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

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RATINGS: 1078   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Poured amber with a huge fluffy off white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and pine. Strong hop flavor with some pine hints. Well hopped but has a good amount of sweet malt to balance. Very drinkable and refreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle goes huge thanks to mes, had at chris_o’s. Aroma is yee haa, hops, very citrus and spicey, the yeast is also quite dominant with frit easters and again spice, but hops dminate. Taste is similar vry bitter, infact i have to say if i was to say one thing perhaps the bitterness deters from the greatness of the citric hop character. But alround an amazing beer and a plesure to shar with such fine fellows.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adenila (1557) - DENMARK - NOV 11, 2007
Hazy amber with a huge bubbling white head. Aroma is a mix between grape fruit/oranges and white sugar, without being too powerfull. Flavor is again a mix between sweet and bitter, but here the bitterness has alot of character leading to a very dry grassy finish. On a sidenote the brew has a very present peppery spicyness and a warming alchohol. Interesting and different.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrankJohansen (3605) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with a huge moslty lasting head and some lacing. Powerful malty and hoppy aroma and taste with notes of fruits and spice.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2007
On draught at KBF Poperinge. Pours a cloudy dark orange beer with a superb big and everlasting off-white creamy head. Very hoppy aroma in the nose. The taste has notes of citrus, peach, grass and pine. Very dry, full bodied, excellent lacing. Has a sweet hoppy finish, some alcohol but not overwhelming. Extremely well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2007
Bottled. Thanks to ekstedt. Cloudy orange colour with rich creamy head. This is indeed a delicate brew in all senses. Not huge, nor subtle but delicate. Fresh citric, rounded hoppiness in aroma with earthy notes. Yeast play in here too. Incredible easy drinking at 9%, with delicate features and a relatively light mouthfeel. Fresh, bit citric and earthy and very gentle. Great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle (33 cl) from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark. Cloudy orange with a large creamy white head. Earth, fruity, with citric hops and yeast. Medium bodied and smooth. Very well balanced with a long bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Muddy amber beer with a huge tan head. The aroma is sweet malty, yeast, fruity, and very hoppy, the taste is sweet malty, fruity, yeasty, floral hoppy. Medium body with a sweet dry hoppy finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 An unusual beer... Pours light amber with a nice fluffy head. The aroma is hoppy with notes of citrus and pine. There are some fine esters showing through. The taste is somewhere between a tripel and a duoble ipa.Loads of hops but some esters and a little dry spice thing is in there too. It ends dry and medium bitter. I have tasted more than a few beers trying to marry these two styles. This one is the best! Note: My wife had this beer during her labours on our midwives advice. Worked out fantastic and gave us a wonderfull daughter! I don’t know if this expirience makes this a girls beer...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2007
Pours white creamy head. The aroma is wonderful, very hoppy, with notes of grass, citrus - perhaps some candis too - like the Pannepot, but that’s hidden underneath the hops. The flavor is very good full of hops, and like the aroma it has some grassy notes to it. The aftertaste is not that good, it’s perhaps a bit of grass or some spicies, but if you burb you get a nice taste again. A wonderful beer even though it has a grassy and not that pleasant aftertaste - the last aftertaste. The first aftertaste is very good, but then the last begins to appear.


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