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

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RATINGS: 1062   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (1221) - BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2014
Amber orange colour. Medium carbonation. Sweet taste with aroma of grapefruit and honey. Sweet with bitter finish. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (1093) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Two brothers beer tasting night 2. Bottle cotteridge wines. Brown amber coulour decent white head and lacing. aroma is fruity hops alcohol taste is similar nice sweetnes good bitter finish. Full body oily mouthfeel medium carbonated. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (1747) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
2 brothers tasting day 2. Reddish amber beer with medium head and decent lacing. Aroma of toffee and malts. Taste is toffee, grapefruit, figs and dark rich malts. Medium to full bodied, oily. Excellent stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (530) - BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2014
Bière de 216 IBU !!! avec du houblon de Poperinge et des Etats-Unis. Couleur ambré abricot. Clarté nette. Bulles fines en fontaine au centre, modérée. Mousse blanche, collante aux parois, qui nappe le liquide. Arômes de malt roux, fleur grimpante, lierre, réglisse, candi. 1ère bouche soyeuse sur du café amer, très original, parce que fleuri et malté. Arrière-bouche d’une complexité importante, avec des saveurs un peu difficiles. 2ème avec des fleurs, des herbes, câpres, réglisse. Arrière-bouche longue. 3ème sur du thé des montagnes, bouquet aromatique, bois mouillé. Arrière-bouche avec du tabac, des herbes, blé d’hiver. La longueur apporte des fleurs, du bois, des herbes, du malt, et du houblon à outrance... d’où les impressions énormes. La levure est lisse, de caractère, très belle. L’alcool est bien mais un peu irrégulier. La finale perd en finesse, elle est plus brute, puis elle harmonise. Curieux yo yo … CONCLUSION : bière trop irrégulière pour être cotée au sommet, mais les potentialités sont telles qu’on est vraiment bluffé par cette recette.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (1154) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Hazy, reddy, amber. Thin, lasting, cream coloured head. Thick, sweet, tinned mandarin. Some buttery toast. Grapefruit. Melted brown sugar. A little yeast fustiness helps prevent a sugar overload. Taste is thick sweetness, then the bitterness kicks in. Full bodied. Long, bitter finish. Full on.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle - Bought Aug 2010, BBE date Apr 2015; Drank May 2013 - Deep Amber in colour. Well sedimented. Good carbonation. Very Hoppy; grassy and piney resinous hops. Very Fruity; citrus grapefruit, bitter orange, hint of cherries. Spices (peppery) and herbs. Yeasty. Malty backbone; sweet malts, caramel, toffee, candy sugars. Good hop/fruit/spice/malt balance. Bitter hoppy fruity and spicy over sweet malts, leading to a bitter dry hoppy finish. Lovely. Enjoyed this a lot. Terrific Imperial IPA!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ozckr (238) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 14, 2014
cereal, caramel, spruce, basement aromas, cloudy, white foam, amber, orange, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter,

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (2165) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 9, 2014
Orangish colour with many rests of sediments, off white head with nice lacework and good lasting. Aroma has notes of resins, pine, some fruity notes, mainly oranges and peaches. Flavor has a strong bitterness, very compensated with resins and fruity notes, hints of bittery oranges, peaches, grapefruit, some caramel notes are also present. The final has a good bitterness with good duration, perhaps a little bit astringent on palate. Creamy and dense on palate.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Anatole (90) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2014
Une IPA très complexe et riche. Bonne amertume persistante, fruitée, agrumes. C’est vraiment excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 3, 2014
31/01/2014 Ma che siete venuti a fà (tap). Ambrata, abbastanza limpida, schiuma biancastra leggera. Al naso malto, lieviti, spezie, note agrumate e di resina, intensa. In bocca è equiliibrata, con un attacco maltato e un finale amaro lungo e persistente, solo un po’ stancante a lungo andare. Corpo medio-elevato, carbonazione media. Ok.


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