Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 287
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rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 17
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 BradLikesBrew
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Redish amber body with a large off white head.

Malty sweetness, over ripe pineapple, and a medly of tropical fruit aromas.

Flavors are up the same alley, but not as good. Sweet caramel malt and sweet fruity hops lead to a moderatly bitter finish.

Medium body, creamy smooth feel.

Great aroma, fair flavor. Not outstanding, but pretty nice. (343 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis brew poured out as a nice looking golden amber color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer had a nice smelling hoppy aroma. with some lighter malt aromas in there too. The taste of the beer had plenty of hoppy flavors runing through it. The mouthfeel of this beer was medium bodied, and good carbonation too. Overall this brew is pretty good I think. I would drink it again if I saw it at a good price. (422 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep almond color, by far the darkest IPA I have ever seen. Massive creamy colored head forms and does not go anywhere with at least a finger of froth. Foamy lacing sticks to glass all over and reminds me of shaving cream. Hazy due to the yeast and pretty much opaque.

Smell is interesting. Lots of dark fruits and molasses. Less hop than expected yet still some pine and floral notes.

Flavor is all over the place. Hops start things off with a solid soapy, pine-like punch. Dark fruit flavors of dates and raisins along with molasses sweeten things up. There is even a hint of roasted malt in the end which tastes like wheat toast and almond. Interesting combination of flavors but not true to the style.

Full bodied with a slick texture. Semi-low carbonation but this is fitting. A little on the heavy side for a DIPA.

It is interesting to see a Belgian brewer make an American style beer. Don't get me wrong, I do like this beer. It has a very complex flavor profile which is well balanced. I gave it average marks because it simply does not fit the style. It was too dark, too sweet, slightly too thick and was lacking the hop dominance and crisp, dry finish that I expect out a DIPA. That said, I still enjoyed it. (1,231 characters)

Photo of ElGallo
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead longstem snifter. A gift from chowdahead - thanks man!

Pours a dark hazy gold, great big fluffy head with nice lacing. Smells of yeasty bread, subtle hops, with some mild maltiness in there.

Tastes like an IPA but without the over-the-top yeast character that most Belgian IPAs have. It's bitter, but not quite 215 IBUs in my opinion. Malt flavors balance well with the hops. Very nice flavors emerge as it warms. Very smooth on the palate. To me it's a little bit IPA, a little bit Belgian pale ale. This one is not as complex as many of Struise's other offerings, but it certainly delivers. Worth trying for sure. (662 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I beer I tried for the first time when I visit the Struise in my summer holiday 2011.

A - Hazy amber / brown colored beer with a fluffy off white head, good retention. Some carbonation racing from the bottom.

S - Yeast, wood , citrus fruits, smells fresh and tasting. You want to take a gulp right away.

T - Some sweetness that taste dry anyway??? Very hoppy and a strong after taste. A bit to much for my liking.

M - Good carbonation, easy drinkable beer. The bitterness doen't linger around very long.

O - A good beer to take when having Chinese dinner. A good thirst quencher when served cold on a warm day.

I closed this review already when I wondered where's the alcohol? For a nine pro-cent beer its is very nicely hidden. (734 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Purchased at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA.

Pours a caramel amber color with an insanely thick, foamy head - at least two fingers worth.

The nose knocks you over - fresh hops, citrus, spruce, and hints of rosemary.

The taste in unique: yes, it's hoppy, but it is much fruitier than hoppy. There is a lot of strawberry jam, grape jelly, and a little bit of raspberry. The fullness of the sweet fruits evolves into a grassy hop flavor which concludes with a nice, rich malt finish. A tad over-carbonated, this is complex from top to bottom.

Overall a well made, well balanced DIPA which really brings something new to the style. Certainly worth having, though it does not rate among De Struise's better IPAs. (757 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50th review!

Very thick off white head that was a tad too big in my Bell's Tulip. Reminds me of a good Hefeweizen. Looks dark orange.

Smell is more malty than anything. Sweet malt smell is offset by a touch of citrusy hops.

Tastes like a malt bomb to me. The only thing the hops really do here is leave a bitterness in the roof of the mouth. What bitterness they do impart is rather impressive. Feels rather oily and leaves somewhat of a film on the mouth.

Theres an odd candied sour/bitter fruit taste mixed in somewhere that I cant be sure if I like or not.

If it was fresh, might be better, but I think the hop character faded. (635 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a webshop order a little while back. 330ml into a tulip. Lot D, with a notch between 5 and 6. A notch underneath BB and CC. Who knows what this means.

Pours a copper red, with a couple fingers of cream coloured head. Sticky, webbed lace with good retention. Nose has some fruity hops, sugary malt, breads that are a bit dark, and some interesting herbal and earth notes detectable. Taste has some chewy (and quite bitter) hops, lightly grassy and herbal notes again contend with a bready toffee-like malt Some darker fruits but some citrus notes as well, which are more prominent in the finish. Medium full mouthfeel, big bitterness in the finish (and throughout the duration of each sip for that matter - serious bitterness). Minimal alcohol notes become more noticable with warmth and as the glass progresses. Relatively drinkable, but the bitterness almost impedes at times. An interesting and not exactly straightforward double IPA. (950 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Batch ??? A / 3 / 09. If this is from 09, I am shocked.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a great light copper hue with a MASSIVE almost three finger head that leaves huge side lacing and slumps down to pretty much a solid quarter inch blanket. Just exceptional.

S - Again, if this is an old bottle the aroma is incredible for its age. Sweet little malts and slight bitter piney hops. Not too shabby.

T - Just like the nose, really good here. Good carmel malts and really nice light bitter hops. Stuff is super smooth.

M - Lower carb, typical of a DIPA, but its still incredibly drinkable and smooth. Everything works nicely together.

O - Overall, wow, very impressed by this beer assuming its as old as I think. Hops arent in your face, but present enough to make you know its a DIPA. A very well balanced, incredibly drinkable beer. (875 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Advertised on the menu as the "hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium." I don't know about that, but okay. Maybe. I was trying to think of an extremely hoppy Belgian beer off the top of my head, but I got nothing.

Anyway, this beer poured a slightly hazy, golden amber with a huge puff of white head that took a while to recede to a drinkable level; left some nice lacing. Aroma is sweet with caramel malts, with a definite big hop presence; very grassy and organic. Actually a very good balance of hops and malts in the taste, but the hops definitely take the foreground: grassy, herbal, slightly citrusy. More than anything, the malts act to take the edge off. Yeast contribution is moderate. Nice and medium-bodied, and quite drinkable if you're in the IPA mood. (806 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - popped open and filled a capt lawrence taster tulip. nice dark deep mahogany, almost plum with a pretty hefty yeasty like head. semi transparent. definitely dark and ominous for the style. the head really hung out...really creamy. different for sure.

s - citrus, mellon, lemon, almost a bit of red apple or cherry flavored candy. malty freshness with a pinch of pepper spiciness. very nicely balanced candy like alcohol mentholish smell. brisk baby!

t - yum. very strong malt presence, but also strong hop presence. someone turned my beer up to 11. interesting and tasty...but as a IIPA, i dunno...not what you'd expect.

m - medium to heavy bodied. alcohol tingle.

o - overall, this is a different and interesting IIPA. strong malt...alcohol briskness...kind of like if struise made a IIPA with mikkeller...oh, wait. they did and this is it. sort of what one would expect from the combo. wish i had this one fresher....this is Lot A 3 09, but enjoyable as a fan of both brewers. more american barleywine like than IIPA in my opinion. (1,041 characters)

Photo of jm1229
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into a pint glass. Lot 16/13/2011 on M/FF. What this means, I doubt I'll ever know.

A- Golden/copper liquid with lots of creamy, fluffy head. Slowly recedes and leaves lots of sediment. Looks awesome.

S- Lots of citrus, mainly pineapple and grapefruit. Really hoppy. It really does smell sweet. Looks like the candi sugar went to good use.

T- Wow. Not entirely what I was expecting (being used to west coast IPA hop bombs). Citrus up the wazoo, yet it's balanced incredibly well with the malt/malt aftertaste. Virtually no alcohol taste. My first reaction was "that's not 9%...".

M- Perfect carbonation. Medium bodied.

O- What an amazing beer. Totally blew away my expectations. Worth the money? Definitely. (736 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Elliot Brew Lot A 4 15

A: Deep golden brown pour with a billowing off-white head, beautiful lacing. Bubbly, creamy, impressive. I can tell I poured a bit of sediment into the glass, rookie mistake.

S: Sweet fruity hops, booze, malty backbone, candi sugar all come to mind. Wow it smells so sweet, certainly doesn't smell like a hop bomb.

T: I believe this is relatively old, so I expected the hops to have faded a bit. Still, this tastes a bit strange. A ton of booze, malts, piney hops hit you in a big way in the middle and carry throughout the finish. Grapefruits all over the place. Not greatly balanced, but it also isn't terribly so.

MF: A bit watery, medium carbonation, alcohol is definitely noted.

O: A bit underwhelming, forgettable. Wish I had it fresh! (769 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an impressive head forms to take up half of the tulip and seems to have come from nowhere, as it didn't form until I had poured a good amount of the beer into the glass. a hazy copper color with the head being almost tan and the lacing being extreme.

a good amount of hop bitterness sits just behind the belgian yeasty aromas that bring bubblegum and banana aromas to the nose. grass, fresh cut hay, lemongrass are also there, as well as some candy sweetness.

lots of grass and hay and herbs with a good dose of bitterness and grapefruit with some peppery spice and a syrupy sweetness to balance that out. odd combination of flavors, but it works pretty nicely.

medium bodied with light, fluffy carbonation and a syrupy feel after the swallow.

nice, but not wonderrful. I'd drink it again, but not frequently. (813 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

lot: 16/13/2011 bottled on M/FF/2011 vintage ...

A: Semi Hazy copper with light orange around the edges. Massive head forms (don't go for the whole thing at once). It's offwhite and sticks everywhere. Seafoam.

S: When I cracked the bottle I smelled grapefruit but it has since ran away. More orange peel now with tart tangerine.

T: Tangerine for sure! wow this is great! Dried apricot and a bite taken from the outside in of a tangerine. This is very very good. Perhaps very fresh, I'm not sure I fully understand the bottle date info. Just the same this is a outstanding Dipa. Very expressive of its hops and dry finishing overall. What more can you ask for out of a double IPA. WHAT!

M: Keeps you high and dry

O: Outstanding beer this is one of the best Dipa's I have tried of recent. It is every bit worth the cost. (824 characters)

Photo of Squelch
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy. Lacing. Dark brown color. doesn't look appetizing.

Smell: can't tell of anything here at all. ever so slight malt aroma. no hops.

Taste: nice flavour of hops here. good balance with the malt.

Mouthfeel: heavy. Not doesn't match the style.

Overall: Might order again but doesn't match the style very well. (329 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer some time ago from the struise brewery.
Look: pours an amber color with a long lasting, white head
Smell: caramel, earthy hops, clear citrus and passionfruit
Taste: bitterness, caramel, earthy hops with a bitter-spicy finish that is somewhat too alcoholic
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, medium mouthfeelOverall: decent brew, but not one I will drink more often (377 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy brownish color, and off white head that fills almost half the glass, the lacing is also all over the glass as you sip.

S - Some malts of caramel and toffee, and some strong notes of grassy hops, very wild!

T - Strong bitterness up front that smooths out with the malts at the tail end, taste of caramel and hops with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

M - High carbonation and Medium Bodied

D - Very interesting brew, do not think I will try again, one time was enough but not to bad, wild DIPA (514 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour, giant rocky off white head. Lasted forever.

Aroma is nearly non-existant. Non descript yeast, citrus. Some fruity esters.

Taste is quite malty, some herbal hops, tea, leather. Brown sugar and a toasted character really come through, almost roast. Bakers chocolate. Very little pine. Finishes some citrus and almost ashy dry.

It is sticky, but lighter mid bodied. Drank fairly easily. Alcohol hidden enough. Would consider this more of a strong ale. This was interesting though, worth a try. (506 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from two different versions of this brew doing a side-by-side comparison into a tulip glass. Pours rusty with hazy ruby/orange highlights and a large off-white head that never goes away. Aroma is lackuster yet slightly hoppy; there’s something else to it. Plenty of grapefruit, pine, and lime, as well as dust, earth, buttered toast, and slightly spicy yeast. Flavors starts with a tangy citrus hop flavor immediately followed by caramel, toast, brown sugar, rye, and a distinct "Belgian" quality, something vinous I suppose. Finishes with toast, lime, grapefruit, and vinous yeast interplay and the earthy bitterness sticks around a while without ever tasting ashy. High carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, thick body. I was rather disappointed with this brew as I expected more. (784 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber in color with a massive head from what seems to be over-carbonation. The head is both creamy on top and soapy suds on the bottom. Plenty of lacing.

A blend of rich earthy hops with very sweet caramel and toffee malt.

Starts out extremely sweet and then moves straight into toasty and extreme bitterness which lingers as grapefruit peel into the aftertaste. The flavor kind of falls off, but the sharp bitterness carries on. A bit boozy and messy tasting.

Pretty smooth, medium-full body, earthy dryness.

A nice attempt here, but bigger is not always better, especially in the hop department. Did not do much for me and does not drink very well either. (667 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a huge, big bubbled, very light tan head of about three fingers. Head slowly drops.

Aromas of feet, yeah, feet, musky, earthy, tobacco, wet dog. What the hell is in this beer?

Flavors of earthy hop bitterness, some big malt backbone. Grassy and herbal. Finish is long and bitter.

Mouthfeel is puckering bitterness, mouthcoating bitterness. Dry. Body is medium.

Overall, flavors are better than the aroma. But to me, it's just a mess. Must be the spicing. Glad I got to try it, but won't be coming back. (572 characters)

Photo of Jparkanzky
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A) Pours brown, and resembles apple cider in color/consistency. Thick off-white head which sticks to the glass, and remains a 1/4 inch thick after 5 minutes.

S) Spice and orange zest. Pleasant and not overpowering.

T) Strong burnt sugar and alcohol flavors... very heavy alcohol leads me to believe I didn't give this beer enough time on the shelf.

M) Slightly dry, slightly bitter, but not overly powerful in either sense.

O) Very enjoyable dark belgian brew. I will certainly pick up a few more and try to re-taste and re-review them in the future. (616 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Using the most earthy of earthy hops, but also with a sharp citrus flavor; Elliot Brew wants to push hop bitterness to the forefront... if not for the carmel malty attempt to balance.

As advertised, the beer pours with a rich hazy medium amber hue and builds a very sturdy yellowish head that very reluctantly suceeds into the beer leaving a demonstrative memory of lace behind. This is how imperial IPA's are supposed to look!

Aromas share a blend of earthy, spicy, citusy, grassy, vegetal, and herbal notes. Most notably are those that are reminescent of onion/garlic, marajuana, and catty characteristics. Still, there's the backbone of sun kissed barley and deep caramels. A challenging aroma but inviting nonetheless.

Where hops dominate the nose, the malty richness governs the early taste with carmel, bread crust, and biscuity sweetess. But the malty start is short lived as the earthy and herbal flavors of hops set in along with white grapefuit, orange zest, and lemon grass. The blend of hop flavor and fleeting malt sweetness soon give way to the hop bitterness and a non-descript malty richness that usher in a resiny bitter finish that leaves with the impressions of grass or pine... all with that unmistakable marajuana undertone.

Medium-full in body, the beer has a heafy, bready feel that hold on to its malty base deep into the mid palate before reliquishing and fading towards a malty-dry, hoppy-bitter finish. Never astringent, the beer finishes just shy of complete dryness and showcases the fade of malt and the late dominance of hop bitterness.

While constructing an extremely solid and formitably malty yet balanced imperial IPA, the rogue brewers at Mikkeller and Struise are intent to showcase the hop varieties that give the largest display of marajuana flavor possible. Their audience is obvious- however those folks will spend their hard earned cash on Doritos and Cheetos, and likely not high end beers- sorry guys!

Thanks bbehr! (1,965 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip, color is a dark brown amber with reddish tint. Not much in the way of head but leaves nice lacing, also a low carbonation level. Nice nose of caramel, burnt sugar and citrus, bitter orange and grapefruit. Rich warming mouthfeel with sweet spices and more citrus, to go along with the sweet caramel malt, tastes somewhat aged as i dont get really much in the way of hops. Nice finish and all together one of the better mikkeller brews i have had. (472 characters)

Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.