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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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is a decent DIPA. Kind of boozy though with a bit of a burning alcohol. It still comes together though with a hoppy enough accent on it, though it carries a thick malt base. Feel is smooth and this is decent enough, but it could be much better. Especially considering who brewed it.

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Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a lightly hazed copper color. A cap of creamy yellowish stained head forms and retains fairly well. A solid amount of lacing clings all around the glass.

The aroma is herbal with a little bit of citrus aspect that is somewhat rind-like. A faint grain to bready backing is evident but the hops dominate with an herbal quality.

The taste is dry toasty grain that has a clingy lasting herbal bitterness. There is a light sulfur touch and a taste that is a little bit mineral filled. As it warms, a yeasty character emerges. However, the dominant flavor and noticeable quality is the resinous cling that the hops have in this brew.

A medium to light bodied brew with a modest to high level of carbonation. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The residual sweetness verse hoppy bitterness is balanced well and very enjoyable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a huge tan meringue like head that persists forever. Smells of earthy spicy hops with a solid caramel and brown sugar sweetness beneath it. The flavor holds caramel and brown sugar malts with a bit of dark dried fruit and a solid shot of earthy spicy piney hops. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a resinous bubbly mouthfeel. I guess I should have read the label a little better and not bought an Imperial IPA from 2011. This tastes pretty good now, but it feels more like and aged American barleywine where the hops are fading and the malt is starting to come forward.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the Struise online webshop - Lot A, best before April 2015, which means it is about 6-8 week sold. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a creamy three fingers of off-white foam that slowly dissipates to a chunky cap while leaving glass-coating lacing. Body is a hazed dark amber-brown color that has a nice coppery glow to it. There are a few slow-moving bubbles visible.

S - Extremely dank and herbal, with obvious notes of grapefruit, pine, passion fruit, and candi sugar. There's a faint hint of spice, but it integrates well with the zesty hop character. I'm not sure this should be called an "American" Imperial IPA, as the aroma is quite unique. Alcohol is masterfully hidden.

T - Here's one that lives up to the IBU hype - all 163(!?) of them lay waste to one's palate. It initially starts with sweet bready malt mixed with candi sugar, apples, and citrus zest, but then it morphs into strong bitterness. Thankfully the bitterness mellows out a little in the aftertaste, leaving one ready to take another sip. Again, there's minimal alcohol character.

M - Active carbonation that never gets harsh, soft medium body, with a super dry and tooth-coating finish. I get a touch of heat after a half-bottle, but it doesn't detract from the enjoyment.

D - I appreciate that de Struise uses small bottles, as I don't think I could cope with more than 330cl of this intense bitterness. That being said, I had no problem demolishing a bottle on my own. This was much more enjoyable than the Clown Shoes I had earlier today - somehow the bitterness here is far more palatable.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a De Struise Cervoise glass. Beer is amber almost brown with a big off white head, some lacing, decent retention, the carbonation is a little high.

Aroma is pretty malty and sweet with an interesting yeast character.

Decent beer, malty, mildly hoppy, mostly malt though. I don't hate it but it's not a good IPA, I won't have it again but I don't regret drinking it.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 tempest
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. The side has an oval that reads "SM No. 12 Elliot Brew," right under "ratebeer." Apparently this is the second of RateBeer.com's Worldwide Masters Series.

Frankly, I'm not blown away. This actually reminds me of a failed homebrew attempt at a hoppy quad. Naturally, this is better, but I'm not a huge fan. The funky, herbal hops are a bit much. Like Saison Dupont on overdrive - in a bad way. The big European hops, candi sugar, and malts just don't mix well for me. I appreciate the bitterness. The hops here are undeniably big, with rough, grassy grapefruit. And unlike my concoction, this has enough sweet malt to not finish dry. It's a balanced but strong bitterness. And I still have to give this beer credit for complexity and drinkability. Maybe it just isn't for me. Worth a try for something hoppy and different.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

By rating according to style, the numbers are down a tick or two. But as far as a straight up good beer goes, this is quite tasty.

a dark(er) apricot pour and a large initial head. Foamy enough, jeez. As the head settles the whole looks quite nice. The lacing looks 'candied' and crystalized a bit, sticky.

Belgian-y spice aroma, more a B-IPA if one were to be made. Most Belgian IPAs I've had are over the top on the spices and yeast characteristics, but this one does seem balanced in the nose.

And quite balanced in the flavors as well. while you're thinking of "is this spicy or hoppy or malty" you forget that it's 9% abv. Very drinkable with a clean bite, some orange zest and light malt finish.

Fine beer

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Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a real nice Belgian ale scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a spicey Belgian yeast. It almost seems like a Saison yeast strain. The hops shine through the aroma as well. It's a very nice mixture of DIPA and Belgian strong. The taste is perfect. This is what a Belgian IPA should taste like. It's incredibly bitter with a strong malt character. The yeast provides a dry, earthy, spiciness to the beer that really compliments all the flavors. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a kick ass beer! I'm a huge fan of these collaberation brews.

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Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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 liamt07
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a webshop order a little while back. 330ml into a tulip. Lot D, with a notch between 5 and 6. A notch underneath BB and CC. Who knows what this means.

Pours a copper red, with a couple fingers of cream coloured head. Sticky, webbed lace with good retention. Nose has some fruity hops, sugary malt, breads that are a bit dark, and some interesting herbal and earth notes detectable. Taste has some chewy (and quite bitter) hops, lightly grassy and herbal notes again contend with a bready toffee-like malt Some darker fruits but some citrus notes as well, which are more prominent in the finish. Medium full mouthfeel, big bitterness in the finish (and throughout the duration of each sip for that matter - serious bitterness). Minimal alcohol notes become more noticable with warmth and as the glass progresses. Relatively drinkable, but the bitterness almost impedes at times. An interesting and not exactly straightforward double IPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch A 309. No idea what the bottling date was.

The beer pours a dark orange-amber color with a huge white head. The aroma is a very odd mix of flavors I didn't expect in the beer: Butter, toffee, cream, cherry and caramel. The flavor is equally odd. I get notes of butter, vanilla and some cherry. There is very little bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not sure if this was an older bottle or if it was just a slight problem with the beer, but this was disappointing. It actually tasted pretty good, but there was really nothing that made me think the beer was a Double IPA.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange color, nice carbonation, huge four finger head at least, which is off-white and foamy, lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, some spice's, grapefruit, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, spiced up, grapfruit, with some caramel notes. Medium body, this brew is not too bad, quite different DIPA, the alocohol is hidden pretty well. To me it's kind of a mix between a BSPA and DIPA, the finish is bitter and slightly dry. Drinkable, would recommend.

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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 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 yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz slender brown bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours slightly darker than expected, a dark golden amber, but more brown than orange. Fluffy white head that leaves sticky lacing and has nice retention, slowly dissipating a thin film and a ring of bubbles.
S: Strong aroma of alcohol and piney hops. Lighter notes of citrus, sweet spices, yeast, and bread.
T: Nice blend of sweet (brown sugar, other spices, a little honey) with citrus, particularly orange rind, also belgian yeast and dark fruit. Alcohol is present in the body and in finish, but isn't obtrusive. Label claims 130 IBU, but, well, yea that's a cute number I guess. Medium bodied with active carbonation without really digging into the tongue, body is more fluffy than anything. Unusual for a DIPA, at first I wasn't too crazy about this, but then the slightly sweet and spicy flavors came out stronger as this warmed up.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a full, fluffy white head and plenty of Belgian-style lacing.

S: Ripe hops, the smell of fresh grapefruit, and sugary candy.

T: Bitter melon and pine, some cantaloupe, mixed with yeasty Belgian beer is what it tastes like. Not sure the malt really melded well with the hop character, it was just all right for me.

M: Full, but light carbonation, fairly medium-bodied, and very resiny.

D: An interesting beer collaboration, but at $8+ a bottle, I don't think I'll buy it again, but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange-amber with an excellent head and lacing. Aroma is bready and a tiny bit funky with lots of earthy hops and the tiniest bit of horse blanket. Taste is a bit bolder, with lots of bitter, earthy hops and perhaps a bit more of that horseblanket as well as some lingering woody bitterness and almost tea-like tannins. Big crusty, bready malt balances it out. Unusual and delicious. Thick mouthfeel with some lingering tannins make this somewhat of a oneshot for me- at least in one evening.

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Did a complete double take when I saw this on the beer menu at Max's the other day. A collaborative effort between Struise and Mikkeller??? How cool is that!

The beer pours a hazy rust color with outstanding head retention and lacing. The beer has a beautiful IPA nose with lots of citrus; in this case lime, lemon and grapefruit. The beer is very complex on the palate, although not as hoppy as I would expect (and like) for a DIPA. However, the flavor profile in this beer is otherwise pretty unique, with flavors of orange, cherry, walnut, quinine and even grape cool-aide. The beer is quite well balanced IMO, and is very drinkable for its abv. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and finishes quite well with a hint of caramel. As noted above, the abv. is pretty well disguised, and the beer does not taste like a 9% abv. beer.

A very solid effort. Exactly what I would expect from these fine brewers.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/22/2010

Fresh Belgium beer from a friend's recent trek to Belgian. Dark hazed orange with a generous white head. Displays a pretty fresh array of hop aromas, with prominent tropical notes. I detect mango, tangerine, floral notes, grapefruit rind, orange pith, and a dash of pine. Pretty nice for a Euro IPA. Dash of caramel is evident. Flavor is moderately bitter orange, grapefruit, mango, and a little pine, with a moderate candied caramel malt foundation and a very bitter finish. The beer displays an upper moderate level of carbonation and a sticky, resinous mouthfeel. A nice Euro DIPA!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY. Accdidentally purchased a '13 vintage of this.

This one pours a moderately dark brown, with some yeastiness at the bottom, with a small head, and no real lacing.

Smells like caramel, faded leafy hops, some pine, and baked bread.

This has certainly faded with time and become worse. It's not entirely unpleasant, as there's a somewhat interesting malt backbone behind it, but there's kind of a metallic character to it that I don't love, and a strong Belgian yeastiness that's fairly distracting.

This is slightly syrupy in the body, with a very high level of carbonation, making it prickly on the finish.

This has definitely degraded, but it was still interesting enough to drink.

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Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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 Derek
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More of a Belgian strong pale/blonde with an abundance of American hops.

A: Hazy copper-brown, creamy off-white head, some retention, great lace.

S: Tropical fruit, spice, citrus rind, wheat-like tartness.

T: Marmalade, spice, slight orange & pine hops, a slight wheat-like tartness.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity, but it's smooth & dry.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Murky amber color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose and flavor is candi sugar and hops, very balanced even with 216 IBUs. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent double IPA. $7.50 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in California.

Pours a cloudy but still bright golden colour, with a touch of red in the deeper parts. Body is very light, and very fluid. Very fine, but not particularly effusive carbonation. Thick, heavy lace. Looks pretty good.

Nose is piney and resiny, with a really sharp, almost isohop bite to it. Under this is a sugary sweetness; a rather treacle and light brown sugar note. The hops just yell "HOPS!", there's very little in the way of nuanced fruit or fragrance. It's somewhat confronting, and a little one dimensional.

Taste is smooth initially, before the sharp, direct spike of hops comes through and slices the palate in half. Some vanilla comes through, giving a fragrance, but no smoothness, and the relatively light body struggles against the hops, meaning it feels very unbalanced. Feel is surprisingly light, and the booze on the back adds some vapour-like astringency. Phewy.

It's a bold, rugged and unapologetic beer, there's no doubt about that. But it gets to the level where it's actually a little undrinkable. I can believe it's the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium—it's one of the hoppiest beers I've had in recent memory.

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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
3.93 out of 5 based on 420 ratings.
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