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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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88
very good

393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 16
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2007)
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Photo of dciBA
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber into my tulip. Tons of foamy white head with plenty of lacing. Smell is hops, and lots of them. Mostly citrus, but some pine and earthy hops as well.

Taste has plenty of hop flavor of course, but also a nice malt backbone. Very complex, with different flavors hitting your palate at different times. Initial blast of hops, with some yeasty esters, and spiciness in the middle. Finishes with some sweet malt and healthy dose of bitterness. Hop resins coat the mouth for a few minutes, making this one a nice sipper.

Lots of carbonation in this one but not too much. Smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable considering the %ABV. The bitterness may hurt drinkability for some but is exactly what I expect and want from a DIPA.

dciBA, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Beerdregs
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light orange/amber color with two finger white frothy head that refuses to subside. The bottom of this bottle had a good quarter inch of yeast. Lots of carb. bubbles.

S: Smells of raisins or overripe grapes. Cannot perceive the typical north american hops aroma. This is different. It is like old fruit swimming in malt.

T: Ample sweetness. The dark fruits continue to dominate the early than the hops finally come in but only as a bittering on the back of the tongue. (I have a hard time believing this is 130 IBU!) I cannot pick out any type of grapefruit/piney flavor of your typical north american hop. The finish is a slight vanilla. This beer states that it is 9% on the bottle but I don't perceive it until the very last part of the swallow.

M: This beer has a prickly mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: This was a wonderful beer. I thought I was buying a tongue buster 130 IBU american pale ale instead I was treated to a melange of flavor that I have never experienced from an APA in North America. A real treat!

Beerdregs, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.53/5  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.

wheelinshirt, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of wl0307
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010; this "SM No.12", one of the ales in the "Struise Mikkeller" project, comes with a whopping 163 IBU. The label specifies "Brewed and bottled by Struise @ Oost-Vleteren, Belgium" and does not mention Mikkeller anywhere; served in Tripel Karmeliet's tulip-shaped goblet.

A: hazy, dark reddish copper hue with moderate carbonation, topped with a well-lasting light beige creamy froth.
S: rich maltiness on a par with sweet grapefruit jam, flowery fragrance, and a touch of green mangos... semi-estery as compared with an American product of this style; a swirl wakes up the more oily feel of hop resins, ripe pears, berry-flavoured candies, sweet pale malts, melted caramel and a hint of candy sugar. Richly hoppy as much as malty & sweet - a rough balance is reached here.
T: surprisingly clean & pleasantly effervescent, with longan-fruit-ish maltiness, lubricating fruit-esters, grapefruit notes and tea-ish tannins of hops developing elegantly, followed by mild spiciness, as of old dried citrus peels. Only in the end does the full quality of bitterness manifest itself, as it has hidden surprisingly well up until this moment, when a lingering flow of grapefruit-peel-ish tannic bitterness and aroma expands. But the finishing touch is light in hop flavour, and not at all as bitter as the quoted 163 IBU has prepared my brain & taste-buds for. The 2nd sip, however, ends in a much, much more bitter fashion, with hop tannins going deeper & deeper down the palate, but overall just chewy, not so... bitter as many US hop bombs, and neither is it so sweet in terms of maltiness - the work of yeasts?
M&D: lubricating, lightly-carbonated, full-bodied but somehow the flavour profile is much less bold as I'd expect from a DIPA. In contrast, the bitterness level feels more subtle on my palate than does an even standard AIPA or indeed a bolder English Bitter in that, everything goes so smoothly and treading in the Belgian territory of mild hop flavours plus alchemy of yeasts. Hops do lend a depth (more than body & flavour) to the overall performance, but in a rather different way than most American products, again perhaps balanced by the yeastiness. I'm very grateful that BSF imported this ale from Belgium this year, otherwise I would never have known how a 163 IBU, Belgian-made "double IIPA" might treat my taste-buds... the answer is, sheer heavenly...

wl0307, Aug 29, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

random846, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

BuffaloBill12, Oct 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

IPeteA91, May 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

polishkaz, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

jchlan109, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up for review is a bottle of Elliot brew from Mikkeler and Struise. 33cl bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle was about $10. Pours a nice brown with good lace. Nice floral bitterness well balanced by malts. Medium body well carbonated. Great IPA..

rye726, Feb 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

tykechandler, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of dnichols
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle states: Special Brew by Struise and Mikkeller as a tribute to joint ventures. Brewed and bottled at Deca Brewery, Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium. RateBeer Special release Worldwide Master's Series. SM No. 12 - Elliot Brew

I poured a 330 ml white capped bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a massive three finger slightly off white head with a blend of giant and dense small sickly bubbles that slowly receded to a full thick cover over the liquid and left a dense thick curtain.The body was a dense and cloudy golden-orange.

S: It had lots of gently toasted malts and yeasts as well as floral and citrusy yeasts and white spices.

T: This is a complex brew that has a bready malty initial flavor complemented by lightly lemony citrusy hops and a subtle blend of white spices. The alochol is well hidden but leaves a nice clean and warm aftertaste.

M: Creamy and medium bodied with a smoot full balance of malts, yeast and hops.

D: Smooth and creamy. Wonderfully easy brew to consume. Very trippel like characteristics. I could easily take this one long into the night.

dnichols, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of BorisFromRussia
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance : opaque golden-redbrown with a solid 2 finger head and decent lacing.

smell - the candy notes def shine through most, also citrus notes and maybe a little malty

taste - a tad sweet and a tad bit spicy- just the right amount. despite how strongly hopped its supposed to be theres little bite to it but more a strong essense of the hop that comes through. candy def comes through in the flavor as well.

mouthfeel- very light and refreshhing. carbonation on the creamier side after it sits a bit.

overall - really pleasant both out of the fridge and after its warmed up. a post dinner treat. would recommend to all, a very unique ttake on the IIPA style.

BorisFromRussia, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, citrus hops, wet hop, alcohol, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of roasted malt, wet hop, and a hint of cherry. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Tone, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Brabander
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beer!!! That's the first thing i can say about this Struise Elliot.

When UncleJimbo and i visited Urbain a few months ago i asked him for his favourite beer and he told me it was the Elliot.

After a night filled with blond beer, tripels and quads (we had a blind tasting evening) i took some other beers out of my beerfridge just to let the group try some other beers.

The Elliot was poured in wide open wineglasses for all the tasters. Not much to say about the appearance because of the wineglass but the head was nice and firm. The smell is very good, it made me think about the Pliney.

Taste was exeptional, what an explosion of different tastes, fruits all over the place, some spices...wonderfull.

Brabander, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Casedogg43
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tiny bottle

A- Pours an amber color, topped with a three-finger, thick, creamy off-white head. most gorgeous, thick lacing I've seen in a while.

S- no expectations. But smelled citrus juicy and very enticing.

T- It's a couple days later. I remember how well balanced it was.

M- Terrific mouth feel. Very well balanced.

O- A really great beer! Very surprised at how well this beer was balanced and the overall taste. I will gladly pay for another bottle.
left me wishing I had another bottle.
Serving type: bottle

Casedogg43, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of flannelman808
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

flannelman808, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

merlin48, May 01, 2008
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Corsendonk Chalice- pours a cloudy amber/copper color with a beautiful 2.5 finger head, EXCEPTIONAL retention, and nice sticky lacing.

Definitely get some candi sugar in the nose. Also some pale malt, some yeast, and a little bit of earthy hop bitterness.

Taste is consistent with smell- some earthy yeast up front, followed by the pale malt and then the candi sugar, with some piney hops towards the end that roll from the middle to the back of the tongue. Interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium body with moderate to fuller carbonation; a little prickly but also pretty soft. I really like this one- one of the better examples of a "Belgian IPA", an IPA (a style that we Americans brew exceptionally) with some Belgian yeast and candi sugar (what we miss about Belgian brews). Get it if you can.

Hopdaemon39, May 10, 2012
Photo of frothyhead
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown-amber with a quickly growing (and overgrowing) off-white head into a snifter.

Nose is piney hops with a tinge of citrus, brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils, medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, prickly with a dry finish.

Taste is much like the nose, quite hoppy with pine and citrus, and a strong sweet backbone of candy sugar, bringing nice vanilla and brown sugar flavors into the mix. Hops might be a little astringent, slightly overpowering the sweetness, which really wants to shine through.

Drinkability is good, alcohol is well masked and the carbonation and body are very drinkable, though the slightly out-of-balance hop bitterness wears a little thin.

Overall this is a top notch beer. The aroma is delightful, and the Belgian candy sweetness is really, really nice. If the bitterness were a bit more balanced out, this would be amazing. As is, it's still quite good and definitely an interesting and enjoyable joint from Struise and Mikkeller.

frothyhead, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweeter pine like hops. In the taste, starts pine like hops to a an orange citrus hop. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence all the way through and not boozy, very enjoyable.

OWSLEY069, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of korndog
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

korndog, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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.

prototypic, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 08, 2008
Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.