Ignis Et Flamma - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by beerdrifter:
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
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!
08-16-2011 16:32:24 | More by beerdrifter
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4.33/5 rDev +11%
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.
01-21-2011 06:42:53 | More by Mora2000
United Kingdom (England)
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
01-15-2012 23:53:21 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
01-23-2011 21:39:13 | More by glid02
3.3/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
09-07-2011 03:17:08 | More by Sammy
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
09-16-2012 10:13:41 | More by MrKennedy
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
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
01-16-2011 05:16:28 | More by russpowell
4.33/5 rDev +11%
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.
06-07-2011 20:51:10 | More by Neffbeer
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-11-2011 13:07:09 | More by akorsak
3.33/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
11-20-2011 05:44:33 | More by emerge077
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
11-22-2010 17:51:11 | More by Phyl21ca
4.25/5 rDev +9%
hazy amber yellow with a huge three inch plus head of white foam. This reluctantly faded after a few minutes and left behind copious amounts of lace down the glass. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. The smell was very hoppy, which quite shocked me at first. There was the underlying base of yeast, and your typical tripel smell, but above that was this huge aroma of citrus hops, lots of orange peel and sweet tangerine aromas. Now this is what I'm talking about. The taste was superb. Lots of west coast hops in the back. Well forst great feel, smooth, light and great carbonation. Went down real easy and had the slightly fizzy feel that really makes the flavors pop. Nice bread and yeast tones, earthy grains made up the backbone of this one. Then interwovern were extremly frsh cut hops.
08-24-2011 03:08:21 | More by mikesgroove
3.7/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
06-08-2012 06:13:43 | More by largadeer
United Kingdom (England)
4.06/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
11-16-2013 20:34:14 | More by BlackHaddock
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
33 cl bottel poured into my struise glass
A: pours à dark golden amber colour with à huge white 4 finger head that stays forever and leaves Tons of lacing , very Nice
S: Wow , this is. Intresting , Very intens smell , very Nice hop aroma , Tons of hops, citrus flavour , very similar to pliny the elder , i want to taste this one
T : similar to the nose but not that strong , wheat , Tons of hops , citrus , sweet malts , à Nice slightly bitter finish , this could be the little brother of pliny the elder , but this is softer , not so strong ,
M : very smooth , very well balanced ,
D : very drinkable , alcohol is well hidden , i could drink this all day long , yammy , well done struise. !!
10-13-2010 19:23:36 | More by beerpirates
4.47/5 rDev +14.6%
Served in a goblet at Local Option 2/27/11. Thanks to Chris and Steve for the assist!
A: Served a bright, glowing apricot/peach color. Sitting on top was 1/2 a finger of creamy, bright-white head that sported decent retention. Some messy lace was left behind.
S: Big stinky nose of tropical fruit. Mango, papaya, and pineapple with a bunch of grapefruit and a bit of peach and apricot. Also noted a bit of sweet yet toasty caramel malt that lent a great deal of balance.
T: Silly amounts of the aforementioned tropical fruits with freshly shaved grapefruit zest, slightly toasty malt, and fresh ripe peach and apricot. Good lord!
M: Sticky and sweet with a fair amount of hoppy bitterness. Not necessarily oily, just sticky. And pretty coating.
D: Excellent! We drank this waaay too fast. Extremely enjoyable. Certainly the most "American" BIPA I've had the pleasure of drinking.
02-28-2011 18:57:57 | More by GbVDave
Ignis Et Flamma from De Struise Brouwers
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