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

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RATINGS: 1044   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2007
Bottled. Deep hazy orange colour, huge white head. Aroma is really flowery and fruity. Flavour is really hoppy, slightly yeasty and a lot of fruity notes. Kind of APA meets tripel. Really pleasant. Gets even more balanced after the yeast is poured in from the bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
(Bottled) Hazy darkish golden with a medium, thick and creamy, lacy head. Yeasty, pale-malty aroma with strawberry fruitiness and some sugary sweetness. Slightly sweet, grainy-malty flavor with lots of underlying, grassy hops peeking halfway through and drying up the finish. Medium to full-bodied, smooth but bitter palate. A very interesting and enjoyable Imperial Pilsner -like brew. The hopping is somewhat one-dimensional, but smooths a lot with yeast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (9619) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2007
Bottled. Orange/red coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. A bit fluffy. Sweetness, perfume, herbs, pine, grape, citrus and flowers in the nose. Some wheat accents as well. Flavour is flowery, piney, sweet and has distinct alcohol notes. Has grapish and citric notes as well. Is medium to full bodied. Very bitter in the end. Alcohol is present by warming lips and palate. Very good eventhough I had expected a bit more from my 2 favourite brewers. This will do though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3336) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Deep amber color in my snifter, with a huge, foamy ivory head that filled up what head space was in the glass and left sticky lace as it receded. Raw hop pellet nose. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel with lots of grapefruit rind, candied orange peel and pine resin. The caramel sweetness and spiciness comes out as it warms, and the alcohol presents itself as a warming on the cheeks rather than on the tongue. The finish is a long pleasant grapefruit rind that evaporates with the alcohol. Very nice take on the IIPA. Many thanks to my Secret Santa for the chance to try this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2007
Drunk to celebrate my rating number 9600 - a combined brew by two of my favorite breweries. A hazy dark amber beer with a huge bubbly off-white head. The aroma is sweet spicy combined with a medium note of hops - a mixture of Belgian and American inspiration. The flavor is very sweet with notes of malt at first, but soon overwhelmed by notes of spices, especially coriander and cloves, as well as wood, hops, and citrusy hop notes. The alcohol is more felt than tasted, and leads to a dry quite spicy finish. A good beer - but I’ve had better from both breweries - so maybe the clone is a little lost on me?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (3947) - rødovre, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2007
Deep golden colour with white head.Fruity flavor with taste of pine.Well bakanced with fine mouth feels.Like all others beers from struise and Mikkeller a great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (527) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottle @ Kulminator. This was presented to us by the owners as we had mentioned we like our DIPA’s out here in San Diego. No surprise here that this was delicious. Take all the fine elements of a Belgian strong ale and a Double IPA and that’s what you get. Unlike offerings like Chouffe Houblon, this pours somewhat clearer, more like a west coast IPA does. Fantastic and a rare treat.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2007
Pours hazy golden with huge head. Aroma is light malty and quite hoppy. Flavor is sweet, fruity, malty, hoppy and alcohol is quite heavy. Ends rather bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
Clear deep dark golden body, slightly hazy, with a big white head; Big deep very special nose, grapefruit juice, lemon juice and peel but it also has quite a bit of clear BE yeast aromas and even a malty spicy touch; Big soft very pleasant carbonation in a bit strangely composed body, Belgium tripel-like malty full and sweet, US hoppy-like overly biting bitter, complex but not really well composed; It finishes very long, but this is actually the strangest part of the beer to me, this is where the Belgium tripel (?) yeasts meets the citrus bitter and harsh parts of the hop, are they good friend, I am not really sure, maybe they will become??? the bitterness bits for a long time the yeast gets almost clay like aromas in the constellation. Super special and very interesting beer, most of all an experiment, I dont know, but of cause my 2 favorite breweries should do this instead of something boring and easy, Thanks!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
Cloudy amber colour with a dense off white head. Balanced hoppy fruity, light alcohol sweet aroma with pine bitter notes. Malty, light caramel sweet aroma balanced with a hoppy pine needle bitter note. Light dry and hoppy finish.


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