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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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very good

394 Ratings
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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 16
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330 mL bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale is well carbonated. After opening the bottle, I allowed it to sit and breathe only to see the head slowly creeping out of the bottle. In the glass, 4 fingers of head came off of the first pour. Despite the size, the head doesn't lace very well. The ale is a hazy orange amber color, close to an iced tea in appearance.

S: The nose is that of a Belgian IPA, Belgian spices and candi sugars and lots of hoppy bitterness.

T: The first sip reinforces my Belgian IPA belief. The spice profile is pale candi sugar and coriander with touches of anise. That spiciness sets the stage for a strong hop bitterness. The effect is much more tripel than DIPA and I like it. The finish is the typical muddled Belgian IPA melange of spicy sweetness and harsh bitterness.

M: Mmmm Belgian IPA. The blend of Belgian spices and American hops is an inspired. The sweetness that lingers in the palate is unique.

D: The alcohol is well hidden but it does sneak up on you. The combination of the two styles really works. Had I rated this as a Belgian IPA, the score would have jumped up a bit.

akorsak, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ejimhof, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear deep pecan color body with a sea of boiling micro-bubbles and a thick moussey head of tan that mushrooms above the glass.
S- This beer has a candy caramel malt aroma with a light fruity green hop note and a slight buttery nose in the finish.
T- This beer has a slightly sweet fruity candy sugar taste with a pine hop flavor leading to an alcohol note in the finish. The fruity grapefruit pith note lingers a bit after each sip that has an almost cinnamon zip to it.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with an alcohol heat that grows with each sip but is not really fusel in nature.
D- This beer is a nice barleywine with some caramel malt notes with a big alcohol but sadly not much support from the hops.

rhoadsrage, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Murky amber color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose and flavor is candi sugar and hops, very balanced even with 216 IBUs. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent double IPA. $7.50 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

jdhilt, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

By rating according to style, the numbers are down a tick or two. But as far as a straight up good beer goes, this is quite tasty.

a dark(er) apricot pour and a large initial head. Foamy enough, jeez. As the head settles the whole looks quite nice. The lacing looks 'candied' and crystalized a bit, sticky.

Belgian-y spice aroma, more a B-IPA if one were to be made. Most Belgian IPAs I've had are over the top on the spices and yeast characteristics, but this one does seem balanced in the nose.

And quite balanced in the flavors as well. while you're thinking of "is this spicy or hoppy or malty" you forget that it's 9% abv. Very drinkable with a clean bite, some orange zest and light malt finish.

Fine beer

Mebuzzard, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange color, nice carbonation, huge four finger head at least, which is off-white and foamy, lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, some spice's, grapefruit, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, spiced up, grapfruit, with some caramel notes. Medium body, this brew is not too bad, quite different DIPA, the alocohol is hidden pretty well. To me it's kind of a mix between a BSPA and DIPA, the finish is bitter and slightly dry. Drinkable, would recommend.

Wasatch, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

John_M, Mar 21, 2008
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 beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium-dark murky orange which was topped off by a 2 finger creamy light ivory colored head that had incredible retention leaving a streaky lacing. A few bran-like yeast particles were observed.

S: The nose was moderately strong with fresh pine oil and citrus most dominant. There were also was a noticeable muskiness of oranges and sweet candi-sugar that graced the nose.

T: The flavor started off sweet with candi-sugar coated oranges and tangerines with a pungent hoppiness of citrus and pine. Some mushy pear fruitiness, wet grains and a musky, cellar like yeastiness along with sour dough is also detected. A pungent dried grapefruit hopping and a touch of acidity and mildew round out this unique showing of yeasty character. Overall a complex, spicy, yeasty, and sour malted Belgian with a musky, cellar like flavor and slight alcohol warming and detection makes this truly a unique experience. Sour tangerines coat the tongue as well some spicy dried grapefruit hopping.

M: A soft carbonation with only a slight tingle experienced on the tip of the tongue. Very smooth with a nice tart showing on the swallow.

D: A sour, musky and very yeasty Belgian highlights this experience making this a standout in all respect. A unique and intriquing drink.

beerthulhu, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to biegaman for providing this bottle!

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, massively thick white head forms, very big, tons of chunky lacing, settles down to a very thick layer, excellent retention, looks pretty nice. Smell is tons of citrus, a bit of pungent funk, pine, wheat, crackers and biscuits, grapefruit/tangerines, some phenols, alcohol, little raw. Taste is sweet, some orange peel, grapefruit, brown sugar, bitter citrus finish, yeasty, some alcohol, interesting. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, bitter, but easy to drink. Very interesting, smooth and easy to drink, some funny flavours but overall pretty good, thanks Jan!

Viggo, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scarlet red body that has a glow to it. Dense pack of stained white froth. Lacing is quite full. Aroma is a melange of hop resin, belgian candy sugar and biscuit malt. On the palate, I get a little heat, some sweetness from the candy sugar, herbal attributes usually associated with Saison, and not nearly as much hop flavor or bitterness that I'd expect from a 130IBU DIPA. The hops that I do get are citrus, like grapefruit and pineapple, when mixed in with alcohol, gives some of that "spiked fruit punch" feel to the whole thing. The flavor combo here borders on awkward, but I still find myself sipping away. Give 'em some credit for experimenting.

Bighuge, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a webshop order a little while back. 330ml into a tulip. Lot D, with a notch between 5 and 6. A notch underneath BB and CC. Who knows what this means.

Pours a copper red, with a couple fingers of cream coloured head. Sticky, webbed lace with good retention. Nose has some fruity hops, sugary malt, breads that are a bit dark, and some interesting herbal and earth notes detectable. Taste has some chewy (and quite bitter) hops, lightly grassy and herbal notes again contend with a bready toffee-like malt Some darker fruits but some citrus notes as well, which are more prominent in the finish. Medium full mouthfeel, big bitterness in the finish (and throughout the duration of each sip for that matter - serious bitterness). Minimal alcohol notes become more noticable with warmth and as the glass progresses. Relatively drinkable, but the bitterness almost impedes at times. An interesting and not exactly straightforward double IPA.

liamt07, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Fresh Belgium beer from a friend's recent trek to Belgian. Dark hazed orange with a generous white head. Displays a pretty fresh array of hop aromas, with prominent tropical notes. I detect mango, tangerine, floral notes, grapefruit rind, orange pith, and a dash of pine. Pretty nice for a Euro IPA. Dash of caramel is evident. Flavor is moderately bitter orange, grapefruit, mango, and a little pine, with a moderate candied caramel malt foundation and a very bitter finish. The beer displays an upper moderate level of carbonation and a sticky, resinous mouthfeel. A nice Euro DIPA!

HopHead84, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +1.8%

rolltide8425, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More of a Belgian strong pale/blonde with an abundance of American hops.

A: Hazy copper-brown, creamy off-white head, some retention, great lace.

S: Tropical fruit, spice, citrus rind, wheat-like tartness.

T: Marmalade, spice, slight orange & pine hops, a slight wheat-like tartness.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity, but it's smooth & dry.

D: Quite good.

Derek, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, citrus hops, wet hop, alcohol, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of roasted malt, wet hop, and a hint of cherry. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Tone, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA.

Pours a cloudy gold/copper color with a two-finger light tan head. The head slowly dissipates until settling into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sugar coated fruits - mostly citrus but with hints of pears and bananas. The candi sugar takes the bite out of the citrus. There's definitely some bitterness, but it's balanced nicely by the candi sugar and fruits.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I drank one bottle with no problem, but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was an interesting beer - I feel like this is something a bored homebrewer would come up with. Strange as it is it's worth a shot.

glid02, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a huge tan meringue like head that persists forever. Smells of earthy spicy hops with a solid caramel and brown sugar sweetness beneath it. The flavor holds caramel and brown sugar malts with a bit of dark dried fruit and a solid shot of earthy spicy piney hops. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a resinous bubbly mouthfeel. I guess I should have read the label a little better and not bought an Imperial IPA from 2011. This tastes pretty good now, but it feels more like and aged American barleywine where the hops are fading and the malt is starting to come forward.

johnnnniee, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a ton of foam. Beer is left to settle, leaving a frothy two-finger head with lacing on the glass and a medium amber color.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with with a hint of spice and candi sugar. A bit of citrus as well.

Taste is full of citrusy hops with a hint of sweet malt and spice. Alcohol heat seems to be a factor here.

Mouthfeel is full of citrus, spice and alcohol heat. Seems quite strong and a bit unbalanced, even if it's at room temperature.

Not bad but not impressive enough. It may have the hype but it falls apart in my opinion.

Brad007, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods for about $5. I bought it based on the reputations of Mikkeller and Struise, and the IIPA description on the label. I liked it a lot, but my rating is based on the IIPA style (which this doesn't match in my opinion).

The beer is bazy and golden colored, huge thick and active foam, lots of floaties. The aroma is very sweet and hoppy (kind of fruity-hoppy) with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale feel to it. The taste is really good, sweet upfront and bitter in back, balanced in that respect although more hoppy than malty. I don't believe I can taste any spices whatsoever despite the ingredients list on the label. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little thick, definitely a Belgian feel all around.

I think of this ale as an imperial version of Urthel Hop-It. I can't tell for sure but I think the candi sugar messed this up for me.

TurdFurgison, May 17, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

dirtylou, Aug 27, 2013
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 GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip...The beer is hazy goldish amber that is highly carbonated. Several fingers of off white head, that almost makes it too hard to pour and drink because the retention is great, hurry up and get down, I want to drink you. Good lacing as well...The aroma is surprsingly light, grapefruit, spices, fresh hops...The taste is also light, which is amazing considering this is 130 ibu. Bitter hops dominate as you would expect its a very medicinal bitter, not metallic or piney, which makes it easy to drink. Its also really matly on the front, very malty for an ipa, grapefruit and caramel in a very full and thick sticky way. Nice mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink, if you can actually pour it...Intersing overall but not awesome.

jrallen34, Jun 01, 2010
Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.