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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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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 289
Photo of ipc2000
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: Murky dark caramel body that looks similar to unfiltered pure apple cider. A massive cloudy of khaki clouds perch above and micro bubble chain male wrap the edges.

S: Belgian candy sugar, sweet plums, dark cherries, moldy oak, pilsner malt, medicinal yeast, raisin pound cake, toffee and honey sticks.

T/M: Thick sticky sweet malts, loads of barley, toffee, sourdough toast, tea tannins, dark fruits, with an abrasive chalky yeast and hop bitterness medley that cuts straight through the sugary start. Soda pop carbonation in medium body finishing with a dry rustic linger.

O: This was an interesting brew to say the least. Harsh bitterness with a huge sugary malt profile. This almost comes across as a hopped up quad. I think I might grab another bottle. Cheers!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.55/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a huge, big bubbled, very light tan head of about three fingers. Head slowly drops.

Aromas of feet, yeah, feet, musky, earthy, tobacco, wet dog. What the hell is in this beer?

Flavors of earthy hop bitterness, some big malt backbone. Grassy and herbal. Finish is long and bitter.

Mouthfeel is puckering bitterness, mouthcoating bitterness. Dry. Body is medium.

Overall, flavors are better than the aroma. But to me, it's just a mess. Must be the spicing. Glad I got to try it, but won't be coming back.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beermanbrian
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orange color with an off white billowing head that drops to a nice cap. Sticky sheets of lace. Smell is not what I expected for a double IPA. Very yeasty and spicey. Some banana and clove notes. Taste is very malty tending toward the biscuit end. Not sure where the 130 IBU's went, they must be hid by the candi sugar that was added. Very bubbly mouthfeel. Smooth and slightly dry finish. 9% is hidden by all those sugars. Not what I was anticipating but a good beer none the less. A little too sweet for me to seek it out again but I can appreciate the quality.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl. 2011 vintage. Huge fluffy white head. Atop amber body. Soapy sticky oily lacing. Huge head retention. Aroma delicious, fresh grass and a touch of marijuana.  Slight alcohol. Taste not biting or overly bitter. Not sure when brewed in 2011, tastes delicious just maybe not perfectly fresh. 

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beachbum1975
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to newtony for this one! Neat packaging on this one, it should be interesting. The bottle has: LOT A|B||AA clipped off on the side(whatever that means) with no readable freshness date.

Appearance: I poured this one into a chalice. I couldn't pour the entire bottle as the champagne-like suds were so aggressive. After pouring about 80% of the bottle in, I saw a very cloudy, burnt orange brew. She was a gorgeous example of a Belgium with little to no carbonation rising after the pour. Nice medium-sized bubbles remained. No lacing observed.

Smell: Candied sweets, sourness and alcohol, trailed by light yeasts.

Taste: Complex flavors including, sour grapefruit rinds upfront, followed by coriander, possibly cinnamon and other indefinable spices . A fair amount of hops are definitely present throughout, as well. Malt in the aftertaste. Slight bitterness and waxiness remain on my tongue, as well. Aromatic hops become much more dominant as the brew warms.

Mouthfeel: Lighted-bodied, super crisp and dry (due to the bitterness). Highly carbonated and moderately refreshing, overall.

Drinkability: This is a nice sipper. You can sit back and ponder all the flavors on this one. Very nice Belgian IPA. This is a light, crisp and bitter brew. A real, unique and enjoyable treat.

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Mar02x
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I beer I tried for the first time when I visit the Struise in my summer holiday 2011.

A - Hazy amber / brown colored beer with a fluffy off white head, good retention. Some carbonation racing from the bottom.

S - Yeast, wood , citrus fruits, smells fresh and tasting. You want to take a gulp right away.

T - Some sweetness that taste dry anyway??? Very hoppy and a strong after taste. A bit to much for my liking.

M - Good carbonation, easy drinkable beer. The bitterness doen't linger around very long.

O - A good beer to take when having Chinese dinner. A good thirst quencher when served cold on a warm day.

I closed this review already when I wondered where's the alcohol? For a nine pro-cent beer its is very nicely hidden.

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of megahurts4
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Struise Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) No. 12

Appearance: Caramel, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Sugary hops and yeast.

Taste: Caramel, sugars, hops, malts, and slight citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

It is hoppy and slightly malty. It is pretty good!

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Photo of treyrab
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this tonight thanks to jac5084 and poured into two glasses...

A: Pours a very light muddy brown. Not very appealing look. It also pours with a four finger tan head. Tons of thick yeast sediment floats in the glass.

S: Very spicy hops. Smells like Hallertau or Saaz. Very floral and with some clove, skunky aromas, and spices. Not many hops.

T: Very sweet with honey, stale bread, caramel, and some spice. There is an astringent skunk aftertaste that lingers in your mouth FOREVER. Very bad aftertaste that lingers.

Overall, I'm sure this was better a bit fresher, and I'm glad I tried it, but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of BobZ
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a De Struise Cervoise.

Appearance: Golden dark yellow with a nice 2" head, that recedes to a nice cap and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Floral hops, bready malt, and Belgian candy sugar all equally noticeable.

Taste: Floral hop bitterness up-front with the bready malt and sweet candy sugar coming through in the middle and finish. The hops are more forward when cold the warmer the beer becomes the more caramel is noticeable form the malt and candy sugar.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and very clean on the palate. The alcohol is completely masked,

Overall: Really nice take on the DIPA style only very Belgian and very De Struise, excellent beer.

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Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of factoide
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rhinos00
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Wasn't the most appealing beer I have ever seen. Looked like cider except a little darker. Very hazy and had a solid 2 inches of white head.

S- Pretty tame as compared to other DIPA. There was a citrus hint with a nice aroma of sugar and malt. There was also a some hints of hops.

T- Nice balance of malt and citrus fruit followed by hops. The ingredients were just not as pronounced as I have had in other beers.

M- Medium bodied with carbonation. Nice, crisp finish as the beer was consumed.

D- Very drinkable. The beer went down like water. If it weren't for the high ABV this would perfect.

Overall, had a little bit of disappointment. I guess this comes with the territory when you have nothing but west coast style IPA/DIPA. Still a very quality beer and well worth trying.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden yellow with deep amber core. Big bubbly offwhite creamy head. Big think droopy laces.

Citrus and pear. Spicy Belgian yeast and esters. Hint of sweet caramel. Spices.

Spicy grapefruit rind and resinous hop flavors. Sturdy sweet candy caramel malt backing. Nice smooth bitterness and lingering aftertaste of grapefruit resin and pine. small alc. bite

Sticky, slightly astringent. med body, med+ carbonation. Smooth.

Good hoppy bitter well-balanced DIPA.

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

A - This beer poured an murky orange color that produced a big, fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had were not your typical piney/citrus aroma that you would get from an American DIPA, but it had a Belgian yeast mixed with some banana esters

T - This beer tasted like a Double Belgian Pale Ale instead of an American one, the yeast is still a big component of the beer, a fair amount of bitterness and sweet makes this beer a balanced one

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is subject, this is a well crafted, but given what one would expect from a beer labeled as a DIPA, this one did fall short, and with the price attached, can't say this one will grace my rotation again

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of thedoubler55
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy brownish color, and off white head that fills almost half the glass, the lacing is also all over the glass as you sip.

S - Some malts of caramel and toffee, and some strong notes of grassy hops, very wild!

T - Strong bitterness up front that smooths out with the malts at the tail end, taste of caramel and hops with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

M - High carbonation and Medium Bodied

D - Very interesting brew, do not think I will try again, one time was enough but not to bad, wild DIPA

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Photo of BarrelO
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber-gold body. Huge off-white head that starts smooth, but becomes rocky as it falls off.

Nose is sweet hops with a bit of Belgian-ness to it. I hesitate to call it funk, but I can tell it's not from California.

Flavor is huge bitter hops coating a malt body that is solid without being sweet. I wish I knew how to do this with a DIPA. Great stuff!

Mouthfeel is coating, unlike most IPAs. It does have some of that toothstripping character, but only in moderation. High carbonation.

Drinkability is really good. This does not seem like 9% to me. Definitely a sipper, but only because I want to savor this wonderful brew.

Thanks to juicestam for personally exporting this from Belgium to Kwajalein for a mid-Pacific treat!

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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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