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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours dark brownish amber w/ a lofty head that lingers forever. Smells of salted hopped up river cobble. Medium nectar w/superb carbonation. A very rustic specimen w/ charred caramel, salty peanut shells, bit-o-honey. This thing is supremely hopped w/ laser beam focus. Alcohol is well hidden. Awesome. Trump!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2010
Wow. This is a sensational drop. First 135 IBU deserves special praise. Second two awesome European breweries collaberating with each with a cool Rate Beer note by supremo Joe. Also this is one for the hop heads! It’s a hop bomb! But a Belgian-Danish hop bomb! A very musty perfume smell lingers in the air. A faint dash of light fruits maybe strawberries and also pine and butterscotch. During the tasting the pine amber taste prominent from Scandinavia is very evident. However the Belgian full bodied yeast is awe inspiring. Top that with what I suspect is US hops such as the popular Challenger and a similar aftertaste to big name American craft beers then you get one very special beer. Wow. I poured this at home from a 33cl bottle to my beermechants’ glass. I imported this particular bottle from Cracked Kettle.com. I want to try this on tap.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrmoustache (1) - - JUL 24, 2014 does not count
Well-balanced! Great nose... Supreme taste, overal a 9,5, you recognise the 2 breweries I one glass! tasted it at grand cabaret (Nieuwpoort BE) on draft! They tap on Nitrogene, installation perfectionised by Urbain Coutteau ( from Struise Brouwers) himself...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3235) - Waregem, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Yester evening @ ’HOP’-evening Kortrijk. Many thx to Urbain and William ! Hazy darkgolden amber color, with a nice off-white head. Aroma fruity, bit yeast, and meany hops. Full body. Taste have notes of spices and yeast, starts with a bit sweetness, but a very great hopsbitterness. For me this beer is really perfect (also in balance). Aftertaste long nice bitterness. Wonderfull brew !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Glass: Tulip Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ Price: $7.49 Size: 11.2 fl oz ABV: 9% Estimated Calories: 200 C RateBeer Rating: 96 Aroma 10 out of 10 Intensity: Strong Balance: Sweet Impression: Nice Malt Flavor: Sweet Roast Nut licorice banana Hops Flavor:dirt grass Herbal Spice Tar Lemon Other: cherry, candy Notes: What an amazingly tasty, varied, layered flavor. Appearance 5 out of 5 Color: Copper Clarity: Sandblasted Head Retention: Good with great lacing. Notes: A stunning looking beer. The malevolence of the deep sandblasted body is notable. Flavor 10 out of 10 Intensity: Strong Balance: Bitter Impression: Nice Malt Flavor: Grain Sweet Roast Nut Toffee Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Spice Resin Citrus Other: Cherries, licorice, bubblegum Notes: The flavor is the best part of this absolutely fantastic beer. Palate 4 out of 5 Mouthfeel Sensation: Creamy Warming Body: Full Carbonation: Lively Finish Length: Long Intensity: Strong Balance: Bitter Notes: The palate and finish are yet another complimentary aspect of this brew. General Impression: 20 out of 20 Craftmanship: Excellent Freshness: Fresh Personal Taste: Loved Notes: Probably one of my favorite beers. Address : <http://beercritic.wordpress.com/>

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Very floral aroma. Looks great. Super hoppy, especially the head. Excellent stuff. First score 4.3 Smells nice, a little floral. I poured this into two glasses. One came away orange, the other a very hazy brown-yellow. Lots of muck I guess. Very interesting balance of bitterness and sourness in this one. I like it. Tasty and agressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3173) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2010
Grinnin’ like a fool here - what a grand beer! Poured with a HUGE foamy frothy sudsy cream colored head that lasts and lasts with loads of lace. Color is a cloudy darkish amber. Aroma is hoppy, malty, toffee, leather, musk, and toffee with a bit of fruit. Flavor is first rate with the hops dominating but very nicely complimented with some sweetness and caramel plus the other flavors that are like the aromas. Body is superb and masterfully carbonated. A little bit warming in the finish, which also has a good satisfying length. If it weren’t for the strength, a session beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bottle. 11.2 oz. Split with and courtesy of VIn. Pours a deep, deep chesnut brown-hazy with a thick, velvety smooth beige head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molassess. maple, spruce, oak, and deep, pugent, dank hops. Body is massive and tight, with a thick, gooey, tangy, tart, sweet, complex palate. Outrageously adventerous, delicious Imprial IPA. Highly recommended for the adventurists and off-centered.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
falha (59) - - JAN 22, 2012
belgian ale and hops on smell nice strong sweet, plum hoppy bitterness aftertaste. well balanced , treat for your mind ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (17337) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Bottle at Chris o’s Magic Night. Huge thanks to Mes and Sim for this. Hazy amber colour with Belgian yeast. American IIPA aroma as well. Lots of Belgian yeast and American hops. I love this beer. Mouthfeel, the spicy hop finish, but smooth, grassy, stunning. Really grabs my attention. Great candied fruit. And I got to see it being made as well, which just adds to it. Thanks to everyone involved in making this beer. 4.8/5.0 Re-rate So clear and bright amber, with thick lasting beige head. The hop aroma is just the best. The grapefruit is so stunning. Fresh fruit, no over the top resins. Sherberyness is great. Choc limes on finish. There is a definite sweetness to the malts, toffee/caramel/fudge. Tropical fruits. Great balance of malts and hops. Quite hot hop. Just the tropical fruit!!! Passionfruit and mango. It has a Belgian yeast character definitely, nods towards a tripel. This smooth fudge malt sweetness is just adorable. Re-rate again for Batch 3. The beer I drank the most all of Zythos weekend 2009. The aroma is just one the best I’ve had. They have changed the recipe and for the better I think, more obviously a DIPA. I bought I think about 20 bottles of this over the weekend and loved all the samples and bottles I had of it. The one in the Kulminator was probably my favourite, oh no it wasn’t the best I had was the one Urbain mixed with the remainder of the Batch 4 from a magnum bottle which I had from a plastic water bottle at home after the Post Zythos Struise Tasting. Now that was one amazing beer. Glorious and I still have 20 bottles of it to drink......

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