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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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Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good DIPA, not the massive hops and massive malt, thanks Jason. Big white soapy head on cloudy orange body. Lace is left in glass. A tripple and nicely balanced bitterness and sweetness, with candi. Great integration with the yeast, hah 130 IBU.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber orange color with a huge, puffy thick and firm light tan head.

Nose is very assertive candied oranges and then with some spice.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice creamy character.

Flavors are very complex and layered of roasted grain, carmel, toffee and underlying "lightly sweet" malt, that goes to a nice sugared milked coffee character and then flows to a finish of big bitter grapefruit skin that is long lasting and pleasant.

This is a very layered and complex beer with tons of character and remarkable balance for something so layered and complex. The big flavors will likely go with lots of food profiles and the big bitter finish goes on for many minutes.

I read the label a bit more carefully thinking I'd buy a few of these. It interestingly describes the brew and indicates "the best of both worlds;" (assuming they mean malt and bitter hops). I very much agree.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis brew poured out as a nice looking golden amber color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer had a nice smelling hoppy aroma. with some lighter malt aromas in there too. The taste of the beer had plenty of hoppy flavors runing through it. The mouthfeel of this beer was medium bodied, and good carbonation too. Overall this brew is pretty good I think. I would drink it again if I saw it at a good price.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only assume that I am reviewing this in the correct place. Its a Struise-Mikkeller collaboration DIPA but on the side of the bottle it says its the second of the world wide master series for ratebeer. Oh yeah, and I got this from Himerman.

Moderately murky but I got the first half of the bottle and my roomate caught some of the garbage at the bottom. The beer is dark orange, lots of fine smooth white foam. Good lacing and retention.

Aroma is spicy, fruity, and of the Struise yeast. It almost smells like it would be sour.

Flavor is slightly spicey, very malty, very yeasty, overall pretty darn good. Some noticeable alcohol but not too much. Dry finish and lingering hop/spice aftertaste.

Heavy body, medium/high carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Ya know, I have to say that the base of this is similar to the first batch of the Lost Abbey Signature ale with the obvious exception of the hop choice. I know that was done by De Proef but I'm just saying.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brown in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and brown sugar are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts, brown sugar and spices along with a light amount of bitterness as well as faint hints of citrus hops and alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some hints of crispness and a light amount of carbonation.
O: This definitely tastes like a Belgian version of an imperial IPA and wasn't dominated by the hops. Any trace of alcohol are very well hidden.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Using the most earthy of earthy hops, but also with a sharp citrus flavor; Elliot Brew wants to push hop bitterness to the forefront... if not for the carmel malty attempt to balance.

As advertised, the beer pours with a rich hazy medium amber hue and builds a very sturdy yellowish head that very reluctantly suceeds into the beer leaving a demonstrative memory of lace behind. This is how imperial IPA's are supposed to look!

Aromas share a blend of earthy, spicy, citusy, grassy, vegetal, and herbal notes. Most notably are those that are reminescent of onion/garlic, marajuana, and catty characteristics. Still, there's the backbone of sun kissed barley and deep caramels. A challenging aroma but inviting nonetheless.

Where hops dominate the nose, the malty richness governs the early taste with carmel, bread crust, and biscuity sweetess. But the malty start is short lived as the earthy and herbal flavors of hops set in along with white grapefuit, orange zest, and lemon grass. The blend of hop flavor and fleeting malt sweetness soon give way to the hop bitterness and a non-descript malty richness that usher in a resiny bitter finish that leaves with the impressions of grass or pine... all with that unmistakable marajuana undertone.

Medium-full in body, the beer has a heafy, bready feel that hold on to its malty base deep into the mid palate before reliquishing and fading towards a malty-dry, hoppy-bitter finish. Never astringent, the beer finishes just shy of complete dryness and showcases the fade of malt and the late dominance of hop bitterness.

While constructing an extremely solid and formitably malty yet balanced imperial IPA, the rogue brewers at Mikkeller and Struise are intent to showcase the hop varieties that give the largest display of marajuana flavor possible. Their audience is obvious- however those folks will spend their hard earned cash on Doritos and Cheetos, and likely not high end beers- sorry guys!

Thanks bbehr!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served into Struise stemware. This was the 2009 vintage, "SM No. 12". Reviewed in Belgium in Summer 2011. Reviewed from notes. I love both breweries so expectations were high.

A: Pours a one finger head of amazing cream, brilliant thickness, and incredible retention (over six minutes before I couldn't wait any longer) for the style. Semitransparent ruby colour. Incredibly appealing.

Sm: Bright light fruit esters. Very pleasant. Raspberry, cherry. A bit musty, but it's three years old. Yeasty. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Bright fruit esters - mainly raspberry. Cherry as well. Darker fruit is more buried, and likely was helped by the aging. Complex and delightful. The yeast is a bit unpleasant - I'd pour without it if possible. Adds some astringency. The alcohol comes through in the taste a bit, which is unpleasant. Sort of musty, but it aged well. Hoppy but sadly imbalanced. I expected more from this beer. Built pretty well for the style, but far from exemplary.

Mf: Coarse in the second half and even a bit dry on the finish. Smooth and wet in the open. Balances well and suits the style, but doesn't complement the general tone of the flavours in the body.

Dr: High ABV, hard to drink quickly, and at a high price by Belgian standards (6 euro). Too yeasty; I don't know if aging was a good idea. The mouthfeel spoils it. Far too coarse.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a tawny orange amber tone into a fluted Bokrijk tulip.
After a couple gentle pours and sips, the bottle was upended into the glass, forming a poofy meringue head above the rim of the glass. Foam inside the glass is sparkly and sudsy.

Gentle fruit aromas of pear and lemon, some grassy hay too. After a few sips, it reminds me of an IPA version of Moinette. Soft flavors of pear, low candi sugar sweetness, with some dry, spicy hops in the middle and toward the end. Aftertaste is only mildly bitter. Body isn't overly carbonated or syrupy, it's rather mild for a DIPA. Interesting choices of hops and yeast give this a unique character, definitely worth a try. Alcohol is hidden until you start feeling it midway through the glass.

If there were some magical way to get this ultra-fresh (without a plane ticket to Denmark), I would jump at the chance to try it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lot A-3-09

Appearance: Characteristically Belgian, with a cloudy apricot nectar color and a massive head that sticks and laces with the best of them

Smell: Oozes balance between the caramel malt and the piney hops, with peppery yeast esters and medicinal herbaciousness

Taste: Malt forward, with the medicinal herbal character and peppery yeast adding early complexity; the pithy hops emerge by mid-palate amd, after the swallow, become even stronger, with aspirin-like bitterness, though there is plenty of residual candi sugar on the tip of the tongue in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with high levels of carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting experiment and perhaps better when fresh (I presume this is now a year old); there is a lot going on and somehow the flavors don't all come together well on my palate

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of fonefan: Poured a dirty hazy beige color ale with a super huge foamy head with excellent retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian sweet malt with an interesting mix between some floral hops and some citrusy hops. Taste is an interesting mix between on one side: spicy yeast and medium sweet Belgian malt base with on the other side some very nice floral hops with a medium citrusy grapefruit bitter ending. Full body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. It kind of reminds me of Triple Chouffe with less intensity and a more balance approach.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky amber, sort of like dirty pond water - not exactly a great color but it's not a bad looking brew either. Head retention is excellent, leaving plenty of lace behind.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty but strangely lacking in hop aroma for a supposed Double IPA. Earthy, slightly herbal. Not bad.

Taste & mouthfeel: Candy-like sweetness meets earthy, herbal bitterness. Subtle spices (coriander and orange peel?), faint medicinal notes and fruity esters make for a pretty complex flavor profile. The texture is downright creamy, thanks in part to the dense layer of foam. Hops come through strong in the finish, leaving a lasting herbal/minty bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable but deceptively alcoholic; this is the kind of beer you have to force yourself to drink slowly.

Notes: An interesting brew for sure. More of a hoppy tripel than an American DIPA, though.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy/cloudy mahogany brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation and some garnet red + amber brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy foamy medium beige in color which very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts with some notes of candi sugar and brown sugar. Light amounts of spiciness and just a hint of herbal hops.

T: Upfront this beer is quite malty with tons of caramel malts and brown sugar + candi sugar sweetness. That is overtaken by moderate flavors of spicy Belgian yeasts and earthy/herbal hops. Moderate amounts of sharp bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth

O: Probably a little past it's prime as a DIPA but I think of it more of a hoppy Belgian Pale/Dark Ale - interesting but not one I would be running out to get again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, fruity citrus, hops and some spices.

T: The taste is malty and bready up front with flavors of citrus, caramel, Belgian yeast and spices. The hops presence is strong but it's a on the weak side for the style, however, it creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet. This is definitely the type of beer that has to sit for a few minutes before it comes together.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style while adding a Belgian twist to it, I was taken aback by this beer at first but as I continued to drink the beer grew on me, it's a good beer to drink for a while but just because it's listed as a "Double IPA" on the label don't expect a hop bomb.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I passed on this beer a few times in the past but now that its local I decided to pick one up,Iam glad I did.Poured into a small tulip glass a hazy amber/brown with a huge blooming off white head,it flowed over the glass even at a gentle pour.Wow the aromas I gotta say were pretty much flawless in my opinion,a decedant mix of dark candied fruit,juicy fruit malt notes,and some resiny hop,just a perfect melding of diffrerent components.Flavors are complex and flavorful with a nice mix of dark candided fruit and resiny pine hop,the alcohol comes off in a bit of sweetness but for the most part does not rear its head.A very nice complex mix of Belgian and American beer traits,well done.

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white head on top of a muddy, golden-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - Strong citrus hops and sugary malt. Notes of caramel, toffee, grapefruit and pine with a little of licorice and burnt sugar in the background.

T - Lots of sweet malt up front; fruity caramel, toffee, and butterscotch, balanced by resinous hops. Hop flavors of pine, grapefruit, lime, and licorice assert themselves in the middle. The dark sugar comes back strong in the finish to push the hops aside with flavors of dark caramel, plums, and raisins that are barely balanced by what seems like moderate bitterness. Lingering flavors of grape, tobacco, and lime coat the tongue in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a pretty extreme beer with huge doses of both malt and hops, making it kind of hard to call it anything approaching drinkable. The malt character is so thick and sweet that it takes what are apparently saturation levels of bitterness and makes them seem relatively mild. Ultimately it is a uniquely flavorful beer that combines thick, sugary malt with a lot of hops to form something that is half way between and DIPA and an American Barleywine; and while this is a tenuous balancing act, they have managed to make it work.

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