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Ignis Et Flamma - De Struise Brouwers

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87
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brabander on 09-25-2010

"Struise's approach (Westcoast IPA) from Menno's beer Vuur & Vlam, and brewed for the 2nd BBF 2010 at Bodegraven Netherlands.

Hops used for bitterness : Galena
Hops used for aroma : Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe & Amarillo
Dry hopped for 2 weeks on Amarillo

OG : 1066, FG : 1015
62 EBU, 20 EBC, 7% ABV
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 58 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Wanne
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, bitter beer but very smooth to drink. You smell the hops, which are accompagnied by a citrus aroma. These aromas also appear when you taste it, together with an initially grainy, malty taste. Very drinkable, very good.

Photo of Pegge
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of craftbeersweden
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Hazy, light mahogny colored beer with a two finger high, white, creamy head.

Nose: Orange, ripe apples, mandarin, grass, marmelade, molasses and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Toffe, caramel, raisin, apple and pine. Not really that hoppy but tasty!

Mouth: Medium body with a great full taste. A little carbonation and a litte bitterness. A great complex, balanced beer!

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This 33cl bottled seemed to be hanging around my stash awaiting chilling for ages, but it's BBD is 04/2015, so maybe I haven't had it as long as I thought: anyway it was opened and poured into a La Chouffe glass on 16th Nov 2013.

A deep and heavy head of beige foam sat on top of the reddy brown body, hazy, but not murky in looks.

The nose was excited by the various esters it picked up: a pink grapefruit marmalade with malty molasses lashed with old hop plants and Belgian yeast left overs seemed to be the final smell I got.

The taste wasn't as hoppy as I expected, this has a large malt content that prevents the hops taking over completely, some caramel and toffee apple notes help the blend give a very pleasant brew with a substantial alcohol kick that arrives nicely towards the end of each sip.

Different and interesting: a fine beer and one I'd happily have again.

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4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber color, I haven’t seen such a great head, ten full fingers of thick mushroom off white head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Wonderful aroma of tropical fruits and peaches.
Flavor of sweet toasted malts, with a tropical and citrusy hoppiness finishing herbal and floral. Wait a minute; this beer is leaving me positively confused. Notes of caramel, plums, oranges, apricot and grapefruit. Hints of yeast and pine. Dry, bitter and fruity aftertaste.
Medium body with perfect carbonation
Definitely the best Belgian IPA I had, off course it is pretty much looking beyond the Atlantic. Not overly sweet, happy marriage between choice of hops and the overall beer, which I found really hard for the style.

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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of benfons
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy dark amber colour, nice head, a lot of residue

S: loads of malts, hints of caramel, hints of orange and plum, even a hint of port

T: bitter hops at the beginning, bit bready, hints of orange and koriander, and bitter finish with a bit of alcohol

M: a bit thin, dry finish

O: I think this beer was over it's top, never the less great taste

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To find the line where absolute complexity meets supreme drinkability- there's no real reason to look further than Belgian-style IPAs. And the quality brewers of Struse knocks it out of the park wit high fruit, high spice, the pungent citrus hop notes and a kiss of earthen rusticity to round it all off.

And the joint venture is seen as the beer is poured- its rich camel body is hazy with both yeast and hops, giving a significant and mysterious hazy glow. The head which ensues billows and nearly topples the glass- yep, it's a Belgian ale! As the ale settles in, it forms a structural, rocky head that looks like pie meringue.

Dried fruit kicks off the aromatic show as the hop notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and oranges bounce off of the olfactory sense. The ester profile that lies just behind rounds out the hops with apple, lemon and apricot. As sweeter malts rise to meet the fruity notes, its biscuity sweetness seems to give the fruit a lightly caramel-dipped aroma and taste.

Not to be outdone, a peppery note pierces through the fruit and caramel at middle palate to deliver some semblance of balance. But soon after, the citrus and tropical hops turn herbal and pleasantly grassy. As the ale finishes, a stern bitter taste of grapefruit peels cleanses the taste and allows white pepper and a touch of cinnamon to accompany the citrusy finish.

Medium-light on the tongue, ale is surprisingly refreshing and zesty- all due to both the carbonation that lifts the beer's weight from the palate and the dry IPA base character. In complement, hop dryness and minty alcohol warmth further drives home the impressions of dryness and drinkability.

Much of the beer's charm is in its exquisite balance. But its just that balance that limits it slightly. Where all of the signature "Belgian" and "IPA" character are all at the same level of intensity from beginning to end, there's no hierarchy in taste. And its that rise and fall at various points in the taste for which I want. However, the beer does give a new flavor, impression, and aroma with each sip. Its one of the most complex beers I've had in a while- particularly with this level of effort.

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Ignis Et Flamma from De Struise Brouwers
87 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.