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

11.2 oz bottle, special ratebeer release purchased from Abe's in Bethlehem for $6.55. A bit pricey but this is a unique find so why not.

Poured into a tulip, nice apricot/peach color, fairly clear, visible carbonation and a sizable but under control white head that left some nice lacing.

Smell is a bit funky, some spiciness from the yeasts and some from the spices, hops are very bold and citrusy--really nice combination of belgian and american style brewing.

Taste is bitter, lots of american hops, candi sugar, and a healthy dose of belgian yeast flavor. It's pretty dry but still manages to seem balanced.

Mouthfeel is light and fairly highly carbonated. Absolutely amazing. The yeast in the second pour rounds out the body a bit and it is still very good.

Drinkability is limited mostly by price. This is an expensive beer, but also a high ABV, bitter American Belgian IPA. If i could afford two, i wouldn't drink them in one night because they are pretty strong, but this is a very good and very easy drinking beer considering the style.

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Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of gregcordle
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuffaloBill12
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of IPeteA91
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of polishkaz
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of jchlan109
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one straight from De Struise Brewery in Woestvleteren.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big fluffy 3 finger medium looking off-white head that mounds out of the glass. Great retention. Color is a murky burnt umber brown with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a decent foam cap and leaves lots of chunky lacing on the glass. Splotchy film and a healthy ring remain until the end, leaving a good amount of chunky lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Pale malts with a very fruity nose. Grapefruit and pine, with hints of pineapple and caramel in there as well. Bold aromas.

TASTE: Pale malts again with some caramel sweetness up front. This soon gives way to a bit of spiciness through the middle and a strong grapefruit and citrus finish. Ends with a strong, bold, and bitter aftertaste with hints of grapefruit and flowery hops that just lingers and lingers. I can count every one of the 163 IBUs. A big DIPA with lots of bitter flavors and an aftertaste with staying power.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, and very creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth with no bite and finishes slightly oily and mouth-coating. No booze anywhere.

OVERALL: Some brews that claim a huge IBU don't quite deliver on their promise, but this one definitely comes through. Every one of the 163 IBUs are there for the taking, but they don't take away from the complexity of the brew and make it one dimensional. Another De Struise gem. Recommended.

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up for review is a bottle of Elliot brew from Mikkeler and Struise. 33cl bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle was about $10. Pours a nice brown with good lace. Nice floral bitterness well balanced by malts. Medium body well carbonated. Great IPA..

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010; this "SM No.12", one of the ales in the "Struise Mikkeller" project, comes with a whopping 163 IBU. The label specifies "Brewed and bottled by Struise @ Oost-Vleteren, Belgium" and does not mention Mikkeller anywhere; served in Tripel Karmeliet's tulip-shaped goblet.

A: hazy, dark reddish copper hue with moderate carbonation, topped with a well-lasting light beige creamy froth.
S: rich maltiness on a par with sweet grapefruit jam, flowery fragrance, and a touch of green mangos... semi-estery as compared with an American product of this style; a swirl wakes up the more oily feel of hop resins, ripe pears, berry-flavoured candies, sweet pale malts, melted caramel and a hint of candy sugar. Richly hoppy as much as malty & sweet - a rough balance is reached here.
T: surprisingly clean & pleasantly effervescent, with longan-fruit-ish maltiness, lubricating fruit-esters, grapefruit notes and tea-ish tannins of hops developing elegantly, followed by mild spiciness, as of old dried citrus peels. Only in the end does the full quality of bitterness manifest itself, as it has hidden surprisingly well up until this moment, when a lingering flow of grapefruit-peel-ish tannic bitterness and aroma expands. But the finishing touch is light in hop flavour, and not at all as bitter as the quoted 163 IBU has prepared my brain & taste-buds for. The 2nd sip, however, ends in a much, much more bitter fashion, with hop tannins going deeper & deeper down the palate, but overall just chewy, not so... bitter as many US hop bombs, and neither is it so sweet in terms of maltiness - the work of yeasts?
M&D: lubricating, lightly-carbonated, full-bodied but somehow the flavour profile is much less bold as I'd expect from a DIPA. In contrast, the bitterness level feels more subtle on my palate than does an even standard AIPA or indeed a bolder English Bitter in that, everything goes so smoothly and treading in the Belgian territory of mild hop flavours plus alchemy of yeasts. Hops do lend a depth (more than body & flavour) to the overall performance, but in a rather different way than most American products, again perhaps balanced by the yeastiness. I'm very grateful that BSF imported this ale from Belgium this year, otherwise I would never have known how a 163 IBU, Belgian-made "double IIPA" might treat my taste-buds... the answer is, sheer heavenly...

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of dnichols
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

I poured a 330 ml white capped bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a massive three finger slightly off white head with a blend of giant and dense small sickly bubbles that slowly receded to a full thick cover over the liquid and left a dense thick curtain.The body was a dense and cloudy golden-orange.

S: It had lots of gently toasted malts and yeasts as well as floral and citrusy yeasts and white spices.

T: This is a complex brew that has a bready malty initial flavor complemented by lightly lemony citrusy hops and a subtle blend of white spices. The alochol is well hidden but leaves a nice clean and warm aftertaste.

M: Creamy and medium bodied with a smoot full balance of malts, yeast and hops.

D: Smooth and creamy. Wonderfully easy brew to consume. Very trippel like characteristics. I could easily take this one long into the night.

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Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, citrus hops, wet hop, alcohol, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of roasted malt, wet hop, and a hint of cherry. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tiny bottle

A- Pours an amber color, topped with a three-finger, thick, creamy off-white head. most gorgeous, thick lacing I've seen in a while.

S- no expectations. But smelled citrus juicy and very enticing.

T- It's a couple days later. I remember how well balanced it was.

M- Terrific mouth feel. Very well balanced.

O- A really great beer! Very surprised at how well this beer was balanced and the overall taste. I will gladly pay for another bottle.
left me wishing I had another bottle.
Serving type: bottle

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Photo of frothyhead
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown-amber with a quickly growing (and overgrowing) off-white head into a snifter.

Nose is piney hops with a tinge of citrus, brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils, medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, prickly with a dry finish.

Taste is much like the nose, quite hoppy with pine and citrus, and a strong sweet backbone of candy sugar, bringing nice vanilla and brown sugar flavors into the mix. Hops might be a little astringent, slightly overpowering the sweetness, which really wants to shine through.

Drinkability is good, alcohol is well masked and the carbonation and body are very drinkable, though the slightly out-of-balance hop bitterness wears a little thin.

Overall this is a top notch beer. The aroma is delightful, and the Belgian candy sweetness is really, really nice. If the bitterness were a bit more balanced out, this would be amazing. As is, it's still quite good and definitely an interesting and enjoyable joint from Struise and Mikkeller.

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Photo of BorisFromRussia
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance : opaque golden-redbrown with a solid 2 finger head and decent lacing.

smell - the candy notes def shine through most, also citrus notes and maybe a little malty

taste - a tad sweet and a tad bit spicy- just the right amount. despite how strongly hopped its supposed to be theres little bite to it but more a strong essense of the hop that comes through. candy def comes through in the flavor as well.

mouthfeel- very light and refreshhing. carbonation on the creamier side after it sits a bit.

overall - really pleasant both out of the fridge and after its warmed up. a post dinner treat. would recommend to all, a very unique ttake on the IIPA style.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

lot: 16/13/2011 bottled on M/FF/2011 vintage ...

A: Semi Hazy copper with light orange around the edges. Massive head forms (don't go for the whole thing at once). It's offwhite and sticks everywhere. Seafoam.

S: When I cracked the bottle I smelled grapefruit but it has since ran away. More orange peel now with tart tangerine.

T: Tangerine for sure! wow this is great! Dried apricot and a bite taken from the outside in of a tangerine. This is very very good. Perhaps very fresh, I'm not sure I fully understand the bottle date info. Just the same this is a outstanding Dipa. Very expressive of its hops and dry finishing overall. What more can you ask for out of a double IPA. WHAT!

M: Keeps you high and dry

O: Outstanding beer this is one of the best Dipa's I have tried of recent. It is every bit worth the cost.

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Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours into a tulip a hazy peach amber body with a sturdy ecru head. Good retention and curtains of sheet lacing.

Aroma is spicy, fruity, yeasty, and malty. Lots going on here. Fruitiness is citrusy, with orange and pink grapefruit notes. Maltiness provides raisins and molasses hints. Yeastiness has some funk and the spices are smooth but hard to identify.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a satiny medium carbonation.

Taste is complex but well balanced. Hops have a bitter citrus edge tamed quite well by the Belgian candy sugars. Orange and pink grapefruit notes are enchanting from start to finish. Caramel coated raisins lend a malty balance. Slight yeasty Belgian funk adds complexity. Spices are subtle and smooth but I can't really identify them. Finishes clean and slightly bitter with citrus rind.

I didn't think I would like this. My previous experience with Belgian IPAs has been a mixed bag. This one is quite good, unique to be sure and highly drinkable.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweeter pine like hops. In the taste, starts pine like hops to a an orange citrus hop. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence all the way through and not boozy, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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 korndog
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice pour and not what we see in the typical U.S. DIPA. Big Belgian head with nice lacing and orangish amber tinted beer.

Sweet Pale malt nose with a hint of Muscat grape, or possibly a Sauterne. Definitely a desert wine character on the nose.

First sip reveals the hops, which are subdued in the DIPA sense, but present and delightful. Very gentle Low Cohumulone bittering from possibly Amarillo and/or Simcoe. Awesomely velvety mouthfeel with a pleasant bittersweet finish. For a moment on finish, I want to say it's underattenuated, yet poof - it dries out in a most wonderful way. A really nice marraige. I'm not sure what this beer wants to be, but it holds its own in a number of settings. I can't wait to consider food pairings for this treat. An eye-opener.

I like this beer and look forward to brewing something like it..

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Photo of Brabander
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beer!!! That's the first thing i can say about this Struise Elliot.

When UncleJimbo and i visited Urbain a few months ago i asked him for his favourite beer and he told me it was the Elliot.

After a night filled with blond beer, tripels and quads (we had a blind tasting evening) i took some other beers out of my beerfridge just to let the group try some other beers.

The Elliot was poured in wide open wineglasses for all the tasters. Not much to say about the appearance because of the wineglass but the head was nice and firm. The smell is very good, it made me think about the Pliney.

Taste was exeptional, what an explosion of different tastes, fruits all over the place, some spices...wonderfull.

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Photo of Anatole
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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