Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) | De Struise Brouwers

Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)
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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 FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber in color with about a quarter inch of frothy white head. Smell is hops and some underlying belgian yeast present as well.
Taste has a rather IPA-like characteristic to it, rather than DIPA/Imperial. There are some bittering hops bittering this up. There is a pretty nice spicy taste coming in after the hops which is a very nice twist. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very nice.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 OldSchoolGamer
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have never had a Mikkeller brew before, and I have pretty high hopes after hearing so many great things about this brewery. Here is my review:

A: Pours a hazy orange color. Head is pretty massive with about 4 fingers in height. Very creamy as well. Lots of lacing.

S: First smell I get is champaign. Lots of sweetness. Some fruit and some herbal hops in there. Doesn't really smell that hoppy.

T: Taste is very unique. Not like a typical IPA at all. First thing I notice is the champaign-like flavor coming. Hops are there and they give off an herbal and earthy like flavor. You can definetly taste the candi sugar and spices. Pretty sweet beer overall. Not very bitter for 130 IBUs. I also get a caramel apple like flavor. Some yeastyness in there as well. Its a very complex brew, but the flavors are not what you would expect for an IPA. Hops are only part of the show here. Very good nonetheless.

M: Actually not very heavy in the mouth. I would say light to medium bodied. Carbonation is a little higher than normal. Finish is both sweet and bitter. Again, not very typical for an IPA, bit still very good and nothing offensive about it.

D: Drinks rather smoothly. Nothing to complain about. Not syrupy of thick. Nothing really stands out, but very solid overall.

This is a unique beer. Again, not very true to the style, but I am not going to knock it down for just that. I rate beers on their quality, and this is definetly a quality brew. Its complex, tasty, and smooth. Pretty good beer overall, but I can't wait to try more from Mikkeller.

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

Tasting with jrallen34 when at this point I couldn't figure out why we were still drinking

A - Dark amber color with yellow on the edges, left the sides clean on the drink.

S - Lot of belgian yeast with some sweet malts, mostly caramel. A decent amount of hops, but not a lot of pine going one, mostly citrus and pineapple/mango mixed in with the malts.

T - Nice and belgian yeasty. Decent hop profile, although it is ovepowered by the belgian yeast and the malts. Truthfully, for a double IPA I was expeting a lot of hops profile, but it is mostly yeasty with hops more of a secondar influence. Slightly bitter, a bit of a grapefruit taste.

M - Good carbonation in a medium bodied beer.

D - Actually hard to drink as the beer becomes somewhat punguent and overpowers what would normally be a bitter hops profile.

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

This brew pours a hazy, golden amber color, with a single finger of foam. As the foam dissipates, it leaves big gobs of lacing on the glass. Smell is of a bit of fruit, some earthy hops, some sweetness, and some flavors I can't quite pin down. Taste is much more diverse, as a variety of fruit comes in and out of the mix. Hops are dominant as well, with a grassy, earthy flavor blending with the overall fruitiness. A malty sweetness is present as well. Alcohol's a bit hotter than I'd like in this, but not overpoweringly so. You know it's there. It's thick and viscous, almost more barleywine-like than a DIPA, with a smooth finish and long-lasting flavor. It's a solid DIPA, but not something I'd want to have more than one or two of in a night.

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Photo of Thanby
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy drab amber with a huge off-white head that sticks like glue.

Smells like a big sticky sweet hop nugget. Burnt brown sugar, caramel, molasses, maple syrup, everything sticky and sweet like that. The hops are a huge blend of a little floral, some citrus and a nice blanket of bittering hops sitting on top of everything.

First taste is a load of sweetness, the candi sugar is very noticeable. The hops are again in one big thick cloud, but they are blended and mellow enough (seems this brew was aged quite well before even being bottled) that they even lend a little to the sweetness. There's some earthiness to the malt, which is toasted and sweet as well.

Medium body, a little thick in the finish with lingering sweetness, quite smooth, very easy to drink. This pretty much typifies a Belgian-made IPA without the normal acidity issues suffered by many brews of this style, and is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330 mL bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale is well carbonated. After opening the bottle, I allowed it to sit and breathe only to see the head slowly creeping out of the bottle. In the glass, 4 fingers of head came off of the first pour. Despite the size, the head doesn't lace very well. The ale is a hazy orange amber color, close to an iced tea in appearance.

S: The nose is that of a Belgian IPA, Belgian spices and candi sugars and lots of hoppy bitterness.

T: The first sip reinforces my Belgian IPA belief. The spice profile is pale candi sugar and coriander with touches of anise. That spiciness sets the stage for a strong hop bitterness. The effect is much more tripel than DIPA and I like it. The finish is the typical muddled Belgian IPA melange of spicy sweetness and harsh bitterness.

M: Mmmm Belgian IPA. The blend of Belgian spices and American hops is an inspired. The sweetness that lingers in the palate is unique.

D: The alcohol is well hidden but it does sneak up on you. The combination of the two styles really works. Had I rated this as a Belgian IPA, the score would have jumped up a bit.

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Photo of deapokid
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This collaboration is copper in color, a bit deeper than expected, with a big foamy head and clean, white lacing. The lacing is as abundant as that of a nitrogen-based stout.

Scent is sweet and malty, almost candied, with certain aromas reminding me of the amber notes of a Vienna lager or the sweetness of a fruit beer.

Taste is profoundly malty with a nice hint of muskiness and apricot sweetness. I've noticed that most European takes on the DIPA often pack a deep and rich maltiness coupled alongside fruit sweetness. This is no exception.

Lacking all the dryness and sourness that may be brought on by hop heaviness, this beer focuses more on a sweet malt backbone (probably due to the "candi sugar"). It treats the tongue well and the mouth is rather unique. I'd love to know what hops were used and how they played into the rich body of this brew.

All 9% ABV of this beer is well masked and the flavor profile is quite the diversion for those who think they know what to expect from a DIPA. Another unique effort from Mikkeller.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into my La Chouffe stem. Poured very slowly and a giant 4 fingers of monster near-white froth rushed to the rim. Thick delicious looking froth with tons of little glisteny bubbles.
Fire-orange in appearance with an aroma of...? I cannot ever recall not being able to detect the aroma from a glass of beer. 'Some' hops, but that's about it...very puzzling.
Very sweet first sip from the Belgian candy sugar. I detected that brett tartness that ran along with the sweetness. Once that subsided, the spicy hops came through in the mouthfeel. But then, the beer went back to the tart/sweetness, finishing this way.

Quite a puzzling beer for me. I enjoyed and appreciated the hybrid of Belgian-meets-hoppy IPA. Very rough around the edges and too sweet for me. To compare, Houblon Chouffe is probably a more rounded, balanced version of this Belgian IPA style.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

842nd Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
11.2 oz

2011 Bottle

Purchased @ Craft Beer & Wine, Reno, NV (Thanks Raidersandbeerfan for rec)

App- A very dark golden orange with a lot of bubble activity in the center flowing up. A big two and a half stuck in place head, a little bubbles on top and just a sheen/wall of lace & cling.

Smell- A lot going on in this glass but all seems to work well together. A bit of damp, deep pressed citrus with a strong malt note. Much of the nose is grapefruit and add in some dried cooking spices. A little floral note to blend it all together.

Taste- Taste follows the nose with a bit of the grapefruit coming first. When you take a secondary sip the spices come into play. More of a dried thyme flavor to me. For as much as they are claiming this really doesn’t feel 216 IBUS. This was malty/hoppy/citrus but bold and easy drinking. Good flavor balance.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A bit floral, earthy and residual bitter flavors remain.

Drink- A tasty collaboration from two of Europe’s envelope pushers. A lot of citrus and malts duke this one out. It was pretty easy to drink this one from a 11 oz, nice they kept it small. I would like another bottle.

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Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz., 9% ABV, 130 IBU. Amber color, with some gold highlights. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom. Thick pillowy white head. Great retention, and nice patches of lace.

Nose full of citrus fruit and spices. Some candi sugar sweetness detected as well.

Caramel malt base with some canidi sugar. Citrusy bitterness, with some spices that give it a bit of a Belgian feel. Leans more on the hoppy side, but 130 IBU seems exaggerated to me.

Frothy carbonation, with a lighter body in feel. Interesting . Some warming from the alcohol.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anonymous1
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jsurfs82
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011. I can't understand the rest of the date code.

Beer is a murky dark caramel, brown with some orange. A large beige head. Excellent retention. Good lacing.

This beer obviously has some age on it, but there is a large citrus scent, orange mainly. Candied sugar, caramel malt, bread.

Taste is not as nice as the nose. Quite bitter, but coupled with a lot of sweetness. Caramel, bread, orange, pine, grapefruit, candied fruit. Unusual DIPA for sure, certainly has a bit of a Belgian flavour, A bit of a mess- bitterness is not totally pleasant.

Full bodied and highly carbonated. Too tingly- irritating.

Overall, certainly a different approach to the DIPA. Not bad, but not particularly great and not worth the price tag. I like it but I wouldn't search out more.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 73.5% out of 100 with 422 ratings
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