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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 1070   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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RateBeer Special Release:
Behold the second of RateBeer.com’s Worldwide Masters Series! This request edition ale is the crafted alchemy of a party of some of Europe’s finest brewers, Mikkel Bjergsø and Kristian Keller of Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Urbain Coutteau, Carlo Grootaert, Phil Driessens, and Peter Braem of De Struise Brouwers (Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium).
Both breweries have attracted considerable international attention for their artful interpretations of traditional ale styles enlived by a rich sense of invention. And both are also very highly esteemed by the RateBeer.com international community of beer tasters. We hope you enjoy this unique little treasure.
Struise Mikkeller -- the product of master brewing and friendship. Celebrate this sense of camaraderie by sharing this bottle with your good friends!
- Joe Tucker, RateBeer.com

Struise-Mikkeller is as we said in the past "Best of two worlds". We delivered an IPA with 130 IBU (Batch I), 150 IBU (Batch II), 163 IBU (Batch III), 216 IBU (Batch IV), but a bitterness hidden the Struise way, counter balanced by maltyness, alcohol and rest sugars.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Hazy off-copper pour, big white head. Aroma is very freshcitrus, grapefruit, melon, grassy, floral, and a touch of sweetness. Flavor is interesting, grapefruit, citrus, melon, then it leads to the candi sugars, sweet and spicy then back to a grapefruit rind finish. Lots of fresh leaf hops and candi sugars with a distinctive belgian yeast that delivers phenols and spices like in a triple. Malts give some caramel sweetness and bready flavors, medium bodied but with a very creamy mouthfeel and lots of lively carbonation. Really is an interesting brew and makes it hard to describe, very complex. Mainly it’s grapefruit and citrus with candi sugars, what a wild concept. Only thing is I wish the hops played more a role flavorwise it’s really dominated by the spice and sugars. Thank you Mikkeller and Struise for this RateBeer creation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy orange body with a dense creamy off-white head. A light aroma of orange peel, grapefruit, spruce, and some floral/perfume notes. Flavor of grapefruit, orange, coriander, Belgian yeast, and floral/earthy hops with a mild bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Poured a very nice cloudy yellow with a creamy white head that stuck around forever. A little bit of the hop presence noticed in the nose , but mostly the spices and belgian yeast are what I picked up on. The flavor is much of the same but some of the sweet candied sugars show up as well. The taste is nowhere near the 130 ibu level of bitterness and double ipa that I was hoping for...but it was still a good brew for a belgian inspired double ipa, and thank you so much for mikkeller and struise for making this brew for us at ratebeer. Overall not the ipa I was hoping for but still an enjoyable brew with not a bit of alcohol present.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5866) - Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Pours a hazy dark golden/light amber color with a large frothy beige head that lasts. The aroma is citrus and pine, sweet, spicy, and some yeast. This is an interesting aroma for a IIPA; I like it. The flavor is again unlike any other beers I’ve had. Initially I get medium sweet malt with citrus. This is replaced mid palate with a Belgian character with yeast and spices coming through. The finish is dry somewhat bitter hops that linger for a long time. The alcohol is not a factor in this one. Full bodied and easy drinking. Pretty complex brew; I’m happy to have tried this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11063) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a hazy dark copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy complex citrus hoppy aroma with a sweet tone. Medium to full body with a slick texture. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9755) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2008
courtesy of fiulijn - pours a reddish-copper colour with a very foamy pale beige head; nice lace; dusty nose with a strong fruity hoppiness (tangerines and grapefruit), notes of cream; strong initial sweetness, full-bodied and velvety mouthfeel; very strong bitterness which lasts for long in a fruity and flowery finish - very pleasant

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - JAN 28, 2008
Amber color with a nice lasting big white head. Very hoppy aroma, bitter and a bit flowery too. Huge and well-balanced flavor, bitter to begin with but sweet in the end, nice yeasty tones. Aftertaste sticks on palate and gives you good vibrations for a long time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle courtesy of fonefan: Poured a dirty hazy beige color ale with a super huge foamy head with excellent retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian sweet malt with an interesting mix between some floral hops and some citrusy hops. Taste is an interesting mix between on one side: spicy yeast and medium sweet Belgian malt base with on the other side some very nice floral hops with a medium citrusy grapefruit bitter ending. Full body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. It kind of reminds me of Triple Chouffe with less intensity and a more balance approach.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14158) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle. Nice head with excellent duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma is rich with hops and fruits. Taste is rich with spices, fruits and hops. Good long finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (5763) - ITALY - JAN 22, 2008
chaira buona schiuma persistente note di lupolo erbasei lieve fruttato in bocca nettamente secca luppolo poi si bilancia un po l’alcol morbido attenua un poco l’amaro e la rende bilanciata


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