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


on tap


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RATINGS: 1087   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2008
(33cl, Batch 1, thanks mj) Murky golden body atop medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, orange, light pineapple. Taste is medium sweet, herbal, orange, light pineapple, alcohol, yeast. Medium-full body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 Batch 1. Doughy, yeast, fruity creamed oranges in the nose, along with some greenish pineapple, lavender honey and some tingling alcohol as well. Prickly and sharp on the tongue, with some acidic yeast that annoys the tongue. I’d prefer this one to be cleaner and not have so much yeast glossing over the hop character. Still, the slightly-boozy honey and pineapple hop flavors are nice; the bitterness is moderately to heavy but not extreme, and the carbonation is fuller than expected, which doesn’t exactly work when the yeast has essentially attenuated most of the hop flavors out of this beer. Still, a good beer, and hopefully batch 2 will be an improvement.
7/4/7/4/15 = 3.7

Rated blind, September 2008. Batch 2 (I think). Clear medium to light copper colored body, big off-white head, fully formed, leaves sticky rings on the glass. Dirty hops in the nose, dirty, dusty, almost aged… seems like some sort of double red/amber. Fusel notes present, some dusty, peppery dry, dirty wood, but there is some cedar, bubble gum and pine hop scents in there as well, seems like it could be old. Body is medium full, a bit of harsness, some booze showing up, what’s with the Belgian yeast character? WTF? Dirty, garage floor dust all over this yeast. Weird sort of lactic sourness, strange, dusty, dirty gravel and fruit. Body is medium to thick, alcohol is present, not overbearing but not something you can ignore. Interesting, not really blowing me away. Aspirin in the aftertaste… ugh. Is that some sticky feet yeast? Hmm. Is that slight sourness on purpose?
6/4/6/4/14 = 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brix (652) - DENMARK - FEB 20, 2008
Tasted 2008-02-20. Pours semi clear, orange with big, off-white head. Aroma: Hops, caramel. Flavour: Yeasty, moderately bitter. Very nice! Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle poured a hazy orange with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of tropical fruit, candi sugar, citrus, light carmel and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a slightly dry finish. Flavors of orange, mango, light pink grapefruit, light carmel, candi sugar and a hint of spice with a smooth bittersweet fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2008
(33 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg) Clear copper color, big tan head. Sweet and hoppy mild scent. Acidic, spicy, herbal and nettle taste. Strong grassy and nettle aftertaste. Very strong taste, but very mild scent. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Poured a murky orange color with a large, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus fruits, candi sugar, light caramel, and floral hops. Taste of citrus, dank skunkiness, honey, yeast, tobacco, light pine, and a dry, bitter, lightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
11.2 oz bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy amber with a large, off-white head, somewhat diminishing with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, nutty), average hops (flowers, herbs), average yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) wit notes of apple, pear, pepper, and coriander. Full bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Aroma is slightly hoppy, spicy ginger, herbacious, and a little bretty-apple. Taste is acidic, sweet caramel malt, apple, and bitterness. Pours a hazy, conditioned orange with a scant eggshell head. An odd tasting double IPA. Still get a little bit of ginger and herbs, but the hops are starting to shine a little bit here. I think this is more like an Orval than a Double IPA, and for 9 percent, this shit is dangerous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle. Hazy orange pour with a very creamy yellowed off white head. Aroma of resiny hops, light boozey fruits, caramel malt, a bit of spice and cocoa butter. Flavors of light yeast, earthy citrus, citrus rind, boozey light fruit, and dry malt. Medium/thick body with a sharp carbonation...bitter/sweet with a bitter/dry finish. Interesting Belgian IIPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Katboi (16) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2008
bottled. orange copper colour with an enormous bobbly foam. taste of caramel, coriander and lemon. has a moderat bitter finish. listed as a imp/double IPA.... hmm.. cant sense that more like a tripel of a kind. expected more from this beer, but not the last time ill drink this beer.

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