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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 16
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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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 Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lot A 3 BB 09 (whatever that means)

Many thanks to Draught2012 for bringing this bottle last night to our tasting. Never heard of it and had an interesting time finding it on the web site. Based on the label description, this should be it. My label did note it was a special for Rate Beer as well.

I didn't know what to expect, but I loved this beer. I am not normally a fan of European IPA's (DPA's) due to the different malt flavors. But they totally worked for me in this beer.

Beer was a dull light brown/amber color. Tons of creamy light tan head with excellent retention. Lacing clung everywhere.

Aroma was interesting and fairly malt focused with some toffee notes. Also very fruity with some dull hop notes. (not hop focused)

The flavor was a treat and quite a surprise to me. Toffee, excellent malt flavors and a perfect balance of hop bitterness. I'd say a little more pine focused flavors and aroma here. Mixed in again is a wonderful fruitiness. The malt tones are distinctly European.. Excellent beer.

Medium body, almost creamy with very slight carbonation.

I want more, that's how drinkable it was. I need to source another bottle if possible.

Reagan1984, May 08, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown glass pry-top. Label reads "LOT:A...3...BB09."

Appearance: Poured into my BrewDog chalice, turning instantly to all head. Slowed down, pouring down the glass, but still ended up with 2+fingers of tan sudsy creamy head that bubbles and brews down slowly. Color is a rich cherry brown with tiny bubbles.

Nose: The aroma of hops filled the room the second I uncapped. Lots or orange oil, wet hop notes. A slight note of spice from the yeast, but mostly smells like West Coast US hops.

Palate: Wow! Where is this from? Oregon, Cali? Lots of boozy sweet orange infused pine hop flavors. Lots of bitterness right up front. The underpinnings of this beer are like slightly old Belgian pale ale, some light biscuit being tromped by candi sugar. Medium- to light-bodied and crisp with some hop acid. Long bitter, drying finish.

Notes: This is the Hop-heads Belgian beer. Very well done, but not balanced by any means. Nice to see some more experimentation from Belgian brewers.

SFLpunk, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Jayman931
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter

Hazy orange/amber color

Nice lingering off white head

Great caramel note with a nice initial caramel flavor immediately followed by the perfect bitter hop to make this a extremely well balanced beer

Great mouthfeel not to thick....not to thin.

I wish I would have bought more than one bottle.

J

Jayman931, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seems like a nice victory beer to celabrate the Cubs acquisition of Harden, as well as a nice compliment to the Cubs thumping the Reds. Yay for GOOD beer and baseball.

A - Beautiful head, pillowy soft and lots of lacing. Cloudy orange body also looks quite tasty.

S - Gee, I think I smell hops... Yep they're there. Dry bitter orange peel, lots of saltyness, and some good earthiness.

T - Tangerine, mango, apricot, and grape like sweetness right of the bat. Malt still manages to stay crisp however, which makes for a good IPA malt. The hops are dry and balencing, without being bracing. They do add some citrus to the flavor profile. The alcohol is present in the finish, which is long and orange bitters like.

M - Full bodied, seems well made with a soft mouthfeel.

D - This is a solid IIPA, all the flavors are right on, and the slight earthy qualities are just enought to add something, without really making this a confusing mess. Maybe not classic, but a good addition to any night.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a gigantic, foamy, long-lasting head and some very good lacing. An excellent-looking beer.

S: Smelled of citrus, hops and some yeast.

T: A big, complex taste consisting of grapefruit, citrus, lots of hops, yeast, spices and a nuttiness like you might find in a brown ale. Very well done.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a generally smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A big, drinkable beer with lots character and power.

avalon07, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Radiantly neon orange packed full of gleam and glaring bedazzlement. The complexion is murky, a result of bottle conditioning, although the appearance suffers little from it. I'm a bit surprised at the lack of stamina from this carbonation; the beer doesn't contain the quintessential puffy, bounteous Belgianesque head but rather a thin, minimal coating more typical of a high octane DIPA.

Hops, yeast, and spices are all quick to raise their hands when my nose inquires about who was put in charge. To brew a hybrid between the prototypical amped-up American beer and a traditional Belgian style, with one being obnoxiously hopped and the other delicately suggestive, is an ambitious task. To add a whole bunch of spices only complicates the job. There's plenty going on in this bouquet and it isn't easy to get your head around it.

Noted were phenols and esters from the yeast, citrus from the hops, and, well, spices from the spices. The flavour takes all that noise and cranks the volume full blast. This is exceptionally fruity and drinks like a tangy lemonade with a splash of orange juice, generous squirt of lime, grapefruit piths. The malts are light but carry with them a hint of caramelization and broiled brown sugar. The undisclosed spices must be grains of paradise or coriander, something "summery" anyhow. This is tasty and refreshing.

To put it bluntly, Elliot Brew has got a whole bunch going on. It is hoppy, spicy, yeasty and yet always decidedly beer like. It has the calm, refined composure of a traditional Belgian ale but the zesty, dynamic flavours of a new-age American micro. The alcohol is concealed behind something worthy enough to act as a bank safe. If it were possible (price, availability, and alcohol content aside) to drink copious amounts of this I most certainly would - it is the very definition of savory.

Mikkeller and De Struise are both excellent breweries so it's no wonder a collaboration between the two would be this good. I love DIPA's and I love Belgian ales so it's no surprise I liked the beer this much. I had no expectation in regards to a DIPA/Belgian Strong Ale but I did, however, regarding quality and craftsmanship. Those were most certainly met, nay, exceeded. Let's hope these brewers collaborate again in the future! (Black Albert Breakfast?)

biegaman, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy golden robe with a thick cap that slowly fades, but lingers.

S-Heavy hops on the nose, with citrus tones, in addition to rich apricot, spice, and honey.

T-Very pleasant mix of spice, golden, dry fruit, and hops. This brew combines the characteristics of a blonde with extra hops, and the result is pleasing. The taste is rich and sweet, but not cloying, and the finish is clean, rinsing away the sweet nectar-like palate with well-balanced bitterness. A fellow taster said it reminded him more of a trippel, which is right on, and seems to agree with other tasters' descriptions.

M-The smoothness and creaminess are deceptive. It's hard to believe this is 9% abv.

D-I enjoyed this one. It is both interesting and good, and it goes down easy.

BoitSansSoif, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of alcstradamus
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very murky amber pour with a towering 3 fingers of head that leaves thick lacing in its wake.

Smell is lightly tart apples, citrus hops, sweet candied malts, and some earthiness.

Taste is quite unique. I'm really not sure what Struise and Mikkeller were going for with this. It's obviously not meant to be an American DIPA so I'm not sure why it is currently categorized as that on Beer Advocate. This is Belgian to the bone. But, as advertised, it is much more hoppy that most or all beers from that country. Some crisp bitterness on top of an apple skin and raisin base. This is like a blend of a Belgian IPA, Tripel, and maybe even an English Barleywine. It takes excellent, that I know for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and some sting. Booziness increases as it warms. Drinkability is very high. I made my way through half the bottle before it even warmed to desired temperature. I couldn't put it down really. Eventually the sweetness started to kill me though. Another top notch beer coming out of Struise.

alcstradamus, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

lightindarkness, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orangish amber color, lots of head, some good lacing. Lots of fruits in the nose, spicy yeast, other spices perhaps too. More fruits in taste, I"m getting lots of grapefruit, almost a rind feel to it, some spices and yeasty goodness. Mouth has good body, lots of carbonation, good feel to it. It says DIPA, but I'm not sure waht this is. Some crazy Belgian concoction, thats for sure, and a fun one to drink.

objectivemonkey, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of muttyd
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently into a Russian River Belgian stemmed glass. Hazy, cloudy orange/amber body with a massive creamy colored head. Sticks all over the glass as I swirl it around.

Aroma consists mostly of citrusy/piney hops, some yeast-like bready notes, and some type of baking/cooking spices I can't put my finger on. Not your traditional grapefruit sling-shot to the face hop bomb mixed with a pine needle extract perfume IPA, but still a pleasant, well balanced hoppy aroma.

Flavor follows the nose with a bitter, dry citrusy hop flavor mixed with a very faint malt sweetness (fresh baked bread). Very bitter, dry brew. Well carbonated and finishes with a slight astringency.

Really surprised by the reviews of this beer. As mentioned earlier, this is very different from your typical big, bold America DIPAs, but I really enjoyed this brew.

muttyd, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of ADZA
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orange,honeyish colour with strong carbonation that leads to a nice frothy two finger head with prominent lacing all down the sides,it gives off nice aromas of earthy,honeyish hops soaked in candi sugar,it has an above average mouthfeel with a prominent stonefruit candi sugar flavour and finishes with a sweetish almost barley winish taste but the 9% is so well hidden i had to look at the bottle to reassure myself of its ABV,once again a nice beer from a great brewer.

ADZA, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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

Floydster, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

GRG1313, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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

gatornation, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of beachbum1975
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

beachbum1975, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of BarrelO
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a stange.

Copper-colored with a fairly decent head. The smell is the first sign that you're in for something special, as citrusy hops and caramel-like sugar blend seamlessly together. The taste is up-front with the hops. The bitterness is definitely there, but it's muted, leaving the citrus notes. The sugar takes over at the end, leaving an overall impression of sweetness.

Candi sugar in an IPA? I'm at a loss for words, in a good way. If you're expecting a typical West Coast-style hop bomb, prepare to be disappointed. But if you want to try a unique twist on an established style that goes outside the box without becoming a muddled mess, this is for you.

BarrelO, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with thick white head.

Floral, sweet, and hoppy scent with grapefruit and candy.

Taste of sweet sugars and raisins initially, fading into a hoppy taste with some yeast.

Clean mouthfeel with a clinging bitterness.

Reminds me of the 90 and 120 minute Dogfish Head beers, the sugary sweetness covers up the alcohol well and the there's enough of a citrus flavor to balance it out.

paco1029384756, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of jm1229
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

jm1229, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Jmoore50
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This right here is a good good beer.

The appearance is a muddy dark amber color. Cloudy. Pours really strong with a two finger head, and a frothy sticky head at that. Leaves a crazy solid blanket of lacing all around the glass. The head does not completely go away, just sits at half finger.

The smell is sweet caramel notes with a hop characteristic that reminds me of burnt cooking sugar. I can smell more malt in this than hops.

The taste is great. Caramel sweetness with alcoholic sugars and hop bitterness. The hop characteristic is a sweet leafy taste that has no dryness. Originally hops were probably a main characteristic in this one, but I believe this is a little older, which brings out malt characteristics more than the hops. Really beautiful balance though, and at 9% ABV this is really awesome. The mouthfeel is intense, really carbonated, and just noticed that the mouthfeel is like an explosion all around the palate. This actually reminds me of a hopped up version of SN Celebration. Interesting. Overall wonderfull, highly recommended.

J

Jmoore50, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of meeekyh
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is one I found on a trip to Denver and grabbed simply because Mikkeller was involved in the process. Come to discover it is a DIPA and I am pleased with the prospect. It claims 130 IBUs so I will expect a hop-heavy treat.

LOT A, B, AA

I gather from the label that this beer was brewed rather some time ago, but the bottle is brown and I am still hoping the beer is fresh.

I have decided on a belled glass for my receptacle. The brew is a dark amber with a deep tan head. Cloudieness belies the lovley yeast that remains.

The smell of this beer is HUGE. Deep dark fruits, sweet spices, pineapple and floral notes are all present and accounted for. I truly love what Mikkeller does with beer and they are about the only ones I know that can make a beer smell this good.

A beer this old looses a bunch of its hop punch and this one is no exception, I will say that the remaining tastes are full and not 'skunky' in the slightest. Malt and candi sugar provide sweetness and the spices mentioned on the label have a cameo role while the hops leave a notable bitterness and round out the beer.

I am glad to mention the mouthfeel is round and full but not lingering in a bad way. Finish is long and complex though neither particularly dry nor cloyingly sweet.

I could drink a few of these before I was satisfied in the experience, thought, like all Mikkeller beers it is pricy.

This is another beer I would gladly try again. So far Mikkeller is the only perfect brewer I have found, in that I have liked everything I have had from them.

The sadness sets in as I finish the beer and know I will be hard pressed to find another...

Slainte.

meeekyh, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

dgilks, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of easement
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

easement, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

jeonseh, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of haz77
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

haz77, Nov 01, 2012
Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.