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

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RATINGS: 1085   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


scanovajr's rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scanovajr (663) - Rio de Janeiro, - OCT 19, 2012
Bottled. Aroma is heavy hoppy and yeasty, citrus, grapefruit. Taste is malty and sweet, spicy, hoppy and citrusy, piney. Spicy and hoppy finish. Nice texture and carbonation. Great beer


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4311) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2016
(Struise / Mikkeller Elliot Brew) 330 ml bottle at home, served into a shaker, vintage 2013. Dark orange colour on the body, with lazy activity in it, a bit hazy. Two fingers of thick off-white head on top, with very good retention. Aroma of caramel malts, oranges, biscuit, faint citrus, light tangerine. Taste is quite bitter, with oranges, orange peel, citrus, grapefruit, pine, caramel malts, notable alcohol, grass, biscuit. Medium thick body, good carbonation. Very dry on the palate. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1498) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 21, 2016
Batch one so it’s been aged 7 years. Pours muddy brown with no head. Aroma of toffee. Taste is Carmel an dark fruits. Not a dipa anymore but aged quite nice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lele (337) - Padova, ITALY - DEC 15, 2015
Imperial IPA che non mi ha particolarmente colpito. Da colore ambrato e dalla schiuma non persistente, al naso presenta note caramellose, di frutti rossi ed erbacee. In bocca, all’inizio si avverte la dolcezza del caramello, ma che evolve subito in un amaro erbaceo che persiste sulla lingua anche nell’intenso retrogusto. L’amaro, però, ricopre altri sapori, e questo fa sì che la birra mostri soprattutto 2 sentori: il caramelloso e l’erbaceo. Birra comunque dissetante, ma che risulta un’eccezione (un po’ sul negativo) rispetto alla vasta gamma delle delizie Struise

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (5104) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2015
1/24/2009 1:37:39 PM Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Opal body with frothy head. Very hoppy nose. Bitter taste with lots of hops. A wonderful IPA. Fruity and ginger, sure. But hops and bitter aplenty. A superb beer. Love it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PauloAG (251) - BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2015
On tap. Pours orange with white off head. A bit piney, herbal, orange peel, tangerine, peach, floral and a bit caramel. Nice bitterness. Stays coating the mouth but it gets never harsh. I am not sure if the whipped cream head with a low carbonation body, much like Guinness, is a good idea. I kind of missed a more intense carbonation once and a while to push around all that hoppy goodness. A great brew anyway

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1649) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
130 IBU. Hazy reddish amber. Thin cream coloured head. Aroma is caramel, honey, rye bread, apple, hay and some alcohol. Taste is rye bread, orange, honey, grass, apple. Holds up well even though the hops are mellowed out by age.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
liinis (1763) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2015
Vintage 2011 IBU216. Strong hoppy character aroma and flavour. hazy orange colour. lots of lace leaving head. Not too bitter as a imperial IPA many times is. balanced by sweetness. Happy to have found it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ippopotamo36 (1262) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 18, 2015
At the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival in Vichte-Belgium with markoijelana. Ciao. Pours orange hazy, off-white head. Nose: amber caramel malts, mild citrus notes. Mouth: a bit too aggressively bitter, malty in a way but not that terrific.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (846) - Louisiana, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Appearance: pours with a large dense dark beige head, the beer is a darker amber, very hazy, Aroma: faint malt caramel, potpourri spice, lavender, very faint Taste: strong bitterness, very strong malt backbone, strong alcohol finish, Palate: lively carbonation, heavy mouthfeel, very strong bitterness on the aftertaste Overall: very good but such a big beer you can't drink much of this fast, very bitter, very malty at the same time ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2423) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
Tap @ Schooltje. Dark amber color. Big of white head, like whipped cream, goed lacing. Aroma’s: resin, weed, some tropical fruit. Retronasal it seems a bit old, raisins, resinous, fruit. Flavor is moderate to full bitter. Medium bodied. Long & bitter finish.


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