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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) | De Struise Brouwers

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3.91/5
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422 Ratings
Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,086
Reviews:
289
Ratings:
422
pDev:
12.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Advertised on the menu as the "hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium." I don't know about that, but okay. Maybe. I was trying to think of an extremely hoppy Belgian beer off the top of my head, but I got nothing.

Anyway, this beer poured a slightly hazy, golden amber with a huge puff of white head that took a while to recede to a drinkable level; left some nice lacing. Aroma is sweet with caramel malts, with a definite big hop presence; very grassy and organic. Actually a very good balance of hops and malts in the taste, but the hops definitely take the foreground: grassy, herbal, slightly citrusy. More than anything, the malts act to take the edge off. Yeast contribution is moderate. Nice and medium-bodied, and quite drinkable if you're in the IPA mood.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark golden orange/amber with 2+ fingers of creamy off-white head. A 1/2 finger of solid retention leaves thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells like that of a DIPA up front with notes of pine and grapefruit but then opens up more with noticeable yeasty character and the scent of candied sugars. It feels like it could be a touch more assertive though.

The taste is intense hop bitterness up front that that blends into a mellow mix of citrus, candied sugars, and yeast. The bitterness returns in the finish and lingers on the palette for awhile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice feeling carbonation and some ocassional slickness. The nearly 10% ABV is hid very well.

This was definitely a different type of DIPA with the candy and yeast character of a Belgian style really giving this a different kind of feel. A tasty sipper.

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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explosive, come-out-of-the-bottle head. It forms a rocky dome of foam in the center of the glass. I was required to make four pours from the 11.2oz bottle into the 16 oz glass. The color of the beer is light brown/dark amber and quite cloudy. Lots of chunky lace on the glass after each sip.

Up front, there is a sweet, floral hop aroma. After the head begins to settle, I detect a distinct milky sourness.

The initial sip shows elements of a barley wine--strong alcohol, rich and sweet maltiness. Within a second, the powerful hop bitterness comes rushing in. The body has a consistency of 1% milk. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste.

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3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of duceswild
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Aggressively bubbled tangerine beneath a massive head of ecru colored froth. It's odd to see a Belgianesque head on a DIPA, but then Elliot Brew isn't your average DIPA. Thanks to multiple bubble factories churning away on the bottom of the glass, it will be quite some time before there's more beer than foam. A fair amount of sudsy lace appears eventually.

There's at least as much Belgian yeastiness in the aroma as hops. At 130 IBUs, I wouldn't think that would be possible. Banana and pear are more prominent than citrus, giving this big ale a BSPA sort of vibe that is appealing. It's clear that we need to throw all notions of a typical DIPA right out the window.

The label calls Struise Mikkeller a DIPA and the brewery's website calls it a 'hoppy blonde'. As far as I'm concerned, the website is much closer to the truth. Any ale that uses candi sugar, (undisclosed) spices and Belgian yeast is no sort of DIPA at all. It is good beer, though, and that's the only thing that matters.

SM is equally sweet and bitter. I hate to be an IBU skeptic, but it doesn't taste like there's enough malt or candi sugar present to balance that many alpha acids. This isn't massive beer, or even huge beer. It's comfortably large beer and is nicely svelte in the mouth.

Whatever spices were used (coriander? grains of paradise?) they weren't added with a heavy hand. The beer is no more spicy than a Belgian pale ale or a tripel that uses an especially estery yeast strain. The bottom line with this brew is that everything works together harmoniously... without creating a world-class symphony in the process.

The mouthfeel is closer to DIPAhood than IPAhood. Gotta be the candi sugar. It isn't sappy or sticky, though, and goes down like liquid silk. A few more bubbles would be acceptable. A few fewer wouldn't.

Since DIPA and BSPA/tripel are two of my favorite styles, I expected more from a beer that attempts to combine the two. There's still a huge amount of potential here and Mikkeller would do well to continue to tweak this basic recipe.

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

From 12/24/11 notes. Received from joepais in the Secret Santa BIF; thanks Joe. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy reddish orange-amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass and two minutes of head retention.

s - Smells of sweet fruity malts, Belgian yeast, orange, citrus hops, and tropical fruits. Very fruity and more malts than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, bready malts, sugar, light citrus hops, oranges, light pine hops. Again, more malts than expecting, and very sweet.

m - Medium body, and pretty creamy, with moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty decent DIPA, but a bit too sweet for me. Lots of sweet fruits and sugar, and not as hoppy as I expected, but worth checking out.

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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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4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at State Line Liquors about 1 month ago. Decanted into an oversized wine glass from the 11.2oz brown bottle.

A - opened with a forceful pfsst! and the glass consists of 1/2 beer and 1/2 head w/ super microsized beads of carbonation. The head is bone white and fluffly - it sparkles w/ sugar crystal light reflecting qualities. The head measures 2 full inches filling the glass to the top. The ale is a tarnished golden shade w/ amber hues like dark honey. The lace forms a halo and there is an atoll inn the center of glass as the lace forms

S - A magic blend of spice, yeast, sugar and cookie-like malt. There is some fruit w/ golden raisin mixed w/ a hint of green tea and wildflowers w/ a tinge of caramel.

M - The feel is lively and energetic w/ crisp carbonation, silky malt and a mild spicy/sweet toasty finish. There are some grain notes + hops, but the spicy sugar textures w/ soft slight astringent quality lingers w/ slight phenolic hints

T - A murky sweet flavor w/ a hop spice that swirls around the tongue a bit creamy w/ yeast flavor and nutty at the same time, but w/ a green pepper herbal edge. There is a gentle citrus and light brown sugar flavor that is a touch on the caramel malt side and more sweetness from the sugar than bitterness from the hops, but still feels/tastes balanced overall w/ the spices and alcohol giving it a bit more depth when it gets warmer - 50 to 55 degrees w/ more of a clove and earthy hop flavor. There is plenty of citrus w/ the American hops and some lemony coriander notes. The sweetness tingles of the tip of the tongue and has a hint of pineapple bitter essence and floral aspects linger w/ a fruitiness. The bitterness really doesn't come forward until the last sips.

D - Not the most drinkable (Belgian IIPA) w/ spices added no less. I found it to be full of flavor almost overboard, but pretty well done for what they aimed for. I would have like to have more hop flavor w/ the Imperial Ipa label, but at 9% it is in the strength range of one. I would approach with caution - the 9% and 130 Ibu's could challenge most drinkers sense of 'drinkable'. I wouldn't hesitate to try this again w/ some age on it, but I wanted to review this fresh given the description. This is unique - worth a try for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of white head. Quite sweet and sugary. Very heavy on the caramel malts. A decent citrus fruitiness, but also sort of tropical with some berries? There is just a hint of pine and maybe a little bit of yeast. The flavor is very sweet, heavy on the caramel and toffee malt flavors. As with the nose, quite fruity with just a bit of citrus. Some light pine bitterness. Has a hint of tartness to it, too.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Part of my legendary State Line haul, just now getting around to it. It pours a cloudy reddish-amber topped by a more-than-healthy off-white head. The nose is almost entirely composed of buttery biscuits, though a hint of very light (but still relatively sharp) grapefruit pokes through from the background, making me think I may have waited too long on this guy. The taste brings a larger contingent of that grapefruit, now joined by some pine, back with a vengeance, though dominance is still held by the biscuits. The body is a staunch medium, with a light carbonation and a pretty damn smooth feel. Overall, though I feel I waited too long on this, it's a more-than-solid DIPA. Good times.

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3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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 GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 422 ratings
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