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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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Reviews: 287
Hads: 419
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 20 | 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 beachbum1975
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to newtony for this one! Neat packaging on this one, it should be interesting. The bottle has: LOT A|B||AA clipped off on the side(whatever that means) with no readable freshness date.

Appearance: I poured this one into a chalice. I couldn't pour the entire bottle as the champagne-like suds were so aggressive. After pouring about 80% of the bottle in, I saw a very cloudy, burnt orange brew. She was a gorgeous example of a Belgium with little to no carbonation rising after the pour. Nice medium-sized bubbles remained. No lacing observed.

Smell: Candied sweets, sourness and alcohol, trailed by light yeasts.

Taste: Complex flavors including, sour grapefruit rinds upfront, followed by coriander, possibly cinnamon and other indefinable spices . A fair amount of hops are definitely present throughout, as well. Malt in the aftertaste. Slight bitterness and waxiness remain on my tongue, as well. Aromatic hops become much more dominant as the brew warms.

Mouthfeel: Lighted-bodied, super crisp and dry (due to the bitterness). Highly carbonated and moderately refreshing, overall.

Drinkability: This is a nice sipper. You can sit back and ponder all the flavors on this one. Very nice Belgian IPA. This is a light, crisp and bitter brew. A real, unique and enjoyable treat.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber orange color with a huge, puffy thick and firm light tan head.

Nose is very assertive candied oranges and then with some spice.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice creamy character.

Flavors are very complex and layered of roasted grain, carmel, toffee and underlying "lightly sweet" malt, that goes to a nice sugared milked coffee character and then flows to a finish of big bitter grapefruit skin that is long lasting and pleasant.

This is a very layered and complex beer with tons of character and remarkable balance for something so layered and complex. The big flavors will likely go with lots of food profiles and the big bitter finish goes on for many minutes.

I read the label a bit more carefully thinking I'd buy a few of these. It interestingly describes the brew and indicates "the best of both worlds;" (assuming they mean malt and bitter hops). I very much agree.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a 3 finger head that recedes slowly from the 330 ml bottle the color is dark amber .the smell is candied malts and hops this bottle says 03 09 on it dont know what the age is on this but the smell is good .. it is a hop forward citrus dipa and malt bomb the taste is a hop blast accompanied by a sweet candied malt taste it is a well balanced dipa but strong on the palate..very drinkable but very costly recommended

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Photo of jm1229
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber colour with a big, rocky, off-white head. Great head retention. Pretty.

Rich, robust malty aroma with lots of citrussy American hops. I get a touch of lemon and tropical fruit.

To me this comes across half way between a good DIPA and an American Barleywine. Lots of toasty, caramel malt is backed up by a hop sweetness, medium bitterness and a background note of citrus. The finish is dry.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A very tasty beer that I can't help but love. It's not quite a DIPA but I suspect that it wasn't supposed to be.

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Photo of easement
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very cloudy. It looks like a darker wheat beer. Porus white one inch head. Nice read retention and some lacing.

S- I detected notes of Citrus, malt, and hops. It doesn't smell like a traditional IPA; it wasn't too floral.

T- A very Subdued beer. Sweet citrus and malts are up front. Hops follow and leave a lingering bitterness.

M- Very watery with light carbonation. Matches the flavor perfectly.

D- Alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink these all day....if only I cound find it.

serving style: bottle.

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of haz77
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lot 16 13 2011

A - Pours a bright red-hued dark amber with a firm, thick off-white head. This retains exceptionally well. Small streamers are visible through the clear liquid. Couldn't ask for much more here.

S - Floral notes, orange rind, pear, banana, grapefruit, brioche, cherry, hay. Quite inviting and has depth and interest, but without much sign of the hop presence on the nose.

T - Start is orange and grapefruit peel, before bready malt emerges along with caramel. Whilst the hops are buried in the nose, they are certainly present in the taste, without overpowering everything else. Aftertaste is piney hops, with elements of tobacco, roasted peanut and orange zest. Hints of the alcohol can be found if you really search for it, but it's fairly expertly masked.

M - Medium mouthfeel with initially spritzy carbonation, becomes more rounded once the bubble fall back. Palate cleansing is dealt with by the hops.

D - Much to like here. Looks good, a subtle and intriguing nose, flavours perfectly balanced and the sublime mouthfeel that I find common to most De Struise beers.

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Photo of kkipple
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one From the kkipple Vaults. (See my Oerbier review, previously.) I found this one in equally bad shape in a dingy cardboard box in my garage, buried under other boxes likewise filled with beer. The bottle label is faded, the contents for a fact 2 years old. The sides of the bottle are all Dagobah and fuzzy with dark grey, uh mold. Yeah, I know. Here's hoping.

A. Hazy, peaty old gold, nicely done up with a dense, small bubbled and highly sticky head that stands around, looking nonchalant and whistling. The head has pink hints innit. Huh. (The head eventually decides to stick around for the duration of the beer, over 30 minutes. Impressive)

S. Unusual spicy-golden here. Honeyed malt sweetness with a nice shock of earthy-grapefruit hops, but also... coriander? Pepper? Has most of the hallmarks of a sweeter Belgian Pale, but takes a weird twist with the spice additions and high, but welcome, hops. Reminds me of Terrapin's Monk's Revenge, but more refined and less bitter and more "Belgian". Then again, this is older and the hops have undoubtedly grown old and fat. There is booze to be found, but it's equally lazy.

T. A large Belgian Pale with sugars to spare gets stuffed in a sack full of coriander, earthy grapefruit hops, and who knows what else and Struise Mikkeller is the result. While I can't claim to have had another beer quite like it, it does bring to mind certain flavors and tastes that are not totally alien... I would very much like to know what spices are in here, as by now they are quite well integrated into this odd, sweet, creamy brew. It works well, is harmonious, characterful, and delicious.

M / D. Speaking of, this is quite full and creamy, with a fine heavy malt body and a finish comprised of sweet (Pils?) malt and extra-sugar, kept interesting by the hop bitters and phenols.

Verdict: I like it. Surely one of Mikkeller's more balanced beers to date; the even, experienced hand of Struise is at work here and it shows. This isn't a wild experiment or kitchen-sink brew, rather, it shows some real skill at taking a style (B. Pale), upping it, adding an American twist (copious hops) and a departure (the spice) while still not blowing away the base beer or going overboard on any one aspect of it. I hope they brew Struise Mikkeller again.

It still doesn't make up for Ris A La M'ale, though.

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Photo of Buebie
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle a few months ago, not sure how old it actually is, I've heard it was brewed in 2008. The single bottle was originally priced at $6.99, I got it for a mere $3.

Poured from a brown 11oz bottle into an oversized snifter. I started the pour hard, but just a bit of liquid produced a chemical reaction like 2 inch head. A much softer pour ensued, all in all about 3 inches of head formed up. Thick and dense, slow to recede. A solid half inch cap of retention with thick sticky white lace, clings strong.
Color is a very hazey copper orange.

Aroma is fruity with hops, sweet juicy nectar really and a good amount of caramel...a blasting really of caramel. Mild pine mixing with surging tropical fruit, as well as slight candied apples.

Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with a slick creamy texture.

Taste is ultra caramel delight, with mild hops. Then outta left field hops surge with pine tar, hemp and dank weed. Filling my entire being with this flavor now transferring into my nasal pharynx.
candied apples and oranges with a very mild warming.

This is exceptionally drinkable and overly delicious. I'm really glad I picked up a 2nd bottle of this. Lets see what 10 years does to it.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a murky orange color when held up to the light with 1/2 inch of white foam that left no lacing.

S - Very nice citrus aroma, strong orange, grapefruit and lemon smells. The smell reminds me of sticking one of those plastic things into an orange when i was a kid and sucking out all the juice.

T - nice citrus flavor along with grassy hints, the malt helps bring out a tasty sweetness combined with the citrus. There is a bit of a spicy yeasty quality to it that rounds this one out

M/D - A very tasty beer indeed. The taste is something different for me when it comes to DIPAs. Its nicely balanced and has some nice carbonation. If this were more readily available, i'd have it more often.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - glowing orange, massive carbonation makes it hard to tell if it's clear, billowy white head. Leaves CHUNKS of lace like I've never seen before.

S - fresh lemony herb scent, mild pepper

T - more pepper, herbal earthiness, lots of wet soil. IPA my ass! Ok, there is maybe a glimmer of sweet citrus hops when it first hits the front of your tongue, but this is beglian inspired all the way.

M - peppery flavours, alcohol and intense carbonation create a strong warming sensation, but is not a turnoff. Light bodied, but mouthfilling with the carbonation. Mildly astringent aftertaste suits the overall beer.

D - This is a GREAT beer. Interesting and unique flavours.

This tastes like a kick ass saison meets Delirium Tremens. Full of rustic, earthy flavours. Dynamite!

Sorta pissed that this beer is listed on here as an IPA. I likely would have cellared it instead of drinking fresh.

Thanks to Phyl21ca for the bottle!

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Photo of DaveHS
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really dig this beer. I've had it a few times now, so I thought I should finally get around to reviewing it.

A-Pours a deep, rusty orange, the color of an overripe orange, with a half finger of tan head. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

S-Grapefruit, candi sugar,white pepper, citric hops. In short, it smells delicious!

T-Like a strong Golden Ale blended with a west coast IPA. Fruity esters competing for your tastebuds with aggressive hops. The candi sugar takes the lead in the flavor profile, and leads me to believe this one might cellar well.

M-Medium to full bodied, with lively carbonation.

D-It's $9 a bottle, so not too high for me. I will enjoy one every now and then for as long as I can get it!

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white head on top of a muddy, golden-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - Strong citrus hops and sugary malt. Notes of caramel, toffee, grapefruit and pine with a little of licorice and burnt sugar in the background.

T - Lots of sweet malt up front; fruity caramel, toffee, and butterscotch, balanced by resinous hops. Hop flavors of pine, grapefruit, lime, and licorice assert themselves in the middle. The dark sugar comes back strong in the finish to push the hops aside with flavors of dark caramel, plums, and raisins that are barely balanced by what seems like moderate bitterness. Lingering flavors of grape, tobacco, and lime coat the tongue in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a pretty extreme beer with huge doses of both malt and hops, making it kind of hard to call it anything approaching drinkable. The malt character is so thick and sweet that it takes what are apparently saturation levels of bitterness and makes them seem relatively mild. Ultimately it is a uniquely flavorful beer that combines thick, sugary malt with a lot of hops to form something that is half way between and DIPA and an American Barleywine; and while this is a tenuous balancing act, they have managed to make it work.

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Photo of BobZ
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a De Struise Cervoise.

Appearance: Golden dark yellow with a nice 2" head, that recedes to a nice cap and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Floral hops, bready malt, and Belgian candy sugar all equally noticeable.

Taste: Floral hop bitterness up-front with the bready malt and sweet candy sugar coming through in the middle and finish. The hops are more forward when cold the warmer the beer becomes the more caramel is noticeable form the malt and candy sugar.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and very clean on the palate. The alcohol is completely masked,

Overall: Really nice take on the DIPA style only very Belgian and very De Struise, excellent beer.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass. Body is a rich golden-orange color, topped by a huge fluffy white head that slowly dissipates, leaving a lot of thick lacing on the glass. Aroma is light candi sugar and a touch of bubble gum from the yeast, along with some nice caramel malt and a good dose of fruity hops.
Palate is sweet up front, lots of caramel malt accented by candi sugar and fruity hops. An undertone of muscat grape flavor comes through towards the finish, yielding a pleasantly sweet aftertaste that lingers for a little while. Body is mildly syrupy, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a certainly a change of pace from super-hoppy American double IPAs, but is not really in keeping with my concept of the style. Still, the alcohol is well-integrated and this is a fine ale in its own right.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, utterly incomprehensible bottle dating that says Lot: 16/13/2011 (is that a date?), bottled on M|FF, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a super hazy dark amber color, topped with a three-finger, thick, creamy off-white head, I'm giving it a huge bump in points because it has some of the most gorgeous, thick lacing I've seen in a while.

S- I was expecting a hop bomb for a 216 IBU beer, but the aroma is instead chock full of spice, juicy sweet orange, candi and Belgian yeast. Some hops and herbal aromas come out as it warms.

T- Starts out with spices and candi sweetness, lots of juicy apples, some orange, loads of candi sugar. As the spice and candi recedes a powerful pine hop bitterness takes over. Has a really nice finish with a bit of bitterness and lots of lingering candi sugar flavor.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, dry finish.

O- A really great beer, I wasn't sure that huge hops, spice and candi sugar would work, but they've managed to pull it off very nicely, this is a delicious beer that has really impressed me.

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Photo of genog
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden orange color with a very fluffy white head that builds up to several inches tall and stays there as I continue to sip this one. Smell is of plenty sweet malt with a lot of Belgian yestyness to it. The Double IPA style is very apparent with plenty of citrus notes like lemon and lime. Taste is very sweet with the candi sugars and the citrus notes following the smooth mouth feel. A very nice American style by two of the hottest breweries in Europe at the moment.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a copper amber, hazy, with a huge frothy off white head and big sheets of lacing.

S-Peppery hops, huge blast of caramel malt, Belgian yeast.

T-Sweet malt then a massive hit of grapefruit and grapefruit rind. Deeply bitter finish with the malt to back it up.

M-Medium bodied, a little rich and thick.

D-Very tasty. Great bitterness and full flavor.


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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark amber colour, with an incredible foamy and long lasting head.

Smells very hoppy, with a hint of yeast.

Tastes very rounded, quite wholesome from the malts making it almost chewy, with a massive hop blast. The fresh version must have been amazing, hop-wise.

Overall an very nice DIPA, could easily give some of the big US ones a run for their money. Thanks to Ruds for giving me this as an extra.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the Struise online webshop - Lot A, best before April 2015, which means it is about 6-8 week sold. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a creamy three fingers of off-white foam that slowly dissipates to a chunky cap while leaving glass-coating lacing. Body is a hazed dark amber-brown color that has a nice coppery glow to it. There are a few slow-moving bubbles visible.

S - Extremely dank and herbal, with obvious notes of grapefruit, pine, passion fruit, and candi sugar. There's a faint hint of spice, but it integrates well with the zesty hop character. I'm not sure this should be called an "American" Imperial IPA, as the aroma is quite unique. Alcohol is masterfully hidden.

T - Here's one that lives up to the IBU hype - all 163(!?) of them lay waste to one's palate. It initially starts with sweet bready malt mixed with candi sugar, apples, and citrus zest, but then it morphs into strong bitterness. Thankfully the bitterness mellows out a little in the aftertaste, leaving one ready to take another sip. Again, there's minimal alcohol character.

M - Active carbonation that never gets harsh, soft medium body, with a super dry and tooth-coating finish. I get a touch of heat after a half-bottle, but it doesn't detract from the enjoyment.

D - I appreciate that de Struise uses small bottles, as I don't think I could cope with more than 330cl of this intense bitterness. That being said, I had no problem demolishing a bottle on my own. This was much more enjoyable than the Clown Shoes I had earlier today - somehow the bitterness here is far more palatable.

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Photo of spratmi
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy deep dark orange/amber color with a thick, rich four finger head that had plenty of staying power. Left a foamy lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Strong caramel hints followed by sweet sugars and notes of pine.
T: A wonderful complex mix of malt and hops. Sweet caramel blended with pine and grapefruit citrus hops. Nice dry bitter aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy with sticky oily feel. Good carbonation.
D: Very drinkable - a nice blend of malty sweetness and hops.

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