Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Oostvleteren, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1060   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 Bjergsř 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Pours a nice hazy orange with thick creamy white head, lots of lacing and head retention. Aroma very nice of an array of hops, lots of citrus, slight malt backbone, and slight bread. Flavor matches well, but the yeast strains in this give it a different character that I find really enjoyable. Very solid beer that I would definitely go back to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmargarucci (7) - - JUL 26, 2014 does not count
A wonderful new take on the double ipa. The candy sugar adds an interesting balance to the hops. But the lingering bitterness I the hops leaves your mouth happy. The mix of sugar and spice combined with the grapefruit notes of the hops balance perfectly. Well done!

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (705) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2014
12oz bottle at Woodruff's. Pours a hazy pale brown color with some frothy head. Lots of great earthy hop flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (164) - HUNGARY - JUL 20, 2014
A különféle főzeteket koronázó sörhab jellemzőinek leírását egészen sokféleképpen meg lehet kísérelni, amennyiben annak állagát, a tartósságot, szilárdságot szeretnénk megfelelően kifejezni. Ebben az esetben azonban szókincsünk egyik eleme sem adná vissza tökéletesen a keletkezett látványt. Egy biztos: ehhez fogható habkoronát korábban még nemigen tapasztaltam. Illatát nagyjából hasonlóképpen képzeltem el előzőleg az üvegen feltüntetett keserűség-mértékegység olvasása közben: természetesen a komló masszív jelenléte uralja azt. Ebbe a komlótoboz rengetegbe vegyül egy ínycsiklandó kandiscukros aroma, mely remekül egyensúlyozza ki és teszi még csábítóbbá az illatot. A címkén szereplő 216 IBU érték alapján mi másra is számíthatnánk aztán beleízlelve, mint egy elsöprő lendülettel támadó komló fenevadra?! Némi grapefruit és citrusos karakter színesíti kissé a metsző keserűséget, mely leginkább az utóízben csúcsosodik ki, és amely hosszú percekig tart, ahogyan szétterjed a szánkban, a nyelvünk tövénél, a garat felé közeledve. A hozzáadott kandiscukor némiképpen tompítja ezt az intenzív keserűséget, valójában mégis egy szénsavmentes komlóléről van szó, mely egy magamfajta komlóimádó számára maga a mennyei manna.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
makenzi (22) - SLOVENIA - JUL 9, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 Drough @ Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fŕ, Roma. Pours cloudy amber with of white, rich, good lacing and long lasting head. Nose is sweet caramel, honey, ripe fruit, onion!? yeast, citrus and floral hop aroma. Flavour is rich caramel, candy, dark fruit, sweet at the beginning, but overpowered by strong, harsh hop bitternes. Just a bit to aggressive for my opinion. Despite of 9% ABV the alcohol is well hidden. Medium body, low to moderate carbonation. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
666ale (54) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Amber with white foam. Nose of fruits and hop. Medium bodied. Taste of hops and sweet fruits with flowery hints. Not the best double ipa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tcane7 (1657) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2014
’11 bottle courtesy of Steve at Alla Spina. Pours a clean amber with thin white head. Aroma of oxidized hops and malt - sherry , cardboard. Light fruity notes, sweet, with an extremely astringent harsh finish. DPF

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (926) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Aroma: floral hops, tropical fruits.Appearance: dark hazy amber, medium frothy. Taste: medium bitter. Palate: bitters intensify, getting very pronounced, dry average-finish. Overall: interesting Belgian interpretation of an IIPA. Pint at Cafe Red Rose, Bruges.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2014
P: Murky dark caramel body that looks similar to unfiltered pure apple cider. A massive cloudy of khaki clouds perch above and micro bubble chain male wrap the edges. S: Belgian candy sugar, sweet plums, dark cherries, moldy oak, pilsner malt, medicinal yeast, raisin pound cake, toffee and honey sticks. T/M: Thick sticky sweet malts, loads of barley, toffee, sourdough toast, tea tannins, dark fruits, with an abrasive chalky yeast and hop bitterness medley that cuts straight through the sugary start. Soda pop carbonation in medium body finishing with a dry rustic linger. O: This was an interesting brew to say the least. Harsh bitterness with a huge sugary malt profile. This almost comes across as a hopped up quad. I think I might grab another bottle. Cheers! Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aletcm (114) - Săo Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 23, 2014
Cor caramelo alaranjada, com espuma de boa formação e persistência. Aroma de caramelo, frutas cítricas e malte. No sabor, amargor evidente, seguido de médio dulçor, com final seco e com boa persistência. O alto teor alcoólico não é perceptível devido ao bom equilíbrio. Bom drikabillity. Muito boa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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