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Ignis Et Flamma - De Struise Brouwers

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87
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"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 added by: Brabander on 09-25-2010)
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dataylor21

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-09-2014 14:03:17 | More by dataylor21
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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-08-2014 05:04:33 | More by groleau
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Anatole

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

11-26-2013 12:56:16 | More by Anatole
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 20:34:14 | More by BlackHaddock
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FLima

Brazil

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 13:58:25 | More by FLima
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dcmchew

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

11-04-2013 13:58:09 | More by dcmchew
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benfons

Belgium

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

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 20:19:40 | More by benfons
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MarkJBurch

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-04-2013 09:47:57 | More by MarkJBurch
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 18:40:21 | More by BEERchitect
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MaseFace

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-24-2013 22:49:57 | More by MaseFace
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safaricook

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 17:32:08 | More by safaricook
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ThirdEyePA

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-04-2013 17:41:46 | More by ThirdEyePA
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DStoked

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

05-17-2013 18:23:38 | More by DStoked
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-08-2013 12:52:53 | More by KVNBGRY
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Absumaster

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 22:29:26 | More by Absumaster
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BelgianBeerPope

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 !

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 10:07:23 | More by BelgianBeerPope
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SStein

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-07-2013 07:57:06 | More by SStein
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-17-2013 23:00:02 | More by mendvicdog
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-30-2013 00:34:32 | More by bostonryan
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-25-2013 20:50:10 | More by Mattias
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-22-2012 13:00:00 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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StJamesGate

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 23:41:00 | More by StJamesGate
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sansho

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-23-2012 17:08:50 | More by sansho
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 02:08:47 | More by Rifugium
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profondo

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

10-13-2012 09:13:14 | More by profondo
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Ignis Et Flamma from De Struise Brouwers
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.