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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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is a decent DIPA. Kind of boozy though with a bit of a burning alcohol. It still comes together though with a hoppy enough accent on it, though it carries a thick malt base. Feel is smooth and this is decent enough, but it could be much better. Especially considering who brewed it.

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

Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of white head. Quite sweet and sugary. Very heavy on the caramel malts. A decent citrus fruitiness, but also sort of tropical with some berries? There is just a hint of pine and maybe a little bit of yeast. The flavor is very sweet, heavy on the caramel and toffee malt flavors. As with the nose, quite fruity with just a bit of citrus. Some light pine bitterness. Has a hint of tartness to it, too.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle signed by Jeppe’s son Elliot who this brew was named after! How cool is that!? Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (the whole family is here!). Poured a deep red-orange with a three finger fluffy off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and floral hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, floral, floral hop, sweet alcohol, and citrus on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The look on this one was great as the head just seemed to foam up and stay for what seemed like forever. The aroma was also quite nice with loads of citrus and floral notes taunting you for what waits. However, upon the first sip your palate is assaulted by caramel and caramel hop. Worth trying if you want to say you have had the once hoppiest brews from Belgium.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber/brown pour with lots of lacing and foamy beige head (lots of it). smells of piney hops, grass, slight citrus, caramel. nice tangy/citrusy bitterness, followed by a dirt/earth/spicy hoppiness, sweet malty backbone - this is delicious! almost getting hints of chocolate towards the end.

medium body, rich and slight cream feel, moderate carbonation and a nice warmth. overall, a solid iipa from two foreign brewers. if it werent' so damn pricy to obtain, i'd love to have more!

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, utterly incomprehensible bottle dating that says Lot: 16/13/2011 (is that a date?), bottled on M|FF, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a super hazy dark amber color, topped with a three-finger, thick, creamy off-white head, I'm giving it a huge bump in points because it has some of the most gorgeous, thick lacing I've seen in a while.

S- I was expecting a hop bomb for a 216 IBU beer, but the aroma is instead chock full of spice, juicy sweet orange, candi and Belgian yeast. Some hops and herbal aromas come out as it warms.

T- Starts out with spices and candi sweetness, lots of juicy apples, some orange, loads of candi sugar. As the spice and candi recedes a powerful pine hop bitterness takes over. Has a really nice finish with a bit of bitterness and lots of lingering candi sugar flavor.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, dry finish.

O- A really great beer, I wasn't sure that huge hops, spice and candi sugar would work, but they've managed to pull it off very nicely, this is a delicious beer that has really impressed me.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, ruddy amber with a huge, imposing off-white head that takes several minutes to settle.

S: Aromas of caramel, candy sugar, bready yeast, and grassy, herbal hops dominate the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime zest, kumquat, bitter orange, herbs, grass, bready yeast, candy sugar, pepper, earth, and caramel wash across the palate. The finish is puckering and fiery with intense lemon, lime zest, kumquat, and herb flavors underscored by prickly alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full in body, dryish, and somewhat chalky. Gets smoother and wetter toward the finish. Carbonation is initially crisp, but quickly dies away. Alcohol presence is especially apparent on the finish.

O: This is an interesting beer with huge, herbal hop aromas and flavors. It really is more of a Belgian IPA than an American DIPA, though, as it has plenty of that yeasty, grassy character so typical of other Belgian IPAs. In the end, this is a solid brew, just don't expect a Belgian version of Hopslam.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Corsendonk Chalice- pours a cloudy amber/copper color with a beautiful 2.5 finger head, EXCEPTIONAL retention, and nice sticky lacing.

Definitely get some candi sugar in the nose. Also some pale malt, some yeast, and a little bit of earthy hop bitterness.

Taste is consistent with smell- some earthy yeast up front, followed by the pale malt and then the candi sugar, with some piney hops towards the end that roll from the middle to the back of the tongue. Interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium body with moderate to fuller carbonation; a little prickly but also pretty soft. I really like this one- one of the better examples of a "Belgian IPA", an IPA (a style that we Americans brew exceptionally) with some Belgian yeast and candi sugar (what we miss about Belgian brews). Get it if you can.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden reddish amber with a fairly large light mocha head that didnt falter.
Now, I was expecting the world of bitterness at 216 IBUs!!
But, it was evenly balanced between hops, yeast, barley and a bit of sweetness.
I did not get the typical grapefruit citrus overtones I normally get from IPAs
The mouthfull was enormous, it filled the entire mouth and stayed like that for a while.
The aftertaste wasnt as big
A bit pricy ($9.99) form a 11.2 oz beer, but still just another one to taste and enjoy

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with no clear BB date. It is a 2011 vintage, with a Lot no. of 61/43/2011/THT-ACDPA 25/1/17. No idea what all that means! Picked up the other day from my local beer specialist - they've just got some Struise brews in for the first time. Also, the label makes no mention of Mikkeller - the only similarity is the background stripes that appear on some Mikkeller bottles. I guess Struise feel that they own the recipe to this collaboration brew.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep, hazy reddish-amber hue with excellent carbonation. Yields a vast head of dense white foam with fantastic stability - resembles a big, creamy meringue. This slowly relaxes to a surface layer. A complex aroma of sweet malt, aromatic hops and alcohol. Notes of sugar, pine, fruity yeast, phenols and a hot boozy whiff in the background, all of which is underscored by a subtle, funky sourness.

Tastes of rich, sweet malt and bitter pine, with an astringent, alcoholic finish. Notes of caramel malt, sugar, pine resin, fruity yeast, phenols and booze. A faint vinegary sourness pervades and taints the flavour. Considerable bitterness upon swallowing, although it doesn't seem as hoppy as it should be. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body. Quite dry and pretty astringent. Aftertaste of sour, boozy pine with hints of fruity yeast.

A giant boozy mess! What a beer - it feels like it tries too hard. Tons of malt, sugar and alcohol. The hops are certainly there - yet it's hard to tell if my experience is what the brewer intended. Notes of aromatic pine and piny bitterness are present, but neither the aroma nor flavour are as intense as the label leads you to expect. Less hoppy than other double IPAs that I've tried, but perhaps it's a bit old and the hops have faded. The sourness is also hard to pin down - is it the result of infection (my first thought), or merely the way this yeast strain goes to work? Perhaps slight oxidation? At any rate, this is an impressive but flawed attempt at a double IPA. The flavour simply isn't clean or hoppy enough to compare with similar beers - the lesson is not to brew US-style double IPAs with Belgian yeast strains. Worth trying, but I won't fork out for this again.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a De Struise Cervoise glass. Beer is amber almost brown with a big off white head, some lacing, decent retention, the carbonation is a little high.

Aroma is pretty malty and sweet with an interesting yeast character.

Decent beer, malty, mildly hoppy, mostly malt though. I don't hate it but it's not a good IPA, I won't have it again but I don't regret drinking it.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Opaquely hazey burnt orange in color with a lovely two finger cream colored head with medium levels of retention and lacing left behind.

S. At first it smells entirely of candied orange peel, but as it is given time to settle down into the glass and warm up a bit, it starts to exude the scent of mint and sage-spiked herbal sweet tea with a dash of Belgian horseblanket yeast funk stirred in. It's really strange, but I like it!

T. Pumpkin pie spicing on top of toffee malt, yeasty breadiness and belgian funk with a hearty dose of plastic band-aid, just below my personal tolerance limit for band-aid flavor. A persistent level of pine resin remains throughout the entire sip, finish is not as dry as I would prefer, more akin to chewing on a gnarly piece of actual sugarcane.

M. Smooth texture with medium thickness and carbonation. Not much to tell about mouthfeel.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours beautifully, thick foamy head, slightly hazed orange body, highly carbonated. Head is off white and hold amazingly. Smells piney and resinous from hops. Also smells like soft fruity yeast. Taste is solidly bitter. Alcohol is prominent in flavor. Grapefruits and citrus comes through a little but predominately spicy flavors. The yeast is really interesting, it almost has a strawberry quality. But overall I thought this one was a little unsatisfying. I might be spoiled with freshy American double IPAs. I regard both of these companies as elite brewers amongst the world. But this one didn't really strike my fancy.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a deep amber color. Too hazy to an American IPA. Head is huge and beige, and leasts forever. Incredible retention and tons of lacings left in the glass

S: Quite spicy, malty and bready. Again, strong European (Belgian) personality. Definitely not a American Double IPA. It has this bready and yeasty Belgian smell. Also candy, caramel malts, grassy hops and alcohol. Complex and good

T: Complex as the nose. Candy, caramel malts, bread, grassy hops. Upfront is very mild sweet, taste is crispy and bitter as it should. End is bitter and grassy. Very well balanced, nevertheless

M: Creamy refreshing body. Medium carbonation. Mild sweet upfront. Bitter aftertaste

O: Quite interesting beer. At same time that it keeps the characteristics of an American Double IPA, it also have strong characteristics of a Belgian IPA, like the characteristic bready yeasts taste. In the end, a beer with the good Mikkeller-Struise quality. No regret

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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay folks, I have a confession to make. I picked out this brew 95% because of the name "Elliot Brew." I see people in the store all the time that pick out wines and beers based on their labels. Well I trust in the fact that Mikkeller has some great beers and this one caught my attention.

Being a Mikkeller brew, I'm fairly confused by how/when/why this was produced. It seems as if this "Elliot Brew" was created for in a collaboration between Mikkeller and De Struise. According to the beerAdvocate page, this is the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium, and now I'm even more confused.

The Elliot Brew pours a dark amber color, with a little bit of a rusty tint and super lively foam. The foam is thick and frothy, and just slightly off-white in color. The head lasts a long, long time and after 30 minutes there is still nearly a quarter inch worth of froth atop the beer. There is also a ton of lacing left behind on the sides of my DFH snifter.

While I can smell a fair amount of hops in the nose, there is a substantial presence of malty aromas and alcohol as well. I'm also getting a substantial presence of what I generally refer to as 'belgian funk.' Belgian funk is my way of describing all the yeasty, bready, and spices that I just can't put my finger on. It's described on bA as a Double IPA but there is far more spice and complexity in the nose here than in the average Double IPA.

On the palate, the Elliot Brew is equally as complex. The hops is quite bold right up from on the palate. It's a softer side of hops though, more citrus and spicy aromas rather than piney or grapefruit aromas. Like the nose detected, there is a ton of malt balancing the hops nicely. The malt is not super candy-sweet, but more soft and subtle sweet. The sides of my tongue are tingled with the dry acidity, and my palate is excited by all the spice, hops and malts intertwined with one another.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in California.

Pours a cloudy but still bright golden colour, with a touch of red in the deeper parts. Body is very light, and very fluid. Very fine, but not particularly effusive carbonation. Thick, heavy lace. Looks pretty good.

Nose is piney and resiny, with a really sharp, almost isohop bite to it. Under this is a sugary sweetness; a rather treacle and light brown sugar note. The hops just yell "HOPS!", there's very little in the way of nuanced fruit or fragrance. It's somewhat confronting, and a little one dimensional.

Taste is smooth initially, before the sharp, direct spike of hops comes through and slices the palate in half. Some vanilla comes through, giving a fragrance, but no smoothness, and the relatively light body struggles against the hops, meaning it feels very unbalanced. Feel is surprisingly light, and the booze on the back adds some vapour-like astringency. Phewy.

It's a bold, rugged and unapologetic beer, there's no doubt about that. But it gets to the level where it's actually a little undrinkable. I can believe it's the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium—it's one of the hoppiest beers I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle from batch A-3-09. No idea what that means!

Pours a dark muddy orange that leans hard towards brown. Head rises to a good half inch of white then settles to a thin but nearly complete cover.

Smells of bread, sugar, and light orange. Fruity esters from the Belgian yeast are also present.

Booze and astringency is present throughout. Big doughy breadiness, some faint citrus hops, and yeast. Bitterness is firm but fair and not overpowering.

Light and dry with a yeasty blanket to wrap the proceedings.

Meh, one and done if I finish this bottle. Grappling with the price tag I had a feeling this might let me down. I'm not a big fan of Euro hop vehicles and this is no exception.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/24/11 notes. Received from joepais in the Secret Santa BIF; thanks Joe. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy reddish orange-amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass and two minutes of head retention.

s - Smells of sweet fruity malts, Belgian yeast, orange, citrus hops, and tropical fruits. Very fruity and more malts than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, bready malts, sugar, light citrus hops, oranges, light pine hops. Again, more malts than expecting, and very sweet.

m - Medium body, and pretty creamy, with moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty decent DIPA, but a bit too sweet for me. Lots of sweet fruits and sugar, and not as hoppy as I expected, but worth checking out.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -28.5%
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 Beerdregs
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Photo of BeerLover99
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep tan/clay orange cloudy, 2 finger khaki amazing head,
splendid lacing

S: big amazing grapefruit aroma, lemon peel,
pine/grass, floral nose

T: grapefruit, lemon grass, pine, powerful long bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, HUGE oily/sticky mouth

O: Another mighty fine brew from Mikkeller.
Must try for hop heads. Would get again.


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Photo of korguy123
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

A- Hazy burnt caramel pour with a massive four finger cream colored head that slowly looses its body. This beer just sticks to everything.

S- Grapefruit, mandarin and candied sugar. Cinnamon and a slight pepper spice things up. Typical Mikkeller alcohol smell but nowhere near as strong as it usually is.

T- Peppery notes with the grapefruit abd a slight pine hoppiness. The candy sugar really helps balance everything out. Very hoppy, very delicious.

M- Light to medium bodied, lively carbonation with a slight alcohol warmth. Juicy with a lingering dry aftertaste. Sticky on the lips.

O- I'm very happy with this. The pepper taste is something completely different and it works. Especially considering I have no idea what the age of this is.

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Photo of muttyd
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently into a Russian River Belgian stemmed glass. Hazy, cloudy orange/amber body with a massive creamy colored head. Sticks all over the glass as I swirl it around.

Aroma consists mostly of citrusy/piney hops, some yeast-like bready notes, and some type of baking/cooking spices I can't put my finger on. Not your traditional grapefruit sling-shot to the face hop bomb mixed with a pine needle extract perfume IPA, but still a pleasant, well balanced hoppy aroma.

Flavor follows the nose with a bitter, dry citrusy hop flavor mixed with a very faint malt sweetness (fresh baked bread). Very bitter, dry brew. Well carbonated and finishes with a slight astringency.

Really surprised by the reviews of this beer. As mentioned earlier, this is very different from your typical big, bold America DIPAs, but I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a fluffy white top hat. Glass bottom retention leaves a few semi-circles of retention.

Stanky, piney, grapefruit and tangerine aroma. Great aroma but I'm not exactly bludgeoned with hops, as I'm want to be when sniffing a DIPA.

Tastes like a clumpy cirtrusy bag of hops stuck in a blender and poured into my glass. "Dry" hops as opposed to the "juicy" hops I'm used to in my DIPAs. For a 216 IBU beer there's hardly any bitterness. Mouthfeel is a combo of plush Belgian and prickly American DIPA while not really boasting heavily of either of them. Dry, herbal aftertaste.

At 9% and 216 IBU it certainly has the stats to be a American DIPA but lacks the necessary bawdiness.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed today from a 0.33l bottle purchased at the Struise store in Brugge on 30SEP11 for €3.90. Label is full of RateBeer info ("...the second of's Worldwide Masters Series") and I believe it is from Batch #12 and Lot A 3 09 (??). Also, it states it has 130 IBUs. Unsure where some previous reviews get 200+...

A slow pour into a small tulip produced a huge, billowy head, off-white in color and fine and creamy. The bier was slightly hazy and a striking apricot color. Carbo was scattered and slow, and the lacing from the slowly-ebbing head was A-1. The aroma has lots of citrus, with orange, tangerine and some grapefruit being noted. This one passes silkily over the tongue, and is medium-plus regarding body.

There is hardly any sweetness present here, the flavor being inundated by fruity, bitter citrus. Like the aroma, look for orange, tangerine, apricot, some grapefruit and a smidge of pineapple, all with a rindy, resiny character. Though I wish it had some balancing sweetness, I am nonetheless enjoying this Struise offering. Prosit!!

4.08 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
3.93 out of 5 based on 422 ratings.
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