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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

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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288
Ratings:
420
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
14.5%
 
 
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20
For Trade:
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Photo of flannelman808
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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 +12.5%
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 +12.5%
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 +12.2%
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 korndog
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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%
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 prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's extremely cloudy with small chunks of sediment floating around. Color is golden brown. Wow! What a head! It's a whopping three fingers deep and with lace that sticks to glass like glue. It has quite possibly the best retention I've seen to date. The head lasted throughout consumption.

Smell: Loads of grapefruit and mango sweetness hit you up front. Caramel malt and brown sugar blend well and give the aroma of balance. Hops are a bit floral and piney in character. Interesting mix. A bit of a bready-yeast emerges last.

Taste: Sweet citrus flavors are deep and sweet. Much deeper than the smell would suggest. There's grapefruit, pineapple, apple, pear, and mango. Caramel malts give it a great backbone. The bitter flavor emerges once hops kick in, but it's not overwhelmingly bitter. There definitely is a floral character to the hops. It really is a unique (and very good) flavor for DIPA. It finishes bitter and dry. Leaves a bit of a bready taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and carbonation is excellent. Drinkability is very high considering its stature. I find myself wanting another. The 11.2 oz. just isn't quite enough. This is a unique DIPA that's well worth a try. It's my first experience with Mikkeller and I'm walking away impressed. Seek it out.

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Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a gigantic, foamy, long-lasting head and some very good lacing. An excellent-looking beer.

S: Smelled of citrus, hops and some yeast.

T: A big, complex taste consisting of grapefruit, citrus, lots of hops, yeast, spices and a nuttiness like you might find in a brown ale. Very well done.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a generally smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A big, drinkable beer with lots character and power.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A reasonable pour quickly produces an almost four-finger thick, pale, tan tinged, off-white colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is an orange tinged, amber color that shows a lightly hazy, orange-tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a big, grassy hop character to it that is a mix of hay, dried grass and even a touch of mustiness. There is also a fair amount of citrus here, most notably grapefruit and lemon zest. Definitely spicy smelling too, almost like a Tripel actually & I would guess that a characterful Belgian yeast strain was used; this has a peppery nose, a touch of ginger, an earthy spiciness and some soft clove towards the finish. The nose of this beer is quite aromatic & pretty darn complex, especially when compared to a typical IPA profile.

Thick and chewy, with a full, textured heft; the beer is not quite as sweet as the body might suggest, but it certainly has enough sweetness to well accentuate fruity hop notes of lychee, ruby-red grapefruit and bergamot. The sweetness and citrus fruits are cut through by a spicy, woody, black pepper note, some spicy-warming alcohol towards the finish, sweet young ginger that mixes in with the citrus, earthy almost coriander like spice notes, some light clove and a touch of spicy phenolics towards the finish. As the beer warms up a bit it accentuates hop notes of hay & grass, though these still play a secondary role to the more dominant citrus (the opposite of the aroma). It is probably the addition of the candi sugar, but this also has the dangerous drinkability of the best double IPAs; light enough & with the massive hop character this would not be mistaken for a Barleywine.

Opposite of many American IPAs this actually has more of a grassy herbal edge in the nose than it is in the flavor, which has a big, citrus-hop component to it. Definitely a Belgian interpretation of an American, amped-up IPA; I really like the added complexity that the spices and yeast bring to this beer, yet these notes don't distract from the hop focus that anything with the name IPA should have. Definitely a tasty brew and one of the better double IPAs I have had in the last year or so.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lot A 3 BB 09 (whatever that means)

Many thanks to Draught2012 for bringing this bottle last night to our tasting. Never heard of it and had an interesting time finding it on the web site. Based on the label description, this should be it. My label did note it was a special for Rate Beer as well.

I didn't know what to expect, but I loved this beer. I am not normally a fan of European IPA's (DPA's) due to the different malt flavors. But they totally worked for me in this beer.

Beer was a dull light brown/amber color. Tons of creamy light tan head with excellent retention. Lacing clung everywhere.

Aroma was interesting and fairly malt focused with some toffee notes. Also very fruity with some dull hop notes. (not hop focused)

The flavor was a treat and quite a surprise to me. Toffee, excellent malt flavors and a perfect balance of hop bitterness. I'd say a little more pine focused flavors and aroma here. Mixed in again is a wonderful fruitiness. The malt tones are distinctly European.. Excellent beer.

Medium body, almost creamy with very slight carbonation.

I want more, that's how drinkable it was. I need to source another bottle if possible.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown glass pry-top. Label reads "LOT:A...3...BB09."

Appearance: Poured into my BrewDog chalice, turning instantly to all head. Slowed down, pouring down the glass, but still ended up with 2+fingers of tan sudsy creamy head that bubbles and brews down slowly. Color is a rich cherry brown with tiny bubbles.

Nose: The aroma of hops filled the room the second I uncapped. Lots or orange oil, wet hop notes. A slight note of spice from the yeast, but mostly smells like West Coast US hops.

Palate: Wow! Where is this from? Oregon, Cali? Lots of boozy sweet orange infused pine hop flavors. Lots of bitterness right up front. The underpinnings of this beer are like slightly old Belgian pale ale, some light biscuit being tromped by candi sugar. Medium- to light-bodied and crisp with some hop acid. Long bitter, drying finish.

Notes: This is the Hop-heads Belgian beer. Very well done, but not balanced by any means. Nice to see some more experimentation from Belgian brewers.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seems like a nice victory beer to celabrate the Cubs acquisition of Harden, as well as a nice compliment to the Cubs thumping the Reds. Yay for GOOD beer and baseball.

A - Beautiful head, pillowy soft and lots of lacing. Cloudy orange body also looks quite tasty.

S - Gee, I think I smell hops... Yep they're there. Dry bitter orange peel, lots of saltyness, and some good earthiness.

T - Tangerine, mango, apricot, and grape like sweetness right of the bat. Malt still manages to stay crisp however, which makes for a good IPA malt. The hops are dry and balencing, without being bracing. They do add some citrus to the flavor profile. The alcohol is present in the finish, which is long and orange bitters like.

M - Full bodied, seems well made with a soft mouthfeel.

D - This is a solid IIPA, all the flavors are right on, and the slight earthy qualities are just enought to add something, without really making this a confusing mess. Maybe not classic, but a good addition to any night.

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Photo of Jayman931
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter

Hazy orange/amber color

Nice lingering off white head

Great caramel note with a nice initial caramel flavor immediately followed by the perfect bitter hop to make this a extremely well balanced beer

Great mouthfeel not to thick....not to thin.

I wish I would have bought more than one bottle.

J

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very murky amber pour with a towering 3 fingers of head that leaves thick lacing in its wake.

Smell is lightly tart apples, citrus hops, sweet candied malts, and some earthiness.

Taste is quite unique. I'm really not sure what Struise and Mikkeller were going for with this. It's obviously not meant to be an American DIPA so I'm not sure why it is currently categorized as that on Beer Advocate. This is Belgian to the bone. But, as advertised, it is much more hoppy that most or all beers from that country. Some crisp bitterness on top of an apple skin and raisin base. This is like a blend of a Belgian IPA, Tripel, and maybe even an English Barleywine. It takes excellent, that I know for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and some sting. Booziness increases as it warms. Drinkability is very high. I made my way through half the bottle before it even warmed to desired temperature. I couldn't put it down really. Eventually the sweetness started to kill me though. Another top notch beer coming out of Struise.

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Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Radiantly neon orange packed full of gleam and glaring bedazzlement. The complexion is murky, a result of bottle conditioning, although the appearance suffers little from it. I'm a bit surprised at the lack of stamina from this carbonation; the beer doesn't contain the quintessential puffy, bounteous Belgianesque head but rather a thin, minimal coating more typical of a high octane DIPA.

Hops, yeast, and spices are all quick to raise their hands when my nose inquires about who was put in charge. To brew a hybrid between the prototypical amped-up American beer and a traditional Belgian style, with one being obnoxiously hopped and the other delicately suggestive, is an ambitious task. To add a whole bunch of spices only complicates the job. There's plenty going on in this bouquet and it isn't easy to get your head around it.

Noted were phenols and esters from the yeast, citrus from the hops, and, well, spices from the spices. The flavour takes all that noise and cranks the volume full blast. This is exceptionally fruity and drinks like a tangy lemonade with a splash of orange juice, generous squirt of lime, grapefruit piths. The malts are light but carry with them a hint of caramelization and broiled brown sugar. The undisclosed spices must be grains of paradise or coriander, something "summery" anyhow. This is tasty and refreshing.

To put it bluntly, Elliot Brew has got a whole bunch going on. It is hoppy, spicy, yeasty and yet always decidedly beer like. It has the calm, refined composure of a traditional Belgian ale but the zesty, dynamic flavours of a new-age American micro. The alcohol is concealed behind something worthy enough to act as a bank safe. If it were possible (price, availability, and alcohol content aside) to drink copious amounts of this I most certainly would - it is the very definition of savory.

Mikkeller and De Struise are both excellent breweries so it's no wonder a collaboration between the two would be this good. I love DIPA's and I love Belgian ales so it's no surprise I liked the beer this much. I had no expectation in regards to a DIPA/Belgian Strong Ale but I did, however, regarding quality and craftsmanship. Those were most certainly met, nay, exceeded. Let's hope these brewers collaborate again in the future! (Black Albert Breakfast?)

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Photo of ADZA
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy golden robe with a thick cap that slowly fades, but lingers.

S-Heavy hops on the nose, with citrus tones, in addition to rich apricot, spice, and honey.

T-Very pleasant mix of spice, golden, dry fruit, and hops. This brew combines the characteristics of a blonde with extra hops, and the result is pleasing. The taste is rich and sweet, but not cloying, and the finish is clean, rinsing away the sweet nectar-like palate with well-balanced bitterness. A fellow taster said it reminded him more of a trippel, which is right on, and seems to agree with other tasters' descriptions.

M-The smoothness and creaminess are deceptive. It's hard to believe this is 9% abv.

D-I enjoyed this one. It is both interesting and good, and it goes down easy.

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

Mikkeller/Struise collaboration brew, RateBeer special release.

Pours a richly hued coppery orange with mounds of foamy head. Head has great retention and leaves very nice bubbly sticky lace.

Nose is filled with ripe citrus fruit, full warm grain scents, soft sweetness of sugar and caramel, and a light funk in the back.

Taste has good fruit undertones beneath a firm grainy bread middle. Flavor is momentarily refreshing and softly sweet before warming with some peppery spice and a flat bitterness at the finish. Some alcohol flavor and mildly phenolic at the end. As it warms and drinks longer, more pepper develops with warmth over the alcohol at the end, resulting in a very uniquely constructed beer that finishes soft and flavorful with a surprising amount of heat.

Feel is interesting, mostly aligned with the style, smooth and clean, medium bodied with pleasant carbonation, finishing with a mild stickiness. I'm mostly intrigued by the increasing burning tingle I get on my lips and the tip of my tongue with each sip I take, very peppery and very intriguing.

I'm really impressed with this notably stylized version of a DIPA, with it's peppery spice and candi sugar sweetness, it holds its own with bitterness and warmth along with a well balanced malt base.

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

Pours a murky orangish amber color, lots of head, some good lacing. Lots of fruits in the nose, spicy yeast, other spices perhaps too. More fruits in taste, I"m getting lots of grapefruit, almost a rind feel to it, some spices and yeasty goodness. Mouth has good body, lots of carbonation, good feel to it. It says DIPA, but I'm not sure waht this is. Some crazy Belgian concoction, thats for sure, and a fun one to drink.

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

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Mesa Liquor for seven dollars, first time I have ever seen it, number two in the Worldwide Masters Series, poured into my Duvel tulip glass about ten minutes ago

A-Amber with golden orange highlights, large amount of haziness, creamy off white head that was close to two inches, stayed around for close to five minutes, nice retention, very sticky lacing

S-Tons of hoppiness, floral, piney trees, and citrus including lemons and tangerines, candy, strong sugar scent, different spices, grass, bready and sweet malty aromas, Belgian yeast, and white wine

T-Did not even taste close to an india pale ale for the first three sips, then the hops finally started to show up in the finish after that, seemed like a lightly malted blonde at first, eventually the spices kicked in and the brew took off with complexity, like how there was not much malt in this one, hoppiness was overpowering and it was actually a good thing, lots of grapefruit, the sugary tastes were smooth and this went down easy, citrus was strong towards the end with a nice very dry hoppy finish, this beer was definitely one of two different ideas but they molded together nicely for an enjoyable taste

M-Crisp, dry, refreshing, bitter, and spicy mouthfeel, long aftertaste that lingers for close to five minutes, nice strong level of carbonation, medium body, everything seem to be balanced in the feel

D-Could drink multiple bottles of this, alcohol is hidden great for nine percent, does sneak up on you though, not heavy on the stomach, keeps you coming back for more, not very malty which helps the drinkability a lot

Been wanting to try this for quite some time, one of the most unqiue DIPAs I have tasted, good beer from two great breweries, too bad this will most likely not be a regular brew and probably a one time thing, would love to drink again, recommended

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Photo of BarrelO
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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 paco1029384756
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Jmoore50
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

J

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Photo of meeekyh
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is one I found on a trip to Denver and grabbed simply because Mikkeller was involved in the process. Come to discover it is a DIPA and I am pleased with the prospect. It claims 130 IBUs so I will expect a hop-heavy treat.

LOT A, B, AA

I gather from the label that this beer was brewed rather some time ago, but the bottle is brown and I am still hoping the beer is fresh.

I have decided on a belled glass for my receptacle. The brew is a dark amber with a deep tan head. Cloudieness belies the lovley yeast that remains.

The smell of this beer is HUGE. Deep dark fruits, sweet spices, pineapple and floral notes are all present and accounted for. I truly love what Mikkeller does with beer and they are about the only ones I know that can make a beer smell this good.

A beer this old looses a bunch of its hop punch and this one is no exception, I will say that the remaining tastes are full and not 'skunky' in the slightest. Malt and candi sugar provide sweetness and the spices mentioned on the label have a cameo role while the hops leave a notable bitterness and round out the beer.

I am glad to mention the mouthfeel is round and full but not lingering in a bad way. Finish is long and complex though neither particularly dry nor cloyingly sweet.

I could drink a few of these before I was satisfied in the experience, thought, like all Mikkeller beers it is pricy.

This is another beer I would gladly try again. So far Mikkeller is the only perfect brewer I have found, in that I have liked everything I have had from them.

The sadness sets in as I finish the beer and know I will be hard pressed to find another...

Slainte.

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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.
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