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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 bonk0076
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish/orange color with a moderate head and decent lacing and some sediment. Aroma is dominated by citrus notes, espescially Orange, as well as molasses or butterscotch. Tasteis pine notes up front, medium bitterness, with chocolate and some roasted malts in the finish, which is moderate.

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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 Hullabaloo2
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Earthy hop aroma. Malt sweetness. Smells as though it may be cloying. Fruity esters like that of a Belgian ale. The hop aroma is only intense immediately after the pour, and is subdued after only a few seconds.

Appearance - Hazy Amber with a nice copper hue. Hop haze? Frothy offwhite head poured three fingerwidths and dissipated to two fingerwidths. Very nice head retention and lacing. There is a high amount of visible carbonation.

Taste - Heavey malt sweetness and bitterness upfront. The bitterness wins out, though the malt is still very present. Obvious Belgian yeast and ester characteristics. There is a high bitterness all the way throug but the hop flavor is very mild. What little hop flavor that is there is an earthy hop flavor. Most of the actual flavor belongs to the malt. There is also some noticeable alcohol. The bitterness is lingering through the finish.

Mouth Feel - Medium body. Highly carbonated. Carbonic acid bite. Heavy bitterness. Some alcohol, but not hot. Again, the bitterness dominates everything.

Overall Impression - First, this in not an American DIPA. This is essentially a belgian ale with a heavy amount of bitterness. The hops are also not your typical "C" hops that are used in American IPAs. I can tell that there is a good beer hiding in there somewhere, but the balance and bitterness is all wrong. If you just like your palate to be assaulted with hop bittereness then this beer is for you, but I wish it was a bit more balanced. At least more hop flavor. I'm quite disapointed after hearing such great reviews. I wasn't expecting an American DIPA, but I figured it would be better balanced. This is nothing but a Belgian version of a bitter bomb.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.84/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark amber/copper with a big fluffy/sticky light brown head. Nose is a bit off-putting, it's slightly medicinal and a bit hoppy with yeast dominating.

Ehh. Mouthfeel is nice, lots of sharp carbonation. However the taste is not an IIPA, it's a bit bitter sure but it's got some really funky belgian flavors here that are really throwing it off. It almost has a urine after taste to it. borderline drain pour, don't seek this out. Skip it and get a bashah.

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Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured an murky orange color that produced a big, fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had were not your typical piney/citrus aroma that you would get from an American DIPA, but it had a Belgian yeast mixed with some banana esters

T - This beer tasted like a Double Belgian Pale Ale instead of an American one, the yeast is still a big component of the beer, a fair amount of bitterness and sweet makes this beer a balanced one

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is subject, this is a well crafted, but given what one would expect from a beer labeled as a DIPA, this one did fall short, and with the price attached, can't say this one will grace my rotation again

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explosive, come-out-of-the-bottle head. It forms a rocky dome of foam in the center of the glass. I was required to make four pours from the 11.2oz bottle into the 16 oz glass. The color of the beer is light brown/dark amber and quite cloudy. Lots of chunky lace on the glass after each sip.

Up front, there is a sweet, floral hop aroma. After the head begins to settle, I detect a distinct milky sourness.

The initial sip shows elements of a barley wine--strong alcohol, rich and sweet maltiness. Within a second, the powerful hop bitterness comes rushing in. The body has a consistency of 1% milk. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a stange.

Copper-colored with a fairly decent head. The smell is the first sign that you're in for something special, as citrusy hops and caramel-like sugar blend seamlessly together. The taste is up-front with the hops. The bitterness is definitely there, but it's muted, leaving the citrus notes. The sugar takes over at the end, leaving an overall impression of sweetness.

Candi sugar in an IPA? I'm at a loss for words, in a good way. If you're expecting a typical West Coast-style hop bomb, prepare to be disappointed. But if you want to try a unique twist on an established style that goes outside the box without becoming a muddled mess, this is for you.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery orange with a massive persistent head and magnificent lacing.
Aroma shows lot of piney, resinous hops (simcoe style) along with the usual grapefruit, and some earthy notes. Sweet confectionery and caramel malt follow underneath. Very nice, but not as complex as I expected.
Lots of sweet caramel first up upon tasting before more resinous and piney hops kick in, finishing with a fairly powerful complex bitter finish, complimented by some clean alcohol. The candi sugar is hidden by caramel malt.
Smooth body with creamy carbonation, the alcohol just shows in a subtle warming of the palate.
I'm betting the aroma would be better fresh.

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Photo of spratmi
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy deep dark orange/amber color with a thick, rich four finger head that had plenty of staying power. Left a foamy lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Strong caramel hints followed by sweet sugars and notes of pine.
T: A wonderful complex mix of malt and hops. Sweet caramel blended with pine and grapefruit citrus hops. Nice dry bitter aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy with sticky oily feel. Good carbonation.
D: Very drinkable - a nice blend of malty sweetness and hops.

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

Pours out a cloudy brown with a hint of yellow and lots and lots of white suds. Lots of lacing here.
The bottle I have in front of me doesn't look like the bottle there. It does say " SM No.12 Elliot Brew" and a Big RATE BEER ( oh oh )on the side.
Smell is hoppy and sweet with a slight alcohol presence. Not really a floral hop but you can for sure smell the bitterness and very little malt.
Taste is mildly bitter with some sugar up front. As it dissolves in the mouth the bitterness comes through. As it warms I pick up more of a fruityness and a delicious nectarine/grapefruit combination. No alcohol up front though.
Mouthfeel is very good here. Love the little alcohol feel in the back of the throat at the end.
If Drinkiability depended only on availability and price, this wouldn't rate high at all but it is such a great flavor that I have to rate it a just a hair higher than I would have normally.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden yellow with deep amber core. Big bubbly offwhite creamy head. Big think droopy laces.

Citrus and pear. Spicy Belgian yeast and esters. Hint of sweet caramel. Spices.

Spicy grapefruit rind and resinous hop flavors. Sturdy sweet candy caramel malt backing. Nice smooth bitterness and lingering aftertaste of grapefruit resin and pine. small alc. bite

Sticky, slightly astringent. med body, med+ carbonation. Smooth.

Good hoppy bitter well-balanced DIPA.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Immediately erupts in a head that consumes the entire glass. Once it subsided, I got some more beer that erupted into more foam. It is thick stuff too. I took about four patient pours to finally empty the 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. The head is off-white and foamy. It takes nearly forever to fade. I am really not that patient. The head is ludicrously thick . The beer itself is a deep russet caramel color. Lots of carbonation.

S - Biscuity, with some grapefruit pith hops and a touch of cotton candy. The aroma is not terribly potent.

T - At first, I was really surprised that this is 130 IBUs, but then the bitterness grew increasingly apparent. It presents its self well, contributing, without overwhelming the flavor. There is a hint of coffee and biscuits. These two malt flavors are paired with a bit of a grapefruit hop. The aftertaste is more coffee soaked biscuit with a bunch of very sharp pithy bitterness that fades into a pepper taste.

M - Very high carbonation. Medium bodied and a bit gumming.

D - Alright. A nice brew from a nice collaboration. It isn't quite living up to the hype in my opinion though. It is an alright beer, but I will likely never have again at the hefty price tag. Especially since it takes an eternity to get the head down to a manageable level.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.46/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Vintage 2009.

This beer exploded with foam when I popped the cap. Poured into my glass, the head just kept rising and rising. Took a few minutes to pour the whole thing out. Great retention though, and it left beautiful sticky lace all over the glass as I sipped. Smells like toffee, caramel, and warm syrup. The citrus/pine I was expecting is absent. Huh.

The mouth was a little flat and under-carbonated. The explosion on opening may have lessened this characteristic. This is a very syrupy beer, almost chalky. The bitterness was very dull and grating, but it was big. No citrus flavors at all. Just a sugary, syrupy, weirdly bitter mess. Wow. I had huge expectations for this, but it let me down big time.

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

This beer pours a dark amber color. The head is a massive three inches in height, and recedes extremely slowly into thick, sticky lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of oranges, lemons, and grapefruits. There isn't anything else going on. No malt presence, and no other hop aroma (e.g. pine, flowers, herbs, etc). For what it is though I really like it. The taste is just at citrucy as the aroma, and has a nice, sharp bitterness, and moderate alcohol heat. Again, there isn't a plethora of stuff going on, but what is going on is quite nice. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than full bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a fine DIPA that I would surely drink again. It seems so simple, but in being so simple it differentiates itself from the mountain of DIPA out there that taste the same (i.e. dominated be Cascade and Centennial hops).

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Photo of will4240
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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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from K&L in Redwood City.

A - Pours dark cloudy amber color with a huge lasting off white head and ridiculous retention.

S - Citrusy and piney hops, yeast, and sweet malt.

T - Great citrus hop and caramel malt flavor along with yeast and some apples and grapefruit. Pretty interesting and definitely different. You can tell that this is a European take on the style for sure.

M - Palate is medium-full and pretty sticky with hop resins lasting on the palate. Overall, very good.

D - Pretty good for the style.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Be careful in pouring this one, as an enormous head pours that grows for over a minute! A large range of colors in this beer, from bright orange, amber, and a deep yellow. The aroma is full of grapefruit and floral qualities. The taste is a nice harmony of extreme bitterness and delicious sweetness. The two breweries most likely used De Struise's yeast, as the same yeast characters come through as in Pannepot. Altogether I really enjoyed it. I thought this style was a strange choice for these breweries, but it worked out in the end.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This right here is a good good beer.

The appearance is a muddy dark amber color. Cloudy. Pours really strong with a two finger head, and a frothy sticky head at that. Leaves a crazy solid blanket of lacing all around the glass. The head does not completely go away, just sits at half finger.

The smell is sweet caramel notes with a hop characteristic that reminds me of burnt cooking sugar. I can smell more malt in this than hops.

The taste is great. Caramel sweetness with alcoholic sugars and hop bitterness. The hop characteristic is a sweet leafy taste that has no dryness. Originally hops were probably a main characteristic in this one, but I believe this is a little older, which brings out malt characteristics more than the hops. Really beautiful balance though, and at 9% ABV this is really awesome. The mouthfeel is intense, really carbonated, and just noticed that the mouthfeel is like an explosion all around the palate. This actually reminds me of a hopped up version of SN Celebration. Interesting. Overall wonderfull, highly recommended.


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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer has a crazy head,seriously.it was almost annoying.it was creeping out of the chalice i poured it in at one point.i really can't fault this on appearance.it's a hazy amber brown color,fluffy white head with nice lacing.

smells somewhat citrusy with a bit of spice.kind medicore.

taste is upfront bitterness,a bit of candi sugar+malt sweetness,slight spiciness in the finish.kinda like the halfway point between a belgian ipa and an american ipa.alcohol is hidden well for 9%.

mouthfeel is good,medium bodied and moderate carbonation which doesn't take away from the flavors in the beer.

drinkability is okay,one glass of this seems to be enough for me.

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

09/12/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Did not look for freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Burnt orange colored pour. Solid 3/4 inch head with good holding power. Nice patches and streaks of lace left behind.

Smell- Lots of yeast as well as a good amount of grapefruit hoppy goodness and some random spices. Malt is there, but it overridden by the other scents.

Taste- Equally in taste within hops, sugar, malt and yeast. Has the full gamut of flavors you can ask for in a high IBU beer. Considerably hoppy and a nice sugary flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Lower to mid range carbonation level. Nice bitterness in the aftertaste with a sweeter mouthfeel as well. Heavy, but not too heavy for a beer of it's magnitude.

Drinkability- I have no qualms about this beer. Great job on an American style using some Belgian twists to it. Tasty and filling.

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Photo of erz316
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with no discernible date on cap or anywhere else, poured into lachouffe snifter.

A - a big pfft! as the cap comes off. shit! this beer is incredibly effervescent. a tiny pour reveals that the brew just wants to make head, and giving a three second pour along the side gives a huge four finger head, which is made of really big bubbles and has a decently creamy feel to it. the head retains a really freaking long time; quite insanely so. lacing is also good. the body of the beer is a orange, but more ruddy, amber ruby colour. very beautiful. once you get to the bottom of the bottle the body get a bit turbid as the yeast mixes into the beer.

S - has a good medium strength hop smell to it; there is some spicy presence, but nothing that notable. quite a simple, one-sided aroma. I was really hoping for more.

T - initial taste is quite a fruity hop extravaganza. very hoppy indeed! this is like no american double I have ever had. it is bitter and a bit sweet at the same time, though the bitterness of the hops wins out for the overall taste; grapefruit is the most identifiable flavour, but there are some other citruses and some more spicy flavours to be noticed. though the beer is not spicy in any way, the flavours of spices are still evident. the finish is a masterful blend of sweet and bitter, mixing the malts and the hops quite well. the aftertaste is a dumbed down version of the finish, still bitter and sweet but not quite as much as the finish.

MF&D - very carbonated, but the body is right for the style: a low medium. paired with the carbonation the body comes out pretty well, but I find that sheer amount of carbonation a bit off putting. the beer is also very smooth with its viscosity.

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Photo of ghostwalker
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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Photo of Padron4KM
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle. Lot A 3-09 highlighted on the label.
Hazy dirty orange with a three-finger, tight, sticky, long lasting head.
Aroma is definitely Belgian. Fruity, yeasty and candi sugar. Hops are there but not prevelent.
Flavor is citrusy hops with fruit and spice to balance it out.
Alcohol burn is felt occasionaly, but not enough to detract.

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Photo of capra12
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed with the speedwayjim and wheatman106 served out of a tall snifter.

Appearance: Orange amber with a 3 finger head.

Smell: Floral hops, dark fruit and earthiness.

Taste: Opens earth and briefly sweet, In the middle there is a piney hop and maltiness. In the transition to the end there is a floral hop and ends earthy leaving a rather hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Coarse, bitter with a medium body.

Drinkability: Personally my favorite but there are subtle complexities to it but I wouldnt have another.

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Photo of ADZA
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orange,honeyish colour with strong carbonation that leads to a nice frothy two finger head with prominent lacing all down the sides,it gives off nice aromas of earthy,honeyish hops soaked in candi sugar,it has an above average mouthfeel with a prominent stonefruit candi sugar flavour and finishes with a sweetish almost barley winish taste but the 9% is so well hidden i had to look at the bottle to reassure myself of its ABV,once again a nice beer from a great brewer.

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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 422 ratings
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