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Ignis Et Flamma - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 120
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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
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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper, hazy, with a sticky head. Smells a bit like a dubbel, caramel, malt and Belgian yeast, with an addition of vinegar. Bitter, from the hops, with a metallic taste and with notes of cane sugar, vinegar, white wine.

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Photo of janubio
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-copper colour, good head that leaves ring and lace. Aroma of chocolate, dried fruits, raisins, licorice, malt. Medium body, creamy palate, lively carbonation. Taste of chocolate, dried fruits, spices, malt,licorice, marzipan. It's really good but I really can't find any IPA character here.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet malt, caramel, pine and resinous hops. Very malty.
Malty flavours too but not all that sweet. Massive amounts of bready notes, some soft pine in there. Not all that hoppy.

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Photo of Wanne
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of FLima
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Photo of benfons
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of safaricook
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at the de witte parel chocolate shop in Watou. Poured into a la Chouffe tulip glass 3 month before the best before date.

Thick beige coarse head that dissipates very slowly and leaves gorgeous lacing. Body is dark copper that is clear if sediment is not poured, medium to heavy carbonated.

Aroma is not as strong as expected but it does have the typical American IPA ingredients as there are citrussy and pine hop aromas as well as the rich bready malt.

Taste follows the nose with the typical American hops balanced by the substantial malt backbone. Foam is substantial enough to be bitten and tastes hoppy and acidic.

Feel is oily and velvety at the same time. Not too much carbonation which wouldn't be expected of the style.

This one sits between a IPA and a DIPA. It is not overpowered with bitterness or hops. I expected more aroma, which is probably there if it is fresher. A nice one but does not make it into the top class in my opinion.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An orange colored beer with a bit of gushing. The foam is very thick and is very stable.

The smell is mild citric hoppy with distinct US hoppy flavors. The malt is dextrinous and has some hay and strawlike smells.

The taste is mild hoppy and bitter, which develops into a nice base of raw bitterness. The hops give the beer it's citric US hoppiness. The beer lacks an aggressive bitterness and hoppiness, but the beer is a little older, so the hops may have diminished over time.

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Photo of BelgianBeerPope
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

20/04/2012 @ 12:00

A: Hazy, orange-amber colored with lots of small bubbles and a nice, white head

S : closed aroma : grains, yeast, a lil bit of damp pine forest

T : Hops are clearly upfront, in the middle and at the end - yeast & grains are also very much there

M : Although the hops create a full palate, this beer is rather easy drinking and has some resemblance (although much hoppier) with Orval trappist

O : This beer grew on me, first smell & taste was a bit odd and couldn't quite place it but if you let your palate accomodate to the bitterness, it becomes a rather easy drinker with a long aftertaste, shame that the smell is a bit of a let down and doesn't tell the full story !

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a fine mist of bubbles and a taupe head of steady cream that crusts.
Dank nose of citrus oil and skunk.
Canteloupe and mango then tangerine, resin, and pine sap hops.
Five Alive finish and an orange rind linger that’s more long than bitter. Medium, chewy, creamy, smooth, oily.

Galena, Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo
OG 1066 FG 1015 62 EBU Lot 41/24/2010

Is this bottle really 2 years old? Might’ve lost a step but plenty of hop depth. Not sure I get the Simcoe – is that the dank? Solid DIPA either way.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Bierstube, Philly, PA

Poured a hazy golden-yellow with a finger or so of fluffy white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and citrus mainly. Taste was bready and surprisingly sweet and floral, toasted grains, yeast, lots of hops for sure, but for the amount used, they definitely seemed to take a backseat, apart from the ubiquitous floral quality. Smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation, medium body, easy drinking. Everything seemed to have a great balance, which is, I think, what made this beer especially good.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of citrus, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of sugar. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in London, appearance is pale chestnut with a light tan head leaving pretty heavy lace. Floaties at the end.

Smell is spicy hops, some lemon, oranges.

Taste is still pretty hoppy after these years, the citrus is accentuated by the fruity esters. Nice bubble gum, a little resiny still, and decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high, a tasty, if aged BIPA. Dig the esters.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bluebetty for sourcing this from Struise, 330ml bottle into a Golden Monkey tulip.

Pours a hazy amber-golden colour, nice fluffy beige head of foam on top. Random lacing, decent head retention.

Smells of mango itself and then starts to get a bit sweeter with mango syrup and some honey as well.

Taste follows suit with the mango coming through. Then it has a bit of a mango sulphur thing going on when the belgian yeast comes into play. Nice yeast flavour comes through later on.

Solid body to this, not gritty like a other Euro IPA's can be at times, but plenty there, while there is a bit of hop bitterness to finish it off. Pretty drinkable with the little bit of extra sweetness, yet it doesn't get cloying.

Reverts to the belgian IPA yeast profile and gives a sense of trueness to style. However, the nice mango flavour that with the added sweetness gives this a real point of difference. Unique, worth trying, enough to pique my interest. Perhaps not what i'm looking for enough to open my wallet for more though.

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Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky apricot hue which leaves a two finger head and subtle lacing,the smell is honey,floral hops,citrus and caramel candy,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and very sessionable for something of this ABV and has tastes of candied blood oranges,caramel malts,toffee treacle,passionfruits and finished with a candy bittersweetness and overall its alright but i dont think ill buy it again cheers.

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Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The head is lasting and dense, the body a glowing and clear crimson hue. A beautiful beer.

Smell: Yeasty and estery with a mild but surprisingly pleasant tropical fruit hop bouquet. Sugary red grapes, mango, orange marmalade, a touch of caramel malt.

Palate: Tropical fruit and red grapes carry over from the nose. Fairly dry, though there's a decently substantial malt backbone beneath the hops. Cardboard-like oxidation is faint but noticeable, something I've picked up in other Struise beers in the past - it's not overly offensive, but it does detract. The finish is bitter and fruity with an herbal bite that doesn't linger long.

Overall: Surprisingly nice from the bottle, and probably much better on tap from the source.

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Photo of kjyost
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle received in CanBIF 2012 via phyl21ca. Thanks! Undated bottle poured into a sleeve.

A: Brown body with a tan head that drops but stays as a cap for a while and laces nicely
S: Malty, soap. Not much op though a light dank naure is in there.
T: Sweet malts with a hint of bitterness. Some light hop flavours that get brought down by a molasses like flavour. Clean and not estery, maybe a hint of pepper.
M: Bright strong carbonation, with the beer finishing surprisingly dry for the malty nature of the taste.
O: Not terribly IPA like anymore (no clue if this is fresh or old [edit: oh, wow, 2010], but isn't really evidencing any of the american hops they are claiming... A dissapointment.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip
Thanks to Bluebetty for getting this for me through Struise.

A-- Pours a clean and clear coppery amber color. Two finger off white, very rocky looking head that quickly fell to a thick ringed collar and some soapy, splotchy, film. Good web like lacing when the head went down. Aggressive swirling does get the head back to two fingers and a better built head, but once again a quick fader.

S-- Soft nose, not much to this really. Some orange and peach sorbet, soft grapefruit and pine. Some backbone smell but really a soft nose. Had to really dig for what I got.

T-- Orange, Pine, Grapefruit all thrown at me at once. Weird little wave that dissipates to thinness after the initial hop presence. malt is more involved in the taste. As a rich somewhat candied bread taste. Not bad but hops drop off very quickly.

M-- Light medium bodied, medium carbonation. A few watery gaps in the middle of the palate. Does finish with a nice, bitter orange finish. Really, a pretty clean IPA in the end. More carmel sweetness is obvious in the feel and does enhance this but the watery gaps really hurt this.

O-- I like it but I do not like it. Really want to like this as has some really good notes and feel to this but the watery gaps do hurt. Would want to try again as do like this but grading does win out.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. Acquired from a Belgian webshop. The label image reminds me of tie-die t-shirts; it's just random. This is my first beer from de Struise and I'm excited to finally try one.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation and considerable yeast haze. Produces a massive creamy head of foam that seems to last forever; this eventually reduces to a nice surface layer. The bottle has a thick layer of sediment remaining inside. A spicy aroma of aromatic hops with notes of pine and citrus fruits; hints of grapefruit. Underpinned by sweet malt and dry, fruity yeast esters.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with an yeasty, hoppy character and a restrained bitter finish. Notes of sweet malt, pine, faint citrus, sugar, toffee and dry, dusty yeast esters. Slightly spicy hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, thick and tingly, but seems a bit flat. Great body but lacking carbonation. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of yeasty malt with aromatic hop overtones.

Pretty good - a nice Belgian IPA with solid hop aroma. The flavour seems a bit lacklustre - mild aromatic hops and relatively low bitterness. The mouthfeel was pleasant but not sufficiently carbonated. I suspect I may have held onto this bottle for too long - a lesson for next time. Still, this was a well-crafted IPA with character - worth your time.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Remarkably clear brickish red-brown, with nectarine highlights and a big, bone colored, lacy head that retains well. Aroma is as floral and fruity as you'd expect from the style, but it lacks impact, coming across more like an APA than an IPA. Herbaceous notes of celery and coriander overlay blackcurrant, blueberry, and faint pineappl fruit notes, with rose, geranium, buckwheat, rotten driftwood, and musty cellar aromas lurking in the shadows. Pillowy carbonation supports a fine balance of yeasty and hoppy characters on the palate, vacillating between grapefruit and mold, concord grape and cider, rosewater and medicinal, quinine-ish phenols. Dry yet juicy, and lush with pineappley fruitiness, but tweaked by bittersweet funk. More Belgian than IPA, a good beer that I'd be more than happy to drink any day of the week, but nothing particularly special.

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Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Map Room's 19th anniversary, served in a tulip glass.

Deep copper orange color that exhibits bright clarity, it has a lasting collar of foam that sticks to the edges, with some drippy lacing hangs inside the glass. Texture of the foam is smooth and creamy. Looks very inviting.

Big floral aroma, mild caramel maltiness. Seems more like an English IPA than anything Belgian. Very mild with a basic floral quality.

Caramel maltiness in the flavor, fairly dry. Slightly fruity citrus, mild grapefruit and orange peel. Not especially bitter or hoppy oddly enough. How old is this... seems a bit faded to say the least. Comes across more like a malty English strong ale than Belgian IPA. Not something i'd buy again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 10/04/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Served in a snifter.

a - Pours a dark orange brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, fruity malts, and not much else. Light in both and not a lot of hops. Not bad, but pretty average.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, light lemons, bready malts, and citrus hops. Again, light and not much hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. A touch undercarbonated.

o - Overall a pretty average IPA and a bit disappointing. Not a ton going on in either the nose or taste, with just some light hops. Would have liked a little more carbonation as well. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Ignis Et Flamma from De Struise Brouwers
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