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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Reviews: 289 | Ratings: 422
Photo of bonk0076
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish/orange color with a moderate head and decent lacing and some sediment. Aroma is dominated by citrus notes, espescially Orange, as well as molasses or butterscotch. Tasteis pine notes up front, medium bitterness, with chocolate and some roasted malts in the finish, which is moderate.

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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.


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

My bottle had a label that differs from the one pictured here, the crest was small on the side and instead had mostly tan and yellow vertical stripes with a description.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass with two fingers of head. Poured a deep golden color with low clarity once the massive chunks of yeast and sediment fell out of the bottle.

The candied sugars were very apparent but not too overwhelming. Because of this sweetness, I would probably only want to have one of these at a time. Reminded me a lot of Tripel Karmeliet (though its been a while since I've had that). Great spices - maybe clove and anise. Great brew!

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Photo of richmof
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown into my Brasserie de la Senne tulip. A one finger frothy head with limited retention and some lacing.

On the nose there is malt, spice and earthy hops.

A lot going on on the palate, some caramel and fruits (orange and orange peel dominate for me) but also spice and biscuit malt. Opens up to a gritty, earthy hoppiness that lingers. Nice effervescence and dryness. The long lingering earthiness detracts somewhat from the drinkability.

This is an excellent beer and certainly one of the best Belgians in the imperial IPA style, as you would expect given it is the love child of two of the best brewers in Europe at present (who are not shy of hops). I made the mistake of drinking it in a tasting alongside Viven Imperial IPA and Troubadour Magma though and I might controversially say it came third...still fantastic though.

PS there are two different labels - one when it is sold from Mikkeller and one from Struise. I went to a shop in Brussels, where the one from Mikkeller was 50c more expensive...even though it is the same beer in the bottle!

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Photo of frothyhead
4.44/5  rDev +13%
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 spratmi
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy deep dark orange/amber color with a thick, rich four finger head that had plenty of staying power. Left a foamy lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Strong caramel hints followed by sweet sugars and notes of pine.
T: A wonderful complex mix of malt and hops. Sweet caramel blended with pine and grapefruit citrus hops. Nice dry bitter aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy with sticky oily feel. Good carbonation.
D: Very drinkable - a nice blend of malty sweetness and hops.

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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 Beerdregs
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light orange/amber color with two finger white frothy head that refuses to subside. The bottom of this bottle had a good quarter inch of yeast. Lots of carb. bubbles.

S: Smells of raisins or overripe grapes. Cannot perceive the typical north american hops aroma. This is different. It is like old fruit swimming in malt.

T: Ample sweetness. The dark fruits continue to dominate the early than the hops finally come in but only as a bittering on the back of the tongue. (I have a hard time believing this is 130 IBU!) I cannot pick out any type of grapefruit/piney flavor of your typical north american hop. The finish is a slight vanilla. This beer states that it is 9% on the bottle but I don't perceive it until the very last part of the swallow.

M: This beer has a prickly mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: This was a wonderful beer. I thought I was buying a tongue buster 130 IBU american pale ale instead I was treated to a melange of flavor that I have never experienced from an APA in North America. A real treat!

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Photo of will4240
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super pumped I found a bottle of this at a local beer shop. How can you not love both Mikkeller and Struise? Together they are simply unstoppable...

It seems that there are pretty mixed reviews out on this brew, but I simply loved it. Very complex, and yet very much drinkable in spite of all the complexity, let alone the 130 IBUs... This brew gives me everything that I could want in an Imperial IPA. Fantastic beer, I only wish it wasn't a limited brew...

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Photo of brundo4
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz'er. Lot: A / 3 / 09. Poured into snifter

A: Pours a dark brown, with rich red tones. A decent, fluffy, two-finger head forms, but dissipates to a half a finger. Looks quite inviting and very belgian.

S: Amazing. Really, really exciting. Very sweet, grapefruity. You can smell the candy sugar for sure, also the yeast, and a nice malt character.

T: Hops RUSH forward. Very hoppy, very bitter. Citrus flavors, grapefruit, lemon, orange, also with a slight piney quality. The candy sugars just barely peak through. Alcohol and a light roastiness comes through. The aftertaste is a long lingering bitter hop and alcohol flavor.

M: Good carbonation. Fairly light texture.

D: To be perfectly honest, the 130 IBU kicks my ass. I couldn't bear to think of more than one of these. The ABV is fairly well hidden but still quite easy to recognize. Plus, they're like $7 a bottle. So I'd say that the drinkability, not discounting the unique characteristics of this beer, is fairly low.

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Photo of easement
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very cloudy. It looks like a darker wheat beer. Porus white one inch head. Nice read retention and some lacing.

S- I detected notes of Citrus, malt, and hops. It doesn't smell like a traditional IPA; it wasn't too floral.

T- A very Subdued beer. Sweet citrus and malts are up front. Hops follow and leave a lingering bitterness.

M- Very watery with light carbonation. Matches the flavor perfectly.

D- Alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink these all day....if only I cound find it.

serving style: bottle.

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Photo of DanielClouser
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into Duvel Tulip.

A--Excellent head on this one. Granted, I've had a lot of American brews as of late, leading me to be none-too-gentle with the pour. Still, a nice looking beer with a tenacious head to rival the best of them.

S--Dammit! I was hoping for hops, but I'm smelling caramel, a la Double Bastard (though it's not quite the caramel overload that DB is). I'm guessing that there's some age on this one, which would account of the hops' decline.

T--Yes! It's not too sweet! Boy, do I ever hate an overly sweet beer! While the fresh citrus flavor boasted of on the bottle has disappeared (despite the persistence of a certain grapefruit rind aftertaste), the bitterness is resinous and very well-balanced. The caramel is certainly there, but, again, the balance is good. I'm not sure what spices are used in this one (I can taste citrus rind and black pepper, but those could easily be attributed to other ingredients). The feeling it leaves on the tongue makes me think that there could well be grapefruit rind in the beer, but I don't know.

M--While it may seem occasionally too thin, I think it's very good. Too THICK is the real problem with a lot of DIPAs, in my opinion, and the brewers avoid that pitfall handily. Carbonation is neither over nor under. No complaints.

D--Very good, all things considered. Many a beer at this ABV is hardly quaff-able (even if it's amazing), but this one is fairly easy to put down.

Overall, even though nothing really jumped out at me as being amazing with this brew, it was still very good. At first, I thought, "This is nothing like a DIPA" (particularly based on smell), but the sense of hoppy, citrus-y spice grew as I drank. It seems like the boys (and/or girls) at Struise and Mikkeller really came up with a unique take on the style with this beer. I wish that I could have had it fresh; it might have been great.

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Photo of BeefTongue
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the pour the beer appeared rich orange-amber in hue with lots of tiny champagne-esque bubbles floating about lending a neat touch and making the liquid very pretty to look at in the glass. The head appeared off-white, quite thick and rose about 2-3 fingers with heavy lacing. Floral hop odors dominated the aroma seconded by the sweet smell of dark sugar and a touch of citrus. Elements of the Double and the IPA are readily apparent in the Elliot Brew's flavor, making for a nice and balanced combination of the two styles. Good amounts of hoppy bitterness with the sweet and savory taste of malt are accented by a bit of grapefruit tartness that lingers on the tongue. Despite being 9% ABV, the taste of the alcohol is minimal. Mouthfeel is interesting; the high carbonation tingles the tongue and causes each gulp to sort-of foam up and fill the mouth as one swallows. The beer is not very thick, but has a velvety texture as it slides down the throat. Regarding drinkability, I'm a big fan of IPA's, Dogfish Head 90 Minute and Founder's Devil Dancer are among my favorites, and while this Double/IPA doesn't quite stack up against the others, it seems quite sessionable and I wouldn't mind drinking a few if they were available.

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Photo of BorisFromRussia
4.44/5  rDev +13%
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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