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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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88
very good

402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 284
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:
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 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.

Photo of ipc2000
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Mar02x
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I beer I tried for the first time when I visit the Struise in my summer holiday 2011.

A - Hazy amber / brown colored beer with a fluffy off white head, good retention. Some carbonation racing from the bottom.

S - Yeast, wood , citrus fruits, smells fresh and tasting. You want to take a gulp right away.

T - Some sweetness that taste dry anyway??? Very hoppy and a strong after taste. A bit to much for my liking.

M - Good carbonation, easy drinkable beer. The bitterness doen't linger around very long.

O - A good beer to take when having Chinese dinner. A good thirst quencher when served cold on a warm day.

I closed this review already when I wondered where's the alcohol? For a nine pro-cent beer its is very nicely hidden.

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

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch A 3 09

A. Pours a ruby brown with a huge fluffy off white head that leaves tons of thick fluffy lacing down the glass. 5

S. Tons of Belgian candi sugar in the nose with a bit of bready malt.

T. Starts off spicy with lots of bread, caramel, almost barleywine sweetness that shifts into some yeasty spice with coriander and cinnamon pepper. The bitterness, which doesn't rear its head until the swallow, sticks around for the long haul (i.e. the aftertaste).

M. Medium body with a medium level of small bubble carbonation. Finishes very dry with lots of hop bitterness.

D. A very drinkable DIPA although the alcohol becomes apparent about halfway through. A beauty to behold and a pleasure to drink; I'll pick this one up again if I see it.

Photo of SStein
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Padron4KM
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle. Lot A 3-09 highlighted on the label.
Hazy dirty orange with a three-finger, tight, sticky, long lasting head.
Aroma is definitely Belgian. Fruity, yeasty and candi sugar. Hops are there but not prevelent.
Flavor is citrusy hops with fruit and spice to balance it out.
Alcohol burn is felt occasionaly, but not enough to detract.

Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Arenbeer
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from abrand and poured into a Snifter. Thanks alot man!!!!

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a ridiculous 3 finger off white head that is going nowhere!

S- Strong caramel malts with a brutal pine citrus hop background.

T- Caramel malts with a strong lemony citrus hop bitterness. Strong pine and earthy hops. Probably one of the best DIPA's i've had so far. So simple in flavor but yet so great tasting!!!

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a brutal bitter dry finish.

SkÅL!

Photo of Dawkins
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of genog
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Gregaroo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of qchic
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of markaberrant
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of factoide
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of rdilauro
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden reddish amber with a fairly large light mocha head that didnt falter.
Now, I was expecting the world of bitterness at 216 IBUs!!
But, it was evenly balanced between hops, yeast, barley and a bit of sweetness.
I did not get the typical grapefruit citrus overtones I normally get from IPAs
The mouthfull was enormous, it filled the entire mouth and stayed like that for a while.
The aftertaste wasnt as big
A bit pricy ($9.99) form a 11.2 oz beer, but still just another one to taste and enjoy

Photo of juju7
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a DIPA this is really approachable. Pours a murky amber with a lumpy collar of foam and great lacing. DIPA's seem to be one colour or the other; radiant or murky orange. A really well balanced bouquet of pine driven hops and toffeed malt. ALthough the IBU's on this fella seem like thy're well up there it is surprisingly smooth. Finishes off mellow yet bitter. Don't think I've had a DIPA before that delivers the traits yet goes down so easy. Huzzah!

Photo of Anatole
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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 jdubjacket
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Stella Artois chalice. Pours a murky brownish/orangeish color. Very big head on this one and a lot of lacing. Smell is citrus and booze. Taste is not all I was hoping for in this it was rather subdued. Light bread, citrus and alcohol come out slightly in the taste. A full-bodied beer that is very drinkable. I just don't think it should be classified as an imperial IPA.

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.

Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.