy.

Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.