Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) - De Struise Brouwers

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very good

413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 287
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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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Photo of Bighuge
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a cloudy dark amber/orange color with about a 2 inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is spice, candy sugar, yeast, raisins, caramel malt, and earthy and grassy hops. I think it smells more like a Belgian-style beer than an IPA. However, the hops come out more in the taste (but it's still pretty even between the IPA and Belgian style in taste). It tastes like earthy/grassy and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, candy sugar, raisins, spice (pepper and maybe ginger?), and caramel/sweet malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, coating and slick with average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. The 9% ABV isn't very noticable. I still think this is closer to being a Belgian styled brew than an IPA, but I can't complain about that since I think it's a good beer. I like it, and I'd buy it again.

Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Batch ??? A / 3 / 09. If this is from 09, I am shocked.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a great light copper hue with a MASSIVE almost three finger head that leaves huge side lacing and slumps down to pretty much a solid quarter inch blanket. Just exceptional.

S - Again, if this is an old bottle the aroma is incredible for its age. Sweet little malts and slight bitter piney hops. Not too shabby.

T - Just like the nose, really good here. Good carmel malts and really nice light bitter hops. Stuff is super smooth.

M - Lower carb, typical of a DIPA, but its still incredibly drinkable and smooth. Everything works nicely together.

O - Overall, wow, very impressed by this beer assuming its as old as I think. Hops arent in your face, but present enough to make you know its a DIPA. A very well balanced, incredibly drinkable beer.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with dense head that dies slow and there's some lace. A mostly citric hop aroma but there seems to be a little sweetness from both malts and fruits in the nose. A drier, hoppier IPA than most but not a taste bud killer at all. Mostly citric hops but the balance and taste of the sweet malts (caramel is all I really detect) is pretty good and a little spicy, crisp finish complements the medium bodied beer. Pretty good beer and one that is a little sweeter than your average IPA but still packs a crispy hop wallop.

Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark bronze, orange reflexes, lightly veiled. Abundant foam, beige in color, quite compact, but not too much.
In the smel: hop. American hop. Intense, strong.
At the taste too. Bitter, sure, american hop. Grapefruit notes. But not bitter as you can expect after the 130 IBU.
Well, good, sure. Good IPA. But not a miracle.
Very good drinkability, with his 9 ABV.

Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle signed by Jeppe’s son Elliot who this brew was named after! How cool is that!? Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (the whole family is here!). Poured a deep red-orange with a three finger fluffy off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and floral hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, floral, floral hop, sweet alcohol, and citrus on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The look on this one was great as the head just seemed to foam up and stay for what seemed like forever. The aroma was also quite nice with loads of citrus and floral notes taunting you for what waits. However, upon the first sip your palate is assaulted by caramel and caramel hop. Worth trying if you want to say you have had the once hoppiest brews from Belgium.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweeter pine like hops. In the taste, starts pine like hops to a an orange citrus hop. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence all the way through and not boozy, very enjoyable.

Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting with jrallen34 when at this point I couldn't figure out why we were still drinking

A - Dark amber color with yellow on the edges, left the sides clean on the drink.

S - Lot of belgian yeast with some sweet malts, mostly caramel. A decent amount of hops, but not a lot of pine going one, mostly citrus and pineapple/mango mixed in with the malts.

T - Nice and belgian yeasty. Decent hop profile, although it is ovepowered by the belgian yeast and the malts. Truthfully, for a double IPA I was expeting a lot of hops profile, but it is mostly yeasty with hops more of a secondar influence. Slightly bitter, a bit of a grapefruit taste.

M - Good carbonation in a medium bodied beer.

D - Actually hard to drink as the beer becomes somewhat punguent and overpowers what would normally be a bitter hops profile.

Photo of drpimento
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grinnin' like a fool here - what a grand beer! Poured with a HUGE foamy frothy sudsy cream colored head that lasts and lasts with loads of lace. Color is a cloudy darkish amber. Aroma is hoppy, malty, toffee, leather, musk, and toffee with a bit of fruit. Flavor is first rate with the hops dominating but very nicely complimented with some sweetness and caramel plus the other flavors that are like the aromas. Body is superb and masterfully carbonated. A little bit warming in the finish, which also has a good satisfying length. If it weren't for the strength, a session beer.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, ruddy amber with a huge, imposing off-white head that takes several minutes to settle.

S: Aromas of caramel, candy sugar, bready yeast, and grassy, herbal hops dominate the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime zest, kumquat, bitter orange, herbs, grass, bready yeast, candy sugar, pepper, earth, and caramel wash across the palate. The finish is puckering and fiery with intense lemon, lime zest, kumquat, and herb flavors underscored by prickly alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full in body, dryish, and somewhat chalky. Gets smoother and wetter toward the finish. Carbonation is initially crisp, but quickly dies away. Alcohol presence is especially apparent on the finish.

O: This is an interesting beer with huge, herbal hop aromas and flavors. It really is more of a Belgian IPA than an American DIPA, though, as it has plenty of that yeasty, grassy character so typical of other Belgian IPAs. In the end, this is a solid brew, just don't expect a Belgian version of Hopslam.

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

Pours a coppery orange with a massive persistent head and magnificent lacing.
Aroma shows lot of piney, resinous hops (simcoe style) along with the usual grapefruit, and some earthy notes. Sweet confectionery and caramel malt follow underneath. Very nice, but not as complex as I expected.
Lots of sweet caramel first up upon tasting before more resinous and piney hops kick in, finishing with a fairly powerful complex bitter finish, complimented by some clean alcohol. The candi sugar is hidden by caramel malt.
Smooth body with creamy carbonation, the alcohol just shows in a subtle warming of the palate.
I'm betting the aroma would be better fresh.

Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with copper highlights and a creamy, dense one inch cream head that lingers indefinitely.

Aromas of fresh cut grass, pine, citrus, and bready caramel malt dominate. There's almost a sweet character, reminiscent of burnt sugar.

Flavor reveals more citrus undertones, as well as significant bitterness throughout. Grapefruit pith and pine weave into a fairly neutral malt backbone. There's a hint of nuttiness. Earthy hops underlie the profile, accompanying the bitterness nicely. The malt emerges a bit sweet as it warms.

Body is moderate, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency at the finish.

Overall, not your typical american dipa. I didn't pick up a distinctly belgian yeast character, but that likely is adding to the fruity hop character that I blanketed as citrus.

Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy deep golden amber that is a golden orange when held up to the light. Mine poured with a huge three finger puffy off-white head that showed great retention and decent lacing. Note: there were also huge chunks of debris all over the bottom of my glass.

S: Sweet citrusy hop smell that has some definite Belgian yeast aroma throughout. There is also a hint of funk in the smell with some definite earthy tones as well.

T: Big tart hit up front with lemon and oranges. This gives way to the bready malt backbone mixed with the Belgian yeast and a little more horseblanket funk. The finish brings back the hop bitterness with lemongrass and pine.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth but definitely has a bit of tart that puckered my lips a little bit.

D: This is a very complex concoction but it's probably not one of my favorites. The slight funk threw me a little bit and I'm still trying to get in touch with my funky side, so I'll pass on this next time.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - popped open and filled a capt lawrence taster tulip. nice dark deep mahogany, almost plum with a pretty hefty yeasty like head. semi transparent. definitely dark and ominous for the style. the head really hung out...really creamy. different for sure.

s - citrus, mellon, lemon, almost a bit of red apple or cherry flavored candy. malty freshness with a pinch of pepper spiciness. very nicely balanced candy like alcohol mentholish smell. brisk baby!

t - yum. very strong malt presence, but also strong hop presence. someone turned my beer up to 11. interesting and tasty...but as a IIPA, i dunno...not what you'd expect.

m - medium to heavy bodied. alcohol tingle.

o - overall, this is a different and interesting IIPA. strong malt...alcohol briskness...kind of like if struise made a IIPA with mikkeller...oh, wait. they did and this is it. sort of what one would expect from the combo. wish i had this one fresher....this is Lot A 3 09, but enjoyable as a fan of both brewers. more american barleywine like than IIPA in my opinion.

Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.