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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgiskOlklub (922) - Viby J, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2008
Bottle. Huge creamy white lasting head. Sparkling amber/red body, lightly cloudy. Good lacing. Average malty aroma of grain and cereal. Heavy hoppy aroma of hebs and orange. Some yeasty earthy aroma, honey, brown sugar and coriander. Medium oily body, average/soft carbonation. Good flavor, well balanced. Long bitter, sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle, thanks to after4ever. Pours clear amber with a fluffy white head. Sweet pine and pineapple aroma. Full body and moderate carbonation. An unusual taste, resin, caramel, wood. An interesting take on the IIPA idea.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2008
330. Thanks so much, Maria! What a treat to get to sample a little rarity like this one. Pours crystal clear dark straw with a dense, moussy off-white head. Huge mango, pineapple, and even somewhat watermelony nose. Some sweet fresh-air pine scent too. Ultrasugary hops. Medium body, gently fizzy soft carb. Super tart mid-palate; there’s an odd candi sugar note combined with tart, tropical fruit hops and a bit of belgian yeast soruness there as well. Quite the odd combination. Long, almost ginger-like finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (10784) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle. Fantastic brew.Creamy white excellent fully lasting head. Golden yellow colour. Close to a 5! Powerfull hoppy aroma. Loads of fruty yeasty esters aswell. Dominated by grassy notes. Powerfull moderate bitter and light sweet flavor. Long complex finish dominated by fruity esters especially orange and apple? Wonderfull creamy palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6603) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle. Orange color with white longlasting head pours in the glass. The hops hits the nose right away and aromas of citric fruits and grass is there. Flavour is well balanced between the malts and the hops. Long hoppy aftertaste. A very nice mouthfull.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (17536) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle @ Chris_o. Pours a hazy orange color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a spicy malty hoppy grapefruit aroma wit hsome yeasty hints. Sweet malty yeasty hoppy flavor with lots of citrus hints. Has a long hoppy bitter finish with some yeasty hints.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
12oz bottle rom fonefan on 11/14/07. Bottle says ratebeer version #12. Best before Septemer 2011. Pours with a nice big 1 finger off-white head. Mild aroma with some mild oxidation, but not unpleasant. Foamy microbubble head lingers for a long time as it is repleneshed with more bubbles traveling the edge of my tulip glass. Yellow amber color with a little cloudiness, which could be an illusion from the dew on my glass. Lots of bitterness and hint of sour. I’m not sure what kind of hops they use, but I don’t detect the grapefruit citrusness of west coast hops. Not very good hops flavor. I can help but wonder if it has been exposed to too much heat, and it is not in peak condition. I’m sure it is much better fresh on cask. Oh well. Bummer, A good potentially good beer gone bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle from my secret santa (Storm). Thanks a bunch! Pours a glowing orange amber with a small bubbled white head that leaves some nice lace. Great carbonation and just a pleasure to look at. Nose is interesting with some belgian wit characteristics--coriander, yeast, spices and some double ipa characteristics--pine, citrus, caramel, bitter hops. Flavor has more belgian spices, yeast, some more citrus and caramel with a slightly bitter finish. Not quite a double ipa, but a very interesting beer nonetheless that I was thrilled to try.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled. Hazy reddish amber with a large and firm white foam. Big, sappy aroma of floral hops, pine-needles, melon, Seville oranges with notes of toffee and yeast. Full and aromatic flavour of watermelon, pine-needles, blood-grape and yeast with notes of caramel and fudge. Full-bodied with a velvety smooth mouth-feel. Long bitter-sweet finish of pine-needles, mild grapefruit, peaches, melon and yeast. Really tasty and dangerously quaffable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2007
33cl bottle, courtesy of Storm (Thanks Jacob)! Pour is a turbid golden orange, with a lively pillowy cream colored head and large sections of chunky lace. Aroma is spice, citrus fruits and floral, with some herbal qualities. Flavor has a hint of belgian spiciness, citrus, candied fruits, with some grapefruit present, but not overly acidic or overpowering. The description says IIPA, but trying to put this beer into a category is pointless - tasty, unique and very enjoyable, whatever you call it.


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