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


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RATINGS: 1079   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2416) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 15, 2014
11.2oz bottle (vintage 2011) into a snifter souvenir from dld 2013 - nose is a quad/abt. Basement aromas out the ass and nutty as shit. Why the fluffy bunny rabbits did I pick this up? It’s a DIPA from 2011!! Aged really well but has very few DIPA characteristics. Interesting experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyReynolds (1048) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - MAY 15, 2014
2011 Vintage shared by the anti-suicidal Chudwick. If this is suppose to be fresh, someone (cough Party Town cough cough) needs to rotate their inventory. I mean Chudwick just bought this, did not realize it was a 2011. Now...if it is suppose to be aged, it’s a different story. It has aged well, but it is a double IPA so how the fuck do I rate it? Now that I am reading the bottle, I realize that it is suppose to be fresh so, FML. Way too old. Basement aromas. Can’t really give it a fair rating to the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnoud (293) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2014
2014.05.15 - Struise (and Mikkeller) Elliot Brew - 11.2 oz (?) bottle in goblet. Bottle marked: Vintage 2013 SM No.12 Lot: 050301022013 Bottle Lot: 30-06-HH Aroma: As expected for a DIPA, hoppy. Some citrus. Similar to Hopslam or Pliny. Appearance: Pours medium light caramel brown, mostly opaque. That seems to be particulate matter, when you look in the glass it’s clear around the margins and cloudy in the center. Probably 18 on SRM scale. Fizzy mild carbonation, sporadic cap of bubbles. Taste: I can’t differentiate much from other DIPAs I have had. Follows nose, hoppy, the citrus is more apparent than in the aroma. Palate/Mouthfeel: 9% but not too "heavy". Not really creamy. Less alcohol warmth than you’d expect. Slick mouthfeel. Overall, not bad. Not a stellar DIPA (though I am admittedly not a huge IPA fan) but tasty and well done. Aroma 6/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 14/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton (1598) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2014
On tap at Craft Beer Co, Islington on 11th May 2014. Thickly hazy copper with cream coloured foam and travelling lace. Richly malty, yeasty and spicy aromas. Rich and intense hops in-mouth with spice, malt and berry fruits. Intense, short hoppy finish with spicy notes and touch of black pepper. Smooth yet engaging texture and masses of body. An excellently crafted beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeroenhensen (231) - Dongen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Gedronken vanaf de tap, 25cl voor € 4,00. Een lekkere dubbel ipa, die niet te sterk van smaak is met een lekkere afdronk en herkenbare smaken.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CraftBeerNick (1214) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
Keg at Angel, 1st May 14. Horrible DIPA, worst I have had, far too much sweet malt too heavy and not a clean drink. We both took this back.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3454) - Radom, POLAND - APR 11, 2014
Vintage 2013. A wiec chmielowa kolaboracja z Mikkellerem, chociaz nie ma wzmianki na etykiecie o tym. Piwo ma spora i mocna piane, kolor rozowo pomaranczowy, metnawy i pachnie zgnilymi pomaranczami i rozowym grejfrutem. Dosc intensywne w zapachu. Double IPA takze smakuje wybornie. Jest glebia i bogactwo smaku, zwlaszcza cytrusowo slodowego posmaku. Alkohol ukryty. Wytrawne w koncowce i super podwojnie tresciwe. Klasa i swietna wspolpraca. W miare swiezo wypity rocznik, ciekawe jak by smakowalo po latach.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (2176) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
On tap. Pours cloudy amber with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty, light citrusy, passionfruit, grass, old socks and soap. Taste is sweet with a quite light bitterness and a tart sweaty note. This was not what I expected, unfortunately in a bad way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (10345) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 7, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig fruchtig, exotische Früchte. Geschmack sehr fruchtig malzig, lange Bitterkeit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2786) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
@ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Cloudy very dark orange amber, all-lasting 1/2" off-white head, bands of lace. What a surprise - the product description implies that this is really hopped - it isn’t. Strong malt, with a little caramel, is balanced, beginning in the palate, with citrus hops that, while very assertive, don’t come close to covering the malt. Both glide smoothly to a sweet and bitter finish that lingers literally for minutes. What a terrific brew.

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