Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) | De Struise Brouwers

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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Deca Services, Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt, hops, candy sugar, ale yeast and spices.

According to the brewers, this is the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2007

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4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden amber color with a thick creamy light tan head that fades slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

As soon as you pop the top on this one the room is filled with a sweet hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, caramel, toffee, and hops of course.

Taste is very well balanced. A smooth caramel, toffee combination that turns into a dry hop bitterness that lingers, it gets a tad spicy and then becomes a soapy pine like flavor that lingers encouraging you to drink. Anther drink revels a spicy grapefruit like flavor.

A very nice beer indeed.

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4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super pumped I found a bottle of this at a local beer shop. How can you not love both Mikkeller and Struise? Together they are simply unstoppable...

It seems that there are pretty mixed reviews out on this brew, but I simply loved it. Very complex, and yet very much drinkable in spite of all the complexity, let alone the 130 IBUs... This brew gives me everything that I could want in an Imperial IPA. Fantastic beer, I only wish it wasn't a limited brew...

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4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grinnin' like a fool here - what a grand beer! Poured with a HUGE foamy frothy sudsy cream colored head that lasts and lasts with loads of lace. Color is a cloudy darkish amber. Aroma is hoppy, malty, toffee, leather, musk, and toffee with a bit of fruit. Flavor is first rate with the hops dominating but very nicely complimented with some sweetness and caramel plus the other flavors that are like the aromas. Body is superb and masterfully carbonated. A little bit warming in the finish, which also has a good satisfying length. If it weren't for the strength, a session beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml. brown slender bottle with a ton of blurb on the label, which is slightly different than the one pictured above.
Bottle states: Special Brew by Struise and Mikkeller as a tribute to joint ventures. Brewed and bottled at Deca Brewery, Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium. RateBeer Special release Worldwide Master's Series. SM No. 12 - Elliot Brew.

Poured into a Chimay chalice a hazy amber-orange with a thick, creamy 1/2" beige head that lasts and leaves sticky lace clinging to the glass as you drink.

The smell is sweet, spicy and full of citric hoppiness. Ripened fruit sweetness with grapefruit, honeysuckle (candi sugar), spices and juniper perhaps? All very pleasant to the nose.

The taste is where this brew really shines. Loaded with complexity, lots of sweet malts and candi sugar that eventually gets engulfed by the massive hop load. Plenty of unique spices popping up through the liquid journey with the not-so noticeable alcohol and perfect carbonation pushing and balancing the whole brew sublimely. Incredible flavor and balance!

Full body and precise carbonation lend a smooth and creamy mouthfeel like few other 2XIPA can even attempt. The whole drinkability of this brew is hard to match, from start to finish. A great brew that I highly it!

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4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Going off old notes. Pours up a murky copper color with a nice frothy off white head. The nose is citrus, sweetness, yeasty, lots more citrus, apricot. Taste is very citrusy, nice bitterness, yeasty, great pale malt flavor, nice spritzy carbo, medium bodied. Great brew

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4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from abrand and poured into a Snifter. Thanks alot man!!!!

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a ridiculous 3 finger off white head that is going nowhere!

S- Strong caramel malts with a brutal pine citrus hop background.

T- Caramel malts with a strong lemony citrus hop bitterness. Strong pine and earthy hops. Probably one of the best DIPA's i've had so far. So simple in flavor but yet so great tasting!!!

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a brutal bitter dry finish.


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4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - decants into a snifter and still pushes up three fingers, easily rising above the glass top but not spilling over. The beer is a hazed peach/dark apricot color with a very active bead. The feed to the off-white cap has it holding quite well. The lace is big-bubbled and sticky.

Aroma - spicy orange citrus, candi sugar. a gingery smell, yeasty. Lots of cools things to find here, very nice.

Taste - a Belgian IPA, it may be my first. I know the style says 'American' but the candi sugar flavor, the occasional note of funk, the yeast styling, is anything but. The hops have a fruity, laced with alcohol beginning, and grow slowly bitter. They develop enough to earn IPA status and then kind of hold steady as the abv imparts double/imperial status to things. The finish is a very warm, moderately hoppy residual, and is very good. A little too hot for perfect status but close.

Mouthfeel - solid to heavy feel, the carbonation matches the power in this brew blow for blow and adds to the big beer feel while still enhancing drinkability.

Drinkability - despite the abv I'm downing this baby quickly and thinking about hoarding the other one. Yum.

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4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber-gold body. Huge off-white head that starts smooth, but becomes rocky as it falls off.

Nose is sweet hops with a bit of Belgian-ness to it. I hesitate to call it funk, but I can tell it's not from California.

Flavor is huge bitter hops coating a malt body that is solid without being sweet. I wish I knew how to do this with a DIPA. Great stuff!

Mouthfeel is coating, unlike most IPAs. It does have some of that toothstripping character, but only in moderation. High carbonation.

Drinkability is really good. This does not seem like 9% to me. Definitely a sipper, but only because I want to savor this wonderful brew.

Thanks to juicestam for personally exporting this from Belgium to Kwajalein for a mid-Pacific treat!

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4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized snifter glass. Even though poured gently, it produced a good 2" frothy head that slowly and unevenly reduced, leaving all sorts of lacing down the sides. The beer itself is a muddy, silty even, presenting the color of iced-tea.

Yeasty and hoppy, with floral notes, orange peel, sugar cane, and alcohol. Strong, yet pleasant in aroma.

Whoa! The bottle claims 130 IBU's, and they're not kidding. Mouthpuckeringly bitter, the taste underneath is still complex; honey, orange blossom, and oak, this is a bit boozy and a bit yeasty. Buttery, this beer is highly astringent, with a hop-bomb of bitter just annihilating your taste buds and gently fading away, with the honey sweet salving your tongue.

Full bodied and bitter, this leaves your mouth knowing it has experienced a very bitter beer.

While I find this highly enjoyable, I also feel that one of these is about all you'd want in one evening. While it was a it pricy, I will definitely pick this one up again.

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4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AdamB84 for the chance to try this exceptional brew!

A very careful first pour into a tulip glass reveals a crystal clear amber brew with a pillowy three-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a web of thick sticky lacing. Good head retention. As I emptied the last of the bottle it was much more of a hazy orange due to the yeast that flowed into the glass.

Smell is Belgian yeast, floral hops, some candied sugar, orange peel, pepper, coriander and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is sweet caramel malt and candied sugar up front, then some spicy floral hops, bitter grapefruit, orange peel and coriander. Some yeast and warming alcohol lead into some more bitter floral hops and a long dry finish.

Full-bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, but the hops keep things crisp.

A wonderfully balanced beer. Incredibly drinkable, despite the ABV. I wish I had more of these.

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4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a real nice Belgian ale scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a spicey Belgian yeast. It almost seems like a Saison yeast strain. The hops shine through the aroma as well. It's a very nice mixture of DIPA and Belgian strong. The taste is perfect. This is what a Belgian IPA should taste like. It's incredibly bitter with a strong malt character. The yeast provides a dry, earthy, spiciness to the beer that really compliments all the flavors. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a kick ass beer! I'm a huge fan of these collaberation brews.

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4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber/ orange color with a huge foamy white head that settles into a thin lace that lasts throughout. Spicy aroma with hints of apple, pear, grape, floral and citrus hops, candi sugar, caramel, and alcohol. Very spicy and hoppy with sweet ctrus fruit up-front with some candi sugar, licorice, and sweet fruit followed by a spicy, hoppy sweet lingering, slightly bitter finish. Excellently balanced and very quaffable. Highly recommended.

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4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl. 2011 vintage. Huge fluffy white head. Atop amber body. Soapy sticky oily lacing. Huge head retention. Aroma delicious, fresh grass and a touch of marijuana.  Slight alcohol. Taste not biting or overly bitter. Not sure when brewed in 2011, tastes delicious just maybe not perfectly fresh. 

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4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber into my tulip. Tons of foamy white head with plenty of lacing. Smell is hops, and lots of them. Mostly citrus, but some pine and earthy hops as well.

Taste has plenty of hop flavor of course, but also a nice malt backbone. Very complex, with different flavors hitting your palate at different times. Initial blast of hops, with some yeasty esters, and spiciness in the middle. Finishes with some sweet malt and healthy dose of bitterness. Hop resins coat the mouth for a few minutes, making this one a nice sipper.

Lots of carbonation in this one but not too much. Smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable considering the %ABV. The bitterness may hurt drinkability for some but is exactly what I expect and want from a DIPA.

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4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light orange/amber color with two finger white frothy head that refuses to subside. The bottom of this bottle had a good quarter inch of yeast. Lots of carb. bubbles.

S: Smells of raisins or overripe grapes. Cannot perceive the typical north american hops aroma. This is different. It is like old fruit swimming in malt.

T: Ample sweetness. The dark fruits continue to dominate the early than the hops finally come in but only as a bittering on the back of the tongue. (I have a hard time believing this is 130 IBU!) I cannot pick out any type of grapefruit/piney flavor of your typical north american hop. The finish is a slight vanilla. This beer states that it is 9% on the bottle but I don't perceive it until the very last part of the swallow.

M: This beer has a prickly mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: This was a wonderful beer. I thought I was buying a tongue buster 130 IBU american pale ale instead I was treated to a melange of flavor that I have never experienced from an APA in North America. A real treat!

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