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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
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:
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 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 deapokid
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This collaboration is copper in color, a bit deeper than expected, with a big foamy head and clean, white lacing. The lacing is as abundant as that of a nitrogen-based stout.

Scent is sweet and malty, almost candied, with certain aromas reminding me of the amber notes of a Vienna lager or the sweetness of a fruit beer.

Taste is profoundly malty with a nice hint of muskiness and apricot sweetness. I've noticed that most European takes on the DIPA often pack a deep and rich maltiness coupled alongside fruit sweetness. This is no exception.

Lacking all the dryness and sourness that may be brought on by hop heaviness, this beer focuses more on a sweet malt backbone (probably due to the "candi sugar"). It treats the tongue well and the mouth is rather unique. I'd love to know what hops were used and how they played into the rich body of this brew.

All 9% ABV of this beer is well masked and the flavor profile is quite the diversion for those who think they know what to expect from a DIPA. Another unique effort from Mikkeller.

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into my La Chouffe stem. Poured very slowly and a giant 4 fingers of monster near-white froth rushed to the rim. Thick delicious looking froth with tons of little glisteny bubbles.
Fire-orange in appearance with an aroma of...? I cannot ever recall not being able to detect the aroma from a glass of beer. 'Some' hops, but that's about it...very puzzling.
Very sweet first sip from the Belgian candy sugar. I detected that brett tartness that ran along with the sweetness. Once that subsided, the spicy hops came through in the mouthfeel. But then, the beer went back to the tart/sweetness, finishing this way.

Quite a puzzling beer for me. I enjoyed and appreciated the hybrid of Belgian-meets-hoppy IPA. Very rough around the edges and too sweet for me. To compare, Houblon Chouffe is probably a more rounded, balanced version of this Belgian IPA style.

Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

842nd Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
11.2 oz

2011 Bottle

Purchased @ Craft Beer & Wine, Reno, NV (Thanks Raidersandbeerfan for rec)

App- A very dark golden orange with a lot of bubble activity in the center flowing up. A big two and a half stuck in place head, a little bubbles on top and just a sheen/wall of lace & cling.

Smell- A lot going on in this glass but all seems to work well together. A bit of damp, deep pressed citrus with a strong malt note. Much of the nose is grapefruit and add in some dried cooking spices. A little floral note to blend it all together.

Taste- Taste follows the nose with a bit of the grapefruit coming first. When you take a secondary sip the spices come into play. More of a dried thyme flavor to me. For as much as they are claiming this really doesn’t feel 216 IBUS. This was malty/hoppy/citrus but bold and easy drinking. Good flavor balance.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A bit floral, earthy and residual bitter flavors remain.

Drink- A tasty collaboration from two of Europe’s envelope pushers. A lot of citrus and malts duke this one out. It was pretty easy to drink this one from a 11 oz, nice they kept it small. I would like another bottle.

Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anonymous1
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Bottled in 2011. I can't understand the rest of the date code.

Beer is a murky dark caramel, brown with some orange. A large beige head. Excellent retention. Good lacing.

This beer obviously has some age on it, but there is a large citrus scent, orange mainly. Candied sugar, caramel malt, bread.

Taste is not as nice as the nose. Quite bitter, but coupled with a lot of sweetness. Caramel, bread, orange, pine, grapefruit, candied fruit. Unusual DIPA for sure, certainly has a bit of a Belgian flavour, A bit of a mess- bitterness is not totally pleasant.

Full bodied and highly carbonated. Too tingly- irritating.

Overall, certainly a different approach to the DIPA. Not bad, but not particularly great and not worth the price tag. I like it but I wouldn't search out more.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.