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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 drseamus
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Granted this is a bottle conditioned beer, but the amount of floating chunks was off the charts. It pours nicely though with a thick head.

S: Citrusy hop and a sweet almost sugary sweetness.

T: It's pretty balanced for DIPA. Almost too balanced... It has decent bitterness and some sugary sweetness with good citrusy hop notes but it is in no way strong enough. Lasting bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Not as thick as some other DIPA's but with what seems good reason. Very drinkable though.

D: Not a bad beer all around but it seems to be more of a 1.5 IPA instead of a true double.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA.

Pours a cloudy gold/copper color with a two-finger light tan head. The head slowly dissipates until settling into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sugar coated fruits - mostly citrus but with hints of pears and bananas. The candi sugar takes the bite out of the citrus. There's definitely some bitterness, but it's balanced nicely by the candi sugar and fruits.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I drank one bottle with no problem, but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was an interesting beer - I feel like this is something a bored homebrewer would come up with. Strange as it is it's worth a shot.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from

Poured a nice rich copper amber colour with the slightest haze. Slightly off white head poured big thick and fluffy and a good stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... decent sticky lacing...

Aroma - Good mix of spicy yeast with grassy and citrusy hops, tart fruits (strong grapefruits, pears and apples), also some tropical fruit notes, lots of herbal traces, rubbery, floral honey, doughy bread, talcum powder, light anise, some vegetal traces...

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma... slighty tropical tart fruits (grapefruits oranges, limes), good peppery and citrus hop bitterness, metallic notes, strong basil, nice floral honey sweetness, some candi sugar, juicy fruit chewing gum, spicy yeast, light mintiness...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry... light / medium bodied... a dangerously drinkable brew - no real hint of the 9% alcohol.

Overall - A very tasty collaboration and so, so drinkable... definitely recommended...

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Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy, orange toned, light amber with a small, fluffy, off white head that slowly fades into a bubbly cap. Plenty of scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, grapefruit, and tangerine with mild notes of cardamom, and black pepper found in the background. Beautiful. Second inhales give one a glimpse of honeysuckle flowers in the summertime.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a lovely flavor that are of sweet candi sugar, hoppy citrus, grainy sustanance, and a doughy yeast with ripe fruit esters dusted with cardamom and grains of paradise. Damn...gimme a case of this stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, sugary, sticky, syrupy, and chewy at times.

Wow. I was very impressed with this one. I could imagine pairing this with an Italian Fritatta containing Dandilion greens, squash flowers, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and a sprinkle of cardamom, and caraway. Pair up a scenic view like the vineyards in Tuscany, and I'm in heaven.

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

Struise-Mikkeller DIPA, courtesy of a non-BA friend as a Christmas present - thanks! Split at a tasting, w/ my portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, yellow/copper-colored brew with a huge, frothy, two-finger, meringue-like head with absolutely fantastic retention. Effervescence is very fine, of average speed, and most definitely plentiful! The lacing left by the slowly-departing head is huge, sticky, sheet-like, and absolutely coats the sides of the glass. A great start.

Aroma: Dominated by heavy, resinous hop notes - obviously - with tons of tropical fruits, most clearly pineapple, though with a few strawberry/citrus notes as well. Very sweet and sour sauce-esque.

Taste: More tropical fruits, sweet, thick, and syrupy, accompanied by a very mild bitterness. The remainder of the hop notes are herbal, basil-like, minty, leafy. The sweetness is also intense, largely pale, though with faint hints of caramelization. The hops impart a bit of a tart sourness which does a decent job of cutting through the sweetness. I'd rate this one a little higher if the bitterness wasn't sort of dull - it only comes through in the finish in any meaningful capacity.

Mouthfeel: Big carbonation on this one that wasn't visible earlier due to the haze. The thickness makes it fairly even, though, as well as smooth, soft, and pillowy.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable. The alcohol's well-hidden and not outlandish for the style, the hop notes reasonably complex and pleasant, and - though it loses a few points for a relative lack of bitterness (perhaps due to age) - it's by and large a very solid beer. Get it while it's hot.

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

A- Very cloudy. It looks like a darker wheat beer. Porus white one inch head. Nice read retention and some lacing.

S- I detected notes of Citrus, malt, and hops. It doesn't smell like a traditional IPA; it wasn't too floral.

T- A very Subdued beer. Sweet citrus and malts are up front. Hops follow and leave a lingering bitterness.

M- Very watery with light carbonation. Matches the flavor perfectly.

D- Alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink these all day....if only I cound find it.

serving style: bottle.

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Photo of Vancer
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After a bit of a swirl, the bottom yeasties create a hazy amber pour, ivory eggshell frothy topping. Sticky laces dominate in the Corsendonk tulip.

Whoo, Belgium sugar cane, candied fruits in the aroma. Tangy quaff of aged fruits, but the blend is not working. Tries to be a Belgium, and then you have the 130 IBUs that don't get a chance to show up. A bit raspy and woody, it sure finishes crisp and dry, almost Champaign like, but a bit harsh.

Too much $ to make this one a real drinker, or to seek out again.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/11/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a HUGE beige head that left thick lacing on the glass. Aroma of light fruits (strawberry and other berries), orange, grapefruit, lemon, lots of candi sugar, Belgian yeast, some alcohol especially at the end of the glass. Awesome aroma that reminds me of a sweet lambic. Flavor of candi sugar, some citrus, slight bitter hops. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. It is a very sweet beer with some harsher bitter notes on the finish. Dry, very light for a 9% beer. Not at all like any other IIPA I've had--it was very sweet and had definite Belgian components. A super complex beer that I enjoyed immensely. Yum!!
9/4/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

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3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of fat rocky bubbles create a off white crown as they easily reach the top of my glass and nearly tumble over. Retention is very good and leaves some lace. Body is a brass like orange amber glow. Nose has sweet candied citrus hops and soft biscuity malt. With first sip you get very crisp, almost tart citrus rind hops. Quickly a piney mineral based feel is formed after the swallow on the back of the tongue that hangs on the buds. A hue of bitter wheat and citrus sweet hop blend to create a cloing mouthfeel. Drinkability is good but this one slightly misses for me.

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Photo of younger35
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this brew yesterday from Armanetti Wine and Beverage Shoppe for around $7. I know Mikkeller makes some fantastic brews but we'll see about Struise later. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark hazy orange with a huge three finger murky white head that recedes very very slowly. A excellent head remains the entire brew leaving rings and webbing of lacing.
Smell- A bit different than I was expecting and not as potent as I was expecting for 130 IBU's. Plenty of grapefruit pith and candied orange to go around though. Sorta earthy and piney with a raw bitter grassiness. Slightly sweet in the nose with some Belgium yeastiness. Slightly fruity with a bit of banana and a touch of spice.
Taste- Certainly bitter. It somehow manages to be maltier than hoppy, yet is ridiculously bitter. Make sense? Good! Lightly spicy with hints of orange peel, ginger and perhaps some coriander. Belgium candied sugar is prevalent with a toasty brown sugary addition. Perhaps a little bit of grapefruit and peach but the fruitiness seems minimal. The bitterness is fairly intense on the back of the throat but the sweetness seems to cut that quite easily. Finishes with a lingering caramel like toffeeness.
Mouthfeel- Slick and oily with a fairly heavy feel from all the sugar but very low carbonation. Just a tad too low.
Drinkability- Overall I just didn't enjoy this brew all that much. It seems that if a beer is going to be 130 IBU's, let them shine. Somewhere in the process of balancing some of those hops, the malt and Belgium sugar took over. Oh wells. Decent but not great.

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Photo of corby112
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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Photo of beermanbrian
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orange color with an off white billowing head that drops to a nice cap. Sticky sheets of lace. Smell is not what I expected for a double IPA. Very yeasty and spicey. Some banana and clove notes. Taste is very malty tending toward the biscuit end. Not sure where the 130 IBU's went, they must be hid by the candi sugar that was added. Very bubbly mouthfeel. Smooth and slightly dry finish. 9% is hidden by all those sugars. Not what I was anticipating but a good beer none the less. A little too sweet for me to seek it out again but I can appreciate the quality.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Bruisin last week. Another gem that I had long overlooked when shopping, it was more then the right time for me to pick this one up. Served chilled, and poured into an oversized wine glass. This one was consumed on 11/10/2008.

The pour was rather nice, with a rich, and hazy golden yellow color coming forward right away. Large billowing head of white faded down to just a general crown after a few moments and left some nice side glass lacing in the process. Not much in the way of carbonation was really apparent here.

The aroma was just simply divine. Rich notes of grapefruit were just ripping off of here. Nice touches of a light spice and a grain like note also picked up now. As it warmed it turned more toward a nice and rounded yeast approach with a lemon zest like edge to it. The flavor was not as hoppy as I would have thought, though it still came off as a very nice big IPA. Solid notes here of a rich pineapple and grapefruit bite that came straight out at you. As it mellowed it started to show much more inclination toward a strong Belgian pale, nice notes of grain fed yeast flavor started to come into play now as well as a solid bready like malt flavor. The feel was solid through and through, with a great carbonation level that really helped to showcase the flavor wonderfully, and allowing for a long, dry finish to really push you back and make you come in for another sip. Very drinkable with almost all of the 9% very well hidden here.

Overall this was a very solid offering and something I would love to get a hold of again. Not your typical big IPA, but a very, very solid choice. I would have no issue with this one.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer is a golden orange color with a nice head that piled up to about one finger. the foam leaves some nice lacing.

this beer smells funky and hoppy. a bit biscuity as well. as soon as i first popped the cap, i could have sworn i smelled belgian candy.

the taste is quite unique. grapefruity and citrusy for sure. the alcohol is moderately detectable. this smells better than it tastes.

the mouthfeel is outstanding. it's very full and lush for a dipa.

overall, i'm glad i go to try this beer. a solid offering from mikkeller and de struise.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Wasn't the most appealing beer I have ever seen. Looked like cider except a little darker. Very hazy and had a solid 2 inches of white head.

S- Pretty tame as compared to other DIPA. There was a citrus hint with a nice aroma of sugar and malt. There was also a some hints of hops.

T- Nice balance of malt and citrus fruit followed by hops. The ingredients were just not as pronounced as I have had in other beers.

M- Medium bodied with carbonation. Nice, crisp finish as the beer was consumed.

D- Very drinkable. The beer went down like water. If it weren't for the high ABV this would perfect.

Overall, had a little bit of disappointment. I guess this comes with the territory when you have nothing but west coast style IPA/DIPA. Still a very quality beer and well worth trying.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i was looking for something to drink and review tonight so my hand landed on this.

cracked open with a loud hiss that im sure my brother heard in his room on the other side of the house.

pours a murky golden amber into my snifter. AGGRESSIVE head. a big fluffy two and a half finger head attacks my glass. leaves a thick lacing and settles down to a nice fluff of head in the middle of my glass.

smell is sweet. i pick up some spices that i cant put my finger on. lots of yeast.

taste is nothing like any other double ipa that ive had. not really sure if thats a good thing. i really dont get any hops to speak of.

a medium body, overly carbonated. very unpleasant aftertaste, i might have an old bottle.

im glad that i tried this but im not sure i will be revisiting this any time soon.

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

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass. Body is a rich golden-orange color, topped by a huge fluffy white head that slowly dissipates, leaving a lot of thick lacing on the glass. Aroma is light candi sugar and a touch of bubble gum from the yeast, along with some nice caramel malt and a good dose of fruity hops.
Palate is sweet up front, lots of caramel malt accented by candi sugar and fruity hops. An undertone of muscat grape flavor comes through towards the finish, yielding a pleasantly sweet aftertaste that lingers for a little while. Body is mildly syrupy, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a certainly a change of pace from super-hoppy American double IPAs, but is not really in keeping with my concept of the style. Still, the alcohol is well-integrated and this is a fine ale in its own right.

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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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Photo of Crosling
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright dark orange colored beer with a large frothy, long lasting head that could only come from Belgium. Nose shows traces of fruity hops (peach, nectarine.) It's a sweet, sugary beer with a slightly diminished, but bold hop presence. Notes of peach, with a touch of lemon. Out of balance and a bit to sweet for me.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours an extremely murky, dark orange with a long lasting, fluffy white head. Lacing is incredible- it covers the sides of the glass almost completely.
Smell is of sweet malts, and some burnt candy. I dont get much in the way of hops in the aroma. Upon first sip, I am surprised. I dont get the hoppy, extremely bitter 130 IBU's that it stated. Almost sweet at first and then a slightly burning bitterness. Good, though!! Lots of malt to balance the beer, but it has that unique bite- and a looong lasting aftertaste on the sides of the tongue- with some citrus, mostly grapefruit. The beer grows on me as I drink it- wonderful beer. I feel like aI could have a couple of them despite the higher ABV. Would like to cellar a few.

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Photo of blakesell
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a beveled pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours cloudy brown murky golden with a huge pillowy head of off colored foam that rises over five fingers high and makes me fear an overflow. Disaster is averted as the bottle is tiny! Carbonation is brown, green, and a murky yellow and leaves ample lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Very hoppy with a rich candied scent intermixed with honey and sweat socks. Hops and Belgian yeasts always come up with some interesting scents. I'm getting some cashew in here as well.

Taste- Heavy hops nearly burn on the tongue with many a sweet honey malt. Creamy and estery with a bit of an alcoholic burn on the chest. Tastes nearly like there is a whole hop in the glass and I am left investigating this, but find no hops sticking in there. Not a bad brew, very interesting really. Grapefruits and sweet sugars.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, creamy, estery, lightly cloying, but still drinkable, very highly carbonated, and medium full bodied.

Drinkability- Good for drinking, but I think one 11.2oz bottle will be enough considering the price and the liquid content. I'll be looking for more Mikkeller beers and more Struise beers, but they'll have to collaborate with something different for me to come back for the combination again.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky mix of honey and brown. One inch thick puffy white head, dissipates to thin ring, soapy lacing.

S - Perfume, candy.

T - Belgian yeast fest - funky, fruily, some perfume.

M - Creamy, medium body, great coating, good carb.

D - Too much for me to drink much at a setting.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with thick white head.

Floral, sweet, and hoppy scent with grapefruit and candy.

Taste of sweet sugars and raisins initially, fading into a hoppy taste with some yeast.

Clean mouthfeel with a clinging bitterness.

Reminds me of the 90 and 120 minute Dogfish Head beers, the sugary sweetness covers up the alcohol well and the there's enough of a citrus flavor to balance it out.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - glowing orange, massive carbonation makes it hard to tell if it's clear, billowy white head. Leaves CHUNKS of lace like I've never seen before.

S - fresh lemony herb scent, mild pepper

T - more pepper, herbal earthiness, lots of wet soil. IPA my ass! Ok, there is maybe a glimmer of sweet citrus hops when it first hits the front of your tongue, but this is beglian inspired all the way.

M - peppery flavours, alcohol and intense carbonation create a strong warming sensation, but is not a turnoff. Light bodied, but mouthfilling with the carbonation. Mildly astringent aftertaste suits the overall beer.

D - This is a GREAT beer. Interesting and unique flavours.

This tastes like a kick ass saison meets Delirium Tremens. Full of rustic, earthy flavours. Dynamite!

Sorta pissed that this beer is listed on here as an IPA. I likely would have cellared it instead of drinking fresh.

Thanks to Phyl21ca for the bottle!

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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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