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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
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:
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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Ratings: 410 | Reviews: 286
Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark bronze, orange reflexes, lightly veiled. Abundant foam, beige in color, quite compact, but not too much.
In the smel: hop. American hop. Intense, strong.
At the taste too. Bitter, sure, american hop. Grapefruit notes. But not bitter as you can expect after the 130 IBU.
Well, good, sure. Good IPA. But not a miracle.
Very good drinkability, with his 9 ABV.

Photo of joe1510
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml
$7.49
West Lakeview

Struise Mikkeller empties into the snifter amber with deep golden highlights throughout. A big dense three fingers worth of slightly off white meringue-like head forms on the pour and goes nowhere and by nowhere I mean it doesn't drop throughout the drink and leaves big airy patches of lace on the way down. Explosions of carbonation shoot to the surface from everywhere keeping the head right where it's at. A really great looking beer with one of the best heads I've come across in awhile!

The label says there's 130IBUs in this beer but I can hardly pull out any hoppiness from the aroma. Much more along the lines a Belgian strong pale ale. Spicing is the most notable aspect of the nose. Orange peel and coriander are the first things that come to mind and last throughout. There's a touch of mustiness and sweetness is present from the candi sugar. This is all over the top of a pale cake like maltiness. This is a really inviting beer with good depth.

The flavor is good but doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Starts off a little flat with the cake maltiness but explodes mid-palate with the sweet orange peel, coriander, and a little white pepper to add some zing. There is a bit of hoppiness on the finish but is in no way bitter but more in the flavor department. The hops that are present are, again, citrus in the vein of sweet orange. Starts off a bit flat but ends up being a good drink.

The body is on the lighter side of medium with a healthy carbonation that keeps things light and airy. The candi sugar really helps keep this big brew on the lighter side, body wise. The finish is a bit dry.

This is an easy one to put away and one that could catch up with you in a hurry. It's all at once refreshing, big on flavor yet somehow subtle, and the alcohol is barely noticeable.

I'm not a big fan of Mikkeller's beers, that I've sampled, but this is a top notch brew. Maybe the added help from the guys at Struise made this as good as it is. Either way this is an excellent beer that I wouldn't hesitate to pick up again.

Photo of Domingo
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the new "Belgian IPA's" that have been popping up. Thus far I think they've been a mixed bag...so hopefully this is one of the better ones.
Pours an orange-caramel color with a pretty large white head. Even though 1/4 of the beer was left in the bottle (and it was sitting upright), yeast chunks are definitely showing up.
Smells like a really hoppy Belgian strong ale. The one thing is, the hops are along the lines of the west coat US ones. Nice!
Tastes sweet and fruity up front, but the hops come through in the middle to add a citrus zing. The yeast gives it a little sourness, but it actually compliments the hoppiness nicely. The finish is a little bit bittersweet with overripe peaches, plums, and grapefruity hops keeping each other in balance.
Texture is normal for a Belgian ale, but it's probably a little foamy for an IPA or DIPA.
This is actually a good strength for a DIPA. Not too potent and fiery, but not too weak either.
I like it! It's definitely pricy, but judged on it's own merit this is a winner.

Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours into a tulip a hazy peach amber body with a sturdy ecru head. Good retention and curtains of sheet lacing.

Aroma is spicy, fruity, yeasty, and malty. Lots going on here. Fruitiness is citrusy, with orange and pink grapefruit notes. Maltiness provides raisins and molasses hints. Yeastiness has some funk and the spices are smooth but hard to identify.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a satiny medium carbonation.

Taste is complex but well balanced. Hops have a bitter citrus edge tamed quite well by the Belgian candy sugars. Orange and pink grapefruit notes are enchanting from start to finish. Caramel coated raisins lend a malty balance. Slight yeasty Belgian funk adds complexity. Spices are subtle and smooth but I can't really identify them. Finishes clean and slightly bitter with citrus rind.

I didn't think I would like this. My previous experience with Belgian IPAs has been a mixed bag. This one is quite good, unique to be sure and highly drinkable.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, special ratebeer release purchased from Abe's in Bethlehem for $6.55. A bit pricey but this is a unique find so why not.

Poured into a tulip, nice apricot/peach color, fairly clear, visible carbonation and a sizable but under control white head that left some nice lacing.

Smell is a bit funky, some spiciness from the yeasts and some from the spices, hops are very bold and citrusy--really nice combination of belgian and american style brewing.

Taste is bitter, lots of american hops, candi sugar, and a healthy dose of belgian yeast flavor. It's pretty dry but still manages to seem balanced.

Mouthfeel is light and fairly highly carbonated. Absolutely amazing. The yeast in the second pour rounds out the body a bit and it is still very good.

Drinkability is limited mostly by price. This is an expensive beer, but also a high ABV, bitter American Belgian IPA. If i could afford two, i wouldn't drink them in one night because they are pretty strong, but this is a very good and very easy drinking beer considering the style.

Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330 mL bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale is well carbonated. After opening the bottle, I allowed it to sit and breathe only to see the head slowly creeping out of the bottle. In the glass, 4 fingers of head came off of the first pour. Despite the size, the head doesn't lace very well. The ale is a hazy orange amber color, close to an iced tea in appearance.

S: The nose is that of a Belgian IPA, Belgian spices and candi sugars and lots of hoppy bitterness.

T: The first sip reinforces my Belgian IPA belief. The spice profile is pale candi sugar and coriander with touches of anise. That spiciness sets the stage for a strong hop bitterness. The effect is much more tripel than DIPA and I like it. The finish is the typical muddled Belgian IPA melange of spicy sweetness and harsh bitterness.

M: Mmmm Belgian IPA. The blend of Belgian spices and American hops is an inspired. The sweetness that lingers in the palate is unique.

D: The alcohol is well hidden but it does sneak up on you. The combination of the two styles really works. Had I rated this as a Belgian IPA, the score would have jumped up a bit.

Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with a nice fluffy khaki colored head that left some chunk lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of funky Belgian yeast, green apples, flowers, and light candi sugar. Definitely a saison or spicey BSPA aroma. The taste is of honey malt with floral notes, subtle Belgian yeast spiciness and candi sugar sweetness. This is followed nicely by a grassy bittering hop flavor. Very nice flavor profile. The feel is moderate and well carbonated. Has a bit of a sticky feel from the candi sugar and finishes with a nice bitter edge. A very nice take on a Belgian IPA, not sure why this is classified as DIPA. With the obvious Belgian yeast and candi sugar, this brew has very strong BSPA characteristics. Definitely recommended.

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.

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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 :-)

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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.