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Ignis Et Flamma - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Cloudy amber-orange pour with off-white two finger head with great retention and lacing. Huge citrusy, floral nose reminiscent of a West Coast IPA at its best. Lots of pine, fresh picked hops and resin, but a hint of yeast more like a Belgian IPA also emerges. The taste is very tropical with lots of mango and pineapple with a hint of peaches as well. Earthy, resiny, bitter fresh hops are nicely complemented with a solid caramel malt base. The mouthfeel was a bit fizzy at first, but really smoothed out as it warmed and became almost creamy. Great bitter, tangy hop finish. Hands down the best Belgian IPA I've ever had! Perfectly balanced, not only in taste, but style (Belgian vs. American IPA). I cannot wait for my next beer run to get more of this!

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy for a Belgian IPA. I get a lot of pine, resin and orange hop notes as well as some biscuit malt.

The flavor is a little more balanced than I expected. I get some nice biscuit malt notes as well as some orange and pine notes. Low to medium bitterness. The orange citrus notes are very juicy. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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 innominat
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 glid02
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with good amounts of pine and herbal hops. As the beer warms hints of light citrus waft out.

Tastes good. Moderately dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by resinous pine hops. Midway through the sip the bitterness brought on by the pine hops subsides a bit and herbal and slight citrus hops work their way into things. Near the end of the sip the dryness subsides further and hints of tropical fruit hops make an appearance. The tropical fruit and citrus hops fade quickly into a solidly bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without any problems and could easily have another.

Overall this was a fairly well-balanced and crisp IPA (definitely skewed toward that side of the Belgian IPA - does Struise call it a Belgian IPA?) - not worth seeking out but if you see it on it's worth a shot.

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Photo of RobertH50
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DStoked
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The Palm Tavern, one of two IPAs I had. This one did not work for me as the other did. A generous three-quarters of an inch head and lacey. Zero aroma but big bitterness, some yeast and a little sugar. Very, very dry, One dimensional, not so drinkable.

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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 aztraz
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Bittterbill, cheers Bill!

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of tan head into my Vondel tulip. Superior head retention & good lacing, murks up a bit at the end...

S: Grapefruit & pine

T: Follows the nose, some bready notes, plus slight apricot fruittyness sneaking through up front. slight herbal & leafy hop bitterness, plus lemon zest & a touch of sage as this warms. Finishes grassy with grapefruit, slight toffee sweetness & more apricot & dryness, plus grainyness & touch of booze warmth. This skews west coast IPA to me, but I'm not complaining. Almost gave this a 4.5. got bit coarse at the end

MF: Medium bodied, slight grainy texture, good balance

Superior drinkability, glad I got to try this. Doesn't seem terribly Belgian to me, but I like this a lot

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Neffbeer
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at rattle n hum, served in a tulip.

A: Gorgeous two finger white head that just will not go away. The body is a lovely golden color with amber hues. There is a bunch of sticky lacing left behind.

S: American hops greet my nose in an overwhelming wave of citrus and pine cones. It smells ridiculously jammy with notes of peaches, pineapples, and oranges. There are hints of he Belgian yeast trying to peak through but they are very subtle.

T: I am greeted with a much more balanced beer than the nose would have suggested. The hops are still dominant with lovely citrus flavors and pine cone bitterness. For the sake of balance the toasty malt sweeps in on the backside in the form of nicely toasted bread. It finishes super dry with a healthy dose of bittering hops.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It is kind of oily from all of the hops in a really succulent way.

O: I loved this brew. Top notch Belgian IPA with an American blast of hops.

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Photo of jsilva
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

The veritable end of the line. Number three in a horizontal tasting of IPAs brewed using the same recipe. At Farmers' Cabinet. Janlud is sipping through a JW Lee's on cask beside me.

A: The most radiant of the line-up (I'm sure that its proximity to a candle aids in the conclusion), it has a golden straw color and a white head.

S: The most unusual nose of the three, stressing a tropical pineapple aroma. Biscuity malts provide a sense of balance but the hops have a certain intangible.

T: Easily the most lively of the three IPAs, the stream of carbonation providing a scrubbing quality. The hoppiness is substantial, giving Vuur & Vlam a run for its money. Tropical citrus and a lively yeast create a sweeter body that packs a solid punch. I can't quite nail the ale, a minerally presence (water-induced, perhaps) that adds a twist really helps. My favorite of the three, although the Belgian IPA tag seems a little off.

M: A clean taste that stresses the hoppiness nicely. I call this one my favorite but all three are packed closely together. A unique horizontal that I'm glad to have tried.

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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 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 Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy blonde/beige color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and green hops with solid malt backbone is quite interesting. Taste is also a nice mix between some floral and green hops with light fruity ester and solid malt backbone that doesn't take away too much from the hops profile. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very well brewed and something I could drink on a regular basis.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of desint
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Ignis Et Flamma from De Struise Brouwers
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