Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
422
Reviews:
289
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
21
For Trade:
1
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Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 Vintage. Pours cloudy, amber in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is Earl Grey tea, leafy hops, dark bread, Belgian sugar, and a bit of grain. Bitter with a dry aftertaste, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Almost like a mix between a dubbel and a Belgian IPA. Interesting and creative brew. I prefer Struise's quads, but this is worth a try if you enjoy their brews.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of impending
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Meyers1023
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This gushed out of a bottle marked Vintage 2013 a dark amber almost brown color with a huge amount of off white head that sticks around. The smell is sweet, a little citrusy, and piney all together. There is a lot going on with the flavor. You get hop bitterness up front but you can tell that the fact it's aged subdues that a little. You get some citrus with a good amount of malt and sugar to balance it out. The feel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. This is a very interesting beer. I'm guessing it was supposed to be aged seeing the bottle was labeled with the vintage year. I would like to see what it taste like fresh.

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Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gregcordle
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY. Accdidentally purchased a '13 vintage of this.

This one pours a moderately dark brown, with some yeastiness at the bottom, with a small head, and no real lacing.

Smells like caramel, faded leafy hops, some pine, and baked bread.

This has certainly faded with time and become worse. It's not entirely unpleasant, as there's a somewhat interesting malt backbone behind it, but there's kind of a metallic character to it that I don't love, and a strong Belgian yeastiness that's fairly distracting.

This is slightly syrupy in the body, with a very high level of carbonation, making it prickly on the finish.

This has definitely degraded, but it was still interesting enough to drink.

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Photo of kingjohnh
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stumac
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
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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Photo of ncelauro
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure how fresh this keg was, but there was minimal aroma and taste. A bit of bitterness. Would revisit.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DRBiser
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Highbury09
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmapes
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprised that a "Double IPA" would advertise the fact that it's a 2011 vintage (opened in 2015), as IPAs are not known for their cellaring qualities. But here goes:

Color is dark amber/light brown, going on red. Big foamy head. Smells a little like sour apple (or maybe just apple). More malt than hops or yeast, though just a hint of the yeast.

Lots of flavors up front - a sour note, malt grain, hop bitterness (not floral, not pine-y but more herbal/woody), long bitter dry finish.

Medium bodied.

Brighter notes become more apparent lower down the glass: lemon/floral hoppiness. But the main component is a dark malty taste, balanced with a lot of hop bitterness, but without the floral, "pretty" fresher hop aromas.

We like it; it's an interesting experiment; but probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of kguard
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of KJ2013
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i suspect this one has faded quite a bit, not sure how old it is, never seen it before for sale ever, or even heard of it, but found a bottle at a forgotten bottle shop outside of town and couldnt leave it there. it looks alright, a hazy dark caramel colored brew, heady too, hard to control on the pour with a rising almost explosive off white head thats thick and bubbly and lasting. hoppy nose, but it seems a little stale and the grain maybe has held on better than the hops have, making a more balanced beer than it was probably intended to be. the hops are interestingly more on the front end than the finish, and there is a lot of sugar in this, too sweet for what its supposed to be, and honestly im surprised its not more dry being all old, i cant imagine it was pasteurized. carbonation is way up, matching the appearance, and there is some bitterness way after the sweetness is gone after the swallow. i respect it, think its cool, but its not all that good. i bet it was pretty intense when it was first brewed, no date visible on this bottle. id like to see this made again and try it fresh, hard to ponder an older ipa, but i like the yeast profile on it, always appreciate a big ipa with a little yeast character, just more unique that way, but this isnt quite belgian. cool beer but no longer relevant i dont think. never really love a beer thats sugary and boozy at the same time.

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