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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 16
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 410 | Reviews: 286
Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, fruity citrus, hops and some spices.

T: The taste is malty and bready up front with flavors of citrus, caramel, Belgian yeast and spices. The hops presence is strong but it's a on the weak side for the style, however, it creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet. This is definitely the type of beer that has to sit for a few minutes before it comes together.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style while adding a Belgian twist to it, I was taken aback by this beer at first but as I continued to drink the beer grew on me, it's a good beer to drink for a while but just because it's listed as a "Double IPA" on the label don't expect a hop bomb.

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark golden orange/amber with 2+ fingers of creamy off-white head. A 1/2 finger of solid retention leaves thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells like that of a DIPA up front with notes of pine and grapefruit but then opens up more with noticeable yeasty character and the scent of candied sugars. It feels like it could be a touch more assertive though.

The taste is intense hop bitterness up front that that blends into a mellow mix of citrus, candied sugars, and yeast. The bitterness returns in the finish and lingers on the palette for awhile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice feeling carbonation and some ocassional slickness. The nearly 10% ABV is hid very well.

This was definitely a different type of DIPA with the candy and yeast character of a Belgian style really giving this a different kind of feel. A tasty sipper.

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

Well, this is a decent DIPA. Kind of boozy though with a bit of a burning alcohol. It still comes together though with a hoppy enough accent on it, though it carries a thick malt base. Feel is smooth and this is decent enough, but it could be much better. Especially considering who brewed it.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at State Line Liquors about 1 month ago. Decanted into an oversized wine glass from the 11.2oz brown bottle.

A - opened with a forceful pfsst! and the glass consists of 1/2 beer and 1/2 head w/ super microsized beads of carbonation. The head is bone white and fluffly - it sparkles w/ sugar crystal light reflecting qualities. The head measures 2 full inches filling the glass to the top. The ale is a tarnished golden shade w/ amber hues like dark honey. The lace forms a halo and there is an atoll inn the center of glass as the lace forms

S - A magic blend of spice, yeast, sugar and cookie-like malt. There is some fruit w/ golden raisin mixed w/ a hint of green tea and wildflowers w/ a tinge of caramel.

M - The feel is lively and energetic w/ crisp carbonation, silky malt and a mild spicy/sweet toasty finish. There are some grain notes + hops, but the spicy sugar textures w/ soft slight astringent quality lingers w/ slight phenolic hints

T - A murky sweet flavor w/ a hop spice that swirls around the tongue a bit creamy w/ yeast flavor and nutty at the same time, but w/ a green pepper herbal edge. There is a gentle citrus and light brown sugar flavor that is a touch on the caramel malt side and more sweetness from the sugar than bitterness from the hops, but still feels/tastes balanced overall w/ the spices and alcohol giving it a bit more depth when it gets warmer - 50 to 55 degrees w/ more of a clove and earthy hop flavor. There is plenty of citrus w/ the American hops and some lemony coriander notes. The sweetness tingles of the tip of the tongue and has a hint of pineapple bitter essence and floral aspects linger w/ a fruitiness. The bitterness really doesn't come forward until the last sips.

D - Not the most drinkable (Belgian IIPA) w/ spices added no less. I found it to be full of flavor almost overboard, but pretty well done for what they aimed for. I would have like to have more hop flavor w/ the Imperial Ipa label, but at 9% it is in the strength range of one. I would approach with caution - the 9% and 130 Ibu's could challenge most drinkers sense of 'drinkable'. I wouldn't hesitate to try this again w/ some age on it, but I wanted to review this fresh given the description. This is unique - worth a try for sure.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a De Struise Cervoise glass. Beer is amber almost brown with a big off white head, some lacing, decent retention, the carbonation is a little high.

Aroma is pretty malty and sweet with an interesting yeast character.

Decent beer, malty, mildly hoppy, mostly malt though. I don't hate it but it's not a good IPA, I won't have it again but I don't regret drinking it.

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/24/11 notes. Received from joepais in the Secret Santa BIF; thanks Joe. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy reddish orange-amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass and two minutes of head retention.

s - Smells of sweet fruity malts, Belgian yeast, orange, citrus hops, and tropical fruits. Very fruity and more malts than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, bready malts, sugar, light citrus hops, oranges, light pine hops. Again, more malts than expecting, and very sweet.

m - Medium body, and pretty creamy, with moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty decent DIPA, but a bit too sweet for me. Lots of sweet fruits and sugar, and not as hoppy as I expected, but worth checking out.

Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served into Struise stemware. This was the 2009 vintage, "SM No. 12". Reviewed in Belgium in Summer 2011. Reviewed from notes. I love both breweries so expectations were high.

A: Pours a one finger head of amazing cream, brilliant thickness, and incredible retention (over six minutes before I couldn't wait any longer) for the style. Semitransparent ruby colour. Incredibly appealing.

Sm: Bright light fruit esters. Very pleasant. Raspberry, cherry. A bit musty, but it's three years old. Yeasty. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Bright fruit esters - mainly raspberry. Cherry as well. Darker fruit is more buried, and likely was helped by the aging. Complex and delightful. The yeast is a bit unpleasant - I'd pour without it if possible. Adds some astringency. The alcohol comes through in the taste a bit, which is unpleasant. Sort of musty, but it aged well. Hoppy but sadly imbalanced. I expected more from this beer. Built pretty well for the style, but far from exemplary.

Mf: Coarse in the second half and even a bit dry on the finish. Smooth and wet in the open. Balances well and suits the style, but doesn't complement the general tone of the flavours in the body.

Dr: High ABV, hard to drink quickly, and at a high price by Belgian standards (6 euro). Too yeasty; I don't know if aging was a good idea. The mouthfeel spoils it. Far too coarse.

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explosive, come-out-of-the-bottle head. It forms a rocky dome of foam in the center of the glass. I was required to make four pours from the 11.2oz bottle into the 16 oz glass. The color of the beer is light brown/dark amber and quite cloudy. Lots of chunky lace on the glass after each sip.

Up front, there is a sweet, floral hop aroma. After the head begins to settle, I detect a distinct milky sourness.

The initial sip shows elements of a barley wine--strong alcohol, rich and sweet maltiness. Within a second, the powerful hop bitterness comes rushing in. The body has a consistency of 1% milk. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste.

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 WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a real nice Belgian ale scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a spicey Belgian yeast. It almost seems like a Saison yeast strain. The hops shine through the aroma as well. It's a very nice mixture of DIPA and Belgian strong. The taste is perfect. This is what a Belgian IPA should taste like. It's incredibly bitter with a strong malt character. The yeast provides a dry, earthy, spiciness to the beer that really compliments all the flavors. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a kick ass beer! I'm a huge fan of these collaberation brews.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch A 309. No idea what the bottling date was.

The beer pours a dark orange-amber color with a huge white head. The aroma is a very odd mix of flavors I didn't expect in the beer: Butter, toffee, cream, cherry and caramel. The flavor is equally odd. I get notes of butter, vanilla and some cherry. There is very little bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not sure if this was an older bottle or if it was just a slight problem with the beer, but this was disappointing. It actually tasted pretty good, but there was really nothing that made me think the beer was a Double IPA.

Photo of duceswild
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/12/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Did not look for freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Burnt orange colored pour. Solid 3/4 inch head with good holding power. Nice patches and streaks of lace left behind.

Smell- Lots of yeast as well as a good amount of grapefruit hoppy goodness and some random spices. Malt is there, but it overridden by the other scents.

Taste- Equally in taste within hops, sugar, malt and yeast. Has the full gamut of flavors you can ask for in a high IBU beer. Considerably hoppy and a nice sugary flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Lower to mid range carbonation level. Nice bitterness in the aftertaste with a sweeter mouthfeel as well. Heavy, but not too heavy for a beer of it's magnitude.

Drinkability- I have no qualms about this beer. Great job on an American style using some Belgian twists to it. Tasty and filling.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy/cloudy mahogany brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation and some garnet red + amber brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy foamy medium beige in color which very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts with some notes of candi sugar and brown sugar. Light amounts of spiciness and just a hint of herbal hops.

T: Upfront this beer is quite malty with tons of caramel malts and brown sugar + candi sugar sweetness. That is overtaken by moderate flavors of spicy Belgian yeasts and earthy/herbal hops. Moderate amounts of sharp bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth

O: Probably a little past it's prime as a DIPA but I think of it more of a hoppy Belgian Pale/Dark Ale - interesting but not one I would be running out to get again.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a full, fluffy white head and plenty of Belgian-style lacing.

S: Ripe hops, the smell of fresh grapefruit, and sugary candy.

T: Bitter melon and pine, some cantaloupe, mixed with yeasty Belgian beer is what it tastes like. Not sure the malt really melded well with the hop character, it was just all right for me.

M: Full, but light carbonation, fairly medium-bodied, and very resiny.

D: An interesting beer collaboration, but at $8+ a bottle, I don't think I'll buy it again, but I'd drink it again.

Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a lightly hazed copper color. A cap of creamy yellowish stained head forms and retains fairly well. A solid amount of lacing clings all around the glass.

The aroma is herbal with a little bit of citrus aspect that is somewhat rind-like. A faint grain to bready backing is evident but the hops dominate with an herbal quality.

The taste is dry toasty grain that has a clingy lasting herbal bitterness. There is a light sulfur touch and a taste that is a little bit mineral filled. As it warms, a yeasty character emerges. However, the dominant flavor and noticeable quality is the resinous cling that the hops have in this brew.

A medium to light bodied brew with a modest to high level of carbonation. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The residual sweetness verse hoppy bitterness is balanced well and very enjoyable.

Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. The side has an oval that reads "SM No. 12 Elliot Brew," right under "ratebeer." Apparently this is the second of RateBeer.com's Worldwide Masters Series.

Frankly, I'm not blown away. This actually reminds me of a failed homebrew attempt at a hoppy quad. Naturally, this is better, but I'm not a huge fan. The funky, herbal hops are a bit much. Like Saison Dupont on overdrive - in a bad way. The big European hops, candi sugar, and malts just don't mix well for me. I appreciate the bitterness. The hops here are undeniably big, with rough, grassy grapefruit. And unlike my concoction, this has enough sweet malt to not finish dry. It's a balanced but strong bitterness. And I still have to give this beer credit for complexity and drinkability. Maybe it just isn't for me. Worth a try for something hoppy and different.

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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.